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    Bobi Wine’s Treason Charges Are As Complicated As The Agelimit Case –  Deputy Chief Justice Dolo

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    Deputy chief justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo has warned that the case in which Kyadondo East Legistlator Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine is charged with treason is as complicated as the Age Limit case.

    While appearing on NTV’s On the Spot the Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court head disclosed that if some people dared to corrupt him during the Age limit petition hearing, what of a magistrate in Gulu handling a treason matter.

    Dollo said that while handling the Mbale age limit petition, attempts were made to compromise him but he declined. “And this is big money we are talking about, big, big money. Then an attempt was made to frame me but it also failed,” Dolo revealed.

    He added that, “they were ready to treat some of these attempts as an assault but those people became wise and they didn’t do it. Dollo went further and added that while the powers to appoint people to the judiciary are entirely in the hands of the President, the process that leads to these appointments is equally elaborate.

    He said, “We must remember the memory of Benedicto Kiwanuka annually and it’s not just about him. It’s about the rule of law which will continue to triumph over evil.”

    On the issue of the state torturing journalists, Dollo said that he does not think that wthis will end soon. “Yes they are beaten and will still be beaten. There are many things that happen that you might not know about. The thing of going on the streets is about addressing the gallery but in the judiciary we address real issues,” Dollo added.

    He also applauded the speaker on her letter to the president over the Arua fracas. He said that Kadaga’s letter to the President demanding that the SFC soldiers for who brutalized MPs and 30 other Ugandans should be punished was a right move.

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    FEAR WOMEN! M7 Minister’s Marriage On Verge Of Collapse After Wife Was Recorded Discussing How He Bewitched Him Using Her Pubic and Nails To Curb His Sexual Apatite, Another NRM Top Boss Who Has 20 Women Put In Mix…

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    Men in Kiruhura district and the entire Ankole Sub Region are panicking and pleading with their girls of the soil not to resort to witchcraft as medicine to tame their partners’ sexual appetite.

    The vice which can lead to sexually transmitted infections and diseases like cancer in men resulted from a phone audio recording where one of the girls of the soil who is married to a top junior minister in president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s government was discussing with her mother on how to execute the advice from the witch doctor to feed the minister with her pubic hair and nails.

    In the recording, the soft spoken young lady was heard briefing her mother in Runyankole language on her recent travel to Iganga in Busoga where she went to see the witch doctor who gave her medicine to work on his man who she branded as a womanizer.

    In the phone call, the woman revealed that her journey to Iganga kicked off early in the morning and she was driven in a posh car by a close relative who picked her at Lugongo, a long Kampala-Jinja road.

    “Mummy the journey was tiresome but it seems that man works because immediately when I entered his shrine, he explained to me all my personal details from my childhood and why I was before him,” the minister’s wife narrated as mother assured her of how powerful the witchdoctor is.

    She further revealed to mother how she paniced when the witch doctor directed her to remove all her clothes. She narrated that thought that he was going to rape her because they were only two in the shrine, but she accepted because she needed his services.

    The minister’s wife further narrated that dressed in backcloths, the witch doctor started checking in his old polythene bags.

    He removed some voodoo things and tied them in small clothes after mixing them with his saliva. He picked a razor blade and he started making small cutting on her body while smearing the voodoo mixer on the wounds ritualistically.

    Surprisingly, her private parts were not also spared.

    “I feel a lot of itching when the herbs mixed with the blood inside my body and he told me to be strong because we had just started the rituals. He also told me that the war is not easy because the man has also gagged himself spiritually,” she said.

    She further explained that he performed other rituals on her and gave her some herbs to swallow. After, she told her to give him Shs500 shillings so that he can buy a new razor blade.

    She narrated that because she did not have any money on her, she moved out of the shrine and picked the money from her relative who was seated in the car.

    Upon returning to the shrine, the witch doctor insisted that the money should be hers because the rituals he was performing were for her.

    She remained in the shrine naked, until the witch doctor come back, gave her a razor blade and directed her to cut her pubic hair and nails and after give them to him.

    As she was performing the rite (of cutting the pubs and nails), the witchdoctor moved out and came back to the shrine with burning charcoal. He asked her for the pubic hair and nails and started burning them together.

    After, he collected the ashes, put them in a cloth and directed her to put on her clothes. He them gave the ashes to her and directed her to make sure that she mixes them in the minister’s food and drinks before going to work and do the same thing when he comes back in the evening.

    “He is done, I’m telling you mummy,” she boasted on the phone.

    In 2021 the minister was introduced to his wife’s parents in Kiruhura but they later had a misunderstanding after she got information that he had other women with children including two who dragged him to police and court for neglecting them.

    He used his influence in government to strangle the cases but he learnt his lesson and he is now taking care of them.

    The Minister’s wife feels his marriage is threatened because of the many mistresses he has and he always travels with one of them whenever he travels abroad.

    The official wife and her mother were badly condemned on different WhatsApp groups for resorting to witchcraft yet their family is a known religious family in the area.

    The mother always prayed to God to help her daughter so that the rituals work which kept people were wondering why she didn’t advise her daughter to pray to God instead of going into witchcraft.

    However, the wife’s friend who is also a wife to a top officer in the ministry of defense, blasted them and praised the old woman for helping her daughter fight to save her marriage.

    She blasted one of the woman who is alleged to be a mistress to a top official at the NRM Secretariat who hired IT experts to hack and tap the minister’s wife’s phone and she is the one who is circulating the controversial audio conversation on different WhatsApp groups.

    “That mistress will pay for it I’m telling you. She was a mistress to the minister, he left her and moved in with another woman because she was playing him with that NRM top boss. She still wanted to play the minister with other UPDF Generals and wanted to fail my friend’s marriage. You people, everyone here has privacy and people are doing more deadly and dangerous things to protect their marriages so stop attacking her,” she said.

    She further revealed that the said mistresses also hacked into the phone of another top boss in NRM. She rallied her colleagues to gang up and deal seriously with her to save other people’s marriages.

    She also disclosed that the NRM top boss has over 27 girlfriends and 10 of them have kids yet the official wife resides in Makindye Division a Kampala suburb.

    theGrapevine has established that since the audio went viral, the minister is very confused and his relatives who objected to his marriage to the bewitching woman because she is not his tribes mate are advising him to divorce her.

    Others are comforting him that such things always happen in marriage and he should deal with it like a real man.

    The youthful minister according to sources is under pressure to take a strong decision which is likely to affect his political career because he married the Munyankole woman to be connected to members of the deep state from Ankole Sub Region.

    “I do not think he will leave the woman, she is very connected and he always uses her to score political goals including getting connections and deals from members of the first family,” a friend to a minister told theGrapevine.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    OPINION: Security Of Tenure Is Crucial For Uganda’s Economic Development – Minister…

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    Absence of title is at the root of tenure insecurity and was responsible for the near grinding to a halt of the colonial economy when the bibanja holders refused to grow cash crops until the security of tenure on the land they occupied was guaranteed.

    The colonial administration in a report to the secretary of state for colonies stated that the boycott by the bibanja holders had engineered rural unrest and discontent which undermined the production of export crops and diminished the colonial state’s revenue.

    Succumbing to the boycott pressure, the colonial administration put in place the Busulu and Envujo Law enacted in 1928. The law assured bibanja holders security in the occupation of their plots and freed them from the fear of arbitrary eviction.

    In a study published in 1953 Mukwaya showed that in over 400 land cases he examined, there was no case of illegal evictions. All the cases involved, inter alia, minor boundary disputes and succession related issues. He posited that: “it is rare for courts to grant orders of eviction against tenants who fail to pay busulu or envujo. Any dues in arrears are legally considered civil debts, which are recoverable in the usual manner”.

    This security of tenure which continued into the 1960s and early 1970s created an enabling atmosphere leading to a production boom and eventually an economic boom which secured Uganda a placing among the World’s top 10 producers of quality coffee, cotton and other produce.  The Coffee Marketing Board, Lint Marketing Board and Produce Marketing Board were put in place to handle the marketing of the boom production.

    Unfortunately the 1975 Land Reform Decree abolished the security of tenure of bibanja holders rendering them mere tenants at sufferance back to the pre-1928 tenure insecurity status.

    This was the position of law when the 1995 constitution was enacted. Unfortunately the constitution only provided for security of occupancy in Article 237 (8) for bibanja holders and left the issue of titling to the Parliament which under Article 237 (9) was to do this within 2years of its first sitting.

    Unfortunately the legislation to be enacted by Parliament within 2years after its first sitting as envisaged under Article 237 (9) was never actualized. The 1998 Land Act was not the legislation that the constitution envisaged.

    The background to the envisaged law is Article 237 (1) which provides that land belongs to the citizens of Uganda and vests in them in accordance with the land tenure systems provided for in the constitution.

    Article 237 (3) provides four tenure systems namely; customary, freehold, mailo, and leasehold. When Article 237 (4) and (5) is analyzed, they all end up as freehold.

    Tenures freehold and mailo are already freehold. These tenures are the registrable interest in land. Under section 237 (9) (b) Parliament was to make law providing for the acquisition of registrable interest as title by bibanja holders. This registrable interest would be freehold title since all the four tenures in Article 237 (3) end up as freehold.

    Failure to enact this law leaves bibanja holders without any land vesting into them as per Article 237 (1) of the constitution thus constitutionally discriminated against other Ugandans who are titled.

    There was no reason for Parliament not to have enacted a law providing bibanja holders with titles. There was already a precedent for this when the 1967 constitution transferred public land from federal and District Boards as previously prescribed in the 1962 constitution to the Uganda Land Commission. In that case the 1969 Public Lands Act operationalizing the 1967 Constitutional granted customary occupants (bibanja) a right to a leasehold title over the land they occupied.

    Consequently Parliament would have found guidance in the 1969 Public Lands Act and provided for the kibanja occupants to be granted a legal title to their plots. The kibanja holder would have his kibanja converted to a freehold title.

    It cannot be over emphasized that the 1969 Public Land Act provided a good starting point where an occupancy holding was converted directly from customary tenure to leasehold title. Therefore the mandate of Parliament under Article 237 (9) to enact a law providing for the acquisition of registrable interest to the bibanja they occupied was clearly practical and not without precedent. Moreover Article 237 (5) and section 28 of the Land Act 1998 allows for the customary leases converted and granted to a citizen of Uganda out of public land to be turned into freehold.

    Delay to enact a law giving bibanja holders titles is at the root of the systematic risk associated with tenure insecurity in the Uganda land market. Ugandans who are owners of untitled bibanja in the same location cannot sell for the same amount like their fellow Ugandans who are in the same location but titled. This creates a state of disequilibrium among Ugandans.

    Failure to get rid of the untitled bibanja insecurity is a trap on the road to Uganda’s development. The answer is a single freehold titled tenure security for all Ugandans in perpetuity.

     

    Dr. Sam Mayanja

    Smayanja@kaa.co.ug

    www.kaa.co.ug

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    CRY TAXPAYER CRY: More Questions As Kasaija’s Finance Ministry Awards Chief Justice Dollo, Deputy Butera, And Principal Judge Dr. Zeija Billions Of Money: Unmasking How Top Gov’t Officials Are Set To Share Shs162bn In Cash Donations…

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    Finance Minister Matia Kasaija. Inset is Nambooze (L) and Hon. Ssemujju (R)

    Maverick Mukono Municipality legislator who also doubles as the opposition Internal Affairs Shadow minister Betty Nambooze Bakireke and controversial senior presidential advisor on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi have placed Matia Kasaija the senior minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and his experts who include the Secretary to Treasury Ramathan Ggobi on spot to explain why they have allocated Shs1.8bn in the coming financial year 2024-25 to Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, Shs.1.4bn to his Deputy Richard Butera and Shs1.2bn to the Principal Judge Dr. Flavian Zeija as donations.

    Both celebrated veteran journalists revealed that Ugandans are spending a lot of money on Chief Justice Dollo and other Judicial Officers to the extent that even in retirement they are going to look after them by paying them the full salary equal to that of those still serving in their respective offices, pay for their medical bills and other juicy allowances; and as if that is not enough, they are now adding another burden of giving them billions of shillings as donations.

    “Will Dollo and those Judicial Officers donate the billions of money allocated to him by Kasaija to clerks in the judiciary or his security team? Ugandans are tired of this luxurious spending. Now traders in Kampala city, the heart of the economy, are on strike because of the high taxes but government officials are still squeezing them,” Nambooze said.

    She further disclosed that Shs2.4bn was allocated to the Parliamentary Commission and predicted that other parliamentary commissioners are going to also receive Service Awards similar to that of former Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba who was given Shs500m.

    When Lwemiyaga county legislator Theodore Ssekikubo tried to table the matter on the floor of parliament this week, Speaker Among blasted him for speaking nonsense.

    However, Speaker Among was defended by Mirundi who noted that she should not be harassed because most government officials are given billions of money to be spend as donations.

    In his alternative budget 2024-25, shadow minister for Finance, Planning and Economic Development who also doubles as Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said that the government has budgeted for Shs162bn as donations in the 2024/25 budget.

    He explained that more than half of the said money is under the residence of the President who will spend Shs77bn on community outreach programmes under the vote of item (description) donation.

    His residence will donate another Shs59bn in what is termed as presidential initiatives bringing the total donations at his residence to Shs138bn.

    Ssemujju said Museveni will spend Shs.4.2bn under his office on donations.

    Ssemujju’s alternative budget also revealed that Chris Obore, parliament’s Director for Public Relations, will spend Shs 4.9bn in donations.

    Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja’s office will spend Shs 3.7bn as donation.

    The Office of the Speaker of Parliament will spend Shs2.4bn and her deputy Thomas Tayebwa will spend Shs 1.8bn in donations.

    The government chief whip Obua Denis’s office will spend Shs1.8bn.

    Presidential Office for Mobilization and Security Services which is responsible for supervision and monitoring of field offices allocated with Shs4.2bn, Parliamentary Commission Office of the Speaker Administrative and support services Shs2.4bn, National Council of Sports Sports/Technical Talent Identification and Development was allocated with Shs2.2bn for donation.

    The office of the Prime Minister Executive Governance Government Chief Whip Shs1.8bn, Parliamentary Commission Office of the Deputy Speaker Administrative and Support Services Shs1.8bn, Justice Kasule Lumumba’s Office of the Prime Minister Executive Governance General Duties was given Shs9.5bn for donation.

    Vice president Jessica Alupo’s Office was given Shs7.1bn, Uganda Blood Transfusion Service Blood Donation Blood Collection was given Shs535,186,000.00, Parliamentary Commission Parliamentary Commission Secretariat Leadership and Management Shs4.8bn, Gen. Moses Ali’s Office of the Prime Minister Executive Governance 2nd Deputy Prime Minister  was given Shs200,000,000, Judiciary Chambers of the Chief Justice Dollo’s Leadership and Management was given Shs1.8bn,  Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga’s Office of the Prime Minister Executive Governance 1st Deputy Prime Minister Shs1.5bn.

    Rukia Nakadama’s Office of the Prime Minister Executive Governance 3rd Deputy Prime Minister Shs1.5bn.

    Justice Butera’s Judiciary Chambers of the Deputy Chief Justice Leadership and Management given Shs1.4bn.

    Dr. Dorothy Kisaka’s Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Administration and Human Resource Administrative and Support Services allocated Shs1.2bn.

    Principal Judge Dr Zeija ‘s Judiciary Chambers of the Principal Judge Leadership and Management given Shs1.2bn.

    The newly reappointed Prisons Commissioner General Dr. Johnson Byabashaija’s Uganda Prisons Service Finance and Administration Leadership and Management was given Shs95,000,000, Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Tourism Research Shs.63,000,000, National Population Council Family Health Reproductive and Infant Health Services Shs58,000,000, National Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board Research and Planning Research and Advocacy Shs50,000,000.

    Again Kadaga’s Ministry of East African Community Affairs Finance and Administration Administrative and Support Services given Shs40,000,000, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Kastgazi Tumusiime’s police Force Command and Control Strategic Command and Policy Guidance Shs35,709,195, Uganda Management Corporate Office Administrative and Shs30,043,000.

    Again Kisaka’s Institute Support Services Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Executive support Administrative and Support Services was given Shs.25,000,000.00m, Inspectorate of Government (IG) Finance and Administration Support services Shs.20,800,000, Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) Finance and Administration Communication and Public Relations Shs.19,000,000, National Forestry Authority (NFA) Natural Forests Management Central Forest Reserves Management Shs.18,000,000, National Forestry Authority (NFA) Finance Administration Administrative and Support Services Shs12,000,000.

    Kampala Central mayor Salim Uhuru’s Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Central Division Urban Council Policies, Regulations and Standards Shs.11,610,833. National Unity Platform’s Emmanuel Sserunjogi’s Kawempe Division Urban Council Policies, Regulations and Standards Shs 11,610,833.

    Mberaze’s Lubaga Division Urban Council Policies, Regulations and Standards Shs11,610,833.

    NUP’s Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama’s Makindye Division Urban Council Policies, Regulations and Standards Shs11,610,833 and NUP’s Paul Mugambe’s Nakawa Division Urban Council Policies, Regulations and Standards Shs11,610,833.

    Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Central Division Urban Council Planning and Budgeting services Shs10,000,000. Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Kawempe Division Urban Council Planning and Budgeting services was given Shs.1,000,000.

    Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Lubaga Division Urban Council Planning and Budgeting services Shs.10,000,000, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Makindye Division Urban Council Planning and Budgeting services Shs.10,000,000.

    Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Nakawa Division Urban Council Planning and Budgeting services Shs.10, 000,000, Mountains of the Moon University Vice Chancellors Office Leadership and Management Shs 10,000,000, Makerere University Central Administration Administrative and Support Services Shs9,999,992 among others.

    According to Ssemujju, President Museveni’s government is set to spend a total of Shs.162,682,961,045 only on donations.

    However, when contacted, Kasaija rubbished Ssemujju’s budget explaining that he lacks capability to plan for Uganda.

    He advised him to only help him and President Museveni by exposing government officials who are involved in corruption and are eating taxpayers’ money allocated to their offices for service delivery to the common person deep in the village.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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