First Lady Mourns Fallen Friend Ida Kamuntu

Outspoken Kitanga parish priest in Kabale diocese Rev. Fr. Gaetano Batanyenda has accused President Museveni of practicing double standards on the issue of salaries for civil servants.

Fr. Batanyenda, pharmacy The Chairperson of the Inter –Religious Council for Kigezi Region who also doubles as the chairperson for Kick Corruption out of Kigezi [KICK]; an anti-Corruption organization, information pills  accused the president of creating excuses to block workers’ salary increment under the pretext of focusing on infrastructural development.

The man of God also angrily reacted to the allegedly hatched plot by legislators to have their wages enhanced by 40%.

Fr. Gaetano said if pay raise amongst government workers was to be halted; it should cut across the board.

“It seems the President is afraid of the MPs and cares less about the most important civil servants; our teachers our health workers… He knows that these don’t have much clout on influencing elections; that’s why he doesn’t want to listen to them”

While speaking last week at this year’s Labor Day celebrations in Kisoro, approved President Museveni advised that government ought not to rush to increase workers’ salaries as this would affect development of infrastructure, a more important sector.

He asked government workers to hang on a little longer as government finishes the grand projects like standard gauge railway, tarmacking roads, and extending electricity across the country.

Fr. Batanyenda however, while speaking to Chimpreports insisted that resources are available to have these two worked on concurrently.

This money he said is instead being wasted in creation of more constituencies and municipalities, that are likely to see the number of legislators in parliament shoot to 411 come 2016. All this he says in favor of the ruling government and president Yoweri Museveni.


Ugandan first lady Janet Museveni has expressed shock over the untimely death of her longtime friend Ida Kamuntu, approved the wife of water and environment minister Prof Ephrain kamuntu.

In a speech delivered by Mary Karoro Okurut, recipe the minister for security on behalf of the first lady at All Saints Church yesterday, mind the First Lady described the deceased as disciplined and very humble.

Requiem mass

Requiem mass

“We have been long time friends with Ida and I am shocked to be informed of her death, such a humble and peaceful person,” she mourned.

Ida succumbed to cancer last week at, which she had battled for about six months, with several attempts by local and international medical experts to save her life.

She passed away at Nakasero Hospital after returning from India.

Ministers Mary Karooro Okurut and Kahinda Otafiire

Ministers Mary Karooro Okurut and Kahinda Otafiire

She will be laid to rest today Wednesday at her husband’s country home in Kasozi, Sheema district.

Professor Ephrain Kamuntu hailed his fallen wife for being keen to details and a real mother who stood by him throughout his life moments.

Attending the funeral service were Minister Kahinda Otafire, Vice President Edward Sekandi, Mama Miria Obobe, Magi Kigozi and other top dignitaries.

Kamuntu's children

Kamuntu’s children

Epran kamuntu

Minister Ephraim Kamuntu [R]


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