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Uganda Delegate Visits El Monte

By Devette Johnson

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El Monte

The city of El Monte hosted Nyombi Thembo, the State Minister of Information Technology from Kampala, Uganda, Africa. He was elected to the Ugandan Parliament in 2001, representing Kassanda County South, in the Mubenbe District. In 2001, he was appointed Minister of State for Education and Sports. In 2006, Minister Thembo, was re-elected to parliament and was appointed to his current cabinet position of State Minister of Information Technology.

Kampala is located in East Africa, with the population of approximately 2.5 million people. El Monte’s population is approximately 114,296. Kampala is also the home of the world’s largest fresh water lake, Lake Victoria. The size of the lake is approximately the same size of all the Great Lakes of Michigan put together.

The Minister’s visit was to help bridge the gap of culture and communication between the two cities: El Monte, California and Kampala, Uganda. Minister Thembo was presented with a certificate of appreciation from City Council Member, Bart Patel. The following were in attendance: Mayor Pro-Tem, Norma Macias: Council Member, Bart Patel; Council Member, Juventino Gomez; staff member, Perla Hernandez; Chief of Police, Steve Schuster; and Battalion Chief, Jeff Kaliher. Minister Thembo presented Juventino Gomez, Steve Schuster, Bart Patel and Jeff Kaliher with gifts of good will and friendship. After the reception, Minister Thembo was given a tour of the following: El Monte’s City Hall, the Police Station, the MTA Bus Station, Fire Station #166, the El Monte Union High School District, the Aquatic Center, the Public Works Maintenance Facility and Gibson-Mariposa Park.


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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Uganda Delegate Visits El Monte