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    He Was Paralysed On One Side From The Waist Down: What Killed Magufuli “The Bulldozer” Just 4 Months After He Was Sworn In? VP Suluhu to Become First E. African Woman President…

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    Former Tanzania President, H.E John Pombe Magufuli

    Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli was pronounced dead yesterday by the vice President, Samia Suluhu.

    Appearing live on TV, she said that Mr Magufuli died on Wednesday at 6pm from heart complication, at a hospital in Dar es Salaam.

    Born in 1959, Magufuli was 61 years old.

    Preceding Jakaya Kikwete, John Pombe Magufuli will be succeeded by Suluhu Hassan.

    According to the Tanzanian constitution, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan will be sworn in as Tanzania President and will lead for the remainder of Magufuli’s term until 2025. Magufuli had just been re-elected in November last year.

    If followed as by constitution, Suluhu will become the first female President of Tanzania and the entire East African bloc.

    Controversy surrounding Magufuli’s death:

    • Tanzania’s Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa on Friday: President Magufuli is “strong and working as usual”.
    • Tanzania’s Vice-president Samia Suluhu Hassan on Monday: Our country is now full of rumours from outside but that should be ignored… It’s quite normal for a person to contract flu, fever or any other disease.
    • Vice-president Samia Suluhu Hassan on Wednesday: It is with deep regret that I inform you that today on the 17th of March, 2021 at 6:00 pm we lost our brave leader, the President of the Republic of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli.”

    Taking you 17 days back before Magufuli was pronounced dead;

    “Where is Tanzania’s President John Magufuli?” People have been asking for the past 17 days since the 61-year-old had last been seen in public, and despite a clamour of rumours of ill-health, the Tanzanian authorities had yet to provide clear answers as to his whereabouts, until yesterday.

    The mere question was now leading to arrests, as the government sought to contain the rumours.

    Critical analysts however emphasised that the silence was speaking volumes. They insisted that the efforts to silence queries about Magufuli’s health was telling alot and so worrying.

    “I think whatever happens is clearly true the regime is trying to buy time,” said a one Nic Cheeseman, professor of democracy at the University of Birmingham.

    “And it only really makes sense that the regime is trying to buy time if the president is very ill, incapacitated, or dead,” he added.

    Magufuli last appeared in public on February 27, and the fervent Catholic had notably missed three Sunday services, where he would often address the congregation.

    Just days before, Finance Minister Philip Mpango appeared coughing and gasping at a press conference outside a hospital, to dispel rumours he had died of Covid-19.

    Fended Off By Prayer

    Magufuli’s absence came amid a string of high-profile deaths and illnesses attributed to “respiratory problems” or “pneumonia”.

    Magufuli had for months insisted the virus no longer existed in Tanzania, and had been fended off by prayer. He refused to wear a face-mask or take lockdown measures.

    The country stopped releasing case data in April 2020.

    But a week before he was last seen, Magufuli conceded the virus was still circulating, after the vice-president of semi-autonomous Zanzibar was revealed to have died of Covid-19.

    Last Tuesday, main opposition leader Tundu Lissu, exiled in Belgium, and others began questioning Magufuli’s absence, citing sources that he was gravely ill from Covid-19, exacerbated by underlying health conditions.

    Gov’t Tasked To Tell The Truth!

    On Monday, Lissu said on Twitter that his intelligence sources “said he’s on life support with COVID and paralysed on one side and from the waist down after a stroke. Tell the people the truth!”

    Among the theories in circulation was that Magufuli has been severely ill in a hospital in Kenya or India, while another suggested he never left Tanzania at all.

    Kenyan media had reported the presence of “an African leader” in a Nairobi hospital in clear reference to Magufuli, although government officials denied he was present.

    India’s foreign ministry did not respond to requests for a comment.

    Cheeseman said it was “remarkable” that the government had kept Magufuli’s whereabouts under wraps “in the modern world of the internet and citizen reporting and social media”.

    “But Tanzania isn’t living in that modern world. The level of media censorship means Tanzania is not in that context.”

    The Tanzanian government had said very little, other than to threaten those spreading rumours with jail time.

    Gov’t Emphasises Unity

    On Friday, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said Magufuli was “strong and working as usual”.

    On Monday, vice-president Samia Suluhu Hassan dropped a possible hint the president is ill, without naming him.

    “Our country is now full of rumours from outside but that should be ignored… It’s quite normal for a person to contract flu, fever or any other disease,” she said.

    “If there’s need for us to remain united, the time is now.”

    Zitto Kabwe, the leader of opposition party ACT-Wazalendo, said the government was merely giving room for panic.

    “We know for sure that the president is ill but we are surprised by the deepening silence about the matter,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

    “We need to know who is currently heading the government through which constitutional powers,” he demanded.

    Citizens Decry Unnecessary Secrecy

    Meanwhile Tanzanians demanded they wanted to see their leader in person.

    “I believe something is happening but the authorities are hiding,” said Abubakar, a resident of the financial capital Dar es Salaam.

    “I will be comfortable if I see the president himself,” he said, noting that there was “unnecessary secrecy”.

    “If our beloved president is really ill, they should tell us the truth so that we put him in our prayers,” he added.

    Magufuli came to power in 2015 as a no-nonsense, corruption-busting president nicknamed the “Bulldozer”, and was re-elected in a disputed poll last year.

    However he has been accused by rights groups and of stifling democracy, and cracking down on the media.

    As a result, the country’s journalists have been too afraid to dig into the story, though they had a hint about the truth.

    “It’s all about survival and telling the truth. You need to play it safe to continue operating or rush to this delicate story and risk your licence and most importantly your life,” an editor of a privately-owned Swahili newspaper said on condition of anonymity.

    The government had also started cracking down on people whom it accuses of spreading the “rumours” that Magufuli was ill through social media, threatening to charge them with cybercrime offences.

    So far police had announced the arrest of one person in Dar es Salaam and two in the northern Kilimanjaro region for spreading rumours.

    “Rather than give credible evidence that he’s alive and well, they’re arresting innocent people who want to know the truth,” Lissu emphasised.

    John Pombe Magufuli’s Profile:

    John Pombe Joseph Magufuli was a Tanzanian politician who served as the fifth President of Tanzania from 2015 until his death in 2021.

    He served as Minister of Works, Transport and Communications from 2000 to 2005 and 2010 to 2015 and was chairman of the Southern African Development Community from 2019 to 2020.

    Magufuli was born on October 29, 1959 in Chato, Tanzania. (He died at 61)

    Magufuli had two children, Jessica and Joseph with his wife Janet.

    He subscribed to the Chama Cha Mapinduzi Political party.

    Education

    Chato Primary School, 1967 to 1974

    Katoke Seminary – Biharamulo, 1975 to 1977

    Lake Secondary School, 1977 to 1978.

    Mkwawa High School, 1979 to 1981.

    Mkwawa College of Education (a constituent college of the University of Far es Salaam) for a Diploma in Education Science, majoring in Chemistry, Mathematics and Education.

    Magufuli earned his bachelor of science in education degree majoring in chemistry and mathematics as teaching subjects from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1988. He also earned his masters and doctorate degrees in chemistry from the University of Dar es Salaam, in 1994 and 2009, respectively.

    In late 2019, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Dodoma for improving the economy of the country

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    Travellers Left In Shock After City Businessman Dies On Ethiopian Airlines Flight From Dubai…

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    Travellers and staff at Entebbe International Airport were on Tuesday afternoon left in panic mode after a businessman identified as Yusuf Kulembera died aboard Ethiopian Airlines plane minutes after it landed at Entebbe International Airport.

    Without revealing the cause of his death, Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCCA) spokesperson, Vianney Luggya, noted that doctors confirmed Kulembera’s death upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport.

    “The passenger arrived aboard Ethiopian airlines that touched down at 1:47 pm. The doctors checked and confirmed his death. The body was then taken to City Mortuary Mulago, Kampala for postmortem,” Luggya confirmed.

    According to reports, Kulembera, a resident of Nkumba, Katabi Town Council in Wakiso District was flying to Dubai for business.

     

    By Kobusiinge Monica

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    Why Money Lender Is Auctioning Bitature’s Multibillion Posh Hotels, Tycoon’s Lawyers Reveals Next Step…

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    Tycoon Bitature (Top R) and some of the properties that the money lender wants to take

    Vantage Mezzanine Fund 11 Partners, a South Africa money lending company through their lawyers of M/S Kirunda & Wasige Advocates have hired the services of Quickway Auctioneers & Court Bailiffs to auction properties worth billions belonging to city tycoon Patrick Bitature, the proprietor of the Simba Properties Investments Companies Limited.

    In an Advert placed in Wednesday’s Daily Monitor newspaper, the Court Bailiffs informed the debtor Bitature that he has only 30 days to pay the amount of money with interests borrowed from their client otherwise his properties will be sold off through auctioning.

    Among the properties which the set to be sold include Protea Hotel-Naguru (Skyz Hotel), Elizabeth Royal Apartments and Moyo Close Apartments.

    Bitature’s troubles started in 2014 when he secured a $10m loan from Vantage Mezzanine and he used the said properties as security.

    However, Bitature’s lawyer Fred Muwema rubbished the said auctioning claiming that it is illegal and violates the laws governing the auctioning process.

    The advert in today’s Daily Monitor auctioning Bitature’s properties

    The furious lawyer even threatened to sue the Daily Monitor for advertising illegal and malicious information against his client claiming that the matter was settled in Justice Musa Ssekaana’s ruling.

    He insisted that High Court judge Ssekana refused to allow the auctioning and advised both parties to wait for the pending judgement before the High Court Commercial Division in Kampala.

    Vantage Mezzanine dragged Uganda Registration Service Bureau (URSB), Simba Properties Investment Company Limited, Simba Telecom Limited, Linda Properties Limited, Elgon Terrace Hotel Limited to court for failing to transfer the mortgaged properties into their names.

    When Bitature failed to pay his loan, Vantage started the process of transferring the shares of the mortgaged properties but URSB refused to implement the process that is why they were also sued.

    In their suit, Vantage wanted a Court declaration that it was illegal for URSB to refuse to register documents lodged to transfer the mortgage.

    However, Bitature through his lawyers wants Court to declare that it was illegal for Vantage to register the transfer until the completion of the Commercial Court matter.

    An affidavit from Moses Muziki, on behalf of the applicant stated that on 18th June, 2021, the applicant lodged documents relating to the transfer of shares in Simba Properties Investments Company Limited, Simba Properties Limited, Linda Properties Limited and Elgon Terrace Hotel Limited.

    He added that the respondents did not comply with the law and did not provide the applicant with a satisfactory reason for not registering the shares and their lawyers learnt that the respondent’s lawyers were requesting to halt the process.

    “This Court would have issued an order of mandamus compelling the applicant’s request to consider the registration of their documents on merit or advance reasons for denial or refusal to register the same in accordance with the law,” the judge ruled.

    Muwema based on the above ground to protest the process of auctioning their client’s properties.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Kabaka Mutebi, Tycoon Ham Kiggundu Kigo Land War Deepens As BLB Boss Faces Prosecution Over Conflict Of Interest …

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    Tycoon Ham Kiggundu (L) and Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi (R). Inset is Bashir Juma

    Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s Kigo Land war with city tycoon Hamis Kiggundu, the proprietor of the Ham Enterprises Limited has deepened after Ham’s lawyers called for the prosecution of Buganda Land Board (BLB) boss Bashir Kizito Juma over conflict of interest.

    Kabaka through his lawyers led by Buganda Attorney Christopher Bwanika, lawyers from K&K Advocates and S&L Advocates petitioned the registrar Land Registration John Karuhanga seeking the cancellation of land titles Comprised on Kyadondo Block 273 plot 23974, 23976, 23975, 23977 and Kyadondo Block 273 plot 87,99, 110 situated at Kigo in Wakiso district.

    Kabaka asserted that he is the rightful owner of the land and accused Ham of fraudulently conniving with officers at Wakiso district land board to grab his land which he inherited from his father and grandfathers.

    He added that Ham admitted that he illegally obtained the land and accepted the cancellation which he strongly objected to in his defense before Karuhanga.

    In his defense, Ham, through his lawyers led by Fred Muwema contended that he is the owner of the land after he legally obtained it from Wakiso district land board.

    He claimed that the survey report which Kabaka Mutebi based on to argue his case is fake since it is not even dated and that’s the reason why he appointed a private surveyor William Matovu to conduct another survey report which contradicted with that of the Kabaka. He promised to present it to the registrar.

    He pleaded to the registrar not to base on the testimony of Bashir Kizito Juma, the legal Attorney to Kabaka because he has a conflict of interest in the matter.

    “Our contention is that there is an actual conflict of interest in the duties of Bashir Kizito Juma acting both as a public officer and a private officer of the complainant,” Ham’s lawyers said.

    They added, “This type of conduct by Bashir Kizito Juma is against the Code of Conduct and Ethics of Public Service issued under the Public Standing Orders 2010.”

    They divulged that conflict of interest is a punishable crime in Uganda especially where a public officer holds a position in a private body whose operations are in conflict with his official duties.

    He added that the irony of the matter is that the freehold titles were granted by the Wakiso District Land, which employs Bashir Kizito Juma which means that he is both a witness and the architect of the complaint.

    “This tribunal can therefore not entertain this conflict of public officers to pursue a conflicted complaint which derogates all best practice in public law. In our considered view, entertaining this complaint as presently filed is to perpetuate illegality and a constitutionally prohibited act,” they stated.

    Ham pleaded with Karuhanga’s tribunal to dismiss the complaint and declare him the rightful owner of the said land.

    Bashir Kizito Juma is the head Corporate affairs, operations and business development at Buganda Land Board (BLB), a corporate body that runs the kingdom’s land.

    Karuhanga is set to declare his team’s decision this week.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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