Uganda’s VP Porotocol Woes

There has been ripe talk about how Edward Ssekandi, the newly appointed Vice President (VP) is struggling to adjust to his new position.

Red Pepper, a daily tabloid last week reported that the VP is still frequenting a hideout restaurant on Parliamentary Avenue for lunch.

Edward Ssekandi, Uganda’s Vice President arrives for budget reading at Serena Hotel where parliament had converged on June 7, 2011.The driver did his part by positioning the VP’s exit at the beginning of the red carpet. And so, Ssekandi emerges. Correct

Edward Ssekandi, Uganda’s Vice President arrives for budget reading at Serena Hotel where parliament had converged on June 7, 2011.The driver did his part by positioning the VP’s exit at the beginning of the red carpet. And so, Ssekandi emerges. Correct

Taking stories out of the gossip pages of The Red Pepper is sometimes poisonous but with re-occurrence of Ssekandi’s blips over the past few weeks, we cannot afford but accord his behavior attention.

Edward Ssekandi on emerging out of his car is now welcomed by the Chief of Protocol with a handshake. The lines are drawn here. The Chief of protocol greets the VP while standing just outside the red carpet perimeter

Edward Ssekandi on emerging out of his car is now welcomed by the Chief of Protocol with a handshake. The lines are drawn here. The Chief of protocol greets the VP while standing just outside the red carpet perimeter

Edward Ssekandi is a senior political leader with loads of experience in him. And having been Speaker of the Ugandan parliament for the last 10 years, adjusting to his new position would have been much simpler than anyone could think.

Ssekandi is now completely off the red carpet even on the insistence of the Chief of Protocol

Ssekandi is now completely off the red carpet even on the insistence of the Chief of Protocol

Privileges that come with being a speaker are almost comparable to those of the Vice President.

For example; for functions where the president is the chief guest, only the president and vice president are allowed to walk on the red carpet.

Your Excellency, you can walk on the carpet please.” Chief of Protocol tells Ssekandi. ‘Oh?’ He smiles back probably with some degree of embarrassment.

Your Excellency, you can walk on the carpet please.” Chief of Protocol tells Ssekandi. ‘Oh?’ He smiles back probably with some degree of embarrassment.

I wonder whether Ssekandi underwent orientations.

Chief of Protocol ‘forcefully’ pulls his Excellency back to the red carpet. That’s part of her job remember; to welcome and guide guests to their respective seating positions. He obliged after some little force and is seen here returning to the red carpet.

Chief of Protocol ‘forcefully’ pulls his Excellency back to the red carpet. That’s part of her job remember; to welcome and guide guests to their respective seating positions. He obliged after some little force and is seen here returning to the red carpet.

 

Edward Ssekandi is back on track. Now, he walks the road carpet with some sigh of relief. It was kind of embarrassing for a whole NUMBER TWO to run away from the red carpet

Edward Ssekandi is back on track. Now, he walks the road carpet with some sigh of relief. It was kind of embarrassing for a whole NUMBER TWO to run away from the red carpet

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