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    From Grace To Grass: Former Igg Baku Job Hunting As Mwonda, Mulyagonja Feud Deepens

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    By Otim Nape

     

    Raphael Baku the former IGG has fallen on hard times if the latest credible information reaching us is anything to go by. Sources have reliably revealed that Baku, who famously arrested Vice President Gilbert Bukenya and prosecuted him for the CHOGM saga, is not doing well financially after the law firm he opened up at Security House failed to perform wonders.

    “He has no serious clients because he didn’t have a good track record as a lawyer before heading the Ombudsman office. That is why his firm isn’t attracting big clients” said a source close to Baku. He is driving in a not so very good car and when you see him, you can clearly see trouble written all over his face. “He looks broken and struggling” stressed a snoop who recently visited his law firm offices. Baku is trying to overcome miserable life by applying for jobs. Sources say every Monday he gets himself a copy of the New Vision which is ever big on jobs and tries to see if they are any suitable jobs for him.

    So, he recently applied for the job of High Court judge in the ongoing recruitment to increase the number of judges on the bench. Sources say that under Justice Benjamin Kabiito, the Judicial Service Commission has set very high moral and qualification standards for those standing a chance to be appointed judges and that Baku is unlikely to overcome other applicants with better CVs regarding all these parameters. “He is eagerly hoping to succeed but his chances are very minimal because some of us are waiting to challenge the process immediately in case he is passed by the JSC” said a top city lawyer closely following the recruitment process by the JSC. It has been revealed that the JSC will be taking not more than 30 out of the very many seasoned lawyers who applied and all this diminishes chances for Baku. Many of them have MBAs and PhDs and Justice Kabiito has a lot of bias in favor of those holding MBAs because he believes those are the people we need to improve efficiency in the Judiciary.

    Sources say that the Finance Ministry has restricted JSC not to recruit many judges because there is no money to remunerate them. Sources add that efforts by Baku’s sympathizers to lobby State House haven’t yielded because its understood Kaguta M7 the President has never forgiven Baku concerning the way he blindly submitted to the then very powerful politician Amama Mbabazi in the course of his duties. Sources gave the example of the arrest of Vice President Bukenya as one incident that politically embarrassed M7 because Baku only got the nod from Mbabazi whose word he mistook to be synonymous with that of the President. State House was furious Baku should have directly consulted the President rather than relying on just Mbabazi’s no objection to crack the whip on Bukenya. Its expected the JSC will be releasing the list of the newly appointed judges anytime soon and Baku’s people are eagerly waiting hoping their man will be on the list-and they have our prayers for the best.

    MWONDA-MULYAGONJA SAGA; In a related development, a row has persisted between IGG Irene Mulyagonja and predecessor Faith Mwonda. Sources say the two big ladies’ feud escalated months ago when they found themselves front runners for the post of Deputy Chief Justice which President M7 unexpectedly gave to Owiny Dollo. Each of the two boss ladies felt her chances were diminished because of the other’s presence in the race.

    Reliable sources show that Mwonda’s fans were unhappy even prior to that because Mulyagonja never bothered to seek guidance and administrative tips when she was first appointed IGG. “Faith Mwonda’s friends expected Mulyagonja to humble herself and seek guidance on the nitty-grities of the IGG office which never happened” said a knowledgeable government source adding that supporters of all former IGGs also hate the fact that Mulyagonja’s stellar performance at the Ombudsman has put all her predecessors to shame.  She is leading a very cohesive team and has returned credibility and public trust of the Ombudsman office. Today more Ugandans trust the institution of IGG than was the case before.

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    Leaders Of Traders Panicking After M7 Directs Investigation Over Allegations Of An Invisible Foreign Hand Fueling Their Strikes To Sabotage Economy…

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    L-R: Some of the leaders of traders: Godfrey Katongole, David Kabanda and Thadeus Musoke

    Kampala Metropolitan Senior Minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda has exclusively confirmed to theGrapevine that president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed the country’s intelligence organs and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to investigate the alleged invisible hand behind traders’ leadership.

    She explained that preliminary investigations have established that some leaders of traders who are advocating for endless strikes are biased in their decisions because there is an invisible hand pushing them with an agenda of sabotaging the country’s economy and creating an ungovernable situation.

    “We know whatever they are planning. Our people are on ground, so they should stand warned,” Kabanda said.

    She revealed that President Museveni was shocked to establish that in Kampala city alone, traders have more than 30 associations and each one of them has command.

    This has created suspicion and the need for an investigation to establish their true motives.

    The development comes at a time when traders are threatening to go into a two months strike without opening their shops in the city center if president Museveni doesn’t address their demands including the banning of the Electronic Receipting and Invoicing System (EFRIS).

    On 7th May 2024, Museveni directed Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to sit down with leaders of traders and sort out their differences.

    The President guided that once these leaders and URA agree, they should make a joint report which they should read to him and other traders on 20th of June 2024 at Kololo independence grounds.

    However, before that meeting, Minister Kabanda has disclosed that Museveni is set to meet leaders of traders in the State House to have some issues sorted out noting that government is doing everything in its power to make sure that what happened on 7th May 2024 never happens again.

    She explained that it was bad for traders to shout at the President and embarrass senior government officials to the extent of accusing some of corruption insisting that traders’ behavior sent a warning signal to government that there must be an invisible hand influencing and facilitating them.

    theGrapevine has established that the leadership of Kampala City Traders Association(KACITA) led by Thadeus Musoke Nagenda, Federation of Uganda Traders Association(FUTA), Katukazane Shoe Dealers, Kampala Arcaders Advocacy Forum, United Arcarders Traders Enterprenuers Association,  Uganda Needy and Squatters Association have resolved to join hands and strategise on how to come up with a common voice before the President.

    Highly placed sources in intelligence have revealed to theGrapevine that all eyes are on David Kabanda who is being investigated for working for some opposition bigwigs who promised him support in the coming elections.

    Sources said that Kabanda wants to become the city councilor on Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago’s council.

    However, veteran journalist and the Senior presidential advisor on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi advised Museveni not to take lightly statements made in the United Kingdom’s House of Lords that King Charles’s leadership should influence regime change in Uganda.

    He explained that the western powers are going to use all the available means to sabotage Museveni’s leadership insisting that there is invisible hand in traders’ frequent strikes.

    But a section of KACITA leadership told theGrapevine that there are people in President Museveni’s government who are facilitating the creation of endless traders associations with the aim of benefiting from them and fighting the unity among traders.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Mukono Municipality In Crisis After NUP Mayor Nkoyoyo Is Admitted To Mulago Hospital Without Money For Treatment…

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    Bedridden Mukono Municipality mayor Erisa Mukasa Nkoyoyo. Inset is the area MP Betty Nambooze

    Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireke has confirmed that the Municipality’s mayor Erisa Mukasa Nkoyoyo has been admitted to Mulago Specialised Hospital.

    Nambooze explained that last week, she went to hospital to check on him and discovered that his health condition was worsening.

    She said that Nkoyoyo needs very expensive medicine which he has to buy from one of the big pharmacies near the hospital because inside the hospital the medicine is not there.

    She added that because of the expensive medicine, Nkoyoyo is buying it in piecemeal which places his life in more danger.

    She disclosed that the Municipality has no money for his treatment.

    Few months back, theGrapevine reported how Mukono Municipality town clerk Majeran Luboyera and other technocrats rushed Nkoyoyo to Butabika mental hospital but he was later discharged.

    Friends and family members cited witchcraft in Nkoyoyo’s sickness claiming that his political competitors who want his office come 2026 are the ones who want him dead.

    Luboyera confirmed that Nkoyoyo’s absence has created a leadership crisis in the Municipality because currently, it is like the Municipality has no mayor.

    Since the day Nkoyoyo decided to attend the local government retreat at Kyankwanzi leadership training, National Unity Platform principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) him a betrayer.

    The party leadership stopped Nkoyoyo from attending the said retreat but he defied them and attended.

    Nkoyoyo later explained that his decision was based on his hunger to develop the Municipality and they could not achieve the development they wanted without working together with the ruling party.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    RDC Mbabazi, Sseninde In Secret Tug Of War Over NRM Ticket For Wakiso District Woman Legislator…

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    Rosemary Nansubuga Sseninde (R) and Justine Mbabazi (L)

    The mighty Grapevine can exclusively reveal that Rosemary Nansubuga Sseninde and Justine Mbabazi are in a secret fight over the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket for Wakiso District Woman Member of Parliament.

    In the 2021 parliamentary election, Sseninde was defeated little known Betty Naluyima who held the National Unity Platform (NUP) ticket.

    After the defeat, President Museveni dropped her as the junior Minister for Education.

    However, because of the good relationship Sseninde has with the first lady maama Janet Kataha Museveni, she was appointed as a Director at NRM Secretariat in charge of mobilization.

    When theGrapevine asked her whether she is coming back in elective politics, she only responded with “don’t wake them up”.

    We have established that she is making clandestine mobilization to contest for the same seat come 2026.

    But political observers in Wakiso told theGrapevine that Sseninde is going to find a hard task to secure the NRM ticket because Mbabazi is also interested in the same ticket and she is also doing clandestine mobilization.

    “Mbabazi is on the ground, she always stands with people when it comes to the situation of challenges, especially on the land issues. Minister Sam Mayanja has also helped her to popularize herself because whenever he goes for a land matter, he has to go with her and praise her before the public as a very hard working lady and an NRM cadre,” one of the political observers said.

    However, Sseninde is also not sleeping. She is using her position NRM director Mobilisation to hit two birds with one stone.

    She is popularizing President Museveni’s achievements across the whole country and at the same time doing ground mobilization among the locals in Wakiso district.

    Others interested in the seat are Rose Kirabira, Sylivia Namutyaba, Naluyimba is also coming back among others.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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