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    Bamugemereire Land Probe:  RDC Cited In Stealing 2200 Hectares Of Land

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    Justice Catherine Bamugemereire

     

    George William Musitwa (54), a Mukono district staff surveyor has revealed before the commission of inquiry into land matters that he was forced by Maj. David Matovu, the former Mukono Resident District Commissioner (RDC) and Mukono district chairperson Andrew Ssenyonga to give away over 2200 hectares of land to the relatives of the former Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma.

    Musitwa testify that Andrew Ssenyonga wrote to him a letter in 2016 instructing him as the district staff surveyor to allow Henry Ssembajjwe to survey the 10 square miles of land located at Kipayo and Bwebereza in Ntenjeru sub county, Mukono district. In his letter, Ssenyonga informed Musitwa that the said land belongs to Robert Ssenyonjo Ssaava and Harriet Nambazira Naava who obtained powers of attorney to administer the estate of the late Musa Kanamwangi, who allegedly owned the land.

    Musitwa said that he wrote back to Ssenyonga explaining that Naava and Ssava don’t have the necessary documents showing ownership of the said land. Musitwa informed Ssenyonga that the letter they had, which they claim was allegedly written by the minister of lands and water resources in 1946, was still under verification in the department of mapping and surveying in Entebbe. Musitwa further told Ssenyonga that the letter itself is still questionable given that at the time it was written, there were no ministries in the colonial government but rather government department.

    Musitwa told Ssenyonga that even the commissioner for survey and mapping in Entebbe, Yafesi Okia told him that the maps of the said land don’t show that it belongs to Naava and Saava as alleged. Musitwa told the commission that based on the above grounds, he refused to allow the surveying and opening of the boundaries of the said land.

    Musitwa said that he received another letter from Ssenyonga and Maj. David Matovu, the former Mukono RDC instructing him to attend the stakeholders meeting in Ssenyonga’s office over the said land. In the meeting, he informed the members who attended who included included RDC Matovu, Naava, Saava, Ssenyonga and the representatives of the Ex-servicemen who are also claiming ownership of the land that the land didn’t belong to Naava and Saava because they didn’t have evidence showing that the land belongs to them.

    However, Musitwa said that Matovu and Ssenyonga told him that he is not a lawyer to verify the authenticity of the documents and told him to immediately allow the land to be surveyed.

    Musitwa said that he refused and decided to write to Satya Mwangustya the Mukono district land management officer about the matter. Satya wrote to Naava and Saava telling them to bring to his office the documents indicating that the said land belongs to them. Saava and Naava brought the letter allegedly written by the minister of lands and water resources who didn’t write his name on the letter or even sign it.

    Satya wrote back to Naava and Saava informing them that the land offices in Mukono had discovered that the land didn’t belong to them. Satya told them that the land belongs to National Forestry Authority and advised them to go to court if they feel dissatisfied with his decision.

    Musitwa told the commission that in October last year, Ssenyonga wrote to him a letter instructing warning him that it was the last letter he was receiving from him instructing him to allow Naava and Saava to survey their land.

    Ssenyonga attached on his letter a court order given by the late Jessy Byaruhanga, who was the assistant court registrar, allowing Naava and Saava to survey the land. Musitwa said that this time he had nothing to do apart from allowing the survey because Ssenyonga is his political head.

    However, he said that before the survey was carried out, the commission of inquiry into land matters wrote to them stopping any survey of the land.

    Musitwa revealed to the commission that part of the said land was titled fraudulently. Among the people on the land are John Ntege Salongo, Clement Kidega the assistant commissioner ministry of works, Nsubuga Robert, Eria Sserwadda, Henry Kizza, Godfrey Kyesswa, Bakker Katumba, Suzan Ayero, Zakaliya Katende and Emmanuel Nsubuga.

    Musitwa told the commission that Upon realising that the said land is a forest reserve, he notified NFA to apply for the cancellation of the land titles.

    It should be remembered that on Friday, there was tension at land probe offices when Harriet Nambazira Naava, one of the people fighting for the contested land, stormed Bamugemereire’s commission with armed men.

    They were arrested and are still in detention.

    Both Naava and Saava are claiming for this land together with the Ex-servicemen who said that the land was given to them by the Queen of England Elizabeth II as a token of appreciation for fighting on the side of Britain in the second world war. NFA also claims ownership of the land.

     

     

    By Jamil Lutakome

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    State House Boss Narrates How Lt. Gen. Elwelu’s Stay On Top Of UPDF Command Threatened M7’s Stay In Power…

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    Joseph Tamale Mirundi (C), Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu (L) and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (R)

    Maverick Senior Presidential Advisor in Charge of Media who also doubles as the spokesperson of the Patriotic League of Uganda (PLU) for Buganda region Joseph Tamale Mirundi has narrated how Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu’s being on the top command of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) have been a threat to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s stay in power.

    Last month, Museveni exercised his powers as the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed forces and dropped Lt. Gen. Elwelu as the Deputy Chief of Defense Forces and replaced him with Lt. Gen. Sam Okiding. Elwelu was appointed the Senior Presidential Advisor.

    While speaking on youth and children affairs minister Balaam Bagaruhare’s Radio 4, Mirundi celebrated Lt. Gen. Elwelu’s dismissal adding that he nearly caused trouble for president Museveni and the entire country.

    “Whenever I look at that man, I see him in the image of Idi Amin and I always get a thinking that what Amin did to President Milton Obote in 1971, he can do it to President Museveni,” Mirundi said.

    He added that he was very scared with the way Lt. Gen. Elwelu exposed himself after commanding the deadly attack on the palace of Omusinga wa Rwenzururu Charles Weasly Mumbere in 2017 and after boasted that he had killed criminals yet his boss by then, Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala was denying having knowledge about the attack.

    Mirundi explained that Gen. Katumba, as an exposed and intelligent army officer realised the trouble ahead especially the looming sanctions from the international community as a result of the attack, and this is the reason why he denied the attack much as Lt. Gen. Elwelu kept boasting thinking that he had scored before the president.

    He narrated that currently, Lt. Gen. Elwelu cannot fly out of the country because he was slapped with international sanctions and any country has the obligation to arrest him and parade him before the International Criminal Court.

    He noted that because of his being overly ambitioous, he was not surprised when Lt. Gen. Elwelu sharply disagreeg with Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba the current Chief of Defense Forces on the issue of Standby Class One order issued in 2022 when President Museveni was away in Rwanda.

    Mirundi revealed that Gen. Muhoozi who was then the Commander of Land Forces challenged Lt. Gen. Elwelu on the issuing of the order insisting that it was not necessary. However, the controversial General from Teso just boasted and issued threats thinking that he was untouchable and was in good books with President Museveni.

    “I laughed because in Uganda, I know we are few people who understand Museveni very well and carefully follow his political and security calculations. Really how can you believe that Museveni can trust Lt. Gen. Elwelu more than his son when it comes to the issue of power and his survival!” Mirundi exclaimed.

    Army sources who spoke to theGrapevine in 2022 confirmed that Standby Class One order was issued because there was a coup de-tat threat, the president was out of the country, his vice president Jessica Alupo was bedridden, the Chief of Defense Forces then Gen. Wilson Mbadi was also was out of the country.

    The matter caused a misunderstanding between Lt. Gen. Elwelu and Gen. Muhoozi which resulted into Museveni summoning the UPDF High Command for a meeting in Ntungamo.

    However, when commenting on the matter by then, UPDF spokesperson Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye told theGrapevine that the order was issued because the army wanted to clean some rot on their walls including counting the number of soldiers and weapons.

    But even though he was dropped, Lt. Gen. Elwelu recently said that he is grateful for President Museveni for trusting him and appointing him to several powerful offices in the army.

    Concerning his new appointment, Elwelu said that being a Senior Presidential Advisor is going to help him to give the big man advice.

    In the same development, Mirundi, the longest serving Senior Press Secretary warned government officials to be careful and avoid being excited when dealing with President Museveni because he is hard to understand.

    He explained that he warned PLU movement leadership especially junior Finance Planning and Economic Development minister in charge of microfinance Harunah Kasolo who is the Chief Coordinator for Greater Masaka Region to be careful with the statements he made against Museveni while praising Gen. Muhoozi their supreme leader.

    “I told Kasolo and other people, let us tell people that we are supporting Museveni and mobilizing for his 2026 presidential bid but also let us inform them that we have our standby generator if anything bad happens to our senior leader Museveni, but they were over excited and started making statements asking Museveni when is he giving Muhoozi power. That is why he made strange decisions against our thing,” Mirundi said.

    He noted that because Muhoozi knows his father very well, when he appointed him Chief of Defense Forces, he did not comment even though he still wanted to enjoy the political ride.

    He revealed that apart from Muhoozi, it is himself, Al-Hajji Moses Kigongo the NRM National Vice president and Museveni’s young brother and also Coordinator of the Operation Wealth Creation Gen. Salim Saleh who understand Museveni’s calculations.

    He said that Gen. Saleh once told him that because he understands his brother, when he summons him, he appears before him as an army officer, salutes him, talks to him, salutes him again and leaves.

    He rarely familiarizes himself with him even though they are brothers.

    Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said that one thing Museveni never jokes with is power.

    However, Ssalongo Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi the NRM National Vice president in charge of Buganda insists that political transition has started and very soon Museveni is going to surrender power to the new generation. He pleaded with youths to prepare to take the country’s political power.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Bobi Wine Sends Warning Message To IGP Maj. Gen. Katsigazi With His Countrywide Tour Kicking Off In Mpuuga’s Masaka Backyard…

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    Maj. Gen. Kasitgazi (L) and Bobi Wine (R)

    The mighty Grapevine can exclusively report that Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) is set to kick off his political countrywide tour early in May 2024.

    Highly placed sources at Makerere Kavule where the headquarters of the National Unity Platform (NUP) are located revealed that all strategies and plans have been concluded and David Lewis Rubongoya the party Secretary General was directed to inform the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi about their programme in writing.

    Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro the Deputy Party spokesperson confirmed the development and asked Maj. Gen. Katsigazi to be careful when dealing with their political tours this time because people are very angry with police’s selective implementation of law and order especially when it comes to issues concerning Bobi Wine.

    “The other time, he wrote a letter stopping our countrywide tour but I’m warning him this time to be very careful and to accept to cooperate with us because we are law abiding citizens,” Mufumbiro said.

    It should be remembered that in 2023, Maj. Gen. Katsigazi stopped Bobi Wine’s countrywide tour with immediate effect explaining that he was inciting violence through his tribalistic statements and violating road transport law and order which led to death of some people.

    Bobi Wine was in Luwero district when he made serious allegation against the person of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, his son Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba and other members of the First Family.

    Criminal files were opened at Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters against Bobi Wine and other members of his party and sources told theGrapevine on Thursday morning that investigations into the matter are still ongoing.

    Sources in NUP said that Bobi Wine’s countrywide tour is going to start immediately when he returns from the United Kingdom where he is expected to hold a music show on 20th of April 2024.

    Sources further revealed that Bobi Wine’s plan is to kick off his political countrywide tour in Greater Masaka and his first political rally is going to be held in the constituency of the former Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba and he will politically respond to him and his blue eyed boy the Kimanya-Kabonera legislator Dr. Abed Bwanika.

    “We want to prove a point that both Mpuuga and Muhoozi Patriotic League of Uganda are nothing. We are not going to give out money to transport people to attend our rallies but we are going to double those who attended Muhoozi’s rally in Masaka,” one of the organisers of Bobi Wine’s countrywide tour revealed.

    Bobi Wine’s countrywide tour comes at a time when four time presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye is also on the countrywide political tour with his Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Katonga faction group members.

    Besigye said that the move is about consulting their party members on the next move after they disagreed with FDC Najjanankumbi group led by Patrick Amuriat Oboi and Nathan Nandala Mafabi.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    How Fallen FDC Strong Woman Eperu Declared MP Ssemujju A Betrayer And Cursed Him To Die A Lame Man…

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    MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda (R) and fallen Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) strong woman Sarah Eperu (L)

    Flamboyant Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda is panicking over Forum for Democratic Change(FDC) strong woman Sarah Eperu’s declaration in which he cursed him to die a lame.

    A months to her death, in her last interview with Ono Bwino weekly Luganda Newspaper, a sister publication to the mighty Grapevine, Eperu revealed that her troubles with Ssemujju started after the 2011 parliamentary elections when she pleaded with him to stop insulting and abusing fellow politicians and senior citizens when they disagree with him on particular issues.

    In the interview, Eperu boasted that she is the who led Ssemujju’s first political campaign and helped him to win Kyadondo East parliamentary seat. When the constituency was divided to create Kira Municipality, he decided to dump her.

    “Ssemujju is a betrayer, I used my energy and resources to campaign for him, I introduced him to influential people in Kira and surrounding areas because I’m rooted there since I started residing here in Kireka many years ago. However, after becoming an MP, People always came to me to take them to see their legislator after he stopped picking their phone calls. He just abused us and told us to stop asking him for money. But his work is to represent us in parliament not to give us money,” Eperu said.

    She added that when she suffered from kidney and cancer diseases, she approached Ssemujju for help but he ignored her and it is the reason why she decided in 2016 to support Eddy Yawe the elder brother to National Unity Platform (NUP) principle Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) and in 2021 she supported Jimmy Lukwago who stood on NUP ticket. Both however were defeated by Ssemujju.

    She admitted that even though Ssemujju was an FDC candidate, she decided to support his competitors from other opposition political parties in good faith.

    She cursed Ssemujju on the grounds that during the 2021 parliamentary elections, he told his supporters at one of the political rallies that he doesn’t have time to waste on a lame and sick person like Eperu.

    “If Ssemujju doesn’t apologize to me for betraying me, I’m not going to forgive him, I have cursed him to also die a lame person like me and I’m sure he will,” a furious Eperu said.

    However, Ssemujju rubbished Eperu’s allegation of not helping her when she was sick explaining that when she approached him and told him that she was suffering from kidney and cancer diseases, he mobilized for funds from party leaders which she used to get treatment from India.

    He added that even in 2021, he supported her when she was seeking further treatment. He wondered why she did not appreciate his good heart towards her during all the tough times he was going through.

    Eperu is remembered as the strong political activist who placed President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s government under pressure. She was severally arrested and detained in police custody and remanded to a number of government prisons.

    She served in different capacities in the FDC including as; party deputy spokesperson and spokesperson of the party women’s league.

    She was a staunch supporter of Dr. Kizza Besigye the founding FDC president and four times presidential candidate.

    Because of her importance in his political career, Dr. Besigye canceled his ongoing political consultation to first lead the preparation for Eperu’s burial at her ancestral home in Teso.

    Besigye was among the first persons to announce Eperu’s death. She died at Life Link hospital in Kyaliwajjala a Kampala suburb.

    In her last interview, she thanked Dr. Besigye for supporting her during all her tough times.

    Eperu is not the first to curse Ssemujju; the family of the late Gen. Elly Tumwine were not happy with him after he allegedly celebrated the death of the bush war fighter in 2022.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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