EXCLUSIVE: Ambassadors Reshuffle List Leaks


Berlin Ambassador-Designate, Norbert Mao

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.

President Museveni is set to address nation recently (PPU PHOTO)

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.
 
TRIMMING NUMBERS
 
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.
 
THE LIST

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)

DESIGNATE: AMBASSADOR SPECIAL DUTIES, OFFICE OF PRESIDENT Mr. David Lewis Rubongoya

RETAINED
 
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).
 
RETIRED

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).
 
RECALLED
 
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).

FULL LIST

AMBASSADORS DESIGNATE

  1. JUBA- Brig. Gen. Godfrey Sambwa Kimbowa
  2. COPENHAGEN- Molly Kamukama
  3. KHARTOUM- Mr. Dickson Ogwang
  4. MOGADISHU- Major Gen. Denis Asiimwe
  5. ANKARA- Mr. Kiwanda Godfrey
  6. KINSHASA- James Mbahimba
  7. GENEVA -Mr. Daniel Obal
  8. ABUJA- Mr. Nsereko Charles Kawuma
  9. BEIJING – Nelson Ocheger
  10. KUALA LUMPUR- yet to be assigned
  11. KIGALI- Kibule Ronald
  12. CAIRO- Brig. Ronnie Balya
  13. MOSCOW- Mr. Zake Wanume Kibedi
  14. ABU DHABI- Dr. Sam Omara
  15. PARIS- Mrs. Helen Kayiza Kasozi
  16. ALGIERS- yet to be assigned
  17. TOKYO- yet to be assigned
  18. WASHINGTON- Margaret Blick Kigozi
  19. BUJUMBURA- Mr. Maganda Julius
  20. LONDON- Solomon Rutega
  21. BRUSSELS- Charles Engwau
  22. GUANGZHOU-yet to be assigned
  23. NEW DELHI- Mr. Daniel Kidega
  24. NAIROBI- Hassan Wasswa Galiwango
  25. BERLIN- Mr. Norbert Mao
  26. ROME- Napeyok Elizabeth Paula
  27. RIYADH- Dr. Ssemuddu Yahaya
  28. ADDIS ABABA- Amuge Otengo Rebecca
  29. OTTAWA- Mr. Allan Kajik
  30. CANBERRA- Prof. Joyce Kikafunda
  31. SOUTH AFRICA- Mr. James William Kinobe
  32. TEHRAN- Nusura Tiperu Omar
  33. NEW YORK, Special Envoy of President – Ayebare Adonia
  34. DAR ES SALAAM- Richard Kabonero
  35. AMBASSADOR SPECIAL DUTIES, OFFICE OF PRESIDENT Mr. David Lewis Rubongoya
Former EALA legislator, Hon. Nusura Tiperu and colleague join NRM Candidate Yoweri Museveni on his campaign trail last year 2020 (FILE PHOTO)

DEPUTY AMBASSADORS:

  1. Galabuzi Denis Soozi
  2. Dr. Sam Oledo
  3. Sam Engola
  4. Maliam Otengo Pheona

AMBASSADORS FOR RETIREMENT

  1. Sam Male Sebulime
  2. Dr. Chrispus Kiyonga
  3. Wonekha Oliver
  4. Nduhura Richard
  5. Dorothy Hyuha
  6. Katende Mull Sebujja
  7. Maj. Gen. Kyaligonza
  8. Grace Akello
  9. Dr. Kisuule Ahmed
  10. Phoebe Otala
  11. Blaak Mirjam

AMBASSADORS TO BE RECALLED

  1. Babra Nekesa Oundo
  2. Prof. Sam Turyamuhika
  3. Stephen Mubiru
  4. Alintum Nsambu
  5. Betty Grace Akech Okullo
  6. Moto Julius Peter
  7. Marcel R. Tibaleka
  8. Ruth Aceng

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