President Museveni ponders on replacing his PPS Molly Kamukama with Dr. Diana Atwiine of Health

Dr. Atwiine (L) and Molly Kamukama (Courtesy Photo)
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KAMPALA, Uganda: He’s known as a man who hates with a passion, being predicted. But if this report doesn’t deter him from changing his mind, we can exclusively report that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has finalized plans to relieve his two-year-long serving Principal Private Secretary Molly Kamukama, of her duties sooner than later.

A former political assistant to the chairman of the ruling NRM Party who doubles as the President, Molly Naawe Kamukama was named PPS shortly after President Museveni’s re-election as Ugandan president in 2016. She replaced Mary Amajo who moved to become Senior Presidential Adviser on public service.

Kamukama is believed to have been one of the top brains behind Museveni’s presidential election victory in 2016 where she was in charge of operations from the office of the chairman of the National Resistance Movement.

However, her tenure at the State House has been marred with several complaints ranging from corruption, blocking VIPs, government officials, potential investors, important documents from reaching her boss the President to amassing mysterious wealth. An untold story is ripe in security corridors how the fallen AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi labored to meet the President and probably give him very important Intel, only to be stopped for two months.

Kaweesi lost the chase after one of his top bosses reportedly confronted him, demanding to know why the AIGP wanted to meet the president and for what reasons. Sensing he would never make it, and with time running fast out on him, he sought out a one Catherine Mbabazi whom she gave the Intel with strict instructions to deliver the same only to the president, in case anything happened to him.

After Kaweesi’s callous murder on March 17th 2017, Mbabazi was attacked, reportedly raped and tortured. Her tormentors demanded for a ‘recording’ she had ‘received’ from Kaweesi on the eve of his brutal murder. They took off with all her music CDs in hope of getting any clues but the Munyarwanda lady in her was smarter than them. She managed to hide the Intel and successfully sent emissaries to the president’s attention.

The then still busy president placed Mbabazi in the hands of his friend and a city businessman for her custody until he would get time to meet her. The tycoon smuggled Mbabazi to Ssese islands country home for close to two months. Museveni finally met her, got the information before he secured her with members of his own inner security circle.

But this is just one event out of several such cases that have eventually thrived through all odds to reach the president, hence the impending action. Not to forget, it is evident that several letters to the president have ended up in dustbins and others, on social media platforms with some of them picked by the mainstream, only for the recipient to get them out there. “A lot has been going on but it seems the big man is stomaching it no more,” intimated the source.

Possible replacement

Our impeccable state sources tell us that the president is pondering on replacing Kamukama with his long trusted personal physician, Doctor Diana Atwiine, currently the Health Ministry Permanent Secretary. Formerly the President’s Private Secretary in Charge Medical Affairs, Atwiine was also doubling as the head of Medicine and Health Services Delivery Monitoring Unit.

Born in 1973 and third born to Mzee Earnest Rujundira and Joy Kensheka Rujundira of Galiraaya, Diana Kanzira Atwine was named the Ministry of Health PS on November 4th 2016 on the same day Molly Kamukama was named PPS to the president. At the Health Ministry, she replaced Dr. Asuman Lukwago, who was transferred as Permanent Secretary to the Education Services Commission.

Atwiine’s journey to the present day

Available information indicate that Atwiine attended Bweranyangi Girls’ Senior Secondary School for her ‘O’ Level and Mt St Mary’s Namagunga girls’ school for her high school (A-Level) education. She was admitted to Mbarara University School of Medicine, where she pursued a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree. She further specialized in internal medicine and was awarded a Master of Medicine degree by the same University.

Dr. Atwine worked for a brief period at St. Francis Hospital Nsambya, before she joined the Uganda Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC). From there, she went to the State House of Uganda, where she was given the title of the President’s Private Secretary in Charge Medical Affairs.

In that capacity, she served as one of President Museveni’s personal physicians. In 2009, she was tasked to head what was officially known as the Medicine and Health Services Delivery Monitoring Unit, specifically tasked to investigate corruption in Uganda’s Ministry of Health.

By June 2010, the unit had uncovered an illegal racket by Ugandan and Kenyan medical officials to sell drugs across their common border. She forwarded 78 cases to court, recovered stolen drugs worth more than UGX200 million (then estimated at USD60, 000, arrested at least 12 impostors pretending to be qualified health workers.

In August 2010, she revealed nearly 300 ghost workers on the payroll of Mulago National Referral Hospital. In a reshuffle of permanent secretaries and cabinet, she was appointed to her current position on November 4th 2016. By the time we filed this Intel, our sources could hardly tell where Molly is destined. Watch this space

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Stanley is a two decade experienced Crime Investigations writer and CEO at The Investigator Publications (U) Limited. He also can be reached via: [email protected] or WhatsApp on +256 772621522