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HELP! South African Investor Wants To Grab My 16,000 Acres Of Land – Capt. Roy Cries To Museveni For Help As He Fights To Save His Multi-Billion Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

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Captain Joseph Charles Roy (JCR) and his family trading as Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch (ZRWR) are restless after a South African investor they partnered with turned against them to the extent of wanting to grab their 16,000 acres of land.

The investor in question is Angella (Angie) Genade, the Executive Director of Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU), who accuses Capt. Roy of wanting to remove the Rhinos from the ranch yet RFU has nowhere to take them.  The rhinos are kept at Capt. Roy’s ranch on concessional terms with Angella’s husband Genade.

Apparently, Angie as she is commonly known has been mobilizing the local community, international community and the government to intervene in this matter which is threatening the endangered species of Southern White Rhinos, only found at ZRWR in the whole country and only two at Entebbe Zoo.

However, Roy argues that it is a deliberate effort to tarnish his image as a person threatening Rhinos and tourism in Uganda because of the conflict between Capt. Roy family and RFU.

We have obtained his letter dated 7th February 2019 to President Yoweri Museveni seeking his intervention over the matter.

The Grapevine understands that this letter titled ‘Matters of Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (The Conflict)’ to the President has since been blocked by a conflicted State House official from reaching him.

Angella Genade alias Angie, the Executive Director of Rhino Fund Uganda

THE GENESIS

According to Roy’s letter, in 2002, a lady in the name of Yvonne of RFU approached capt Roy and his family with the idea of re-introducing Rhinos into Uganda and have them housed at his Nakitooma Ranch based in Nakasongola district.

She persuaded JCR to become a conservationist and he accepted.

He bought another Ranch at Kiryana, Masindi and moved over 7,000 animals he had at his Nakitooma Ranch based in Nakasongola district, at his cost.

Roy spent over Shs7bn in relocating his business, says the letter.

Nakitooma Ranch is the current home of these Rhinos.

The letter adds that Roy subsequently built a perimeter fence at Buruli (Nakitooma) ranch together with Yvonne.

“His daughter Wendy Roy, himself and Yvonne organized international fundraising for the electric fence and the cost of trans locating the initial 4 Rhinos from Kenya and another 2 from USA,” the letter to the President adds.

It is understood that Roy gave his 16,000 Acres of land for the good of the country and wildlife.

He and family were part and parcel of the initial Board, recruited the previous 4 Executive Directors of RFU and was key in the decision making process on the RFU and Rhinos.

He also constructed all the houses at the sanctuary, drilled boreholes and water dips among other enormous contributions.

Tourist viewing the Rhinos at Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

Documents obtained by the Grapevine indicate that in 2010, JCR gave a 25-year Concession Agreement to Angella’s husband Genade to operate a lodge at the Ranch (D & D International).

Under the Concession Agreement, D&D International, a company owned by Angella and her family, were to pay 10% of gross income from the lodge, 10% from the Restaurant to JCR from 2010.

It was also to pay another 10% from accommodation and 10% from Restaurant to RFU as JCR’s contribution to the welfare of the Rhinos.

However, Roy’s letter to the President claims that not a shilling has been paid by D&D International or Angella’s family to JCR and family.

He also accuses D & D International of committing several crimes including dodging paying taxes to the Government of Uganda and mobilizing the Local Government and Community with a view of grabbing Capt. Roy’s land among others.

“All the above and the issue of non-payment forced JCR in November 2017 to terminate the Concession with both RFU and D & D International,” the letter says.

However, Angella refused the termination and run to Arbitration as provided by the Agreement.

Ziwa Rhino Lodge and Restaurant

“She immediately put a caveat on the 16,000 Acres without any interest knowing; she was merely a tenant and a foreigner who cannot caveat Mailo land,” reads the letter.

It is also understood that she attempted to convert the tenancy to a lease Agreement.

Further, she denied Capt. Roy and his family access to the land and the right to upgrade their lodge and Ranch.

It is also understood that Roy sought the intervention of RFU to remove Angella from RFU Executive Director but he didn’t succeed as she holds a lot of powers.

“Their actions and failure to act by the terms of the two Concessions is what is a danger to the Rhinos,” the letter says.

The sanctuary attracts close to 100,000 tourists a year.

In the letter, Roy requests President’s intervention “to reign on the police leadership of Nakasongola to stop protecting the land grabbers but instead protect the animals and his land.”

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Cranes Top Supporter Uncle Money Remanded For Killing City Businessman

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Uganda Cranes number one supporter Jackson Sewanyana alias Uncle Money has been charged and remanded to Luzira prison over the murder of a city businessman. 

Buganda road court magistrate Miriam Ayo Okello charged Sewanyana who also doubles as the Kasubi zone IV Vice Chairperson and Benson Senyonga, his defense secretary with manslaughter.

According to the charge sheet, the accused together with others at large on 16/08 this year killed Siraja Akim Tumusiime a city businessman.

Tumusiime, a phone dealer at Mutasa Kafeero plaza was called by Uncle Money to buy their phones. When the deceased met them at Kasubi, uncle money grabbed him by the neck to forced him into a valley while warning him that he was going to be killed. 

Abdul Mulembe, a brother to the deceased told this website that he followed uncle money with his brother until they warned him to stop following them, he feared and backed off.

He said that when Uncle Money murdered the deceased, he dumped the body at Mulago mortuary where the family picked it from.

The case was adjourned to 1/10/2019.

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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FINDING NAGIRINYA’S KILLERS: CID Detectives On Late Nagirinya’s Murder Case Interrogate Family Members As CMI Dispatches Deadly Operatives To Hunt For Killers…

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Top detectives who are on the task of unmasking the assailants who kidnaped and later murdered Maria Nagirinya, a project manager with Community Integrated Development Initiative (CIDI), a non-governmental organization based in Muyenga Kampala and her driver Ronald Kitayimbwa have continued to interrogate her close family members.

Sources in police homicide division have told the Grapevine that among the people who were grilled are those who were with the deceased on the last day when he was kidnapped. It’s should be remembered that on the day she was kidnapped, Nagirinya spent the later hours at the home of Sylvia Nakayenga, commonly known as Maama Vienney in Nalumunye Jomayi Estate in Kyengera town council.

Nakayenga is a city businesswoman and a close friend to Mzee Francis  Lubowa, a seasoned politician and the father to late Nagirinya. Detectives on the investigating team revealed that Nagirinya always visited Nakayenga whenever she wanted to booze and detectives wanted to know whether she told Nakayenga anything before leaving in the late hours.

Lawrence Kitayimbwa’s brother told this reporter that it was Nakayenga who called his brother to go and pick the drunk Nagirinya from her home. When contacted to confirm Lawrence’s statements, Charles Twine the spokesperson of the directorate of Criminal Intelligence Directorate said that the detectives are tirelessly working and they will leave no stone unturned. He confirmed that they have interrogated a number of people including family members but he refused to reveal their names.

Atwine told the Grapevine that if they reveal the names of the people they have interrogated, it will create enmity and divisions among the family members because they will start pointing fingers at each other.

He told us that they are also trying to protect the people who are helping the detectives in investigating the matter because they are all potential witnesses in court and they fear exposing them. When we asked Atwine to confirm our source’s information that the detectives who are investigating this murder have been joined by other from other intelligent agencies like Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), he said that they are working with a number of combative and non-combative detectives to reach the killers.

Efforts to speak to Brigadier Richard Kalemire were futile since he has been not picking our calls.

By Jamil Lutakome

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FINDING NAGIRINYA’S KILLER: The Man Looks Like Criminal Turned Security Informer Sobi – Ugandans Weigh In On Police CCTV Footage Of Suspect…

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As the search for the killers of Ms. Mariam Nagirinya and her driver Mr. Kitayimbwa continues, Ugandans have weighed in on the man in the video that was circulated yesterday, of the man who allegedly kidnapped her.

Yesterday, the police Deputy Press and Public Relations Officer, ACP Polly Namaye released a statement asking the public to help them identify the man who was driving the deceased’s vehicle minutes after her kidnap in the CCTV footage they released.

Namaye wrote, “The Uganda Police Force and sister security agencies have retrieved CCTV images showing incidents that occurred prior to and after the kidnapping of Ms Nagirinya Mariam and her driver Mr. Kitayimbwa Ronald on 28th August 2019. This is therefore to appeal to members of the public, and to any other person(s) who have useful information, leading to the arrest of this suspect in the pictures to contact the nearest Police station or call telephone numbers: 0714667793/ 0714668079/0714668105or toll free 0800909990/ 800121222. A BIG REWARD AWAITS.”

Since yesterday, Ugandans have been scratching their heads in a bid to help police identify the man in the CCTV footage, by morning today, a look-a-like had surfaced and it is the serial criminal turned security informer Paddy Sserunjoji alias Sobi. Here are some of the comments from Ugandans:

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