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    How Allegations Of Snatching Married Women Caused Mirundi Dismissal From State House; President’s Adviser Narrates How His Mum Survived Being Lynched…



    Allegations of snatching married woman were cited as one of the cause that led to the dismissal of maverick Senior Presidential Advisor on Media Joseph Tamale Mirundi from State House as President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s Senior Press Secretary.

    In 2015, after serving for 13 years, Museveni fired Mirundi as his Press Secretary and replaced him with Don Innocent Wanyama the current Chief Executive Officer of the New Vision Group.

    Mirundi claims that his dismissal was caused by power struggles and fight for money in the State House.

    He added that suprisingly, his enemies diverted from the real issues and changed the narrative to women.

    He revealed that when he was fired, his enemies rushed to Kalagala village in Kalisizo district and told his mother Molly Namatovu that her son was fired because he was a womanizer and was in Kampala entering women’s knickers who works in State House.

    “I was hurt when my mother told me that I’m a womanizer like my father and that it is the reason why I was fired from the State House,” Mirundi narrated.

    He explained that during his tenure in State House, there was a woman called Ankunda who was fighting with former President Principal Private Secretary and also former Mawokota North legislator Amelia Kyambadde who blasted him and placed him on the wall to reveal to her why he was fighting her and her husband.

    “That lady angrily asked me whether she has ever rejected my request for love and whether it is the reason I was fighting her and the husband,” he said.

    He explained that the tough lady made the statement after her husband was arrested at the airport with billions of dollars and was accused of being involved money laundering.

    Mirundi said that the lady thought that he was the one who leaked the information to people at the airport and in the media.

    He narrated that this was after he received a phone call from America’s CIA detectives asking him whether the money Akunda’s husband was moving with was for President Museveni.

    He insisted that CIA detectives are the ones who leaked the information to the media concerning the troubles of Ankunda’s husband.

    However Mirundi still praised Ankunda for saving his mother during the 2009 Kayunga riot.

    He explained that in the heat of the riots, he received a phone call from his home area telling him that the rioters had surrounded their home and wanted to burn down his mother’s house and kill her.

    They claimed that they wanted to kill his mother as a punishment for producing a stupid son who doesn’t respect his King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi the Kabaka of Buganda and was always insulting him in the media.

    Mirundi claims that Busiro East legislator who was then the deputy minister for Information in Kabaka Mutebi’s government and Charles Peter Mayiga incited the goons to attack his mother through their weekly programs on Kabaka’s CBS radio.

    Mirundi revealed that he lost hope and knew that his mother was going to be killed.

    He rushed to State House to report the matter to his boss but found Museveni in a high level security meeting discussing the 2009 riots and how to stop them.

    What further surprised him was Al-Hajji Moses Kigongo the National Resistance Movement(NRM) deputy National chairperson was chased from the meeting.

    He sat on the ground and started weeping.

    When Ankunda found him crying, she asked him what was wrong and Mirundi narrated to her what his family was going through.

    “Mirundi, you have been fighting me, but write on paper using a red pen in big letters telling the president you wanted him to help you,” Mirundi quoted Ankunda’s words.

    He followed her advice and wrote as he was instructed and gave the paper to Ankunda.

    Within a few minutes after Ankunda had delivered the message, Museveni stormed out of the meeting angrily and assured Mirundi that his mother was not going to be killed. The President assured him that very soon, he was going to talk to her on phone.

    Museveni then made a phone call to former Inspector General of Police Gen. Edward Kale Kayihura instructing him to direct his men to save Mirundi’s mother.

    Gen. Kayihura told the President that there was no way he could execute his directive because all roads were closed by rioters who were protesting against government’s decision to block Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi from going to his Bugerere county.

    Museveni made another phone call ordering Special Forces Commandos to move to Kalagala and save Mirundi’s mother.

    Within 30 minutes, Mirundi talked to his mother after being saved by the Commandos.

    “Never prioritize tribalism, I don’t believe in tribalism. Ankunda saved my mother when Baganda, including Ssegona who is also from the Engabi clan, was inciting goons to kill my mother, who is also from the Engabi clan.  I will fight Mayiga until my death, he wanted to kill my mother, that man is very selfish and he will die badly,” ugly Mirundi said.

    He revealed that a few days later, Museveni met Mirundi’s mother at State House Entebbe and told her that government will not forgive the goons who wanted her dead if she doesn’t forgive them.

    He added that the said rioters left the village to elude arrest but their people again attacked his mother and knocked but she survived death and is now moving in a wheelchair.

    He said that what angered him is when he was being fired from State House, Museveni humiliated him and made a lot of insulting statements including asking him whether he was sick, but he forgave him because he saved his mother and taught his children.

    He said that because of the humiliation he faced, he thought of committing suicide but before doing it, he received a phone call from Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba the first son and also the Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Operation comforting him and pleading with him not to fight his family because his father was misled on the matter.

    He claims that one member of the first family led to his dismissal because of the multibillion deal which he thought that Mirundi was going to fight.

    Mirundi said that they used veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda to fabricate tape recordings that they took to Museveni and first lady Janet Kataha Museveni as evidence that he always abused them.

    Mirundi further accused Col. Edith Nakalema, Lt. Gen. Proscovia Nalweyiso, minister Frank Tumwebaze of fueling his dismissal .


    By Sengooba Alirabaki



    Buganda Caucus MPs Blocked From Visiting Kabaka Mutebi In Namibia As Mayiga Summons Clan Heads Over M7 Deals, King Visit…



    Buganda Kingdom King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi (L) in Namibia

    The management of Okonguarri Psychotherapeutic Center in Namibia has blocked three Members of Parliament from accessing the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi.

    Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga confirmed that Kabaka Mutebi is in Namibia resting following the advice of his doctor in Europe.

    However, there are ongoing allegation that Kabaka is in the said medical facility receiving medication not resting.

    Based on the ongoing contradiction, legislators who are members of the Buganda caucus in parliament secretly decided to travel to Namibia to confirm the development.

    theGrapevine has exclusively established that the three male legislators are members of the National Unity Platform and they sneaked into Namibia without the knowledge of the Ugandan embassy in Namibia or their chairperson Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi.

    When contacted, one of the legislators confirmed the development but pleaded with theGrapevine not to reveal his identity because it was going to create a war with Buganda Kingdom leadership.

    “It is true we were blocked from accessing the Kabaka and we are the ones who advised the Buganda Kingdom clan heads who also plan on visitinf the Kabaka to first seek permission from Mayiga, Prince David Kintu Wasajja or Agness Nabalogo because they are the ones to give permission to any person who wants to access Kabaka,” a soft spoken legislator from greater Masaka said.

    He added that they tried to reach out to Prince Joseph Ndawula, the Ugandan ambassador to Namibia but he also didn’t help them, so they decided to return back to Uganda.

    The development comes at a time when Mayiga has just issued summons to the executive members of Buganda Kingdom clan heads council.

    According to highly placed sources in the clan council, the meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday next week at Bulange building the headquarters of Buganda Kingdom.

    Even though Mayiga didn’t give the reasons why he has summoned the clan council leadership, sources claim that top on the agenda is their planned visit to Namibia to visit Kabaka and last week’s State House meeting with president Museveni.

    “When we passed a resolution in our meeting to go to Namibia to visit Kabaka, our council speaker (omutaka Austine Kizito Mutumba) pleaded with us to reverse the resolution explaining that it was going to place him in bad light before Mayiga and it is going to deepen the misunderstanding between him and his administration, but we rubbished his prayers,” a clan head said.

    He boasted that at this time, Mayiga has nothing to do because President Museveni has given them the green light and promised to coordinate the visit.

    He revealed that there are only two people who haven’t yet finalized their travel documents because they did not have passports.

    “By Thursday morning, we will be on the plane going to check on our beloved chairperson (Kabaka). Who is Mayiga to stop us from visiting Kabaka, even the president told us that he doesn’t like him and his ministers, and in Buganda kingdom, he only recognizes Kabaka, us the abataka and even informed the Nnabagereka when he met her recently,” a clan head said.

    It is not clear what mechanism Mayiga and Mutumba are going to deploy to stop clan heads from visiting Kabaka because they have been trying to frustrate them from meeting President Museveni but they overrun them.

    In the last Buganda Kingdom parliamentary session, Mayiga declined to allow the prayer made by one of the representative Professor Badru Katerega who wanted the Kingdom administration to guide those with money so that they can be allowed to go and visit Kabaka.

    Mutumba told theGrapevine that he is just a speaker of the council of Buganda Kingdom clan heads and has no power to stop them from doing whatever they think is good for their clans and Buganda Kingdom at large.

    He confirmed that he was not informed of last week’s State House meeting and he was very happy with the results of the meeting because the President agreed to help the kingdom clan heads to fight poverty among themselves and their grandchildren.

    President Museveni also promised to deploy UPDF engineering experts to help in the building of a commercial building on the land he bought for them in 2023 which is situated opposite the Bulange building.

    The president also promised to deposit Shs200m in the bataka Mutindo SACCO which they can use to fight poverty.

    However, when clan heads visited Museveni in 2023, Mayiga declared that he will not accept any person to mislead any member of the Kingdom organs with the aim of dividing Kabaka’s subjects.

    A resolution was passed in Buganda Kingdom parliament condemning the clan heads’ visit to Museveni and they were advised to apologize which they declined to do arguing that Mayiga and the Kingdom parliament don’t have such powers.

    The Clan heads insist that they are an independent organ in Buganda kingdom culture and they are the ones responsible for electing the Kabaka, thus they cannot be forced by Mayiga and his people to apologize.

    A committee chaired by Kingdom lands minister and also city commercial lawyer David Kisitu Mpanga was established by Mayiga to mediate talks between him with clan heads.

    However Isreal Kitooke Kazibwe the Kingdom spokesperson and also the minister in charge of mobilization rubbished the narrative of clan heads being independent explaining that all leadership in Buganda Kingdom are under Kabaka Mutebi and there is not independence.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    How Boyfriend, Pressure For Wedding Money Forced MP Nanyondo To Withdraw Her Signature From Censure Motion Against Mpuuga And Company…



    Bukomansimbi woman legislator Veronica Nanyondo

    Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has explained that the actions of Bukomansimbi woman legislator Veronica Nanyondo to withdraw in writing her signature from the censure motion against the four parliamentary commissioners over corruption allegations was showed that legislators don’t read.

    He revealed that the reason why he always overshadows fellow legislators on the floor of parliament and even during media talk shows is because they don’t read but just sign documents, especially when they are told that they will get allowances after signing.

    “How can a member of parliament withdraw her signature claiming that you were misled to sign, now how can you convince your voters that you are not misled to take decisions that affect them!” Ssemujju wondered.

    In her defense, Nanyondo said that the movers of the motion to impeach the commissioners used her signature from the opposition cabinet meeting and put it on the censure motion papers.

    Ssemujju noted that once a legislator appends their signature on a censure paper, he or she cannot withdraw it and Nanyondo is still taken as one of the legislators who signed the censure motion against the legislators.

    However, theGrapevine established that Nanyondo was forced by her boyfriend to withdraw the signature.

    Sources claim that Nyanyondo’s boyfriend, a one Kateregga who was a councilor for Bukomansimbi district, pleaded with Nanyondo to withdraw her signature because Mpuuga is one of their own and it will shame them to betray him.

    He alleges that Nyanyondo and her boyfriend are set to legalize their marriage in church before the end of this year and Mpuuga has already contributed Shs20m to help in the preparations of their wedding.

    Others who contributed include Annet Anita Among the speaker of parliament who contributed Shs10m.

    Sources divulged that Kateregga nowadays spendsmuch of his time in the United States of America because the couple plans on relocating to the US once this political term ends and after they legalize their marriage.

    Sources added that Nanyondo is not going to defend her position in the coming 2026 elections after realizing that the ground no longer favors her.

    Before joining politics, Nanyondo and Kateregga were running a printing business on Nasser Road in Kampala city.

    When Nanyondo contested for the first time as MP to replace her sister Suzan Namaganda, the former wife to former East African Assembly Uganda representative Fred Mukasa Mbidde, Kateregga was in charge of pinning her posters.

    theGrapevine made several phone calls to Nanyondo’s known phone numbers for a comment on the story but they all went unanswered.

    Nanyondo is among the poor performing legislators in Buganda.

    The four commissioners who in trouble are; Mathias Mpuuga the Member of Parliament for Nyendo-Mukungwe, Prossy Mbabazi Akampulira the Rubanda district legislator, Solomon Silwanyi the Bukooli Central legislator and Esther Afayochan of Zombo district woman legislator.


    By Hadijjah Namagembe


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    Stanbic Bank In Trouble, Client Petitions Court After She Was Defrauded Of Shs68m Via Flexi Pay…



    Stanbic Bank CEO Anne Jjuuko whose bank is under fire

    Nakku Joweria a resident of Kyebando has sued Stanbic Bank Uganda limited for failing in its duty of protecting her saving account leading to defrauding her of shillings 68 million which was withdrawn from her account in a period of 24 hours through Flexi pay an application she had never registered for.

    In a court case filed before the Commercial division of the High Court of Uganda and coming up for directions in the registrar Christa Namutebi’s chambers, on the 24th June, 2024 at 9:40am, Nakku Joweria through his lawyers of Kimanje Nsibambi Advocates contends that between 7th and 8th February, 2023, there was unauthorized withdrawal of 68 million shillings from her savings account No. 903000026244 via the Flexi Pay Banking, a platform of Stanbic Bank and a total of 28 unauthorized transactions were conducted by fraudsters who fraudulently accessed her account undetected by the bank.

    She questions how a savings account which had a transaction limit was significantly exceeded during the unauthorized and undetected fraudulent transactions which led to her losing her’ money.

    “Our client has been a loyal client of Stanbic bank since 2001 way before the implementation of the FlexiPay system and at no point did she sign up for or activate the flexi pay on her savings account. The 28 unauthorized withdrawals from our clients account using four unknown Airtel lines raises serious questions and/ or lapses on the part of the bank for which we hold the bank specifically liable for the loss since it was in a better position to detect and prevent this fraud had it exercised reasonable care to detect these suspicious 28 unauthorized transactions that took place within 24 hours on a savings account that was rarely operated by our client,” reads the documents in parts.

    She also questions the effectiveness of the bank’s authentication protocols with their flexi pay system, effectiveness of the transaction monitoring to the extent of allowing 28 unauthorized transactions within 24 hours using four unknown Airtel lines and significantly exceeding the account limit.

    Nakku wants court to direct Stanbic Bank to reimburse 68 million to her account that was fraudulently withdrawn and pay her the costs and damages.

    On 6th February 2023, Nakku Joweria lost her phones to the robbers on her way to work at around 9pm. She reported the incident to police at 9am and to the telecom companies on the 7th February 2023.

    However, the telecom companies MTN and Airtel couldn’t process the new simcards because she had misplaced her original National Identity card.

    The robbers used her MTN number to open up a wallet on the Flexi pay which number had four other Airtel numbers that don’t belong to her which they used to make 28 unauthorized withdraws of 68 million shillings from her Stanbic bank saving account on the 7th and 8th February in a space of only 24 hours.

    When she went to withdraw some money from her account on the 6th, March 2023 that’s when she realized that her money was fraudulently withdrawn from her account.

    She wrote to the bank manager complaining about the matter and the bank promised to do thorough investigations to reveal how the money was withdrawn by the fraudsters.

    Through her lawyers of Kimanje Nsibambi Advocates, she wrote a demand notice to Stanbic Bank manager to reimburse her money since it was their weakness and fault for failure to efficiently protect her account.

    The bank through Twine Arnold, the senior legal advisor, Risk and Dispute Management wrote back with an out of court settlement request.

    However, the bank had proposed to reimburse only 34 million out of the 68 million on the premise that the settlement shall not be taken as admission of liability by any of the parties, a proposal she rejected and instead thought for legal redress in the commercial court.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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