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    FRIENDS TURNED FOES: Jinja City Mayor Kasolo In Fear Over NUP’s Plan To Replace Him With Fellow Comedian Swengere…

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    Comedian Swengere (L) and Jinja City Mayor Kasolo (R)

    Celebrated comedian Hussein Muyonjo Ibanda, alias Swengere has geared up his clandestine political mobilization to replace Peter Kasolo as Jinja city mayor.

    Recently, Kasolo developed a misunderstanding with Swengere over money and abandoned him as his manager.

    Swengere started managing himself and his team and they successfully worked with MTN Uganda in mobilizing the entire country to fundraise for the Royal wedding of His Highness the Kyabazinga of Busoga William Gabula Nadiope and his wife Jovia Mutesi in December 2023.

    Sources inside Swengere’s camp told theGrapevine that National Unity Platform (NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) reach out to Swengere and sold to him the idea of contesting for Jinja mayorship seat in 2026.

    Bobi Wine is not happy with Kasolo who he accuses of dealing with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s people to weaken NUP in Jinja and Busoga.

    To prove his intention, during the burial of his lawyer and also the head of legal in NUP Anthony Wameri in Namisindwa district, Bobi Wine invited Swengere to talk to the mourners after telling the gathering that he is a very good friend of his.

    When Bobi Wine authorised Moses Bigirwa the suspended NUP coordinator in Busoga to author the list of people who are going to escort him to deliver his Shs20m gift to Joseph Muvawala the Busoga Kingdom premier to help on the organisation of the Royal wedding, Swengere’s name was not concluded on the list.

    Swengere tried to compromise Bigirwa to put him on the list because he wanted to use it as a political capital to build on for his dream of becoming Jinja city mayor and he refused.

    Bigirwa was later accused of refusing to put Swengere on the list because he was working on orders of Kasolo, Swengere reached out to Bobi Wine who accepted his prayer to escort him.

    Bigirwa and Kasolo were surprised to see Swengere jump out of Bobi Wine’s Toyota Land Cruiser.

    Since then, Kasolo has tried to use his office to tame Swengere’s popularity.

    He started from banning his comedy shows in some parts of Jinja city claiming that they are a security threats.

    Swengere, then decided to organise his comedy shows in schools but Kasolo as a member of the Jinja city security committee banned them claiming that he disorganises students and pupils when they are learning.

    But sources in NUP told theGrapevine that Bobi Wine told Swengere to continue mobilizing for support, he will make sure that he is given a NUP ticket come 2026 general elections.

    However Kasolo is boasting that Swengere cannot defeat him in an election.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    Tamale Mirundi, Lawyer Mabirizi On Standby To Stand Surety For TikToker Presure 24-7 Who Is Battling Charges Of Insulting Kabaka Mutebi…

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    L-R: Tik Toker Ibrahim Musana, Tamale Mirundi and lawyer Mabirizi

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s Senior Presidential Advisor in charge of media Joseph Tamale Mirundi and maverick city lawyer Kassim Male Mabirizi are set to stand surety for Ibrahim Musana (27) alias “Pressure 247,” who was remanded to Luzira prison on charges of promoting hate speech and spreading malicious information.

    Last week, Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Ronald Kayizzi remanded Musana alias Pressure Pressure 24/7 to prison until 7th March 2024 when he will return for the mention of his cases.

    The trial Magistrate gave the accused person the opportunity to apply for bail but the sureties he presented to Court were not satisfactory because they did not have the necessary documents including a National Identity Card.

    As relatives and friends are still strategising on how to rescue Musana from prison, Mirundi confirmed that he is available to stand surety for him.

    Mirundi claims that the charges slapped on Musana are a threat to freedom of speech and expression and all Ugandans should come out and stand with him.

    “I have to stand with that boy, Mayiga and his people at Mengo gave money to a one Dr. T. Amala to appear on their Kingdom television and radio and he made comedy out of me. They gave him packets of waragi and drugs to show the public that I always drank and I use drugs. But they used him and after dumped him,” Mirundi said.

    He added that in Uganda, it is only President Museveni and First Lady Janet Kaguta Museveni who can win a defamatory case but the reputation of many big wigs is already damaged by no oner other than themselves.

    He added that they don’t have any moral authority to drag other people to courts of law claiming that they were defamed.

    He warned Buganda Kingdom officials to be very careful on proceeding with the case against Musana noting that he will guide him and expose them in court because he knows their dirty dealings which include stealing gifts donated by Baganda to their King.

    “I know some Royals fighting for Kingship are the ones behind the charging of this boy because he calls himself a King with proof that he belongs to the royal bloodline. They know that anytime he can ask for a DNA test,” Mirundi said.

    Lawyer Mabirizi also confirmed his readiness to fight for Musana’s right explaining that he didn’t commit any offence by insulting a person holding a public office and surviving on taxes paid by Ugandans.

    Mabirizi warned that if Kabaka Mutebi proceeds with imprisoning people because they have talked about him, Baganda would become angry and support the abolition of cultural leadership in Uganda as they did in 1966 because his father Sir Edward Mutesa was also threatening people’s free speech.

    Mabirizi gave a scenario when King Mutesa commanded Buganda police to storm Lubaga Cathedral to arrest Archbishop Nsubuga because he was supporting Ben Kiwanuka of Democratic Party and he survived because he was not found at the premises of the church.

    However, Israel Kitooke Kazibwe the Buganda Kingdom information and mobilization minister warned that the Kingdom will take all legal means available to punish those threatening and insulting the person of Ronald Muwenda Mutebi and his Office as the Kabaka of Buganda.

    He added that they will further take action including imprisoning those who take Kabaka Mutebi to Court on what he termed as stupid cases.

     

    By Hadijah Nakazibwe

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    Mirundi Narrates How He Survived Bullets After Allegedly Urinating On Pastor Ssenyonga’s Building…

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    Tamale Mirundi

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s Senior Presidential Advisor on Media has narrated how he survived bullets while urinating on the building belonging to Pastor Jackson Ssenyonga of Christian Life Church in Bwaise a Kampala suburb.

    Joseph Tamale Mirundi revealed that one day, during the days when he was still being hosted at Pastor Ssenyonga’s top radio every Monday, he was approached by a Local Defense Unity (LDU) Soldier who accused him of dirtening their place of work. The LDU officer told Mirundi that his action were likely to cause deadly diseases to those who attend the church.

    Mirundi said that when he denied committing any crime, the LDU officer started pointing at the zip of his trousers claiming that it was open. He carefully observed him coaching his gun.

    He boasted that his senses informed him that the LDU man wanted to shoot him. He jumped in the air like an SFC Command and kicked the LDU soldier in the chest sending him tumbling down.

    He added that he stepped on his neck and the LDU officer was saved by Mirundi’s SFC Commandos who were given to him by Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba who pleaded with him not to kill a government soldier.

    “For me I fear those LDU people and I don’t want to come close to them because they are naive and they always want to show the public that they know how to use a gun. They don’t normally get the opportunity to fire bullets like other soldiers who go to war. So I don’t want them to make me their shooting target,” Mirundi said.

    He further revealed that he made investigations through his Mirundi Internal Security Organisation (MISO) and established that there was a senior pastor who was behind the LDU soldier who wanted him dead because of his loyalty and support to House of Prayer Ministries International senior pastor Alosious Bujjingo.

    He claimed that the said pastor had a misunderstanding with Bujjingo and was the one behind Teddy Bujjingo Naluswa who is fighting Bijjingo’s divorce case at the Family Division of the High Court.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    TROUBLE: How Top Magistrate Fueled City Businessman’s Divorce To Chew His Wife…

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    Drama ensued recently when a Master of Ceremony (MC) was forced to withdraw a microphone from a city businessman who attacked a male magistrate accusing him of fueling the collapse of his marriage.

    The incident happened at a public engagement meeting that was held at a playground in one of the five Divisions that form Kampala city where the Division leadership and the magistrate (names withheld) were invited by the Division Deputy Resident City Commission to advise the public on how to prevent and fight crime and to assess the public’s views towards the Court’s performance in the area

    When the invited guest had finished making their speeches, the MC invited those with questions to ask for the microphone.

    Among the attendees was a businessman (names withheld) who is popular in the Division.

    When he raised his hand, the MC quickly gave him the microphone.

    “I thank all our leaders here for organising such a wonderful meeting to air out our grievances and problems. I have a serious issue with our magistrate who is here with us, I’m very sure that he knows me very well because I appeared before him defending my marriage but he used the law to make sure that I lose my wife,” the businessman said before the microphone was grabbed from him.

    The crowd started shouting on top of their voices asking the MC why he removed the microphone from their man. The crowd wondered why he was being silenced yet the meeting was called to give them the opportunity to air out their grievances.

    The MC advised the businessman to talk to his lawyers and advised him on how to get justice, insisting that he cannot allow a full magistrate to be humiliated without evidence.

    theGrapevine sat the businessman down quietly after the meeting and he narrated how the said magistrate stole his wife.

    The businessman claimed that it all started when he appeared before the said magistrate to defend the divorce case his wife had filed against him.

    He disclosed that throughout the whole case, the Magistrate was harsh towards him and he did not know why.

    “I pleaded with him to give me six months to sort out my issues with my wife because I was still in love with her given that her issue was very small but the man just directed me to come back the next week for the hearing of the case,” the businessman said.

    He claims that he was surprised one day when after the hearing, he waited at the court premises to talk to his wife, who spent almost an hour inside court.

    When he went back inside court to ask the clerk about the whereabouts of his wife, the clerk told him that she was still inside the magistrate’s chambers.

    He said that within one month after the incident, the magistrate had already finished the case, dissolved the marriage and while delivering his judgment warned him to stop playing with people’s daughters because in the end they kill their future.

    He claims that he did not respond to him but just moved out of the courtroom since he had lost his wife, and his properties.

    He said that the next time he saw his wife moving with the magistrate in the same car and he was told that they are in love which confirmed allegations that he was the one fueling their divorce to speed up the process because he was interested in her even though she was legally married.

    He was advised by his friend who is a lawyer to petition Judicial Service Commission for help.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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