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    How Land Grabbers Tried To Create Rift Between Technical And Political Wing In Ministry Of Lands After Ministers Dismantled Their Cliques In Fight To Save ‘Bibanja’ Owners…

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    Some of the officials from Wakiso lands office. Inset is Minister Dr. Sam Mayanja (L) and Judith Nabakooba (R)

    As ministers in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD) strive to install order at the various land division offices in the country, the officials in the various regional offices who fear losing their jobs have started fighting back.

    Ministers Judith Nabakooba and Dr. Sam Mayanja have spent sleepless nights touring the country fighting land grabbers in different regions who have been tormenting and evicting ‘bibanja’ land owners from their land with impunity.

    During their travels, locals reported to the ministers that there are rogue officials in different land division offices who help land grabbers to harass ‘Bibanja’ owners and steal their land.

    The locals further reported that land grabbers offer these officials huge sums of money to tamper with titles at the district level that is why there are many scenarios of multiple titles on one piece of land.

    Upon getting overwhelming evidence, the ministers zeroed on districts that had rampant land problems and complaints.

    Among them was Wakiso district land office.

    To fight this cancer in Wakiso, Minister Mayanja summoned all officials at Wakiso land office for a meeting. In the meeting, Dr. Mayanja recommended the transfer of some senior officials.

    This angered the culprits and some even threatened to strike saying that the minister’s move was illegally.

    This forced the ministry to summon them in a meeting at Imperial Resort hotel.

    During the meeting that was chaired by the senior minister Judith Nabakooba, the aggrieved officials were told that the decision to have them transferred was agreed upon by the ministry and it is not going to change.

    However, the minister told them that they are going to allow them to go back to their offices so that they write reports and properly hand over.

    Surprisingly, after the meeting, a letter allegedly written by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Lands Dorcus Okalany circulated on social media showing that the officials were re-instated back to office, centrally to what the Ministers said.

    The letter was given to various media houses and some, like Buganda owned CBS radio aired a news bulletin quoting the letter.

    In the letter, CBS claimed that the PS had re-instated all officials who were suspended from Wakiso land office  by the state minister for lands Dr. Sam Mayanja back to their stations.

    However, when theGrapevine talked to sources in the PS’ office, since we could not get the PS herself, they told us that she has never authored such a letter.

    “We are wondering where they got the letter they are reading from. Mrs. Dorcus has never written any letter to the aggrieved officials. Actually, of late she has been working for less hours after doctors recommended that she does not overwork given that she is on medication over heart complications. We are wondering why they are putting her in their fights,” the source in the lands office who preferred anonymity told theGrapevine.

    The source added, “They are trying to create divisions between the technical wing in the ministry and the political wing yet there is nothing like that. The two wings are closely working together to help the president solve land problems in the country.”

    When theGrapevine talked to minister Mayanja, he said, “The purpose of the meeting was to warn them (Wakiso officials) of the transition. What I did when I met them was to make a political announcement, administratively they are supposed to get letters of transfer and hand in important ministry documents and items. So that brief was necessary for the transition. They were not re-instated. All of us ministers attended that meeting as a sign that the decision that I communicated was not personal but it was the stand for the whole ministry. That is why the meeting was chaired by the senior minister Judith Nabakooba.”

     

    WAR BETWEEN LAND GRABBERS, KABAKA OWNED BLB AND MINISTER MAYANJA SIGHTED IN FAKE LETTER FROM PS

    Wakiso is one of the biggest land offices in the country because it controls the biggest area when it comes to land matters in Kampala Metropolitan Area. Because of this, Dr. Mayanja discovered so many back door land deals, corruption and mismanagement including falsifying titles that are already in the system.

    Suprisingly, sources in the Ministry of Lands office intimated to theGrapevine that the letter was fueled and funded by some loaded land dealers and grabbers who see minister Nabakooba and Dr. Mayanja as a threat.

    These sources claim that during the cleanup exercise in Wakiso, minister Dr. Sam Mayanja recommended the transfer of some officials in Wakiso land division who were helping them.

    The sources also added that Buganda owned CBS radio also swallowed the bait and circulated the fake letter because they were fighting for a one Bashir Juma Kizito who is the Wakiso district land surveyor.

    Bashir Kizito is also the Buganda Land Board (BLB) head of corporate affairs, operations and business development. BLB handles all Buganda land on behalf of the Kabaka.

    While recommending that Kizito be transferred, Mayanja disclosed that he has conflict of interest. He disclosed that an official in Buganda Land Board cannot at the same time sign on titles in Wakiso since Buganda Kingdom has a lot of the land in the area.

     

    By Grapevine Reporters

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    Besigye Challenges Bobi Wine, Other Opposition Bosses to One-On-One  Debate Before Public On Agenda Each Has To Oust M7…

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    Leader of the People’s Front for Transition (PFT) political pressure group Dr. Kizza Besigye has challenged opposition political parties bosses for an open debate on the agenda each of them has to oust president Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni.

    Among the political parties’ leaders Besigye wants to debate with include; National Unity Platform’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine, Democratic Party’s Nobert Mao, JEEMA’s Asuman Basalirwa and others.

    Besigye says the debate will help the public to understand the agenda of their leaders who are promising them change.

    “I am tired of always being hosted alone on these media talk shows. We always met with those opposition leaders but the people who are the owners of the struggle are not given an opportunity to understand their agendas. That’s why I am proposing an open debate on one platform, me seated here, my brother Hon Kyagulanyi there and others, and we debate before the public,” Besigye said.

    He added that Ugandans know very well what to do for meaningful change to happen but they have been betrayed by their leaders especially those in opposition who do not mobilize them well for change but only fulfill their personal goals after they get political offices.

    Besigye made the remarks while hosted by senior journalist Evans Walusimbi on radio Simba’s Olutindo talk show.

    He also explained that the reason why he decided to form PFT was to establish a front to be used by all opposition politicians to strategise on the way forward to oust Museveni’s regime even though some opposition politicians intentionally misinterpreted the Front’s goals.

    He insisted that each and every political pressure group formed adds something to the struggle and shouldn’t be rubbished.

    “Uganda is sitting on the time bomb and we should all prepare for the worse situation ahead. People are crying due to the increase in commodity prices and no one is there to mobilize them to fight for themselves because many of those who would have fought for them are on Museveni’s drip, getting something from the state and they don’t want to interrupt the big boss,” Besigye said.

    He added that Museveni himself knows that Ugandans are tired of him that’s why he no longer associates with them as he used to when he had just captured power.

    “He is now moving in the armoured cars with alot of guns surrounding him,” Besigye said.

    The four time presidential candidate laughed at opposition members who think that they can use the ballot to oust Museveni.

    “For us we established ten years back that a ballot cannot remove Museveni from power and we have been telling our friends but for their personal benefits, they rubbished us until they tested on him,” Besigye said.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Family Of Alleged Kampala Twin Bombings Plotter Sheikh Kirevu Petitions UHRC’s Wangadya Over His Killing, Plead With Security To Release Widows…

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    Sheikh Kirevu

    The family of the late Muhammad Abas Kirevu has petitioned Mariam Wangadya, the chairperson Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) over the killing of their relative.

    In his Saturday address to the nation, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni confirmed that security operatives gunned down Sheikh Kirevu who was Imam of Masjid Jamia Ggangu due to his connection to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

    Museveni insisted that Sheikh Kirevu was aware of last week’s twin bombings at Kampala Central police station and along Parliamentary Avenue where seven people died.

    The president added that Sheikh Kirevu was working with Sheikh Sulaiman Nsubuga who is on run.

    The two were wanted for allegedly recruiting young children into terrorism activities under the ADF terrorist group.

    Mr. Museveni promised that his government is ready to reveal shocking evidence before the Courts of law when the trial kicks off.

    However, Sheikh Kirevu’s family led by Ibrahim Abas Ayub Kirevu, the brother to late sheikh Kirevu insists that their relative’s human rights were violated.

    They claim that he was not given an opportunity to defend himself on the alleged terrorism accusations by the state because he was killed on sight.

    “His right to life was violated and as a family we have to fight for his justice, he was arrested, handcuffed and then shot to death, we need justice for our brother,” Kirevu said after a meeting with Wangadya.

    He added that security forces also kidnapped other family members including a guest.

    He said that Amina Nabadda and Sofia Nakachwa, all windows to Kirevu, Mariam Najjuko, a sister-in-law to Kirevu are still in illegal detention.

    He pleaded to the human rights body to pressurise security agencies to release their people or take them to Court if they feel they have charges to answer.

    He further explained that they have checked a number of police stations in Kampala and some military barracks but failed to locate their loved ones.

    Wangadya promised that her commission is going to investigate the circumstances under which Kirevu was killed because he has a right to life.

    Police publicity Fred Enanga said that the said people are still in the hands of security for interrogation on a number of issues relating to last week’s twin bombings.

     

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    Kayunga Is Not For Jokers: Swords Out As Nantaba Vows To Fight Bobi Wine’s NUP In Kayunga By-Election…

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    NUP boss Robert Kyagulanyi (L) and Kayunga woman MP Nantaba (R)

    Kayunga woman Member of Parliament Aida Erios Nantaba and National Unity Platform (NUP) party’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine have each drawn out their swords in the by-election for Kayunga district chairperson.

    The Electoral Commission declared that a by election be held in Kayunga after the controversial death of Muhammad Ffefeka Sserubugo (NUP) who was found hanging on a jackfruit tree few months after being elected into office.

    Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) spokesperson Charles Twine revealed that Sserubogo committed suicide which was refuted by NUP top leadership who insisted that their outspoken member was killed and hung on the tree.

    Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama announced that the by-election will take place on 14th December, 2021.

    The biggest competition is expected to be between NRM’s Andrew Muwonge and NUP’s Harriet Nakwedde who has caused the sharp verbal fight between Nantaba and Bobi Wine henchmen.

    Julius Katongole, one of Bobi Wine’s personal assistants and also the Lubaga division youth chairperson, accused Nantaba of trying to compromise NUP’s party Election Management Committee chaired by Mercy Walukamba.

    “Nantaba is among those people who are bitter with our decision to front Nakwedde to replace the late Serubogo. You know she cheated her in the recent Kayunga woman parliamentary elections, she was declared winner at gun point but our president (Bobi Wine) was very clever. He directed Walukamba’s committee not to base on the information given to them in Kampala, he directed them to go to the grassroot and establish the rightful candidate who will secure the party’s victory in the by election and Nakwedde was selected,” Katongole said.

    He added that before announcing Nakwedde, a number of opposition leaders including Dr. Kizza Besigye’s People’s Front for Transition (PFT) had been approaching different candidates including Nakwedde to denounce NUP and contest on their tickets.

    He alleged that Besigye and other opposition parties promised to facilitate campaigns of their candidates if they cross to their camps but they all refused and reported to the party’s principle Bobi Wine.

    Katongole revealed that Bobi Wine has already received the intelligence report from the ground indicating that Nantaba is on the ground decampaigning Nakwedde but vowed to face off with her.

    Katongole also refuted claims from Sserubogo’s family that Bobi Wine betrayed them by not supporting Faridah Nakanwagi, a sister to Sserubogo and his son Jami Kamoga who were defeated by Nakwedde.

    “The process was transparent and all those people were defeated fairly and I am advising them not to fight the party because they will be defeated,” he said.

    However, when Nantaba was contacted for a comment, she laughed loudly at claims from Bobi Wine’s camp and warned that Kayunga is a different playground which doesn’t entertain jokers.

    She revealed that she is going to support Magid Nyanzi as an independent because she is also an independent.

    “The people of Kayunga know very well the land grabbers and their friends who are now jumping on Bobi Wine but they will be defeated. I am telling you,” the soft spoken legislator said.

    The NRM team is also on the ground to reclaim the Kayunga victory which was taken from them by NUP in the 2021 election.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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