It seems presidential adviser Robert Sebunya is as humourous as his late nephew, former state minister for agriculture, Dr. Kibirige Sebunya. Robert lightened a somber mood when Dr Kibirigeâ€™s body lay in state at Parliament on Tuesday before MPs paid respects to him in a special session. He narrated that whenever people cautioned Kibirige against smoking cigarettes, which doctors say causes cancer of the throat that killed him, the fallen minister would sarcastically retort: â€œReally, should I abandon Rex for sex?â€ Nobody could resist a chuckle in spite of the sadness.
The Germany envoy, Reinhard Burchholz, surprised residents of Katabi in Entebbe when he greeted them in Luganda. Mbalamusizza ba nyabo ne ba Ssebo. Mwebale emirimu (I greet you ladies and gentlemen. Well done). Noticing the amusement he had caused in the audience, Burchholz volunteered an explanation. He said he started taking lessons in Luganda immediately he arrived in Uganda. â€œI learnt Luganda, though it is a difficult language to grasp,â€ the amiable ambassador said. He advised residents to learn foreign languages to break communication barriers and to interact easily with people from other parts of the country and the world. Burchholz was opening a health centre at Katabi sub-county in Wakiso district.
Though bereaved, Nebbi MP Catherine Akumu Mavenjina, caused laughter at Christ the King church at the requiem mass for her mother, Sabina Otiti. Directing mourners who would escort her to West Nile for burial, she amused the congregation when she told them to drive their vehicles on the Parkwach-Arua road with their eyes closed. Reason? â€œIt does not have potholes like the Kampala roads you are used to,â€ she explained.
Kyeyuneâ€™s hot air
Politicians who make empty promises should think twice. According to St Kizito Catholic Parish Kibiri priest, Fr. Joseph Nkera, Wakiso district LC5 chairman, Ian Kyeyune, in 2002 promised to donate a cow to the parish but up to now has not honoured his pledge. â€œThe promise will remain hot air until he delivers,â€ Nkera said during the annual parish day celebrations on Sunday.
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