Prime Minister of Uganda will be Chief Guest for Twegaite Convention in Minnesota

Monday, May 18, 2015
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Ugandan Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, will be in Minneapolis this weekend as chief guest of the annual Twegaite International Convention that kicks off here on Thursday, May 21. He is the 10th prime minister of Uganda.

The four day convention program lists him as keynoting the gala dinner on Sunday May 24.The conference focuses on topics of interest to the Busoga region of Uganda.

Also attending the convention is the leader of the Ugandan opposition, Phillip Wafula Oguttu, according to convention organizers.

About 500 attendees from around the world are expected for the four day convention, according to Anthony Isubikalu, Organizing Committee Chair.

The Twegaite convention comes exactly 10 years since Minnesota played host to a major Ugandan convention after the successful Ugandans in North AMerica (UNAA) convention held in Minneapolis in 2005. UNAA is the largest formal association of Ugandans in the Diaspora.

Source of the Nile 5K

Isubikalu, is especially excited about the Source of the Nile 5K run which is one of the highlights of the convention “This could be first East African or even African run in the cities,” he said. The 5K run is organized in benefit the Jinja Hospital Cancer Unit Uganda.

Other highlights include a boat ride Saturday evening.

The full convention and 5K run schedule can be found at

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Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale and chair of the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC). As Mshale founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation.Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the DishNetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president ofВ  The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has previously served in the board of directors of Global Minnesota, the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has also previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa and. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.