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Cross Here And I Shoot You – How Bamugemereire Survived Bullets At Mutungo Hill, KMP Kafeero, Police Director For Operations Nuwagira Run Into Hiding

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Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the chairperson of the land probe and former Attorney General Fredrick Ruhindi survived Bullets in Mutungo, Nakawa division today.

Bamugemereire and her land probe team survived bullets from four angry UPDF officers who threatened to fire at her if she attempted to cross the check point of a big State House boss’ home.  It all started when Bamugemereire and her team went to carry out a field visit of the 638 acres of land on Kyadondo block 237 plot 56, 64, 59 which three historical families are fighting for.

When Bamugemereire and her team that is protected by counter terrorism commandos reached on the top of the hill, residents led by Nakawa Mayor Ronald Balimwezo Nsubuga and Nakawa Member of Parliament Michael Kabaziruka told her that no one is allowed to pass the check point to the home. Bamugemereire insisted and moved with his team towards a check point. When the team reached the quarter guard of the huge house, four UPDF officers came out and ordered Bamugemereire and her team to go back. There was a nasty exchange of words between Bamugemereire’s counter terrorism commandos and UPDF soldiers.

Bamugemereire trying to argue with the UPDF soldiers

Kampala Metropolitan Police commander Moses Kafeero,  Michael Sabira Musami, the Police commander Kampala North and John Nuwagira, the deputy police commander operations tried to persuade the no-nonsense UPDF soldiers who were guarding the checkpoint.

They talked for about ten minutes and after they all came and told Bamugemereire to wait because they had sent one of their colleagues to go inside and talk to their commander who was inside the building. The Bamugemereire team waited for 30 minutes in the hot sunshine. Commissioner Fredrick Ruhindi tried to pass the check point to get shelter from the heavy sunshine but immediately a UPDF soldier moved very first towards Ruhindi while pointing a finger at him warning him to go back or else he feels the tickle of a bullet on his body.

Police boss Kafeero trying to calm the situation

Poor Ruhindi raised his hands in surrender with his bodyguard and quickly went back to where justice Bamugemereire, Rose Nakayi, Robert  Sebunya,, Joyce Habaasa and others were.  After 30 minutes, the UPDF soldier who had gone to consult his bosses come back. He stood five meters away from Bamugemereire and ordered her and the whole team to leave.

Corporal Julius Katuliba angrily coached the gun and ordered journalists and officers of the Commission to leave the place with immediate effect or else he was ready to shot at them. The poor Kafeero, Sabira, Nuwagira took off while pleading with Bamugemereire not to exchange words with Katuliba.

Angry Bamugemereire changed her face and moved towards Katuliba who was pointing a gun at her and threatening to shot if she continues moving towards him.

Bamugemereire insisted on moving in the target of Katuliba’s gun. When she was about to reach Katuliba, Counter terrorism commandos surrounded the four UPDF officers and ordered them to surrender and put their guns down but they refused. One counter terrorist commando jumped and grabbed Katuliba’s gun and he carried him up. All the other UPDF officers were disarmed and ordered to salute Bamugemereire who was almost shedding tears.

The road to the home is Natasha Road

Bamugemereire threatened to report the four officers to their superiors the CDF, ESO and ISO bosses and commandant SFC. Katuliba apologized to
Bamugemereire and told her that he was following orders from their superiors who ordered them never allow any civilian to enter those installations.  Other Commissioners (who were in hiding with senior police officers) finally came out.

Residents cheered Bamugemereire and pray to her to over cover such intimidations. The Grapevine later learnt from some of the locals that the place has a home for some ISO and ESO bosses. Others told us that it’s a home to some big State House officials.

The commission was touring the land which is being fought for between prince David Wasajja, Dr Muhammad Kasasa and Maurice Kagimu Kiwanuka, a son to the first Chief Justice Benedicto Kiwanuka.

The Commission is still investigating the matter.

 

By Ivan Lutakome

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Ugandans Are Tired Of Your Impunity, Very Soon You Will Cause Anarchy In This Country – Minister Kutesa’s Son- In- Law Grilled

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Muganga (in spects) before the land probe

City tycoon Albert Muganga, the son-in-law to the Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kahamba Kutesa is still shaking his head and thinking about the prophetic statements made against him by land probe commissioners.

Muganga, the proprietor of Kenlloyd Logistics Uganda Limited, who married Ishta Kutesa, a daughter to Kutesa and co-owns Pioneer Bus Company was informed that Ugandans are bitter and tired of the way they use their connections to carryout impunity against them with a mission to enrich themselves.

“Mr. Muganga, get it from me that Ugandans are bitter against you people who take yourself to be so special and run every business in this country. You must stop that arrogancy. You claim that you help the government to provide public transport to Ugandans, you mean you are the only ones who are in this business of transporting Ugandans? What we can tell Ugandans is that you are providing riches for yourselves not Ugandans.  Ok, if you think that Ugandans love you and your company (Pioneer easy bus company) let us organize a referendum, that’s when you will discover that Ugandans are tired of you people,” soft-spoken commissioner George Tikamanyire Bagonza said. 

Bagonza further warned Muganga that one day, their group will pay for the impunity they are doing today to Ugandans by grabbing public properties for free and later demanding for billions in compensation because they are connected to powerful people in government offices. He said that such impunity is creating tribalism in this country which will soon result into anarchy and lead to the death of innocent people.

The soft-spoken man from Bunyoro was supported by justice Catherine Bamugemereire the chairperson of the commission who asked Muganga to tip other Ugandans how he gets opportunities to be awarded juicy government contracts in a controversial manner. She cited the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway. Bamugemereire further revealed that there is a click of youthful people who think that they have to illegally occupy public properties and space like swamps and forest reserves with a hidden motive of asking for compensation. She warned him that in other countries, people like him would be in jail for grabbing public land which the government obtained using tax payer’s money.

The tough Bamugemereire pinned Muganga that he gave NRM party diehard, who is also the commissioner Uganda Land Commission, Hajjat Madinah Nsereko money to corrupt other commissioners who sit on the commission to fraudulently award his company a Namboole stadium lease at a cheap.

Bamugemereire wondered how bags of money blinded an old man like Baguma Isoke’s to the extent of him awarding government land to Pioneer without the consent of the Namboole stadium management. She revealed that Muganga and company first used a one Norah Nabagesera who was compensated by government in 1989 when the government was acquiring Namboole stadium land to establish the stadium to come back and claim for the same land.

The court of Appeal justice told Muganga that he facilitated Nabagesera by paying all her legal fees to drag the stadium management and the Attorney General to court well knowing that the land which shewas fighting for was not hers.

Commissioner Robert Sebunya tasked Muganga to explain how Pioneer Easy Bus was transferred from former minister Mathew Rukikaire’s hands to him. He warned Muganga to stop boosting that he provids public transport to Ugandans, something that was supposed to be done by the government.

The former Buganda kingdom health minister stated that many Ugandans are crying after losing jobs because of Pioneer Easy Buses.

He cited other companies which are providing the same services like Pioneer Easy Buses like Awakula Ennume bus company, taxis and bodabodas but were not given government incentives like they did to Pioneer Buses company. Commissioner Joyce Habaasa tasked Muganga to explain why he is not paying ground rent to the government yet he was using its land.

Muganga defended himself that he is not paying ground rent to government because he is not using the land. He blamed the commission of inquiry into land matters for stopping him from opening the boundaries of the land.

Lead counsel Ebert Byenkya tasked Muganga to explain to the commission why he only paid Shs598m for the lease on the 30 acres of land for five years with a condition to extend it to 49 years yet an acre in Bweyogerere where Namboole land is located, costs over shs200m (which means Muganga was supposed to pay Shs1.6billion), he said that this could be the reason why Muganga sidelined Namboole stadium when purchasing the land.

MUGANGA DEFENDS HIMSELF

Muganga testified that in 2016, together with his partner James Yafero, they applied for a lease in Uganda land commission because they wanted to establish a bus terminal. He boosted that they paid a lot of money in that transaction even though they signed an agreement with the government to be given the contested land to help ease public transport in the country. He told the commission that he was first defrauded of shs150m by Nabagesera who misled him that he was the owner of the land. 

The commission is still investigating the matter.

By Jamil Lutakome

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PICTURES: We Have Agreed: M7, Kagame Shake Hands, Sign Agreement To End Tension

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President Museveni has signed an agreement with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame to improve the political and economic relations between the two countries.

According to president Museveni, the signing of the agreement was witnessed by Dennis Sassou Nguesso, the Chairman of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region in the presence of Angolan President Joao Lourenco and DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi.

“Today, I joined my counterparts from Angola, DR Congo, Rwanda and Congo Brazzaville in Luanda, as together with President Paul Kagame, we signed an agreement to improve the political and economic relations between our countries.

We have agreed on a raft of issues that will be implemented between our two countries, largely meant to improve our security, trade, and political relations. Uganda is fully committed to enforcing this agreement.

I thank Presidents; Joao Lourenco of Angola and Felix Tshisekedi of DR Congo for overseeing this process. I also thank His Excellency Dennis Sassou Nguesso for witnessing the signing as Chair of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region,” Museveni confirmed.

Tension mounted in March this year when Rwanda’s security at Gatuna border barred Ugandan trucks from crossing to either side of the border. Rwandan authorities blocked vehicles or Ugandans from entering or exiting the country.

Both presidents later made remarks which were seen as threatening to each other, with Museveni warning that “those who try to destabilize our country do not know our capacity” and Kagame countering that “nobody anywhere can bring me to my knees.”

By Doreen Menezer

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SYSTEM VOLONGOTO: UTL Saga Deepens, IGG Petitioned To Investigate Anite Tormentors, Rukutana And Muhakanizi Over Their Huge Wealth Worth Trillions

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L-R: Rukutana, Anite and Muhakanizi

The Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL) saga has taken a new twist after David Ssemwanga, a concerned Ugandan petitioned the office of the Inspector General of Government (IGG) Irene Mulyagonja to investigate the massive wealth owned by Attorney General (AG) William Byaruhanga, his deputy Mwesigwa Rukutana and Permanent Secretary (PS) to finance Keith Muhakanizi.

According to Ssemwanga’s petition, he alleges that top government officials have accumulated a lot of wealth through corruption and abuse of their offices because the huge wealth worth trillions of shillings that they own does now reflect the monthly salaries they receive from government.

“The mentioned public officials have been on record disagreeing to the audit into Uganda Telecom Communication limited,” Ssemwanga stated. In his letter, Ssemwanga alleges that, “”Infact, Mr. Rukutana owns 5 arcades, 6 storied apartments in Zana and 2 houses in Kololo. Keith Muhakanizi owns 5 storied apartments in Bukoto, 4 in Naguru and 3 houses in Germany where he stays as he was staying as he got treatment recently and 2 houses in Mbarara. Also Keith Muhakanizi owns in total 50 square miles of land/farm. William Byaruhanga has bought land infront of rwenzori courts buildings. He wants his law firm to manage UTL affairs.”

Last week, a whistleblower petitioned the IGG seeking an investigation into the huge wealth accumulated by state minister for investment and privatization Evelyn Anite. He claimed that Anite received a bribe from Mauritius Telecom limited to award them the deal to run UTL. He insisted that it was because of the bribe that Anite decided to go against the cabinet recommendations that UTL should be given to Teleology Holdings Limited.This week, Anite told journalists that her life is in danger over UTL. When contacted to confirm whether the IGG has received Ssemwanga’s petition, Ali Munira, the Public Relations Officer in the office of the IGG confirmed receipt of the petition. Munira told the Grapevine that the IGG will soon kick off with the investigation into the petition.

By Jamil Lutakome

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