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President Yoweri Museveni has described former Permanent Secretary and State House Comptroller Thecla Nalunkuuma Kinalwa, and hospital 69, thumb as a “true administrator” who dedicated all her efforts to provide excellent services.

In his message as the chief mourner at Kinalwa’s memorial service at Rubaga Cathedral on Wednesday morning read by the Defence Minister Crispus Kiyonga, more about Museveni noted that the deceased was a hardworking and patriotic person throughout her service.

“The responsibility she held required confidentiality and trust and indeed she fulfilled it,” the President spoke of Kinalwa.

“She left the public service with clean hands and we have to pay tribute to her charisma and the inspiring legacy she has left behind.”

One of the deceased's daughters being comforted by friends at the church

One of the deceased’s daughters being comforted by friends at the church

The Minster for President Frank Tumwebaze in his message read by the Security Minister  Muruuli Mukasa applauded the deceased for  being part of the team that oversaw the organization of the Jubilee Independence Celebrations in 2012 which he said Kinalwa did with all her heart .

“Kinalwa spoke less but worked more and indeed showed the character of a true administrator,” said Tumwebaze.

Lilian Nankya Kinalwa, one of the daughters to the deceased explained that their mother was a disciplinarian whom she said left nothing unturned in her efforts to make her children responsible citizens.

“She always told us to be down-to-earth and humble and has left a vacuum of continuing with her legacy as we walk into her foot prints,” Nankya noted.

Kiyoga laying a wreath on Kinalwa's casket

Kiyonga laying a wreath on Kinalwa’s casket

One of the two sons of the deceased Henry Kawuma added that the former Permanent Secretary was a team player, impartial and had respect for other faiths.

“She was so impartial that even if I were her son, she wouldn’t necessarily side with me if I did something wrong,” Kawuma told mourners.

Florence Mugasha, a long time close friend to the deceased described Kinalwa as a social and loving person who executed all her assignments meticulously as she never settled for mediocrity.

“She was a principled and no nonsense perfectionist who was always there for her friends in both thick and thin. Kinalwa worked as if there was no tomorrow and made sure she started with a new piece of work the next day.”

Kiyonga denounces corruption

Meanwhile, Kiyonga told mourners that the deceased left office as one of the people with the best record and noted that all civil servants should emulate Kinalwa’s distinguished service.

“Many people out there think it’s a policy of government to embezzle your funds which is not correct. I accept there is corruption in government but we are also fighting it. Remember when there were some allegations of embezzlement of funds, the cabinet led by the president advised our own ministers Syda Bumba, Kiddhu Makubuya and Kabakumba Matsiko to step aside,”Kiyonga explained.

The Defence Minister urged religious leaders to help government fight the vice as this would help it reduce in the country.

Arch Bishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga bidding farewell to Kinalwa

Arch Bishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga bidding farewell to Kinalwa

“If someone comes to the church and you know he has stolen money, reject his money and that way we shall be able to fight corruption in the country.”


According to Dr. Mbonye from Nakasero hospital, Kinalwa in April this year rushed to hospital complaining of pain and weakness in the legs.

“When I saw her, I realized she wasn’t the one I knew because her face was swollen, had put on extra weight  and had a light skin which was bleeding,” Dr. Mbonye explained.

A medical examination showed that Kinalwa had accumulated excessive steroids in the shoulders, face and the skin which the expert explained is as a result of external steroids to the body.

Kinalwa's children paying their last respects to their departed mother

Kinalwa’s children paying their last respects to their departed mother

“She confessed that she had been to clinics and had been given injections for steroids to help her treat arthritis frequently unlike the practice where one injection has to be given after every 4 months,” Mbonye explained.

However, according to the doctor, the condition for the former Permanent Secretary had improved and was now feeling well.

“We were surprised when we were told that on Friday night she complained of difficulties in breathing and on rushing her to hospital she was pronounced dead.”

The doctor told mourners that a post-mortem was not carried out but suspected that Kinalwa had either died of heart failure or blood clotting.

“It might have been a heart failure after blood vessels got blocked or a clot that went to her lungs that stopped her from breathing normally and she died,” said Dr Mbonye.

Gender PS Pius Bigirimana was also in attendance

Gender PS Pius Bigirimana was also in attendance

Born in 1945 at Bbongole Mitala Maria in Mpigi district to Petero Basazemajja and Veronica Namakula, Kinalwa went to Mitala Maria Primary School before joining Trinity College Nabbingo in 1960-63 and later St. Mary’s Namagunga for her O and A levels.

Kinalwa graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and History in 1969 from University of East Africa Nairobi before working as a Permanent Secretary for Local Government and Gender and Community Development Ministries from 1993-1997.

She also worked as State House Comptroller, Secretary Office of the President and a board member in the Human Rights Commission.

Kinalwa is survived by 4 children including Henry Kawuma, Lillian Nankya, Michael Busuulwa and Myra Nalule. She will be laid to rest on Wednesday at her residence in Najjera.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir returned to Juba on Wednesday after his trip from Sudan was cancelled at the last minute.

Kiir fell as he boarded the presidential jet at Khartoum airport. It is thought fatigue took its toll on his body.

In Sudan, viagra 40mg Kiir and his counterpart Omar Bashir agreed to find a political solution to the disputed oil-rich border towns and insecurity in South Sudan.

Meanwhile, clinic the United Nations Security Council yesterday voiced alarm and outrage at the eruption of hostilities in South Sudan over the past week which left numerous civilians dead and injured and placed increasing pressure on the country’s already overwhelming humanitarian crisis.

In a statement to the press issued in New York, order the Council “condemned in the strongest terms” a series of clashes between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and Opposition forces in South Sudan’s Unity and Upper Nile states between 26 October and 2 November, adding that the deadly fighting had violated cessation of hostilities agreements and demonstrated “an absence of commitment by both sides to peace and the political process.”

The Council’s statement comes on the heels of Tuesday’s briefing by UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan, Margrethe Løj, on the already tenuous situation in the young country.

South Sudan has experienced several bouts of violence over the past few months, including an incident in which the UN base in Bentiu came under fire resulting in the wounding of one child.

Meanwhile, a prior attack caused hundreds of people to seek shelter at the nearest airport. Approximately 340 civilians took shelter with UN Mission in the country (UNMISS) troops, and then were escorted to safety.

Political in-fighting between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, started in mid-December 2013 and subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict that has sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UNMISS bases around the country.

The crisis has uprooted some 1.5 million people and placed more than 7 million at risk of hunger and disease.

In their statement, the 15-member Council voiced “grave concern” that the UN base near Bentiu – where 49,000 internally displaced persons are currently sheltering – had once again been within proximity of the hostilities and that the new fighting was “magnifying an already serious humanitarian crisis” in the country.

The members “strongly demanded an immediate end to all violence and reiterated their demand to end human rights violations and abuses and violations of international humanitarian law.”

In addition, they called on both President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar to reach agreement through the ongoing IGAD [Intergovernmental Authority on Development] efforts to find a political solution to the conflict in South Sudan.

The Council also reiterated its “steadfast support” for UNMISS and its “vital mission” in the country while condemning the recent detentions of three UNMISS personnel and the kidnappings of two UN-affiliated personnel.

“The members of the Security Council demanded their immediate and safe release, and called upon the Government of South Sudan to swiftly investigate these incidents and to ensure that justice is served,” the statement added.


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