Opinion: Tumwebaze, A Victim Of Witch-Hunt

By Duncan Abigaba

Rumour has been circulating around that the Minister for Presidency and Kampala Capital City Hon. Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze is on forced leave pending an investigation into 10 billion Shillings found on his fixed deposit account in Crane Bank.

Of course these allegations have been rubbished as per the clarification from the Office of the Prime Minister where the Prime Minister who is the immediate supervisor of Hon. Tumwebaze granted him his annual leave in a letter dated 19th December, store 2014.

In another letter dated18th December, 2014, Hon. Tumwebaze had written to the Prime Minister seeking to go on leave. Of course as per the Public Service standing orders, the minister just like any other public servant is entitled to his annual leave.

The person of Hon. Tumwebaze has been brought down by these allegations but it is imperative that he has been an extra ordinary leader.

Hon. Tumwebaze was born on 1st December, 1975. He obtained a Bsc. Education from Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). While at MUST, he served as a Speaker in the student’s guild before going on to become the publicity secretary of the Uganda National Students’ Association (UNSA).

It was while at MUST that his intellect caught the eye of the late Brig. Noble Mayombo who took him on for mentorship. In 2000, he worked as a customs officer in Uganda Revenue Authority until 2001 when he was appointed Deputy RDC and posted to Iganga District. His intellect continued to attract the eye of the President who appointed him Special Presidential Assistant in charge of research and information in 2003.

In 2005, he resigned and contested for Member of Parliament for Kibale County in Kamwenge District which he won and went on to become the Chairperson of Finance, Planning and Economic Development committee in parliament. In the same year, he graduated with M.A. International Relations and Diplomatic Studies from Makerere University.


He returned to Parliament in 2011 and was appointed Minister for Presidency and Kampala Capital City on 15th August, 2012. This was an extraordinary score for a fresher in cabinet.

Under his tenure as Minister for the Presidency and Kampala Capital City, a lot has been achieved. I will mention but a few.

The old dilapidated city markets such as the Wandegeya market have been transformed into modern markets; around 117 Km of tarmac road has been constructed, there has been development and transformation of taxi parks such as the new taxi park, and the city has been cleared of street vendors who have been allocated other areas where they are comfortably operating from etc.

He has also been instrumental in shaping the political struggles and restoration of order at the City Hall. For the past few years, Kampala has been cleared of political chaos which has created an enabling environment for business to triumph.

Hon. Tumwebaze has also transformed the image of the Presidency by bridging the gap between the Presidency and the populace through appointment of young turks like Morrison Rwakakamba who are friendly and approachable by the masses. He also has ensured appointment of the youth into RDC positions. Averagely, the age of RDCs is now 35 years.

One of the great sons of Africa and Noble Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Tutu once said that “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

Let’s speak against this injustice against a comrade.

Duncan Abigaba is a member of the NRM Youth League.

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