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    Bank Of Baroda Cuts MoF’s Funding Over Akena Chaos

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    By Otim Nape

    Shocking details have emerged explaining why Milton Obote Foundation AGM overwhelmingly voted to expel Jimmy Akena from the charitable Foundation’s membership. Grapevine news has reliably learnt that Akena’s hostile activities created ambiguity as to who the owner of Uganda House and other MOF properties is.
    This scared banks that had agreed to advance a loan of USD30m (over 90bn) to develop the vacant plot 8 Kampala road and renovate Uganda House itself to make it more attractive to tenants. MoF was planning to build a storied building to serve as public parking at a fee and hundreds of millions were projected to be collected annually and thereby repaying the loan. That same structure would have modern shopping malls, giant supermarkets and serious tenants had already committed to take up space under long term tenancy agreements. MoF had spent over a 1bn to engage professional consultants to do the feasibility studies, the architectural designs and negotiating the loans under the best repayment plans. The loan had been split by the consultants to be syndicated between three banks and financial institutions to avoid concentrating the risk on one back.

    The three banks:

    The three banks are Bank of Baroda which has mob history with MoF founders, East African Development Bank (EADB) and Shelter Afrique which is based in Nairobi Kenya and famously finances such large scale construction projects. When everything was ready only awaiting the signing of the funding agreements, Jimmy Akena acting as UPC President, called a press conference where he announced plans to take over Uganda House and MoF properties. Akena who was having direct phone access to M7 and Kayihura, said UPC and not anyone else owns Uganda House and said he had been mandated by the UPC national council to kick out MoF governors and administering MoF directly as UPC president.  Saying this was to implement national council resolutions, Akena’s supporters directed physical violence at MoF bosses, employees and tenants on Uganda House. The environment became very constraining for many biz firms operating on the building. Many of the tenants left the building and got a refund of their money because of the chaos Akena’s group created.  The accounts firm that had wholly occupied floor number 9 for many years was the first to leave yet it was the biggest tenant from whom MoF collected lump sum rent. The tycoons who had offered to rent space for shopping malls and super markets on the new renovated Uganda House pulled out saying it was not safe. Akena’s people also wrote to the three banks assuring them of readiness to frustrate their funding relationship with MoF.

    M7 Gov’t fails to grab Uganda H’se:

    MoF bosses weren’t as swift in countering Akena’s activities because he had police on his side which would come and beat up and disperse the local security guards MoF had put in place to protect tenants and their customers against being humiliated by Akena’s supporters operating under police protection. MoF bosses assured the three banks nobody would oust MoF from the properties because even government tried and failed. The banks were showed the consent judgment M7’s government entered in the 1990s when it tried and failed to grab Uganda House and other MoF properties. ‘If government failed who is Akena? He can’t do much beyond his hooliganism which is temporary’ MoF officials reportedly told the banks. But Akena’s backers in government started calling the banks directly threatening them with dire consequences if they didn’t’ pull out from funding development projects by Akena’s rivals in MoF. The banks were advised to wait and resume the funding discussions after Akena’s group succeeds in changing MoF leadership and put there governors friendly to him. MoF got everything in details-letters, audio recordings and video clips taken at the press conferences-and then initiated disciplinary proceedings to expel Akena. He was accused of conduct prejudicial to MoF objectives and plans and therefore not fit to be a MoF member anymore. The MoF can have a maximum of 50 members who constitute its AGM and these members can veto decisions of MoF Board of Trusts and Governors. The governors and trustees had tried to expel Jimmy at first but were blocked by AGM members who said he hadn’t been heard first. Meetings were called for Akena to defend himself but he would dodge them. He kept saying ‘I’m in Tanzania doing parliamentary business’ and after giving him many chances, MoF sat last week in the AGM and members voted to expel him. ‘It was harder to counter him when he is a member of MoF; he was encouraging others to be hostile to MoF plans but now that he is out, things are going to normalize’ said a source adding that forcefully putting UPC colors everywhere on the building inconvenienced many tenants and sealed Akena’s fate especially after he was written to and refused to remove his political posters.   In the final meeting, Miria Akena’s mother who is a governor in MoF put up a defense for her son but she was defeated by tyranny of numbers. She was supported by only Awula Mangeni and John Okumu in a meeting of more than 30 people. The trio said its true Akena had gone too far but should be reconciled with rather than expulsion. This was rejected by majority members because Akena had frustrated all reconciliation attempts and continued conducting himself in a way that scared investors and potential development partners for the Foundation. Akena, who is very broke and can’t even pay staff at UPC headquarters, has tried lawyers to challenge the MoF expulsion in courts of law but he has been advised he has a bad case given his past conducting of disrespecting court orders.

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    Gen. Bigirwa Deletes NUP From Busoga & Dumps It In Magere; Gen. Museveni Jubilating….

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    The legendary chinua Achebe stated that; “never test the depth of a river with both feet”.

    This is what Bobi Wine did through selective and apoplectic persecution of Bigirwa Moses, the self proclaimed general who of recent denounced the Un reliable National Unity Platform (NUP) and its entire lurch leadership.

    The self styled general has created a very big endless smile on the legendary president and the NRM after completely drowning and eventually killing NUP, burying it at Bobi Wine’s Magere.

    After all, What colorable reason could be assigned to Bigirwa in a party that feels comfortable on settling as the leaders of opposition for monetory gains?

    Recently, the suspicious and rancor Bigirwa launched his pressure group called the Eastern Revolutionary platform (ERP) and installed himself as the supreme leader. This is a very big blow to the already embattled Robert Kyagulanyi’s NUP, whose support in Busoga has been deteriorating day after day.

    Busoga lost trust in NUP because of it’s disrespect to the kingdom. This is after Various NUP herd mentality people abused and ridiculed the cultural institution and the king on several occasions.

    The startled subjects almost wept when the top NUP leadership failed to de-associate it’s self from such individuals.

    Coupled by the alleged support of homosexuality, the vexed people in the Busoga territory can’t bear NUP anymore. The ethnography of Basoga can’t give chance to such un cultured leaders to thrive. They realized President Museveni is the only person who can preserve their culture.

    Bigirwa read between the lines and opted not to assist an unjust administration by disobeying their unjust orders and decrees. To continue paying allegiance to NUP would mean partaking their evil. He chose the NRM’s noble cause of disobedience to evil to secure the future of our beautiful nation.

    Bigirwa has openly taken a bold decision and has castigated NUP’s top leadership for abandoning the struggle due to selfishness and parochial interests. He has demonstrated that it’s not right to think of oneself.

    He has emulated Gen. Museveni’s belief of sacrifice and service above self in a human spirit that will always survive and prevail.

    The alleged signs of parachoalism and chauvinism are barbaric and cannot drive our country anywhere apart from plunging us into turmoil yet we can no longer tolerate any dangers to the forward march of Uganda.

    President Museveni, NRM and Bigirwa wins. In Busoga, to resist radical evil means that you’re cultured. It’s a heroic character. It’s enduring a life that by all standards of the wider society is viewed as a success. The more Kyagulanyi runs to imperialists, the actors of the barbaric homosexuality to help him remove the tactical acumen from the most prestigious seat because of defending our culture, the more love and respect ugandans will accord gen. Museveni.

    Bigirwa has accepted that the dominant culture and NRM’s main pillars of social economic transformation, patriotism, democracy and Pan-Africanism is the way to go. There is no doubt he has opened the eyes of the remaining few people who have been blindly following the enemies of development.

    Compulsive liars are frightening and a great danger to society but the people of Busoga have rejected being compulsive believers. Believing would tantamount into liar’s enablers. NUP is finally buried in Magere and it will be extremely difficult to get any NUP elected leader from Busoga in the 2026 polls. NRM and president Museveni will be overwhelmingly voted.

     

    The writer, George Mubiru, is a researcher, political analyst and Ass. RCC Jinja City.

    Tel. 0754877595

    Email: georgemubiru93@gmail.com

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    Mayor Mulyanyama Takes His Fight Against Bobi Wine’s Brother Nyanzi For NUP Ticket To CBS Radio…

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    Makindye Division Mayor Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama

    Fight within National Unity Platform (NUP) for Kampala City Lord Mayor ticket has deepened as maverick Makindye Division Mayor Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama declared war on Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu, the elder brother to Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine).

    Both Nyanzi and Mulyanyama have declared interest to contest against the current Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago and they are clandestinely mobilizing for internal party support.

    theGrapevine haa established that Mulyanyama has entered a deal with Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s CBS radio to popularise his political ambitions for Lord Mayor seat and he has already started using the platform to fight Nyanzi.

    Last week, he accused Nyanzi of using reckless statements which placed their boss Bobi Wine and their party in bad light.

    Mulyanyama was responding to the statement made by Nyanzi on the misunderstanding between NUP leadership and Masaka region journalists who accused Bobi Wine security of insulting them.

    Nyanzi told CBS radio that the said journalists are making these malicious allegations because they are working for Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba’s group to fight Bobi Wine .

    Nyanzi and other NUP leaders particularly accuse CBS radio’s Masaka city news reporter Tomusange Kayinja of masterminding the drive of attacking and giving false news against Bobi Wine which Mulyanyama rubbished.

    Mulyanyama asserted that CBS is a radio with professional journalists and presenters and they should not be dragged in petty internal party fights.

    He disclosed that he cannot look on as Nyanzi and other people use their positions in the party to fight Kabaka’s radio which has always given many opposition politicians the platform that has helped them win elections against President Museveni’s NRM party.

    It should be noted that there is ongoing bad blood between the Mengo administration led by Premier Charles Peter Mayiga and NUP leadership.

    The bitter verbal exchanges have come from both sides.

    However, insiders at CBS radio told theGrapevine that Mulyanyama wanted to use CBS as his political mobilization weapon to weaken Lukwago.

    Sources said that he is desperate, frustrated and confused after learning that there are ongoing talks spearheaded by Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireke for Lukwago to join NUP and one of the conditions involves giving him the Lord Mayor ticket come 2026.

    Recently, Bobi Wine stopped Nyanzi from campaigning for the office of the Lord Mayor and even threatened to take disciplinary action against him.

    Nyanzi accused NUP Secretary General David Lewis Rubongoya of compromising Bobi Wine to humiliate him because he is also interested in the position.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    MP Bagala Warns Bobi Wine Supporters To Stop Attacking Her For Shielding Mpuuga …

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine with MP Joyce Bagala

    Mityana district woman legislator Joyce Bagala Ntwatwa has warned supporters of the National Unity Platform (NUP) principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) to stop attacking her because she has a good relationship with troubled former Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) Mathias Mpuuga.

    A furious Bagala admitted that she has been receiving a number of phone calls from her voters pleading with her to dump Mpuuga to save her position come 2026.

    She explained that she cannot isolate Mpuuga because he accepted a service award of Shs500m for being a good Leader of Opposition in Parliament which she says was passed by Members of Parliament legally.

    Bagala added that she has been a friend to Mpuuga even before joining politics and she cannot accept to be dragged in the internal fights he has with Bobi Wine.

    She further noted that she cannot be threatened over the party card come 2026 parliamentary elections because she is loyal to her party and very sure that she will be given the party card again.

    On the issue of not escorting Bobi Wine to Masaka during NUP’s political mobilization tour, Bagala said that she was busy in her constituency preparing for Bobi Wine’s visit in Mityana and not accompanying him is not a sign of disloyalty to the party.

    Bagala admitted that she is very proud of being on the committee that is organizing Mpuuga’s thanks giving ceremony which is expected to take place on 21st June, 2024 in Masaka where Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga is expected as the Chief Guest.

    She further rubbished allegation that Mpuuga is set to announce his next move during the ceremony.

    According to sources close to the Nyendo-Mukungwe legislator, there are allegations that he is going to form a new political party which his henchmen will use as a political vehicle in 2026 general elections.

    Bagala made the rebuttal on Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s CBS radio after being pressurized by NUP’s Deputy Spokesperson Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro who mentioned her as one of the legislators the country is waiting for to sign the impeachment motion against the four parliamentary commissioners.

    Mufumbiro said that Bobi Wine is set to publically read the names of all legislators who signed the impeachment motion against the four commissioners for illegally receiving Shs1.7bn.

    Bagala joined Kira Municipality’s Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, Kampala Central’s Muhammad Nsereko and others who declared that they will not sign the impeachment papers.

    Ssemujju said that he cannot be threatened that by not signing the impeachment papers, he will be voted out of parliament come 2026 noting that even if he goes out of parliament, he will remain in a good life because even before joining parliament, he was in a good life.

    He said that in one of the elections, he was threatened by one of the voters that he will be voted out of parliament in the next elections but by the time elections came, the said voter was dead and he even gave the mourners the car they used to transport his dead body.

    He noted that what should be done is to educate leaders to know their role instead of being threatened by voters.

    He predicted that what happened in his Forum for Democratic Change is going to happen to NUP and many leaders and supporters are going to leave before the 2026 general elections.

    He was supported by Bagala who said that leaders should be trained especially in the Buganda region if Baganda want to compete nationally.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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