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 By Mulengera Reporters

 A group of lobbyists, led by big-name city lawyer Kiwanuka Kiryowa, have convinced President Yoweri Museveni to consider appointing Justice Lydia Mugambe Ssali as the next Inspector General of Government (IGG) replacing Lady Irene Mulyagonja. “KK and Justice Lydia Mugambe have known each other for a long time as professional colleagues and the HE always trusts professional advice whenever he is to make any such key appointment decisions,” says a reliable State House source. “She is already being vetted and her chances are very high to become the next IGG.”

Justice Lydia Mugambe is also an eminent scholar and an authority on intellectual property rights

Sources say that Gen Museveni has found Mugambe suitable for the job for many reasons including sharing similar credentials with Mulyagonja; both of them females and eminent lawyers below the age of 60. Just like Mulyagonja was at the time she took charge, Mugambe doesn’t have any known public scandals and the only thing intelligence has found so far relates to the circumstances under which she was transferred from the Land Division of the High Court otherwise she is a judge of impeccable character. She is married to eminent sports journalist Mark Ssali who also heads the Directorate of Corporate & Public Affairs at UNRA.

Justice Lydia Mugambe at Women Links

By making her IGG, Gen Museveni hopes to appease her Baganda co-ethnics at a time Kyagulanyi Sentamu is seen as eating into his Buganda vote and more importantly the general public among whom Mugambe is highly rated as a prudent judge synonymous with very public-spirited legal decisions. “The HE hopes that the public will welcome the appointment with euphoria because Justice Lydia Mugambe is generally well perceived as a judge who acts very independently when adjudicating matters in court,” says a source close to Gen Museveni.

Lydia Mugambe (in her 40s) famously ruled against the ouster of Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago in early 2010s declaring the entire proceedings a nullity. That decision made the public perceive as an independent judge at a time many of her peers at the bench were being despised for being cadre judges for the incumbent political system. She also has strong family values and her father is a renowned University Professor. She is also deeply intellectual just like Irene Mulyagonja.

Justice Lydia Mugambe is widely respected by both bench and bar for her high integrity levels

Multiple sources close to the appointing authority maintained that the thing is more less fait accompli because Gen Museveni is very unlikely to depart from the coherent professional advice rendered by his very influential personal lawyer Kiwanuka Kiryowa who is equally in very good books of the First Lady and other members of the First Family. “He trusts KK when it comes to professional things and loyalty because there is no way he can recommend anyone whose appointment the HE can ever regret in future. He can’t recommend to him someone for any other reason apart from merit.”


Kiryowa’s advice regarding who becomes the next IGG has had to be weighed against other names being simultaneously marketed by other power brokers to the HE as potentially being capable of making a good IGG. The two Deputies too have had their supporters lobbying State House to have either of them considered. The two deputies include Museveni’s personal cadre Mariam Wangadya and George Nathan Bamugemereire who Mulyagonja initially preferred as the most suitable for the next IGG.

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