JUST when we thought we had seen the last CHOGM party, another CHOGM parties simply keep coming. This time round, the Sheraton Kampala Hotel and presidential advisor on media, John Nagenda (who apparently lobbied the President for the party) felt it prudent to reward the media with a CHOGM media cocktail on Friday at the Victoria Hall.
You would be forgiven for thinking it was John Nagendaâ€™s birthday. He had the final word. â€œWatch my lips closely because when I empty the last drop of Russian vodka in my glass, the party closes.â€ Trust the media to devise counter means. They huddled around Nagenda, engaged him in conversation so much so that he could not as much as take a swipe at his treasured vodka. This they did, as they beckoned waitresses for re-fills of their own. For one who had planned to leave at 8:00pm, Nagenda left shortly after 10:00pm in high spirits and the bar duly closed.
So jocular was he all evening, he confessed that though he has a love-hate relationship with the media, he was proud of what they did during CHOGM.
Nageda said he is so used to the media as very scruffy people and would throw them out if they did not turn up smart. â€œNo one disappointed me. You brushed your hair, brushed your teeth and even some of you had three-piece suits,â€ he said sending guests into laughter.
For Sheratonâ€™s general manager, Jawaid Akhtar, who co-sponsored the media cocktail, it was a show of gratitude for the support rendered during Queen Elizabethâ€™s visit since Sheraton hotel handled 90% catering at the Queenâ€™s ball.
Another CHOGM party for the media