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    AYA Debt Case File Goes Missing

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    Commercial Court case file number MC230 of 2017 can’t be traced in the Commercial Division of the High Court in Kampala. The file relates to the suit Mohammad Hamid the owner of Aya group filed seeking to use court protection to restrain Industrial Development Corporation Bank of South Africa (IDCBSA) from auctioning newly opened Pearl of Africa hotel in Nakasero in order to recover their money of more than USD32M which Hamid borrowed from them.

    The hotel was opened a few days ago by Kaguta M7 the president who has for long been a strong supporter of Aya Group. At the time of grand opening, Hamid had already sold it to Rezidor Hotels APS of Denmark and renamed it Pearl of Africa Hotel, something that IDCBSA considers fraudulent.  IDCBSA wants their money, according to the contents of their defense filed in the same court through their lawyers ENSAfrica. On the other hand Hamid is represented by Fox Odoi, formerly the President’s lawyer at State House and MP Budama County. There are two groups badly wanting to access the file because it’s a public document once filed in Court where the registrar Thadeus Osepen had given an injunction restraining IDCBSA from taking over but unfortunately the order expired a few days ago. One is the group of MPs that is determined to depend on the dispute of the two parties in court–Hamid and IDCBSA—to prepare their case for use to cause the censure of minister of finance Matia Kasaijja. The MPs are baying for Kasaijja’s blood and in doing so they are saying the USD32M loan was guaranteed by government of Uganda through the ministry of finance without getting the approval of Parliament.

    The MPs say that is a good ground for Kasaija to be censured like it was for Syda Bumba and Kiddu Makubuya in the last parliament. The MPs are mostly from NRM and they think because there is a lot of pressure for Togikwatako from the public, M7 may be ready to sacrifice Kasaijja in order to please the public which is very angry with the life presidency proposal.  “We have looked for the file for many days at Commercial Court registry but it can’t be found yet at the same time workers there are very scared. They are saying we don’t want to lose our life and jobs concerning that file” said one of the MPs looking for the file.  The MP added they are planning to have a press conference to unleash the details of this new scandal at the ministry of finance and they will do that the moment they are ready.

    The MP added that if they totally fail to get the file which the registry say can’t be traced, then they will go to the chief justice Bart Katureebe and complain against the registrar Osepen and his registry staff.  The other group hunting for the file are the media houses that want to break the story of this new scandal to their viewers and readers but they are still hitting a dead end and they have agreed to ally with MPs to do the work properly. Whoever gets it first will share with the other.  As the file continues to be missing as if it was stolen and burnt, fresh information which has just leaked to this website shows that apart from IDCBSA, there is another foreign company that wants to sue in court to recover the money it says it put in the hotel project and sources say the money is above USD40M. Matia Kasaijja’s problem is that MPs are saying all this was also separately guaranteed by government through his ministry. More later.

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    MASTERS OF CHAOS! Minister Mao Warns Bobi Wine To Prepare For The Worst From Mpuuga, DP Block Politicians…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine. Inset L is DP's Norbert Mao and R inset is Matthias Mpuuga

    Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister who also doubles as the Democratic Party President General Norbert Mao has warned National Unity Platform (NUP) President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) to prepare for the worst from Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba and members of the DP Block.

    Exclusively speaking to theGrapevine, Mao explain that when he saw Mpuuga and his friends who were formally members of Suubi, a political pressure group and DP party crossing to NUP, he envisioned what is happening right now.

    He added that the said people were a problem to DP and when they joined NUP, the DP problem crossed to Bobi Wine.

    Bobi Wine is under attack from members of his party who crossed from DP to NUP. They have even threatened to reveal their next political action next month at Mpuuga’s thanks giving ceremony where Charles Peter Mayiga the Buganda Kingdom premier is expected as the Chief Guest.

    Highly placed sources revealed that Mpuuga and his group are planning to reveal a new political pressure group which will tour the entire country getting views from their supporters concerning their next course of action after disagreeing with Bobi Wine’s leadership.

    George Musisi, one of lawyers for NUP accused Mpuuga’s blue eyed boy Samuel Lubega Mukaku of supporting the NUP faction led by Moses Kibalama.

    Sources allege that Mpuuga’s faction are confident that Court is going to declare Bobi Wine’s leadership at NUP illegal and the party will return into the hands of Kibalama a move they think will give them the opportunity to use NUP as a vehicle in the 2026 general elections.

    Other sources claim that Mpuuga and group are planning to use Buganda Kingdom leadership structures from the village level to mobilize support in Buganda come 2026.

    Mpuuga is confident that it was Buganda structures that helped Bobi Wine to defeat President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and his NRM party in Buganda and without them, Bobi will lose.

    However, Nakaseke South legislator Paulson Lutamaguzi Ssemakula rubbished Mpuuga’s political calculations explaining that Bobi Wine will remain strong whether Buganda’s Mayiga supports him or not.

    He asserts that Bwanika and Mpuuga are working for President Museveni and he has always deployed them whenever election period approaches and help him to divide and disorganize the opposition.

    Ssemakula said that in 2021, when Bobi Wine was planning to work with Dr. Kizza Besigye, Bwanika abused Dr. Besigye and accussed him of working for Museveni to distract Baganda.

    He added that in 2006, Bwanika swore an affidavit in support of Museveni against Dr. Besigye before the Supreme Court and his evidence saved Museveni and stamped his win.

    However, Bwanika also accuses Bobi Wine of working for Museveni to stop the opposition from taking state power.

    The Bobi Wine/Mpuuga misunderstanding deepened when Bobi Wine ordered him to apologise to the nation and return the Shs500m bribe he admittedly received from the parliamentary Commission as a reward for being a good Leader of Opposition in parliament. Mpuuga was also told to resign from the office of the Commissioner of parliament which he declined to do.

    Bobi Wine also suspended Mpuuga from the office the national vice president in charge of Buganda region on top of sending him to the party disciplinary committee.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic Among Ministers, M7 Set To Hold Cabinet Sittings At His Kisozi Farm With Tough Conditions…

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    Ministers have started panicking upon learning that very soon, their boss President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is set to hold cabinet meetings from his Kisozi country home.

    Highly placed State House sources revealed that Museveni wants to test the knowledge of his ministers when it comes to issues of fighting poverty among Ugandans through government programs.

    “The president is tired of hearing his ministers telling people to participate in government programs like Parish Development Modal, Emyooga, the four acre farming modal and others. He now wants to know and challenge them on which other initiatives they have put in place to fight poverty among the communities surrounding them,” a source said.

    The source added that ministers are going to be given enough time to make submissions concerning their own initiatives with evidence showing how the public has benefited from them.

    He added that the president is also going to invite experts on development and those producing farming products with value addition to lecture ministers on how their communities can benefit from them.

    Museveni recently boasted of how he fought poverty among his neighbours in Kisozi.

    The President disclosed that as a way of appreciating his efforts, his neighbors have started giving him money and other products to thank him for the advice he gave them and they are no longer begging him by blocking him to ask for money when he is driving to his farm.

    “In the 2026 presidential campaign, the President doesn’t want Museveni Abeewo, he wants his campaign team to stick to developmental issues which help Ugandans to fight poverty,” a source said.

    The cabinet meetings at Kisozi are also expected to be attended by NRM officials from the party Secretariat, those from the Offices of the National Chairperson in Kyambogo and other top government officials.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Why Kasyate Is Resigning From KCCA Juicy PRO Job…

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    Simon Kasyate

    The Mighty Grapevine has exclusively learnt that flamboyant veteran journalist Simon Kasyate has tendered in his resignation.

    Sources claim that Kasyate, who is as the Head Public & Corporate Affairs at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) tendered in his resignation letter after learning that the Public Service Commission had started the process of recruiting his replacement.

    The Public Service Commission started the process of looking for Kasyate’s replacement in 2023, through public advertising in the local dailies.

    Through his State House contacts, it is alleged Kasyate managed to secure the KCCA PRO job without following the required process of recruiting government workers.

    theGrapevine made several phone calls to Kasyate for a comment but they went unanswered.

    Before joining KCCA, Kasyate was the spokesperson for the European Union (EU), ESKOM, MasterCard Foundation among other top institutions.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe  

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