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    Gen. M7 Assigns His Brother Gen. Saleh, Lt Col Nakalema To Settle Buganda Issues, Princes Wasajja To Mediate Fresh Talks Between M7 And Kabaka Mutebi…

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    L-R: Buganda King Ronald Muwenda mutebi, State House Anti-Corruption Unit's Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, President Museveni and Gen Saleh

    President Yoweri Museveni has assigned his most trusted brother and chief adviser Gen. Salim Saleh and nonsense commandant of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit, Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema to settle Buganda issues after his terrible loss in the recently concluded 2021 general elections.

    Credible sources in State House have intimated to theGrapevine that Gen. Museveni is not willing to leave the Buganda region issue unresolved and in the hands of the opposition without putting up a spirited political fight.

    The source supposed that the old man from Rwakitura still has big political ambitions and fears that if the Buganda issue is not resolved fast, other regions may do the same in future and vote against him.

    WHY ASSIGN GEN SALEH

    Another source revealed that Museveni wants Gen. Saleh to replicate what he did in other former hostile regions like Kasese, West Nile, Acholi and Lango.

    It should be remembered that immediately after the 2016 elections, Gen. Saleh spent months in Kasese meeting a number of influential leaders and sanctioned a lot of business proposals for different youth groups.

    Gen. Saleh through Operation Wealth Creation dispatched farm items to different farmers, and some youths were given government jobs.

    A source added that when Museveni finished stabilizing Kasese, he moved to Acholi and Lango.

    “Do you remember that when Gen. Saleh wanted to appear on the famous capital gang talk show on capital radio, the presenter Semweyama Musoke and other panelists who included Ofwono Opondo and Andrew Mwenda had to fly to Gulu in an army chopper to meet the General to discuss issues related to the previous elections!” a source said.

    He added that Gen. Museveni wants Gen. Saleh to handle Buganda by financially facilitating youth groups through their SOCCOs to develop themselves and create employment.

    The source held that the President is very sure that the reason why the youths in Buganda didn’t vote for him is because they are unemployed and frustrated with overwhelming poverty.

    PRINCE WASAJJA IN THINGS

    The source added that one of the assignments given to Gen. Saleh is to meet Buganda Prince David Kintu Wasajja, the brother to Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II to see how they can handle any queries from the Mengo establishment.

    The source disclosed that the only person Museveni trusts in Mengo is Wasajja, “When Mzee meets Wasajja at a personal level, they speak Runyankole. He one time asked him in Runyankole what his brother (Kabaka) talks about his government.”

    The source added that Museveni wants Wasajja to mediate the meeting between the Kabaka and Museveni directly after a number of people approached him to broker the meeting between the two leaders.

    He added that Museveni realised that Kabaka indirectly has a hand in his loss in Buganda especially after the venomous speeches he always gave during campaigns.

    Another source said that the president is wondering and concerned why up to now, the Mengo administration has not yet sent him a congratulatory message for winning the 2021 presidential elections.

    National Unity Platform (NUP) party led by former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine swept the whole of Central Uganda in the recently concluded polls.

    Museveni is also willing to return more Buganda properties which are still in the hands of the central government, especially land and buildings before the next general elections.

    WHY PREMIER MAYIGA IN TROUBLE

    Another source divulged that the big man is not happy with the conduct of Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga.

    The source said that during the re-opening of CBS radio after the 2009 Buganda riots, government warned the station not to allow Museveni’s critics back on air.

    This is the very reason people like Kira Municipality Member of Parliament Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, Lubaga North MP Moses Kasibante, Mukono Municipality’s Betty Nambooze, Busiro East’s Medard Ssegona and others were suspended from appearing on CBS radio on any show.

    However, some government officials and NRM diehards claim that during the 2021 campaigns, Mengo broke this agreement and top politicians who eat from criticizing the government were given more airtime to overwhelmingly criticize Museveni.

    The source alleged that they have information that Mayiga’s cronies ordered Buganda’s media houses like CBS radio and Buganda’s BBS TV to popularises NUP’s Bobi Wine thus undermining Museveni.

    WHY ASSIGN LT. COL. NAKALEMA

    The source also told theGrapevine that Museveni has assigned Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema to handle frequent land evictions in Buganda since it is one of the reasons some of his men gave him for the massive defeat in the region.

    “Museveni received intelligence reports before the elections that the people in Buganda were not happy with his government because they think the rich people from western Uganda who are evicting them use State House as an excuse and they are not punished,” the source said.

    The source added that Museveni directed Lt. Col. Nakalema to handle with an iron hand any person who illegally evicts bonafide tenants from their ‘bibanja’ in Buganda.

    Lt. Col. Nakalema was also assigned to follow up on the money dispatched by the government to help the vulnerable people in Buganda and the youth.

     

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    THIS IS WAR! Don’t Think You Are Big Because You Are Wearing A Colonial Wig On Your Head – Bobi Wine Stings D/Speaker Tayebwa, Applauds Zaake…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine (R) and D/Speaker Thomas Tayebwa (L)

    National Unity Platform (NUP) leaders have stung Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa noting that he is seated with his ‘idiotism and emptiness.’

    Their statements follow a scuffle that happened on Tuesday, 29th, November during plenary where Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament, Francis Zaake fell out with Tayebwa.

    Appearing at the party headquarters in Kamwokya, Kampala, NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine furiously noted that they are not stupid and that history will tell.

    “Hon.Zaake, wherever you are I want you to know that me as an individual am proud of you, NUP is proud of you and all Ugandans. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of Parliament. Thank you for not shutting up. Thank you doing what exactly you were elected to do,” he said.

    Bobi Wine added, “To all of you leaders, we are elected to represent our people, stop this nonsense of talking about policy, there is no policy in Uganda. The only policy is to maintain the freedom of our people. We have been reduced to seeking rights to be human beings. We don’t have the right to be a human beings.

    “To you leaders, before you discuss anything else, before you talk about how much money they are going to give to Roko, before you discuss how much money is going to be stolen, before you discuss the increment of the Members of Parliament, let us discuss about the liberty and freedom and the human rights of our people.”

    Bobi Wine adduced that he was in shock of how he saw Tayebwa respond to Zaake’s issue that he raised during plenary.

    He divulged, “But on the other side, I shouldn’t have been shocked because this very Tayebwa Thomas, on the 28th, August, 2020, he was filmed torturing an employee of UMEME who caught him stealing power.

    “So to you Mr.Tayebwa wherever you are, we are not fools, you can pose off, you can feel so powerful, with that stupid colonial wig on your head. But we want to tell you that you are being watched and history will treat you exactly the way you treated Ugandans.

    “To all our fellow leaders, what should be priority now, are our leaders, they are abducting our people and killing them and you know that, that should be on your lips and all TV stations and radios.

    NUP deputy spokesperson, Waiswa Mufumbiro also sarcastically noted that now that Tayebwa is happy, he should take his family for holiday.

    “Some of you behave like you have habits of eating dead people. People like Tayebwa, I think you find fun because you beat up a person, I think you even eat dead bodies,” he said.

    Mufumbiro contended, “You give ultimatums because you are working for someone who compelled to cross from your former ideologies to necessitate yourself to feel comfortable in that small position of robbery and thuggery where you are seated with comfort of maximum idiotism and you think that your going to shape this country with your emptiness, Mr.Tayebwa. We know you have no respect for humanity but it is very unfortunate.”

    TAYEBWA SCOFFS AT ZAAKE

    During plenary yesterday, Zaake raised an issue of increased abductions where he cited Rule 78B and C, Rule 85 and part 5 of Appendix F of the Rules of Procedure.

    He said, “Mr.Speaker I raise on a procedurial matter under Rule 78B and C, Rule 85 and part 5 of Appendix F of the Rules of Procedure which requires us as MPs to base our conduct on full publication of the public interest.

    “The abduction of citizens especially here in the Central Region has reached a crisis level. The victims are mostly supporters of the Opposition.”

    He further cited cases of former presidential candidate, Joseph Kabuleta and Sheikh Ramathan Yahaya who were arrested on Monday in broad daylight by armed men.

    He added, “For 24 days now, NUP supporter, Kavuma Jamshid who also doubles as my president’s bodyguard was also abducted with three other youths and only this month alone, 100s of youths have been abducted and are nowhere to be seen.”

    It is here that Tayebwa stopped Zaake from speaking and asked him to sit down so he could be guided.

    Zaake however insisted and kept speaking until the microphone was turned off. He later caused commotion in Parliament.

    “If you (Zaake) want to do drama, go and do it in your constituency, you can’t do it on this floor. If you want pictures of people holding you up and how you were arrested to use during campaigns, we can organise for you, we are near national theatre,” Tayebwa warned.

    The Deputy Speaker later adjourned the session and ordered it to resume after 30 minutes.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Parliament To Censure Minister Namuganza On Grounds Of Indiscipline…

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    The Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline Hon. Charles Onen (L) tables the committee report on Hon. Persis Namuganza (R)

    Parliament is set to censure State Minister, for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Persis Namuganza on grounds of indiscipline.

    Appearing before plenary today, the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline, Charles Onen tabled a committee report on the alleged misconduct and misbehaviour of Persis Namuganza.

    This comes after reports from the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline indicating that Namuganza attacked Parliament that it is powerless and does not have the powers to censure her.

    Namuganza’s attack came in relation to her involvement in the Naguru-Nakawa land allocations.

    Parliament indicted Namuganza in May 2022 following a report by the Adhoc Committee on Naguru-Nakawa land where she was faulted for falsifying a presidential directive that saw Uganda Land Commission allocate land to certain entities.

    MPs during the plenary that sat on 13th, July 2022, noted that Namuganza went on and ridiculed Parliament and its leadership in relation to the findings of the committee.

    Bukooli County Central MP, Hon. Solomon Silwany however noted that such an attack on the leaders of Parliament affects the integrity of Parliament.

    “She should explain her conduct to us on why she would go out on social media and TV and bash the way Parliament is working,” he added.

    Namuganza however denied allegations and tasked her accusers to table evidence pinning her.

    Mr.Onen informed Parliament today that it is alleged that Hon Namuganza also went on media questioning the powers and integrity of the presiding officers to form Adhoc Committees to investigate the Nakawa-Naguru land allocation.

    “In its observation, the Committee found that the conduct and behaviour of Hon Namuganza constitutes gross misconduct and misbehaviour and is not befitting of a Member of Parliament, more so a Minister,” he said.

    Mr.Onen further revealed that the Committee on Rules, Privileges, and Discipline recommended that the House invokes Article 118(1) (b) of the Constitution and Rule 106 of the Rules of Procedure to censure Hon Persis Namuganza.

    Efforts to reach Namuganza were futile as she failed to pick up our phone calls.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    KEEP YOUR MONEY; We Shall Not Accept Homosexuality, Lesbianism And Abortion – First Lady Slams European Funders Over LGBT…

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    Minister Kataha Museveni (L) and deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa (R)

    First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataha Museveni has slammed European funders over LGBT and asked them to keep their money if it is one of the conditions to fund Uganda.

    It should be remembered that during the recent 61st session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States Parliamentary Assembly and 42nd Session of the ACP-European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU JPA) in Maputo, Mozambique on 31st October 2022, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, who represented Uganda warned delegates that there is need for the Contonou Agreement to broadly define human rights in relation to homosexuality.

    Tayebwa told members who attended that the agreement contained clauses promoting homosexuality and abortion, a practice he said Uganda will vehemently oppose.

    “We have discovered that with the Post Cotonou agreement, there are hidden clauses concerning human rights. Clauses to do with sexuality, promotion of LGBT/homosexuality and clauses to do with abortion,” he said.

    He insisted, “We are a society that is not ready for homosexuality and we are a society that is not ready for abortion. As Africa, we believe that the institution of the family is at the core of whatever we are doing.”

    Appearing at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds today, as the chief guest at the National Conference on Ethics and Morality, Hon. Janet Museveni noted that they must stand up and let the world know who their God is, what determines their perspectives and who they follow.

    She revealed, “Why do we say we will not allow homosexuality and lesbianism in our society, we follow a living God who gives us the moral perspectives to live by.

    “It does not matter, those who threaten us that they won’t give us money can keep their money, God will provide for us.”

    At the same conference today, Tayebwa recalled the contentious discussion on LGBT at the recent Joint Parliamentary Assembly of African, Caribbean and Pacific states and European Union (ACP-EU) in Maputo.

    He disclosed that when he went to Maputo, he was shocked to find all kinds of people from everywhere, private jets had landed, the issue was to lobby ACP-EU to pass a resolution that to access the next European funding to African, Caribbean and Pacific states, they must acknowledge LGBT.

    Tayebwa propounded, “They were saying we must acknowledge LGBT and also amend our laws to allow it, they were also saying we must provide money for abortion in the budget, that if you don’t have money we shall provide it to you. That’s when some of us said no.

    “What is unfortunate is that some people look at our stand on LGBT as abnormal, a certain European MP said to me ‘we can see you are spreading hatred’. Then we have the problem of fear, some people warned me that I could be denied Visa to certain countries,” Tayebwa said.

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