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Energy Boss Turyahikayo Who Defied Gen. Saleh Over Shs.130bn Power Lines, Finally Gets Fired For Staying Too Long As Executive Director REA…

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L-R: Kasande, Turyahikayo, Kitutu and Gen. Saleh

At the beginning of 2019, the office of Gen Salim Saleh under OWC wrote communicating to REA’s powerful executive director Eng. Godfrey Turyahikayo asking him to look into the concerns that were being raised by Ugandan businessman Cosmas Elotu the MD who owns a rural electrification company called C&G Andijes.

Elotu was bitter that the multi-trillion Sub County project to extend power lines to many politically very strategic districts of Uganda, where President M7 had promised rural electrification during his 2016 campaigns, was being messed up. He was particularly concerned to see that Turyahikayo as ED was determined to have the multi-billion contract awarded to an Indian firm called Larson & Turbo Ltd (L&T) which was more expensive and with limited experience in doing similar jobs of that magnitude.

Clearly against BuBu and local content requirements, L&T demanded UGX130bn and Turyahikayo was okay with them taking the job yet one of the local companies with a lot of experience doing similar work had quoted UGX88bn only for the same job. Elotu tried to ask Turyahikayo to look at the more than UGX40bn the government was going to lose as a result of favoring L&T but the ED from Kanungu ignored him. This prompted Elotu to petition the PPDA Authority which agreed with him directing that Turyahikayo does the right thing. The REA ED ignored PPDA and went ahead to give the job to L&T. It was then that Elotu petitioned Gen Salim Saleh because his OWC is very much interested in rural electrification because it can boost value addition, processing and marketing of agric products. Gen Saleh’s people at OWC wrote to Turyahikayo asking him to move carefully and consider looking into the money-saving grievances Elotu was raising but Turyahikayo didn’t heed. He continued counting on his powerful wife and the hope that powerful Ministers like Rugunda and Bahati would plead his case.

Mr. Elotu’s letter that moved Gen Saleh

Gen Salim Saleh being a man of peace ignored Turyahikayo and let him do things the way he wants but in the end, the government lost UGX40bn which was the excess of giving the job to L&T. As of today, L&T hasn’t done much work even when Turyahikayo gave them their first payment of more than UGX20bn [USD6M] more than one year ago. Voters are waiting to roast Museveni for promising them air under the Sub County based Power Access project that was funded by a loan from ADB. In places like Luwero, Bugisu, Acholi, Lango and Kaliro of MP Margaret Mbeiza, NRM MPs are bitter that old man Turyahikayo’s stubbornness is going to cost them a lot at election time.

The only good news such MPs now have is that Energy Minister Gorette Kitutu has finally found a solution to eliminate the very paranoid Turyahikayo out of the REA offices. She has prepared a new statutory instrument to regulate REA and it even came out in the gov’t gazette last week meaning it’s now in force. The new instrument demands that to be REA CEO you must be less than 60 years of age and you can only be there for 10 years only. You must be 55 or below at the time of getting the job that is going to be competitively advertised. Turyahikayo has ruled REA with an iron hand for 20 years already and has been its ED since it was started.

Kasande’s letter asking Turyahikayo to prepare to leave at the beginning of June

In that period many REA managers have got into big problems with auditors after their bosses asked them to squeeze their budgets and give them weekend money for their side dishes and girlfriends on a weekly basis and when auditors came, the young managers had no way to explain. Yet Turyahikayo, even when he had reports and knew everything, would never act to punish such extortionist bosses putting junior managers into big problems with auditors and IGG. This is why many will be happy when Turyahikayo finally leaves in just 2 weeks from now.

Already the REA Board Chairman Robert Kasande has written a tough letter asking Turyahikayo to leave the job in June next month because he has become too old to deliver the work. Other two managers who have been at war with Turyahikayo have also been suspended namely D/ED Geoffrey Werikhe and Eng John Turyagyenda.  Since the days of Amama Mbabazi, Turyahikayo has been surviving on narrow escape and even last year when Energy Minister Muloni said he must leave after clocking 70 and exhausting his contract, his supporters sweet talked the President who became sympathetic and allowed him to stay for one more year on humanitarian grounds which can’t be extended now that June is here again.

Gen Saleh’s letter inquiring into the multi-billion power deal in which govt lost Shs.40bn

This means a tearful Turyahikayo will have to be chilling at home in Kyambogo while responding to summons of CIID and Auditor General who is continuing to investigate the procurement deals of the last 10 years which rotated around Turyahikayo as the accounting officer and ED. Turyahikayo’s supporters like Tamale Mirundi have tried hard to protect him while abusing Grace Akullo and his supervisors at the Energy Ministry calling them all sorts of names but it’s now clear his final day at REA has come and the man has to go and look after his grandchildren. Even before Museveni came in to say let him stay, the Board and Minister Simon Dujang had last year wanted Turyahikayo out because donors were bitter that their money wasn’t going to proper use because many projects were slow and not being implemented. Even in Parliament, a group of objective-minded MPs led by Anna Maria Nankabirwa wanted Turyahikayo out of the job long time ago because they would see results were poor yet billions were being spent on power lines which don’t last long.

President Museveni has bee complaining against corruption at Turyahkayo’s REA

Turyahikayo’s period was also characterized by too much wars at REA because the old man was always scared of young vibrant engineers who he thinks wanted to grab his job at earliest opportunity. Turyagyenda and Werikhe are among those he hated most while favoring some few.

Muloni failed to remove Turyahikayo at REA because she was operating under the very old instrument of 2001. Kitutu has now solved the problem of ‘EDs for life’ at REA because you can only be CEO for 10 years and no more. And you must be below 55 or else you have no job at REA. She is also reorganizing the Board to bring in private sector and professional bodies so that there is less politics and more results-oriented approach. The other big fear now is that with Turyahikayo out of the REA top post, many MPs from especially his home area of Kigezi are going to sweat plasma getting reelected because they would benefit from Turyahikayo-era power lines to present themselves as delivering services to their people. Some MPs were planning to request him for cars and fuel to use during their 2021 campaigns but now this won’t be possible because the big man they wanted to beg from won’t be able to influence anything at REA effective next month.

 

By Temuseewo Mpoza

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ANOTHER VIDEO OF MINISTER ACENG’S SUPPORTERS: Bobi Wine Brands Health Minister A Liar After Sharing Another Video Of Her Supporters In Procession…

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Another video of Uganda’s Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng has surfaced on social media showing her supporters in a procession.

Yesterday morning, pictures were circulating on social media showing the minister appearing to be addressing people without social distancing while some were not wearing masks, drawing criticism.

This attracted a lot of criticism from the masses with many Ugandans attacking the Minister for failing to practice what she is preaching.

In response to the criticism, the Minister said that she neither abandoned the social distancing rules put in place to stop the spread of coronavirus, nor was she campaigning as alleged.

“My attention is drawn to social media posts of pictures of me meeting crowds with no social distancing and no masks and even alleging that I was holding a political rally.I would like to reiterate that I was not holding a political rally. I was launching the distribution of face masks in Aromo Sub county and training people on how to properly use the masks on Friday 10 July 2020,” Aceng, who declared that she would be contesting for the Lira Municipality MP seat said.

Today morning, Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine shared a video of another procession by the minister’s supporters.

“This video shows a procession organised by Ms. Jane Ruth Aceng, Uganda’s minister for health, who is running for Woman Member of Parliament, Lira District on NRM ticket. Some of the people in the video are not wearing face masks. There is no social distance whatsoever. This is just one of the other gatherings she has convened from the time she announced her candidature. This is the same person who has signed regulations banning boda boda operations, religious gatherings, arcades’ operations, schools, etc,” Bobi Wine said.

He added, “While this was going on in Lira, Ugandans who gathered around a radio station in Jinja to merely wave at me were tear gassed, and others brutalised for ‘violating COVID regulations’! As the regime pushes for what they call a scientific election, NRM politicians across the country are organising public rallies and other gatherings. The same way they brutalised Hon. Zaake for giving food assistance to starving residents, while NRM politicians held rallies to distribute food.”

“There has never been a more shameless, more hypocritical, and more crass regime than the NRM regime. They are pathetic liars, always doing the opposite of what they preach.

I call upon all Ugandans to reject the nonsense of a scientific election. We must also stand in solidarity and reject the continued violation rights of citizens to earn a living in the name of enforcing COVID regulations!” he said.

This video shows a procession organised by Ms. Jane Ruth Aceng, Uganda’s minister for health, who is running for Woman…

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I Want Shs.10 Billion: New Details Emerge Why Gashumba Has Decided To Drag Army Bosses To Court Over His Arrest And Detention….

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Lt. Col. Akiiki and Gashumba (R)

Kampala businessman and Sisimuka Uganda boss Frank Gashumba through his lawyers of Kaganzi & Co Advocates and M/s Denis Nyombi & Co. Advocates has threatened to drag the Deputy Spokesperson of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki and Deputy Director of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), Brigadier C.K. Asiimwe to court over his wrongful arrest.

It should be noted that in 2017, Gashumba was arrested and detained by the Military Intelligence after he went to CMI headquarters in Mbuya to check on his brother Innocent Kasumba alias Simon Mutabazi who had earlier been arrested for allegedly impersonating the Ministry of Defence officials.

He was later arraigned in court but Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate, Ms Stella Amabilis, dismissed the charges of fraud, forgery of documents and unlawful possession of drugs against Gashumba citing ‘lack of prosecution’ after the state failed to present a single witness but kept on asking for an adjournment.

In a letter dated Monday 29th June 2020, Gashumba wants Akiiki and Assimwe, in their personal capacity to Pay him UGX 10,000,000,000/- (ten billion Uganda Shillings) as compensation for the loss and injury they caused to him during his arrest, detention and prosecution.

“On Monday, 30th October 2017 you wrongfully arrested our client at CMI offices in Mbuya; where he had gone to check on his brother; who you had arrested and kept incommunicado from Saturday. 28th October 2017. Our client’s arrest was allegedly premised on accusations that he had committed several crimes whose details you did not bother to disclose to him at the time of his arrest,” the letter reads in part.

He adds, “Despite the false nature of these allegations/accusations, you kept our client and his brother incommunicado and in illegal detention without producing them in a court of law beyond the 48 (forty eight) hours prescribed under the laws of Uganda During this time, you visited upon our client several other gross violations of his inherent fundamental human rights, including; carrying out an illegal search of his home and office premises, photos of which were taken and wantonly released to the press and published.”

“In further unmitigated and deliberate violation of our client’s inherent fundamental human rights, on Wednesday 1st November 2017 you wrongfully/illegally paraded our client and his brother while barefooted and in handcuffs, before the media/press. During this press briefing/public shaming exercise which was broadcasted live on major TV stations and online, several false allegations of commission of crimes were levelled against our client and the press was presented with several items and false claims to the effect that our client was using these items for criminal activities. Premised on your fore mentioned actions, our client’s photos and stories about him; with several unfounded and false allegations of criminal activities, were run by several print, radio, television and online media. These false allegations/accusations finally culminated in an ill-fated, spurious criminal court case vide Chief Magistrates Court of Kampala Buganda Road Criminal Case No. 925/2017 which was rightfully dismissed on the 7th day of November 2019.”

Gashumba says that the actions of the accused were deliberate, malicious and intended to dehumanise and irreparably tarnish our client’s good reputation in every sector of his livelihood.

“Consequent upon your fore mentioned acts and omissions, our client has suffered and continues to suffer gross injustice, severe damage to his good name/reputation, public shame/ridicule, untold mental anguish and significant economic loss, which you are jointly and severally liable to remedy.

Our client therefore demands that you immediately undertake the following remedial actions; Pay to our client the sum of UGX 10,000,000,000/- (fen billion Uganda Shillings) as compensation for the loss and injury caused to him by your fore mentioned actions/omissions,” he says.

Gashumba on Thursday released a statement in which he accussed Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki and Brig. C.K. Asiimwe of assuming the roles of judge, jury and executioner and causing terrible injuries to his livelihood and societal standing.

“The duo conspired and abused their esteemed positions in our country’s military institutions to torment me without any basis in law or fact, contrary to the constitutional and statutory mandate of these public bodies,” he noted.

When theGrapevine talked to Denis Nyombi of M/s Denis Nyombi & Co. Advocates, he said that they were instructed by their client to drag Akiiki and Assimwe to court.

However, a source close to Frank Gashumba disclosed to theGrapevine why Gashumba has decided to run to court now.

“It hurts Frank when people refer to that incident like Katikkiro Mayiga did and call him names. He now wants to clean up his image because everything that was done was illegally planned. That is why his accusers could not produce the evidences that they paraded before the media in court and that is why the case was dismissed. If indeed they had the evidence, why didn’t they produce it before the magistrate?”

Another source close to Gashumba disclosed that, “Frank and another big person (names withheld) in the Ministry of Finance we chasing a big deal in Sudan. The deal was about to mature, so this person decided to use some officers to have him inside the coolers for a week because by that time, the deal would have matured and he would be out. And indeed, he lost the deal.”

When we contacted Lt. Col. Akiiki for comment, he told us that he was busy but promised to get back to us. We could however not get to Brig. Assimwe for comment.

Gashumba and his brother upon arrest

GASHUMBA NARRATES ORDEAL:

On Monday, October 30, 2017, I learnt that my brother, Innocent Kasumba, had been abducted from his residence in Buziga and was in detention at the CMI Headquarters. I made my way there to establish the reasons for my brother’s predicament, only to be arrested and detained on the apparent orders of the aforesaid Brig. Asiimwe.

The following morning, I was transported to my home in Ggaba by over ten heavily armed and menacing operatives in a manner that is reserved for hardened criminals and terrorists of international infamy.

In combat style, the operatives took positions around my home. Without warrants, they entered and ransacked every room as they searched high and low for undisclosed items. Several photographs, including those of some members of my household were taken, ostensibly for “evidence gathering.

The same horror was visited on my office in Industrial Area that same morning where upon arrival, the entire floor that houses my working space was cordoned off, preventing others from accessing or leaving their suites on the floors above and below. Box files, computer drives and documents were rummaged and sequestered, upon departure. Curiously, a photojournalist from Vision Group appeared and enthusiastically took pictures of the surreal scene. Throughout this ordeal, I was bound by handcuffs which were not removed even when I sought to ease myself. I spent the night in detention at the CMI cells in Kireka. No access had been granted thus far to my lawyer or any of my family members.

The following day, at 1.00PM or thereabouts, my brother and I were handcuffed and spirited by a double cabin truck to the UPDF General Headquarters in Mbuya. Shortly before arrival, the accompanying operatives ordered us to take off the bathroom sandals we were wearing and disembark the vehicle, barefooted. We were led to a room where a forest of microphones and an array of flashing cameras were waiting, as journalists and reporters accosted us with questions and all manner of commentary. The aforesaid Lt. Col. Akiiki addressed the live press conference and showcased an assortment of items purportedly recovered during the warrantless searches of my house and office the day before—among them passports, stamps and marijuana—none of which I had ever seen. We were under unequivocal instruction not to utter a single word to the press corps or anyone else for that matter.

Having been charged, tried, convicted and sentenced in the media without so much as a hearing, we were whisked back to the detention facility in Kireka. Five days later, on Friday morning, in a spectacular reversal of the rules of criminal procedure, due process and natural justice, my brother and I were taken to the Central Police Station (CPS), and after two or so hours, arraigned at Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Court.

An astonishing twenty-eight (28) counts were proffered against me and bail was thereafter granted. To say that I was dumbstruck by these prejudicial actions is an understatement. Amongst the bail terms was a fortnightly appearance which I have honoured no less than twenty-two (22) times.

For all the theatrics that the authorities engaged in during my arrest and detention, including the alleged recoveries of items at my residence and office, no single witness or material evidence has ever been presented or adduced by the prosecution. Inevitably, the case was dismissed on November 7, 2019. With the benefit of hindsight, it is more than apparent to me and any observer that the events narrated above were orchestrated to embarrass, demean, and demonise me in the court of public opinion. Consequently, not only have I suffered mental anguish and derision but have also lost out on numerous commercial undertakings and incurred financial loss. Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki and Brig. C.K. Asiimwe assumed the roles of judge, jury and executioner and visited these terrible injuries to my livelihood and societal standing. The duo conspired and abused their esteemed positions in our country’s military institutions to torment me without any basis in law or fact, contrary to the constitutional and statutory mandate of these public bodies.

 

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Stop Killing People Like Rabbits – Buganda Premier Mayiga Warns Security Operatives, Cautions Politicians On Advocating For Violence And Blood Shed…

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Buganda Premier Mayiga

Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga has warned all politicians who are preparing to contest for political offices to desist from advocating for violence and bloodshed during 2021 general elections.

Speaking to journalist from Bulange Mengo, Mayiga insisted that in this 21st century, people should not kill each other because they disagree on certain issues.

“We don’t want violence and bloodshed during elections, those sayings that a country can only achieve peace through dead bodies should stop. That ended in those primitive eras not in the 21st century, now whose dead body are you talking about, yours?” Mayiga asked.

He encouraged potential candidates in the coming general elections to respect each other and concentrate on debating issues and how they are going to help their voters in the next five years.

He implored every Ugandan who is planning to stand at any level articulate issues maturely through debates and in native languages for people to understand their plans.

He also advised voters to look for transparent candidates who will unite the country, protect the rule of law and governance.

“A candidate should tell the voters what they plan do for the many people who cannot earn one dollar a day, those who sleep on a hungry stomach and what plans they have to solve the problem of scarcity of drugs in hospitals?” Mayiga said.

He warned Ugandans not to vote people because they are highly educated or privileged because some of such people are not transparent but corrupt.

Mayiga also took a swipe at security operatives who have started killing citizens like rabbits.

“Why are you killing people like rabbits? You kill someone because they have failed to beat curfew time, isn’t there a better way to handle that person?” Mayiga asked.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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