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    Abiriga Death, Citizens Bitter: Security Systems Are Clearly Dysfunctional, A New Start Necessary – Besigye: Our Nation Is Gradually Descending Into A Very Bad Place – Bobi Wine: These Senseless Killings Must Stop – Museveni

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    The murder of Arua Municipality Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abiriga has shocked many in boh the ruling National Resistence Movement (NRM) and opposition with many coming out to condemn the manner in which he was killed. President Museveni has called Abiriga’s killing senseless adding that he has tasked security agencies to expeditiously find the killers and the nation will be updated. Opposition strongman Kiiza Besigye has warned that Security systems are clearly dysfunctional and a new start is needed.

    Abiriga was shot dead today evening at around 6:30pm, by gunmen moving on two motorcycles, near Energo fuel station Kawanda as he approached his home. Eye witnesses told the Grapevine that the gunmen first shot in the air which forced locals in the surrounding area to take cover. They shot Abiriga’s car tyres and the gunmen on one of the motorcycles moved in front of Abiriga’s car while the other followed from back. The gunman in front shot Abiriga in the head and also shot his bodygourd and after disappeared. Below are some of the tributes to the fallen MP:

    President Museveni: I have received news about the senseless killing of Arua Municipality MP, Hon Ibrahim Abiriga, and his bodyguard on the outskirts of Kampala this evening,” Museveni said in a statement later. I have tasked security agencies to expeditiously find these killers and the nation will be updated soon. This urban criminality is going to stop. May Hon Abiriga’s soul rest in peace.

    Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winfred Kiiza: I say sorry to the people of Arua Municipality and Uganda at large. He has been a man of few words and a morale boaster for us at Parliament. I wonder why one would target Abiriga to kill him because as far as I know, he had no grudges against anyone. It is unfortunate that Hon Abiriga has died the way it has happened but we appeal to the security agencies to wake-up and save this country from such kind of murders.”

    Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine: The gruesome murder of Hon. Col. Ibrahim Abiriga and his bodyguard this evening is yet another sad reminder that our country is in a very serious crisis. Countrymen, countrywomen, when we condemn the breakdown of the state in Uganda, some people think we are doing this for political reasons. My friends, as we can see, the breakdown of the state spares no one. It affects all of us regardless of our religion, political parties, economic status, etc. My friend Ronald Mayinja was right when he recently sang, ‘bizeemu.’ Our nation is gradually descending into a very bad place and I think we must all- as stakeholders, have a say in preventing this terrible situation from continuing or getting worse. Let me appeal to the government once more to acknowledge that we have reached that point when we must have an honest conversation as a nation and find a way out of this crisis. No matter who we are and what our political persuasions are, no Ugandan should lose his or her life in this gruesome, senseless manner. Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. May their souls rest in peace.

    Norbet Mao:I have learnt with shock of the murder of Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga. I convey my sincere condolences to his family, the parliament of Uganda and the entire country. Here is a man who spoke straight and what you saw was what you got. I condemn this murder

    Kizza Besigye : TRAGIC! Uganda’s insecurity affects upper &bottom rungs of society equally & brutally! Security systems are clearly dysfunctional. A new start necessary. My thoughts &prayers go to Hon Abiriga’s family, relatives &friends. Inna lillahi wa inna illahi raj’un

    Frank Tumwebaze Information and Communications Technology minister: Disturbing reports are reaching us that Hon Abiriga Ibrahim has been shot dead.. We stand with his family in this trying moment.

    UPDF spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire: We condemn this act in the strongest terms. We shall continue to work together with other security agencies so that we guarantee peace and security,” he said. He sent his condolences to the “family of the deceased and the patriotic Ugandans”.

    National Resistance Movement (NRM) Secretary General Kasule Lumumba: Here at the headquarters of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party in Kampala, we are in receipt of the shocking news of the brutal murder of Arua Municipality Member of Parliament Hon Ibrahim Abiriga. Information reaching us this Friday evening indicates that the NRM legislator was gunned down in Kawanda just a few metres to his home. Hon. Abiriga has been a staunch member of NRM whose loyalty to the Party was well  known to all concerned. He hasn’t only been a loyal member but supportive to all initiatives of the NRM government. The Secretary General of NRM Rt. Hon Justine Kasule Lumumba has described the incident by these brutal assassins as being a ‘big robbery to the Party'”We are robbed of a loyal cadre of NRM and an open minded legislator. I pray that the security agencies trace these assassins and bring them to face the law. We shall grately miss him”, said the SG.  REST IN PEACE HON ABIRIGA!

    Mp Bakireke Nambooze: Hon Abiriga Ibrahim assisinated with his body guard at Kawanda…Uganda,who is safe?!

    Speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s Office: The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, has with sadness learnt about the brutal killing of Arua Municipality Hon Ibrahim Abiriga who was gunned down this evening near his home at Kawanda. His body guard was also killed. Ms Kadaga sends her condolences to the family , the people of Arua and the country. She urged the security forces to do everything possible to get the killers and reassure the country.  Parliament will discuss with the family about the burial arrangements.

    State minister of Lands Hon. Princess Namuganza Persis: This is too much dear fellow Citizens, this anger is too much, why do we carry a lot of blood in our Hands? Why do we feed our families with cold blood Money? Death is our way to Eternity but we should not traumatize those left behind. May God the Almighty welcome you most especially this holy month with Peace and Joy. You have served your people diligently with Love. RIP Rtd. Col. Ibrahim Abiriga

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    Buganda Kingdom Clan Heads Council Speaker Mutumba In Trouble Over Accusations Of Shielding Kingdom Officials Cited In Planned Assassination Of Their Colleague Lwomwa…

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    Kabaka Mutebi with Omutaka Mutumba (R). On the left is the late Bbosa Lwomwa

    Omutaka Ssalongo Augustine Kizito Mutumba the head of Kkobe clan who also doubles as the Speaker of Buganda Kingdom clan heads council is in huge trouble over the accusation of shielding Kingdom officials cited in the gruesome assassination of Ndiga (sheep) clan head Eng. Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa.

    Highly placed sources in the clan heads Council have told theGrapevine that a section of clan heads have already placed Mutumba on notice and threatened to file a complaint with Brig. Gen. Christopher Ddamulira Sserunjogi’s Commandant of Police’s Directorate of Crime Intelligence and Maj. Dr. Tom Magambo’s Commandant of Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) who are leading the investigations concerning Bossa’s assassination accusing him of obstructing justice.

    One of the clan heads said that they passed a resolution in their meeting directing their council executive chaired by Mutumba to write to Ronald Muwenda Mutebi the Kabaka of Buganda asking for an emergency meeting with them to privately discuss the matters concerning Bossa’s assassination so that he can guide them on the way forward but he intentionally refused to execute the directive.

    This clan head explained that they wanted to meet Kabaka Mutebi to reveal to him their fears which if not handled carefully could lead to their death since a number of people who they are complaining against are untouchables in Buganda Kingdom administration.

    “We gave him together with his executive committee two weeks to write to Kabaka and he was supposed to brief us on the developments during last month’s meeting but when we tried to remind him, he just told us to be patient. He explained that our issue is being handled properly and asked us to first welcome Omuttaka Eria Lwasi Buzaabo the new Ndiga clan head to the council which we did. Since then, he has not responded to us whether via our WhatsApp group or in any other form,” a clan head said.

    He added that they wanted to report to Kabaka Mutebi how Mengo administration under the leadership of Premier Charles Peter Mayiga are using Kingdom cultural court (Kkooti ya kisekwa) to harass and torment them.

    He added that there is a lot of corruption in Kisekwa kkooti. He narrated how members sitting on it use their clerks like a one Milly Naluwenda to intimidate them and solicit for bribe from them as a condition to help them win cases slapped on them on grounds that they are not legally the heads their clans.

    Naluwenda is among the five suspects were who joined Noah Derrick Lugya who is suspected to have pulled the trigger during the killing of Lwomwa.  They were charged and remanded to Luzira prison.

    The suspected master planner of the entire assassination Tabula Bossa Lugya is on run and is expected to be hiding in the think forests on lake Victoria shores in Kalangala island. Police has already placed a Shs20m bounty on his head as a reward to any person who will help them to arrest him so that he is charged in courts of law.

    As the fight to arrest Tabula continues, clan heads led by those who are battling with cases before Kisekwa kkooti include: Ffumbe clan head, Nsenene clan, Ngabi clan, Nkima clan, Enyonyi Nakisinge, Mamba and others. The clan heads also want to get an explanation from Kabaka himself why the appeals made before him as the Supreme court when it comes to cultural issues in Buganda are delaying.

    He added that chances were there to meet Kabaka before he traveled abroad in March because he spent a lot of time in his Mengo palace meeting a number of people.

    However, when contacted, Mutumba denied having any knowledge concerning the said resolution to write a letter to Kabaka.

    He explained that the matter they wanted to drag him into is criminal in nature and is still under investigation.

    “All of us were hurt by our colleague’s assassination but we should not use his death to solve our problems and grievances. Let them show you the minutes which we based on to pass such a resolution,” Mutumba said.

    He asked his colleagues to be patient, noting that the Kabaka will meet them at the right time.

    He added that they cannot force the king to meet them because he knows whatever is going on in their council given that minutes and resolutions for every meeting are always given to him.

    It should be noted that Mayiga reported to Kabaka’s subject that their King is out of the country. He traveled to Europe to see his medical doctors.

    Sources divulged that the Kabaka is expected into the country in May and it is the reason why he is not going to attend his birthday party on 15th of May 2024. Kabaka also missed his 69th birthday run last week and was represented by his sister Agnes Nabaloga Lubuga.

    Since 2019, Kabaka Mutebi has been receiving treatment abroad and highly placed sources claim that he is suffering from cancer even though Mayiga informed his subject that he is suffering from Allergy.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    Equity Bank Shs6.5bn Fraud Case Deepens As More Suspects Are Charged, Remanded To Prison…

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    Equity Bank fraud suspects Mukwaya, Mugumya and Kato appearing in court

    Three more suspects from Equity bank multimillion fraud case have been arraigned before the Magistrates Court of the Anti-corruption Division on charges of Conspiracy to defraud and remanded to Luzira prison.

    The accused persons are; Godfrey Mukwaya and Robert Mugumya, all former employees of Airtel Uganda and Fred Kato a former head of Small and Medium Enterprises at Equity Bank.

    Prosecution alleges that Mukwaya, a former sales manager at Airtel Uganda used different people to open up bank accounts through which the bank was defrauded of more than Shs10bn.

    State further alleges that Mugumya is linked to 179 fictitious companies that were created to defraud Equity bank and he used different persons to obtain more than Shs35 billion.

    The presiding Magistrate Abert Asiimwe did not allow the accused persons to plead to the charges reasoning that they are joined on the case file involving money laundering which is triable by the High Court.

    “While this court has powers to handle the case of conspiracy, this one is emanating from money laundering. I advise that you will plead to the charges in the High Court which has powers to entertain all the cases,” Asiimwe said.

    The three suspects charged brings the charged number to eight.

    On March 20, 2024, five people among them employees of Equity Bank were charged over accusations of money laundering in regard to disbursement of Shs62bn of unsecured loans to unqualified persons.

    The first suspects were arraigned before the Anti-corruption Magistrates Court on charges of obtaining credit by false pretense, money laundering and conspiracy to defraud.

    The remanded suspects are; the head of Agency Banking at Equity Bank Julius Musiime, Erina Nabisubi a relationship manager for telecom, Fred Semwogerere (Banker), Tumuhimbise Crescent Tibarwesereka (relationship officer) and Wycliff Asiimwe a distribution and marketing consultant with a microfinance facility.

    State alleges that between the 2021 and 2024 at Equity Bank in Kampala City, Nabisubi being a person employed as a relationship manager in charge of Telecom incurred a debt of Shs6.55bn from Equity bank falsely representing that the loans were being applied for by Najjemba Gladys who she fronted as having fulfilled the bank requirements to access the loans whereas not.

    State added that Nabisubi also incurred a debt of Shs300m from Equity Bank falsely representing that the loans were being applied for by Nagawa Latiffa who she fronted as having fulfilled the bank requirements to access the loans whereas not.

    It is alleged that between 2021 and 2024 at Equity Bank headquarters situated at Church House in Kampala, Nabisubi intentionally impeded the establishment of the true ownership of Shs6.5bn which she fraudulently obtained from Equity Bank as loan through account number 1032100370335 in the name of Najjemba Gladys purporting that the said funds were applied for by Najjemba Gladys as a loan whereas not knowing that the said funds were a proceed of crime.

    State further alleges that Musiime intentionally concealed the true ownership of Shs18 million which he received as gratification from Mutuuza Stella for having fraudulently processed a loan of Shs700m from Equity Bank by requiring her to deposit the said gratification on account number 1013101211316 in the name of Gilbert Rwaiheru Kiiza knowing that the said deposits were a proceed of crime.

    According to the charge sheet, in the year 2021 and 2024 at different places in Kampala and Wakiso districts; Musiime, Nabisubi, Ssemwogerere, Tumuhimbise , Asiimwe, Kato, Mugumya and Mukwaya conspired together to defraud Equity Bank of Shs62bn by fraudulently causing the disbursement of unsecured loans to unqualified people.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    Prisoner Escape Scare Forces Dr. Byabashaija To Deploy PSSU Commandos At Jinja Prison…

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    The inmates who tried to escape from Jinja Court. On the right is prisons boss Dr. Johnson Byabashaija

    Uganda Prisons Services under the Command of Prisons Commissioner General Dr. Johnson Byabashaija has deployed Prisons deadly Prison’s Special Service Unit (PSSU) to take charge of inmates at Jinja government prison.

    The deadly PSSU soldiers are currently in charge of the prison’s tower where sharp shooters are stationed 24 hours to supervise the entire movements of inmates and are allowed to shoot and kill any inmates who try to escape from prison.

    PSSU Commandos are also responsible for escorting prisoners from both Jinja Main prison where deadly criminals like terrorists, murderers, armed robberies are detained from and those of Jinja Remmand where inmates with minor offences are detained from.

    Highly placed sources in prison service told theGrapevine that PSSU are highly trained commandos compared to SFC Commandos who protect President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, his family members and other State privileged installations.

    He added that the PSSU Commandos are the ones in control of Luzira Upper prison security, especially the tower and that of Murchison bay.

    The development to deploy PSSU at Jinja prisons comes months after inmates tried to escape from a prison officer who escorted them to Jinja court.

    Abel Muwanika Abel alias Abusale (27) was shot several times while escaping, he was rushed to hospital where he died from.

    Ashiraf Senora alias Vampire (25) who was with him when trying to escape survived with bullet injuries and was slapped with other criminal charges related to escaping from prison.

    Both were facing charges of aggravated robbery and prisons spokesperson Afande Frank Baine praised the prison’s officers for preventing the escape.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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