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    How Tumukunde Saved Museveni’s Arrogant Ministers

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    By Jamil Lutakome

     

    Upon realizing that the medics were very determined to continue with their industrial action, President Yoweri Museveni contacted his no nonsense Security Minister, Gen. Henry Tumukunde to solve the matter urgently because it was becoming a security issue.

    A source in the Uganda Medical Association (UMA) confided to us that the medics led by Dr.Okwaru Obuku were determined to only listen to the president if they are to go back to work and not some ministers who were speaking to them arrogantly. “General Tumukunde was different, he handled our matter in a very organized and mature way,” the UMA source told the Grapevine.

    According to a senior surgeon from Mulago hospital who spoke to the us on condition of anonymity, Tumukunde personally called Dr. Okwaru and begged him for a meeting. Okwaru accepted but refused to meet Tumukunde alone. He went with some of the members in the UMA administration.

    In this meeting that was highly confidential, Tumukunde also invited NRM deputy treasurer Dr. Kenneth Omona who begged the medics to go back to work because government was working on their demands. Sensitive Tumukunde told Okwaru that even though their industrial action is genuine, they need to look at the security aspect of their strike. He told them that some security operatives see it as a politically staged action to weaken the government. He further told them that as the Minister for Security, he was ordered by the president to take over and study the situation for a final action.

    To show them that he is in charge, Tumukunde called the president on phone who talked to Okwaru.  The president told Dr. Okwaru that their issue is being worked on and that he should convince his other colleagues to get back to work.

    After that meeting, Tumukunde also briefed the government select committee led by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, Dr.Chris Baryomonsi, Muruli Mukasa (Public Service), Ruth Achan (Health Minister), David Bahati (State Minister Finance) and Diana Atwine. When the Grapevine contacted Dr. Okwaru, he confirmed to us that Tumukunde was very instrumental in resolving their industrial action that many Museveni ministers were taking as a joke. “What I can tell you is that unlike other ministers, Gen. Tumukunde was very instrumental. He closed the communication gaps (which we were created by other ministers). There was also Dr. Omona the NRM man, he is a long-term friend to many doctors because he is also a doctor,” Okwaru told us.

    On whether he talked to president Museveni, Okwaru said, “that’s a very big statement really I can’t confirm to you whether I talk to president but what I can assure you is that I talk to many big people in government.”

    On why medics were slow in going back to work, Okwaru said that for them as leaders of the doctors’ association, they called off the strike so they are very sure that the medics are back to work. He further told us that the delay may be because they are still finishing their other assignments. “But today all of them are already on duty,” Obuku said.

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    MASTERS OF CHAOS! Minister Mao Warns Bobi Wine To Prepare For The Worst From Mpuuga, DP Block Politicians…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine. Inset L is DP's Norbert Mao and R inset is Matthias Mpuuga

    Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister who also doubles as the Democratic Party President General Norbert Mao has warned National Unity Platform (NUP) President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) to prepare for the worst from Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba and members of the DP Block.

    Exclusively speaking to theGrapevine, Mao explain that when he saw Mpuuga and his friends who were formally members of Suubi, a political pressure group and DP party crossing to NUP, he envisioned what is happening right now.

    He added that the said people were a problem to DP and when they joined NUP, the DP problem crossed to Bobi Wine.

    Bobi Wine is under attack from members of his party who crossed from DP to NUP. They have even threatened to reveal their next political action next month at Mpuuga’s thanks giving ceremony where Charles Peter Mayiga the Buganda Kingdom premier is expected as the Chief Guest.

    Highly placed sources revealed that Mpuuga and his group are planning to reveal a new political pressure group which will tour the entire country getting views from their supporters concerning their next course of action after disagreeing with Bobi Wine’s leadership.

    George Musisi, one of lawyers for NUP accused Mpuuga’s blue eyed boy Samuel Lubega Mukaku of supporting the NUP faction led by Moses Kibalama.

    Sources allege that Mpuuga’s faction are confident that Court is going to declare Bobi Wine’s leadership at NUP illegal and the party will return into the hands of Kibalama a move they think will give them the opportunity to use NUP as a vehicle in the 2026 general elections.

    Other sources claim that Mpuuga and group are planning to use Buganda Kingdom leadership structures from the village level to mobilize support in Buganda come 2026.

    Mpuuga is confident that it was Buganda structures that helped Bobi Wine to defeat President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and his NRM party in Buganda and without them, Bobi will lose.

    However, Nakaseke South legislator Paulson Lutamaguzi Ssemakula rubbished Mpuuga’s political calculations explaining that Bobi Wine will remain strong whether Buganda’s Mayiga supports him or not.

    He asserts that Bwanika and Mpuuga are working for President Museveni and he has always deployed them whenever election period approaches and help him to divide and disorganize the opposition.

    Ssemakula said that in 2021, when Bobi Wine was planning to work with Dr. Kizza Besigye, Bwanika abused Dr. Besigye and accussed him of working for Museveni to distract Baganda.

    He added that in 2006, Bwanika swore an affidavit in support of Museveni against Dr. Besigye before the Supreme Court and his evidence saved Museveni and stamped his win.

    However, Bwanika also accuses Bobi Wine of working for Museveni to stop the opposition from taking state power.

    The Bobi Wine/Mpuuga misunderstanding deepened when Bobi Wine ordered him to apologise to the nation and return the Shs500m bribe he admittedly received from the parliamentary Commission as a reward for being a good Leader of Opposition in parliament. Mpuuga was also told to resign from the office of the Commissioner of parliament which he declined to do.

    Bobi Wine also suspended Mpuuga from the office the national vice president in charge of Buganda region on top of sending him to the party disciplinary committee.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic Among Ministers, M7 Set To Hold Cabinet Sittings At His Kisozi Farm With Tough Conditions…

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    Ministers have started panicking upon learning that very soon, their boss President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is set to hold cabinet meetings from his Kisozi country home.

    Highly placed State House sources revealed that Museveni wants to test the knowledge of his ministers when it comes to issues of fighting poverty among Ugandans through government programs.

    “The president is tired of hearing his ministers telling people to participate in government programs like Parish Development Modal, Emyooga, the four acre farming modal and others. He now wants to know and challenge them on which other initiatives they have put in place to fight poverty among the communities surrounding them,” a source said.

    The source added that ministers are going to be given enough time to make submissions concerning their own initiatives with evidence showing how the public has benefited from them.

    He added that the president is also going to invite experts on development and those producing farming products with value addition to lecture ministers on how their communities can benefit from them.

    Museveni recently boasted of how he fought poverty among his neighbours in Kisozi.

    The President disclosed that as a way of appreciating his efforts, his neighbors have started giving him money and other products to thank him for the advice he gave them and they are no longer begging him by blocking him to ask for money when he is driving to his farm.

    “In the 2026 presidential campaign, the President doesn’t want Museveni Abeewo, he wants his campaign team to stick to developmental issues which help Ugandans to fight poverty,” a source said.

    The cabinet meetings at Kisozi are also expected to be attended by NRM officials from the party Secretariat, those from the Offices of the National Chairperson in Kyambogo and other top government officials.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Why Kasyate Is Resigning From KCCA Juicy PRO Job…

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    Simon Kasyate

    The Mighty Grapevine has exclusively learnt that flamboyant veteran journalist Simon Kasyate has tendered in his resignation.

    Sources claim that Kasyate, who is as the Head Public & Corporate Affairs at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) tendered in his resignation letter after learning that the Public Service Commission had started the process of recruiting his replacement.

    The Public Service Commission started the process of looking for Kasyate’s replacement in 2023, through public advertising in the local dailies.

    Through his State House contacts, it is alleged Kasyate managed to secure the KCCA PRO job without following the required process of recruiting government workers.

    theGrapevine made several phone calls to Kasyate for a comment but they went unanswered.

    Before joining KCCA, Kasyate was the spokesperson for the European Union (EU), ESKOM, MasterCard Foundation among other top institutions.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe  

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