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    AGE LIMIT PETITION: CJ Katureebe Quizzes Two Questionable Justices, Kadaga Vomits Certificate Of Compliance

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    All is set for the historical hearing of the controversial age limit petition in Mbale High Court on Monday.

    This website can authoritatively confirm that an advance team of security personnel, two assistants to the five constitutional justices led by deputy chief justice Alphonse Dolo, Remmy Kasule, Elizabeth Musoke, Kenneth Kakuru and Cheborion Balishaki have already camped in Mbale together with other judicial officers and technicians.

    Sources close to the five Justices have told the Grapevine that the five justices left their offices at twed towers in Nakasero armed with all the necessary requirements. One of the bodyguards to the five justices has told this website that the justices are going to sleep and spend the entire week at Mbale resort hotel. “We have left for Mbale, we are going to sleep at Mbale resort hotel,” one of the bodyguards told us.

     

    KATUREEBE FIRST MEETS THE TWO QUESTIONABLE JUSTICES

    The website has been told that today morning, justice Bart Katureebe the Chief Justice (CJ) first met the two questionable justices at his chambers at Kololo.

    The two justices Katureebe met are justice Elizabeth Musoke and justice Cheborion Balishaki. A source in the Chief Justice’s chambers, who spoke to us on condition of anonymity revealed that Katureebe wanted to first understand their personal opinions on the allegations put against them by one of the petitioners.

    Male Mabirizi, one of the petitioners wrote a poisonous letter to the CJ implicating the two judges. In his letter, Mabirizi indicated that justice Musoke has children with Rukutana the deputy Attorney General, who is going to lead the team of lawyers from the AG’s chambers to defend this controversial age limit petition.

    Mabirizi also pinned justice Musoke for siring two children with minister Hillary Onek who voted in support of the age limit bill. He reported that Onek shares many things with Musoke and asked the CJ to drop her from the panel in the interest of justice.

    The other justice that Mabirizi wants off the panel is justice Chebelion Balishaki. Mabirizi says that Balishake is a brother to Kenneth Soyekwo Cheborion Balishaki, the Member of Parliament (MP) of Tingey county in Kapchorwa district. Soyekwo was among the MPs who voted ‘YES’ to removing the age limit from the constitution. Mabirizi also added that justice Balishaki played a great role in helping his brother win an election case at the court of appeal against State minister for Transport Dr. Stephen Chebrot. This, according to Mabirizi, makes Balishaki unfit to be on the panel because of conflict of interest.

     

    KADAGA VOMITS CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE

    Today, the Attorney General gave the petitioners the certificate of compliance signed by Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, the speaker of Parliament. Kadaga signed the certificate on 22/12/2017, this certificate notifies the president that the bill was legally passed by parliament and can now be signed to become a law.

    In this certificate, article 61, 102 and 108 were amended by a total of 317 members of parliament. The petition is expected to kick off at 9:00am on 09/04/2018 at Mbale High Court.

    It should be remembered that last year, a group of 317 members of Parliament voted ‘YES’ to removing the age limit from the constitution, a move that their colleagues on the ‘NO’ side viewed as a plot to allow president Museveni to rule until God calls him. The MPs also extended the term of electoral officers from five years to seven years.

     

    By Jamil Lutakome

     

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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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    Has Bobi Wine Finally Made Up His Mind To Replace Mpuuga With Zaake? Battle For LOP Position Rages On, NUP Speaks out…

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    L-R: Mityana municipality MP Zaake, LOP Mpuuga and NUP boss Bobi Wine

    David Lewis Rubongoya, the National Unity Platform (NUP) Secretary General has rubbished allegations that his party president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has written to Annet Anita Among, the Speaker of Parliament, appointing Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) Francis Zaake as the Leader of Opposition in Parliament replacing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba.

    Rubongoya said that the aim of people who are circulating allegations that Bobi Wine has fired Mpuuga is to disorganise opposition legislators and NUP members at large which they cannot accept as NUP leadership.

    The allegation come at a time when Bobi Wine has just blasted some of his party MPs and opposition at large for not supporting Zaake when he was protesting on the floor of parliament over the kidnapping of opposition supporters especially in Buganda.

    Thomas Tayebwa, the deputy speaker of parliament early this week sent Zaake to the parliament’s disciplinary committee for violating his orders when he insisted on commenting on the ongoing kidnaps in the country even after advising him on the right procedure to follow.

    However, Bobi Wine claims that it was wrong for Tayebwa to frustrate Zaake and praised Makindye West legislator Derrick Nyeko, Kasanda South’s Frank Kabuye, Nakaseke Central’s Allan Mayanja and Kilak South’s Gilbert Olanyah who stood with Zaake when he was protesting.

    Sources inside NUP revealed that Bobi Wine is very determined to drop all the opposition leadership in parliament because they are not respecting his orders and are in bed with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party which he says is betrayal.

    Sources added that apart from Zaake, other people who are being vetted to replace Mpuuga include Busiro East’s Medard Lubega Ssegona and Kasanda North’s Patrick Oshabe Nsamba.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Buganda Premier Mayiga In Panic Over City Businessman Who Wants To Finish Him…

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    Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga

    Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango has revealed that detectives from Old Kampala police station have kicked off investigation against a controversial city businessman for inciting Kisekka market youths against Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga.

    In an exclusive interview with theGrapevine, Onyango said that on Monday morning, Old Kampala police received information about angry Buganda youths who were threatening to cause insecurity at Bulange building which houses Buganda Kingdom headquarters.

    Onyango said that his police quickly saved the situation and arrested some of the youths who led the attack.

    He explained that preliminary investigation show that there might be a big man behind the goons who were hired from Kisekka market to bring tension and panic at Bulange building and against the person of Mayiga.

    “They are going to be charged with the offences of criminal trespass and inciting violence. However, investigations are ongoing and we might charge them with other offences because we are still looking for that person who is behind them,” Onyango said.

    Detectives at Old Kampala police told theGrapevine that they suspect that there is a top city tycoon who facilitated these youths to attack Buganda Kingdom.

    He added that they might be the ones who forged the signature of the Buganda Kingdom King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi that was put on the letter suspending all works at all Kingdom institutions including clans headquarters, his palaces and at the Kingdom headquarters.

    In the forged letter, there were instructions directing UPDF and Uganda Police with immediate effect to stop providing security at the said Kingdom headquarters.

    Detectives added that the youths identified themselves as Kabaka Munyango and are the ones who normally escort Kabaka Mutebi when he is travelling internally.

    It is alleged the suspects wanted to stage a deadly protest against Kabaka as a way of provoking his security to fire bullets at them which would have resulted in bloodshed.

    The suspects were found with machetes and placards with writings pleading to Kabaka Mutebi to fire Mayiga over incompetence and corruption.

    Buganda Kingdom disowned the said letter insisting that it was not signed by Kabaka.

    However, sources within Mengo revealed that the letter was authored within Bulange by Mayiga’s enemies.

    Efforts to get a comment from Buganda Kingdom were futile as Noor Kiyimba, the Kingdom’s information and cabinet minister was not picking our calls by press time.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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