Museveni’s First Press Secretary Laid To Rest in Kabale

Jim Katugugu Muhwezi, Minister for Security described Kishande as a patriotic Ugandan who played a very big role in saving his life during the 1991-86 bush war.
Mourners preparing to lower a casket containing remains of the late Hope Kishande Kivengere into the grave (Photo Credit Samuel Amanya)

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The body of Hope Kishande Kivengere, first and longest-serving press secretary to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has today been laid to rest at her ancestral home in Rugarama village, Northern Division, Kabale Municipality. 

Kivengere passed on from Nakasero Hospital on October 20th after developing a strange illness, according to family members led by her uncle Stephen Lwanga.  

The scientific burial service presided over by Rt.Rev. Eng. Goerge Bagamuhunda Bishop of Kigezi Diocese and Rt. Rev George Katwesigye, emeritus Bishop of Diocese of Kigezi was held at St.Peters Cathedral Rugarama under tight security by police and Uganda People Defense Forces (UPDF).

In a message that was read for him by Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, the presidential special envoy, Museveni described Kishande Kivengere as a very hard-working woman with a noble character, long and unintended career. He says that Kivengere was known for her efficiency and credible simplicity while at work.

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Jim Katugugu Muhwezi, the Minister for Security described Kishande as a patriotic Ugandan who played a very big role in saving his life during the 1991-86 bush war.  According to Muhwezi she sheltered him after he had escaped from detention at Jinja road police station in Kampala.

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Bishop Bagamuhunda asked Christians to work towards leaving a positive legacy. Bagamuhunda says that Kishande Kivengere will always be remembered for having unquestioned integrity during her time of service.

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The burial service was also attended by Abdallah Mohammed Abdallah Al-Takawi, Major General Moses Rwabitarate the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) Defense Attaché in Belgium France, and Netherlands Consultant and Professor Ezra Suruma, the  Chancellor of Makerere University.  

Kishande Kivengere was born on August 19, 1949 to the late Rt. Rev. Festo Kivengere, a renowned evangelist emeritus Bishop of Kigezi Diocese and Canon Merab Kivengere. She was the third child in the family. 

She started her education journey from Hornby Primary school in Kabale District and later joined Gayaza High School in Wakiso District. She later went to Ellis High School in the Pittsburgh United States of America (USA) and pursued a degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from Chatham University in the United States of America. She also went to Chathan College Pittsburgh UAS, Sorbonne University in Paris, France. She also joined London University in the United Kingdom (UK).  

After her studies in USA, France and the United Kingdom, Kishande returned back to Uganda and started working at the Institute of Administration. She later went to exile in Kenya in 1980 where she taught in different schools and until she returned to Uganda in 1986 and was appointed as the first press secretary to president Museveni up to 2001 when she retired.  She is survived with no child.  

On retirement, Kishande Kivengere worked with various international organizations as a consultant in Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, and Djibouti. She also worked as an election observer in Malawi, Comoros, and Zambia for the African Union.

She was also active in the African Women Mediators Network for FEMWISE, a subsidiary mechanism of the Panel of the Wise and one of the critical pillars of the Peace and Security Architecture of the African Union (APSA). She was also part of the group of eminent elders for Common Market for East and Southern Africa.