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How M7 Directed Zeija To Forcefully Send Justice Bashaija Who Awarded Shs.180bn To Controversial City Pastor Walugembe On Leave…

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President Museveni (L), justice Bashaija (C) and Zeija

For a number of months, many court users especially journalists and lawyers have been asking the whereabouts of soft-spoken High Court Civil Division Judge Dr. Andrew Bashaija.

The mighty Grapevine can authoritatively report that the controversial judicial officer is on forced leave.

Multiple credible sources intimated to us that the appointing authority who is also the President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni recently rang the Principal Judge who is also the head of the High Court and directed him with immediate effect to remove Bashaija from the Uganda Courts.

“The man is on forced leave, Mzee (Museveni) called the principal judge and told him that he no longer wants him in his courts,” one of the top judicial officers authoritatively told this reporter.

He explained that Museveni was very bitter with Bashaija’s decision to award Shs180bn to the city pastor and also the director of DMW Uganda Limited Daniel Walugembe.

Bashaija awarded Walugembe Shs180bn after government through NEMA canceled his licenses to mine sand in wetlands of Lwera in Masaka district.

Sources revealed that the president was very bitter after a number of top government officials including the Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga wrote to him complaining about Bashaija.

Shockingly, Pastor Walugembe stubbornly petitioned the Court of Appeal challenging the Shs180bn awarded to him by Bashaija claiming that it was too little compared to the huge amount he invested in this business before NEMA cancelled his license.

The Attorney General challenged Bashaija’s appeal.

Sources further told this website that Museveni told Zeija that the Lwera issue is not the first complaint he received on Bashaija’s unrealistic decisions, he cited other incidences like the complaint from Justice Catherine Bamugemereire when she was still chairing the Commission of Inquiry into land matters, Bamugemereire petitioned Museveni and the former Chief Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe complaining about Bashaija’s orders that always frustrated the work of her commission.

Other people included Local Entrepreneur and proprietor of Green Lounge, Bar and Restaurant in Muyenga Ponsiano Kwizera who cried foul following repeated attempts by his neighbor Justice Andrew Bashaija to have his business closed.

He reported that Bashaija wanted him to leave the place so that he expands his apartments that sit on plot 1652, in Ministers Village, Zzimwe road Muyenga Kampala.

Efforts to speak to Justice Bashaija were futile since his known phone numbers were not going through.

However, Ssalongo Solomon Muyita, the Senior Communications Officer of the Judiciary told theGrapevine that the judge is on a normal leave not a forced one.

When this website checked on the judiciary website, it indicated that Bashaija is currently not deployed anywhere but just on leave.

Another judicial officer told this website that because Museveni doesn’t have powers to send a judicial officer on forced leave, what he had to do after receiving a report from the Judicial Service Commission pining the judge on breaking the judicial service standards, was to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate the troubled judicial officer.

Nzeija first removed Bashaija from the office of the head of the High Court Civil Division and replaced him with a junior judge Micheal Elubo something many said was a demotion.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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Is It Illegal For A Private Citizen To Discuss Political Issues With Veterans: Gen. Tumukunde Runs To Constitutional Court Challenging Judge Ssekaana’s Decision….

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Tumukunde (L) in court today

Former Security Minister Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde has run to the Constitutional Court challenging High Court Civil Division Judge Musa Ssekaana’s decision favoring AIGP Grace Akullo the Director of Criminal Investigations in Uganda police.

Through his lawyers led by Anthony Wameli, Lt. Gen. Tumukunde wants the Constitutional court to interpret whether it was legal for the presiding judge to refuse to remove the Attorney General from his case so that he pursues Akullo in her personal capacity.

He insisted that he also wants court to pronounce itself on whether it is legal for the Attorney General to represent a public servant who has been dragged to court in her personal capacity.

The presidential aspirant also wants court to interpret whether it is illegal for a private citizen to discuss political issues with veterans as Akullo claims in her criminal summons he served him.

The former spy chief based his argument on an affidavit sworn by city lawyer Geoffrey Turyamusima who told court that he was present in court when the Attorney General represented Akullo when she was accused in her personal capacity of violating the human rights of a private citizen.

He added that the presiding judge based on the arguments of the Attorney General to dismiss with costs Lt. Gen. Tumukunde’s application of a temporary injunction stopping the CID from summoning him to record statements on charges related to treason.

Lt. Gen. Tumukunde ran to Court challenging Akullo’s criminal summons issued against him where he is being accused of meeting security veterans and discussing political issues stealthily.

Court has not yet set the date to hear Lt. Gen. Tumukunde’s petition.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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Don’t Worry My Girl You Will Be A Full Minister In My Next Cabinet – M7 Assures Embattled Former PPS Kamukama…

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President Museveni has promised his trusted former Principal Private Secretary (PPS)Molly Kamukama a juicy job in his next cabinet once he wins the 2021 election.

This website has established that over the weekend, Kamukama, who is the State Minister for Economic monitoring received a phone call from president Yoweri Museveni assuring her that she will retain her ministerial office in the coming 2021-26 government.

Museveni gave Kamukama an olive hand after losing the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party flag Ms. Jennifer Muheesi with whom she was competing for the Kazo District Woman MP slot.

Credible State House sources told this website that Museveni also told his former PPS that he has directed the recount of votes in Kazo, Isingiro and Kiruhura.

“Tanga Odoi refused to announce me because I told him to first talk to the Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba when he wanted to see the president. Why should junior officers like Tanga meet the president when seniors are available? NRM’s Electoral Commission is under the Secretariat and I was doing my professional work,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

She added, “H.E, kindly prevail over Tanga so that he declares me, Katushabe, Rwakimaari, Kabasharira and Rwamirama.”

On the issue of staying in cabinet, Kamukama stated that the president assured her that she will be a full cabinet Minister in 2021 – 2026 whether she is an MP or not.

“I thank you Your Excellency for shaming these youth and Kazo self-seekers,” she boasted.

Ronah Ruranga Kemirembe defeated Kamukama with 13,288.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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BURNING OF MAKERERE IVORY TOWER: It’s Unacceptable, We Have To Establish Whether This Was An Accident Or Foul Play – Muhoozi, I’m Not Surprised, It Was A Matter Of Time – Lawyer Ssemakadde….

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It is a very dark morning for Makerere University and academicians as the iconic Main Administration Building also known as the Ivory Tower caught fire destroying valuable records and property to ashes.

The fire that started at around midnight quickly spread as far as to almost half of the building affecting several offices.

The fire brigade was on ground to fight the raging fire immediately but it was heavy sprouting from the right side of the Building.

“The fire flames are heavy coming through right side of the roof which has sunk in. We all need to pray for the Ivory Tower,” the University tweeted.

The destruction according to the University Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe is unbelievable, but he gave assurance that they are determined to restore the building to its historic state in the shortest time possible.

The affected building also houses the offices of the Vice Chancellor and student records whereas the basement is full of archived files spanning the whole history of the institution.

According to the university, efforts to save the left wing of the building which houses the Human Resources and staff records of the university were being defeated by the highly powerful flames whose blaze was increased by the wooden furnishings.

This fire comes at a time when the university, like most education institutions, has been in lockdown mode since March 30, 2020.

Several Ugandans have expressed mixed reactions to what really caused the fires in a building that does not house Maama Naki’s kitchen in downtown Kampala. Below are some of the comments:

Briefly about The Ivory Tower

  • The Ivory Tower is perhaps the most iconic of all buildings when one talks of Makerere University.
  • The building proudly stands out as the most magnificent due to its unique early 20th century British architectural design. With its thicker walls and arch designed doors leading into the hundreds of rooms dabbing as offices, the main building is reminiscent of Makerere’s glory in the colonial days.
  • In this wonder of architecture is where Makerere University gets its endearment (or nickname); the Ivory Tower.
  • Constructed in 1930s, the T-Shaped main administration building was designed basing on the architectural design of Britain’s prestigious University of London.
  • Located in the centre and top of Makerere Hill ridge, the Main Building stands out as the most authoritative architectural piece at the university campus.
  • The Freedom Square and University Road are right in front of the main building in the east.
  • Erecting such an elegant state of the art building required so much sacrifice. According to writer Margret Macpherson, in her book: They Built for the Future, construction of the main building began in early 1930s and dragged on up to 1941 due to difficulties caused the Second World War.
  • The war interfered with importation of all construction materials that were to be shipped right from Europe. In fact, due to challenges posed by this war, especially scarcity of the much needed finance, other materials like doors were made locally in the Makerere College’s workshop. This is probably why the doors in the main building look dull in spite of the building’s spectacular exterior appearance.

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