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    FUFA Gives Aucho Another Chance To Play For Uganda Cranes: Did Bobi Wine Lie? Or Is Magogo Under Pressure?…

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    Khalid Aucho donning the famous Red Uganda Cranes jersey with his favorite No.8 shirt number

    The Ugandan football governing body, FUFA has stated that they will not hesitate to give midfielder Khalid Aucho another chance to don the national team colors as a Cranes player, should he be humble enough to be remorseful and apologize for his misconduct.

    “The player has been dismissed from the current Cranes camp but may be considered for future National team engagements,” FUFA announced.

    The super efficient, hard tackling midfielder, Khalid Aucho was indefinitely suspended by FUFA for misconduct.

    Aucho is still on suspension having acquired a red card two minutes before a Tito Okello goal saw Uganda Cranes suffer a set-back in the TOTAL Afcon 2021 qualification campaign, losing 1-0 to South Sudan during a group B duel at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.

    It was a a tactical decision from the Cranes technical team to summon Aucho given his experience. He was set to miss the encounter with Burkina Faso at St Mary’s Kitende but was eligible and would most probably be fielded to play a vital role in the middle of the park away to Malawi.

    Uganda Cranes will now play two crucial matches in one week against Burkina Faso on Wednesday 24th before going away to Malawi on Monday 29th.

    The Cranes are 2nd in Group B with 7 points one below leaders Burkina Faso with Malawi and South Sudan collecting 4 and 3 points respectively in four matches.

    Aucho’s suspension justified, but hurried;

    FUFA condemned Aucho for refusing to board the official means of transport organised to pick him from Entebbe International Airport to the team camp at Cranes Paradise Hotel-Kisasi when he landed from Egypt.

    FUFA reported that Aucho had refused to even report to camp since his arrival in the country, but the soft spoken player told theGrapevine that it was only a few hours since he had landed into the country and needed some necessary private time before he reporting to the camp.

    Aucho says he landed at Entebbe Airport towards 3pm, and less than 4 hours later, he got an e-mail notification of his suspension.

    “I reached at a half past 2, then I told the person they had sent to pick me that I was not feeling well and immediately needed to see a doctor to ascertain why my body was not functioning well,” Aucho narrated.

    “I knew I had to go to camp, I mean, that’s why I traveled here in the first place, but I also needed to atleast briefly see my family. I have to see my kids to bless me whenever I’m home because I take so much time away from them,” he added.

    No excuses! No one is above the law;

    FUFA stressed that it’s its sole duty to duly enforce regulations with all its 9 National teams just like it was for goalkeeping coach Fred Kajoba who was no exception when he was asked to leave camp for breaching Covid-19 regulations as the Uganda Cranes prepared for the CHAN tournament.

    Further rectifying about the rurrent Uganda Cranes camp preparing for two AFCON Matches against Burkina Faso and Malawi, FUFA re-echoed that;

    “All Uganda Cranes Players and Officials are bound by the National Teams Code of Conduct formulated way back in 2017,”

    “When players were invited for National team duty two weeks ago for the two matches vs Burkina Faso and Malawi; an air ticket was sent and a circular dated 4th March 2021 attached reminding players and officials of their obligations in line with National Teams’ Code of Conduct. Permission for players to miss from camp is only granted by the Head Coach, in this case, the player had to follow the same procedure. Unfortunately, player Aucho Khalid didn’t” FUFA emphasised.

    Bobi Wine: Aucho was dismissed because of me, FUFA: It’s A Lie!

    Unlike earlier serious reports about Aucho was being witch-hunted for his varrying political affiliations, unpopular with the federation’s president, Moses Magogo, FUFA strongly maintained that the decision against the player totally has no political inclination, despite the fact that Moses Magogo is a senior cadre in President Yoweri Museveni’s ruling NRM government, and Aucho oftentimes and openly supports Bobi Wine, a key opposition figure at the moment who condemns Museveni’s government.

    FUFA was forced to release an immediate response to dispute Bobi Wine’s claims that Aucho was not merely dismissed for misconduct but other hidden political reasons.

    He claimed with evidence that; “The midfielder has in recent times distinguished himself as an athlete who is conscious of the injustice orchestrated against his fellow citizens by the State and its institutions.”

    “He has been using his social media channels to speak out against this injustice, and to sympathise with the victims. It is unfortunate that he is now the latest victim of the State’s persecution of those that stand with the people,” Bobi Wine claimed.

    The player himself argued that; “But even if I support any political party, it’s not criminal but constitutional. Me supporting Bobi Wine and is simply a matter of choice, every Ugandan is entitled to. Like we can be members of the same family but you can support one soccer team and I choose to support another.”

    No Panic: Goodluck Uganda Cranes…

    After his shocking dismissal, Aucho said he accepted FUFA’s “harsh” decision on him and will take it in good faith.

    “I love my county and I wish the team good luck in the next two very important games,” he said.

    Cranes head coach, Abdallah Mubiru affirmed that there’s no panic whatsoever in the Cranes camp.

    “We have no pressure at all. The only difference this time round is because it’s a local coach taking full charge but like the last attempt, I can assure you we are going to the AFCON,” Mubiru confidently stated before adding;

    “I have worked with most of these players right from school, and their junior levels of playing the game. I have ideally been part of their journey, it’s very easy for me to work with each one of them. And for the senior players, they already know what we’re upto,” Mubiru said.

    “For me it’s bussiness as usual. The team I’m working with is highly experienced, Mbabazi, Massa, Kajoba and the whole technical team is of great positivity to our aim. They’re all very cooperative,” he added.

    Team Update;

    On the initial list FUFA produced of the 31-man squad, comprising of 4 goalkeepers, 10 defenders, 11 midfielders and 6 forwards, upto 13 players (all foreign based) are absent, including team captain Dennis Onyango.

    The summoned 8 local based players all trained today at St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende, joined by other 10 foreign based players. Left back Ochaya is the latest to join the Cranes camp, and pacy forward, Abdu Lumala is among the available 18 players.

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    Justice Kisaakye Drags Boss Chief Justice Dollo To Court, Narrates How She Has Been Tortured Since She Ruled In Support Of Bobi Wine Election Petition….

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    Justice Esther Kisaakye (L) and CJ Owiny Dollo (R)

    Supreme Court Justice, Dr. Esther Kisaakye Mayambala has dragged his boss the Chief Justice Alfonso Owiny Dollo (respondent No.1) to court.

    Kisaakye Mayambala has also dragged the Judiciary Permanent Secretary, Pius Bigirimana (respondent No.2), Judiciary Commissioner Human Resource, Apophia Tumwine (respondent No.3), Chief Registrar, Sarah Langa (respondent No.4), Judicial Service Commissioner (respondent No.5) and the Attorney General (respondent No.6) to court.

    A letter from the Registrar Court of Appeal tasked Dollo and his co-accused that, “Take notice that the Petitioner Justice Dr. Esther Kitimbo Kisaakye, JSC has filed a Petition against you in this Court. You are hereby required to file an answer within seven (7) days after the Petition has been served on you.”

    “Should you fail to file the answer on or before the date above mentioned, the Petitioner may proceed with the Petition, which may be determined in your absence. Given under my hand and Seal of this Court this.”

    KISAAKYE NARRATES ORIGIN OF HER WOES

    In Her petition, Justice Kisaakye disclosed that her woes started when she decided to write and deliver her own ruling in the Presidential Election Petition of 2021, Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert vs. Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa, Electoral Commission

    & Attorney General.

    She noted, “Your Petitioner notified the 1st Respondent and all other empanelled Justices of the Supreme Court that she was writing and would deliver her own Ruling in the Recusal Application together with her reasoned Rulings in Miscellaneous Applications No. 1, 4 and 5 of 2021.

    “Following the withdrawal of Presidential Election Petition No. 1 of 2021, the Court then fixed 18th March 2021 as the date for the delivery of all the reserved reasons in Miscellaneous Applications No. 1, 4 and that from 18th March 2021 until the date of filing this Petition, the Respondents have jointly and severally engaged in unconstitutional acts and omissions which are inconsistent with and contravene the Constitution as outlined herein under.”

    Kisaakye narrated that, “on 18th March 2021 the day set for delivery of final detailed

    rulings in all Miscellaneous Applications arising from the said Presidential Petition, Court was convened and the majority reasons for the decisions were read by three Justices who were part of the majority.”

    Kisaakye added that when Court was adjourned for 30 minutes, during the adjournment, Dollo asked her for copies of her ruling.

    She says that she told him and the rest of the Justices that due to tight timelines within which the Court was working, she had not been able to complete typing of her Ruling and as a result her consolidated Rulings were partly typed and partly hand written. ‘

    “Your Petitioner (Kisaakye) informed the 1st Respondent (Dollo) and other Justices of the

    Court that there was no constitutional or legal requirement imposed on her to share her reasons before delivery since the Court had already made all its decisions and issued the respective summary Rulings in all the Applications under reference,” she said.

    She added, “During the adjournment, the 1st Respondent (Dollo) then directed your

    Petitioner (Kisaakye) not to deliver her Rulings on grounds that your Petitioner (Kisaakye) had not shared with the 1st Respondent and other Justices of the Supreme Court her detailed reasons for the respective Rulings which had been earlier reserved by the Court, as stated herein before.

    “Your Petitioner (Kisaakye) maintained that position throughout the rest of the interaction with the Chief Justice and other Justices during the adjournment. She also informed the 1st Respondent (Dollo) and other Justices of the Court that she would go ahead and deliver her reasoned Ruling even though they had all declined to return to the Court.

    “That following the 1st Respondent’s unconstitutional directive and the decision by 1st Respondent (Dollo) and the refusal of all other Justices of the Supreme Court to return to the Court, your Petitioner (Kisaakye) proceeded back to the Court Room to deliver her Ruling.

    “As your Petitioner (Kisaakye) returned to the Court to deliver her Rulings, the armed police officers attached to the 1st Respondent ran ahead of her and collected your Petitioner’s Files along with those of other Justices.

    “That during the adjournment, your Petitioner’s files containing her consolidated reasoned Rulings were confiscated by armed police officers on the directives of the 1st Respondent and they were handed over to the 1st Respondent.

    “That subsequently, the lights and public address system in the Court tent which had served as the Court room were switched off and the Court room was locked up on the Orders of the 1st Respondent.

    “That your Petitioner was compelled to use a duplicate file to deliver part of her Consolidated Rulings in Miscellaneous Applications No. 1, 4 & 5 of 2021 and she set the 19th day of March 2021 at 11:00am for delivery of her Ruling in Miscellaneous Application No. 3 of 2021.

    “That thereafter, your Petitioner repeatedly requested the 1st Respondent and the Registrar of the Supreme Court to return her confiscated Rulings and Files to enable her to issue her full Rulings of the Applications but the 1st Respondent has continued to keep your Petitioner’s files since March 18th 2021 and has adamantly refused to return them.

    “Your Petitioner also repeatedly requested the 1st Respondent and the Registrar of the Supreme Court to fix a date for delivery of her Ruling in Miscellaneous Application No. 3 of 2021 but the 1st Respondent refused the Registrar of the Supreme Court to fix a date for the Petitioner to deliver her said Ruling on grounds that the Court was functus officio. The 1st Respondent further directed the Registrar of the Supreme Court to close the File.

    “That since 18th March 2021 to the date of filing this Petition, the 1st Respondent has continued to confiscate Your Petitioner’s Rulings and files and has obstructed your Petitioner from issuing her full reasoned Rulings in Miscellaneous Applications No. 1, 4, & 5 of 2021 to the parties and the public and from delivering her Ruling in Miscellaneous

    Application No. 3 of 2021.

    “That as a result of the 1st Respondent’s said actions, the Supreme Court of Uganda has not released its full reasoned Rulings in the said Miscellaneous Applications to the parties and the people of Uganda.

    KISAAKYE NARRATES HOW SHE HAS BEEN “TORTURED”

    Kisakye narrates that since then, Dollo and Bigirimana have made her life hard.

    She adds that Dollo refused to allocate her work since then and Bigirimana refused to give her driver and bodyguard their leave allowances.

    “That your Petitioner duly completed her leave and resumed her duties on 27th June, 2022 but the 1st and 2nd Respondents turned around and accused your Petitioner of having been away from office without official leave (AWOL) since September 2021.

    “The 2nd Respondent (Bigirimana) has also refused to pay the allowances for Your Petitioner’s driver and body guard and your Petitioner contends that the 2nd Respondent’s omission to pay the leave allowances for the Petitioner’s driver and body guard is discriminatory, amounts to victimization and is inconsistent with and in contravention of articles 21 (1) & (2), 22, 26, 28(1) 40(1) (6), 42, 40 (1) (c), 128(1 ), (2) & (7) and 173(a) of the Constitution,” she says.

    She adds, “That since Your Petitioner returned from her leave on 2th June 2022; she has since been omitted from Supreme Court duty rosters and cause-lists despite informing the 1st Respondent, the Administrative Judge of the Supreme Court and the Registrar that she is available and ready to work.

    “That following the indefinite closure of the operations of the Supreme Court on 30th May 2022, the 1st Respondent directed that there would be a Justice on duty every week but your Petitioner has been excluded from all duty rosters released by the Registrar of the Supreme Court since 30th May 2022.”

    Kisaakye says that her research assistant was also withdrawn and transferred to Jinja.

    She narrates, “That on 7th July 2022, your Petitioner’s Research Assistant (who had been recently appointed as Magistrate Grade I in accordance with Judiciary policy) was summarily removed from the Petitioner’s chambers by the 4th Respondent and redeployed in Jinja with the knowledge of the 1st Respondent.

    “That in contrast, the Research Assistants of all other Justices of the Supreme Court who had also been appointed as Magistrates Grade I, were retained by the respective Justices of the Supreme Court where they had been serving prior to the appointment.”

    Kisaakye adds that Bigirimana even denied her a letter of undertaking when she asked for a salary loan from the bank.

    “That on 22nd June 2022, Your Petitioner applied to the 2nd Respondent for a letter of undertaking to her bankers for a salary loan top up, and the 2nd Respondent declined to write the said letter of undertaking on grounds that your Petitioner was under investigations by the 5th Respondent,” she says.

    She contends that Dollo, Bigirimana and the Attorney general removed her from the judiciary payroll.

    “That on an unspecified date, the 2nd Respondent purportedly acting under Article 164(1) of the Const1tut1on gave instructions to the judiciary staff responsible for processing Judges’ salaries not to process your Petitioner’s salary and benefits with effect from July

    2022.

    “That your Petitioner was consequently removed from the Judiciary and Government payroll and was not paid her salary and benefits for July and August 2022 to her great financial and social embarrassment, general inconvenience, mental anguish and adverse publicity and institutional ridicule.”

    SETS TOUGH TERM FOR DOLLO AND TEAM

    Kisaakye wants court to compel Dollo, Bigirimana and other respondent to;

    Immediately reinstated as the administrative Justice of the Supreme Court by the 1st Respondent.

    The Petitioner be included in the Supreme Court duty rosters and cause lists and be allocated work to do.

    The Petitioner be refunded with the cost of buying a pair of reading glasses and the expense incurred for the eye surgery in the United States of America.

    The 2nd Respondent pays interest at 25% per annum on the Petitioner’s salary and allowance for the period when the said salary and allowances were unconstitutionally withheld by the 2nd Respondent and also pays all the Bank penalties incurred by the Petitioner to her bankers when her salary was not remitted to the Bank to service her salary loan with compound interest thereon at 2S°/c, per annum from the time the penalties were incurred till payment in full.

    The Respondents jointly and severally pay General Damages to the Petitioner with interest thereon at 25% p.a from date judgment till payment in full for;-

    1. Damages to her judicial, professional and personal reputation from 18th March 2021 till the filing of this Petition.
    2. Pain, suffering and mental anguish suffered from 18th March 2021 till the filing of this Petition.
    3. Damage to her credit worthiness with her bankers for the delayed payment of her salary loan instalments.

    Kisaakye also wants the respondents to jointly and severally pay the Costs of the petition.

     

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    We Want Our Money, We Are Tired Of Sleeping Hungry; Ebonies Actors Cry Out For Help – Dr. Bbosa Speaks Out…

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    Some of the senior actors in ebonies

    Ebonies actors and actresses have cried out for help claiming that they are sleeping hungry and being chased out of houses for failing to pay rent.

    One actor who preferred to remain anonymous revealed to theGrapevine that the Ebonies management has spent close to three months without paying some of them.

    “We are tired of sleeping hungry, they are chasing us from houses of Shs.30,000 because we don’t have money to pay yet we keep working and entertaining people,” he said.

    She further revealed that on complaining to their boss, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Ebonies, told them to be patient with him because, at the moment, the company doesn’t have money.

    “He called us to a meeting where he started telling us how the company doesn’t have money. He told us to give him time to borrow money to pay us.”

    When theGrapevine reached out to Mr. Sam Bagenda alias Dr. Bbosa, one of the senior members of Ebonies who has spent many years in the acting industry, he refuted the allegations noting that it is not true that actors and actresses are not paid.

    “I already put out my statement on those issues a longtime and like I said, it is false,” he said.

    Bbosa added that their business is moving on so well that people are even enjoying the different plays at National Theatre.

    “People are just trying to get likes and subscriptions so they create information from nowhere but you should know when you are excelling in a certain field, you always have the negative energy trying to pull you down,” he divulged.

    Bbosa furthermore told this website that if one is not strong enough, only that can disorganise the whole progress.

    He then insisted that their business is moving on well and no one is complaining.

     

    By Kalamira Hope and Joel Wansaale

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    I’m Going To Celebrate My Rank Down On Kampala Road – Muhoozi Vows After His Father Promotes Him To Rank Of General…

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    The First Son Muhoozi Kainerugaba welcomed the rank of General given to him by his father President Yoweri Museveni.

    “I thank Ugandans for loving me. I will wear this rank, we celebrate and work continues!” Muhoozi tweeted.

    “We are going to have a celebration down Kampala Road for this rank. I thank my father for this great honor!” he added

    President Museveni, who is Commander in Chief of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF), also dropped Muhoozi as Land Forces commander.

    In a statement released today by UPDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye, Muhoozi will continue with his duties as Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations

    The statement reads, “H.E the President and Commander in Chief of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces has promoted and appointed General Officers as follows: Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba promoted to General and continues with duties as Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations.

    “Major General Muhanga Kayanja promoted to Lieutenant General and appointed Commander Land Forces. The Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs and UPDF fraternity congratulate the General Officers upon their well-deserved promotions and appointments.”

    Muhoozi’s promotion and demotion follows uncontrolled tweets from him with one stating that his army would capture Kenya within two weeks.

    “It wouldn’t take us, my army and me, two weeks to capture Nairobi.”

    “I’m happy that members of our district in Kenya, have responded enthusiastically to my tweet. It’s still two weeks to Nairobi,” he sarcastically said.

    Muhoozi further provoked tweeps that they (Kenya and Uganda) are going to be one country. Any war against them will end quickly.

    “The borders that were established by the colonisers mean nothing to us, revolutionaries. Nairobi.”

    His tweets forced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to clear the air on how they conduct the country’s foreign policy.

    According to a statement dated October, 4th, 2022, Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that the debate on social media in respect to the relationship between Uganda and the brotherly neighbour, the Republic of Kenya, (initiated by Muhoozi), should not be taken seriously.

    “The Ministry wishes to emphasize that the Government and the people of the Republic of Uganda treasure the existing strong bilateral relations between the people and the Government of the Republic of Kenya based on our shared history, common values, mutual respect, trust and the desire to build a unified East African Community,” the statement read.

    “To this end, the Government of the Republic of Uganda wishes to reiterate its commitment to good neighbourliness, peaceful co-existence and cooperation.”

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs further clarified that the Government of the Republic of Uganda does not depend on social media sources in dealing with other sovereign Governments.

    “The Government of the Republic of Uganda, therefore, wishes to reiterate its cordial relationship with the Republic of Kenya and assure the people and the Government of the Republic of Kenya of our harmonious relationship that we value.”

    Minister for Security, Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi has distanced himself from the matter noting that he doesn’t want to talk about media reports because it is not authentic and not worth the energy to talk about it.

    “Someone asked about media reports (Gen Muhoozi’s tweets) and I don’t even remember what it was about but I don’t want to talk about media reports. It is not authentic and not worth the energy to talk about it. I have no comment about that.”

     

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