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Speaker Oulanyah Implicated In 8.6 Billion Land Fund Scam, Museveni Private Secretary To Be Grilled By Bamugemereire

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The deputy speaker of parliament (Omoro County MP) Jacob Oulanyah was today implicated in a huge 8.6 billion shillings land fund scandal.
Robert Mwesigwa Lukali (49), the chairperson  of American procurement Company Incorporation (APCI)  and also the chairperson  National Resistance Movement party entrepreneurship forum testified before
the commission  of Inquiry into land matters that in 2015, he was approached by Daniel Walugembe, a top city pastor for assistance.
Mwesigwa testified that Walugembe, who looked for him for almost a month decided to meet him at his company’s office in Kololo Kampala. In the meeting, Mwesigwa  said that Walugembe cried to him to buy him out from the huge mortgages he obtain from KCB bank. Mwesigwa  said that Walugembe  told him that he had mortgaged all his properties including his matrimonial home and his land in Kamwokya Kampala all worth 580 million shillings.
Mwesigwa said that Walugembe pleaded with him that the bank was on his neck and he wanted to sale off his mortgaged properties. Mwesigwa said that Walugembe promise him that if he agrees to rescue him, he was going to give him his unpaid land fund claim of 8.6 billion shillings.
Mwesigwa told the commission that he agreed to help Walugembe because he looked a very frustrated businessman.

Mwesigwa added that he was also convinced by the fact that Walugembe was also an NRM supporter and by that time Mwesigwa was campaigning a big post in NRM which he won.
Mwesigwa said that after his meeting with Walugembe, he consulted his lawyers of Bitangalo and company advocates to carry out the due diligence on whether Walugembe’s claims were true and genuine.

They cross-checked with the risk manager at KCB bank who confirmed to him that the bank owes Walugembe a lot of money and they were planning to sell off his properties. Mwesigwa added that he also met Albert Mugumya, the Undersecretary Uganda land fund who also assured him that the commission was planning to compensate Walugembe with 8.6 billion shillings for his land in
Bugangayizi and Buyaga in Kyaggwe which he had sold to government. Mwesigwa said that he told Walugembe that they are going to first enter into a memorandum of understanding streamlining the way he was going to pay back his money. They agreed to use J. L. Oulanyah and company advocate a law firm owned by deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah. Mwesigwa said that they both agreed that Walugembe should give powers of attorney to JL Oulanyah and company advocates  to collect for them money from the Uganda land fund and
when they get it, they deduct their agreed upon share and the law firm deposits the remaining money on Walugembe’s account. They also agreed that the law firm was mandated to make all communications on the payments on behalf of both parties.
Mwesigwa told the commission that payments to him were supposed to be deposited to Oulanyah ‘s law Firm’s account. Mwesigwa further added that in the agreement, they agreed with Walugembe each of them was to get 50% from the 8.6 billion shillings Uganda land fund money. Mwesigwa said that they
decided to use Oulanyah’s law firm because of his name which they both thought would represent them very well and convince officials from the Uganda land fund to process their money very quickly.
Mwesigwa said that Oulanyah was also his long friend since they studied together at the University. Mwesigwa noted that after the agreement was made, he deposited 1.5b shilling to Walugembe’s accounts to cover his debt which amounted to 1.7 billion shillings, he also talked to the risk manager at KCB bank given that he was his friend and convinced him to not sell Walugembe’s properties and stood as his guarantor. He said that the bank was convinced with his explanation since he was a renowned businessman that he was going to pay them the remaining money. Mwesigwa revealed to the commission that the money which he used to pay Walugembe’s debts was a loan he obtained from orient bank since he was entering into a business where he was expecting a lot of profit.
Mwesigwa said that between the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, four billion shillings was paid to the accounts of J. L. Oulanyah and company advocates in installments. Mwesigwa said that they  took a long time without paying him his last installment, so he decided to make call Mugumya asking him when this payment shall be made since he was receiving information that the commission was paying claimants.
Later, he received a letter written by Mugumya to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, Keith Muhakanizi and to the ministry of finance asking for money to pay 3.7 billion shillings to Mwesigwa and Walugembe for land at Bugangayizi and Buyaga which he sold to the government.
Mwesigwa said that he was later informed in writing by J. L. Oulanyah and company advocates that the Uganda land fund told them that they are no longer paying money on J. L. Oulanyah and company advocate’s account. He said
that the law firm told him that it was an order from Uganda land fund because they don’t know him. Mwesigwa said that he quickly thought that Uganda Land Fund had paid him and there was connivance between the law firm and Walugembe to defraud him.
Mwesigwa said that he took Walugembe and Oulanyah’s law firm to court and they reached a consent judgment where Walugembe agreed to pay him his money after convincing him that he hadn’t collected 3.7 billion shillings that was remaining.

Mwesigwa said that when he went back to Mugumya to ask him to pay their money money because Orient bank was on his neck, Mugumya referred him to cabinet lands minister Betty Amongi. Mwesigwa said that this frustrated him and he ran to the minister’s office and narrated to her how he has suffered at the hands of Mugumya, J. L. Oulanyah and company advocates and Walugembe. The minister wrote to Mugumya instructing him to pay Mwesigwa his balance but he defied.

A desperate Mwesigwa again ran to Muhakanizi and the minister of finance Matia Kasaija and explained to them his predicament.

They also ordered Mugumya to process Mwesigwa’s payment but he again refused.
Mwesigwa said that after failing to get his money, he decided to go to the president to seek for help. The President wrote to lands minister, the minister of finance and the permanent secretary ministry of finance instructing them to pay Mwesigwa.

He said that up to now, they have refused to to pay him and he is not sure whether Walugembe has been paid.

The land probe deputy lead counsel John Bosco Suuza asked Mwesigwa whether he is not one of the shrewd businessmen who always take government money fraudulently, Mwesigwa denied.

Suuza then wondered how Mwesigwa could contact all those powerful people he mentioned including the president and sill fail to be paid.

Suuza pinned Mwesigwa for being a friend to Walugembe (who is involved in many land scandals) and tricking the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga into writing a letter to Mugumya, finance minister, permanent secretary ministry of finance, lands minister to pay Walugembe his balance of 3.7 billion shillings. Suuza said that this was a well calculated deal between Walugembe and J.L. Oulanyah to cheat government.
The commission is still investigating how the land fund money which is allocated to compensate absentee land lords and buy land for tenants is being managed.
In other developments, the permanent principle secretary to President Yoweri Museveni Molly Kamukama has made a written statement before the investigators of land probe. According to Ebert Byenkya, the commission’s lead counsel, without giving details of what Kamukama wrote, Byenkya said that she clarified on some of the directives allegedly made by president Museveni in relation to paying people with claims in Uganda land fund.
Lands minister Betty Amongi testified before Bamugemereire’s commission that all the payments they made were directives from president Museveni.

Kamukama has on several occasions been mentioned as the person who signs those directives. Kamukama is expected to testify before the commission this week.

 
By Jamil Lutakome

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I First Measured And ‘Dug’ My Grave Before Taking On Kayihura And His Expendables: Afande Kirumira

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Former Buyende District Police Commander (DPC) Mohammad Kirumira says he first went to his village in Mpambire, booked a plot where he will be buried and measured his grave and before he took on Kayihura and his men.

In an interview with NTV’s Faridah Nakazibwe today morning, Kirumira said that he told his father and family members not to cry for him if he loses his life in the battle against Kayihura’s men.

“I told them that I’m going to battle men who have power, but I feared they might kill me. I told them that in case they kill me, I don’t want them to cry for me because it was my decision to confront them. But luckily before God could take me to my grave, they fired the big man,” Kirumira said.

While narrating his Nalufenya ordeal, where he feared that he might be poisoned, Kirumira said that he rejected Nalufenya beans and posho and told them to cook meat, rice and chicken for him and test his meals in his presence before they served him.

Kirumira said that he was happy that Kayihura’s ‘expendables’, who gave orders and were untouchable like Nixon, Kitatta, Anguma are down and that Kayihura was fired. He added that the new IGP Okoth Martin Ochola (OMO) in the right man to take on the force but the mafia in government who earn from lawlessness and some of Kayihura’s cadres who are still in the lower police ranks might fail him. He gave an example of the recent press conference where the IGP called upon Ugandans to exercise their rights by resisting arrests from people who are not properly dressed in police uniform.

Kirumira said that OMO’s statement was good faith but the mafia who want to soil his name interpreted it in a wrong way and are using it against him. Kirumira promised to write a letter to the president and the IGP detailing the wrong elements who are still in the police force.

 

AMELIA KYAMBADDE SHOULD PACK HER BAGS

The tough talking former DPC said that his ambition now is to go to parliament because he has become too big to stay in police adding that he can no longer work for the small money in police.

Kirumira cautioned the Minister for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Amelia Kyambadde to pack her bags at the end of this term because in 2021 (or 2023),  he is taking over as Mawokota North Member of Parliament.

“I’m going to write a letter so that they discharge me from police, then I’ll go for further studies abroad and when I come back in 2020, I’ll enter the MP race in Mawokota. I want to kick Amelia out. I’m coming as an independent. Even if it means using a bicycle to look for votes while Amelia is using a prado, I’ll do it and win. Just wait for a vibrant parliament that has Kirumira and Bobi Wine,” Kirumira bragged.

He however promised that like any good, law abiding civil servant, he will keep on advising police and fearlessly telling them the right thing.

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Stop Stealing Land: Nadduli Warns Fellow Minister Kasaija After Six People Are Allegedly Killed By His Mercenaries

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There is a group of people from Kibaale district who have stormed the office of the minister without portfolio, Haji Abdul Nadduli to help them report finance minister Matia Kasaija to president Museveni for stealing their land using mercenaries in UPDF uniform, who have so far caused the death of six of their colleagues.

The group, led by the chairman of Mugalama subcounty, Byamukama Innocent have blamed Kasaija for deploying UPDF soldiers who have destroyed all their crops on the nine square miles of land even though court has not yet ruled on the matter of this land.

The group further pinned Kasaija for conniving with the RDC of this area, Samuel Kisembo Alaali who has always intimated them and threatened to arrest whoever tries to fight for this land.

Nadduli with Bagole and Byamukama who led the delegation from Kibaale district

“We are about sixteen thousand people who are being chased from this piece of land that covers four sub counties of Nyamanda, Mugalula, Kabasekende and Bubango.

This is the time the president should come out and help us through you Haji Nadduli, we’ve tried looking everywhere for help but we have not been assisted. The minister is using his office to steal from the poor,” Charles Bagole cried out.

According to Bagole, all their plantations were slashed by Kasaija’s mercenaries and locals from these villages now have nowhere to get what to eat.

Bagole added that so far, about six people have lost their lives with many others nursing serious injuries.

“We want the president to intervene and we want to get answers on why UPDF soldiers were deployed in our villages,” Bagole said.

Nadduli confirmed receipt of their complaints and assured them that he will be taking the information to the president. He however warned Kasaija to avoid involving himself in such matters if what Bagole and his team are saying is true.

“How will I mobilise for NRM in this district when the minister himself is the thief? This is a shame, no one is above the law, if you want to take my job of mobilisation you better come for it, I’m ready to leave, it’s my job to mobilise for NRM party. I have received these complains and I will take them to the president,” Nadduli assured Bagole and his team.

However, Nadduli cautioned all the so called big-fish in the NRM government to avoid inciting violence by stealing from locals and torturing them. He added that the issue of land grabbing is not only in Kibaale but also in other districts and other parts of the country.

“Stop being property masters and land blockers, all over this country, RDCs have turned into property masters and everyone is using the same tactics (threatening and torturing residents), but you will cause violence,” Nadduli warned.

 

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I Deserve Some Respect For The Small Contribution I Have Made At MUBS – Prof. Balunywa Blasts Prof. Baryamureeba

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(L-R) professor Wasswa Balunywa and Professor Venaciaus Baryamureeba

Makerere University Business School (MUBS) principal professor Wasswa Balunywa has blasted Professor Venaciaus Baryamureeba for his recent Media utterances over the renuewal of his contract as MUBS principal.

Baryamureeba was recently quoted in media saying, “On 5th March 2018, I did write on behalf of MUBS council recommending Prof. Balunywa for re-appointment as Principal MUBS and this letter was copied to Prof. Balunywa. However, I have of late learnt that as per Section 12 of the Pension Act Cap 286, Prof. Waswa Balunywa does not meet the eligibility criteria for re-appointment as a Principal of public tertiary institution since he was born on 3rd December 1955 and is already above the mandatory retirement age of 60. As a result of this legal requirement, a principal of a public tertiary institution is required to vacate office on attaining the age of sixty years.”

In the letter below, Prof. Balunywa tries to answer Baryamureeba:

BALUNYWA ANSWERS BARYAMUREEBA

May 24, 2018

Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba,

Council Chairman

MUBS

Dear Prof. Baryamureeba,

RE: VARIOUS CORRESPONDENCES IN THE PRESS ATTRIBUTED TO YOU

As my contract comes to an end, I have reflected on the various things that are taking place at the moment, the various articles in newsletters and posts in social media and I have thought that it will be unfortunate if I left without either responding to them or clarifying on the various issues that you have raised as Chairman of Council have said or done.

i) MUBS has been and I believe continues to be a wonderful institution which we have served diligently going through numerous challenges as is expected in anybody’s life or organization life. We have built an institution with a very high reputation, admired by all and sundry.

ii) At the request of the then Minister of Education and Sports, I recommended you to MUBS Management and we nominated as a member of the Council from the public and we agreed internally that given the support you gave us when you were Vice Chancellor Makerere University, your academic credentials and knowledge of the education sector, we should support you to be Chairman of Council and this indeed came to pass. While you were not perfect, you did a great job during the first term a basis of which we gave you a second term. This was despite advice from numerous people who had worked or interacted with you.

iii) During your term, you and I communicated in various ways and met to discuss institutional issues and find solutions. I believe we both know one another’s weaknesses in our interactions. However, with time I noted a breakdown in this communication especially when you would take decisions in Council that were against Management’s positions including silencing those who wanted to speak in meetings. This is common knowledge among different Council members though in the African culture, there is a saying that when a king is naked, you never say he is naked. This matter is in the grapevine in the institution. Many members were surprised you chose to listen to individuals rather than the collective voice of Management.

iv) Your actions have led to a schism within MUBS staff based on those who are said to be your supporters and the rest of the innocent staff who do not know what is taking place. It is those staff who have actually indicated to many people in the institution that you had aspirations of becoming the Principal and subsequently the Vice Chancellor. It is said, I hope it not true, that you wanted MUBS to attain university status after I have left so that rather be the Principal, you will be the Vice Chancellor of MUBS.

v) In January this year, you wrote me a very abusive email (Annexure I) humiliating me and on reflecting on it and after consultation with various Members of Council, I did not respond because I wanted to build goodwill in the institution. In one of the meetings, I am on record having stated that you should not micro-manage the institution and you should give Management an opportunity to do its work.

vi) As you chose to become the Executive Chairman of MUBS Council (a chairman who handles day to day issues of the institution), you decided to act on many issues without consultation with the substantive Principal or your colleagues in Council. Among the things you did are the following;

a) Chose to interfere in the process by an appeal by staff who had been dismissed (Annexure II). While you were Chairman of Council, there is a substantive Chairman of Appointments Board which had taken a decision on these staff. It should have been the Chairman of the Appointments Board to inquire if at all on the fate of the process of appeal. It was unprofessional that having decided to dismiss the staff you personally went ahead to find out whether they had appealed or not. This was definitely interfering in a job that was not yours.

b) Management sat and did its job and decided to write to the Solicitor General over this matter. Before Management wrote, you took it upon yourself to write to the Solicitor General (Annexure III) and personally followed up to get responses from there. I would imagine this would be influence peddling if it is true. If you did not, forgive me for saying so.

c) The Permanent Secretary, Minister of Education and Sports wrote to me regarding an appeal by Irene Namugenyi (Annexure IV). Before I would respond, you had already written to the Permanent Secretary doing my job (Annexure V). I found myself without words to write to the Permanent Secretary. Given what had transpired in your letters to the Solicitor General and to management, I chose not to respond because I would have contradicted you.

d) Recently, Makerere University gave us instructions to raise fees (Annexure VI). I responded to the Vice Chancellor and we had an amicable agreement over this matter but before I knew it, you wrote a letter (Annexure VII) which was also availed to the press. Again taking over a responsibility that is not yours. We were embarrassed by these correspondences.

e) Dr. Geofrey Kituyi who was recently elected Dean of the Faculty of Vocational and Distance Education wrote to the Chairman of Appointments Board (Annexure VIII) regarding his instruments following his election. While Kituyi’s letter was also misdirected, you chose to respond to him to the embarrassment of all of us, yourself, Appointments Board and Management (Annexure IX).

These are issues of governance and the ideal situation is the Chairman of Council to seek clarification and/or guidance from the Principal rather than deal with the matters himself because if he does so, he is undermining the authority of the Principal and Management. He is taking over the day to day management of the institution which is micro-management. This is what you have been doing.

vii) Sometime in March, I received a copy of your letter to the Minister of Education and Sports recommending me for reappointment for the position of Principal (Annexure X). I was shocked because you did not consult me. I later on gathered that you did not circulate this letter other than to the Council members. I have come to believe that your recommendation was in bad faith and was intended to pre-empt my expression of interest to continue as Principal of MUBS if I had so wished. I have been serving MUBS with various objectives in mind and despite the recent destabilization of the institution by some of your decisions, I am satisfied that I have made my contribution not only to the institution but also to the country.

viii) Following some articles in the online press (Annexure XI & XII), I was invited by His Excellency the President over these articles. As a fountain of honor I cannot divulge our discussions because it will be a breach of trust however the conclusion was I should continue to serve MUBS since you had recommended me.

ix) I have learnt that on receipt of the copy of the letter to the Minister of Education and Sports to His Excellency the President, you chose to disown your first letter recommending me for the position. You appeared on NBS and I have seen comments attributed to you in the press (Annexure XIII) that I am not eligible for re-appointment as Principal of MUBS arising from an obscure law. I believe the Pensions Act is what you have cited. This law has nothing to do with appointment of Principals of Public Tertiary Institutions or for that matter even public universities. Having been a Vice Chancellor of a university, I am sure you know the age of the different former and current Vice Chancellors in the country.

x) The various press reports have attempted create a negative image about me to the Minister and First lady. I believe your intention is to anger the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, the other Ministers of Education, the Permanent Secretary and make me a villain (Annexure XIII, XIV). I believe that the people concerned have no knowledge about me and my conduct but you have successfully alienated me from them. Unfortunately, not only have you succeeded in damaging my reputation but you have also been able to taint the image of MUBS and I believe from the various comments I have seen on social media, many members of the public have not spared you either.

xi) As Chairman of Council, you should have provided leadership on this process of transition instead you have caused confusion. Staff are divided, students are irritated and the institution is in turmoil. You should have put in place a mechanism to manage a transition possibly you should have consulted me whether I wanted to continue as Principal instead you chose to recommend and subsequently discredit me. This is not good leadership.

xii) I had heard that you had availed the anonymous documents that had been moving round that were authored by the person who the School dismissed recently. You are aware that this person had sexually harassed numerous members of staff and student and this was a reason he was dismissed. However, he had in the process authored numerous documents intended to divert the attention of the School from his actions. Your email to me of January refers. From the Mulengera post, the concluding remark refers to these documents. Deep down in your heart, you know the truth but like I have now come to learn, when you disagree with somebody, you use everything available to you including falsities to discredit that person. I recall you telling me about the interpretation of your name.

xiii) Indeed as I have said, I would like to leave MUBS with honor and this honor is entirely in your hands as Chairman of Council. I have supported you since you took over as Vice Chancellor in Makerere University, in your term as Chairman of Council and I do not think I deserve this kind of treatment. I am not a perfect person but I believe I deserve some respect for the small contribution I have made.

Yours Sincerely,

Prof. Waswa Balunywa, PhD

Principal

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