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    Gen. Muntu Calls Museveni A Headache, Warns On Internal Wrangles

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     By Robert George Williams

    Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) members and supporters on Sunday afternoon convened in Nsambya for the party’s first President Candidates Debate, where four contenders were tasked to lay out their future plans for the leading opposition party and the country once they are elected into office.

    Outgoing party president, Mugisha Muntu, said since Uganda got independence in 1962, it has never had a straightforward president. “The presidents we have had since 1962 have been headaches,” Muntu said citing Milton Obote, his usurper Idi Amin Dada and President Museveni.

    “Obote was a headache, Amin was a headache and now Museveni is a headache.” He said his administration doesn’t want to treat headaches but eradicate the source that causes such headaches.

    “I subscribe to the philosophy of institution building and system establishment. That is my expertise,” he said amid cheers. Muntu has participated in four party elections and lost thrice. He is running for the last time as FDC party president. “I have not disagreed. I stand my ground. Even when I lose, I don’t look at myself but the institution of FDC.” Former Kumi Municipality lawmaker, Patrick Amuriat Oboi {POA}, said he comes from the ideology of defiance, a campaign launched by former FDC party president, Dr. Kizza Besigye. “I have proved that,” Amuriat told his supporters. He accused Muntu’s administration of misusing party resources.

    David Matsiko, another contender said he represents the common man both in rural and urban areas. “I bring you international politics and diplomacy. I was deployed by the party in the diaspora and I have that international experience,” Matsiko said.

    The youthful activist, Moses Byamugisha, said his candidacy as president of FDC even before elections has had a positive effect on the massive support the party enjoys among the young people. “Moses has been a living testimony that youth can run for presidency in FDC which is not in other parties,” he said.

    Byamugisha intends to streamline the FDC party activities and confront the enemy head on. “You can only undermine a party system when you are an outsider, I have grown in this system and I know our flaws. I will work to correct those because they are the ones I have grown seeing,” he added. Byamugisha was the man of the evening and practically carried the day curtsey of his good articulation, organisation, preparation and vivacity in approaching issues.

    FDC party candidates during the debate

    Muntu Warns of Internal Wrangles with in FDC party

    Muntu explicated that with the current trend of internal squabbles within the party boiling to the point of spilling into the public, FDC will continue to have problems recruiting members and mobilizing resources.

    “We must continue working on internal contradictions,” he warned. “When we mature in handling internal contradictions… we build trust in the population. Then we will attract more members and even when we go to fundraising, we will get more money.” Gen Muntu went on to express his commitment to working with other political parties, albeit the currently challenging political situation.

    He noted that while Ugandan laws provide for inter-party collaborations and coalitions, this has been made difficult by the ruling NRM government. “The unfortunate thing is that we have a hostile political environment in this country. Leaders don’t care about building systems or establishing institutions,” he said. The consultative forum for political parties and organizations for instance is in existence. There are 38 parties, where many of them are a creation of the regime. Therefore, it hasn’t had the effectiveness that we’d have expected.

    “But in FDC we are at the forefront of building coalitions. Though the previous ones haven’t worked, when it comes to working together we are always at the forefront because we realise that as FDC, we cannot lead this country alone. We must build alliances with all the other change agents in terms of institutions and individuals.”

    Muntu’s strongest contender Patrick Amuriat during the debate was tasked by moderator Charles Mwangusya Mpagi to explain how he plans to separate his interests from those of the party, and his response was straight forward:

    “I have always isolated what is personal and what is common good. For instance, in my campaign, we have been consulting in people’s homes; this shows how selfless my candidature is and how I can be trusted by the FDC.”

    He added, “I have been called upon many times to contest against people in the party by my friends and I declined; but I believe my time has come now.”

    To this same question, candidate Moses Byamugisha stressed that leaders who front their own interests exploit loopholes in the party that they themselves have created.

    “You can only undermine the interests of the party, only when the institutions of that party are your making. But if I am a product of the systems of the party, I cannot have the power to disregard party interests,” He said.

    The two factions, one led by former President Col Dr Kizza Besigye and the other by Mugisha Muntu have often times disagreed sharply on their modus operandi, the former going for force and ferocity, while the other opting for peace and dialogue.

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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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    INSIDE STORY: Did Speaker Among’s Power Threaten Deep State Plans On M7 Succession! Her Health Scares Family Members…

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    In the last sitting of the parliament, Speaker Annet Anita Among adjourned the House sine die and the mighty Grapevine has established that the move was intentional.

    A highly placed family source has told this website that family members, friends and her personal doctors realized that Among needs time to rest because the pressure which has been mounted on her is becoming a threat to her life.

    The decision was taken after she received a copy of the letter written by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni directing the Inspector General of Government (IGG) Beti Namisango Kamya to give him a list of the properties she declared as required by the Leaders’ Code to establish whether she did not violate the law.

    Museveni gave the directive after a short meeting with United Kingdom High Commissioner in Uganda Kate Airey at Nakasero State Lodge where she briefed him over the intended sanctions her country was set to slap on Among.

    In the said letter, Museveni stated that Kate confirmed to him that Among owns properties in United Kingdom which she obtained from corruption and they were going to be freeze all her properties together with the billions of money she keeps on UK bank accounts.

    “She needed time to rest, because as things stand, we might lose her. She has issues with her blood pressure and if it is not handled early and properly, she may develop other illnesses because she has been betrayed by people she has worked with for a long time,” a family source said.

    He explained that Among was very sure that president Museveni was going to stand with her, but she was very surprised to see the letter directing IGG to investigate her. Sources also indicated that suprisingly, Museveni did not brief Among about his meeting with Kate.

    “On Tuesday at 1000 hours, I met the British High Commissioner at her request for an urgent meeting. The meeting was at Nakasero but I was on my way to Entebbe for another meeting. I, therefore, did not have time to discuss with anybody the issue,” Museveni’s letter reads in parts.

    Among’s family members fear that Museveni’s directive to further investigate her can resulted into prosecution which will humiliate and dent her political career.

    An International Relations expert told theGrapevine that when a person is sanctioned, big international airlines can stop him or her from travelling on their planes.

    Apart from that, Among is going to face difficulties with international financial institutions especially banks because her bank accounts will be placed under a red line and most of her family members will be affected.

    International medical facilities which have connections to United Kingdom, United States of America, United Arab Emirates and other countries which are members of the European Union will also be very careful when dealing with her for fear of being isolated which can affect their businesses.

    Based on the above, Among was advised to be very careful with her health especially how she eats and stop being stressed because she will be putting her life in danger.

    However, those who understand Among very well told theGrapevine that they are not sure whether she will take a rest and look on as her enemies humiliate her and kill her political career because she is also a fighter who has gone through a lot to climb the top of Uganda’s political ladder.

    Chris Obore, Parliament’s Director for Communication and Cooperate affairs revealed that inside NRM government, there are people who feel that Among is nothing and cannot be a Speaker of parliament to lead the second arm of government.

    Obore claims that their reasoning is that Among didn’t participated in the 1980 liberation struggle that brought President Museveni’s government into power.

    They allege that she is just a new defector from Dr. Kizza Besigye’s Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).

    During the course of investigating this story, theGrapevine established that Among has been threatening the Deep State which is controlling the country’s political, social and economic affairs in their plan on who will succeed President Museveni.

    “Do you mean Theodora Ssekikubo (the Lwemiyaga county legislator) and Anderson Burora (the interdicted Lubaga Division Deputy Resident City Commissioner) were fighting and making those statement against Among on their own? Among is not in calculations of the Deep State concerning Museveni’s successor and beyond, she was very naïve to think that she can use her power as a Speaker of Parliament and a catholic to disorganize their plans. What they did was they gave her a rope and she hang herself by misusing public money to enrich herself and her husband Moses Magogo. They are now publicly discrediting her,” a source said.

    Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda recently revealed that there is a plan to force Among out of the Speaker’s office insisting that Ssekikubo is President Museveni’s henchman who he uses to fight his political wars.

    He supposed that during the 2005 presidential term limit period, Ssekikubo was driving a car with State House number plate.

    On several occasions, Ssekikubo has pressurized Among to allow Members of Parliament to discuss the corruption allegation placed on parliament leadership.

    A source said that when Among realized that she was under attack by members of the Deep State for threatening their succession plans, she decided to use a primitive method of politically fighting by summoning and parading all MPs including those in opposition to her home area in Bukedea district.

    What she wanted according to sources was to show the country that she controls the entire parliament including members of parliament which was a threat to Deep State’s calculations because it showed that she can command parliament to impeach the President thus causing political turmoil in the country.

    Another source added that being a woman, Among can put up a strong challenge if she publicly declares her presidential ambitions.

    Senior presidential adviser on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi stated that women are always used to fight long serving presidents because of the public sympathy they receive if attacked by presidents in power.

    Among is also well connected to the catholic church and has held several private meetings with Pope Francis; such signals scare the Deep State.

    He explained that Among was naïve to parade her multimillion wealth before the public because that’s when her enemies started strategising on how to discredit her before right thinking members of the public as a corrupt person who cannot be trusted with State power.

    Mirundi accused religious leaders especially the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Dr. Stephen Kazimba Mugalu and Mufti Sheikh Shaban Mubajje of misleading Among on the Homosexuality bill.

    He said that what Among did was like threatening Museveni’s local popularity because by not signing the bill into a law, his enemies especially National Unity Platform’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) would have used it as a campaign tool to tell the public that Museveni refused to sign the homosexuality bill so he supports the vice.

    Bugweri county legislator Abdul Katuntu confirmed that Museveni summoned them at Entebbe State House and explained to them the danger of the bill they wanted him to sign into a law but sources allege that because Among did not listen, Museveni decided to sign the bill knowing very well that it backfire on her and other legislators who supported the bill.

    Mirundi explaind that Super powers are going to fight and make sure that Among losses the parliamentary speakership to scare other African Speakers.

    Mirundi added that Homosexuality supporters are very powerful individuals and they control the world.

    And because Museveni understands this very well, that’s why he was very careful when Among and other people started jumping and chest thumping after passing the bill as a way of scoring political goals.

    Sources said that Museveni cannot fight for Among against the sanctions because he also wants to use her saga as a tool to mend his diplomacy troubles especially involving his longtime ally the United Kingdom.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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