By Ambrose Kweronda
As Bakiga proverbs goes “Akazare kakye nokashumbiraho” loosely translated that when you get a small opportunity, you utilize it well to lead you to other bigger opportunities, it is what happened with politically wounded politicians at Annasitasia Kobugabe memorial mass last Sunday in Rukungiri District.
Ambrose Kibuuka Tumwesigye’s mother memorial mass in Nyabubare, Bwambara, Rujumbura County, Rukungiri district, it was a well-planned memorial mass which turned into a political cleaning event when losers and winners met at the same platform.
It all started when Ambrose Kibuuka started introducing his friends one by one. As he introduced his friends, a group of politicians who lost in last Parliamentary elections emerged with unhappy faces and moved in front with angry footsteps.
They faked ugly faces were full of unanswered political questions. The audience started lamentations seeing brave men and women who would be holding high positions and making serious decisions, abandoned yet most of them were cheated in the broad day light. They later put on a smile and poured out their aggreviencies.
Among the mentioned cause of their failures were; political sabotage which include political covid19 which is not mentioned in research trials yet existed in Rukungiri during last elections.
Some confessed that their votes vanished in ballot paper boxes while others sited high political intimidation facilitated by political leaders. To add salt to the wound, even those who were promised some opportunities in the government are still stuck loitering in political corridors as most juicy political positions are shared to the most favored, leaving the young politicians walking with angry footsteps as their hopes nearly fading out.
The memorial mass ressurected the political memories and balanced religious and Political issues in the highly attended event which attracted more than one thousand people.
The event began with a memorial mass led by Rev. Fr. Dr Julius Turyatoranwa the Dean of Nyakibale Deanery who is also the parish priest of Christ the King church Rukungiri. He represented Rt. Rev Callistus Rubaramira the bishop of Kabale Diocese who was slated to lead the mass but failed to make due to demanding pastrol activities in the diocese in the Christmas festive season.
In his touching sermon, Fr Julius one of the most polished and great orator in the diocese of Kabale, commended the work of late Annasitasia Kobugabe Byebirooha the mother of Ambrose Kibuuka Tumwesigye who raised an important person in the society. He advised parents to emulate her by raising children well in order to make them useful in future.
He preached on humility, love, compassion and development in their respective communities. The man of God urged Christians to prepare their families and make sure that resources are well planned and distributed including land. He cautioned people to be aware of covid19 and follow SOPs especially during this Christmas celebrations. He also advised people to celebrate mindfully and avoid life threatening risks.
He revealed good news that come January 2022, Rukungiri Industrial Park will start construction and funds are already secured to start the work.
Ambrose Kibuuka in his speech which was full of humor, appreciated his guests who responded to his invitation at a shortest notice.
He praised his mother who made him what he is and also praised NRM cadres who worked with him to strengthen the party in Rukungiri district.
He revealed his plan to set up a football academy for Kigezi sub region in Rukungiri. He presented his football teams which were represented by more than one hundred members who included coaches and referees.
About Rukungiri Industrial Park which he represents as an Ambassador, he promised to meet Rukungiri District leaders and brief them about the progress he has taken so far which is so promising.
Rukungiri politicians and leaders heaped a lot of praises to Ambrose Kibuuka Tumwesigye for the great work done in Rukungiri District. He was praised most especially for NRM mobilization and community support.
Geofrey Kyomukama the district chairman raised his voice high and said that Kibuuka was no longer a man of Bwambara but for the whole of Rukungiri district.
Gideon Ntungura who spoke on behalf of Rukungiri District Councillors and Kibuuka Team, used the same praises and emphasized that Kibuuka is for Rukungiri because of his great contribution to the NRM.
Ambrose Kibuuka Tumwesigye emerged on the political scene last presidential and parliamentary campaigns when he seriously campaigned for President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and NRM candidates.
He put in a lot of money in the campaign which attracted the public attention. He is among NRM cadres who neutralized FDC in Rukungiri District. During the presidential campaign trail in Rukungiri District, he was ranked among the biggest mobilizers. His Team Kibuuka did great work and branded the NRM. He printed T-shirts, provided trucks and drones to ferry people and supported 700 bodaboda on the visiting of the president.
While most politicians in Rukungiri were on defensive to win their individual votes, Kibuuka focused on President Museveni and NRM candidates to make NRM win.
He has been supporting farmers with banana suckers, high yielding rice seeds and others.
These Community projects brought Kibuuka in the lime light of Rukungiri leadership and fame.
In business, he rose from Airtel dealer where he was in charge of Kampala business District. Today he owns a chain of businesses including construction, security, IT and consultancies. He is among young millionaires in Uganda.
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