Kagingo weighs Amama’s chances against Museveni


Sarah Kagingo, on the Friday “Hot Seat” journalists’ talk show on 93.3 KFM, July 31, 2015 (PHOTO: Timothy Kalyegira/Kampala Express)

Sarah Kagingo, the director at Soft Power Communications, a public relations firm, widely credited for digitizing President Museveni’s communications, has said nobody should wish away the popularity of President Yoweri Museveni in Uganda.

She was appearing on Friday “Hot Seat”, a journalists’ talk show hosted by 93.3 KFM, alongside Obed Katureebe, formerly with the Daily Monitor in the late 1990s, now at the Government Media Centre, the host of the show, Charles Odongtho and Timothy Kalyegira of the Kampala Express.

The panellists were discussing the political developments of the day within the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.

Kagingo, former Makerere University Guild President and former communications aide at State House, who was a guest on the show, said Museveni has impeccable Pan-African credentials and looks to the future of Uganda.

“He is set to further  lower costs of doing business, has embarked on massive infrastructural development; dams, a road network that connects the East to the West, North to the South.”

She said President Museveni plans Africa’s security superiority on land, in air at the sea to guarantee the future of the African race.

“Do not attempt plans to export Uganda’s URANIUM, for President Museveni looks to cheaper forms of energy – nuclear energy – to drive Uganda’s industrialisation.”

He is already building human resource capacity to that end, way he did with UPDF Engineering Brigade for construction of our railway before he inspired EA regional leaders at a Kampala Heads of State Infrastructural Summit, now known as Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit, to embark on joint infrastructural projects; Standard Gauge Railway – Joint oil pipeline etc, she argued.

“Never before in history of Uganda have we embarked on massive infrastructure development as is the case today.”

Asked about Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi’s chances at Presidency; Kagingo said the fact that Hon. Mbabazi has worked with President Museveni for decades, served as Security Minister and several other positions where the term Super Minister was coined to describe him before becoming Prime Minister yet he is not on record for disagreeing with President Museveni on matters of policy or anything, would affect his chances, as many doubt, he has new ideas to breathe in government or why he did not while he was still influential.

Kagingo was, however, critical of some of the police officers who arrest political activists from press conferences or incarcerate an innocent blogger (Kagingo together with human rights advocate, Nicholas Opiyo, and several bloggers went to Nagalama Police station and bailed out Danny T).

Kagingo believes President Museveni’s work method is to reach out to opposition and create convergence of views.

She said belligerence on the part of some policemen dents the President’s legacy and should not be tolerated.

Why Museveni 

What the world needs to pick interest in is the fact that for first time in the history of Africa, a leader serves a country for three decades but remains popular, she argued.

While appearing on The Zeitgeist, an online radio station by Uganda youths about topical issues ranging from politics, economy, culture to policy, Kagingo was acclaimed by tweeps as the “only voice who makes sense for government”.

She says the Museveni-led Uganda is credited for regional peace and security; recently restoring order in Juba South Sudan and averting genocide…the peace mission in Liberia and now Uganda contributes the largest contingent of forces to AMISOM in Somalia, etc.

“Museveni is also one of the most widely consulted African leaders.”

Flanked by FDC’s Shawn Mubiru and Godiva Akullo, a Pan-African Fiminist on Role of Digital Media in Elections, Kagingo was asked why she continues to play digital diplomacy for President Museveni yet she was hounded by a clique of powerful women including a Major Edith Nakalema.

She said reported the same woman to police on assault and threatening violence yet on orders of Inspector General of Police, the file was shelved and Major Nakalema was not reprimanded.

Kagingo said it is her civic duty as well as right and obligation to engage in affairs concerning her country and a President elected by millions.

She later told The Insider, “do not worry about the injustice I may have gone through; belligerents have a way to self-detonate. Give them time. When Major Nakalema is no longer under tight security guard, I will seek justice. I have my police reference”.

“When you are a victim of rogue police officers, don’t stop on hashtag. Report them to Professional Standards Unit. Follow up the case,” she advised.

She was asked about the Shs 4bn State House social media that cost former presidential press secretary, Tamale Mirundi, his job but Kagingo said: “I am not aware that we are planning a 3-4bn shillings social media investment for the election.”

Respect for aspirants 

She also used the opportunity to castigate youth who bury living politicians saying:”You don’t go to organise the burial of a Living Human being and call that expressing you political views”.

Recently, youth held a mock burial of presidential hopeful, Amama Mbabazi, in Gulu town saying he was “politically dead”.

Kagingo urged then to convince the electorate about candidate of their choice and make sure they go to polling stations and vote instead of antagonising each other and leaders.

“What is the purpose of our generation? We must get to the bottomline of this and pursue it, not antagonise.”

Kagingo called on Ugandans to treat all aspirants and later candidates with respect saying she holds Rt. Hon. Mbabazi in high regard and President Museveni is on record personally thanking Rt. Hon. Mbabazi for his contribution to the motherland.

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