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    How Tribalism, Hatred Fueled Supreme Court Drama As 8 Justices Ganged Up Against Pro Bobi Wine Judge Kisakye…

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    Drama unfolded at Kololo based Supreme Court exposing the untold tribalism and hatred among judges in Uganda’s judicial system.

    The open infighting among supreme court judicial officers started on 1st February 2020 when National Unity Platform (NUP) former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine filed his presidential petition challenging the victory of president Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni in the 2021 presidential polls.

    When selecting the panel to hear Bobi Wine’s petition, Chief Justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo first appointed professor Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza to join other nine supreme Court Justices to hear the matter but she declined claiming that she had to travel abroad for medical treatment.

    Credible Sources at Supreme Court revealed to this website that Justice Dollo then planned to write to the president to use his executive powers to temporarily promote deputy Chief Justice Richard Buteera from the Court of Appeal/Constitutional Court to Supreme Court to raise the number of  Justices.

    Sources devulged that Justice Tibatemwa intentionally declined to sit in Bobi Wine’s case after her appointment as the chief Justice of the Republic Seychelles was allegedly frustrated by Justice Dollo and Judicial Service Commission boss Justice Benjamin Kabiito.

    Justice Tibatemwa even challenged the move in Court claiming that the decision to frustrate her was reached upon in bad faith.

    SENIOR JUSTICES UNDERMINE DOLLO

    Sources at the Supreme Court told theGrapevine that senior Justices led by Justice Kisakye, Justice Tibatemwa claim that Dollo is not fit to be the Chief Justice.

    Justice Kisakye was among the candidates who were interviewed to replace Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe, however, president Museveni appointed Justice Dollo as CJ and Justice Butera as Deputy CJ.

    Before the appointment of the new Chief Justice, Justice Kisakye mobilized Buganda Kingdom through Buganda King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, the kingdom’s premier Charles Peter Mayiga and prince Dr. Kassim Kakungulu Nakibinge to support her bid to become the next Chief Justice.

    She even organised a number of prayers.

    However, immediately after declaring Justice Dollo as the Chief Justice, Justice Kabiito said that the Commission only sent two names to the president, Justice Dollo and Justice Butera.

    Sources at the Supreme Court said that since then, Justice Kisakye turned bitter and stopped spending much time with friends at Court. This was not the first time that president Museveni declined to appoint Justice Kisakye, in 2015, she was among the candidates who applied for the office of the Chief Justice and Museveni decided to appoint Justice Katureebe.

    Sources reveal that after losing out in 2015, Justice Kisakye was very sure that this time she was going to take over the CJ office.

    She only feared Justice Tibatemwa and Justice Opio Aweri but luckily, they did not apply.

    HOW BOBI WINE CASE UNMASKED TRIBALISM AT SUPREME COURT

    Sources at Supreme Court revealed that Bobi Wine’s petition has unmasked the tribalism at supreme Court.

    Sources disclosed that when Bobi Wine filed his petition, many judicial officers who are Baganda started jubilating in the library and in the registry that Bobi Wine was going to defeat Museveni.

    Sources said that trouble started on 14/02/2021 when Justice Stella Arach Amoko directed supreme Court clerks not to allow Bobi Wine’s rejected evidence in the supreme Court building.

    However, a section of Baganda clerks led by Hassan Bukenya forcefully entered Bobi Wine’s evidences in the Court building.

    Sources narrated that Bukenya and friends claimed that if they didn’t enter Bobi Wine’s evidences, the Inspector General of Government was going to question them on offences of abusing their offices.

    Sources said that when Justice Amoko was told that Bobi Wine’s evidence was in the building and the move was led by Bukenya, she directly phoned the Human resource office of the Judiciary and directed that Bukenya be transferred from the supreme Court.

    Bukenya was later summoned at the human resource office and told that he had been transferred with immediate effect to Nakawa chief magistrates Court without explanation.

    From then, the Baganda at the Supreme Court started pointing fingers at Justice Amoko accusing her of influencing Bukenya’s transfer.

    HOW BOBI WINE CAUSED DOLLO, KISAKYE FIGHT

    Multiple sources at Supreme Court have revealed that on Monday, Chief Justice Dollo summoned fellow Justices to share their drafted rulings on the three dismissed applications, these are; application for extension of time, application to file additional evidences and lawyer Male Mabirizi’s application to put aside the proceedings of Bobi Wine’s petition over Chief Justice Dollo’s participation in the process yet he was asked to recuse himself.

    Sources disclosed that Justice Kisakye told fellow justices that she had not yet finished writing her ruling.

    On Wednesday, when the panel was set to deliver a detailed ruling on Mabirizi’s application, Justice Kisakye refused to be part of the panel but the eight justices proceeded with their rulings.

    On Thursday morning, Justice Dollo asked Kisakye to share her rulings and she refused arguing that it was not stated anywhere in the books of laws that she has to share her rulings with fellow justices.

    WHY DOLLO DIRECTED SPEAKERS TO BE SWITCHED OFF AND CLOSED THE TENTS

    Justice Kisakye revealed that when she refused to share her ruling, fellow justices told her that they are not going to let her read something they had not looked at.

    Sources said that Justice Dollo feared that Kisakye was going to criticize him for declining to recuse himself from Bobi Wine’s case.

    Sources further divulged that to embarrass her, he summoned lawyers from both parties to his chambers, Attorney General William Byaruhanga led the group, others were Ebert Byenkya, Edwin Karugire, Francis Atooke, Solicitor General Samual Muyizi Mulindwa and others.

    Museveni’s lawyer Kiryowa Kiwanuka remained in Court with Bobi Wine’s lawyer Abubaker Ssekanjako. When lawyers were in chambers with the CJ and other justices, Justice Kisakye came back in the tent and sat in her seat.

    She started telling Journalists how Dollo used his barbaric powers to confiscate her ruling. Immediately, the speakers were switched off.

    When the lawyers come back to the tent where Kisakye was, they only picked their books and rallied their colleagues to move out.

    It should be remembered that during the hearing of the presidential petition last month, there was a bitter exchange between the AG Byaruhanga and Kisakye.

    She later moved out of Court swearing to recover her ruling from Dollo. When journalists followed her, she found Dollo’s chamber heavily guarded by his security and two security personnel who were dressed in SFC uniform.

    Sources disclosed that the SFC guards were not deployed to protect Dollo but they had escorted a woman member of parliament from Northern Uganda who had come to pay Dollo a visit.

    Justice Kisakye come back and told journalists that Dollo refused to give her ruling and she was going to read her deduplication copy.

    She read her rulings and was decent with fellow Justices.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Former Minister Mbayo Survives Arrest, Sneaks Into CID, Grilled Over Nepotism And Corruption…

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    Minister Esther Mbayo

    Former Minister for Presidency Esther Mbayo has survived arrest after secretly presenting herself to Kibuli based police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to answer charges related to corruption and nepotism.

    Last month, police threatened to arrest the Luuka district woman Member of Parliament for refusing to respect the criminal summons issued against her through the office of the Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah.

    Mbayo pleaded with the speaker for assistance claiming that the police detectives are being used by her political opponents to humiliate her and brand her a criminal.

    However, the speaker advised her to go to CID and record a statement since police have followed the necessary requirements to summon her as an MP.

    On Monday last week, Mbayo sneaked into CID together with her lawyers and she was grilled by detectives led by Julius Twinomujuni.

    Sources at the CID disclosed that Mbayo was grilled on allegations of influencing the Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation(UPPC) board to approve her sister Christine Mayengo as the Finance and Accounting manager yet she lacked the required qualifications.

    It is alleged that Mbayo used her influence as the former minister to put pressure on the chairperson Finance, Investment and marketing committee Dr. Patrick Ibembe and Managing Director Tom Wasswa to omit the capable  candidates for the job as advertised in mainstream media in favor of her sister.

    It is further alleged that Dr. Ibembe disclosed that they did not have to engage any external consultant for the said recruitment.

    Sources revealed that Mbayo was told that her sister emerged second in the interview but she was declared the best candidate.

    Sources state that as a token of appreciation to these officials, Mbayo increased their retainer fees from Shs2,500,000 to Shs3,500,000 and Shs2,000,000 to Shs3000,000 to Board chairperson and other members respectively.

    Mbayo was also grilled on allegations that she benefited from the Shs9bn cash which was paid to UPPC by the Electoral Commission to gazette the elected political leaders and polling stations in the recently concluded 2021 general elections.

    Investigators allege that Mbayo directed UPPC management to share the Shs9bn and she was given her share which was used in her 2021 political campaigns in Luuka district.

    Sources revealed that the former minister denied all the allegations and she was released on a police bond.

    The current minister for presidency Milly Babalanda suspended the UPPC board and the management on allegations of corruption, abuse of office and embezzlement.

    Police discover Shs600m in the course of investigation and it alleges that this was part of the Shs9bn paid by the Electoral Commission.

    The police are still investigating the matter.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    M7 Summons KCCA Ministers, ED Kisaka Over Invisible Hands Fueling City Market Wrangles…

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    Minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda (L) and Suzan Kushaba (R)

    President Yoweri Museveni has summoned Kampala Metropolitan Minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda and Dr. Dorothy Kisaka, the Executive Director Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) over allegations that invisible hands are fueling city market wrangles.

    In a chat with the Grapevine, Kabanda confirmed the meeting adding that it is going to take place next week at State House Entebbe to resolve the ongoing leadership fights in Kampala markets especially St. Balikuddembe commonly known as Owino market, Nakasero market, Wandegeya market and Bugolobi market.

    “It’s true the president summoned us to guide on his directive given on the leadership of the city market and I am going with members on the technical wing. He wants to know why his directives are not being implemented and also guide us on how to implement them,” Kabanda said.

    Museveni’s decision to summon KCCA bosses comes after getting information that there are ongoing fights between KCCA and the interim market leadership who refused to vacate offices to allow the election of new leadership to run the market.

    Sources revealed that during the Monday cabinet meeting, minister Kabanda reported Suzan Kushaba, the interim Owino market boss to the President for refusing to leave office and insulting her and Kampala City Resident Commissioner (RCC) Hawa Namugenyi Ndege.

    Sources revealed that Kabanda decided to run to Museveni after meeting security bosses in Kampala City who warned her to go slow on Kushaba because she is working for some big government official.

    “Security cannot remove Kushaba from the office, the lady is protected by SFC and police fear her,” a source at the KCCA revealed.

    He further revealed that when RCC Ndege evicted Kushaba from office last week, she contacted her bosses who allegedly intensified her security and directed her to go back to her office.

    A new energized and fully armed Kushaba went back to office with swag and insisted that she will not leave office on orders of the Minister.

    She further claimed that she had information that the minister wants to sell the market and also return the bad leaders who were fired by the president for mistreating market vendors.

    Yesterday, Minister Kabanda held a meeting with security heads in Kampala to see how to handle Kushaba but it didn’t resolve anything.

    Another source disclosed that the minister is bitter with Kushaba for branding her a fraudster who is behind the selling of public land and city markets like park yard which she sold to controversial city tycoon Hamis Kiggundu.

    However, the minister insisted that her directive on city markets still stands and Kushaba should leave office for new leadership.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    CRIME IS A CRIME: Stealing From An Employer, Whether Government Or Private, Will Send You To Jail – M7 Directs Arrest Of Top Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Security Chiefs, RDCs Over Corruption….

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    President Yoweri Museveni

    President Tibuhaburwa Museveni has directed the arrest of top ministers, permanent secretaries, security chiefs and Resident District Commissioners (RDC) over corruption and neglect of duty.

    In a letter dated 22nd August 2021 to the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Frank Tumwebaze, copied to the Vice President, Prime Minister, Attorney General and other top ministers, the president gave three courses of action against the suspected corrupt government officials.

    The president was responding to Minister Tumwebaze’s letter dated 11th August 2021 where he accused top government officials of frustrating government service delivery in local government through corruption and lack of patriotism.

    Tumwebaze reported that these actions are putting NRM in bad light. However, in his response, the president insisted that the problem starts from the top, in the ministries and they should be cleaned.

    “The problem is not just in the districts. It starts with ministries in Kampala, the ministers, the permanent secretaries, who do not supervise and monitor programs of the government being implemented by the districts” the president stated.

    He told Tumwebaze that he has information on government officials who are selling vaccines and government properties but he is still collecting evidence against them so that they are arrested and prosecuted.

    In his letter, Museveni gave three courses of actions against the suspects and these include; arresting and prosecuting the suspected officials, sacking and arresting Chief Administrative Officers (CAO), dismissing or prosecuting RDCs, DISOs DPCs, GISOs under whose jurisdiction these crimes are being committed.

    Museveni further directed that even political leaders can be arrested and prosecuted if they collude or aid these crimes.

    “It is, therefore, not a structural problem but neglect of duty by the ministers and the permanent secretaries. Decentralization did not decentralize crime and impunity. Crime is a crime. Stealing from an employer, whether Government or private, will send you to jail for ten years,” Museveni stated.

    Museveni’s letter comes on the heels of a warning from Milly Babalanda, the Minister for Presidency who cautioned RDCs and security bosses in Busoga region to stop involving themselves in illegalities because the president has already directed for the prosecution of all public officials implicated in corruption and evicting tenants from their land.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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