Since the liberation war in the bushes of Luweero Triangle, President Museveni has always stressed the need to have a professional disciplined army that respects the rights of the citizens.
Numerous stories have been told by those who fought with the old man with a hat of how officers who infringed on the rights of citizens were punished and even killed.
The President has on several occasions warned that the UPDF and other security forces must not replicate the atrocities committed by armies of past regimes.
However, with the incorporation of the LDUs in the UPDF as a reserve force, the good image is slowly being tainted with dirt and blood and the indiscipline of the LDUs is eating into police and the once cherished UPDF.
theGrapevine takes a deep look into what went wrong.
LDUs AS RESERVE FORCE
In March last year, president Yoweri Museveni the Commander in Chief (CiC) of the armed forces passed out over 6,436 Local Defense Unity (LDUs) to beef up police, army and other security agencies in the fight against the rampant crime around the country.
In 2018, in his security address to the nation, Museveni ordered the recruitment of over 24,000 LDUs to fight urban crime and most of them were deployed in urban centers especially in Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono.
However, president’s dream of fishing out criminals in the society has turned into a nightmare and innocent Ugandans are losing their lives and hundreds have survived with serious injuries.
The situation worsened when the president declared a curfew and lockdown among other directives to fight the deadly COVID19 pandemic.
Many LDUs knowingly or unknowingly misinterpreted the presidential directives.
LDUs HAVE KILLED MORE UGANDANS THAN COVID19
According to investigations made by this website, LDUs have killed more Ugandans than Covid19 in the months of March, April, May and June.
Uganda currently has 977 Covid19 positive cases with no death and over ten deaths as a result of LDU brutality with many causalities.
Most Ugandans we have talked said that you have 99.9% chances of surviving death if you contract Covid19 but 1% chance of surviving if you meet an angry LDU officer.
Most of the affected people are boda boda riders, pregnant women and people in upcountry areas.
On May 8th, an LDU officer killed a man and a pregnant woman in Masaka Municipality along Elgin Street.
On May 12th 2020, an LDU officer shot dead 46-year-old Alfred Mwanga of Kapkwata village in Kapkwata Parish in Kapkwata Sub County in Kween District and injured David Denis Chemusto.
On 7th July 2020, UPDF 5th division Court Martial sentenced an LDU officer Pte. Jolly Thomas Opoka to life imprisonment for killing Francis Ogwang, a 65 year old man.
Recently in Lukaya, an LDU officer hit a boda boda cyclist with a gun killing him instantly.
Today, during the opening of plenary, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) Betty Awol Ochan disclosed that LDUs killed one person in Oyam, one in Kasese and one in Agago.
Female youth MP Anna Abaju Adeke revealed that Emmanuel Tegu, a third-year Veterinary Medicine student of Makerere University was allegedly beaten to death by LDU officers even though police denied these allegations.
Among those who have survived the wrath of these LDUs with serious injuries include; Ali Waswa a journalist with vision group based in Mbarara was badly beaten by UPDF soldiers and LDUs attached to Makenke in Mbarara district.
Ms. Olivia Pita, a resident of Moyo district sustained deep wounds on her forehead after being beaten by LDUs. She claims that she was found burning rubbish in her home.
Beatrice Kabatembuzi, a resident of Kanara Town Council in Ntoroko district claims that she was beaten by LDUs when they found her cooking food on her verandah.
On Tuesday, Mulengeranews reported that Soroti Resident judge Wilson Masalu Musene and David Wangutsi, a High court judge of the commercial court admitted that they were beaten by LDU officers.
On Tuesday evening, Joseph Luzige, the Mityana district chairperson was humiliated and insulted by LDU officers for trying to stop them from beating a boda boda rider who was carrying a pregnant woman.
These are some of the cases that have seen the light of day, but many go unnoticed.
WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY
To establish how deep this rot is, this website went an extra mile and talked to prominent human rights defenders and security experts.
Celebrated private investigator and security expert David Fredrick Egesa, he revealed that recruiting LDUs was a wrong project.
Egesa guided that the president was supposed to first weigh his decision of deploying people who are not well trained in society.
Egesa said that LDUs were supposed to cook food for UPDF not to put on their uniform because they even lack the basic law.
He insisted that the country is sitting on a time bomb, “LDUs will one day exchange bullets with police because each of them thinks that they are superior to the other.”
Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo told theGrapevine that you cannot divorce the actions LDU from UPDF because it’s under its command.
He insisted that whatever LDU is doing is supervised by UPDF and one time a top commander of UPDF told them to kill Ugandans because they were trained to kill.
“LDUs are mere sub-contractors of the UPDF on serious crimes which would have been committed by the army. In every election cycle we have paramilitary groups that commit the same crimes, we had crime preventers do the same crimes, there is a pattern here of the use of paramilitary groups to collude elections, from Kiboko squad, crime preventers now LDUs and they all come during elections. You cannot look at LDUs in isolation but in the context of being used as a paramilitary group sub contracted by the state to carry out violence,” Opiyo noted.
He bears the same opinion with Constitutional lawyer Peter Walubiri who stated that UPDF which is essentially president Museveni’s NRA has been leaving a deceptive life and what the LDUs are doing is to show the true character of the UPDF.
He insisted that NRA from the days of Luwero, Teso insurgency, Congo have been implicated in human rights abuses including torture and murder.
“When you read reports from human rights Commission and Amnesty international for the past 30 years, you will see that all these things are not new. Who killed people in Kasese? Who killed people when Buganda Premier Walusimbi was stopped from going to Bugerere in 2009? It wasn’t LDUs but UPDF. People have been tortured in safe houses, Kireka Special Investigation Units and Nalufenya by the military,” the soft spoken lawyer said.
Veteran investigative journalist Stanley Ndawula wondered why LDU was put under the command of a professional army of the UPDF, he explained that some of the LDU commanders are disgruntled and drunkards who are excited because they are getting a lot of money through extortion.
He prayed to the appointing authority to disband LDU and allow police to take over their duties before the two groups exchange bullets.
He noted that he witnessed a scenario where an LDU officer took over the command of an operation from a DPC including the suspects they had come to arrest.
UPDF SPEAKS OUT
Efforts to speak to Major Bilal Katamba the spokesperson of the LDUs were futile since he was not picking our calls or responding to our messages.
When we contacted, UPDF spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire did not pick our calls while his deputy Lt. Col. Deo Akiika’s phones were off.
However, on the Mityana incident, Brig. Karemire released a statement today regretting that the incident happened.
“The UPDF regrets this gross act of indiscipline that is not characteristic of the UPDF as a people’s army. We wish to restate that discipline remains a core value and bedrock on which the UPDF was founded. Anyone who deviates from this will always be punished according to the established laws. There are examples to prove this in the recent past like a soldier in Kasese was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment and an LDU personnel were yesterday sentenced to life imprisonment all because of unprofessional conduct.
We therefore strongly condemn this act meted out against one of our senior civilian leaders,” Brig Karemire said.
He added, “The UPDF wishes to reiterate its full commitment and loyalty to the people of Uganda and will always remain subordinate to the civilian authority as provided for under Article 208 of the Constitution.
There is no need to lose heart over these incidents. A comprehensive review of these deployments to enforce anti-COVID 19 measures is soon to take place and we expect better results.”
SPEAKER DIRECTS MINISTER TO EXPLAIN
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga today directed the Minister of Internal Affairs Gen. Jeje Odong to explain to Parliament and the country, the circumstances surrounding the death of Emmanuel Tegu, a third year student at Makerere University, allegedly killed by LDUs.
“You would imagine that the University is a safe place for our children to be but this has happened. Secondly, I think it’s time Government explained to Ugandans what they have done to the LDUs who have beaten and killed people – because the reports are there,” she said.
She added, “We want answers. Why is it that no LDU has been prosecuted? What action has been taken against these LDUs? We want answers from the Minister of Internal Affairs by Tuesday next week.”
By Sengooba Alirabaki
Why DPP Justice Abodo Dropped Charges Against EOC Boss Ntambi After Selfish Tycoon Vowed To Take Her Down Because Of A Deal Gone Bad…
The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Justice Jane Francis Abodo exposed a selfish city tycoon when she dropped criminal charges against Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) chairperson Sylivia Ntambi Muwebwa.
A letter seen by theGrapevine, dated 18th of January 2021 signed by Justice Abodo to the Registrar High Court Criminal Division states, “Take note that the government of Uganda intended that proceedings against Sylivia Ntambi Muwebwa charged with 14 counts embezzlements, 7 counts of conspiracy to defraud, six counts of abusive of office, and 7 counts of corruption shall not continue.”
Abodo’s letter comes after Ntambi was committed to the High Court Anti-Corruption Division after being charged in 2020 with forty-five offences related to corruption.
State alleged that in 2019, Ntambi together with three others conspired to defraud the government of Uganda thirtyfive million shillings using her office as the chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission, she was remanded to Kigo prison but later released.
State further alleged that other EOC staff who included; Agnes Enid Kamahoro, the former senior secretary to the chairperson EOC, Moses Mugabe, senior monitoring evaluation officer, Harriet Byangire, the senior accountant, Ronnie Kwesiga, the Acting Accounts Assistant, Evans Jjemba, the Principle Compliance officer, Mannaser Kihangana, the senior compliance officer, Sarah Nasanga, the office attendant and Nicholas Olwar were all interdicted.
Ntambi used her well connected and established lawyer MacDusman Kabega to reach out to Justice Abodo and explain to her that she never committed the said offences.
Ntambi told senior prosecutors at the DPP’s office that all her troubles started when she refused to sign and enter a Shs.2bn deal with a certain city tycoon.
She told prosecutors that the said tycoon, who is good at using his money and influence to start up fights with anyone he disagrees with wanted her to sign an agreement where EOC was supposed to rent on his new building around Nile Avenue something she rejected because it was not suitable and it did not follow proper procedures.
Sources said that Ntambi later told Justice Abodo that from then, this city tycoon declared war against her and he started paying the media to put her in bad light so that she loses her job.
It is alleged that Justice Abodo was convinced with Ntambi’s explanation after analysing the evidences prosecution had again.
She later reached to a conclusion that the evidences were cooked.
Justice Abodo decided to drop the charges against Ntambi and set her free.
However, close friends to Ntambi say her life may be in danger because this tycoon never forgives his enemies especially when it comes to money.
By Jamil Lutakome
SHOCKING: Rural Electrification Agency (REA) Bosses In Huge Sex Scandal, Details Of How Supervisors With Huge Sexual Appetite Terrorize Married Women, Single Mothers And Interns….
One of the big people at Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has been exposed as a sex monster who has ruined many young women’s marriage in the last 15 years.
The elderly wrinkled manager has for a very long period been celebrated as a leading Casanova who uses Viagra and wooden sex toys to wound private parts of babes working at REA head offices in Kamwokya.
The sex pest sometimes uses a wooden toy which looks like a whooper and many of the girls who have faced the wrath of his wooden whopper have had to go to hospital to be operated after their Kandahars were badly shattered.
Some of the victims we talked to anonymously told us that the light skinned senior manager who is soon reaching retirement has always used his position to witch hunt junior male bosses who try to compete with him on the shafting field. He also bonks interns and buys them cars from a prominent bond along Jinja road near Nakawa where he has his supplier of 2nd hand cars.
For the interns, he bonks once or twice and what happens to her after he doesn’t want to know.
The manager is very rich and bonks while using a special room at Speke Apartments or hotel Africana which is nearby. On a good night, the elderly manager can meet around 4 babes. He likes booking two in Speke Apartments and another two in Hotel Africana in separate rooms.
Sources withing REA told theGrapevine that he sometimes chews babes of the night from MacKinnon suites.
He makes sure he gives juicy tips to hotel room managers so that his secret doesn’t leak anywhere. He books the rooms on the day he will be coming around during the day so that the manager prepares to host him in advance. By 11pm, the REA manager will be done servicing at least two babes and then spares time for the remaining two who he slaughters up 1am and then drives home.
At home, he tells his wife that he delayed in long meetings or drink ups with his friends in Ntinda. The wife has been quarreling about this even though she knows that her man isn’t a joking subject when it comes to chewing fresh sumbis.
In the Ministry where the elderly man worked before, his wife once stormed the Minister’s office and threatened to kill one of the Ministry employees for sleeping with her husband.
The wife is a dark-skinned lady and when she got to know that her husband had turned his office at REA into a brothel, she planted spies there and at the hotels she suspected were being used by her husband as away grounds like Speke resort Munyonyo but the clever elderly man had already changed location to Hotel Africana and Speke Apartments where he even booked permanent rooms preserved for him.
One of the victims told us that to maximize on his bonking energy, the old man takes a lot of Viagra and when he gets tired, he uses artificial means of the wooden artificial sex toys which are specially made for him by a guy from Kubiri near Mulago.
These toys look like a whopper and once his natural energy runs out, the old man wears it in the place of his whopper and uses it to bonk especially when he lands on huge babes that are waterlogged.
Hotel sources say the old man enjoys wreaking havoc and causing pain and wounding his victims especially if they are huge and bummy.
Sources add that sometime back, the elderly REA manager almost killed an Acholi babe who couldn’t even walk on her own to leave the hotel room in the morning because of the way she had been wounded her using the wooden sex toy.
He bonked her senselessly and left the room at mid night to go to sleep at his home located somewhere in Nakawa division. The old man has been affected by excessive consumption of manhood enhancing drugs and these days changes blood every week to remain alive because of the cardiac related complications resulting from prolonged Viagra consumption.
Sources also told this website that when he has no new prey and needs to satisfy his apetite, he calls a babe called SB who is always his dangerous substitute.
SB and this REA boss have been enjoying themselves for many years since their days at the ministry where they worked before joining REA.
SB lives in Kiira Namugongo side and she is married with kids but considers herself a permanent side dish to the bonking manager who supports her to get juicy trips and projects to manage. SB’s kids know there is some chemistry between their mum and the old manager and they call him uncle.
The manager doesn’t spare even cleaners and sometimes chews them from the office on weekends when others are at home. He will pretend to be coming to complete a certain report yet in actual sense he is coming to slaughter cleaners who keep telling each other how he bonked them at a fee.
He one time sponsored a cleaner to travel with him to South Africa and later bragged before his friends that, ‘ha that cleaner is very sweet I can’t let her go.’
There is a female manager at REA who the IGG was going to arrest for embezzling Ugx799m but the old manager offered to refund the money for her because she was his bonkmate.
There is another unmarried manager in her early 40s who the randy manager always shafts at Hotel Africana and Speke Apartments. The two sometimes sit at Hotel Africana coffee terrace as if they are discussing office work and once it clocks 11pm they enter the room and bonk senselessly.
Another female manager is called SK and she also bonks with this old manager as they discuss engineering project planning work inside the hotel room each time they finish a bonking marathon. SK is in her late 30s and stays along Entebbe road. There is another manager married to a URA enforcement officer in Nakawa but also sleeps with the old manager at REA behind the back of her husband.
She is in her late 30s. The manager calls these babes his chocolates and is always defending them as star performers in company meetings.
Many years ago, the same old manager was chewing a legal officer called BA who in the end resigned after the other female workers wanted to poison her for bonking their elderly ‘kibubu’.
In her late 40s, the legal officer relocated from Uganda to live in one of the Island nations because the old manager’s other girlfriends wanted to kill her.
There is another married babe called DN who is an engineer at REA. The elderly manager bonked and after that marketed her to sit on a powerful committee that awards big procurement deals at REA. This put DN in position to get kickbacks from service provides and to also travel abroad for per diem. When the babes try to refuse by saying they are married, the sexually insatiable manager tells them that where he comes from a thief doesn’t steal in deserted houses [ekifulukwa] but in houses where people live.
By Grapevine Reporters
Even If He Reports Us To The President, He Has To Pay Our Money – Lawyers Galisonga, Byenkya Speak Out On Threatening And Suing Archbishop Lwanga…
This week, the Nation woke up to a letter written by Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga the Archbishop of Kampala Diocese requesting President Museveni to rescue him from commercial lawyers who are harassing him over billions that government compensated the Catholic Church for both Entebbe airport land and rent arrears of Nsambya police barracks which seats on church land.
In his letter dated 21st May 2020, the Archbishop Pinned constitutional and commercial lawyer Ebert Byenkya of
Byenkya, Kihika and Company Advocates, youthful lawyer Julius Galisonga of Galisonga and Company Advocates and Gordon Bainomugisha of plotting to defraud the Catholic Church.
The head of Catholic Church in Kampala told Museveni that these lawyers, who are both Catholics took advantage of his ignorance in legal issues and misguided him to give them instructions to demand for the Church arrears of over Shs17.6bn for Nsambya rent and Entebbe airport land compensation.
Lwanga recapped for the president about a meeting they held together in 2018 at Entebbe State House where they discussed both matters at length.
Lwanga reminded the old man from Rwakitura that he advised him that his directives are not implemented by lawyers but his ministers and other government officials.
He said that after understanding the head of state’s advice, he immediately contacted Byenkya and Bainomugisha to help him pursue the church money through the rightful channels.
He revealed that Byenkya, the lead counsel to Justice Catherine Bamugemereire’s land commission convinced officials at Kampala Archdiocese to reinstate the legal instructions which Lwanga had canceled when he was out of the country.
He explained to Museveni that surprisingly, Byenkya used his influence to convince the lands minister to permit the transfer of church money to his law firm’s account in United Bank of Africa without the church’s consent.
The soft spoken Lwanga reported to the President that when he canceled Byenkya’s legal instructions to represent the Church, he started attacking and embarrassing him.
He said that Byenkya dragged him to court as the registered trustee of the Archdiocese of Kampala and he is seeking over Shs920m.
Lwanga also told the president that Byenkya is not the only lawyer breathing down his neck, another youthful lawyer Julius Galisonga has also dragged him to the High Court civil division and wants the church to pay him Shs5.3bn.
He denied giving legal instructions to Galisonga to represent the church in any transaction but reported that he is working with Centenary bank to steal church money.
He reported that a one Francis Lwanga, a staff at Centenary bank is allegedly working with Galisonga to monitor the church’s account and briefs him on every coin that is deposited.
He said that whenever the church receives money on the said account, Galisonga pressurizes him to be paid.
Lwanga reported that because he was confused and didn’t know what to do, he gave Shs.2.6bn to catholic church’s lawyers of Buwuule, Mayiga and Company Advocates where Buganda’s premier Charles Peter Mayiga is a managing partner to pay all the lawyers who are demanding for legal fees from the Church and they were paid.
However, Galisonga continued demanding for his payment, insulting him and even dragged him to courts of law.
Lwanga told Museveni that the Shs2.6bn was part of the Shs12.8bn given to the church as installment on the Nsambya rent.
He also reported to the president that the son of his former minister Serapio Rukundo, a one Gordon Bainomugisha is also putting him on the pressure claiming that he is demanding for over Shs5.2bn.
BYENKYA SPEAKS OUT
When contacted for a comment, Byenkya revealed that the dispute he has with Lwanga is simply about unpaid legal fees.
He added that the church was served and his duly represented and hopefully the matter will be resolved.
Byenkya added that his law firm didn’t take any church funds as the archbishop reported to the president.
He insists that the church received all its money as paid by the government.
“The Archbishop wrote a complaint to the president so we will hopefully get an opportunity to respond appropriately to the respondent,” he said.
I NEED MY MONEY – LAWYER GALISONGA
When contacted by the Grapevine, Galisonga said that he feels hurt to see the most respected religious leader in Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga telling lies.
He narrated that it all started when a one Kasule contacted him and pleaded with him that he has instructions from Archbishop Lwanga to look for the best lawyers who can help the church recover their money from the government.
Galisonga said that he later received instructions to start representing the church and help them to get their money from the government a job he successfully did.
Galisonga said that surprisingly, when it came to paying him, the church started playing him games.
He revealed that it’s now a year since he started asking for his money from the church but the Archbishop has been intentionally dodging him which forced him to go to court and their matter is before just High Court Civil Division Judge Musa Ssekana.
On the issue of spying on the church bank account, Galisonga said that he has never planted any spy in Centenary bank and that he doesn’t know any one called Lwanga as the Archbishop claims in his letter to the president.
He said that the said bank account was given to him by the Archbishop himself, he wondered why he is now turning against him.
He revealed that right now, he is in mediation with the church and hopes that they will settle the matter out of court.
The flamboyant lawyer insisted that he never received any coin from the church as the Archbishop claims from lawyers of Buwuule, Mayiga and Company Advocates.
BUWULE, MAYIGA ADVOCATES SPEAKS OUT
When contacted by the Grapevine, Francis Buwuule, a senior partner of Buwuule, Mayiga and Company Advocates, the lawyers of Kampala Archdiocese said that he cannot speak about the matter without consulting his clients.
He added that he doesn’t discuss Advocate, client issues in the media but asked us to call him later after discussing with his clients.
By Sengooba Alirabaki
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