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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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    What Killed Simbamanyo Tycoon Kamya? How Top Lawyer Tried To Use Justice Byabakama’s Electoral Commission Deal To Save His Empire…

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    In one of the meetings where the agenda was to strategise on how to save the business empire of the late Peter Kamya, the proprietor of Simbamanyo Estate limited, one of his friends, who is also a seasoned commercial lawyer proposed a multibillion Electoral Commission deal which he was very sure would save the fallen tycoon’s empire.

    Multiple credible sources have revealed to the mighty Grapevine that this happened in 2018 when Equity bank had started threatening to auction Kamya’s properties which he used as security when securing a loan.

    The buildings were Ssimbamanyo House behind Central Police Station in Kampala city and Afrique Suites situated in Mutungo.

    Kamya, who is a brother-in-law to former deputy Prime Minister Muganwa Kajura allowed one of his senior lawyers to negotiate the deal which involved looking for a new home for the Electoral Commission.

    “The lawyer’s idea was for Kamya to rent the entire building to the Electoral Commission and the money collected as rent be used to service the loan which the bank was very comfortable with but out of the blue, when the deal was almost concluded, the old man changed his mind claiming that his friend was working with the bank to impoverish him and that’s how the deal flopped,” a source said.

    He added that the deal was waiting for the greenlight from president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who was a good friend to Kamya.

    The source added that even the Ministry of Gender was ready to shift to another building.

    Another source said that the Electoral Commission was giving Kamya a big deal compared to what he was receiving from the Ministry of Gender and within 3 to 4 years, the bank’s loan would be fully paid.

    The source said that Kamya changed his mind after getting another opinion from another shrewd young city lawyer who convinced him that the loan he got from Equity bank was not favourable and it can be challenged in Court.

    Sources said that when the bank learnt about Kamya’s plan to challenge them in court, they hastily auctioned both securities to controversial city businessman Sudhir Ruperelia’s Meera Investments Limited and Ronald Luwangula’s Luwaluwa Investments Limited, a move that frustrated Kamya’s entire plan to save his empire.

    He tried to save his empire through courts of law by filing an application seeking a temporary injuction stopping the selling of the said property but he lost the application with costs.

    He further petitioned president Museveni to save his empire arguing that it was illegally sold.

    Unfortunately, after making wide consultations, especially from the Attorney General and Bank of Uganda, the big man advised Kamya to challenge the sale of his properties in courts of law.

    He explained to him that he has no alternative to save him since he was advised that his properties were legally sold.

    Without losing hope, Kamya instructed his new lawyers led by Fred Muwema to institute a suit in the High Court Commercial Division against Crane Bank, Meera Investment Limited, Luwaluwa Investment, and lawyers of Katende Ssempebwa Company Advocates were also joined in the suit.

    The matter was allocated to Justice Stephen Mubiru, the head of the Division.

    Kamya hired Kihika Byenkya and Company Advocates to join his legal team which successfully secured an order for discovery against the respondents.

    Justice Mubiru ordered the respondents to allow the petitioner to inspect their email exchange, bank accounts and phone call logs which were made in the period when his properties were sold, an order which raised dust at the commercial court.

    Lawyers from Katende Ssempebwa Advocates petitioned Justice Rubby Opio Aweri, the Chief Inspector of Courts claiming that justice Mubiru was biased and he has to be investigated over the matter.

    He was ordered to refer the entire Ssimbamanyo file to justice Opio which Mubiru refused to do.

    Mubiru insisted that Justice Opio didn’t have powers to ask for the said file from him and guided that the matter has to proceed but lawyers challenged his action at the Court of Appeal.

    In October 2022, Justice Cheborion Barishaki of the Court of Appeal issued an order stopping Justice Mubiru from proceeding with the matter until three justices of the Court of Appeal determine the respondent’s grievances.

    Sources who have been close to Kamya revealed that Justice Cheborion’s ruling shocked Kamya and from that time, his life changed and it worsened last month and was rushed to Nairobi where he died on Friday morning.

    Sources said that other Simbamanyo Directors are set to continue with the legal fight to rescue their empire.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Criminal Gang Nabbed Over Robbery Using Motorcycles…

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    The territorial Police at Katwe have arrested members of a criminal gang that has been robbing people of properties using motorcycles.

    According to Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy spokesperson, ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, the suspects were arrested during an operation that took place yesterday 1st December 2022.

    “They have allegedly been snatching bags from Pedestrians, and phones from both motorists and pedestrians before fleeing on motorcycles which were identified by our CCTV cameras,” he said.

    He added that the suspects include; Semakula Sadiq 23, a resident of Ndejje Kanaba, Baguma Wise 19, a resident of Kisenyi social centre, Tumusiime John alias Mutoro a resident of social centre in Kisenyi and Lubega Mustafa alias Ade a resident of Makerere Kivvulu.

    “Our task teams have also established that the suspects got motorcycles on loan in the guise of using them for Boda Boda business, but instead, they ended up using them to rob the Public,” he revealed.

    Owoyesigyire adduced that they have also established where they sell the stolen items and efforts are on to have the promoters arrested.

    “Our efforts to pacify the city from criminals with intelligence-led operations continue.”

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Why M7 Appointed Trusted Brother Gen. Saleh To Command Fight Against Gunmen Attacks On Security Forces …

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    President Museveni and his brother Gen. Salim Saleh

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the Commander in Chief has assigned his young trusted brother and special senior presidential advisor Gen. Salim Saleh to supervise the fight against gunmen who are attacking security installations and forces.

    Credible security sources have intimated to theGrapevine that Museveni was briefed by his confidant intelligence team that security agencies have failed to defeat the armed men who attack police posts and military barracks.

    Internal Affairs State Minister Gen. David Muhoozi briefed parliament that 22 suspects including UPDF soldiers and two police officers were charged before the court martial on offences related to the recent attacks on police stations and military barracks. The minister said that within a period of 12 months, 13 attacks have been reported, 15 guns were stolen and 6 of these have not yet been recovered.

    “According to available intelligence, the motives for these actions are acquisition of arms for subversive activities, as well as for other criminal ends other than subversion,” the minister said.

    However, the minister explained that some of the attacks were as a result of laxity in the security forces and sources have said that it is this laxity that has forced President Museveni to bring back Gen. Saleh after establishing that his security forces were carrying out uncoordinated operations against the said gunmen.

    Sources added that the big man was very bitter with some security bosses for giving uncoordinated statements, he gave an example of the statement issued by police identifying the gunmen as rebels which the army rubbished and insisted that the attackers are criminal gangs.

    Sources said that Museveni directed all security bosses that before an operation is carried out, Gen. Saleh has to be informed and if it is an emergency, he has to be briefed not beyond five hours after the operation.

    “You know these gangs have started using tactics which President Museveni’s NRA rebels used especially when they started attacking security installation with the aim of stealing guns, didn’t you hear that the attackers at Gaddafi barracks in Jinja first strangled the UPDF soldier before firing bullets on his dead body?” a source said.

    He added that Museveni wants Gen. Saleh to use the same tactics they have previously used to fight gunmen.

    Another source said that there is a sharp division within security agencies and the president wants Gen. Saleh to fix it and save the situation.

    Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the special presidential senior advisor on operation, has been the supervisor of all the operations in the country.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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