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    DON’T PANIC: What M7 Told Ministers In Cabinet: Labour Day Celebration Deals Cited In Minister Engola’s Assassination…

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    Col. Okello Engola's home where he was gunned down. Inset top is Pvt. Sabiiti, below is the late

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has assured his ministers who were filled with fear not to panic over the assassination of their colleague.

    Eye witnesses claim that after assassinating his boss Rtd. Col. Charles Patrick Okello Engola, the state minister for labour, Pvt. Wilson Sabiiti moved out of the gate shouting on top of his voice while firing bullets in air that he is tired of leaving in a poor condition yet he is a bodyguard to a minister.

    In a Tuesday cabinet meeting, President Museveni rubbished allegation that the bodyguard assassinated his boss because of delayed pay.

    The president insisted that the soldier was indiscipline because he knows very well that the minister is not the one who pays him.

    Museveni told his ministers that he was still waiting for the investigation report from the concerned government investigation departments like the police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the army to guide him on the way forward and asked them not to panic.

    One of the ministers told theGrapevine that the president also told them that he is going to direct the army authority especially those concerned with deploying bodyguards to first examine the behaviour and characters of the soldiers before deploying them to guard any Very Important Person (VIP) in the country.

    Museveni addressed the cabinet a few minutes after talking to the late Engola’s wife and other family members on phone.

    He directed the Prime Minister Robinnah Nabbanja to work with the minister for presidency Milly Babirye Babalanda, minister for Labour Betty Amongi and Vicent Ssempijja the minister for Defense to accord the fallen minister a state burial.

    Nabbanja on behalf of the ministers told the president that they are believers and they believe that everything happens because of God’s will, so he is the one who decided their friend to die that way.

    She further told cabinet that they have been exercising together with the late as a way of fighting diabetes and other related diseases but it is a pity that he had to die of gun shots.

    Minister Amongi told theGrapevine that the fallen minister is expected to be buried on 13th May, 2023 at his ancestral home in Oyam district.

    Meanwhile, as Dr. Maj. Tom Magambo’s detectives from the CID, Brig. Gen. Christopher Ddamulira’s Police Crime Intelligence, Col. Charlse Oluka’s Internal Security Organisation(ISO) and Maj. Gen. James Birungi’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) finalise their investigations to establish the cause of the assassination, veteran journalist and also the senior presidential advisor on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi cited Labour day celebrations deals.

    Mirundi insisted that Pvt. Sabiiti cannot just jump out of the blue and take a decision to kill his boss over money without knowing whether he had the money he wanted or not.

    “You know those people think that bodyguards are stupid, they use them to transport their stolen money, I think the bodyguard saw the minister receiving the money after making deals at the Labour day celebrations and he was very sure that at least he was going to get some money to solve his problems and when the minister declined, he decided to kill him,” Mirundi narrated.

    Minister Engola was among the top government officials who attended the National Labour Celebrations Day in Namutumba district in his capacity as a State minister.

    Sources close to the deceased revealed that Sabiiti started demanding for money from the minister when they were still at the function in Namutumba saying that he had an urgent matter to solve.

    Sources divulged that the minister directed that Sabiiti be given Shs.140,000 through his mobile money but he gave them another person’s phone number because he had a debt on his line.

    Sources said that the money was sent on the phone Sabiiti gave them but the next morning, he demanded for more money from the minister.

    Kasambya County legislator David Kabanda asked investigators to extend their investigations to the minister’s office to know how he has been relating with other workmates.

    Harunah Kasolo the State Finance minister in charge of Microfinance insisted that minister Engola’s assassination was well planned and he is very sure that there were people behind Sabiiti.

    He wants investigators to establish why they deployed an indiscipline bodyguard who had been rejected by National Resistance Movement (NRM) National Vice Chairperson in Charge of Eastern Uganda, Capt Mike Mukula and another top UPDF General.

    Mukula confirmed that he directed the withdrawal of Sabiiti as his bodyguard over disciplinary issues.

    Minister Kasolo blasted bodyguards and other people who think that being a minister means that you have a lot of money to give for free.

    He explained that as ministers, they also go through tough economic times like any other Ugandan, including mortgages on their properties.

    He wondered why killers always target government officials and leave out the opposition.

    He insinuated that some of the killings might be political motivated aiming at weakening NRM government through killing their strong people like minister Engola, Ibrahim Yusuf Abiriga, Maj. Muhammad Kiggundu, Andrew Felix Kaweesi among others.

    Controversial security expert Charlse Rwomushana insisted that minister Engola’s assassination was political and he asked investigators to establish the person behind Pvt. Sabiiti.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Ukrainian Investor Cited In Grabbing Former IGP’s Land As Family Reports Gen. Otema, Relatives To New Police Boss…

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    Nancy Oryema (L) and Lt. Gen. Charles Otema (R)

    Ukrainian investor Maxim Shevchuk has been cited in the grabbing of part of the big Estate of the family of the first former black Inspector General of Police (IGP) Lt. Col. Wilson Erinayo Oryema.

    Highly placed sources in the family of the late Oryema revealed that Maxim, with the help of armed men, and without the permission of the family has started trespassing on their land claiming that he is going to establish a factory on it.

    Family members claim that Maxim and his agents told them that he bought the land comprising LRV 778, Folio 23 land at Purongo, Kilak County, Acholi currently Nwoya district from Lt. Gen. Charles Otema Awany.

    They added that Maxim trespassed on their land following Justice Phillip Odoki’s controversial judgment in which he dismissed their case against Lt. Gen Otema and others on technicality.

    In her petition to the newly appointed IGP Abass Byakagaba, Nancy Oryema, the granddaughter to late Oryema claims that Gen. Otema’s agents together with Maxim are abusing the court process.

    She revealed that after losing a court case against Gen. Otema and others at Gulu High Court, they instructed their lawyers to appeal against it in the Court of Appeal claiming that Justice Odoki had erred in law and facts while making his final judgment.

    She insisted that as a family, they need urgent intervention in the unlawful activities defying court proceedings on their ancestral land.

    “I am compelled to bring to your attention a grave situation that demands immediate action from the Uganda Police Force, an institution that has consistently upheld the rule of law and maintained order in our nation under your esteemed leadership and as I write, I have been informed that my female farm manager has been hit by one of the armed private guards from PSG private security in Gulu,” she said.

    Nancy made the petition after her farm manager Prossy Ajok reported a complaint of aggravated robbery against Alex Awany a relative to Lt. Gen. Otema on Police Reference Number SD Ref: 36/22/05/2024 at Nwoya police station.

    In her petition, Nancy explained that despite an ongoing appeal process challenging Justice Odoki’s judgment on Oryema’s estate, Gen. Otema and others have chosen to disregard the lawful procedures and are forcefully taking possession of land without a valid court decree or order.

    She claimed that their opponents and their agents have been circulating an unclear printed judgment along with a letter from their lawyer, claiming that court has awarded the land to Otema Awany and Beatrice’s Achola.

    However, they have no official communication, decree, court order, or clearance from the police headquarters authorizing the eviction.

    She further claimed that the accused persons led by Awany and Thomas Lapyem have resorted to hooliganism, primarily during nighttime hours, commanding armed private guards from PSG Gulu and UPDF soldiers from Lt. Gen Otema’s residence.

    She added that they have been conducting unauthorized surveying and planting mark stones on the land under the cover of darkness and they even attempted to break the gate and remove Nancy’s signposts.

    “Our gatekeepers were threatened with imprisonment for seven years if they remained at their posts. These actions have instilled fear among our investors and the local community engaged in farming under Gen Saleh’s Operation Wealth Creation projects,” she noted.

    She further narrates that Nwoya District Police Commander (DPC) Richard Amanya, is aware of the situation and confirmed that he has been informed by the Director Legal that no activities should take place on the land without clearance from the headquarters.

    Despite sending a team to the site, the DPC has failed to take any meaningful action, citing threats of legal action against him in his personal capacity if involved in stopping them from the alleged land grabbing.

    She added that the Regional Police Command (RPC) is also equally silent as Lapyem and Awany, accompanied by two soldiers from Lt. Gen. Otema’s residence, demanded access to the home of the late Oryema but the gates were locked.

    “The unlawful activities have created an atmosphere of brewing anger within the local community. I take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for the exemplary leadership of the Uganda Police Force under your guidance. Your commitment to upholding justice and maintaining law and order has been a beacon of hope for the citizens of our nation,” she said.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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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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    Insider Reveals How Prisoners Dupe Judges Using Torture To Survive Harsh Punishments…

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    Emmanuel Wilson Abura

    When sentencing Emmanuel Wilson Abura to 50 years imprisonment on murder charges, the Criminal Division of the High Court Judge Margaret Mutonyi stated that Court has observed that the convict was used his disability as a tool to attract sympathy yet behind his disability is a savagely fierce human being who needs to be kept out of circulation for some time to enable him to reflect on his life as a human being and work on his inner soul.

    Abura was convicted for murdering a 9 year innocent girl because of the personal misunderstanding he had with her parents.

    Exclusively speaking to theGrapevine, a senior prisons officer revealed that prisoners on remand have developed a favorable scheme in an effort to extricate capital offenders from likely severe sentences.

    He narrates that capital offenders on remand have since adopted a strategy of duping courts of law and prompting them to order for the release of the purported complainants.

    He added that the remorsefulness culture under the plea bargain process is currently being manipulated by capital offenders especially those who have over stayed on remand because they have mastered the skills of surmounting proportionate sentences to their offences.

    “This strategy has been adopted by prisoners and unless courts undertake proactive engagement of prisons administrators, prisoners will continue to utilize the principle of non-interference during trial to evade justice,” he said.

    The officer adds, “It is against this background that special acknowledgement is accorded to your effective chain linked criminal justice culture for having sought for investigations before quickly arriving at a conclusion”.

    He revealed how Martin Nshimiyimaana a capital offender was released by the High Court at Mubende which based on complaints of torture that sparked an investigation into the alleged torture claims against prison officials at Kitalya prison.

    Nshimiyimaana appeared in the media accusing the prison personnel of beating and forcing him into hard labour which weakened his body.

    But a February 24, 2024 report indicates that after a comprehensive and thorough investigation, it was established that he was never tortured.

    “The deduction from the investigation revealed two critical findings; the complainant’s past underlying backache challenges attributed to an accident he suffered in 2007, long before his admission to prison in 2019. Kitalya Farm prison capital offenders tested propitious scheme by a one Tonny Kiyimba from Masaka High Court,” the report reads in parts.

    To the confirmation of Uganda Prisons Service position that Kiyimba had not been tortured, he returned to Masaka Main prison on January 29, 2024 perfectly walking on his two legs after being sentenced to caution on an account of having been tortured.

    In a television interview, Kiyimba claimed that he was beaten to the extent of passing out blood from the back side forcing him to use rags to pad himself.

    In 2017, Kiyimba was remanded to Masaka Prison on accusations of rape and defilement.

    However he said that during his torture, he was made to sleep in water filled cells for two weeks which led to him getting infections.

    Kiyimba narrated that in addition to being beaten, he was blocked from seeing his relatives and subjected to other abuses which amounted to torture.

    Because of his condition, according to the video, Kiyimba was assisted by prison personnel to the court leading to his release despite pleading guilty to the offences.

    When contacted, Frank Baine, the Uganda Prisons Service spokesperson said that while prisons are awash with social media reports, there are facts to the effect that there is no torture.

    He suggested that the Justice law and Order Sector partners should not be hoodwinked by mere claims but instead should contact the stakeholders and also carry out fact finding.

    “These are emotional set ups targeting those presiding over the cases. They make decisions without consulting us. Those accusations are isolated cases and we have always tried to engage the judicial officers to explain the circumstances but sometimes it is too late to reverse their decisions,” He said.

    According to the report, Uganda prisons service remains a fervent promoter of prisoners’ human rights and as a known standard, any errant Prison officer of any category who violates prisoners’ rights is personally held liable.

    “The Service has established an effective internal human rights promotion and protection mechanisms such as prisoners’ human rights committees in all prisons, staff human rights committees, human rights awareness campaigns, internal inspections and regular external inspections by Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) and a number of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) have continued to receive our support and cooperation,” the report adds.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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