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    I Didn’t Come To Parliament To Deliver Luggage – LOP Mpuuga Spits Fire After Meeting Bobi Wine On Failing To Help MP Kagabo Return Shs40m Alleged Bribe…



    L-R: Mp Kagabo, Bobi Wine and LOP Mathias Mpuuga

    The Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) Mathias Mpuuga has told off haters who accused him and his shadow cabinet of doing nothing to execute the orders given to them by their boss Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine concerning the alleged Shs.40m bribe.

    Upon getting information that NUP MPs and their colleagues from other political parties had allegedly received Shs.40m from the home of the Speaker of Parliament Annet Anita Among in Nakasero, a Kampala suburb, Bobi Wine directed his party legislators to return the money through the office of the LOP Mpuuga with immediate effect.

    However, no legislator returned the money as the principal had directed.

    Surprisingly, last month, Bukoto South legislator Dr. Twaha Kagabo returned the alleged Shs.40m bribe in cash to Mpuuga who refused to receive the money.

    Mpuuga gave Kagabo security and directed him to return the money where he picked it from.

    Multiple credible sources revealed that Bobi Wine, who was in Nairobi as an elections observer blasted Mpuuga in a phone call conversation for doing nothing in help Kagabo to get justice.

    “The principal wanted to know why Mpuuga and his shadow cabinet didn’t escort Kagabo to the office of the speaker or her home to return the money as a sign of solidarity,” a source said.

    However, when he appeared on CBS radio’s Kiriza oba gaana, a political talk show, Mpuuga blasted those accusing him of not doing enough to fight corruption in parliament.

    “Please, stop telling me those things of not helping Kagabo to take money back to where he picked it from. Who told you that I am a luggage deliverer to deliver each and every luggage brought to my office at parliament?” Mpuuga asked.

    He explained that as the leader of the opposition, his role in the Kagabo scandal was to guide him on the way forward as he did but not involve himself in the saga.

    Mpuuga revealed that parliament, being a political wing of government where many political decisions are made, faces a lot of temptations from those who want to compromise them through bribes to drive their agendas.

    Mpuuga insisted that he will insist on guiding legislators as a senior legislator on how to overcome such temptation and work for Ugandans who sent them.

    “We have to be open to our voters that parliament is not a garden where they send legislators to get for voters what to eat. I told that to my voters in Masaka. Parliament is for legislating good laws and policies for good governance,” Mpuuga said.

    He further blasted those who thought that MPs are young people who are there to be ordered and directed on what to do. He insisted that legislators are mature people who understand the good and bad, and no one should think for them.

    Mpuuga made the statement after meeting his principal Bobi Wine at his home in Magere in Wakiso district where sources claim that the Kagabo’s issue was top on the agenda.

    Commenting about the meeting, Bobi Wine later posted on his social media platforms that he discussed many challenges that face the opposition in parliament and how best to lead other people through the cause of liberating Ugandans.

    “While most of our leaders have performed well and stuck to the cause thus far, there are some legitimate points of disappointment which we need to address head-on. It is our duty as leaders to frankly discuss them and find solutions. We have a country to liberate!” Bobi Wine stated.

    Recently, Bobi Wine threatened to expose all his party legislators who accepted the alleged Shs.40 million bribe and refused to return it.

    Speaker Among denied the allegations of bribing legislators and referred Kagabo to the parliamentary committee on Rules and privileges for disciplinary action.

    Sources at the Rules and Privileges Committee have disclosed that Mpuuga and Among are among the witnesses who the Committee is set to summon to testify over the allegations of giving bribes and corruption.

    Kagabo is also currently facing detectives from the office of the Inspector General of Government.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki



    Security On High Alert After Sunday ADF-Linked Bomb Blast Near Uganda, DR Congo Border



    Uganda security agencies have been put on high alert after a bomb linked to the Allied Democratic Forces – ADF went off yesterday near Uganda, Congo border.

    The incident in the Eastern DRC happened at Pentecostal Church in Lhubirira, an immediate town located 4kms after Mpondwe border point. At least 10 people died on the spot and 47 others suffered injuries.

    “The terror attack shows that terrorism can occur any time and anywhere, and further reminds us all of the terrorist threats that we face as a country. Because of the existing threat environment, our Joint Counter terror task teams from CMI, Crime Intelligence, Counter terrorism, CID in coordination with territorial units, continue to operate with a heightened state of readiness. It is approximately, 425days, since the double terror task at CPS and Kampala Avenue that have led to several investigations, multiple arrests and recovery of an assortment of dangerous weapons. So far, 18 guns have been recovered, 1 PK gun and 116 PK rounds, 1 pistol, 7 IEDs, 21 electronic detoriators, 52 explogel explosives, 2 Axel blades, 2 emulsion explosives, an assortment of bomb making materials, walkie talkies, mobile phones, 185 other types of ammunition, and motorcycles etc. In addition, a total of 57 suspects (terrorists and rebels) have been arrested,” Police Spokesperson who doubles as the Joint Security Spokesman told the media in Kampala on Monday.

    And while those disruptive operations present a positive step in securing the safety of Ugandans, Enanga says that “there is still work to identify ADF cells of agents, collaborators, operatives and sponsors within the country.”

    “Several measures have also been put in place, to avert any hostile infiltrations and attacks at Mpondwe border and all other crossing points. For instance, we have stopped the movement of cargo and passenger boats across Lake Albert, intensified patrols in Bugoma forest and across the borderlines, bolstered security at major installations, markets and parking yards, and intensified intelligence on several targets among others,” he said.

    Enanga, however, asked the public not to be alarmed “by these steps because it is meant for their safety.”

    “We would like to further remind the public that the threats of terrorism are real, especially on soft targets, which are many and sometimes difficult to defend, especially restaurants, markets, shopping centres, public transportation hubs like taxi and bus parks, places of worship and other crowded places etc. as a result, we call upon the public to be extra alert and vigilant, as they go about their activities. Remember, the best defence against any terrorist threats is our collective community effort. Once again, please be alert but not alarmed. And report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the nearest police unit or security agency.”


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    City Babe Who Offered Room For Cousin & Her Boyfriend Arrested For Double Murder



    The police are investigating circumstances under which two young adults died in a fire at Jinja-Nabweru on Thursday evening.

    The deceased have been identified as Patricia, 24, and Kajumba, 27.

    Findings show that the lovers visited Suzan Keitesi, 24; a cousin of Patricia on Thursday morning. Keitesi is a resident in an apartment at Jinja Kawempe Zone A, Jinja Kawempe Ward in Nabweru Division.

    However, the pair were found dead on Thursday evening in a suspicious manner, while Keitesi was rushed to a nearby clinic and later Kawempe hospital for first aid. She was later discharged that day.

    Suspecting foul play, detectives attached to Kawempe Police Station interacted with Keitesi on her hospital bed. Her statement looked uncoordinated. She has been detained as further investigations continue.

    Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire says Patricia and her boyfriend are suspected to have been murdered.

    “We have reserved the scene for further examination by officials from National Building Review Board, UMEME, and other stakeholders, to ascertain the exact cause of the fire. 

    Whereas the tenant had a gas cooker, it was in a store and it remained intact,” Owoyesigyire said. “We have however arrested Kaitesi Suzan on allegations of Murder as investigations continue.”



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    Aponye MD Harold Byamugisha Still Missing – Security



    Police are searching for the Managing Director of Aponye Uganda Limited who went missing on Sunday night.

    Harold Byamugisha is said to have left home on Sunday dressed casually, promising his wife that he was to return.

    “The wife says he left home in a yellow shirt and white shorts. She said he called her around 11pm and informed her that he could return home in 20 minutes. He didn’t return,” Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire told the media yesterday.

    Byamugisha’s family has also put up an announcement, promising a Shs5m reward to anyone who can help them find him.

    “He was last seen in Ntinda on Sunday…driving his motor vehicle, a Range Rover, white in colour number UBF 017D. This is to inform the general public that whoever has any idea of his whereabouts, please call us on 0775363017, 07770611435 or report to the nearest police station. A reward of Shs5m is available,” the notice reads in part.

    But while reports emerged Friday morning that he had been found, security sources say Byamugisha is yet to be found.

    “He called us yesterday and said he is okay. But the wife who reported the case hasn’t physically seen him,” a security source said.

    Owoyesigyire says Byamugisha is still missing.

    “To us, he is still missing,” he said. “So, we are still looking for him and he is not safe and sound like he said.”


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