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    Bamugemereire Resurrects Temangalo Ghosts: Asians Pin City Lawyer Mulira, Tycoon Nzeeyi. Amama Mbabazi Implicated

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    The Baganda have a saying that ‘omusango teguvunda’ loosely translated as, a case does not rot.

    Yesterday, the commission of inquiry into land matters resurrected the famous Temangalo scandal where top government officials and tycoons grabbed public land.

    Musa Moosa Nazim, an Asian testified before the Bamugemereire commission and revealed shocking evidence of how top city lawyer Peter Mulira connived with tycoon Amos Nzeeyi to grab their family land.

    He said that in 1954, their parents Dr. Diamond Nazim and their mother bought the said land from Daniel Saaku Mugwanya on a lease basis since they were not Ugandans. He said that their lease was supposed to run up to 2003 and after their parents were going to obtain the land on which they had already established Temangalo Tea Estate limited. They were growing and producing tea which they were even exporting abroad. However, in 1972, Iddi Amin the former president of Uganda expelled all Asians from Uganda.

    They left Uganda and ran to exile in United Kingdom where their family stays up to now.  He said that in 1993, they were informed that the new government in Uganda led by President Museveni had allowed them to come back and reposes their property confiscated by Amin. He said that when he reached Uganda, they were advised to get a lawyer to assist them in legal matters to repose their properties.

    Nazim said that they were advised to hire Peter Mulira because he was a very experienced lawyer in land matters. They hired Mulira at a high price and he told them that he was going to first get for them the certificate of repossession from Uganda Departed Asians Custodian Board. “ We were expecting a certificate from the board but our lawyer only brought to us a letter signed by the acting secretary Uganda Departed Asians Custodian Board which surprised us but he promise us that he was following the matter,” Nazim said.

    He revealed that Mulira told them that had discovered that their land title was transferred into Amos Nzeeyi’s name.  He said that Mulira warned them that it will be a hard battle to fight with Nzeeyi because he had connections in all government institutions including judiciary given that he was a very strong businessman in the country with financial a strong muscle. He said that they went to see their land and they discovered that all their tea plantations were destroyed and the entire land was fenced, inside the land, there were buildings which they never left there when Amin expelled them.

    Nazim said that they ordered their lawyer Mulira to write a letter to Nzeeyi seeking an appointment with him to find ways of repossessing their land instead of going to court. He said that Nzeeyi refused to meet them until they instructed their lawyer Mulira to lodge a law suit in High court. He narrated that their law suit yielded nothing even though they put in a lot of money.

    He said that they wrote to different government institutions including  the president, the speaker to parliament and the Attorney General but they were not  assisted. He said that in 1996, they wrote to the minister of lands because they were told that he was the one responsible for the Asians properties. Unfortunately, in his response, the minister informed them that his ministry is not responsible for their land.  The minister further informed them that their complaint was not under the docket of the Asian properties.

    When they went back to Mulira, he told them that he didn’t have time to handle their case since he was going to contest for a political office in 1996. Mulira also told them that his law firm Mulira and company advocate was going to merge with Sebalu, Lule and company Advocates. This surprised them because Sebalu, Lule and company advocates were the lawyers representing Nzeeyi whom they never met but only read about him in newspapers.

    Nazim said that they went back to United Kingdom until 2015 when they come back and open a law suit against Nzeeyi. However, the second lawsuit also yielded no results.

    He said that they tried to go for mediations with Nzeeyi but he was always absent and his lawyers never attended court.

    He said that they have been working with Brian Ssekitoleko a son to late the Mugwanya who represented the Mugwanya  family to help them reposes their land.

    However, Nazim was informed by Ebert Byenkya the commission’s lead counsel that their land title has been changing ownership from Abas Mawanda who sold it to Nzeeyi in 1992 and in 2009 Nzeeyi also sold it to National Social Security Fund (NSSF) which holds the title right now and registered it in their names. He wants the commission to assist them reposes their land.

    MBABAZI IMPLICATED

    Former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi was also implicated in this deadly land grabbing scandal. Alice Kato Mugwanya a daughter to the late Daniel Mugwanya, the owner of the land also testified on the matter and pinned Mbabazi.

    She said that after Amin expelled Asians, their father tried to get it back but he was threatened by Amin’s government.  She said that they told him that he was not Muslim so he was not supposed to benefit from the Asians bonanza.

    When he died, his children tried to follow up on their father’s land but they were intimidated until they heard that their land was owned by Amama Mbabazi.

    She said that they never meet Mbabazi to talk about their land but they heard that he also sold it to NSSF. The commission is still investigating the matter and Bamugemereire promised the complainants justice.

     

    By Jamil Lutakome

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    FDC’s Amuriat Narrates How Besigye Forced Him To Meet Bobi Wine At Minister Ssebugwawo’s Home Before 2021 Elections…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine (L) withDr.Kizza Besigye (R).Inset is Eng. Patrick Amuriat the FDC Najjanankumbi faction boss

    The president of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Najjanankumbi function Patrick Amuriat Oboi has narrated how four times presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye threatened him hence forcing him to meet National Unity Platform(NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) before the 2021 general elections.

    Amuriat revealed that Besigye summoned him together with Nathan Nandala Mafabi the party Secretary General and Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo the former party vice president in charge of Buganda for an emergency meeting and because of the respect they have for him, they all attended the meeting.

    In the meeting, Amuriat claims that Besigye told them that he had made a political calculation by then and discovered that the only person who can bring political change in Uganda and overthrow Museveni’s government is Bobi Wine.

    He added that Besigye told them that FDC has to work with Bobi Wine and use his political base which is full of youths to force Museveni out of power.

    Amuriat disclosed that he did not allow them to give their side of the story.

    “Let me speak about this for the first time, Dr. Besigye told us that his proposal is not negotiable and we should follow what he was telling us to do. My friend Nandala Mafabi protested but Besigye told him that he does not care about his protest and if he declines to meet Bobi Wine, it is going to be the end of his cooperation with him,” Amuriat said.

    He further revealed that the meeting took place at Nabbosa’s home.

    Amuriat added that he pleaded with a furious Nandala to join themand they meet Bobi Wine as Besigye had asked them but he refused arguing that Besigye wanted to sell their party to Bobi Wine.

    Amuriat said that because of the respect he had for Besigye, he decided to meet Bobi Wine who also came at Nabbosa’s home.

    During the meeting, Besigye repeated his political calculations asking Bobi Wine to feel free and work with FDC which Bobi Wine accepted.

    However, he asked Amuriat why he was silent for the entire one and half hours without submitting anything or telling them whether he and his party were ready to work together.

    He told them that since he is just a president of the party, he needs time to consult his party leadership.

    He said that when he told other party members of what had happened in the meeting, they all advised him to concentrate on planning for his party because they were going to field a presidential candidate in the 2021 presidential race.

    “I was not surprised when Besigye, the person I campaigned for all the four times he stood for presidency and even lost my parliamentary seat refused to campaign for me in 2021,” Amuriat said.

    When I went to campaign in Kira municipality, our former party spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda hid from me. Kampala Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago also did the same thing. I was told that they hid because they feared to associate with me to annoy Bobi Wine,” Amuriat added.

    He confirmed that he felt betrayed by his party members who decided to hide from him at the time when he needed them most.

    He further said that they openly welcomed Lukwago with open hands after he assured them that he was coming to their party with over 100,000 supporters from Kampala city and Buganda region and it was on this basis that they appointed him the national vice chairperson in charge of Buganda replacing Nabbosa who had joined NRM government as a minister.

    “Some of our members were scared with Lukwago’s coming to our party. They warned me that he was bringing trouble. But I don’t listen to them because it was a small issue. Little did I know that the man was coming to weaken our party,” Amuriat said.

    However, in defence, Ssemujju said that Amuriat threatened his political victory when he decided to drive him to the nomination place at Kyambogo knowing well that his voters were supporting Bobi Wine and didn’t vote for any candidate associated with other presidential candidates.

    “People all the way were laughing at me asking what thing I was driving but I stood my ground for the good of my people. Even at the polling station, only me and my wife Faridah were the only ones who voted for Amuriat,” Ssemujju said.

    He added that all their troubles with Amuriat and Nandala started from the dirty money he claims they picked from President Museveni to fight Bobi Wine in the 2021 general elections which Amuriat denied.

    Ssemujju and other FDC members at Katonga faction are currently on countrywide tours consulting their party members on the way forward after disagreeing with Amuriat’s Najjanankumbi faction.

    Chances are very high that Katonga function is going to establish a new political party which they plan to use as a vehicle during the coming 2026 general elections.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    OPINION: Does the opposition in Uganda ever learn from history? 2026 Coming Too Early For Warring Opposition Parties…

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    Does the opposition in Uganda ever learn from history? Counting from 1996, through 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016, 2021 and now on to 2026. The supposedly long-awaited transition from President Yoweri Museveni has eluded its promoters and will continue to do so into the future going by what’s unraveling right before our eyes.

    It’s a fact that 38 years for President Museveni in power is thanks to his ingenuity, tact, will power, performance, organisational capacity and divine anointing. On the other side of the political coin is the “shortness” of his opponents in the same categories. The opposition has told too many lies about their capacity and President Museveni’s standing with Ugandans. Time is catching up with them!

    Current happenings inside the main opposition parties, namely; FDC and NUP are giving us an early glimpse into what to expect in the near future. If it’s not splitting into splinter groups, it will be implosion or both, and there is no way that assures the concerned parties of success in any endeavor. Even without looking at elections, operating a healthy, functional and cohesive political organisation is an achievement, which comes with benefits in terms of competitiveness in the field of play.

    Presently, FDC is a shadow of its former self. First, Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu who had been its chief organizer and president at some point, defected to start his own party, ANT. He took with him some of FDC’s big wigs and members.

    As he departed, he prophesied that time would, contrary to accusations leveled against him, expose the real moles in his mother party.

    Then last year, time matured! After a hiatus in which he feigned lack of interest in public activity, including boycotting contesting in the 2021 elections, Besigye emerged at the head of a faction based at Katonga road (in Kampala) crying foul that the party he once headed and on whose ticket he contested for President four times, had been infiltrated and that the incumbent party President and 2021 presidential flagbearer, Patrick Amuriat Oboi and Secretary General, Nandala Mafabi, knew something about the development.

    He exposed the behind-the-scenes of the party’s 2021 elections status which by no chance could have allowed the party to fare any better. The formerly most powerful opposition party was upstaged by the new NUP which currently has majority members in the House.

    Amuriat himself came third while President Museveni won comfortably.

    Besigye didn’t campaign for Amuriat, and when last year he came out on why he didn’t feature on the campaign trail, the excuse was that “dirty money” had come into the party and he didn’t want to associate with it.

    Nevertheless, with or without whichever money, FDC slipped in its rankings and as we talk, it will only be a miracle if it doesn’t split into two-Besigye is consulting on how to form a new party. But the bad blood is literally boiling between his supporters and those of the Najjanankumbi faction. The other day they fought during the burial of activist Sarah Eperu in Ngora.

    Daily, they are exchanging bitter words and accusations, all the while exposing their dirty linen which can only leave party members embarrassed and regretting their choice of belonging. Going into 2026, it means that what was left of FDC supporters in 2021 after the emergence of NUP and ANT will again be shared between Besigye and whoever remains of the official party will front.

    On the other hand, NUP which displaced FDC is equally in turmoil, with the membership split between party president, Kyagulanyi Sentamu (Bobi Wine) and former LOP, Matthias Mpuuga. The latter is “accused” of benefiting from a service award and he has stood his ground and defended himself. A defector from DP, Mpuuga was already targeted by the radical wingers in NUP apparently for being moderate in his approach.

    Without elders at hand to mediate some of these differences, NUP will struggle to survive an internal split. At a time when building structures and setting a clear policy agenda would help set its roots, the quarrels and fights will certainly do the opposite.

    Why is money such a disorganising factor in these parties? It has to do with absence of a strong programme and ideology to unite members and to sell to Ugandans. Absence of ideas creates room for shallowness, gossip, intrigue, suspicion and faultfinding which recipe is disastrous for any organised group. If the trend continues, we know who will not make much of 2026.

    President Museveni prophesied and warned us about the functionality of political parties in societies still on the mend. It’s a dangerous game which creates fertile ground for dividing our people. If members of the same parties are hard on each other as we see in NUP and FDC, how hard are they on those belonging to other parties? Why can’t we learn from the post-independence era and the errors of political groups which worked for narrow interests as opposed to national causes?

    At various intervals, there have been attempts to build coalitions and unifying pressure groups. On each occasion, I have predicted that such coalitions cannot hold since there is nothing in common between the allying partners except fighting to remove President Museveni from power.

    Every single time they try and fail the public loses trust in them and retreats to the President’s side. As we talk, the fights in opposition parties are benefitting NRM. I have personally received lines of defectors approaching me to take them to the President, some with sensitive and intriguing secrets indicating why they are running away from sinking ships.

    2026 is coming too early for warring opposition parties. Time will reveal it!

     

    Faruk Kirunda is the Deputy Press Secretary to the President of Uganda

    Contact: kirundaf2@gmail.com

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    Lands Minister Nabakooba Dragged In Mayiga, Buganda Kingdom Clan Heads Fresh Fight Over M7’s Shs10bn Land Gift …

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    Minister Judith Nabakooba (R) and Buganda Kingdom Premier Charles Peter Mayiga (L)

    The mighty Grapevine can exclusively report that Owekitiibwa Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo the junior Minister in Charge of Technology in the Ministry of Information Communication, Information and National guidance has started the process of helping Buganda Kingdom clans leaders to meet President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni over the contestation surrounding the multibillion land he bought for them in 2023.

    The development comes after officials in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development declined to start on the process of transferring the Clan leaders land title from the names of Dr. John Kakembo who sold it to their association company of Abataka trust.

    One of the clan heads claims that every time they tried to transfer their land title, officials in the Ministry of Lands referred them to their senior minister Judith Nabakooba.

    He says that when they met Nabakooba, she openly told them that Charles Peter Mayiga the Buganda Kingdom premier is the only person who can give the ministry the green light to kick off the process of transferring their land into the names of the company of their choice.

    “We tried to explain to the minister that we are an independent organ in the kingdom and can handle our matter without getting permission from Mayiga or any other person. She asked for a file where she kept a letter and she told us that Mayiga in writing warned her to be very careful when dealing with our issue. She advised us to go back to Mayiga and sort out our issues before going back to her office,” he said.

    When contacted for a comment, Owekitiibwa Israel Kitooke Kazibwe the Kingdom information and mobilization minister confirmed the development and advised the aggrieved clan heads to work with Owekitiibwa Christopher Bwanika the Kingdom Attorney General to sort out their issues legally.

    “What I can tell you, here in Buganda Kingdom, we don’t have independent organs now. All of us are working under King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi who is a corporation sole. By the way, the premier is just helping those people (clan heads) to save their land from fraudsters who can use the land laws to grab it from them,” Kitooke said.

    He revealed that Mayiga never dragged himself into their issues. He explained that it was the clan heads themselves who went into his office seeking advice on how to deal with the registration of their land and he assigned Bwanika to help them.

    He added that the Mengo administration cannot allow any person or organisation to register any entity which is familiar or related to Buganda Kingdom without the knowledge and authorization of the Kingdom leadership.

    “They wanted to register Abataka Trust Company which is carrying a name relating to Buganda. So this meant that they had to first get authorization from the Kingdom administration, and what I can assure them is that no one is interested in grabbing their land and whatever is being done is in good faith and for their benefit,” Kitooke said.

    However, the clan heads admitted that without their authority as Buganda Kingdom clan heads council, their executive committee led by Omuttaka Ssalongo Augustine Kizito Mutumba their speaker took all the documents prepared by their lawyers to re-register their Abataka trust company to Mayiga but since then, they have not yet reported back to them. When they ask for the progress of the process, lawyers they become elusive.

    theGrapevine has established that the Kingdom clan heads council is sharply divided with a section of clan heads led by Ffumbe clan head Yusuf Mbirozankya bitter over Mayiga’s involvement in their land issues.

    The clan heads have also disagreed on the proposal by Mutumba’s team to sell the said land and instead use the funds to buy another piece of land in another place explaining that it is the only thing that can resolve their misunderstanding between their council and the Mayiga led administration.

    “They told us that they cannot step on land which Museveni purchased for us, because we didn’t get permission from Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi or Mayiga. We know they have issues with President Museveni but for us he is our savior and we will not betray him by following their ill intentions,” a clan head said.

    theGrapevine also established that Mbirozankya’s team and their lawyers have also failed to re-register their Abattaka trust company on grounds that Buganda Kingdom Attorney General  Bwanika wrote to Uganda Registration Service Bureau (URSB) asking them not to re-register the company without the authorisation of Buganda Kingdom or their original directors who include: Allan Waligo Nakirembeka, Suleiman Mayige Kinnalwa, Emmanuel Kafumu Ddamulira Sebitabo, Deus Maweesano Kyeyune Kukeera and David Mayanja Wooya, who are all clan heads.

    The company was deregistered in 2023 for failing to implement the requirement by URSB showing that it is still in operation.

    In 2023, Mayiga declared before Buganda Kingdom parliament that he will not allow any person to divide Buganda and a resolution was passed by the parliament condemning the clan heads meeting wih Museveni without the authorization of Kabaka Mutebi or Mayiga.

    However, the negotiations led by city lawyer and also Kingdom lands Minister David Mpanga Kisitu have been going on to solve the misunderstanding between Mayiga and a section of clan heads.

    The issue of Mayiga’s administration taking control of registration of their land has divided clan heads with some claiming that Mayiga wants their land to be put under Buganda Land Board, the kingdom agency which is responsible for managing all Kingdom land.

    They insist that they cannot allow Buganda Land Board to manage their land, given that it is the very agency that illegally sold their clan headquarters and other important Kingdom culture sites.

    “The reason why we asked President Museveni not to give us money but to directly pay the owner of the land was because we feared that the funds may be mismanaged.

    Kabaka gave us the land at Mengo near the official home of the Kingdom premier but Buganda Land Board frustrated us we failed to get it until President Museveni saved us and bought for us another piece of land. I assure Mutumba that we are going to physically fight to save our land,” one clan head vowed.

    Museveni paid over Shs10bn and promised to help the clan heads to develop their land.

    Another clan head told theGrapevine that they had started on the process of looking for investors to help them to develop their land but they all ask them to first show them the certificate of the land title registered into their names.

    He confirmed to us that the land title is safe and in custody of one of the minister’s in President Museveni’s government who has tight security.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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