Media tweets Pope, abandons Museveni


President Yoweri Museveni this morning has a press conference at Morolinga State Lodge in Napak District.

As is the case, media houses was expected to tweet live the president’s conference for the benefit of their readers.

The government-owned leading daily, New Vision, ignored their boss while most media houses concentrated on Pope Francis’ mass held at University of Nairobi Grounds Thursday morning.

There were no tweets on their official handle @newvisionwire concerning Museveni’s press conference.

Even the vision owned Urban TV switched from Museveni’s press conference to tweet Pope’s mass.

NBS TV and Daily Monitor also had their full attention on the Pope.

It was NTV Uganda that managed to remember after the Pope had ended his mass, to say a word or two about Museveni’s press conference.

Only Sarah Kagingo who for reasons we don’t understand keeps President Museveni’s back despite being hounded was seen tweeting.

An analysis of her “Museveni tweets” today shows she did not attract as many retweets as those on Pope’s visit.

#PopeInKenya was not only trending in Kenya but also in Uganda on various social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter.

This comes only a day after NRM Secretary General, Kasule Lumumba, accused media of being biased and ignoring Museveni’s rallies.

Lumumba says media is giving attention to one presidential candidate [unnamed] and ignoring the country’s president.

Pope visit more important?

Lumumba yesterday was forced to write on social media clarifying that National Resistance Movement – NRM welcoming the Pope doesn’t mean that he’s coming here for political reasons anyone can welcome him.

“NRM has people from all religions I’m a Catholic myself and if any other religious leader was coming to Uganda we would welcome him or her too so please don’t make insinuations that NRM is taking advantage of the pope’s visit everyone is invited to go see the pope.”

KCCA beautifies city

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) was also prompted to recruit over 600 support staff to assist workers charged with beautifying the city and maintaining neatness during Pope Francis’s visit starting tomorrow.

KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi told press Wednesday that the casual workers will be on standby to ensure that the city is clean and clear.

KCCA workers will be replacing old street lights, sealing open manholes and desilting blocked drainage channels at flood-prone areas.

KCCA was allotted Shs15bn for the maintenance of the city ahead of the Pope’s visit in areas around Kasanga –Gaba, Chwa II, Rubaga road, Entebbe Road, and around Nakumat, Jinja Road, Kintu, Bombo, Nile Avenue, Ring Road, King George, Loudel, Yusuf Lule road and parts of Mukwano Road etc.

At Munyonyo martyrs’ Shrine, where the Pope is expected to meet teachers and catechists, road works, lighting and paving have been completed, as well as at Rubaga Cathedral.

Presidential candidates invited

The Catholic Church has already invited all presidential candidates for the open-air Mass to be presided over by Pope Francis this Saturday.

Bishop Joseph Franzelli, the head of media and communications for the Catholic Church organising committee, says President Museveni will halt campaigns to receive the pontiff at the airport this Friday.

Independent presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi, also announced suspension of campaign to attend the Namugongo Martyrs shrine Papal Mass.

This goes to FDC’s Kizza Besigye as well.

10,000 Youth to attend

The Holy Father will have a personal contact with the sick, disabled &poor people accompanied by Church leaders at Nalukolongo.

10,000 youth, who will be close to Pontiff at Kololo, have already been accredited.

The Pope will address the youth at Kololo from all parts of the country before addressing about 3780 guests invited to Namugongo.

The mass at Catholic shrine will take two hours starting at 9:30 a.m.

The Holy Father will unveil a commemorative plaque and proceed to the museum where the 25 martyrs were tortured and killed by the King of Buganda.

The Pope will later pay a curtsey visit to President Museveni at State House.

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