Museveni’ Pioneer  Press Secretary is Dead


Hope Kivengere (Courtesy photo)

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s first and longest-serving Press Secretary Hope Kivengere has died.

In a message posted on Social Media her successor to the job, Lindah Nabusayi Wamboka said Kivengere died on Tuesday at Nakasero hospital from an undisclosed illness.

Kivengere held the job of Press Secretary to the President from 1986 when the NRM/A took power until 2001. 

In the six months preceding the NRA victory, she had been one of its delegates to the Nairobi Peace Talks with the Tito Lutwa government which ended in the Nairobi Peace Agreement for power-sharing that was never implemented.

She was replaced by former journalist Mary KAroro Okurut, who was followed by Onapito Ekomuloit who was in turn replaced by Joseph Tamale Mirundi before Don Wanyama took over the job. 

After leaving her job as Museveni spokesperson, Kivengere held a number of international jobs as a peace-keeping envoy in East and the horn of Africa. 

According to her LinkedIn profile, Kivengere worked in peacekeeping missions in Somalia and Sudan. She worked in the areas of strategic communication focusing on counter-violent extremism. 

She was also once the chief of party for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development-IGAD based in Djibouti. 

Kivengere held a degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from Chatham University in the United States of America. 

She is the daughter of the late Bishop Festo Kivengere, the renowned Evangelist and intellectual, one of the people President Yoweri Museveni held in the highest regard.


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