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Battle For Supremacy At Vision Group As Bukedde News Editor Fires His Deputy’s ‘Diehard’ Reporters

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All is not well at Robert Kabushenga’s Vision Group premises especially Bukedde Newspaper newsroom.

According to multiple sources from the industrial area based printing and publishing house, the war is between Bukedde news editor Ssalongo Richard Kayira and his deputy Semei Wesaali.

Sources told the Grapevine that the silent war erupted when Kayira, the head of the news room published an internal memo with a list of news reporters fired from Bukedde newspaper.  According to sources, Kayira also ordered the security at the gate not to allow the journalists on the list to enter the company premises.

“The list was published but they did not inform us that we were going to be fired,” one of the journalists on the list complained.

The affected journalists petitioned their boss Godfrey Kulubya the head of all the local newspapers at Vision Group.  In their petition, the over 50 reporters told Kulubya that the list is discriminative.

‘The list targeted some individuals because they are diehards to editor Semei Wesaali. Kayira thinks that they are helping him take his position,” one of the reporters who petitioned Kulubya stated. They further explained to Kulubya that there are names of people which were left out yet they are poor performers when compared to some of the people on the list, they even cited some names.

Kulubya was told that most of the journalists left out were working under Kayira in his new DGF project.

On Monday this week, Kulubya called an emergency meeting in Bukedde new room and asked for a written explanation from Kayira why he fired staff without his knowledge or that of the Chief Executive Officer Robert Kabushenga.  Kulubya denounced the list and asked the journalists in the meeting to tell their friends who were fired to come back and work with immediate effect.

“For your information the competition is high so you cannot start firing staff, if it is necessary, let us follow the necessary procedures,” Kulubya was quoted telling the newsroom.

Kulubya further told the meeting that they have plans of laying off a number of reporters so that they can remain with a few competitive ones.

Sources told this website that Vision group bosses are trying to set up new rules where journalists multi task for the various platforms.

According to the new plan, a journalist, when assigned to cover a story, is supposed to file it for New Vision newspaper, Bukedde newspaper, Bukedde radio and Bukedde TV.

When the news about the new plan fell in the ears of reporters, some panicked and bought video cameras and recorders to quickly adapt to the new rules.

When the Grapevine talked to some of the reporters who were not on the list, they disclosed that the journalists who were fired are lazy and don’t want to work. They are just using Bukedde newspaper as an address to extort money from the public.  

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With M7 Still In Power, Nobody Will Ever Win Against Dott And Here Is Why This Is The Case…

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Dott Services continues to benefit from political friendship with NRM to the extent of getting many road sector deals without competing fairly with other bidders.

They got the Namanve deal to do all the roads in the industrial park using orders from above and the deal is worth over USD400M. UNRA bosses like Kagina and other guys have tried to oppose the favors M7 gives this company in vain.

UNRA bosses are now more frustrated after M7 ordered that Dott Services bosses get all the tourism roads worthy millions of dollars of America and this is annoying many other firms in the same business. One thing is known about Dott Services and that is its strong connections to Col John Mugyenyi and Bukedea MP Anita Among who helps them access the President each time they want to.

In the letter we have seen M7 has favored Dott Services Ltd by writing a letter telling Minister Matia Kasaija and Works Minister Monicah Azuba to give all the tourism roads to Dott Services because they are going to get the money for the work and recover from gov’t later. Yet there are many other contractors who can do the same but they never get chance to do this because they have no strong connections and godfathers in politics which angers UNRA bosses very much.

Tourism these days is very important to M7 because last year alone more than 2m tourists came and gave Uganda many dollars. Uganda last year made billions of dollars from tourism. Museveni has given it attention to make Uganda more attractive hence favoring Dott Services to do all the tourism roads which by the way are very many.

Dott Services big bosses have been benching until they met M7 to back their proposal to be given these roads and in the same meeting, the Dott bosses asked to be given everything on condition they help government get the lenders.
Museveni liked the proposal and directed Kasaija and Works Minister Monicah Azuba to give his favored Indian men the tourism roads. The same letter went to PSST Keith Muhakanizi and Allen Kagina who doesn’t like Dott Services at all. Dott Services is backed by John Mugenyi and yet his wife Hope is relative of Kagina but they don’t like each other.

By Grapevine Reporter

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Total Finally Speaks Out On The Decision To Invest In Uganda’s Oil Project

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Total’s Chief Finance Officer, Jean-Pierre Sbraire (inset)

Total’s Chief Finance Officer, Jean-Pierre Sbraire has told analysts during a conference call after the French oil major’s third-quarter that as management, they have not yet decided to invest their money in Uganda’s oil project.

He revealed that the company was supposed to decide on the issue of Uganda’s oil last year but there were some issues holding back the decision even though they are still committed to the project and the project is technically mature.

“We are ready to launch but we recently faced some difficulties with the authorities,” he said.  He said that Total had planned to buy some of Britain’s Tullow Oil’s stake in the 230,000 barrel-per-day project but that deal was called off due to a tax dispute with the Ugandan authorities.

Total’s CEO Patrick Pouyanne

“We remain fully committed to the development but we’ll see, at present time, it is a bit too early to assess when the Final Investment Decision (FID) could be taken for the project,” Sbraire explained.  It should be remembered that Total’s CEO Patrick Pouyanne said earlier this year that investing in Uganda’s oil will be a personal priority this year after setbacks led to a delay on the FID in 2018.

By Jamil Lutakome

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Kajjansi Progressive SS Director in Shs1.7bn Scum: Lawyer Accuses Her Of Facilitating Forgery Of US Dollar Currency As She Comes To Court Dressed Like An Al-shabaab Terrorist…

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Nsangi comes to court dressed like an Al-shabaab

City lawyer Derrick Bazekuketta has asked Buganda Road court to issue an arrest warrant against Rebecca Nsangi, the director of Kajjansi progressive secondary school for facilitating the forgery of US dollars.

Bazekuketta told Buganda Road Court magistrate Marion Magenyi that he has enough evidence pining Nsangi in a scum which involved manufacturing of US Dollars amounting to Shs1.7bn.

“Her worship, I have read and internalized the statement made by the complainant Miss Nsangi against the accused and discovered that she must be added to the suspects. She admitted in this statement that she was the one who facilitated the duplication of an international currency which is a very serious crime here and internationally,”  Bazekuketa submitted.

Nsangi in court

He told court that when Nsangi realized that she was facilitating a crime and that she had already lost a lot of money, she decided to turn against her fellow culprits and reported them to the authorities claiming that she was the victim in the scum. He further revealed that there is enough evidence that Nsangi has been pressurizing the state to hurriedly prosecute Rayne Mukasa, Muhammad Ali, Patrick Lwasa and Steven Bukenya on charges of obtaining money by false pretense after the whole deal went bad. 

State lawyer Mike Kintu pleaded with court to allow the prosecution to proceed with his ten witnesses because it’s an urgent matter and some of his witnesses are students who are preparing to sit for their final exams so they don’t have time to frequently come to court. The magistrate overruled Kintu and ordered that she will first make her ruling on the trespass charge sheet. However, there was comedy in court when Nsangi went into the dock dressed like an Al-Shabaab terrorist covering her face to avoid being snapped by the media.

The accused in court

WHAT HAPPENED?

Nsangi alleges that the accused extorted over 180 million shillings from her after lying to her that they had US dollars worth Shs1.8 billion but the problem is the currency notes had a US stamp on them that needed to be erased. They told her that if she could get them 180 million shillings, they will be able to use it to erase the stamp from the US currency notes and give her part of the money.

When she gave them the money, they took off into hiding. Nsangi said that with the help of operatives from CMI and ISO, they arrested the culprits and took them to court on charges of obtaining money by false pretense.

However, the accused say that Nsangi should also be put on the charge sheet because she facilitated the fraud.

By Jamil Lutakome

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