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    Epilepsy Kills Sergeant Kifulugunyu At 79

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    Celebrated Veteran Soldier Steven Sempagala a.k.a Sergeant Kifulugunyu who used to compose songs for the NRA during the Liberation Bush War in the 80s has passed on. Kifulugunyu collapsed yesterday 14th November 2017 at his Home in Kawempe a Kampala Suburb.

    According to Kifulugunyu’s wife Sauda, her husband collapsed after a heavy rain pour, he was picked and rushed to – Mulago Refferal Hospital where he died. It is believed that Kifulugunyu was epileptic and he used to get these attacks regularly.

    Srg. Kifulungunyu after collapsing

    Kifulugunyu is a young brother of the Late Eclasy Kawala the father of Afrigo band singer Joanita Kawalya. Kifulugunyu started music as a result of his brother being that he had laid for him footsteps to follow. He composed songs like, Omwoto which gravity manipulated , Freedom among others.

    It is believed he has died cursing the current government for not hailing him alive and leaving him to rot in the ghettos when after contributing a lot in motivating the demoralized soldiers during the bush war and bringing this government into power.

    Kifulugunyu was one time heard telling friends that if he had not performed for the Queen of England during CHOGM conference in Kampala, he would still be sleeping like a rat, it was the Queen who gave him a token of thanks  that enabled him to build a house in Kawempe – Kirokole Zone.

     

    ABOUT KIFULUGUNYU

    • Sgt. Steven Ssempagala aka Sgt. Kifulugunyu was born on January 8, 1937 to Elifaza Bulasiyo Mwebe and Phoebe Nalumanga in Namiringa village, Wakiso district.
    • He dropped out of school in P4 after discovering how a car engine works and picking interest in driving. His father knew how stubborn his son was and did not force him back to school. He joined the garage to become a mechanic. But things were not as rosy as he had anticipated, so when an opportunity to join the army showed up in 1964, he took it.
    • He served the army for 43 years and retired in 2008 at the rank of Sergeant. Kifurungunyu is a musician and claims to be the singer behind songs such as Nitasonga, Kino kye kiseera, Mwoto nawaaka, Kibonge among others.
    • He was married to Saudha Nalubega and both are residents of kilokole – Ttula in Kawempe.
    • He had many children and, like his father, could not tell the exact number.

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    You Are Bringing Down Weasel And My Brand Which I Worked So Hard To Build – Teta Blasts Daniella As Battle Between Wives To The Mayanja’s Escalates…

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    Sandra Teta has warned singer Joseph Mayanja alias Jose Chameleon’s wife, Atim Daniella to stay out of her family business with husband, Douglas Mayanja alias Weasel Manizo.

    Teta’s warning follows a number of messages that Daniella has been passing out for some time on social media rebuking weasel for allegedly beating Teta.

    When social media was awash with rumours and pictures ot Teta allegedly battered by Weasel, Atim, through her social media handles started a campaign she dubbed ‘pressure after pressure’ with a goal of seeking justice for Teta.

    She noted that they should get justice for their girls and set a standard for the next generation of husbands and fathers.

    “Did we say pressure after pressure? Let’s decorate our walls on behalf of all Sandras, let’s get justice for our girls and set a standard for the next generation of husbands and fathers,” she said.

    Atim further insisted that she is not going watch Weasel die a careless death like his brothers late Moses Ssekibogo alias Moze Radio and AKA47 adding that it is clear Weasel and Sandra need JESUS.

    As though that was not enough, Daniella, penned a letter to Weasel and Chameleon’s mother reminding her of her God given power and authority to raise her children.

    “Dear mother-in-law, you and I know this is Sandra’s head after stitches. This one time she had courage and reported to police with the encouragement of some of her friends who include Claire Selina Nangajja alias maamaghetto (Butcherman’s wife),” she said.

    Daniella added, “But you dear mama talked her out of it, you talked her out of it and told her she can’t do that to the father of her kids. You see when we love your boys, we become your children too and we yearn that you protect us as equally as you protect your boys, we hope that you can have honest conversations with your boys but you mama will instead say (we have to learn our husbands, what makes them happy and what annoys them. You also tell us that we need to understand that our husbands are celebrities).

    “Dear mama, this doesn’t bring any practical solutions, it only empowers them to keep up what they do because in your eyes it is always the woman’s fault, she must have provoked him you always say.

    “Dear mama, the time is now, take back your position as a parent and start doing the work, we have the most impact on our children, a duty entrusted to us by God. I will be panel beating them from this side as you start the most immediate work. You have the authority to do it, don’t undermine the power God handed you.

    “Let’s raise a generation of great husbands and fathers. You will be glad we put in the work.”

    Daniella’s campaign provoked Teta to come out and stop her from fighting her battles.

    Teta first appreciated the efforts of Daniella and Mama ghetto to fight for her, she however asked them to step down from her family issues.

    She stressed, “I would really want to appreciate Daniella and mama ghetto for the efforts put in (to fight for me) however I would kindly ask them to step out of my family issues because enough is enough.”

    Teta insisted that the campaigns that the two are doing are being run on speculations and rumours because none of them bothered to call her and ask her what really was going on or even ask if she was doing okay.

    “In this context, I would actually address Daniella because she is family. How do you start posting from one post to another without calling someone to really know whether whatever you are talking about is real.”

    She added, “Other than that, I would really ask them to step down from my family business and let me handle it as me Sandra Teta because this is my family you are talking about.

    “And another thing in this campaign, you are bringing down the brand Sandra Teta, I worked so hard to be who I am today and as well as Weasel so I would ask you to step out of it.”

    In response to Teta’s message, Daniella reiterated that Sandra needs as much Grace as they all can offer her because she is not okay.

    “Ofcourse, I have seen Sandra running her mouth speaking gibberish while living in Utopia. And that’s completely okay and not surprising,” she stated.

    She maintained, “This is exactly why she needs us all; Sandra needs as much Grace as we can all offer her, let’s keep encouraging her and even hyping her. We all know she needs it now.

    “No body expects it to be easy for her in fact we sympathize with every Sandra and only hope that they snap out of it just in time for us all to celebrate.”

    WEASEL BLASTS MAMA GHETTO

    Singer Weasel blasted mama ghetto, Butcherman’s wife, to get her nose out of his family.

    “Tell your wife to leave my family alone because she doesn’t know where we came from. She doesn’t know my wife; she doesn’t even know where she comes. Control her she will put things on the next level,” he told Butcherman.

    He added that mama ghetto doesn’t have evidence beyond reasonable doubt that he battered his wife.

    Daniella too skipped on this one and warned people to be wary of such humans who threaten their way out.

    “The type of arrogance the Bible warns you about. Such entitlement, an overwhelming need to control people, such disrespect. Dear good people, be wary of such humans who threaten their way out.”

     

    By Kalamira Hope and Joel Wansaale

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    It Took Me Four Years To Heal From Death Of My Son; Juliana Kanyomozi Narrates Her 8 Year Journey To Recovery After Losing Keron And Giving Birth Again…

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    Musician Juliana Kanyomozi

    Renowned musician Juliana Kanyomozi has disclosed that it took her four years to heal from the loss of her son, Keron Raphael Kabugo.

    Juliana is set to host a mega event dubbed ‘Boundless concert’ on 15th August, 2022, at Serena Hotel, Kampala, after eight years without stepping on stage.

    Juliana revealed that Keron grew up with asthma. However, they were used to it and even knew how to handle it whenever he was attacked.

    “We knew how to treat it and I even had a nebulizer at home. During school days, we dressed him in a certain way when it was warm or cold,” she said.

    Juliana further noted that part of the challenge was that Keron was very active in sports at school.

    “The day he got an attack, he was in the field playing soccer and it was cold. They called me at school and told me he had gotten an attack and so I went and picked him up and put him on a nebulizer as usual. However, this time round I would easily tell that the attack was terrible than usual.”

    She furthermore narrated that at night, she realised he was not breathing well and she decided to call a doctor who told her to take him to hospital, first thing in the morning.

    “So, I took him and they treated him. Later, we went back home, but then he got another attack and this time it didn’t stop. When I told his pediatrician, he told me he knows the best pediatrician in East Africa who is in Nairobi and so he asked me if we could take him there.”

    “We then made arrangements and got to Aga Khan hospital in Nairobi. But one week in, he continued to get worse and he passed on just like that.”

    Juliana contended that as a mother, she felt like she had done everything right and was wondering why God decided to take away her only child.

    She added that in the state of blaming herself for what had happened, someone made a statement to her that, “I would not be able to control everything.”

    Juliana emphasized that as small as the statement seemed, it made a lot of sense to her adding that as a mother, she thought she was in control of everything.

    “And so for me, it was such a lesson that in life, you can’t control everything. You can do the best as you can as a human being, but you can’t control everything and to me, that was like a lesson because it helped me come to terms with my son’s loss.”

    She however revealed that for her to start the healing process, it took a lot of time.

    Juliana asserted, “For me to start the healing process, it took me four years. Yes, I was singing but it is like I was like a robot because I was on and off.

    “I remember for four years I kept his room as it was from the time of his death and I would not touch his things. And they used to tell me that the healing process comes at a time when you don’t expect it. I remember waking up one day and I felt like I was ready and so I went and packed his things and took them for charity. That was the first moment I knew that the healing process had started.”

    When asked if social media worsened the condition she was going through, Juliana noted that sometimes it would and so she used to avoid it.

    Juliana maintained that some of the challenges she faced at that time was people asking her to get another child which was not as easy as they thought because a child is not like a phone that when you lose it, one would easily replace it with another.

    “I want people out there to know that when someone has lost their child, stop telling them to get another, it is insensitive because it is not what they want first of all at that moment and secondly a child is not going to be replaced just like that,” she cautioned.

    She added that it all happened after six years despite the pressure because the clock was ticking and so she was expected to give birth so first.

    Juliana went on to emphasize that in that moment of healing, she would be angry with God but at the same time was thankful.

    “I was so thankful for the eleven years God gave me with this boy, I was thankful He gave me an opportunity to be his mother. So, one minute I was angry and the other I was thankful.”

    When she was asked how she handled social media pressure after that moment and how bad being a public figure is, the legendary musician asserted that over time, she has learnt to be in control of what she puts on social media, what to share and not to share.

    She propounded, “That was not negotiable. There are certain aspects of my life that I decided are not for the public like my family, relationship and my child.”

    Juliana further re-echoed that she met so many judgemental people who kept asking her why she was not giving birth.

    “I wish people knew how insensitive and bad it is to ask a woman such a question because you don’t know what she is going through.”

    Speaking about her concert, Juliana noted that she is doing a lot of rehearsals to give her fans the best.

    “Everything I am planning for (my fans) that night will be a surprise so I just want you to come and see.”

    She also noted that the concert is for special guests, so everyone who is invited is a special guest.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Musician Angella Katatumba Reveals Why She Vowed Never To Cook For A Man, Narrates How She Dumped Daddy Andre And Another Man…

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    Renowned musician Angella Katatumba

    Renowned musician Angella Katatumba has vowed to forever stand on her word of never cooking for a man insisting that it is a backward mentality.

    Katatumba, who recently bought a new USD 85,700 Land cruiser that she paraded a few days back in remembrance of her father, Ambassador Boney Mwebesa Katatumba, told theGrapevine that she will forever stand by the motto of ‘no cooking’.

    “I will forever be on the motto of no cooking because to me its not just about cooking, you know for the longest time African women have not been properly educated claiming it is better to educate a son. And a lot of African girls haven’t been given property because the majority of families believe it is better to give the son heirship,” she emphasized.

    Katatumba divulged that there is a backward mentality that Africans do not invest in their girls which makes them (girls) think that they are just supposed to pray for a man to marry them so that they can be domesticated.

    “Me, I am lucky that my parents invested in me. If the boys are going to meet, Angella is going to be there, so my parents raised me on the same standard they raised the boys and that is why I am like this,” she told theGrapevine.

    She added, “The whole message is girls/women need to be on the same level as boys/men. If men are going to look for money in banks, if they are hustling, do the same. If your lucky to have a partner and be married, be partners but be of value. Don’t just think you were meant to clean, cook and be kept in the house.”

    Katatumba contended that all that is summarised in ‘I don’t cook’ but mainly it is about empowering women and telling them that yes, they can have their marriages, love life and children but also should be independent and make money.

    When we asked her if she is in a relationship, Katatumba stressed that she is currently single and contented but open for a serious person.

    “As of now I am single and contented, but open (to a serious person) but it is not like I depend on anyone. You know, a lot of girls here are raised to think that without a man you are nothing. It is amazing how backward our culture is,” she maintained.

    When asked about ex-lover, Ojambo Andrew alias Daddy Andre, Katatumba stressed that, that chapter was 100% closed.

    “I moved on from him, I even dated after him and also the relationship didn’t work so now, I am just single and so it is a negative.”

    When we asked her the kind of man she would like, Katatumba revealed that she would love someone who is more developmental than she is.

    “Somebody who is liberal, open-minded, someone who can support me, as we support each other and we build each other.”

    She propounded that she wouldn’t want someone to come with rules and regulations, because such a person is exposed to the local mentality.

    Katatumba furthermore emphasized that those who are scared of managing her should indeed stay away from her and not come to frustrate her.

    “The men who are scared of me can scatter. God has the right person for me. So, with that in mind I don’t stress. Most importantly, I am not desperate for a man so I don’t even have to put myself in a desperate corner to be belittled by a man,” she told theGrapevine.

    When we asked her about the Ministry of Education directive banning musicians from performing in schools because of their dress code, Angella said that anything to do with children has to be appropriate.

    “On that, we have to learn to deal with different audiences in different ways,” she stressed.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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