This past Monday, tragedy struck at the plush residence of State Minister for Water Resources Ronald Kibuule in Mbalala, Mukono.
His two-year-old twins drowned in a sprawling swimming pool.
“They were just playing like any kids. They drowned,” Kibuule mourned.
Hundreds of high ranking government officials, businessmen and locals graced the funeral ceremonies.
What struck mourners was the vast residential property owned by the 35-year-old minister.
Mourners were mesmerized by the plush lifestyle the youthful minister lives.
Chimp Corps today unveil details about the residence which is said to have cost the minister about Shs 5bn.
The front windows are unusually tall and provide stunning light and a wonderful view over gardens to the Royal Hospital beyond. The master bedroom has a view over the garden and a large en suite bathroom. The lower ground floor comprises a sitting room/snug and three further bedrooms and bathrooms, plus a utility and two storage rooms.
The mansion which houses the Minister’s second wife is located at Mbalala village in Mukono district along Kampala-Jinja highway and sits on approximately six acres of land.
The two storey playboy-like pad boasts two large living rooms fully Installed with the state-of-the-art entertainment equipment.
The front windows are unusually tall and provide stunning light and a wonderful view over neatly kept gardens and beyond.
The master bedroom has a view over the plush compound and a large en suite bathroom.
The lower ground floor comprises an elegant living room and exotic bedrooms.
The beautiful high ceilings and views over a swimming pool provides generously proportioned and well-balanced accommodation throughout, where the space has been organised to create maximum flexibility for comfortable family living.
Also visible inside this mansion is the strategically placed security system with highly sophisticated alarms.
The Minister also is guarded by heavily-armed soldiers.
He also retains a security guard at the gate with multiple helpers to cook for his family and attend to the vast compound.
On the exterior of the residential structure are several side balcons overlooking a well kept green compound peppered with beautiful flowers and fruit trees.
The compound also has neat drive-through and walkways leading to a large parking space that accommodates up to 50 vehicles.
Apart from the exotic floral gardens, the residence also has a fully functioning health club with a gym, steam and sauna complex.
The luxury property also boasts a fully-stocked bar and an entertainment club overlooking a large swimming pool.
The flamboyant Minister also built a magnificent self-contained guest house that accommodates his exclusive visitors.
Still on security at his residence, Kibuule deploys menacingly fierce and muscular bulldogs that keep patrolling the compound at night.
Amusingly, the minister still maintains his old yellow house on the extreme side of the compound – perhaps to remind him of his humble origin.
Kibuule was born on 20 January 1984 in Kasenge Village, Nama sub-county to Zefania Lusebeya, a businessman, and Grace Naguta, a housewife.
He attended St. John’s Education Center, in Mukono Town, and completed his primary leaving examination there.
He then joined Mukono Parents High School where he completed his O-Level education in 2002 and his A-Level education in 2004. He was admitted to Uganda Christian University in 2003.
He studied social work, graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor of Social Work and Social Administration degree.
Rise of Kibuule
While still in elementary school, Kibuule acted in a school play where he played the character of the President of Uganda.
The guest of honor at that function was Al Hajji Moses Kigongo, the vice chairman of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) political party. Kigongo took an interest in Kibuule and over time he became a close acquaintance.
He introduced the young man to NRM leaders, including Amama Mbabazi, the former party secretary general and President Museveni.
Kibuule became close to Mbabazi, who became his guardian and benefactor. Mbabazi, at that time the Minister of Security, paid Kibuule’s school fees at high school and at university. The young man became an aide to this high-ranking cabinet minister.
Between 2006 and 2011, he served as a councilor for Kasenge Parish in Nama-sub-county. In 2011, he won the Mukono County North parliamentary seat and is still the incumbent.
During his tenure in Mukono District and national politics, he has made friends with many Chinese investors who have set up industries, factories, and warehouses in Mukono District, especially along the Kampala-Jinja Highway.