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Amin Genero In Tears After His Indian Wife Declared Him Dead And Sold Their Matrimonial Home..

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No-nonsense Uganda Army General is in tears after his Indian wife sold off their matrimonial home in Kawempe and declared him dead.

Rtd. General Yusuf Gowon, a former military commander in Idi Amin’s army testified before the commission of inquiry into land matters that he was among the prominent military officers in the defunct Uganda army who survived being killed during the 1979 liberation war.

“There was no time to give our properties to caretakers because everyone was on the run to save his life. For me, I was exiled to Democratic Republic of Congo together with my four wives and all my family but when I was grilled by Congo authorities, one of my wives escaped and came back to Uganda without my knowledge,” General Gowon said. He revealed that when his wife Harriet Sofia Batanda came back to Uganda, she told all his friends that her husband was killed in the exile and that he gave her powers to administer his properties. 

Batanda with her daughter

He testified that his wife went to retired High court judge Ralph Ochan who was the administrator general of government and got powers to administer his properties including their matrimonial home in Kawempe Division, a Kampala surburb. 

He testified that when president Museveni called him and asked him to come back to Uganda in 1994, government  hired for him a room at Speke Hotel. While there, his daughter Zurah Gowon told him that her mother had sold their home in Kawempe.

He said that because there was no one who wanted to communicate with him, he decided to give her 14 year old daughter Zurah powers of attorney to manage his properties and get money to take care of her siblings. 

“My friend Ochan was very surprised to see me alive, he told me that my wife informed him that I was killed in Congo. When I explained my situation to him, he promised to reverse the first powers he gave to my wife,” Gowon said. He revealed that when he asked his wife why she pronounced him dead, she told him that they were no longer married and that she wanted to divorce him with immediate effect. 

The Israel trained military officer confessed that his wife even told him that all the four children including a UPDF officer are not his.

General Gowon

He said that Batanda went to Uganda supreme council and picked divorce papers but he refused to sign them, she then dragged him in the sharia court where he was told to leave the house to his wife and daughter and even facilitate them monthly.

“Yes I married Harriet because of her beauty and wealth but now I’m nolonger interested in her, how can she give away my children because I am poor?” General Gowon said. He told justice Catherine Bamugemereire’s led commission that the only thing he wants from Batanda now is his home because he wants to get another wife to take care of him during retirement. Batanda was also in the room and denied all the accusations. The commission is still investigating the matter.

By Jamil Lutakome

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NRM CEC VETTING:  Babu Finally Pulls Out Of Race For Kigongo…

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Like we told you yesterday, former Kampala Central legislator Capt. Francis Babu has pulled out the race for National Resistance Movement (NRM) 1st Vice Chairperson leaving incumbent Hajji Moses Kigongo unopposed.

According to the party chairman President Museveni, Babu pulled out of the race in good faith for the interest of the party.

“Over the last few days, I have chaired the vetting meetings by the Central Executive Committee (CEC) to draft a shortlist that will be forwarded to the National Executive Committee for voting,” Museveni said.

He added, “As we conclude the process, Captain Francis Babu, one of our own long-standing cadres and a worthy contender, having expressed interest in the position of 1st Vice Chairperson and being seconded by CEC, has pulled out of the race in good faith, for the benefit of the party.”

“While I commend Capt. Babu’s exhibition of comradeship and solidarity, I congratulate all the participants in ongoing party activities. It is my pleasure to witness the hive of activity and the number of people involved in building cohesion and continuity. Long Live the National Resistance Movement,” he said.

 

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Demolishing A Church Is A Curse – Museveni Vows To Help Ndeeba Church Retain Their Land….

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On his way to work today, His Excellency, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the president of Uganda for the very first time visited the site of the recently demolished St Peter’s Church in Ndeeba.
The President expressed his sorrow triggered by the ugly incident, and gave the church assurances that whoever is responsible will pay a hefty price.
Museveni stressed that the resolution to order the demolition of a church was extreme, he suggested that dialogue amongst the stakeholders would have been most appropriate to resolve the matter, however much the church could have been caught on the wrong side of the law.
“Judges should have limits and understand public interest. Demolishing a church is a curse,” the president said, warning the general public against believing any false reports that the government is responsible for demolishing the said church.
Museveni revealed that he will very soon invite the Namirembe Diocese Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, and engage with all parties involved in this conflict to find a lasting solution.
He gave assurance that the Church will retain the disputed land at all costs, and an even better church shall be erected in the same place, publicly declaring that he has now personally involved himself in the bitter land wrangle.

 

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Our Mass Defection Was A Collective Decision – MP Nambooze…

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Democratic Party (DP) president, Norbert Mao has assured party members that they are still standing strong even after many of their senior members defected to Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine’s National Unity Party (NUP).

The studious politician likened DP’s current situation to a farmer who loses his crops, but remains with the seeds, hinting on replanting.

While appearing on the Frontline, a political talk show on NBS, Mao said the DP will utilise this uncertainty that has befallen their party to not only heal, but also renew and rebuild their DP house.

“DP will have to look inside itself and look for the reason as to why it has been resilient for 65 years. It is time for strategic reorientation, to look at our strengths rather than our weaknesses,” Mao said, emphasizing that they (DP) are so capable of rebuilding the party.

Mao stressed that trying times like now call for calmness, and that DP will now focus on its strengths and what has remained rather than lament on its weaknesses.

The lawyer also admitted that the MPs who defected might leave political wounds to the party, but added that they will heal and so will DP.

“They might leave scars, but they eventually heal. And gaps can always be filled. Every organization must have an inbuilt capacity to heal and renew itself.

Some people have lost both hands, but life doesn’t end there. Infact, you can find your purpose from there,” Mao said.

Betty Nambooze, one of the former key members who defected to NUP insinuated that they conveniently made the healthiest decision for them and their former party where they have been the trouble causers, adding that the transfer will now also give them an opportunity to go where they shall be utilized, because they are appreciated.

The Mukono Municipality lawmaker also revealed that their resolution to massively withdraw from DP to NUP was more collective than personal.

The outspoken journalist cum politician revealed that she could not follow her close colleague Erias Lukwago the Kampala Lord Mayor to Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) because she has never fancied being a member of the Najjanankumbi based party.

She however said that she will support Lukwago for the Kampala mayoral seat, and not NUP’s Joseph Mayanja aka Chameleon.

 

By Baron Kironde




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