Kampala – Any time from now, President Museveni is set to release a list of diplomatic envoys posted to various embassies and consulates across the world, Red Pepper digital has learnt.
In a draft seen by Red Pepper digital, former Members of Parliament aspirants, fired ministers, opposition members, members of the business community and relatives of top politicians in Uganda like Minister Evelyne Anite’s husband have been considered. Red Pepper digital understands the president is also set to retire eleven envoys and the other eight have been recalled.
POLITICAL APPOINTEES Vs CAREER DIPLOMATS
Sources told Red Pepper digital that in the making of this new list, there has been pulling of ropes between those pushing for the posting of career diplomats as others pushed for political appointees.
We have learnt among other reasons, this war reportedly sucked in former Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Patrick Mugoya who was reportedly pushing for the consideration of career diplomats.
We have also learnt that the number of staff working for different Ugandan missions across the world will be reduced to only three. Currently, Uganda has 35 Missions that employ between 6-10 staff.
These include the Ambassador, Deputy Ambassador, Defence attaché, Deputy Defense Attaché, First Secretary Political Affairs, Second secretary commercial and diplomacy, second secretary social and humanitarian affairs, third secretary, Financial Attaché, counsellor diaspora and consular services. Others are Administrative Attaché, drivers and House helps for the Ambassadors among others.
This means that the government is footing a lot of bills amounting to billions of shillings to facilitate the missions.
And as a way of reducing the expenditure, the government will reportedly prioritise their posts—an ambassador (head of mission); secretary with legal and trade knowledge who will as well serve as Minister Counsellor, Head of Chancery and also to handle immigration affairs; and the third will be a defence attaché who will also serve as an accounting officer.
There will also be two security officers, one medical personnel and the other three staff members. The government is planning to adopt Vietnam or Cuban model where only two or three staff are deployed in embassies and consulates. In the Vietnam model, only the Ambassador and First secretary are deployed while other staff can be on contract and a driver can be hired on contract only on official duties.
According to the draft list seen by Red Pepper digital, the former political losers being lined up includes former PPS and Kazo woman Mp loser Molly Kamukama (COPENHAGEN- DENMARK), former tourism minister and EALA by-elections MP loser Godfrey Kiwanda (ANKARA-TURKEY), Nakaseke South MP loser Nsereko Charles Kawuma (ABUJA-NIGERIA), former water Minister and Mukono North MP loser Ronald Kibule (KIGALI-RWANDA), Northern youth Mp contestant Daniel Obal (GENEVA-SWITZERLAND), former minister Maganda Julius (BURUNDI-BUJUMBURA), former EALA Mp and Speaker Daniel Kidega (NEW DELHI-INDIA), Arua municipality MP loser Nusura Tiperu Omar(TEHRAN-IRAN), Galabuzi Denis Soozi and Sam Engola.
Others being considered include DP President Nobert Mao (BERLIN-GERMANY) and NUP’s secretary-general Lewis Rubongoya (AMBASSADOR SPECIAL DUTIES, OFFICE OF PRESIDENT).
Businesswoman Margaret Blick Kigozi (WASHINGTON-U.S), Dr Sam Oledo and Minister Evelyine Anite’s hubby, Allan Kajik (OTTAWA-CANADA) are being considered.
Army officials on the list include recently promoted Brig. Gen. Godfrey Sambwa Kimbowa (JUBA-SOUTH SUDAN), Major Gen. Denis Asiimwe(MOGADISHU-SOMALIA), and Brig. Ronnie Balya(CAIRO-EGYPT)
According to the list, Museveni is retaining James Mbahimba (KINSHASA – DRC), Dickson Ogwang (KHARTOUM-SUDAN), Napeyok Elizabeth Paula (ROME-ITALY), Rebecca Otengo (ADDIS ABABA – ETHIOPIA), Prof. Joyce Kikafunda (CANBERRA-AUSTRALIA), Ayebare Adonia (NEW YORK-U.S) and Richard Kabonero (DAR ES SALAAM-TANZANIA).
President Museveni has also considered eleven envoys for retirement and these include Sam Male Sebulime(CAIRO), Dr. Chrispus Kiyonga(BEIJING), Wonekha Oliver(KIGALI), Nduhura Richard (PARIS), Dorothy Hyuha (KUALA LUMPUR), Katende Mull Sebujja (WASHINGTON), Maj. Gen. Matayo Kyaligonza (BURUNDI), Grace Akello (NEW DELHI), Dr. Kisuule Ahmed(RIYADH), Phoebe Otaala (NAIROBI) and Blaak Mirjam (BRUSSELS).
Those who have been recalled include Prof Sam Turyamuhika (MOGADISHU-SOMALIA), Nekesa Barbara Oundo (SOUTH AFRICA), Mubiru Stephen (ANKARA-TURKEY), Nsambu Alintuma (ALGIERS – ALGERIA), Betty Akech Okullu (TOKYO JAPAN), Moto Julius Peter (LONDON-UK) Tibaleka Marcel (BERLIN-GERMANY) and Ruth Aceng (OTTAWA-CANADA).
- JUBA- Brig. Gen. Godfrey Sambwa Kimbowa
- COPENHAGEN- Molly Kamukama
- KHARTOUM- Mr. Dickson Ogwang
- MOGADISHU- Major Gen. Denis Asiimwe
- ANKARA- Mr. Kiwanda Godfrey
- KINSHASA- James Mbahimba
- GENEVA -Mr. Daniel Obal
- ABUJA- Mr. Nsereko Charles Kawuma
- BEIJING – Nelson Ocheger
- KUALA LUMPUR- yet to be assigned
- KIGALI- Kibule Ronald
- CAIRO- Brig. Ronnie Balya
- MOSCOW- Mr. Zake Wanume Kibedi
- ABU DHABI- Dr. Sam Omara
- PARIS- Mrs. Helen Kayiza Kasozi
- ALGIERS- yet to be assigned
- TOKYO- yet to be assigned
- WASHINGTON- Margaret Blick Kigozi
- BUJUMBURA- Mr. Maganda Julius
- LONDON- Solomon Rutega
- BRUSSELS- Charles Engwau
- GUANGZHOU-yet to be assigned
- NEW DELHI- Mr. Daniel Kidega
- NAIROBI- Hassan Wasswa Galiwango
- BERLIN- Mr. Norbert Mao
- ROME- Napeyok Elizabeth Paula
- RIYADH- Dr. Ssemuddu Yahaya
- ADDIS ABABA- Amuge Otengo Rebecca
- OTTAWA- Mr. Allan Kajik
- CANBERRA- Prof. Joyce Kikafunda
- SOUTH AFRICA- Mr. James William Kinobe
- TEHRAN- Nusura Tiperu Omar
- NEW YORK, Special Envoy of President – Ayebare Adonia
- DAR ES SALAAM- Richard Kabonero
- AMBASSADOR SPECIAL DUTIES, OFFICE OF PRESIDENT Mr. David Lewis Rubongoya
- Galabuzi Denis Soozi
- Dr. Sam Oledo
- Sam Engola
- Maliam Otengo Pheona
AMBASSADORS FOR RETIREMENT
- Sam Male Sebulime
- Dr. Chrispus Kiyonga
- Wonekha Oliver
- Nduhura Richard
- Dorothy Hyuha
- Katende Mull Sebujja
- Maj. Gen. Kyaligonza
- Grace Akello
- Dr. Kisuule Ahmed
- Phoebe Otala
- Blaak Mirjam
AMBASSADORS TO BE RECALLED
- Babra Nekesa Oundo
- Prof. Sam Turyamuhika
- Stephen Mubiru
- Alintum Nsambu
- Betty Grace Akech Okullo
- Moto Julius Peter
- Marcel R. Tibaleka
- Ruth Aceng