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I Can’t Reveal Gov’t Mafias To You, They Will Kill Me And You Are Also Surrounded By Them –  Amin Doctor Tells Bamugemereire How Government Mafias Stole His Shs2.4bn

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Doctor Muhammad Kasasa Buwule the personal doctor to the fallen president Iddi Amin Dada yesterday refused to reveal government mafias to justice Catherine Bamugemereire the chairperson of the commission of inquiry into land matters over fears of harming him.

Kasasa, who is being accused by Buganda Kingdom Prince David Wasajja of stealing his late father Muteesa II’s land had appeared before the land probe to defend himself against the allegations.

The grilling started when the commission lead counsel Ebert Byenkya put Kasasa to task to explain the Shs2.4bn he received as compensation from government for the 640 acres of land on Kyadondo block 237 plot 56, 48, 59 at Mutungo Wakiso.

Kasasa told the commission that in 1996 while inspecting his land, he found out that soldiers in UPDF uniform had established detaches on his land. He asked them who gave them the permission to stay on his land.

He said that the soldiers told him to go to Bombo barracks and ask their superiors for the right answers on why they were deployed on the land. He testified that on reaching Bombo barracks, he was told to talk to David Pulkol the former Director of External Security Organization (ESO) and Mululi Mukasa the former security minister (now the public service Minister) for help. He said that he meet Pulkol Mukasa, Ekalanga and a one Masolo who was working with ESO. He said that in the meeting, Masolo told Kasasa that the government took his land through the public acquisition policy and they were willing to compensate him.

Mukasa ordered Ekalanga who was the valuer from the ministry of land and urban development to value Kasasa’s land and see how to pay him. He said that Ekalanga together with Kasasa’s valuer valued the land to shs2.4bn. They made an agreement indicating that he was supposed to be paid the money within 60 days. In the agreement, government was supposed to add in the interest which would be determined by the bank in case the 60 days elapsed without payment.

He said that he waited and the 60 days expired without receiving any payment.

He said that after four years, he was called by officers from the Ministry of lands, finance, Solicitor General’s chambers and the office of the Attorney General for negotiations on how to be paid. He said that he was told that he was going to be paid the money but he was supposed to take only 40% of the total amount even though on paper it showed that he received shs2.4bn.

He further told the Commission that even on the day he was paid, he was taken to the bank near parliament, ordered to sign documents opening up an account against his will. He said that surprisingly within a few minutes after opening the account, 700m was deposited on the account.

He tried to demand for his balance from people he called government, they called him to go to the very bank to pick his money, however, when he reached there, he was ordered to withdraw Shs186m from his account. After withdrawing the money, he was told that he was not going to get any other payment.

He pleaded with these Government officers to at least to give him shs6m because his son was in need of money abroad. He even threatened to cause commotion in the bank. They warned him that if he created commotion, he was not going to get the remaining money. He told the commission that he accepted to leave the bank and went to his Muslim friend who lent him money which he sent to his son.

Byenkya pinned Kasasa that he was paid money without an agreement on how he was going to be paid. Kasasa insisted that the agreement was in place. However, when he pulled out the agreement, it was just a piece of paper showing the history of the land.

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the chairperson of the commission then tasked Kasasa to reveal the Mafias to the Commission so that they can clean the system on how government pays people who sell goods to it. Bamugemereire added that he can allow Kasasa to reveal mafias in-cameras if he feared being killed by the Mafias he implicated in the Scandal. The nonsense doctor raised his voice and told Bamugemereire that he can’t tell her the Mafias because they will follow him and kill him immediately. He revealed that the Mafias who took his money are connected to every government institution and some of their friends might be seated in the land probe. Bamugemereire agreed with Kasasa and left him.

The lead counsel Byenkya then put Kasasa to task to explain how he obtained the money yet the family if the late Sir Edward Muteesa II accuses him of grabbing it. Kasasa said that he bought the land from his friend Lawrence Sebalu  one of the directors of lake view properties.

He added that he genuinely bought the land when his lawyer the late Yusuf Nsubuga Nsambu told him that the land was owned by people with integrity.

He pinned prince David Wasajja the young brother to the Kabaka of Buganda for conniving with military men to harass him. He gave an example of when police boss Asuman Mugyenyi arrested, humiliated and threw him behind the police pick up when they were trying to take his posh house at Buziga.

He said that he got a lease from Kabaka Muteesa II, the father to Kabaka Mutebi and Wasajja. He said that his he was not allowed to renew his lease and his posh house is now owned by a white man. The commission is still investigating the matter.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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IN HOT SOUP: Deputy IGG Bamugemereire To Head Investigation Into Minister Anite’s Corruption Scandals In UTL

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The Directorate of the Inspector General of Government (IGG) has kicked off investigations into allegations of corruption, abuse of office, influence peddling and fraud against State Minister of Finance for Investment and Privatization, Evelyn Anite. 

In a dossier dated 9th August 2019, a whistleblower alleges that Anite received a bribe from Mauritius Telecom limited, a company which wanted to purchase Uganda Telecom limited.  The whistleblower alleges that immediately after her graduation at Harvard business school, where she studied a Masters of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy, Anite travelled to Mauritius to receive a bribe.

“A secret booking was made for her (Anite) from USA via France to Mauritius suspiciously leaving her husband in the USA.

The trip was not booked in Uganda before her departure for USA. In Mauritius, she met with the team responsible for ensuring that this deal happens and that they acquire UTL at a much less value than its estimated USD84m valuation. She later flew back to the USA and back to Uganda to disguise her trip to Mauritius,” the dossier reads in part. 

The whistleblower claims that Anite’s fight with UTL administrator Bamanya was  fueled by the fact that Bamanya had offered the deal to invest in UTL to Teleology holdings limited which had offered USD70m compared to the Mauritius Telecom limited which had offered USD45m for the assets of the limping Uganda Telecom Limited.

The whistleblower wondered why Anite decided to choose Mauritius Telecom limited instead of Teleology Holdings limited which was a cabinet decision and she was bound by the collective responsibility requirement to follow it.  The dossier reveals that officials from the Mauritius Telecom limited came to Uganda and pressurized Anite to close the deal before August this year. He claims that it’s the very reason why Anite faced off with the deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana on the floor of parliament over the management of UTL.  The IGG was told that minister Anite purchased a number of properties in only a few months which does not match the salary she gets as a Member of Parliament and a junior minister. When contacted, IGG public relations officer Ali Munira confirmed receipt of the whistler’s dossier. 

“It true we have received the complaint against honourable Anite and the file is being handled by the deputy Inspector General of government (Geroge Bamugemereire the husband to land probe boss Catherine Bamugemereire),” Munira confirmed. She added that the investigators are still handling the authenticity of the claims and primaries. Efforts to talk to minister Anite were futile since her known MTN telephone number was not going through. There has been a lot of controversy in UTL and different orders were issued including that of President Museveni, Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana and secretary to the treasury Keith Muhakanizi over the management of UTL.

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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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SHOCKING: I Have A lot Of Wealth, I Forget Some Of It – Riches Of One Of The Officers In Prime Minister’s Office Shocks Nation

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Amodoi (R) before the land probe

Properties worth billions owned by a youthful Peter Amodoi, one of officers in the Office of the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda have shocked the nation.

Amodoi, who had appeared before Justice Catherine Bamugemereire’s land probe, listed a number of properties he owns in different parts of the country and surprisingly, the youthful Amodoi bragged before the old men on the panel like Sebunya and Ruhindi to forgive him because he also sometimes forgets some of his properties because they are many.

“My lord, it was an oversight that I come here without listing the properties I owned because I forget some of them,” Amodoi said.

A furious Bamugemereire ordered Amodoi to come back to the commission with the list of all the properties he owns including his home apartment in Naalya. He told the commission that he owns 800 acres of land at Lotom county in Napak district, house rentals in Moroto municipality, 650 heads of cattle, land in Naalya Lubanga road, trucks, land in Napak district, Amodoi fuel oil in Moroto municipality, two plots of land on Nandala street Mbale Municipality, Elgon spring water limited, a land cruiser, Hilux, Toyota Noah and a fleet of other cars.

Andrew Odit, the assistant lead counsel of the commission tasked Amodoi to tell the commission how long he has spent in the prime minister’s office to be able to amass all that wealth.

Amodoi said that he has been working in the Prime Minister’s office for ten years without promotion. Odit further grilled Amodoi to explain how he acquired the 417 acres of land at land in Napak district which he sold to Uganda Investment Authority.

Amodoi testified that he purchased the land in 2009 from elders in the Naduget county Napak district at shs45m. He said that he was tipped off by his friend Andrew Pulkol that there was a land on sale. He insisted that it was a willing seller a willing buyer transaction and refuted claims that he fraudulently acquired it.

He further revealed that in 2009, immediately after buying the land, he landed on an advert in papers where Uganda Investment Authority was looking for land in Napak district to establish an industrial park. He said that he applied to sell the contested land to Uganda Investment Authority at Shs2.5bn. He said that he received a phone call from Uganda Investment Authority that they wanted to negotiate with him and increase on the price he sold his land.

He testified that they agreed to pay him Shs662m. Justice Bamugemereire wondered the abnormal profit made by Amodoi and grilled him on the way he acquired the land title which he sold to Uganda Investment Authority because the land was not titled.

Amodoi said that upon buying the land, he applied to Moroto district land board and they gave him the land. The commission grilled Amodoi after they discovering a lot of fraud in the process he followed to acquire the land title.  Over 2000 Loputput residents petitioned the commission claiming that they were forcefully evicted from their land by Uganda Investment Authority and are now living in bushes.

The commission is still investigating the matter.

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