Crispus Kiyonga, the politician forever at the heart of relations with Beijing
The former minister and ambassador is now a member of Uganda's ruling NRM party's executive committee, but he is still in charge of the country's relations with China.
The vice president Edward Ssekandi is currently the favourite to represent Museveni in Beijing. A Sinophile, he is one of the many big guns of the National Resistance Movement who lost their seats in parliament and are now eyeing a diplomatic career.
Behind Judge Simon Byabakama, the very embodiment of the Uganda Electoral Commission, it is its secretary Leonard Mulekwah who is laying down the rules for the 14 January presidential poll and Covid-19 campaign restrictions hated by opponents Bobi Wine and Patrick Oboi Amuriat.
China allows African countries where it has auto assembly plants to market vehicles wholly made from Chinese components as nationally manufactured. The continent's leaders are big fans of this kind of industrial sleight of hand.
By providing for an increase in the presidency's budget, Yoweri Museveni is looking to increase the capacity of the special forces commanded by his son, General Kainerugaba. This presidential guard is a favourite instrument of political influence with his clan.
According to Bank of Uganda figures seen by the Indian Ocean Newsletter, Kampala's reliance on Chinese loans is rising steadily, accounting for 35% of its total debts today compared to 29% in 2018. However, thanks to smart accounting advice from [.