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    How Museveni’s 29M Is Killing Off Opposition

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    By Otim Nape

    On Thursday afternoon, MPs Odonga Otto and Ogenga Latigo had a heated debate with some Togikwatako youths on their online forum. Otto started it all when he posted something attacking LoP Winnie Kiiza and her deputy Roland Kaginda for following in opposition Chief Whip Semujju Nganda’s footsteps by returning the 29m given to MPs to consult voters and popularize Magyezi’s proposal to delete article 102(b) on the age limit.

    Otto urged the trio to also return the 2.5bn annually given to their offices for travels, something the young people dismissed arguing the difference is whereas the 2.5bn is budgeted and appropriated by the Parliament, the 29m is adhoc and not properly appropriated. The young people criticized Otto for not being able to forego mere 29m yet he is a rich man who has been earning well as MP since 2001. Otto was very bitter and even left the online forum. The young people kept adding him back saying ‘please Honorable we need you on this forum.’ In the end the Aruu MP stayed and argued regardless of who returns or doesn’t return the money, the struggle against life presidency should go on. ‘As for me,’ he said of himself, ‘I will vote no to that bill regardless of how much MPs are given for consultations.’ He argued that fighting life presidency is the common denominator and should remain so. He argued any other small battle of returning or not returning the money can only be diversionary. The youth argued that it was clear M7 was killing many birds with one stone which must have been his intention from day one-discredit the opponents to Magyezi’s proposal by depriving them of moral authority to criticize the executive ploy to secure consent for deleting 102(b) using money. M7 also rightly knew it would cause rifts and splits in the opposition forces and this clearly is working out as those who are staying with the money are looking at those returning it as undermining them. Simply-when you return the money you invite more scrutiny to colleagues who haven’t returned it. Your actions will imply they are greedy and unbothered about people’s suffering. To her credit, the LoP Winnie Kiiza left the decision to accept the 29m or not to individual MPs as opposed to imposing any official position. This would undermine her authority as members would defy it and cause chaos in the opposition ranks. You leave it to each MP to decide what his or her conscience tells him and each is individually judged to answer to the voters as such. In the Thursday online debate, Ogenga Latigo, another life presidency opponent who badly needs every money because he is financially not doing well since his commercial agric projects didn’t work out well and has debts, came to Otto’s rescue. He argued the matter should be left to individual MPs and that both sides should refrain from attacking the other’s choice. Yet these two opposition MPs-Otto and Latigo-aren’t the only legislators determined to defy public opinion and take the money. Otto maintains in the struggle you need every resource because there are lots of expenditures to make. Many other opposition compatriots think the same way-including Makindye Sabagabo’s Ssajjalyabene Sempala Kigozi. He was the very first DP MP to say ‘I will take that money to my people and we chew it.’ Lutamaguzi Semakula of Nakaseke South has been vague and says the voters have pressurized him to bring the money and they chew it arguing even if he declines it, Nakaseke hospital won’t suddenly become better. They argue all the same the money will be eaten. Kato Lubwama, not very surprisingly, is in the same predicament and like badly attacking and scandalizing those opting to return the money. Still not very surprisingly defiance MPs Francis Mwijukye and Allan Sewanyana too have cheerfully embraced the money with Sewanyana using it to treat the sick maimed and injured in the recent police violence and teargas during the Togikwatako rally in Makindye West (Kulekana stage). Makindye East Ibrahim Kasozi has also not returned the money and it’s not very surprising to those who know his views on materialism. There are many other MPs who haven’t been outspoken on this money matter e.g. Nabillah Nagayi (not very surprisingly), Mohammad Nsereko, Mathias Mpuuga, Anna Adeke (she certainly needs it campaign was very expensive for her having refused to denounce FDC despite pressure from her mentor Lillian Aber), Mike Kabaziguruka, Mubarak Munyagwa, Latif Sebaggala, Nandala Mafabi, Gerald Karuhanga, Cecilia Ogwal, Charles Angiro Gutmoi (suffered a lot financially when out of Parliament 2011-16) and Jack Wamai etc. Those who have spoken out and acted very clearly are-Semujju Nganda, Muwanga Kivumbi, Angeline Osege, Abdul Katuntu, Moses Kasibante, Roland Kaginda, Bobi Wine, Winnie Kiiza and a few others. Katuntu argues, having learnt from the mistake he made not returning money MPs were given more than 5 years ago during campaign time disguised as NAADS monitoring cash, there is no way he can take this one more so that its illegal money contravening the Finance Management Act that prohibits unbudgeted spending of government cash. He says as a chair of an accountability committee (COSACE), he knows the Auditor General John Muwanga, if he is serious at all, will audit and indict the Parliamentary Commission for this illegal transaction of close to 15bn. He says, should he take the money, he will have no moral authority to strictly question the Commission on that audit query when that day of reckoning comes. In UPC, we haven’t heard any MP returning the money and we won’t be hearing any soon.

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    Leaders Of Traders Panicking After M7 Directs Investigation Over Allegations Of An Invisible Foreign Hand Fueling Their Strikes To Sabotage Economy…

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    L-R: Some of the leaders of traders: Godfrey Katongole, David Kabanda and Thadeus Musoke

    Kampala Metropolitan Senior Minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda has exclusively confirmed to theGrapevine that president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed the country’s intelligence organs and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to investigate the alleged invisible hand behind traders’ leadership.

    She explained that preliminary investigations have established that some leaders of traders who are advocating for endless strikes are biased in their decisions because there is an invisible hand pushing them with an agenda of sabotaging the country’s economy and creating an ungovernable situation.

    “We know whatever they are planning. Our people are on ground, so they should stand warned,” Kabanda said.

    She revealed that President Museveni was shocked to establish that in Kampala city alone, traders have more than 30 associations and each one of them has command.

    This has created suspicion and the need for an investigation to establish their true motives.

    The development comes at a time when traders are threatening to go into a two months strike without opening their shops in the city center if president Museveni doesn’t address their demands including the banning of the Electronic Receipting and Invoicing System (EFRIS).

    On 7th May 2024, Museveni directed Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to sit down with leaders of traders and sort out their differences.

    The President guided that once these leaders and URA agree, they should make a joint report which they should read to him and other traders on 20th of June 2024 at Kololo independence grounds.

    However, before that meeting, Minister Kabanda has disclosed that Museveni is set to meet leaders of traders in the State House to have some issues sorted out noting that government is doing everything in its power to make sure that what happened on 7th May 2024 never happens again.

    She explained that it was bad for traders to shout at the President and embarrass senior government officials to the extent of accusing some of corruption insisting that traders’ behavior sent a warning signal to government that there must be an invisible hand influencing and facilitating them.

    theGrapevine has established that the leadership of Kampala City Traders Association(KACITA) led by Thadeus Musoke Nagenda, Federation of Uganda Traders Association(FUTA), Katukazane Shoe Dealers, Kampala Arcaders Advocacy Forum, United Arcarders Traders Enterprenuers Association,  Uganda Needy and Squatters Association have resolved to join hands and strategise on how to come up with a common voice before the President.

    Highly placed sources in intelligence have revealed to theGrapevine that all eyes are on David Kabanda who is being investigated for working for some opposition bigwigs who promised him support in the coming elections.

    Sources said that Kabanda wants to become the city councilor on Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago’s council.

    However, veteran journalist and the Senior presidential advisor on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi advised Museveni not to take lightly statements made in the United Kingdom’s House of Lords that King Charles’s leadership should influence regime change in Uganda.

    He explained that the western powers are going to use all the available means to sabotage Museveni’s leadership insisting that there is invisible hand in traders’ frequent strikes.

    But a section of KACITA leadership told theGrapevine that there are people in President Museveni’s government who are facilitating the creation of endless traders associations with the aim of benefiting from them and fighting the unity among traders.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Mukono Municipality In Crisis After NUP Mayor Nkoyoyo Is Admitted To Mulago Hospital Without Money For Treatment…

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    Bedridden Mukono Municipality mayor Erisa Mukasa Nkoyoyo. Inset is the area MP Betty Nambooze

    Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireke has confirmed that the Municipality’s mayor Erisa Mukasa Nkoyoyo has been admitted to Mulago Specialised Hospital.

    Nambooze explained that last week, she went to hospital to check on him and discovered that his health condition was worsening.

    She said that Nkoyoyo needs very expensive medicine which he has to buy from one of the big pharmacies near the hospital because inside the hospital the medicine is not there.

    She added that because of the expensive medicine, Nkoyoyo is buying it in piecemeal which places his life in more danger.

    She disclosed that the Municipality has no money for his treatment.

    Few months back, theGrapevine reported how Mukono Municipality town clerk Majeran Luboyera and other technocrats rushed Nkoyoyo to Butabika mental hospital but he was later discharged.

    Friends and family members cited witchcraft in Nkoyoyo’s sickness claiming that his political competitors who want his office come 2026 are the ones who want him dead.

    Luboyera confirmed that Nkoyoyo’s absence has created a leadership crisis in the Municipality because currently, it is like the Municipality has no mayor.

    Since the day Nkoyoyo decided to attend the local government retreat at Kyankwanzi leadership training, National Unity Platform principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) him a betrayer.

    The party leadership stopped Nkoyoyo from attending the said retreat but he defied them and attended.

    Nkoyoyo later explained that his decision was based on his hunger to develop the Municipality and they could not achieve the development they wanted without working together with the ruling party.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    RDC Mbabazi, Sseninde In Secret Tug Of War Over NRM Ticket For Wakiso District Woman Legislator…

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    Rosemary Nansubuga Sseninde (R) and Justine Mbabazi (L)

    The mighty Grapevine can exclusively reveal that Rosemary Nansubuga Sseninde and Justine Mbabazi are in a secret fight over the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket for Wakiso District Woman Member of Parliament.

    In the 2021 parliamentary election, Sseninde was defeated little known Betty Naluyima who held the National Unity Platform (NUP) ticket.

    After the defeat, President Museveni dropped her as the junior Minister for Education.

    However, because of the good relationship Sseninde has with the first lady maama Janet Kataha Museveni, she was appointed as a Director at NRM Secretariat in charge of mobilization.

    When theGrapevine asked her whether she is coming back in elective politics, she only responded with “don’t wake them up”.

    We have established that she is making clandestine mobilization to contest for the same seat come 2026.

    But political observers in Wakiso told theGrapevine that Sseninde is going to find a hard task to secure the NRM ticket because Mbabazi is also interested in the same ticket and she is also doing clandestine mobilization.

    “Mbabazi is on the ground, she always stands with people when it comes to the situation of challenges, especially on the land issues. Minister Sam Mayanja has also helped her to popularize herself because whenever he goes for a land matter, he has to go with her and praise her before the public as a very hard working lady and an NRM cadre,” one of the political observers said.

    However, Sseninde is also not sleeping. She is using her position NRM director Mobilisation to hit two birds with one stone.

    She is popularizing President Museveni’s achievements across the whole country and at the same time doing ground mobilization among the locals in Wakiso district.

    Others interested in the seat are Rose Kirabira, Sylivia Namutyaba, Naluyimba is also coming back among others.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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