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    How Kabaka’s Top Minister Saved Justice Tuhaise As Drama Ensued At Supreme Court During Mabirizi Attack…..

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    Lawyer Male Mabirizi

    Five senior Supreme Court Justices have ganged up against Lawyer Mabirizi For  supporting Justice Dr Kisakye over Chief Justice Dollo.

    The act has led to many people finally concluding that the Supreme Court has turned into a comedy house after witnessing today’s dramatic series between five Justices of the supreme Court against Controversial City lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi.

    It all started Tuesday afternoon of when appeared before a panel of five Justices lead by Justices Rubby Opio Aweri, Justice Mike Faith Mwondah, Justice Paul Mugamba, Justice Percy Night Tuhaise and Justice Mike Chibita in his Appeal against Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi land case victory.

    The case was scheduled for the morning but because of the many cases and the way panels has been changed, the appeal was called in the afternoon and immediately after Buganda Kingdom’s Attorney General, Christopher Bwanika introduced the respondent’s legal team led by himself, counsel Sarah Kisubi, counsel William Kakembo, counsel Sharot Nalumansi, Kabaka’s Attorney Juma Bashir Kizito, Danial Ssenyomo from Buganda land board and the appellant Mabirizi.

    Justice Mugamba before allowing Mabirizi to give any opening remarks swung in action, directing him to leave the bar.

    “Mabirizi leave the bar! Have you dressed like your friends of the other party? you’re not an advocate, don’t sit where lawyers sit,” tough speaking Mugamba said.

    Before he could finish another statement, counter terrorism commandos commanded by a one Bwambale also swiftly swung in action – and a one Kaggwa grabbed Mabirizi’s hands, as others surrounded him.

    “But I have been sitting here, why today?” Mabirizi pleaded as Justice Opio directed commandos to evict him with his books to the back.

    “And this is the last warning! Next time when you sit on the bar, you will be charged with contempt of Court and you will be detained” Opio warned as Mabirizi, shocked, look on.

    Before the ugly incident, a senior Court clerk had warned Mabirizi that Justices were preparing for him for being stubborn and always attacking them in public. If he not being careful, he was going to end up in Kitalya prison.

    JUSTICE OPIO PUNCHES MABIRIZI IN THE FACE

    Mabirizi immediately applied for an adjournment to reconstitute himself because of the way he was manhandled and inhuman mistreatment when he was evicted from the bar.

    “I am not feeling myself and I cannot proceed to argue this matter, am praying for adjournment to reconstitute myself,” Mabirizi submitted.

    Justice Opio laughed out so loud, tasking Mabirizi to prove that he was mistreated.

    “Mr Mabirizi, how have you been mistreated? If telling you to leave the bar is mistreating you, are you an advocate? Or, when you reconstitute yourself you’re going to become an advocate?” Justice Opio said.

    Mabirizi responded to Justice Opio that fairness is very crucial in giving justice and should be given time to reconstitute himself.

    His submissions were strongly opposed by Kabaka’s legal team claiming that he just wanted to waste Court’s time and ask Court to dismiss his application.

    Bwanika told the Court that the Appeal was made in 2018 and they have been waiting for the day it will be which has come and the Appellant doesn’t want to prosecute his Appeal which is creating a case backlog and Mabirizi’s application was dismissed.

    HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ME SNATCHING PEOPLE’S WIVES? – OPIO TASKS MABIRIZI TO PROVE

    After losing the reconstitute application, Mabirizi applied for recusal of the entire panel from his Appeal.

    Mabirizi told justices that he doesn’t expect any justice and fairness from them since he lodged a complaint against them in the Judicial Service Commission seeking for them to be dismissed from their judicial offices for being a disgrace to the Judiciary.

    Mabirizi said that his complaint resulted in the actions of the entire panel when the discriminated Justice Kisakye in Bobi Wine’s presidential petition.

    He told the Justices that they are going to use his case to punish him since he wanted them to be fired from their juice jobs.

    Justice Opio strongly object Mabirizi’s application saying that he took oath to give justice to Uganda and for the last 38 years he never put judiciary’s image into bad reputation.

    “Tell me, you said that I put judiciary’s name in bad light, have you ever seen me or heard me snatching people’s wives? I have been promoted from the lowest rank of the judicial officers to the top judge on the land, am not going to recuse myself from this case,” Justice Opio said.

    Justice Opio further insisted that he has never discriminated Justice Kisakye as Mabirizi alleges. He tasked him to prove it through an affidavit sworn by Justice Kisakye.

    He insists that he is a respected judicial officer who cannot be intimidated by Mabirizi’s allegations.

    Justice Mugamba, Justice Mwondah amd Justice Chibita declined to recuse themselves on grounds of being biased against Mabirizi.

    KABAKA’S MINISTER SAVED JUSTICE TUHAISE

    Mabirizi insisted that Justice Tuhaise should recuse herself from the Appeal because she wrote the lead judgment dismissing the same case when she was still at the Court of Appeal.

    Justice Tuhaise in response said that she made a number of judgements in the Court of Appeal and she needs time to read the said Judgement before making her final decision on recusal.

    However, Justice Opio kept on softly talking to her not to recuse herself.

    “No, there is no evidence against you, don’t recuse yourself, we took oath we are going to determine this case,” Justice Opio insisted.

    But Justice Tuhaise kept on praying to Justice Opio to give him time to study her decision at the Court of Appeal and he kept a deaf ear untill Kabaka’s Attorney General Bwanika stood up and raised a serious concern.

    “Let me guide this Court as a senior officer of Court, my lordship let give Justice Tuhaise time to read the said Judgement before making her final decision,” Bwanika told Court.

    Justice Opio agreed with Bwanika’s advice and adjourned the matter to next week.

    Mabirizi lost against Kabaka both in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal on technicalities. He still challenges Kabaka Mutebi’s status on Buganda’s land claiming that he is not the owner of the said land but just a custodian and he doesn’t have the right to evict Baganda from Buganda official Mailo.

    This is not the first time such drama is being experienced at Uganda’s highest Court of the land. The Supreme Court has turned into a theater of drama as Justices, litigants and lawyers become acts and spectators.

    The first serie started last year when former presidential aspirant Ivan Ssebadduka was sentenced for three years imprisonment on a manufactured charges of contempt of Court signed by Chief Justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo for declaring Justices of the Supreme Court a Council of fools who are ignorant about the laws but only implementing president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s wishes.

    The second and very important time was early this year when Justice Dr Esther Mayambala Kisakye accused the Chief Justice Dollo of confiscating her file containing a dissenting ruling against president Museveni in the presidential petition filed by National Unity Platform (NUP) former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine).

    Justice Kisakye confessed to the media that her file was forcefully confiscated because she refused Chief Justice Dollo the vet it before being read to the parties.

    She insisted that Justice Dollo directed fellow 8 justices of the Supreme Court who were on the panel not to be with her when reading her rulings, he ordered that microphones be switched off and not be allowed to enter the tents where the proceedings took place.

    Justice Dollo through Judiciary’s senior communications officer Salongo Solomon Muyita denied the allegations.

    By Alirabaki Sengooba

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

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    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…

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    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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    CRIME

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

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    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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