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    Bobi Wine Faces Lawsuit For Defaming M7, NRA Rebels Who He Claimed Wore Torn Underwear And Commanded Gang Of Murderers…

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    The Executive Director of the Uganda Media Center Ofwono Opondo has advised his boss President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and other members of the defunct National Resistance Army (NRA) rebel group who were aggrieved by the statements made by National Unity Platform (NUP) boss Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) to institute both criminal and civil defamation cases against him as a person instead of police intervening.

    Last week, Bobi Wine told his supporters in Luweero that in 1980, a gang of men picked guns and killed thousands of people fighting a sitting government to take power and this gang has used taxpayers money to enrich themselves.

    To drive his point home, Bobi Wine claimed that those gang men were very poor to the extent that they were putting on torn underwear and none of them had more than two underwears, but they currently own empires they have achieved via looting the country.

    Bobi Wine further accused President Museveni of masterminding the killing of top Baganda personalities.

    While responding to police’s position to stop Bobi Wine’s rally over such statement, Opondo believes that what can successfully defeat Bobi Wine is if NRA members file a defamatory case against him basing on the grounds that Museveni, who was a former minister of defense and a minister of regional corporation cannot fail to buy underwear to the point of putting on torn ones.

    He added that in 1969, Museveni had some money which he was receiving his teaching job and he used part of his salary to buy Rwakitura land which he expanded in 1986 when he captured power.

    He further explained that other NRA rebels like Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi, the security minister were not poor like Bobi Wine claims because he was a police officer before joining the bush war.

    On the issue of murdering Baganda personalities Opondo disclosed that Bobi Wine cannot adduce evidence in court placing Museveni on the scene of crime because there are postmortem reports made by medical doctors in the presence of the deceased’s relatives and personal doctors.

    The nonsense Opondo blasted police for interfering in political matters. He explained that Bobi Wine should be left to expose himself in other regions of the country as if he is a clan chief in Buganda.

    He wondered where police was when Bobi Wine’s supporters vandalized a vehicle in Mbarara a week before suspending his political rallies.

    Opondo accused NRM top leadership of sleeping on their job and failing to counter Bobi Wine falsehoods but waiting for him as a government spokesperson to respond even though they also have the capacity to do so.

    He cited Rose Nsereko Namayanja the deputy NRM Secretary General who is born of Luweero where Bobi Wine uttered these falsehoods against Museveni; and Rosemary Sseninde the NRM Chief mobilizer who are supposed to go to the same area and counter Bobi Wine’s fictions with touching evidence.

    He noted that since Museveni took power, he has been appointing people from greater Luweero to position of a minister concerning Luweero affairs but they all have failed to establish the right cause of problems in Luweero.

    However, Busiro East legislator and also one of Bobi Wine’s lawyers, Medard Lubega Sseggona warned Opondo to be very careful when advising Museveni to institute a criminal and civil suit against Bobi Wine because he will be exposed in court.

    He explained that Museveni should prove to court that he was among the gang that Bobi Wine mentioned in his statement and that he wore torn underwear.

    He challenged Opondo that Museveni has to prove that he was not part of the group Bobi Wine accused of grabbing peoples land in Buganda insisting that Museveni didn’t buy his Rwakitura land in 1969 as Opondo said and if Museveni proves so, he is ready to award him a cow for winning him.

    He was supported by veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda who relied on the declaration of late Justice Joseph Mulenga of the Supreme Court who declared that Ugandans have the right to abuse their leaders when they realise they are making mistakes.

    Civil Division Court head, Justice Musa Ssekaana declared that the sitting president has a right to institute a private case in his personal capacity against any person which is being challenged in the Constitutional Court.

    If Museveni picks Opondo’s advice, Bobi Wine is likely to dig deep into his pockets to compensate Museveni as Daily Monitor did recently by coughing Shs300m for defaming him.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    Leaders Of Traders Panicking After M7 Directs Investigation Over Allegations Of An Invisible Foreign Hand Fueling Their Strikes To Sabotage Economy…

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    L-R: Some of the leaders of traders: Godfrey Katongole, David Kabanda and Thadeus Musoke

    Kampala Metropolitan Senior Minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda has exclusively confirmed to theGrapevine that president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed the country’s intelligence organs and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to investigate the alleged invisible hand behind traders’ leadership.

    She explained that preliminary investigations have established that some leaders of traders who are advocating for endless strikes are biased in their decisions because there is an invisible hand pushing them with an agenda of sabotaging the country’s economy and creating an ungovernable situation.

    “We know whatever they are planning. Our people are on ground, so they should stand warned,” Kabanda said.

    She revealed that President Museveni was shocked to establish that in Kampala city alone, traders have more than 30 associations and each one of them has command.

    This has created suspicion and the need for an investigation to establish their true motives.

    The development comes at a time when traders are threatening to go into a two months strike without opening their shops in the city center if president Museveni doesn’t address their demands including the banning of the Electronic Receipting and Invoicing System (EFRIS).

    On 7th May 2024, Museveni directed Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to sit down with leaders of traders and sort out their differences.

    The President guided that once these leaders and URA agree, they should make a joint report which they should read to him and other traders on 20th of June 2024 at Kololo independence grounds.

    However, before that meeting, Minister Kabanda has disclosed that Museveni is set to meet leaders of traders in the State House to have some issues sorted out noting that government is doing everything in its power to make sure that what happened on 7th May 2024 never happens again.

    She explained that it was bad for traders to shout at the President and embarrass senior government officials to the extent of accusing some of corruption insisting that traders’ behavior sent a warning signal to government that there must be an invisible hand influencing and facilitating them.

    theGrapevine has established that the leadership of Kampala City Traders Association(KACITA) led by Thadeus Musoke Nagenda, Federation of Uganda Traders Association(FUTA), Katukazane Shoe Dealers, Kampala Arcaders Advocacy Forum, United Arcarders Traders Enterprenuers Association,  Uganda Needy and Squatters Association have resolved to join hands and strategise on how to come up with a common voice before the President.

    Highly placed sources in intelligence have revealed to theGrapevine that all eyes are on David Kabanda who is being investigated for working for some opposition bigwigs who promised him support in the coming elections.

    Sources said that Kabanda wants to become the city councilor on Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago’s council.

    However, veteran journalist and the Senior presidential advisor on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi advised Museveni not to take lightly statements made in the United Kingdom’s House of Lords that King Charles’s leadership should influence regime change in Uganda.

    He explained that the western powers are going to use all the available means to sabotage Museveni’s leadership insisting that there is invisible hand in traders’ frequent strikes.

    But a section of KACITA leadership told theGrapevine that there are people in President Museveni’s government who are facilitating the creation of endless traders associations with the aim of benefiting from them and fighting the unity among traders.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    INSIDE STORY: How M7 Grilled CMI Boss After His Wealth Shocked Him…

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    Before President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni made the latest changes in the top command of military intelligence agency where he changed from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) to Defence Intelligence and Security (DIS), he was shocked at how one of the top commandant was accumulating a lot of wealth in a very short period.

    Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda recently revealed that Museveni was shocked recently while driving in a certain part of the country when he saw a mega farm sitting on land measuring more than one and half square miles.

    Ssemujju narrated that the farm was newly established with modern equipment and thousands of very expensive breeds of cattle which forced him to ask his private operatives to investigate which tycoon owned the farm

    He was shocked to learn that one of the CMI commandants is the owner of the farm.

    Ssemujju disclosed that immediately, Museveni summoned the said CMI boss and quizzed him on where he got all the money he used to establish the said modern farm at his young age.

    Ssemujju explained that Museveni was very bitter with the said senior operative and accussed him of mismanaging public funds which are supposed to be used in gathering information to protect the country and its citizens.

    He added that because the seasoned operative was aware that before Museveni summoned him, he had made thorough investigations and was equipped with information, he decided to tell him the truth to survive.

    The senior operative told the President how he got the billions he used to buy the land, compensate the tenants who were occupying it, modernizing it and buying high breed cows from a Chinese.

    “He told him that he got the man from a Chinese investor. The president is very aware that most of his government officials get rich from getting bribes from investors and other corruption deals. So don’t be deceived that he can fight corruption because even in the case of that military officer, he left him to go without directing any prosecution against him,” Ssemujju said while appearing on Radio Simba’s Olutindo program hosted by senior political journalist Peter Kibazo.

    On several occasions, Museveni has disclosed that that he knows how his government officials are getting bribes from Chinese investors.

    Ssemujju explained that when Museveni’s government officials get information that a certain person is deployed in an office which is well facilitated with billions money, they make sure that they fight him and that is what they did to former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, former Inspector General of Police Gen. Edward Kale Kayihura and others because they controlled fat budgets.

    He revealed that even with the ongoing political turmoil against Annet Anita Among, there might be government officials fueling her troubles because she had become a threat to their political careers much as there are those also who want to be speakers of parliament.

    He confirmed that like Mbabazi and Kayihura, Among is currently the second most powerful person in the country next to President Museveni which has fetched her trouble.

    “They only fear Gen. Salim Saleh because he is a brother to Museveni but if it was not so, he would have also been fought like Kayihura, Mbabazi and others,” Ssemujju said.

    He made the statements days after the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates issued sanctions against Among on allegations of corruption.

    President Museveni directed the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka to follow up the allegation and force the United Kingdom government to provide evidence.

    The Office of the Inspector General of Government confirmed that Among did not declare the alleged properties in the United Kingdom and United Arabs Emirates.

    Among also assured the country that she owns nothing in the foreign countries claiming that western countries are targeting her because of the Homosexuality law.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Lawyer Kalali Justice Nkonge Clash Over Court Case File…

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    Lawyer Steven Kalali (R) and High Court judge Alexandra Nkonge Rugadya (L)

    Controversial lawyer Steven Kalali has clashed with High Court judge Alexandra Nkonge Rugadya over a Court Case File.

    The disagreement resulted from Kalali’s prayer where is was asking the presiding officer not to kick off his case because she was not going to conclude his entire case.

    He submitted that Justice Nkonge is set to retire early this year and the time she has left in public service is to clear the cases on her desk not to get fresh files like his.

    However, the judge disagreed with Kalali insisting that she has to hear the matter at all cost which forced Kalali to threaten to file a recuse application against her.

    This is not the first time that a retiring judge feel bad when asked to leave the matter to another judge because of their remaining time in the public service.

    Justice Joseph Mulangira faced off with lawyers led by Arthur Ssempebwa of Katende Ssempebwa and Company Advocates in the divorce case filed by city Pastor Aloysious Bujjingo of House of Prayers Ministries International against their client Teddy Naluswa Bujjingo.

    Justice Wilson Musane Musene was forced by the principal judge to hand over the office and officially go into retirement.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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