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    Balaam Asks For Shs.1billion From Kabushenga Led Kampala Sun For Portraying Him As A Fraudster And Extortionist…

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    It seems the troubles of Robert Kabushenga led Vision Group are not about to end.

    This is after events promoter and National Resistance Movement (NRM) party diehard Balaam Barugahara threatened to sue them if he is not compensated with Shs.1bn.

    Through his lawyers of Isabirye and Company Advocates, Balaam claims that, Vision Group, through its weekly newspaper the Kampala Sun defamed him when they alleged that he was muscling Uganda Cranes players for a share of money allegedly paid to them by President Museveni.

    “Needless to say, that the publication was false, baseless and not with any truth but has none the less damaged the reputation of our client in a manner that is irreparable, as when construed and contextualized in its natural, and ordinary meaning, or by innuendo, said article is understood to mean and to suggest that Mr. Balaam Barugahara, our client, is a criminal, an immoral and indefensible man,” Balaam’s lawyers stated in their letters.

    They insist that the Kampala Sun article under the headline ‘Balaam harasses Uganda Cranes over Sevo Cash’ negatively impacted on the integrity of their client, demeaned his reputation in his capacity as a businessman and a family man in the eyes of reasonable Ugandans, East Africans, Africans and the world at large to the extent of him being viewed as a fraudster and extortionist.

    “In addition to causing him to limit his interaction with his peers, contemporaries, business partners and colleagues in order for him to avoid the contempt and ridicule that he suffers when amongst them, this emotional suffering has caused him to suffer stress and affected his moods and behavior in a depressing manner,” the lawyers added.

    They claim that because of such suffering, their client demands a public apology for the claimed false story and compensation of Shs.1bn.

    They gave vision group only three days from yesterday to do so.

    Last week, Uganda Communications Commissions (UCC) suspended Urban TV’s Scoop on Scoop gossip show after socialite Sheilah Gashumba petitioned the commission over defamatory statements from the show host Tina Fierce against her. Urban TV is another Vision Group product. Sheilah also asked for Shs.400 million compensation.

     

    By Jamil Lutakome

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    How First Son Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Saved Kabushenga From Losing Juicy Job At Vision As CEO…

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    Vision Group CEO Robert Kabushenga

    It has been not an easy task for the first family to convince president Yoweri Museveni to renew the contract of Robert Kabushenga, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of vision group.

    Multiple credible sources have intimated to theGrapevine that for almost a year, Kabushenga has been running from one office to another pleading to those he thinks can convince President Museveni to renew his contract.

    “The man spent almost two days at Gen Salim Saleh’s home pleading to him to convince his brother to renew his contract until he told him that he had failed to persuade the old man,” one of Kabushenga’s best friends at vision group revealed.

    He added that Gen Saleh’s statements didn’t make the humble Kabushenga to give up.

    He decided to run to other first family members and the target was Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the first son, senior advisor to the president and also the commandant of the Special Forces Command (SFC).

    Sources revealed that several meetings were held between Kabushenga, Muhoozi and a one Alice Kaboyo, a close relative to Museveni on how they can convince the old man to renew Kabushenga’s contract.

    After several secret meeting, Kabs’ contract was renewed for two more years as the head of the vision group.

    Sources intimated to theGrapevine that even though Kabushenga’s contract was renewed, he was told that President Museveni is not happy with the way he has been running affairs at vision group.

    His peers advised him to make sure that by the end of the 2021 elections, the old man from Rwakitura is happy with his performance.

    Sources at vision group disclosed that for the last one year, since the expiry of his contract, Kabushenga has been a very frustrated boss, he has been spending much of the time out of office moving from one office to another in a bid to save his job.

    Recently, Kabushenga’s longtime enemy Joseph Tamale Mirundi who also doubles as the senior presidential advisor on media warned that Kabushenga should leave vision group.

    Mirundi has been moving from one radio station to another saying that Kabushenga refused to vacate office even though his contract expired and that President Museveni directed SFC commandos to go and evict him.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    I Don’t Want To Smell Any Corruption In Uganda Airlines – M7 Warns, Thanks Airbus For Making Planes That Do Not Kill People Like Boeing…

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    President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni has warned his cronies not to steal the new revamped Uganda Airlines.

    While receiving the first of the two new Airbus A330-neo flag-carriers, Museveni warned the management, staff and officials of Uganda Airlines against being corrupt.

    “I congratulate Ugandans upon this achievement and encourage each one of us to support our own Airline. To the management, staff and officials of this Airline, I DO NOT want to hear of ANY corruption in the Airline, I don’t want to even smell a little of it,” President Museveni said.

    The President said that he is hopeful that this Airline will help us to boost tourism and travel across the continent and beyond.

    “When my family were leaving in Sweden, I went there from the bush to see them, I found them eating terrible things (bananas) that they were from Panama, but they were not bananas, we can help those people from Europe from (eating) bad bananas, so that they can eat good bananas. These bananas from here are good,” President Museveni boasted.

    He thanked the pilots for doing a good job and making sure that the airline is fully functional, “I want to thank our pilots because they really put pressure on us, I congratulate Ugandans for having their own airline.”

    Ugandan Pilot Mike Etyang who hails from Tororo District flew the Airbus A330-800 neo alongside a Ugandan crew from France to Entebbe.

    “I thank the Airbus for making a good product, I thank the airbus for making a good product, we were wise not to buy the other American one, the Boeing which was always crashing and killing people. So God is there and he guided us,” President Museveni said.

     

    By Sandra Mukisa

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    Uganda Airlines Can’t Be Revived By The Same Hands That Killed It – Besigye

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    Four time presidential candidate, Rtd. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye has said that it’s a total disgrace that upto 30 officials fled to France to receive one plane.

    President Museveni congratulated the Uganda Airlines upon the reception of the new A330neo aircraft.

    “The revived Uganda Airlines will support our economic growth by facilitating transport and tourism. It will be a major boost if the $400m Ugandans spend annually on air travel comes to our own airline,” the president said.

    Besigye has expressed discontentment as a senior citizen who feels the tax payer’s money is being misused to foot unnecessary bills.

    His pain comes from a view that all those hefty expenses could be avoided in many different ways.

    “A delegation of 30 led by Minister to “receive” a new aeroplane? The proprietors of this whole scheme are so shameless,” Besigye noted.

    As a fact, Uganda Airlines has a fleet of 4 Bombardiers only; the 30 people will get the 5th (Airbus330) from France.

    Besigye noted how the Ethiopian Airlines has 128 aircrafts, with 47 on order- including 10 Airbus350, much bigger than A330 but are not so excited. “If Ethiopian Airlines behaved like Uganda Airlines, it wouldn’t exist today,” Besigye added.

    Besigye recalled that the Uganda Airlines started operations in 1977 (under Gen Idi Amin). He adds that it was looted by NRM/M7 Junta and eventually wound up in 2001.

    “Its most lucrative assert, the ground-handling business was taken over by Gen Salim Saleh, Minister Sam Kutesa et al,” Besigye revealed.

    “The “revived” airline is starting its journey on very familiar ground that killed its namesake,” he added.

     

    By Baron Kironde

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