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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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    Mirundi Narrates How He Survived Bullets After Allegedly Urinating On Pastor Ssenyonga’s Building…

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    Tamale Mirundi

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s Senior Presidential Advisor on Media has narrated how he survived bullets while urinating on the building belonging to Pastor Jackson Ssenyonga of Christian Life Church in Bwaise a Kampala suburb.

    Joseph Tamale Mirundi revealed that one day, during the days when he was still being hosted at Pastor Ssenyonga’s top radio every Monday, he was approached by a Local Defense Unity (LDU) Soldier who accused him of dirtening their place of work. The LDU officer told Mirundi that his action were likely to cause deadly diseases to those who attend the church.

    Mirundi said that when he denied committing any crime, the LDU officer started pointing at the zip of his trousers claiming that it was open. He carefully observed him coaching his gun.

    He boasted that his senses informed him that the LDU man wanted to shoot him. He jumped in the air like an SFC Command and kicked the LDU soldier in the chest sending him tumbling down.

    He added that he stepped on his neck and the LDU officer was saved by Mirundi’s SFC Commandos who were given to him by Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba who pleaded with him not to kill a government soldier.

    “For me I fear those LDU people and I don’t want to come close to them because they are naive and they always want to show the public that they know how to use a gun. They don’t normally get the opportunity to fire bullets like other soldiers who go to war. So I don’t want them to make me their shooting target,” Mirundi said.

    He further revealed that he made investigations through his Mirundi Internal Security Organisation (MISO) and established that there was a senior pastor who was behind the LDU soldier who wanted him dead because of his loyalty and support to House of Prayer Ministries International senior pastor Alosious Bujjingo.

    He claimed that the said pastor had a misunderstanding with Bujjingo and was the one behind Teddy Bujjingo Naluswa who is fighting Bijjingo’s divorce case at the Family Division of the High Court.

     

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    Top RCC Warned By Former ISO Spy On Executing Mayiga’s Request To Ask M7 For Buganda Kingdom Properties…

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    Charles Rwomushana (L) and Ahmed Kateregga Musaazi (R)

    Former Internal Security Organisation (ISO) Operative and also Constitutional Assembly Delegates member Charles Rwomushana has challenged Ahmed Kateregga Musaazi the Masaka City Deputy Resident City Commissioner (D/RCC) that if he is man enough, let him execute Buganda Kingdom Premier Charles Peter Mayiga’s request to deliver to his request to his boss President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

    Kateregga admitted during this weekend’s popular ‘Gasimbaganne ne bannamawulire’ talk show on Radio Simba that he interacted with Mayiga when he was in Masaka city to officiate the reopening of the  Buddukiro building on Saza Hill in Masaka city which is also going to house the Buddu county chief’s office.

    “As a journalist, I have known Katikkiro Mayiga for a longtime. He also knows my capacity very well that’s why he asked me to help Buganda ask for “Ebyaffe” (properties Buganda Kingdom is demanding from Central government). I will help in my capacity,” a soft spoken Kateregga said.

    Mayiga allegedly told Kateregga to use his writing skills through his newspaper and magazine articles, radio talk shows to educate the public about “Ebyaffe”  and plead with the Central Government to release the remaining Buganda properties.

    However, Rwomushana warned Kateregga not to be excited over Mayiga’s proposal and cautioned him on writing articles demanding for “Ebyaffe”.

    Rwomushana warned his elderly colleague that he will lose his job and return to the streets grassing like he was before he was appointed Deputy Resident City Commissioner.

    “You Kateregga to convince Museveni to return “Ebyaffe”? You try and deliver the message as Katikkiro asked you” Rwomushana dared him.

    Senior journalist Peter Kibazo who was the moderator of the talk show also guided Kateregga by narrating to him how a strong minister lost his ministerial job because of being a secretary in one of Kabaka Ronald Mutebi’s agencies.

    Kibazo said that a furious Museveni placed the minister who was a lady on the spot to explain to him how she demoted herself and undermined his ministerial job by working as a secretary at Mengo, the Buganda kingdom administration center.

    Kibazo disclosed that the lady thought that Museveni was joking, she told the President that even before appointing her a minister, she was working with Kabaka, Museveni rested his case.

    Few weeks later, Museveni reshuffled his cabinet and fired the woman from his cabinet.

    It is alleged Mayiga trusts Kateregga since he is one of the few remaining journalists who understands the relationship between Uganda and Buganda throughout the annals of history and he can help to guide the young generation.

     

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    Panic Again In Judiciary After Justice Gaswaga’s Driver Is Transferred Over Allegations Of Becoming A Threat To His Life, City Magistrates’ Security Beefed Up…

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    Judge Duncan Gaswaga

    It was not easy for the Judiciary top leadership to convince Lira Resident Judge Duncan Gaswaga that his driver is a threat to his life.

    Highly placed sources in Judiciary have exclusively told theGrapevine that since Justice Geoffrey Namundi’s driver Stanley Kisambira protested on social media threatening to intentionally cause the death of his principal and the bodyguard on grounds of poor working condition, the judiciary has been following the behaviour and actions of the entire institution’s drivers.

    In a 5 minutes and 24 seconds recording, Kisambira revealed that all judiciary staff including judges’ pay was increased based on the grounds that judges are not allowed to do business and go to bars to enjoy life.

    He added that surprisingly, their drivers were the only one of all judiciary staff whose salaries were not increased. He complained that they are not going to live on Shs.200,000 which is given to them per month because it is too little compared to the current cost of living.

    “Sincerely speaking I am very annoyed. I joined the judiciary in 2008 but up to now, I’m still getting Shs.200,000. What am I working for when I have children in schools and renting? How do I survive? What do you people want us to do? Quote me well, I’m mentally stable but in pain. Judiciary please. I’m working for you, all those listening to me should know that I’m not mad but because of the tough situation we go through, people make prophecies before they die,” he said.

    He added, “You are talking about that security guard who killed a minister but I’m telling you I can kill both the judge and his security guard including myself by intentionally running into a trailer. How can people get Shs3m, Shs4m, yet for me (as a driver) I’m getting Shs200,000?”

    However, Judiciary Permanent Secretary and Secretary to Judiciary Pius Bigirimans rubbished Kisambira’s allegations noting that disciplinary action were going to be taken against him.

    He was formally charged and is currently battling with criminal charges at Buganda Road Court.

    Sources disclosed that since that incident, all judiciary drivers and bodyguards were put under strict monitoring.

    It is through this monitoring that it was recently established that Justice Gaswaga’s driver was in frequent communication with Kisambira and was very vocal on the drivers’ WhatsApp group.

    He is always posting messages encouraging his colleagues to fight for Kisambira claiming that he is their hero who publicly without fear cames out and spoke the truth to their bosses.

    The said driver is also accused of mobilizing fellow drivers to support their own Kisambira financially because he was interdicted immediately when he was charged at Buganda Road Court.

    Judiciary insiders told theGrapevine that when this intelligence information reached one of the top judiciary bosses, he contacted Justice Gaswaga and pleaded with him to be very careful because it seems his driver is a threat to his life.

    By that time (last year), Justice Gaswaga’s bodyguard was on leave and his driver was also working as his bodyguard, especially in the morning when he moved out of his home to do physical exercises.

    “The judge told everything to his driver and asked him whether he has a gun. The man denied everything and told him that may be the gun they are talking about is the one which the judge has. The judge communicated back to the person who cautioned him and told him that the man is very innocent,” the insider said.

    He added that the driver was very open to the judge and told him that he always speaks to Kisambira because he is a longtime friend and he sacrificed to speak to the authorities about their plight.

    Insiders divulged that a week later, the driver was served with a transfer letter in which he was given two days to report to Eastern Uganda to drive one of the magistrates, a move he protested.

    “He told Justice Gaswaga that at his level, he cannot drive a magistrate. He told him that holds a degree in accountancy and is pursuing a masters at Makerere University. He refused to go to Eastern Uganda and has informed his bosses,” the insider disclosed.

    When contacted, His Worship James Ereemye the Judiciary spokesperson said that he is not aware of the development and promised to return back to us after consulting the concerned bosses.

    We waited and at the time of publishing this story, he has not yet given us feedback.

    The development comes after a directive was issued to beef up security to city magistrates who feel that their life is under threat.

    Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Ronald Kayizzi’s security was recently beefed up. Kayizzi is a brother to a top National Resistance Movement (NRM) boss.

    The security of Gladys Kamasanyu also a Magistrate at Buganda Road Court security was beefed up after former Makerere University senior lecturer Stella Nyanzi attacked her and threw an empty water bottle at her.

    Also, the security of Entebbe Chief Magistrate Stella Maris Amabilis who is also a relative to Constitutional and Justice Minister Norbert Mao was beefed up.

    At Buganda Road Court, Court users were stopped from entering Court premises with food and eats.

    The move was supported by Justice Benjamin Kabiito the head of the Judicial Service Commission who noted that they have powers to make decisions to protect the lives of judicial officers and other court users.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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