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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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    Government To Rehabilitate And Revamp Railway Networks To Curb High Prices Of Fuel…

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    Government is set to revamp the railway networks across the country to help curb transportation challenges arising from increasing fuel prices.

    The state minister for works and transport, Fred Byamukama confirmed the report following the president’s speech on Friday regarding high fuel prices.

    During the president’s address, he noted Uganda’s real problem currently is fuel and the answer to it is electrical vehicles and the railway.

    Confirming the report, Byamukama said that the government is revamping different railways across the country with a purpose of reducing heavy traffic jam and transport fares.

    “From Kampala to Malaba which is 243km is the only line we have functioning at the moment,” he said.

    Byamukama re-echoed that Museveni reminded the country and gave a directive that he had earlier through the ministry of works and transport embarked on revamping the railway transport in Uganda.

    Byamukama analysed that the one from Malaba to Mukono then to Kampala and the one from Tororo to Gulu is 375 km.

    “Then we have Gulu to Pakwach which is 129km, Kampala to Kasese is 350km and also we have the one from Mukono to Kampala then Kyengera to Portbell which is about 55km.”

    Byamukama also revealed that the ministry is planning to introduce a modern standard gauge railway system in addition to the 1266km metre gauge railway volume with an agenda of improving relationship among the East African member countries.

    “The East African community members agreed, we have seen Kenya and Tanzania doing it and other countries. For us, we are delayed by that connection that Kenya must connect from Naivasha up to Malaba.”

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    FDC Boss Narrates How Former Kampala Legislator Nabilah Played 3 Top Politicians In 24 Hours…

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    Former Kampala woman MP Nabilah (L) and Kira Municipality MP Semujju Nganda (R)

    Maverick Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) spokesperson and also Kira Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has revealed how former Kampala Woman MP Nabilah Naggayi Ssempala played 3 top politicians within a period of 24 hours.

    Ssemujju narrated that Nabilah used her beauty very well to capture the three men’s attention to fulfill her goal of winning the 2016 parliamentary seat.

    “I’m telling you Nabilah is a superwoman, she met president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni early in the morning at State House Entebbe, later in the evening she was with John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, who by then was a political enemy to President Museveni, the next morning she was with Dr. Kizza Besigye who was a political enemy to Museveni and Mbabazi by then,” he said.

    He divulged that when Dr. Besigye appointed him to his select team that had to accompany him to Namboole stadium for his nomination as presidential candidate, Nabilah was not in his plans because he was briefed with evidence that she was with Museveni and Mbabazi.

    He was also told that Nabilah was an operative sent by Museveni’s camp.

    Ssemujju revealed that he was very surprised to meet Nabilah seated close to Dr. Besigye the next day.

    He said that he tried to forcefully evict her from sitting near Besigye but he was advised that he was brewing trouble for himself.

    He insisted that most of the politicians in Uganda are like prostitutes without principles to stand on.

    He added that it is the reason why in 2021, Nabilah was with NUP’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and she was fronted to contest against Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.

    He narrated that right now, he knows that there are a number of politicians who are fighting tooth and nail to make sure that there is no cooperation between Dr. Besigye and Bobi Wine because they think that that if these two opposition heavyweights cooperate, some MPs will lose their political seats.

    Nabilah was not reached for a comment because she did not pick our phone calls.

    Nabilah recently suprised court when he testified against her husband Isaac Ssempala Ssebagala before the High Court Commercial division over a debt she ate from Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba who wants to take their family house for failing to pay back his money.

    It is alleged Nabilah got the money without the consent of her husband but now wants her husband to pay or surrender the house to Baryamureeba.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic In UNRA As Top Bosses Face Jail Over Shs.100bn Kampala-Entebbe Expressway Fraud…

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    Kampala-Entebbe expressway

    The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) bosses may face jail over the Shs.100bn Kampala-Entebbe Expressway fraud.

    This shocking revelation was revealed by controversial lands junior minister Dr. Sam Mayanja during an exclusive interview with theGrapevine.

    Mayanja said that he has received a dossier from a whistleblower narrating how officials from UNRA and those in the Ministry of Lands defrauded government during the construction of the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway.

    “I have already established a select committee to investigate the fraud and I am expecting their report before the end of this year, but I can assure you, people are going to sleep in prison,” Mayanja said.

    He explained that when some officials from UNRA got information that government had entered into a deal with the Chinese government to construct the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway, they immediately connived with Ministry of Lands officials and issued fake land titles so that they can be compensated by government.

    Mayanja said that it is the reason why government spent a lot of money compensating affected persons yet it is public knowledge that much of the land on Kampala-Entebbe Expressway were wetlands, forest reserves and gazetted road reserves.

    He said that the land titles were issued in the wetlands, forests reserves and road reserves all owned by government not private citizens.

    “There was a lot of fraud. How can you compensate a person with a land title in the wetland? Government is going to sell the properties of those UNRA and Ministry of Lands officials who were involved in the scam to recover taxpayers’ money worth Shs.100bn. And if we find out that the properties they own are not worth the money they stole, they will be imprisoned,” Mayanja said.

    He divulged that a similar scheme was used during the construction of the Northern Bypass where UNRA compensated top city tycoons for owning land titles in wetlands and government lost billions of money.

    The celebrated co-founder of the Kampala Associated Advocate(KAA), a renowned city law firm revealed that his boss President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is already equipped with all the information.

    They have also established that such money is being used by fake city tycoons to illegally evict bibanja owners from their land.

    Mayanja noted that the money which will be recovered by the government will be used to pay the big debt that government secured to construct such big public projects.

    It should be noted that Justice Catherine Bamugemereire and her probe teams both on UNRA and Land, discovered that the mafias hide behind land grabbers in UNRA and in the Ministry of Lands.

    Minister Mayanja revealed that the president is carefully studying Bamugemereire’s recommendations to squeeze mafias in his government.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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