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    Interfaith Prayers Held For Dr. Celestine Barigye, A ‘Rare Gem In This Generation’…



    Wednesday last week, was a ‘D-Day’ at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital as a Thanksgiving Mass was organized for the Hospital Director Dr. Celestine Barigye.

    Earlier thought to be an internal arrangement, it was irresistible to refrain people from all walks of life who thronged the hospital premises.

    Heavenly speaking, it’s healthy and fit to say God thank you for the life of the man whose astonishing recovery lasted for about four months.

    He had been diagnosed with a swelling on the brain which was effectively dealt with, catapulting his fresh comeback.

    The function which was streamed live across different social networks was graced by religious leaders from different denominations.

    Fr. Didas Tumwine, the Hospital Chaplain led the mass and the main theme was extracted from Joshua 1:9 and it says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”.

    Fr. Tumwine reminded the congregation that Dr Barigye’s healing was a gesture that God still wanted to use him to do His work on this planet earth.

    He further assured them that the position one is holding is not only by human making but divinely inspired.

    “It’s through His goodness that Dr Barigye is alive and fit. Who knew who would come alive, not even the hospital administration, supporting staff, different heads of departments, family and relatives. We were all expectant and indeed God made it”, he says.

    Dr Deus Twesigye, a Senior Consultant General Surgeon who spoke on behalf of the hospital staff said that the Hospital Director’s sickness threw them in panic mode.

    But, his return stirred happiness among Mbarara community and Uganda at large and the Hospital is at it again.

    “Dr Barigye is a unique gentle man, we love him, he is a very good team player and a social gentleman. There is a lot to talk about him. He is the one behind most of these mushrooming structures including the perimeter wall which has created sanity.”, he says.

    He was further talked about as a transformative man who lobbied for many projects such as the administration block.

    To Dr Twesigye, for long, the administration was housed in the university building with inadequate space to accommodate administrators.

    The functionalization of Computed Tomography (CT) scan services couldn’t be   omitted from the catalogue of his achievements.

    “When he came in he found our CT scan services were grounded and the cause was known; he took some courage and took some members to courts of law, they lost a case and rectified the problem. Ever since the CT scan has never broken down, there are a lot of things to talk about Dr Barigye”, he adds.

    Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital is the teaching center of Mbarara University with some of the staff serving as both lecturers and clinicians in the hospital.

    The prevailing harmonious existence between two institutions calls for a charismatic and an accommodative leader which Dr Barigye has achieved.

    “We cherish the partnership between the Hospital and the Medical School. As stewards, let us serve humanity and make these two entities better”, Prof. Joseph Ngonzi says.


    Prof Joseph Ngonzi, the Dean Faculty of Medicine described Dr Barigye as a ‘rare gem in this generation’ as he prayed for his strength to continue performing good works that the Government of Uganda and God entrusted him with.

    His note address was delivered by the Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital Public Relations Officer Halson Kagure as he has been in Belgium for official errands.

    However, the MUST community was represented by Prof Nixon Kamukama, the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of academics and his speech was spot-on.

    A soft-spoken Prof Kamukama hailed him as a great mentor and a developmental leader who has greatly contributed to the growth of MRRH and MUST.

    “We thank God because He has given him another chance. What we thought to be the end of the road turned out to be a corner. We thank God for giving our mentor a second chance”, he said.

    Prof. John Iraka Owange, the Hospital Board Chairman says that Dr Barigye is a great friend and his sudden sickness made him fall sick. He described him as a man who has united people regardless of age, religious creed adding that he still has a lot to do for this institution.

    “Barigye represents that group of people who don’t see the difference between the Greek and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Tutsi and Hutu, is that kind of person; May God bless him”, he says.

    Mr Robert Kanusu, the Mbarara City South Division Resident Commissioner joined the congregation to thank God for the life of Dr Barigye.

    Kanusu, who was the guest of honor, reminisces about unsolicited social media news which he said shocked them as he praised God for restoring his health.

    “…And indeed, God has made it possible for us to meet him, to interface with him in good health. When you meet him, you may even wonder whether he has been sick! His smile remains standard as it was, he remains jolly, very encouraging and inspiring’, he says.

    Men of God Ask the Lord…….

     “…. In the name of the Almighty Allah the most gracious, the most merciful praise be to Allah the cherisher and sustainer of the world

    We thank you for sustaining us. We thank you for sustaining Dr Barigye. May the Almighty Allah give us strength, praise all we have done here”, Sheikh Siraj Ntutumu, Secretary Religious Affairs UMSC, Mbarara branch.

    “…..On behalf of Dr Celestine Barigye and his wife Ruth Birungi, we join our faith today to ask you Lord to forgive us where we didn’t do the right thing and where we did the right thing oh God I pray that you bless this function, bless the life of Dr Celestine Barigye and his family, bless with double portion where they have lost a lot strength, things, wealth, time. Lord, today may you reward him with a double portion and preserve him, protect him, cover him with precious with your precious blood that was shed on the cross….”, Bishop Cyrus Tayebwa, the Provincial Overseer of Ankole National Fellowship of Born-Again Pentecostal Churches

    “Father Lord we are ending this service but we are commissioning you to go and tell others that God heals. And you did it many times in the bible even today… we can witness that Jesus heals… Father Lord we are going and you do promise us in psalms 121 that I shall ever be with you as ever you go out and even going in.., May you extend our thanksgiving to that great man Dr Celestine Barigye and Ruth his wife. We thank you for the Administration, MUST administration and progress we see because of the good work relationship with the Director….”, The Very Rev. Canon Bobs Mwesigye, Dean of Ankole Diocese


    About the Author:

    Halson Kagure is the Public Relations Officer of Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital, a Government Hospital serving as a teaching center of Mbarara University of Science and Technology and other Medical Schools in the country.



    Leaders Of Traders Panicking After M7 Directs Investigation Over Allegations Of An Invisible Foreign Hand Fueling Their Strikes To Sabotage Economy…



    L-R: Some of the leaders of traders: Godfrey Katongole, David Kabanda and Thadeus Musoke

    Kampala Metropolitan Senior Minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda has exclusively confirmed to theGrapevine that president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed the country’s intelligence organs and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to investigate the alleged invisible hand behind traders’ leadership.

    She explained that preliminary investigations have established that some leaders of traders who are advocating for endless strikes are biased in their decisions because there is an invisible hand pushing them with an agenda of sabotaging the country’s economy and creating an ungovernable situation.

    “We know whatever they are planning. Our people are on ground, so they should stand warned,” Kabanda said.

    She revealed that President Museveni was shocked to establish that in Kampala city alone, traders have more than 30 associations and each one of them has command.

    This has created suspicion and the need for an investigation to establish their true motives.

    The development comes at a time when traders are threatening to go into a two months strike without opening their shops in the city center if president Museveni doesn’t address their demands including the banning of the Electronic Receipting and Invoicing System (EFRIS).

    On 7th May 2024, Museveni directed Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to sit down with leaders of traders and sort out their differences.

    The President guided that once these leaders and URA agree, they should make a joint report which they should read to him and other traders on 20th of June 2024 at Kololo independence grounds.

    However, before that meeting, Minister Kabanda has disclosed that Museveni is set to meet leaders of traders in the State House to have some issues sorted out noting that government is doing everything in its power to make sure that what happened on 7th May 2024 never happens again.

    She explained that it was bad for traders to shout at the President and embarrass senior government officials to the extent of accusing some of corruption insisting that traders’ behavior sent a warning signal to government that there must be an invisible hand influencing and facilitating them.

    theGrapevine has established that the leadership of Kampala City Traders Association(KACITA) led by Thadeus Musoke Nagenda, Federation of Uganda Traders Association(FUTA), Katukazane Shoe Dealers, Kampala Arcaders Advocacy Forum, United Arcarders Traders Enterprenuers Association,  Uganda Needy and Squatters Association have resolved to join hands and strategise on how to come up with a common voice before the President.

    Highly placed sources in intelligence have revealed to theGrapevine that all eyes are on David Kabanda who is being investigated for working for some opposition bigwigs who promised him support in the coming elections.

    Sources said that Kabanda wants to become the city councilor on Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago’s council.

    However, veteran journalist and the Senior presidential advisor on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi advised Museveni not to take lightly statements made in the United Kingdom’s House of Lords that King Charles’s leadership should influence regime change in Uganda.

    He explained that the western powers are going to use all the available means to sabotage Museveni’s leadership insisting that there is invisible hand in traders’ frequent strikes.

    But a section of KACITA leadership told theGrapevine that there are people in President Museveni’s government who are facilitating the creation of endless traders associations with the aim of benefiting from them and fighting the unity among traders.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    Mukono Municipality In Crisis After NUP Mayor Nkoyoyo Is Admitted To Mulago Hospital Without Money For Treatment…



    Bedridden Mukono Municipality mayor Erisa Mukasa Nkoyoyo. Inset is the area MP Betty Nambooze

    Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireke has confirmed that the Municipality’s mayor Erisa Mukasa Nkoyoyo has been admitted to Mulago Specialised Hospital.

    Nambooze explained that last week, she went to hospital to check on him and discovered that his health condition was worsening.

    She said that Nkoyoyo needs very expensive medicine which he has to buy from one of the big pharmacies near the hospital because inside the hospital the medicine is not there.

    She added that because of the expensive medicine, Nkoyoyo is buying it in piecemeal which places his life in more danger.

    She disclosed that the Municipality has no money for his treatment.

    Few months back, theGrapevine reported how Mukono Municipality town clerk Majeran Luboyera and other technocrats rushed Nkoyoyo to Butabika mental hospital but he was later discharged.

    Friends and family members cited witchcraft in Nkoyoyo’s sickness claiming that his political competitors who want his office come 2026 are the ones who want him dead.

    Luboyera confirmed that Nkoyoyo’s absence has created a leadership crisis in the Municipality because currently, it is like the Municipality has no mayor.

    Since the day Nkoyoyo decided to attend the local government retreat at Kyankwanzi leadership training, National Unity Platform principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) him a betrayer.

    The party leadership stopped Nkoyoyo from attending the said retreat but he defied them and attended.

    Nkoyoyo later explained that his decision was based on his hunger to develop the Municipality and they could not achieve the development they wanted without working together with the ruling party.


    By Grapevine Reporter


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    RDC Mbabazi, Sseninde In Secret Tug Of War Over NRM Ticket For Wakiso District Woman Legislator…



    Rosemary Nansubuga Sseninde (R) and Justine Mbabazi (L)

    The mighty Grapevine can exclusively reveal that Rosemary Nansubuga Sseninde and Justine Mbabazi are in a secret fight over the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket for Wakiso District Woman Member of Parliament.

    In the 2021 parliamentary election, Sseninde was defeated little known Betty Naluyima who held the National Unity Platform (NUP) ticket.

    After the defeat, President Museveni dropped her as the junior Minister for Education.

    However, because of the good relationship Sseninde has with the first lady maama Janet Kataha Museveni, she was appointed as a Director at NRM Secretariat in charge of mobilization.

    When theGrapevine asked her whether she is coming back in elective politics, she only responded with “don’t wake them up”.

    We have established that she is making clandestine mobilization to contest for the same seat come 2026.

    But political observers in Wakiso told theGrapevine that Sseninde is going to find a hard task to secure the NRM ticket because Mbabazi is also interested in the same ticket and she is also doing clandestine mobilization.

    “Mbabazi is on the ground, she always stands with people when it comes to the situation of challenges, especially on the land issues. Minister Sam Mayanja has also helped her to popularize herself because whenever he goes for a land matter, he has to go with her and praise her before the public as a very hard working lady and an NRM cadre,” one of the political observers said.

    However, Sseninde is also not sleeping. She is using her position NRM director Mobilisation to hit two birds with one stone.

    She is popularizing President Museveni’s achievements across the whole country and at the same time doing ground mobilization among the locals in Wakiso district.

    Others interested in the seat are Rose Kirabira, Sylivia Namutyaba, Naluyimba is also coming back among others.


    By Hadijjah Namagembe


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