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DOUBLE STANDARDS: MP Olanya Pinned For Trying To Sabotage Pearl Salt In Favour Of Rival Company

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Hon. Gilbert Olanya

The Member of Parliament representing Kilak North Constituency Hon. Gilbert Olanya has been pinned for trying to sabotage Pearl Salt company in favour of a rivals.

Last week, Olanya for the second time, petitioned parliament seeking responsible government agencies to intervene in the investigation of a salt product that has allegedly put ‘his’ constituents’ lives at stake.

While speaking on the floor of parliament, Olanya noted that it had been brought to his attention by his constituents that a salt product on the local market known as Pearl Salt which he claims is tasteless, doesn’t dissolve, but also one has to pour more quantities of it in the food in order to get the preferred taste, compared to other traditional brands.

The FDC MP, who tabled empty packets of the said brand before the no-nonsense speaker Jacob Olanya, who asked him to bring salt as evidence, instead of packaging material. Olanya went ahead to tell parliament that many of his area residents are in complete disarray and living in fear at the time he was addressing parliament. He infact insinuated as if his constituents were watching him live but from a hideout!

“Mr. Speaker, the complaint of the community is that this salt has particles that do not dissolve in water. Two, the salt is tasteless. You may add large quantities but it does not taste like the salt we eat every time,” Olanya submitted.

However, the deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanya objected his submission saying that the legislator needed to table evidential value owing to the fact that the problem at hand is the salt not the packet. Alternatively, he advised him to avail samples of the additive to responsible bodies such as UNBS for quality testing.

Owing to the fact that this is now a public concern and journalists must at all times serve the interests of the same people that politicians represent, Independent Online Journalists Association (indoja), a body that brings together online journalists decided to carry out an undercover and deep investigations to come to the bottom of this matter, in the interest of the public. After five days of undercover investigations, we bring you up to speed with the facts on ground as below;

Genesis Of The Business Rivalry, Sabotage

The whole battle comes from Habari Salt and Bahari salt! No other, just like if your mind still serves you right about the battle between Kansai Plascon and Dutch global paints and coatings company, AkzoNobel  or simply say Sadolin and Plascon titanic battle. For another day…..

Initially, Habari salt belonged to Dr.Hasmukh Dawda’s Umbrella groups House of Dawda (Uganda) and House of Manji (Kenya). His salt company, Mombasa salt works was based in Mombasa Kenya which he started in 1975.

However, in 2007, he sold his Habari salt brand to Crystalline Salt Company belonging to another business man in Mombasa Kenya and later on emerged with two new Brands; BAHARI and PEARL salt! Now, remember, because Dawda had been in the market for decades, it was easy for him to market his new brands and even surpass the pioneer Habari brand which he had marketed himself. He had all the market intelligence on fingertips. So because Habari and Bahari have close similarities in name and branding, this caused anxiety, because even customers who are not very vigilant can easily buy the other brand when he/she meant to buy the other.

Another advantage Dawda had, especially in northern Uganda is that he was born and raised up in Lira, he knows most of the market dynamics there. Locals would see him during 1986 Kony insurgency distributing aide. He is literally at home.

So both brands started competing for market country wide, which is a healthy practice in business anyway, as long as the competition is kept within the right context. However, after several years, Habari reportedly started losing market steadily and more significantly to Bahari.

Our investigations on ground have shown that before this negative campaign begun by April 2016, Bahari salt brand alone was selling 400 tons (around 14 full truck trailers) of salt per month compared to 100 tons of Habari. So ofcourse, the reaction was expected.

Secondly, few years ago, URA reportedly got evidence that Crystalline Company, Mombasa, the manufacture of Habari salt was evading taxes by claiming that their salt was being manufactured in Kenya yet URA had got evidence that actually the salt was being imported from India with ‘made in Mombasa Kenya’. Habari was heavily penalized in billions of money by URA after they impounded their tracks on transit into Uganda. “They paid through the nose”, our source added. To this, they attributed it to Bahari management as having licked information to URA. Whether it was true or not that Bahari had a hand, we couldn’t verily confirm.

There are several tax waivers companies from EAC member countries are enjoy compared to imported goods from other countries, according to sources, Habari salt, though the company is in Mombasa, it had reportedly become cheaper for them to import from India than manufacturing in Mombasa. 

With all the above factors at play, some gullible politicians reportedly in a plot to ‘manufacture money’, sat and advised the already worried business man that they could help them recapture their ‘market’, and that they would start with rallying Northern masses to shun the products by crafting a message that would scatter them away from it.  

According to our sources, their strategy was that after the MP raising the matter on floor of parliament (which campaign started in 2016), where he is protected from legal prosecution, they would now start backing up the campaign with sponsored radio talk shows guising as ‘Health talk shows’ where they would talk about health matters and then adopt social media platforms where they’ve already set out some of the media personalities in Northern region to spread the campaign. Indeed the social media campaign begun on Tuesday this week on some Northern radio presenters’ platforms. 

It’s important to note that in 2016 Hon. Gilbert Olanya’s first concern the moment he entered parliament was the condition of Bahari salt where he claimed his people had complained to him. UNBS later took the matter, tested it but found no health problems were associated with it, and since then the salt is still on market. Now again, as the road to 2021 elections draw near and as the hunt for money for campaigns intensifies, the problem has reportedly shifted to Pearl salt.

But please note that all the two brands belong to one Okapi Trading Co. Ltd, who are under House of Manji (Kenya) and House of Dawda (Uganda).

Also interesting and worthy noting is that, although these two brands have been distributed country wide in Uganda and Kenya for years, it’s only Olanya’s ‘people’ in Northern Uganda that are apparently affected every after five years to election period!

In our next issue, we’re going to uncover the list of FM radio stations and presenters who have been contracted to run this malicious campaign to destroy one of Uganda and Kenya’s biggest revenue contributors.

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Dr. Stella Nyanzi Petitions High Court To Review Her Offensive Communication Case

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Embattled Makerere University researcher fellow Dr. Stella Nyanzi has petitioned the High Court civil division in Kampala to review the proceedings of Buganda road magistrate court claiming they are biased.

Sources have confirmed that Nyanzi’s file was called by High Court after Nyanzi, through her lawyer Isaac Semakadde challenged the biased manner and procedures used by the trial Magistrate Gladys to set a date for the final ruling of Nyanzi’s case.

She further claims that the magistrate refused to summon the complainant who she offended to testify in court.   The file has not yet been allocated to a judge for review.

It should be remembered that Nyanzi applied to court to summon president Museveni to come to court and testify on how he was offended by the posts she put on her social media pages.

She also wanted court to allow her summon her witnesses through media, all her prayers were dismissed by the magistrate who set 1st August for the judgment. Nyanzi is battling with offensive communication and cyber-crime offences. 

By Jamil Lutakome

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Ugandans Should Start Telling More Lies: Nambooze Attacks Museveni For Calling Buganda Katikkiro Mayiga A Liar

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Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze has rallied Ugandans to start telling more lies because the word has changed meaning and government officials are calling the truth lies and lies truth.

During his address to the nation yesterday evening at State House Nakasero, a furious Museveni warned Buganda Kingdom Prime Minister (Katikkiro) Charles Peter Mayiga to stop uttering nonsense concerning the registration of coffee growers.

“About the licensing of coffee, there is no license, this Katikkiro was telling lies. I sent a message to someone that this Katikkiro should stop this nonsense. He was lying, and he should stop. There is no licensing, what is happening is registering and the reason for registering is exporting,” Museveni said.

The president said that he was the one who ordered his cabinet minister of agriculture Vincent Sempijja to go and explain the Katikkiro what the government wants to achieve by registering Coffee farmers.

The president said as a cattle keeper from Ankole, he has been registered and they have their chairman.

It should be remembered that the Katikkiro, during the Buganda budget reading on Monday cautioned government the new laws which the government plans to slap on coffee growers in the country are in bad faith. It should be noted that coffee is one of the popular cash crops grown in Buganda region.  

In the same address, the president told security organs to stop arresting people for annoying him.

“I don’t mind being annoyed. I have no problem with being annoyed. That was a colonial law that I used to hear about. The bigger issue is telling lies, inciting and sedition. Those are the areas of substance that police should concentrate on,” Museveni said.

WHY ARE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS CALLING TRUTH LIES?

Mukono municipality legislator betty Nambooze Bakireke has attacked the president for calling Buganda Premier Chales Peter Mayiga a liar.

Through his Facebok page, Nambooze said, “At State House last evening Mr.Museveni called the Buganda Katikiro a lier and a perdon who speaks rubbish…. His I mention was to belittle the Katikiro for he Insisted that his interpreter Rose Namayanja gives his word their true meaning in Luganda. Mr.Museveni said that farmers are to be registered because foreign buyers if coffee want to trace the coffee bean right from the farmer…so because of this what the Katikiro is saying are lies and Nonsense!”

She adds, “In Parliament, State Minister Mutuuzo on the floor of Parliament said the same things about me… she said that I am a liar when I say that Ugandan girls in the Middle East are being enslaved. She justified her submission with telling Parliament that these girls bring in 600 million dollars in the economy annually…so because of this, I who was talking about their plight was a liar and speaking Nonsense.

I therefore wish to inform Ugandans who care for our country to start telling the lies and nonsense like the Katikiro….. The two words changed meaning, they mean to oppose policies, actions and laws that disfavor Ugandans by exchanging their rights with foreign interests.”

By Jamil Lutakome

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Don’t Be Stupid, You Are Fools To Think That Bujjingo’s Followers Will Run To Your Churches – Mirundi Blasts Pastors Kiganda And Bugembe, Reveals Shocking Information About Teddy

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Self-claimed media consultant Joseph Tamale Mirundi has blasted and warned pastors under the National Fellowship of Born-Again Pentecostal churches to stop celebrating house of prayers ministry international senior pastor Aloysius Bujjingo’s woes.

Mirundi said that born again pastors must learn that the reason why people are still at Bujjingo’s church is because of the miracles Bujjingo performs and his preaching and the day they discover that he no longer performs to their expectations, they will leave on their own.

“I was suprised to see the likes of pastor Bugembe, David Kiganda cerebrating the troubles of their fellow pastor Bujjingo stupidly, thinking that they will get his followers.  They don’t know the reasons behind Bujjingo’s problems, it’s a big scheme that can only be understood by us who eat enough food,” the celebrated political analysts stated. 

He wondered why Bishop David Kiganda sided with the mafias who want to put Bujjingo down yet he also once tested the bitterness of these mafias when he was embarrassed in public that his wife was snatched by a chapatti maker which was not true.

He insisted that the scheme to put Bugingo down was planned by mafias because of his steady progress spiritually and economically which made him a political threat to those who are fighting to succeed President Museveni.  A bitter Mirundi blasted the women who participated in the demonstration against Bujjingo saying that they were just hired as machineries to humiliate the man of God. 

He boasted that through his Mirundi Internal Security Organization (MISO), he has collected enough evidence pinning Naluswa that she was cursed by her father after conspiring with her mother to harass the old professor until he died.

The former press secretary to the president further blasted journalists who were beaten at Salt Media based home at Lugujja in Lubaga division, he branded them as machineries hired to tarnish Bujjingo’s name like they did to him during his tenure as the President’s press Secretary.

“I was accused and called all sorts of names, that man Kulubya of Bukedde even called me a mad,” a bitter Mirundi said.  The cerebrated journalist warned that if journalists don’t stop being used, the public will continue beating them up.  However, Mirundi blamed Bujjingo for miscalculating and always responding to his enemies.  He predicted that Bujjingo will not lose the battle though he must be prepared for the war if he is to decisively defeat his enemies.

By Jamil Lutakome

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