By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Former state minister for Tourism Hon. Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi has rejected a fat job from his boss President Museveni to become Uganda’s new Ambassador to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Information from the State House indicates that a cabinet meeting sat on Monday and approved 7 names of individuals to be appointed as ambassadors. These were to represent Uganda in various countries and Kiwanda happened to be on this list.
However, Kiwanda in response revealed that he is not ready to leave Uganda noting that he still has a lot to do as the NRM Vice Chairperson Buganda region.
“I’m not going anywhere. Am not leaving Uganda to go work elsewhere. There is still a lot to do here,” Kiwanda said while speaking to the media about his new appointment.
Kiwanda further noted that he hasn’t received any calls from President Museveni though he insisted that he would not take the job even when the president calls him because he feels it’s not right at the moment to leave his people.
Apparently, an ambassadorial job is a polite way of government retiring you from active politics. One is taken far away from their would-be electorate and from the media.
The ever boasting ‘No.4’ in the hierarchy of the National Resistance Movement party (NRM) Kiwanda fell out with President Museveni last year when his party dumped him in favour of former Kabula Constituency Member of Parliament, James Kakooza in the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA).
The NRM Parliamentary caucus gave green light to Kakooza after garnering 93 votes beating Kiwanda who got 85 and since then his relationship with President Museveni seems to have gone sour.
Kiwanda was also at loggerheads with his NRM Leadership when he alleged that their own late Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah told him that he was poisoned immediately after the speakership elections.
In a political talk show on Capital FM, Kiwanda said that though Oulanyah had other underlying illnesses, the fact that he was poisoned should not be ruled out, something that did not go well with his boss as well as party.
“Yes, he told me that he was poisoned, and he asked me not to tell anyone. However, I disclosed it to Hon Chris Baryomunsi. His condition worsened in the last 4-5 months,” Kiwanda alleged.