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    Bobi Wine Under Pressure As Mpuuga’s DP Block Announce Political Divorce, MP Nambooze Blasts Colleagues…

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    Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) is   under pressure after his deputy president in charge of Buganda region Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba’s DP Block  officially announced their political divorce with the National Unity Platform(NUP) which they entered in 2020.

    The announcement was made at Hotel African and the divorce proceedings were attended by Samuel Lubega Mukaku, Mike Mabikke the former Makindye East legislator, Henry Lubowa a former councilor at Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) and a number of others.

    “Enough is enough, it is time to guide Ugandans on how to play serious politics which is not after money like our friends in NUP who want to enrich themselves by playing on people’s intelligence,” Mukaku told theGrapevine exclusively.

    He explained that there is a big difference between acting comedian and politics. He warned that much as one can make mistakes in comedy because people attend to laugh, making mistakes in politics can have dire consequences and can result into bloodshed.

    He advised Bobi Wine to leave politics for serious people like him who understand this field.

    Even though Mpuuga was not present at the function, DP Block insiders confirmed that he is behind them and supports the decision they took.

    Sources added that the block is preparing for a countrywide political tour which they expect to start before the end of this year to mobilize Ugandans to embrace their next political vehicle which they will use in the coming 2026 general elections.

    “They will also use the countrywide political tours to fish for candidates for different political positions. These candidates will stand on their ticket. The date for the kicking off their political mobilization will be announced on 21st June 2024 in Masaka at the thanks giving ceremony organized by Mpuuga,” a DP Block source disclosed.

    Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga is expected to be the Chief Guest at Mpuuga’s ceremony and other top officials from Buganda Kingdom and Catholic Church.

    theGrapevine established that Mpuuga and group are sure that Bobi Wine will be badly defeated in Buganda region which was his stronghold in the 2021 general elections.

    DP Block team plan to use Buganda Kingdom structures from the village level to the counties to mobilize support for Mpuuga as they did for Bobi Wine in the 2021 general elections.

    Recently, Buganda Kingdom local government minister Joseph Kawuki praised Bobi Wine’s number one political enemy Dr. Bwanika for being a strongman and for telling off Bobi Wine and his supporters who were humiliating Buganda Kingdom officials especially the person of Mayiga.

    He encouraged other leaders in Buganda to do the same.

    Bobi Wine is currently caught up between a rock and hard place because even in Busoga, his former political friend Moses Bigirwa commonly known as General Bigirwa announced his new political pressure group which is going to operate in the Eastern region.

    Bigirwa named the pressure group as Eastern Revolutionary Platform and rubbished Bobi Wine’s plans to liberate Ugandans.

    Bigirwa told his former party boss that the foreigners he has placed his trust in cannot help Ugandans to overthrow President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni out of power.

    He explained that he formed his political pressure group because of the confusion in opposition political parties.

    He argued that instead of sticking together to cause regime change, they are fighting for small political offices, supremacy and money instead of identifying the enemy and targeting him as a unit.

    In 2023, Bobi Wine suspended Bigirwa from the office of the Chief political coordinator for Busoga region over allegations of corruption and using his position to drag the party into financial scandals.

    But, Bigirwa denied all the allegations insisting that his suspension resulted from internal political fights from Busoga region.

    However, Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireke who is also a member of the DP Block rubbished Mpuuga’s political move and revealed that she will not even attend his thanksgiving party.

    She explained that Mpuuga betrayed them when he accepted before a private meeting at NUP headquarters in Kavule that he was promised a Shs500m service award as a Leader of Opposition.

    Nambooze disclosed that in the meeting, Joel Ssenyonyi the current Leader of Opposition in parliament brought evidence showing that Mpuuga had already received the said Shs500m but he denied, and she supported Mpuuga because she knew him as a clean person.

    She said that when Mpuuga was advised to resign as a Commissioner in parliament on top of apologising to Ugandans, he asked for time to prepare his family even though John Baptist Nambeshe, the Chief opposition Whip in parliament told the meeting that Mpuuga should resign.

    Nambeshe warned the meeting Mpuuga will change his ming and refuse to appologise if he is allowed Mpuuga to first consult his family members and friends.

    Nambooze maintained that she still supported Mpuuga and assured Nambeshe that he knows Mpuuga as a man who always keeps his word.

    However, Nambooze said that she was embarrassed when Mpuuga denied whatever he said in the meeting, and from then, he vowed not to support any of his political programs.

    She added that the power of money changed Mpuuga and he is no longer the person she knew.

    It is not clear whether Butambala county legislator Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi and Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona will join Mpuuga or stay with Bobi Wine since they are also members part of the DP Block team who entered into a political marriage with NUP in 2020 before the 2021 general elections.

     

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    Buganda Caucus MPs Blocked From Visiting Kabaka Mutebi In Namibia As Mayiga Summons Clan Heads Over M7 Deals, King Visit…

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    Buganda Kingdom King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi (L) in Namibia

    The management of Okonguarri Psychotherapeutic Center in Namibia has blocked three Members of Parliament from accessing the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi.

    Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga confirmed that Kabaka Mutebi is in Namibia resting following the advice of his doctor in Europe.

    However, there are ongoing allegation that Kabaka is in the said medical facility receiving medication not resting.

    Based on the ongoing contradiction, legislators who are members of the Buganda caucus in parliament secretly decided to travel to Namibia to confirm the development.

    theGrapevine has exclusively established that the three male legislators are members of the National Unity Platform and they sneaked into Namibia without the knowledge of the Ugandan embassy in Namibia or their chairperson Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi.

    When contacted, one of the legislators confirmed the development but pleaded with theGrapevine not to reveal his identity because it was going to create a war with Buganda Kingdom leadership.

    “It is true we were blocked from accessing the Kabaka and we are the ones who advised the Buganda Kingdom clan heads who also plan on visitinf the Kabaka to first seek permission from Mayiga, Prince David Kintu Wasajja or Agness Nabalogo because they are the ones to give permission to any person who wants to access Kabaka,” a soft spoken legislator from greater Masaka said.

    He added that they tried to reach out to Prince Joseph Ndawula, the Ugandan ambassador to Namibia but he also didn’t help them, so they decided to return back to Uganda.

    The development comes at a time when Mayiga has just issued summons to the executive members of Buganda Kingdom clan heads council.

    According to highly placed sources in the clan council, the meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday next week at Bulange building the headquarters of Buganda Kingdom.

    Even though Mayiga didn’t give the reasons why he has summoned the clan council leadership, sources claim that top on the agenda is their planned visit to Namibia to visit Kabaka and last week’s State House meeting with president Museveni.

    “When we passed a resolution in our meeting to go to Namibia to visit Kabaka, our council speaker (omutaka Austine Kizito Mutumba) pleaded with us to reverse the resolution explaining that it was going to place him in bad light before Mayiga and it is going to deepen the misunderstanding between him and his administration, but we rubbished his prayers,” a clan head said.

    He boasted that at this time, Mayiga has nothing to do because President Museveni has given them the green light and promised to coordinate the visit.

    He revealed that there are only two people who haven’t yet finalized their travel documents because they did not have passports.

    “By Thursday morning, we will be on the plane going to check on our beloved chairperson (Kabaka). Who is Mayiga to stop us from visiting Kabaka, even the president told us that he doesn’t like him and his ministers, and in Buganda kingdom, he only recognizes Kabaka, us the abataka and even informed the Nnabagereka when he met her recently,” a clan head said.

    It is not clear what mechanism Mayiga and Mutumba are going to deploy to stop clan heads from visiting Kabaka because they have been trying to frustrate them from meeting President Museveni but they overrun them.

    In the last Buganda Kingdom parliamentary session, Mayiga declined to allow the prayer made by one of the representative Professor Badru Katerega who wanted the Kingdom administration to guide those with money so that they can be allowed to go and visit Kabaka.

    Mutumba told theGrapevine that he is just a speaker of the council of Buganda Kingdom clan heads and has no power to stop them from doing whatever they think is good for their clans and Buganda Kingdom at large.

    He confirmed that he was not informed of last week’s State House meeting and he was very happy with the results of the meeting because the President agreed to help the kingdom clan heads to fight poverty among themselves and their grandchildren.

    President Museveni also promised to deploy UPDF engineering experts to help in the building of a commercial building on the land he bought for them in 2023 which is situated opposite the Bulange building.

    The president also promised to deposit Shs200m in the bataka Mutindo SACCO which they can use to fight poverty.

    However, when clan heads visited Museveni in 2023, Mayiga declared that he will not accept any person to mislead any member of the Kingdom organs with the aim of dividing Kabaka’s subjects.

    A resolution was passed in Buganda Kingdom parliament condemning the clan heads’ visit to Museveni and they were advised to apologize which they declined to do arguing that Mayiga and the Kingdom parliament don’t have such powers.

    The Clan heads insist that they are an independent organ in Buganda kingdom culture and they are the ones responsible for electing the Kabaka, thus they cannot be forced by Mayiga and his people to apologize.

    A committee chaired by Kingdom lands minister and also city commercial lawyer David Kisitu Mpanga was established by Mayiga to mediate talks between him with clan heads.

    However Isreal Kitooke Kazibwe the Kingdom spokesperson and also the minister in charge of mobilization rubbished the narrative of clan heads being independent explaining that all leadership in Buganda Kingdom are under Kabaka Mutebi and there is not independence.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    How Boyfriend, Pressure For Wedding Money Forced MP Nanyondo To Withdraw Her Signature From Censure Motion Against Mpuuga And Company…

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    Bukomansimbi woman legislator Veronica Nanyondo

    Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has explained that the actions of Bukomansimbi woman legislator Veronica Nanyondo to withdraw in writing her signature from the censure motion against the four parliamentary commissioners over corruption allegations was showed that legislators don’t read.

    He revealed that the reason why he always overshadows fellow legislators on the floor of parliament and even during media talk shows is because they don’t read but just sign documents, especially when they are told that they will get allowances after signing.

    “How can a member of parliament withdraw her signature claiming that you were misled to sign, now how can you convince your voters that you are not misled to take decisions that affect them!” Ssemujju wondered.

    In her defense, Nanyondo said that the movers of the motion to impeach the commissioners used her signature from the opposition cabinet meeting and put it on the censure motion papers.

    Ssemujju noted that once a legislator appends their signature on a censure paper, he or she cannot withdraw it and Nanyondo is still taken as one of the legislators who signed the censure motion against the legislators.

    However, theGrapevine established that Nanyondo was forced by her boyfriend to withdraw the signature.

    Sources claim that Nyanyondo’s boyfriend, a one Kateregga who was a councilor for Bukomansimbi district, pleaded with Nanyondo to withdraw her signature because Mpuuga is one of their own and it will shame them to betray him.

    He alleges that Nyanyondo and her boyfriend are set to legalize their marriage in church before the end of this year and Mpuuga has already contributed Shs20m to help in the preparations of their wedding.

    Others who contributed include Annet Anita Among the speaker of parliament who contributed Shs10m.

    Sources divulged that Kateregga nowadays spendsmuch of his time in the United States of America because the couple plans on relocating to the US once this political term ends and after they legalize their marriage.

    Sources added that Nanyondo is not going to defend her position in the coming 2026 elections after realizing that the ground no longer favors her.

    Before joining politics, Nanyondo and Kateregga were running a printing business on Nasser Road in Kampala city.

    When Nanyondo contested for the first time as MP to replace her sister Suzan Namaganda, the former wife to former East African Assembly Uganda representative Fred Mukasa Mbidde, Kateregga was in charge of pinning her posters.

    theGrapevine made several phone calls to Nanyondo’s known phone numbers for a comment on the story but they all went unanswered.

    Nanyondo is among the poor performing legislators in Buganda.

    The four commissioners who in trouble are; Mathias Mpuuga the Member of Parliament for Nyendo-Mukungwe, Prossy Mbabazi Akampulira the Rubanda district legislator, Solomon Silwanyi the Bukooli Central legislator and Esther Afayochan of Zombo district woman legislator.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    Stanbic Bank In Trouble, Client Petitions Court After She Was Defrauded Of Shs68m Via Flexi Pay…

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    Stanbic Bank CEO Anne Jjuuko whose bank is under fire

    Nakku Joweria a resident of Kyebando has sued Stanbic Bank Uganda limited for failing in its duty of protecting her saving account leading to defrauding her of shillings 68 million which was withdrawn from her account in a period of 24 hours through Flexi pay an application she had never registered for.

    In a court case filed before the Commercial division of the High Court of Uganda and coming up for directions in the registrar Christa Namutebi’s chambers, on the 24th June, 2024 at 9:40am, Nakku Joweria through his lawyers of Kimanje Nsibambi Advocates contends that between 7th and 8th February, 2023, there was unauthorized withdrawal of 68 million shillings from her savings account No. 903000026244 via the Flexi Pay Banking, a platform of Stanbic Bank and a total of 28 unauthorized transactions were conducted by fraudsters who fraudulently accessed her account undetected by the bank.

    She questions how a savings account which had a transaction limit was significantly exceeded during the unauthorized and undetected fraudulent transactions which led to her losing her’ money.

    “Our client has been a loyal client of Stanbic bank since 2001 way before the implementation of the FlexiPay system and at no point did she sign up for or activate the flexi pay on her savings account. The 28 unauthorized withdrawals from our clients account using four unknown Airtel lines raises serious questions and/ or lapses on the part of the bank for which we hold the bank specifically liable for the loss since it was in a better position to detect and prevent this fraud had it exercised reasonable care to detect these suspicious 28 unauthorized transactions that took place within 24 hours on a savings account that was rarely operated by our client,” reads the documents in parts.

    She also questions the effectiveness of the bank’s authentication protocols with their flexi pay system, effectiveness of the transaction monitoring to the extent of allowing 28 unauthorized transactions within 24 hours using four unknown Airtel lines and significantly exceeding the account limit.

    Nakku wants court to direct Stanbic Bank to reimburse 68 million to her account that was fraudulently withdrawn and pay her the costs and damages.

    On 6th February 2023, Nakku Joweria lost her phones to the robbers on her way to work at around 9pm. She reported the incident to police at 9am and to the telecom companies on the 7th February 2023.

    However, the telecom companies MTN and Airtel couldn’t process the new simcards because she had misplaced her original National Identity card.

    The robbers used her MTN number to open up a wallet on the Flexi pay which number had four other Airtel numbers that don’t belong to her which they used to make 28 unauthorized withdraws of 68 million shillings from her Stanbic bank saving account on the 7th and 8th February in a space of only 24 hours.

    When she went to withdraw some money from her account on the 6th, March 2023 that’s when she realized that her money was fraudulently withdrawn from her account.

    She wrote to the bank manager complaining about the matter and the bank promised to do thorough investigations to reveal how the money was withdrawn by the fraudsters.

    Through her lawyers of Kimanje Nsibambi Advocates, she wrote a demand notice to Stanbic Bank manager to reimburse her money since it was their weakness and fault for failure to efficiently protect her account.

    The bank through Twine Arnold, the senior legal advisor, Risk and Dispute Management wrote back with an out of court settlement request.

    However, the bank had proposed to reimburse only 34 million out of the 68 million on the premise that the settlement shall not be taken as admission of liability by any of the parties, a proposal she rejected and instead thought for legal redress in the commercial court.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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