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I Bought Rwakitura in 1967 Whose Money Did I Steal – M7 Defends Himself Against Allegations From Ugandans That His Clansmen Have Amassed Wealth By Stealing From Ugandans

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President Museveni has defended himself and his clansmen against allegations that they have ammassed wealth by stealing from Ugandans.

In a reply on his Facebook to the different Bazzukulu who commented on his post that he shared in 10th August 2019, the President said that, “Horan Nsubuga is saying my clansmen have grown wealthy by stealing and not by engaging in wealth creation through commercial agriculture, industry, services, ICT. Mr. Nsubuga, I bought Rwakitura in 1967. Whose money could I have stolen then? What power did I have? The transformation that took place in parts of the cattle corridor, actually started in 1966 and, to some extent, before sensitization. Which clansman of mine was in power, then, to steal government assets, oil money, mines money, donations from abroad?”

Below is the President’s reply to different questions posed by the Bazzukkulu:

Ugandans and Bazzukulu on social media, I thank all of you for responding to my message of 10th August 2019.

Peter Opio had an opinion that cotton, even when grown on one acre if it is intercropped with expensive legumes, can still make good money for the family. John Musinguzi of my office, working with Dr. Suruma and Dr. Muyingo Steven, will analyse that idea and give me a report which, then, I will share with you. Remember that I am fully supportive of Cotton growing; but only by those who have 10 acres or more or institutions like Prisons, Army or UDC. What I do not want is for families, with small pieces of land, to be bogged down with growing cotton, tobacco, sugar-cane, tea, keeping the indigenous cattle, growing maize, as stand-alone activities and continue with poverty.

If the “short grassland” areas cannot grow coffee, then I have recommended fruits (oranges, mangoes, pine-apples) and other high-value activities as per my many documents that I have written. That is why we built a fruit factory in Soroti, the first of its kind in that part of Uganda. Ugandans did not know that fruits are a cash-crop. Yet, they buy packed juices from South Africa etc.

Agnes Asiimwe hit on the correct idea that wealth and jobs do not only have to come from land. Very true. In my documents, I always talk of the four sectors of wealth and jobs: Agriculture (commercial), Industry (factories), Services and ICT. The latter 3 need much less land than Agriculture.

Planner Felix Ociti confirmed my observation that in his village of Idipi, people have food to eat but many families cannot send children to school because of lack of money. This is precisely the issue. Tic me cam keken is marac (working for the stomach only is bad). I will, however, send a separate message to all of you on education.

Ochen Tonny wants us to revive the Lira Spinning Mill. Following the collapse of the small modern sector in Amin’s time, when the NRM came to power, we carefully studied modern economics. We found that it was easier if we, where possible, relied on the private sector. In the area of Cotton and its products, we have already succeeded with the Fine spinners, Nytil and some other factories. They run better if they are owned and managed by the private sector. I am sure that we shall succeed in getting a private sector operator to run the Lira Spinning Mill.

Semanda John said that cotton has more value than coffee, etc. I never said that cotton has no value. In order to inform Semanda and others, be informed that cotton gives us: clothes; cotton wool and bandages for medical use; the cotton seeds produce cooking oil, oil for making soap, animal feeds; and cotton linters produce gun-powder (nitro-cellulose). Indeed, Uganda is making all of these products or will make them. The question, however, is: “Who should grow the cotton? The small farmers of only 2 acres or the medium and large scale farmers?” Will, the economics work out for the small farmer? That is the issue. Otherwise, cotton is a strategic crop that we are supporting. That is why the production now is at 200,000 bales, having grown from almost zero bales in 1986.

Bahati Joseph wanted to know why Co-operative Societies collapsed. Co-operatives had problems, not only in Uganda but in other countries as well. In 1968, Mwalimu Nyerere had to appoint a Commission of Enquiry into the Co-operative Movement in Tanzania. You read what that Commission found. In Uganda, there was the additional problem of wars. However, even without war, one of the problems was having co-operators (members) who did not know how to read, how to write and how to count. The society, then, would be run by the few educated people in the community as secretary managers. They would, then, use the lack of knowledge of the majority to cheat the bigger membership. This disequilibrium has been solved by the NRM’s boona basoome (education for all). Future and current co-operatives will fare better because the co-operators are educated.

Nevertheless, all be informed that even when the co-operatives were active, the problem of tic-me-cam- keken, erikolera erirya rissa, okukolera ekidda kyonka, etc., was still acute if not more acute, then, than now. Our research team can give us the figure of the households that were in the money economy and those that were not by, for instance, 1970. In my essay, I gave the data of the 2 parishes of Ntungamo: Nyaburiiza and Kikoni by 1954. There were no co-operatives in that area and okukolera enda yonka (working only for the stomach) was 100% for the households. Co-operative Societies (including SACCOs) are now being formed on a better basis because of the education promoted by the NRM.

Rui Masite greeted me in the Swahili of Kenya. I thank him for appreciating the view. It is on account of diligent bush clearing. We weed out the bad bushes that suffocate pasture and only keep the good nitrogen-fixing and shade-creating trees such as: eminyinya (acacia abyssinica), emitongore (acacia gerrarddii), emisisa (albizia coriaria), emishebeya (albizia gummifera and albizia bracteata), emikoma (Grewia mollis and Grewia trichocarpa). That is why the view is good. I was not alone. The cameraman just captured me alone. Bush clearing is very expensive, but it has to be done.

Hope Emmanuel Odeke is not fully informed. When the NRM came to power, there was almost no factories. That is why there was a severe shortage of everything: soap, sugar, paraffin, sodas, milk, etc. Where were the functioning factories? The NRM has caused the building of many more factories than ever before. We revived many of the old ones (e.g. the sugar, the soda and the textile factories); but also built new ones.

Samuel Lugave says that “a whole President” is looking after “roaming” cattle. Why not do zero-grazing? Is looking after “roaming” cows modern farming? Yes and no. It is modern because we weeded the farms, built dips to control ticks, made valley dams to capture water, fenced the lands, etc. Therefore, those cattle are not “roaming”, it is called “free-range”. If Lugave was bothered to follow what we do, he would have learnt that during Easter, I launched a new campaign. This was to stop free-range grazing. This is, however, economics. We move cautiously because expenditure is involved. Nevertheless, where we are, is far from where we started from. That is why milk production has gone from 200 million litres to 2.5 billion litres.

Mayanja Sulaiman is involved in incredible superstition that the solar power centre we launched in Kabulasoke has dried the rain. That is not true. If the rain did not come, it had nothing to do with the solar energy station.

George Deworld lambasted my page handler for giving unbalanced information. What is unbalanced? Give examples, please. We talk of the 1900s because they are connected with our present. I am the one who wrote that piece, not the handler.

Prince Abdu Karim was unhappy that the green that has been bush-cleared by my efforts now belongs to cattle while some people in Lusanja have no land. Agricultural land is for agricultural production, not just for human habitation – building houses everywhere. That is why Uganda does not import – food. Or you prefer that we just build houses everywhere and we import food? No, where the people listen to the NRM advice, we advise families to build on one spot and free the family land for production – livestock rearing or crops. This is what we have been doing since the 1960s. We are now advising all Ugandans that care to listen to, where applicable, shift from free-range to industrial farming. Of course, this involves money. We started with pilot schemes. Prince Abdu wants to know where we got money from to buy “ebyalo” (villages) where we keep cattle. First of all, all the indigenous Ugandans had free land where they were settled (obutaka) since time immemorial. With colonialism, changes occurred ushering in mailo, lease-holds, etc. In 1967, after my A-levels, from my temporary teacher’s salary, I bought Rwakitura, etc. etc. I did this because I do not squander money on alcohol, discos (ebinyumo) etc. I also go to difficult areas where land is cheap. I do not hang in towns unless I am detained there by duty. Land should not have been a major problem in Uganda. The main problem is ignorance and bad human practices.

John Canary Walimbwa condemns the hungry vultures in the Government that fail government programmes. That is partly true. However, on the Government side, we have put the money aside. Shs 272.65 billion for OWC; Shs. 38.7 billion for Women fund; Shs. 65.6bn for the Youth Fund; Shs. 47.25bn for Micro-finance; Shs. 13bn for Innovation. This is a total of Shs. 437.2 billion per year; Year in, year out. If the present channels have a problem, we shall use new channels, including the SACCOs handling their own money directly, instead of going through middle-men. We are now going to add new funds: zonal innovations, myooga (trade) funds and the leaders’ Saccos. We are now advising every mwooga to form a district-wide Sacco so as to, if necessary, handle the money yourselves. The money is there and has been there for many years. If the routes it is passing through have a problem, we shall get new routes.

This answer also caters for Zion Ssozi’s question.

Horan Nsubuga is saying my clansmen have grown wealthy by stealing and not by engaging in wealth creation through commercial agriculture, industry, services, ICT. Mr. Nsubuga, I bought Rwakitura in 1967. Whose money could I have stolen then? What power did I have? The transformation that took place in parts of the cattle corridor, actually started in 1966 and, to some extent, before sensitization. Which clansman of mine was in power, then, to steal government assets, oil money, mines money, donations from abroad? The people of Kalangala have woken up and are earning good money from the project of palm oil that we gave them. Are they my clansmen? The people of the remote Bundibugyo are earning good money from coffee and cocoa and want to start a chocolate factory. Are they my clansmen? Some families in Masaka are earning good money from coffee because they have listened to our advice. Are they my clansmen? The People of Nwoya, some of them working with entrepreneurs from outside, are transforming that area with huge modern farms. Are they my clansmen?

Angel Jaspa, do not worry. I was not alone. I was just standing in front of the cameraman, waiting for the cattle so as to view them as darkness was closing in.

Kasoma Juma Almhandis thanks me for the work done. He, however, wonders why some Ugandans have not changed. It is partly the likes of Horan Nsubuga that divert our People’s attention. It is caused by “false prophets”. Jesus faced the false prophets and the Pharasees. So shall we, the false prophets.

Nabulime Prossy Siberah says that she knows that my land is in Rwakitura. Therefore, the land I am showing is Government land. Wrong. I have land in Kisozi. Yes, it is true that there is a Government Ranch nearby that I spied for the Government when I bought my land there in 1990. Nevertheless, I have my own land in the Kisozi – Ssembabule district. Having bought my land in 1990, I advised the Government to buy the bigger land nearby.

Mugume Owamazima Robert talks of Government people that terrorize Ugandans. Ring the numbers of Nakalema and report those criminals. You will see what we shall do with them. You also have elected leaders everywhere. Why do they keep quiet if your allegations are true?

Tuhirirwe Naboth talks of the coffee prices going down. Let Honourable Ssempijja comment on this. What I know is that even when the coffee price comes down, it is still much better than the other enterprises.

Norman Ataho says that he has got the message but has no land. When I went to Gomba in 1990, the land was UGX 250,000 per acre per annum. It has now gone up. You can even do manual labour, you are paid and buy a few acres of land. Our people who go abroad, do manual labour, called Kyeyo. Why do Ugandans do manual labour abroad but not here? In my youth, I did alot of manual labour: milking cattle (Kukama), Kweshera (watering), building cattle fence (kuzitira), wrestling down the cattle (kukwaata), and cultivating (kuhinga).

Twitter responses.

RC@Rhone96976772 (via twitter) talks of Cotton products that sell for $10.50 in the USA. Uganda would be producing those pieces if Museveni’s Government had not “crippled” industry. My staff, kindly show Rhone the cotton products that Uganda is producing. Moreover, we could not “cripple” what was not there. It is us that revived the cotton and the factories.

Shakib Kiko says that Jajja asosola (discriminates). Kusosola whom? Clarify, please. I introduced immunization for the Bazzukulu, universal education for the Bazzukulu etc. The Bazzukulu are supposed to study free. I will send a message on this.

Mukwaba mocks my bottle- irrigation. Go to Kawumu and see what it did. I planted in the dry season but the plants grew. We have, of course, more modern schemes: Mobuku, Doho, etc. These do not exclude the simpler methods like the bottle.

With Samuel Lugave (Facebook), I forgot to comment on his additional idea of cross-breeding our Ankole breed with foreign breeds. That will never happen with the herds you saw. The Ankole breed has superior qualities that I will never interfere with by cross-breeding. Their butter content in milk is 5.52%-10% while that of Friesian is 3.7%-4.5%. Besides, they have yellow fat as opposed to white fat. White fat has alot of cholesterol while the yellow fat, is actually, anti- cholesterol. Our indigenous cattle are superior to the foreign breeds. Even in the quantity of milk, many of my cattle rival the friesians. I, therefore, took it as my historical obligation to concentrate the superior genes of the Ankole cattle so that, with time, they may help our small farmers with richer milk, better beef and less cost of maintaining because they are quite immune to the livestock diseases and eat less. Moreover, my herds are descended from one of the seven cows my great grandfather, Kashaanku Ka Kyamukaanga, Ruhirimbura, “saved” (okuhonoka) in the rinder-pest of 1893. This is modernized and positive bujjajja (heritage, ancestry). I intend to, similarly, concentrate the genes of enkoromoijo (zebu). They are quite hardy and some of them were good milkers. The Banyakore, who had gone to Teso and Lango and Acholi (Bukiri) to work for milk (Kushuumba, Kusheenga) brought back to Ankole some samples that I saw in the 1960s.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Rwanda Has Sent Beautiful Women To Poison Me 3 Times – Mulago Doctor Reveals Shocking Secrets Why Kagame’s Men Want To Kill Him…

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Finally, Dr Gideon Rukundo Rugari, a senior surgeon and head of Department of Minimum Access Surgery at Mulago Hospital has spoken out on how he survived being killed by Rwanda intelligence operatives.

In an exclusive interview with the mighty Grapevine, Rukundo said that he has survived Rwanda’s deadly DMI operatives three times including baits of beautiful Rwandese women.

Rukundo, who was among the Uganda Medical Association (UMA) doctors who fought hard to make sure that the welfare of the doctors and nurses at Mulago hospital improves, during their strike in 2018 together with UMA boss Dr. Obuku Ekwaro has said that Rwandan agents started hunting for him in 2017 when he operated on a patient who had escaped from Rwanda.

 “They brought to me a patient who was badly beaten, I tried to save his life not knowing that I was putting my life in danger,” he explained. He revealed that as a medic who pleasures in saving people’s lives, he worked hard and with the help of God saved the patient’s life.

However, when the patient gained consciousness, he told him horrible things.

He said that the patient told him that his names was Pasco Manikiza, a Rwandese national who came to Uganda as a refugee but he was kidnapped by a known people who took him to a certain safe house in Namugongo.

He said that Manikiza told him that when he was in the safe house, a group of people recognized him because he was with them in the camp and started torturing him.

Rukundo revealed that his patient told him that he tried to escape from the safe house but he was re-arrested and driven to another place where he was seriously beaten, his tormentors thought that they had killed him.

He narrated that the patient pleaded with him to find ways of hiding him because dangerous people from Rwanda government were looking for him.

“I thought of discharging him since he was recovering but when he told that touching story, I told the security guards and nurses not to allow anybody to access him. I sensed that it was a serious matter. Later, the security guards and nurses told me that some unknown people always came to the hospital asking to see him,” Rukundo said.

Rukundo said that he worked with the Mulago hospital management and they secured a secret room for Manikiza until he fully recovered.

When we tasked him to tell us who paid the hospital bills because he said that he was kept in private room at the hospital.

Rukundo told us that the hospital bills were paid by the office of the prime minister. He added that when his patient was discharged, unknown people started following him from the hospital up to his home.

He decided to report the matter to police after realizing that people had started following him.

He reported the matter to Old Kampala police and gave the a business card that the patient had given him so that they kick of their investigations from there.

“The business card was for a one Bonabana. One of the police detectives was very scared when I mentioned Banabana’s name, he told me that he knows her very well and she cannot be a criminal. He convinced me and we met her. Bonabana told me that she was an activist who was fighting for lives of Rwandese who were being hunted by unknown Rwandan government agents. Banabana admitted that she was the one who gave Manikiza her business card after explaining to her what he was going through and the people who were hunting him,” Rukundo said.

Rukundo said that he was not contented with the way Old Kampala was handling his matter because people were still following him and, on several occasions, tried to kill him at his home.

He said that to save his life, he ran out the country and went into hiding.

RWANDA COME UP WITH A NEW TACTIC TO FINISH HIM OFF USING BEAUTIFUL WOMEN

He said that the situation in exile was not good so he decided to come back to Uganda.

When he came back home, he was approached by a beautiful woman who tried to convince him to enter into a relationship.

“At first, she came as a patient but when I realised that she was a Rwandese, from her name Jolly Mutesi, I was scared because it was clear now that Rwanda government wanted to finish me with this woman and I started avoiding her,” Rukundo said.

He said that later, detectives from Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) approached him and warned him that the government of Rwanda wanted to kill him.

He said that detectives told him that CMI is going to put him under 24/7 surveillance because some people in the Kigali administration think that the patient he worked on gave him important information.

He said that when CMI started guarding him, he gave them Mutesi’s number. They tried to call her for 2 weeks but all her numbers were switched off. He warned Uganda men to be careful because the Rwanda administration has deployed a lot of beautiful women with a mission to kill important Ugandans so that they create chaos here.

Efforts to speak to the army were futile since army spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire was not picking his known phone numbers.

KAGAME WANTED TO MAKE KAYIHURA THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF UGANDA

When we asked him to tell us what his patient told him, Rukundo told us that he cannot tell us everything but the patiently partly told him that president Paul Kagame’s men wanted to make embattled former Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura the next president of Uganda. He insisted that according to the patient’s confession, there was a well-planned move by Kayihura and Kagame to destabilize Uganda.

“Kagame’s tactic was to destabilize the country’s security and make natives hate their leaders. This is what he did to Rwanda’s former president Juvénal Habyarimana, many people including politicians who were challenging Habyarimana lost their lives which annoyed the natives,” he said.

He revealed that when the security situation worsened, Kagame’s men and his RPF rebels declared war on Rwanda. He insisted that Kagame’s men had a hand in the murder of fallen police spokesperson AIGP Felix Kaweesi and a number of women murders in Entebbe, Wakiso district. He further revealed that Kagame’s men were using Kayihura’s men like the incarcerated flying squad commander Nixon Agasirwe to kidnap and take Rwandans back to Rwanda in the hands of the sitting government.

He told us that right now, Kagame is very desperate after Museveni got wind of their agenda and arrested Kayihura and his men and he is now looking for politicians to help him implement his mission to oust Museveni.

He warned Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine that some people may soon infiltrate his camp and try to use him.

“I warned that boy Bobi Wine because for me I survived, he should be suspicious of some people who may use him they used Kayihura and kill his future. I sent him a text message and I am sure he received it even though he didn’t reply it,” Rukundo added.

KAYIHURA’S LAWYERS RUBBISH RUKUNDO’S ACCUSATIONS

When contacted, counsel Edson Karuhanga from the famous Kampala Associated Advocate (KAA), who represented Kayihura in court rubbished Rukundo’s claims. The soft spoken Karuhanga said Rukundo is peddling falsehoods against his client.

Karuhanga pleaded to the likes of Rukundo to leave his client to rest and run his private businesses instead of spoiling his name.

“Those allegations against General Kale Kayihura were raised before and found to be totally without merit. It’s an old and discredited rumor that has no basis and won’t become true simply because malicious efforts are made to repeat it numerous times,” Karuhanga told this website.

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INSIDE M7’S MEETING WITH NETANYAHU: Govt. Hires Top Israel IT Experts To Hack Into Whatsapp As Elections Draw Near, Israel PM Asks M7 To Open Embassy In Jerusalem And Allow Direct Flights Between Uganda And Israel…

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The Indian Ocean Newsletter has revealed shocking secrets why Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Uganda today.

The newsletter has claimed that Uganda government through President Yoweri Museveni has hired an Israel Cyber Intelligence IT firm to provide the country with modern technology to detect characters of espionage especially in security organs.

It has further revealed that Israel based NSO group of company has subsidiary contracted Q cyber Technologies to supply Uganda with Pegasus software which is used to back door to hack the WhatsApp applications which is mostly used by operatives in third world countries to communicate with their bosses.

It adds that the firm has also teamed up with their Kenyan peers to oversee a data analysis and see how it can be used as a political strategy to develop a digital campaigning tool for Museveni and NRM in the coming 2021 general elections. The newsletter however doesn’t reveal the cost of the technology.

When contacted on the matter, government deputy spokesperson Col Shaban Batariza rubbished the claims saying that Uganda has enough IT experts to do whatever it needs.

“You go to the ministry of IT and Uganda police cyber-crime unit and see the experts we have there, they are young brilliant Ugandans. Now, why should we hire those non-Ugandans?” Batariza asked.

OPEN AN EMBASSY IN JERUSALEM AND I’LL OPEN AN EMBASSY IN KAMPALA – NETANYAHU ASKS M7

In the meeting, President Yoweri Museveni affirmed that Uganda is seriously considering the proposal of building its embassy in Jerusalem.

The President said in a joint Press Conference with Netanyahu at State House Entebbe, that the sour relations between Israel and Palestine would not affect Uganda’s plans.

“The issue of the embassy, we are discussing it. The good thing with all the controversies is that there is a part on Jerusalem which under the partition plan was in Israel. At least that is not part of the argument,” Museveni said.

Museveni was responding to PM Netanyahu, who directly asked the president at the press conference to build an embassy in Jerusalem

“I have a simple suggestion that you’ll have to consider Mr President my friend. You open an embassy in Jerusalem and I’ll open an embassy in Kampala,” Natenyahu  said.

Netanyahu asked Museveni to consider having direct flights between Uganda and Israel.

If Uganda, follows through on President Museveni’s promise, it will be following in the footsteps of the United States under President Donald Trump, who in 2018 moved the US embassy from the Israeli capital Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, amid international backlash.

DR. KALIISA WEIGHS IN ON NATENYAHU VISIT

Dr. Anas Kaliisa, a Top Researcher said that Museveni’s meeting with
Netanyahu is going to benefit the Israel president more because his political career is on a standstill after allegations of corruption against him arose.

“Netanyahu knows how to play his political cards right. He is facing a lot of problems at home and very soon he is going to be imprisoned. Now he is looking for allies that’s why you see him running to Donald Trump to endorse Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. He wants Museveni to endorse the same so as to impress his people at home to exonerate him on a sympathy vote on the corruption charges which he is battling,” he said. 

He also explained that Netanyahu has come to Uganda to remind his countrymen that his family sacrificed a lot for Isreal. Natenyahu’s brother was killed by Idi Amin while trying to rescue Israelites who were held hostage by Amin.

He said that Netanyahu understands how good Museveni is when it comes to mobilization of fellow African leaders.

BUJJINGO PLEADS WITH CHRISTIANS TO PRAY FOR ISRAEL

On Sunday, Makerere Kikoni based House of Prayer Ministries International senior pastor Alouysius Bujjingo asked his followers to pray to God to give wisdom to president Museveni so that he allows the transfer of Uganda’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Bujjingo revealed that Israel has played a big part in the growth of Christians in Uganda.

The ‘Sabasaba’ pastor insisted that Jerusalem should be confirmed as the capital city of Israel because of its historical to Christianity. 

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SHOCKING: Is A Top UPDF General Putting Electoral Commission On Pressure To Buy One Of His Building In Bugolobi Expensively At Shs. 72 Billion To House New EC Offices? Taremwa Speaks Out…

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L-R: EC Secretary Sam Rwakoojo with EC boss Simon Byabakama

Finally, the Electoral Commission (EC) has cleared the air on allegations that they are being pressurized by one of the top generals in the country to purchase his building in Bugolobi at Shs.72bn as their new headquarters.

This week, Members of Parliament (MPs) who sit on the finance and budget committee got information that the commission is looking for shs72bn from government to purchase a new home.

Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi, the EC chairperson told the committee that they want the money urgently because Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has already warned them that the contractors of Kampala-Jinja Express high way are going to demolish their current headquarters to pave way for the much anticipated high way.

There was a proposal that since the government doesn’t have money to purchase a new home for Byabakama’s team, they should be allowed to rent a property around Kampala until government gets the money to construct for them a permanent place.

However, this proposal was challenged by a delegation from the EC who claimed that they have a lot of sensitive machines which can be damaged when moved from one place to another.

Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo supported EC saying that they cannot transfer CCTV cameras to a rented place because in six months, they will have to transfer them again to another place since government is likely to get the money for their new home.

However, when he was on NBS TV’S famous frontline political talk show, Ofwono Opondo said that the process of procuring a home for EC kicked off years back and government had the money but the process was halted after some people complained to the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA) and others run to court challenging the process of acquiring the new EC offices.

Opondo revealed that there might be people in parliament who want to benefit from the Electoral Commission through renting them their buildings that’s why they are challenging them on procuring their home.

On the same talk show, Butambala County legislator Muwanda Kivumbi revealed that the building which EC wants to purchase belongs to a UPDF General who has a tendency of selling and rent his building to the government at very high rates. However, Muwanga was challenged by Ofwono Opondo to reveal the name of the General if he is not spreading false news.

“If Honorable Muwanga Kivumbi is not a coward let him reveal the General’s name,” Ofwono challenged the man from Butambala.

When contacted for a comment, Jotham Taremwa, the EC spokesperson told the Grapevine that a few years back, the commission had started the process of procuring a new building but the government didn’t allocate funds for them.

“You cannot start looking for a building when you don’t have money, that Bugolobi issue is not true” Taremwa said.

He denied allegations that there is a UPDF General who is on the neck of Sam Rwakojo, the secretary to the electoral commission to purchase his building in Bugolobi. He confirmed that the new home they want is in that range (of shs72bn) and that they are prepared to look for it if government gives them money.

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