President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s first and longest serving
Press Secretary Hope Kivengere is dead.
In a message posted on Social Media her
successor to the job Lindah Nabusayi Wamboka said Kivengere died today 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.
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 peace keeping 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 of the late Bishop Festo Kivengere, the renowned Evengelist and intellectual, one the people President Yoweri Museveni held in highest regard.