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    Bobi Wine Demands UPDF To Punish Lt. Col. Namanya Because He Commanded Operation To Brutalise Journalists, But Brig. Gen. Kulayigye Says: That’s Not How We Work…

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    Bobi Wine (L) right is Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye

    Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) Chief Political Commissar Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye, has insisted that civilians should desist from deciding on matters they don’t understand, especially those regarding the military.

    Gen. Kulayigye, who was deliberating about the matter on  NXT radio’s BigTalk show, emphasized that only the UPDF know what the best military disciplinary measures to take against their own are, refuting National Unity Platform (NUP) leader Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s suggestion to the military court to penalise Lt. Col. Namanya Napoleone Kyebihende,  the Director Operations  of the Military Police.

    Bobi Wine faults Lt.Col. Namanya for commanding the Military Police that brutalized journalists  and NUP politicians on Wednesday, who had escorted  him  to the United Nations Human Rights offices, where she had  gone to deliver a petition to the UN to intervene in the continued human rights abuses in Uganda.

    Following the brutal attack by the military on innocent civilians, Bobi Wine alleged that Namanya commanded the group of soldiers that beat up journalists and also smashed NUP legislator Derrick Nyeko’s vehicle at the UN Human Rights office, hence he should be punished like the other 7 UPDF soldiers who were sentenced to respective jail sentences on Thursday, for orchestrating the brutal attack

    Bobi Wine claimed that Namanya personally hit NTV’s  John Cliff Wamala on the head, causing a deep wound, reason why he should have been arrested and charged together with the others.

    Bobi Wine accounted for all those events, expressing his fury that when the military paraded soldiers that they charged for the misconduct, Namanya was not one of them.

    However, in reply to Bobi Wine’s demands for Namanya’s prosecution, Kulayigye said that; “In the military, we deploy in formations. It is easy for us to know who was where, and who was commanding them. It was easy for us to identify the officers who were involved.”

    According to security analysts however, Gen. Kulayigye’s statement implies that Bobi Wine should leave the issues of how Generals operate to the Generals who understand them.

    Gen. Kulayigye further explained that the legal procedures in the army start with summons from a senior officer.

    “We don’t need to come out in public to state that. And it’s also upon the commander on the ground to determine whether he needs support or not. Once called upon, you are subject to the command of the commander on the ground,” he added.

    Brig. Gen. Kulayigye insisted that his sources on ground said that Namanya was not at the scene and that he might have been photoshopped into footage captured from the scene.

    “So was Napoleone photoshopped into the pictures?” Canary Mugume, the talk-show host asked.

    “Possibly,” Kulayigye swiftly replied, adding that; “Our own errored, we dealt with them and we also apologised. To dismiss the CDF’s apology is to be arrogant. The CDF’s respect for Ugandans led him to make the apology.”

    Kulayigye also faulted Bobi Wine for defiance which possibly led to the ugly scenes.

    He said, “The police and Bobi Wine agreed  that he would go to the United Nations Human Rights Council offices in Kololo with 6 people. Look at how many people turned up.”

    “For starters, we are not at war with the media as a whole and with journalists as individuals. We cannot treat you as enemies,” he added.

    Bobi Wine, in his claims also recounted that Namanya was named in the shooting at the Kasubi tombs on 16th March 2010 which left three people dead and five injured.

    According to Bobi Wine, Napoleone commanded the military interception on his team in Busega on 27th December 2020 as they rushed Ashraf Kasirye to hospital after he was shot in the head during his presidential campaign in Masaka.

    “In Busega, as we pleaded to be allowed to rush Ashraf to hospital, Napoleone and his men, driving a military police truck run over our comrade Frank Senteza and killed him. Some of our comrades were brutally beaten and are still nursing wounds,” he said.

    “He commanded the military raid on my campaign team in Kalangala Island on 30th December 2020, an ambush which saw over 100 of our comrades arrested and tortured. Most of them are still languishing in Kitalya prison,” the former presidential candidate claimed.

    “This should teach everyone that in Uganda today, some people commit crimes while others pay for the crimes,” Bobi Wine claimed.

     

    By Baron Kironde

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    Bobi Wine Summons NUP Legislators To Strategise On How To Save MP Zaake…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine (L) and Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake

    National Unity Platform (NUP) Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has summoned his party legislators to strategise on how to save Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Butebi Zaake from angry parliamentary leadership.

    According to credible sources in NUP, the meeting is expected to take place next week at their party headquarters in Kamwokya.

    Last week, Bobi Wine blasted his legislators for not giving enough support to their own (Zaake) when he was protesting deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa’s ruling stopping him from debating the ongoing abduction of people especially in Buganda.

    “I want to salute Hon. Francis Zaake and tell him that as an individual, I am very proud of him. NUP is very proud of you and Ugandans that were abducted are very proud of you. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of parliament, thank you for not shutting up, thank you for doing exactly what you were elected to do,” he said.

    Even though Bobi Wine praised Zaake, Tayebwa referred him to the parliamentary disciplinary committee and the hearing of his matter kicked off on Tuesday.

    However, sources in NUP revealed that Bobi Wine wants his legislators to put up a spirited fight to frustrate the move of disciplining Zaake.

    These were days after the Speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among warned Zaake that parliament will take criminal action against him to recover the institution’s properties he declined to return after being removed from the position of the parliamentary commissioner.

    Among told parliament that Zaake declined to return the parliamentary car even though he has been informed in writing to return it

    Former Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa advised Bobi Wine to investigate Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona who was acting as the Leader of Opposition on the day Zaake protested because he was the one who stopped other opposition legislators from joining Zaake and telling him to move out of the plenary.

    One of Bobi Wine’s Personal Assistant Julius Katongole said that the motive of the meeting that Bobi Wine summoned is not to condemn or attack anyone but it is about guiding them on how to work together and use parliament to fight president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s bad acts against poor Ugandans.

    He rubbished allegations making rounds that Bobi Wine summoned the legislators to introduce to them their new parliamentary leadership after firing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba from the position of Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic At KCCA As M7 Directs Minister Magyezi To Investigate RCC Burora Claim On Misuse Of PDM Cash…

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    Lubaga deputy RCC Burora (L) and Minister Magyezi (R)

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed in writing the local government minister Raphael Magyezi to investigate the allegation made by Lubaga Division Deputy Resident City Commissioner(RCC) Anderson Burora against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on mismanagement of the government Parish Development Modal cash.

    Minister Magyezi confirmed the development and said that the president directed him to present his findings to cabinet by the coming Monday so that the ministers discuss the matter.

    He said that the president was very concerned with the allegation made by Burora and praised him for standing his ground and speaksoff to the alleged government officials.

    Magyezi told theGrapevine that the president wants other Resident District Commissioners (RDC) to do what Burora did to inspect government projects for the good of the country.

    Last week, Burora suspended the operations of Parish Development Model citing irregularities in implementing the program by allocating the funds to people who are not supposed to benefit from it.

    “We have seen lists bearing names of people who are well off, who own cars, are salary earners and those who own big shops being fronted for Parish Development Model. The project was intended for the 39% population that lives hand-to-mouth, not those who surpassed that level,” Burora said.

    However, Aisha Nabisere, the KCCA Parish Development Model coordinator rubbished Burora’s allegations insisting that he was spreading falsehoods.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Lord Mayor Lukwago Reveals How KCCA Bosses are Conniving With City Tycoons To Swindle USD100M Hiding Under President’s Directive On Markets…

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    Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago has narrated how top Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) bosses are conniving with city tycoons to swiddle USD100M under the guise of implementing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s directives on city markets.

    Lukwago said that he has landed on clandestine plans designed by KCCA technical wing bosses and ministers to procure 10 acres of land in Kampala Central Division at a price of USD100m which is very high.

    He revealed that the said land that is situated in Kisenyi parish belongs to John Bosco Muwonge, a city businessman who they want to front to built a public market as Museveni directed.

    Last month, Museveni met KCCA bosses and directed them to build at least two public markets in all the five Divisions that make up Kampala city.

    Lukwago said that without following the legal procedures, some fraudulent city businessmen have started approaching KCCA to offer their land to be purchased for the market with big commission offers to some KCCA bosses.

    Lukwago insists these businessmen want to sell their land to KCCA at a high price without following the legal requirements and it is the reason why he has summoned the city council meeting to discuss the matter next week.

    When contacted, Joseph Kabuye Kyofatogabye, the KCCA State Minister rubbished the accusation, and asked Lukwago to prove his allegations with evidence.

    “For me, I don’t know how to execute deals but I know Lord Mayor Lukwago is an expert in making deals,” Kabuye said.

    Businessman Muwonge was not reached for a comment.

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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