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It further alleged that Mbabazi’s family had wanted to keep the function small and non-political but they were surprised to get communication from State House that the president would attend the function.
“Our plan was just to celebrate the life of Ruhindi without bringing in politics. There was a proposal to invite Museveni for another public function in Kanungu later in the year,” Observer quoted the source as saying.
However, in a press statement issued on the same day, which Chimpreports has seen, State House said “President Museveni is not in the habit of inviting himself to any ceremony.”
The statement further read: “Even where he is invited, his protocol and diplomatic offices always schedule His Excellency’s programmes which are then communicated to the administration of Statehouse for facilitation. There is no scheduled programme for the President in Kabale this weekend.”
Information Minister, Rose Namayanja warned the media against peddling lies.
“This is to express our outer disappointment with the kind of reporting by your reporter who decided to indulge in hearsay and went ahead to publish claims he could not substantiate,” said Namayanja.
“While the media, using `anonymous’ sources and political wannabes such as Rev. Fr. Gaetano Batanyenda, is desirous of creating and imagining situations that would disparage the person of the President, it is only fair that they remain impartial in their reporting and be open minded to hearing the other side of the story.”
The development comes against the backdrop of a bitter power struggle between Museveni and Amama Mbabazi.
It is thought Mbabazi wants to challenge Museveni for president in 2016, a charge the Prime Minister has dismissed.
The Observer reported that ceremony to celebrate Rev Canon Geresom Ruhindi’s life and service to Kigezi diocese will take place on Sunday at Rugarama cathedral in Kabale town.
Ruhindi, 98, is the father of Jacqueline Mbabazi and Hope Mwesigye – wife and sister-in-law to the prime minister respectively.