Profile: I’m a senior man now-Tamale


Tamale Mirundi (Photo by Daily Monitor)

Former presidential press secretary, Tamale Mirundi, says he is now happy and satisfied in his new position as Senior Presidential Advisor on Media.

Mirundi was Friday evening replace with his deputy, Lindah Nabusayi, in a State House reshuffle.

He confirmed to NTV in a phone interview that he had been promoted from civil servant to a full politician.

“I have been promoted. That position (presidential press secretary) was for a civil servant but now, am a fully politician,” he said.

“I have been given freedom to do what I want. I can address a rally now and do anything I like,” he added.

Mirundi says his new deployment will give him more time to focus on ‘issues’.

“I am a very happy man, you can’t miscarry when you have a baby. That is stupidity”

He admitted there was infighting in State House which he has been talking about on radio stations.

“People fight in State House when there is money like now in election time or when they are seeking the president’s attention,” he said.

The change comes at a time when the state house communication team under which Mirundi works, has been reported to be embroiled in infighting.

“But I am a senior man now,” Mirundi who been in State House for 13 years, says.

He also says that since he is no longer a civil servant, this now gives him the freedom to speak his mind on any issue.

In May this year, Mirundi was appointed as an advisor to the cabinet of Isaabaruuli Mwogezi Butamanya, the Baruuli cultural leader, because of his experience in political matters.

Buruli chiefdom based in Nakasongola District, like Banyala chiefdom in Kayunga District, isn’t recognised by Buganda Kingdom and Tamale is a known critic of the Buganda Kingdom and its projects.

About Tamale

Mirundi told Daily Monitor years back that his mother is not sure of his age but she thinks he was born between 1960 and 1964 in Matale village, Rakai District.

He is the ninth child of his mother.

His parents are Molly Mirundi and the late Tamale Mirundi.

“We had cannibals and witchdoctors in our village, these are all things I witnessed firsthand,” Mirundi says of his home village.

His desire to become a journalist started in Senior Three in 1980 at Rubaga SS.

Mirundi caused commotion in school when the literature teacher asked the class to write an imaginary story.

He imagined himself as a love letter being written by a lover and sent through the post office.

“In my story, the love letter was collected by my teacher; she put it in her bra, went home, stripped herself naked and began reading the love letter as I was peeping between her legs,” Mirundi told Monitor.

The letter was sent to the head teacher who deliberated for days what to do with Mirundi but later forgave him on condition that he becomes a journalist.

Mirundi would later become a part time writer at Munno newspaper and a newspaper vendor.

He once stood for Member of Parliament in his constituency but lost miserably.

Perhaps its because Mirundi has no friends since “I inherited my mother’s arrogance”.

He came to Kampala in 1979 and in 1981, Mirundi impregnated a fellow student.

His first son was born in the same year but the mother (her family was rich) was taken to London immediately after she delivered.

In the 2000s, Mirundi was employed as presidential press secretary in State House.

He also worked as a Public Relations officer at KPM Kampala from February 2004 to December 2006 (2 years 11 months).

Tamale has a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication from Makerere University.

He is refined in the art of broadcasting and public speaking.

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