Kiwanuka came to Canada with her family in 1983, following the Ugandan Civil War. She was given the Christian name Mary, which she used while attending the journalism program at Ryerson University in Toronto in the mid-1990s. She was a VJ for MuchMusic from 1999 to 2003 and later hosted basketball and football programming on Rogers Sportsnet that included the weekly NBA XL program. She is currently a reporter and substitute anchor on TVOntario's newsmagazine series The Agenda. Kiwanuka has volunteered overseas for War Child Canada, Journalists for Human Rights and the Canadian Red Cross.
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