PM Nabbanja Petitions IGP Regarding Viral Social Media Video

Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja(R), Works and Transport Minister Gen. Katumba Wamala (2nd L), Nkumba University VC Prof. Jude Lubega (L) all smiles after the Thursday graduation ceremony. PHOTO/COURTESY

Kampala, Uganda | THE BLACK EXAMINER | Uganda’s Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja, has formally requested the Inspector General of Police, Martins Okoth Ochola, to initiate a criminal investigation into a defamatory and widely circulated video on various social media platforms.

Nabbanja asserts that the video, which has gained significant attention, is not only false and slanderous but also contains malicious content. In a statement released by Charles Odongtho, the Principal Communications Officer at the Prime Minister’s office, Nabbanja maintains her unwavering focus on her primary responsibilities of mobilization, the implementation of government programs and policies, and the fight against corruption, despite the apparent intention of such malicious actions to distract her from her duties.

The video in question features a woman bearing a striking resemblance to the Prime Minister, engaged in an embrace with a man of shorter stature. The two are seen falling to the ground while onlookers cheer on this ‘couple’ with ululations.

However, the Prime Minister categorically denies being the woman in the video.

This video initially surfaced on X (formerly Twitter) when exiled Ugandan Poet and Novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija shared it. The video quickly went viral, with many Ugandans sharing it widely.

The petition to the Inspector General of Police follows the Prime Minister’s recent graduation with a Master’s Degree in Monitoring and Evaluation from Nkumba University in Wakiso District on October 26, 2023. She was among 1,856 graduates who received certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorates in various academic programs during the 25th Graduation ceremony of the University. At the same ceremony, Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala received an honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree.

During the graduation ceremony, Prof. Jude Lubega, the Vice Chancellor of the University, encouraged all graduates to leverage networking opportunities, cultivate a culture of continuous learning, and acquire new skills to thrive in their respective fields.

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