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Farewell‘Ndugu’ Ruhakana Rugunda

By Vision Reporter

Added 27th January 2009 03:00 AM

Happy is the man who hears words that would rather have been out at his grave, ring out in his ears when he’s still alive and kicking.

Happy is the man who hears words that would rather have been out at his grave, ring out in his ears when he’s still alive and kicking.

By Vision Reporter

Happy is the man who hears words that would rather have been out at his grave, ring out in his ears when he’s still alive and kicking.

Ruhakana Rugunda, popularly called “Ndugu”: the outgoing internal affairs minister and chairman of the Juba Peace team was one such lucky man.

He was literary showered with praise as the internal affairs ministry threw him a farewell party at Fang Fang Hotel on Monday. Rugunda takes on a new positing with the UN Security Council in New York, representing East, Central and Southern Africa.

Speakers ran out of superlatives, praising a man whose good name and deeds sounded equivocally through out the regions. It was as well the Ndere Troupe played music from across the regions.

It was, however, Justice Peter Onega, the Amnesty Commission chairman who caused murmurs when he said the ministry is ‘bereaved’ with Rugunda’s departure.

IGP Kale Kayihura expressed ‘mixed feelings’. “When I just joined Police in 2005, there was Tsunami from within and outside the force. Ndugu, helped me settle in well” he said. .

For Prison’s Johnson Byabashaija, he is the only cabinet minister who picked his phone even in the wee hours, and it would be a challenge for the incoming minister to go beyond those challenges.

Rugunda only accepted a present of a weaned heifer from Minister Matia Kasaija after ascertaining, IGG Faith Mwonda was away, and that it cost less that sh100,000. Other presents included art pieces that showed his efforts in the peace negotiations.

Rugunda’s partying words? “I am going but I want Joseph Kony’s signature. Make sure Kony signs,” he implored the government leadership and the peace team.

Farewell‘Ndugu’ Ruhakana Rugunda

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