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Crisis In Judiciary As M7 Directs Katurebe To Extend Judges Conference Over NRM National Conference…

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The top management of the judiciary in a crisis situation after receiving a directive from president Yoweri Museveni to extend this year’s judges conference over NRM ‘s National Conference.

Credible sources in the judiciary have intimated to the Grapevine that the communication from the president reached to the Chief Justice (CJ) Bart Magunda Katurebe early this week.

“We are in a real crisis because the organizing team has already sent invitation cards indicating the dates which the function is going to take place, the international guests have already reserved the dates. We are in negotiations with the service providers to see how the costs will be because I am very sure they are going to charge us extra money,” a credible source in the judiciary revealed.

We established that in the president’s directive, he ordered that the judges conference should be shifted from next week to another date because he wants to personally attend and deliver his message to the judges.

“This time, he does not want to delegate, he wants to personally attend and you understand the political period we are approaching,” the source added.

He further revealed that the president told Katurebe that the reason why he directed him to extend the judges conference is because he is going to attend the NRM party’s National Conference which is going to take place within the same period of time.

The judges conference is a meeting were judges come together to discuss their achievements and challenges and reflect on the future of the third arm of government.

Museveni has been blaming judges of being too soft on capital offenders for example corrupt officers, rioters, terrorists by giving them bail.

Sources also revealed that this is the right time for Museveni to send a strong warning to judicial officers and general public especially when the country is approaching election period where some political commentators are predicting a bloody period during and after the elections. Efforts to speak to judiciary were futile since Solomon Muyita, the senior communications officer was not picking our calls.

By Jamil Lutakome

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We Are Also Looking For Kyeyune’s Killers – Police Explains How Bullet Mysteriously Killed People Power Supporter…

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Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) Spokesperson Patrick Onyango has said that the police are hunting for the person who killed Daniel Kyeyune.

In a statement released today, Onyango said that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations is investigating the shooting incident and a task team has already reconstructed the scene and is reviewing among other things recordings from the CCTV cameras, 999, dispatch and accounts from witnesses. 

Below is the message from police:

Yesterday, 25/02/2020, at around 7:30pm, the Joint Security Patrol team at Nansana Municipality, in Wakiso district, was confronted by a violent procession that disrupted traffic flow and business around Masitowa area in Nansana for almost two hours.  The rowdy crowd was joined by another group from Nansana that disrupted traffic flow along the highway; those armed with sticks started beating bystanders and other road users.

Although the Police gave several commands to the violent crowd, on motorcycles, motor vehicles, and on foot to disperse; they absolutely disregarded our instructions, and aggressively approached the joint team of patrollers, others dangerously pelting stones at them.  The team used several crowd dispersal methods that included the use of batons, teargas and bullets.

In the heat of the moment, the body of a male adult, allegedly shot dead by unknown persons, was found near Bank of Africa, Nansana Branch.  The patrollers retrieved the body of the victim amidst hostilities and transported it to City Mortuary Mulago for post mortem analysis.  The deceased has been identified as Dan Kyeyune, a resident of Nakulabye.

The IGP has reached out to the family and also expressed his heartfelt condolence to his father, Kabuye David who is a Police Officer attached to Kasubi Police Station, the immediate family of the deceased, all friends and relatives.  Police has taken care of the burial expenses. May the soul of Dan Kyeyune, rest in Eternal Peace.

He further instructed the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to thoroughly investigate the shooting incident.  A task team has already reconstructed the scene and is reviewing among other things recordings from the CCTV cameras, 999, dispatch and accounts from witnesses.  They have recovered three spent cartridges, a stone, one left sandal from the scene and close to the body.  All the patrollers on duty last night, are being interviewed and their weapons, exhibited for further forensic analysis.

We will definitely identify the culprit(s) behind the murder by shooting, as well as those who were behind the violent and riotous crowds; and ensure they are brought to book.

We pledge to continue to maintain public safety and public confidence by not allowing these instigated incidents of violence to escalate out of control.

 SP Onyango Patrick

KMP – Spokesperson

26th February 2020

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Killing Innocent, Angry Citizens Will Only Increase Their Resolve To Remove This Government – Mabirizi Warns, Vows To Chase All Foreigners Once Elected As President….

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Mabirizi (C) and People Power supporters Daniel Kyeyune (L) and Ritah Nabukenya (R) who were killed this week

Elton Joseph Mabirizi, who contested as a presidential candidate in the 2016 polls has vowed to chase foreigners in the country if elected as the next president of Uganda.

“Whenever you keep trying, you win. This season I have come back with a different ideology and if given a chance to be the next president, change will be created,” he said.

“The foreigners have occupied all the available vacancies in the country because Museveni fears them, they provide support to him, they act as the bosses to Museveni therefore he cannot deport them but if I become the next president, I will chase all of them,” Mabirizi vowed.

Mabirizi made these remarks at Speke hotel while unveiling the team that is going to lead his campaigns across the country in the coming polls. Mabirizi argued that many Ugandans especially the youths and women are unemployed because the jobs they are supposed to do are all being done by foreigners who disguise as investors.

He admitted that much as it will be a tough option, it is the only way the many unemployed Ugandans will get employment.

 However, when asked when his consultations will kick off, Mabirizi said that he will not engage in consultations because this is a process he did in 2016.

“I have been around doing several things. I have schools and companies I run. I am going to stand as a presidential candidate in 2021, but I want people to know that not everyone has to go for consultations. In 2016, I went through this exercise, I am not doing it again this year,” Mabirizi said.

Mabirizi wants to follow into the footsteps of former president Idi Amin Dada who in early August 1972, ordered the expulsion of Asians from the country after giving them a 90 days ultimatum.

On the current security situation in the country, Mabirizi condemned the act of killing innocent citizens saying that the killings will not threaten the angry Ugandans but rather increase on their bitterness to remove the people in power.

“If the citizens are angry over the current government, killing them will not solve anything but you only need to retire and give them what they need and deserve,” Mabirizi said.

Two people Power supporters have died mysteriously in the past three days. Ritah Nabukenya was allegedly knocked dead by a police patrol while Daniel Kyeyune was shot dead by security operatives last night.

By Josephine Kauma

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Mr. President, We Need Money To Finish Our Assignment: Bamugemereire Reports Minister Kasaija To M7 Over Delayed Land Probe Report…

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On Tuesday evening, president Yoweri Museveni met Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the chairperson of the commission of inquiry into land matters and officers from the ministry of Finance led by Matia Kasaija over the delayed completion of the commission’s report.

Multiple sources at the commission of inquiry told the Grapevine that a few weeks back, Bamugemereire wrote to Museveni explaining to him the financial difficulties that the commission is facing.

She told the president that the reason why they failed to submit their report to him in January was because most of the service providers and staff have not been paid for almost five to six months.

Sources further intimated to this website that in the meeting, Bamugemereire told Museveni that they need over shs4bn to finish the report.

Kasaija told the president that he understands the financial difficulties the commission is going throw but the ministry is still looking for money and very soon the funds will be released.

Museveni, who is eagerly waiting to read the commission’s findings and recommendations on how to solve land problems in the country instructed Kasaija to urgently look for money and give it to the commission. Museveni also informed Bamugemereire and her team that comprised of Dr. Douglas Singiza, the Commission’s secretary, Ebert Byenkya, the commission’s led counsel and others that people are still reporting to him illegal evictions and land grabbers, this is the reason why he is very interested in their report because it will help him solve the matter completely.

When we contact Dr. Singiza, he decalined to comment on the matter and refered us to Byenkya for a comment.

When we contacted Byenkya, he told us, “Yes, we met the president to brief him on the progress of the report writing process, the Minister of Finance was in presence also. The president instructed the minister to provide the necessary support to the report writing process to ensure it was completed.”

By Ssengooba Alirabaki

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