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    How Mbabazi’s Comeback, Kayihura’s New Bond With M7 Have Forced Tumukunde To Start Panicking – Gov’t,Army Fail To Explain Why His Guards Were Allegedly Withdrawn…



    This week, news circulated that UPDF, with orders from above, withdrew the military guards who were providing security to the former security minister Rtd. Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde at his posh home in Kololo along Mpala avenue in Kampala without his knowledge.

    A number of political, social and economic commentators speculated that this was done to tame his ambitions of standing stand for presidency in the 2021 general elections. However, president  Museveni’s adviser on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi differs.

    Mirundi said that when Museveni deployed Tumukunde to tame his fellow 1986 war veterans who wanted to oust him from power, he thought that he will once again be the king maker in the 2021 general election. He said that Museveni used Tumukunde to fight former Gofoward presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi and former Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura who were targeting Museveni’s office.

    “You know if you are a house helper and your job is to take care of children at home, when you see the children being taken to boarding school just know that you no longer have a job. That’s what Tumukunde failed to calculate, he was used to defeat Mbabazi and Kayihura and now that they are no longer a threat, he his not useful to Museveni,” Mirundi said.

    He further explained that Museveni is not willing to give Tumukunde the same privileges he gave him during the 2016 elections which included huge sums of money and a helicopter to move all over the country looking for votes. Mirundi insisted that Tumukunde is as sensitive politician, he established that Mbabazi is slowly coming back in government and there are ongoing negotiations between Museveni and Kayihura with high chances that he is also coming back.

    Mirundi said that Tumukunde has already calculated that if he stays in the NRM government, he will be crushed and written off from the records of Uganda’s politics by Kayihura and Mbabazi who he badly humiliated.

    He added that Tumukunde understands that Mbabazi cannot forgive him for humiliating him when he took his chopper to the hotel where he slept and disturbed his peace during the 2016 elections.

    Mirundi said that Tumukunde is in a bad situation because even if he tries to go to the opposition, he will not be welcomed since he was the one who planted and has been facilitating most of the opposition members to keep their government in power.

    He also revealed that even the opposition political wave has changed from the ones they controlled and paid to People Power under Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine who they don’t have control over.

    “You know for me I was in Kyadondo and I saw big government officials giving 50k shillings to voters to vote Bobi Wine. They thought that they would use him to intimidate Museveni to give them money, right now, they are stranded because they cannot control him, he got other people who are controlling him,” Mirundi said.

    The Kalagala born advised Tumukunde to lay low like an envelope and quit politics to protect their wealth. Mirundi insisted that he was a very close friend to Tumukunde and in the early 2000’s he survived being detained by government over allegations that they were planning to overthrow the government.

    He said that Tumukunde invited him to his Kololo house to plan on how to establish a political party but in the middle of the meeting, General Kayihura stormed Tumukunde’s home with over 50 armed men to arrest Tumukunde.  

    Mirundi revealed that he survived being arrested by jumping Tumukunde’s erimeter wall, Tumukunde was arrested and up to now, he still thinks that he was betrayed by Mirundi who is being used by Kayihura.


    When contacted to explain why military guards were withdrawn from Tumukunde, since the army has an obligation to protect their retired officers, Lt Col Deo Akiiki, the deputy spokesman of UPDF said, “What I can tell you is that we are no longer responsible to General Tumukunde, first of all he retired from the army and was appointed as a minister so it’s the government to explain why his guardes were withdrawn.”

    However, when we contacted Col Shaban Bantariza, the deputy government spokesman, he said that, “Let the army explain. We are not the ones who withdrew his guards, what does Akiiki call government, he is also in government. I will not talk on their behalf because they didn’t brief me when they were withdrawing the military guards from General Tumukunde.”

    By Ssengooba Alirabaki



    Why M7 Appointed Trusted Brother Gen. Saleh To Command Fight Against Gunmen Attacks On Security Forces …



    President Museveni and his brother Gen. Salim Saleh

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the Commander in Chief has assigned his young trusted brother and special senior presidential advisor Gen. Salim Saleh to supervise the fight against gunmen who are attacking security installations and forces.

    Credible security sources have intimated to theGrapevine that Museveni was briefed by his confidant intelligence team that security agencies have failed to defeat the armed men who attack police posts and military barracks.

    Internal Affairs State Minister Gen. David Muhoozi briefed parliament that 22 suspects including UPDF soldiers and two police officers were charged before the court martial on offences related to the recent attacks on police stations and military barracks. The minister said that within a period of 12 months, 13 attacks have been reported, 15 guns were stolen and 6 of these have not yet been recovered.

    “According to available intelligence, the motives for these actions are acquisition of arms for subversive activities, as well as for other criminal ends other than subversion,” the minister said.

    However, the minister explained that some of the attacks were as a result of laxity in the security forces and sources have said that it is this laxity that has forced President Museveni to bring back Gen. Saleh after establishing that his security forces were carrying out uncoordinated operations against the said gunmen.

    Sources added that the big man was very bitter with some security bosses for giving uncoordinated statements, he gave an example of the statement issued by police identifying the gunmen as rebels which the army rubbished and insisted that the attackers are criminal gangs.

    Sources said that Museveni directed all security bosses that before an operation is carried out, Gen. Saleh has to be informed and if it is an emergency, he has to be briefed not beyond five hours after the operation.

    “You know these gangs have started using tactics which President Museveni’s NRA rebels used especially when they started attacking security installation with the aim of stealing guns, didn’t you hear that the attackers at Gaddafi barracks in Jinja first strangled the UPDF soldier before firing bullets on his dead body?” a source said.

    He added that Museveni wants Gen. Saleh to use the same tactics they have previously used to fight gunmen.

    Another source said that there is a sharp division within security agencies and the president wants Gen. Saleh to fix it and save the situation.

    Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the special presidential senior advisor on operation, has been the supervisor of all the operations in the country.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    Has Bobi Wine Finally Made Up His Mind To Replace Mpuuga With Zaake? Battle For LOP Position Rages On, NUP Speaks out…



    L-R: Mityana municipality MP Zaake, LOP Mpuuga and NUP boss Bobi Wine

    David Lewis Rubongoya, the National Unity Platform (NUP) Secretary General has rubbished allegations that his party president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has written to Annet Anita Among, the Speaker of Parliament, appointing Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) Francis Zaake as the Leader of Opposition in Parliament replacing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba.

    Rubongoya said that the aim of people who are circulating allegations that Bobi Wine has fired Mpuuga is to disorganise opposition legislators and NUP members at large which they cannot accept as NUP leadership.

    The allegation come at a time when Bobi Wine has just blasted some of his party MPs and opposition at large for not supporting Zaake when he was protesting on the floor of parliament over the kidnapping of opposition supporters especially in Buganda.

    Thomas Tayebwa, the deputy speaker of parliament early this week sent Zaake to the parliament’s disciplinary committee for violating his orders when he insisted on commenting on the ongoing kidnaps in the country even after advising him on the right procedure to follow.

    However, Bobi Wine claims that it was wrong for Tayebwa to frustrate Zaake and praised Makindye West legislator Derrick Nyeko, Kasanda South’s Frank Kabuye, Nakaseke Central’s Allan Mayanja and Kilak South’s Gilbert Olanyah who stood with Zaake when he was protesting.

    Sources inside NUP revealed that Bobi Wine is very determined to drop all the opposition leadership in parliament because they are not respecting his orders and are in bed with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party which he says is betrayal.

    Sources added that apart from Zaake, other people who are being vetted to replace Mpuuga include Busiro East’s Medard Lubega Ssegona and Kasanda North’s Patrick Oshabe Nsamba.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    Buganda Premier Mayiga In Panic Over City Businessman Who Wants To Finish Him…



    Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga

    Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango has revealed that detectives from Old Kampala police station have kicked off investigation against a controversial city businessman for inciting Kisekka market youths against Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga.

    In an exclusive interview with theGrapevine, Onyango said that on Monday morning, Old Kampala police received information about angry Buganda youths who were threatening to cause insecurity at Bulange building which houses Buganda Kingdom headquarters.

    Onyango said that his police quickly saved the situation and arrested some of the youths who led the attack.

    He explained that preliminary investigation show that there might be a big man behind the goons who were hired from Kisekka market to bring tension and panic at Bulange building and against the person of Mayiga.

    “They are going to be charged with the offences of criminal trespass and inciting violence. However, investigations are ongoing and we might charge them with other offences because we are still looking for that person who is behind them,” Onyango said.

    Detectives at Old Kampala police told theGrapevine that they suspect that there is a top city tycoon who facilitated these youths to attack Buganda Kingdom.

    He added that they might be the ones who forged the signature of the Buganda Kingdom King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi that was put on the letter suspending all works at all Kingdom institutions including clans headquarters, his palaces and at the Kingdom headquarters.

    In the forged letter, there were instructions directing UPDF and Uganda Police with immediate effect to stop providing security at the said Kingdom headquarters.

    Detectives added that the youths identified themselves as Kabaka Munyango and are the ones who normally escort Kabaka Mutebi when he is travelling internally.

    It is alleged the suspects wanted to stage a deadly protest against Kabaka as a way of provoking his security to fire bullets at them which would have resulted in bloodshed.

    The suspects were found with machetes and placards with writings pleading to Kabaka Mutebi to fire Mayiga over incompetence and corruption.

    Buganda Kingdom disowned the said letter insisting that it was not signed by Kabaka.

    However, sources within Mengo revealed that the letter was authored within Bulange by Mayiga’s enemies.

    Efforts to get a comment from Buganda Kingdom were futile as Noor Kiyimba, the Kingdom’s information and cabinet minister was not picking our calls by press time.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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