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I FACILITATED MUSEVENI WITH GUNS: Top Ankole Prince Boasts As He Is Grilled By Bamugemereire For Grabbing 3 Square Miles Of Land In Kyankwazi

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Prince Andrew Tendo, a top Royal member of the defunct Ankole kingdom has been grilled for grabbing 3 square miles of land in Kyankwanzi district.  Tendo testified before the commission of inquiry into land matters that his father Reverend Sam Muchokoleza of Rusherere, Kiruhura district was among the last respected royals in Ankole before abolished.  As he was bragging, the Commission’s deputy lead Counsel John Bosco Suuza asked him to show documentary evidence that he legally owns the 3 square miles of land on Ssingo block 812 plot 25 which cover three villages of Mbogobiiri, Kasambya and Bugondi in Kyankwazi district.

Instead of answering the questions, Tendo tasked his cousin brother, a one Sunday Kayitambogo to answer for him the questions because he is his manager and has the right anwers on the issue.  He was advised by Suuza that since he is the one who swore as a witness and took to the witness stand, he was the one to answer the questions not Kayitambogo.

When he realized that he was cornered, he gave an excuse that he spent much of his time in exile in Kenya after surviving being arrested by Milton Obote government in 1981. He said that he was the chief solicitor of guns and other war logistics to facilitates the NRA war struggle in 1980’s, he further revealed to the commission his legacy in struggles and he bragged that he liberated Uganda from dictatorial regimes since he was a powerful fighter in FRONASA.  He further asked the commission to allow him read for them his written statement on the claims put to him that he has been using president Yoweri Museveni’s name and UPDF soldier’s to grab land Kyankwanzi.

At this time justice Bamugemereire intervened and ordered Tendo to follow the commission’s orders by answering all questions asked by the lead counsel.

He testified that  when he came back to Uganda in 1986, he went to the Uganda land Commission and asked them to get for him a big piece of land where he can establish his maize milling factory.  He said that he was advised to look for the land and in 1987, his two friends George William Lubega and Sekitoleko tipped him that there was vacant land along River Mbongo in Kyankwanzi.  He said that he got Andrew Kityo, a surveyor who inspected the land and by then, though it was a  forest, it was very fertile for growing maize on a large scale.  He said that he went back to the Uganda land commission and applied for four square miles of land but Kiboga district land board only approved 2 square miles which he protested.

He testified that the lands minister by then ordered Kiboga district land board to give him four square miles because he was looking for a big chunk of land for his business. He said that Kiboga district land board only approved 3 square miles and he and accepted to take that.  He said that in 1992, he was awarded a lease of five years from Uganda lands commission with strict conditions of developing the land by that period. He said that when his lease expired in 1997, he went back to Uganda land Commission and asked for a bigger period of 45 years . He further testified that he wanted to mortgage the land in the bank so that he can get money to start his dream business since he did not have money to start. He said that all the banks he went for a loan asked him for a land title with a bigger lease period because he wanted a lot of money.

He said that the commission refused to extend his lease from that period until 2010.

Bamugemereire asked Tendo to show documentary evidence that he asked for an extension of his lease. He started checking in his file as he pleaded that the Commission should first give him documents which he gave to them. Bamugemereire then told him that he was not prepared and ordered him to come back on Wednesday when he is prepared.  A witness testified that Tendo is being used by lands senior minister Betty Amongi to write letters ordering security organs to provide security to Tendo to open boundaries on the disputed land which has locals already settled on it.

He said that in Amongi’s letter, she told residents to cooperate properly with Tendo and see how they can stay together on the land.  During the forceful opening of boundaries, people were shot, teargassed and brutally arrested. Amongi was accused that she first wrote to security agents telling them not to allow any body to open boundaries until the ministry had finalized with its investigations and discovered the true owner of the land.  The witness alleges that Amongi quickly changed her first letter after meeting Tendo. The commission is still investigating the matter.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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Shocking Things You Missed At NRM Delegates Conference: Lumumba Woes, How Kifeesi Beat Up Delegates And Stole Their Money, NRM Diehard Balaam Blasts Delegates Who Accused Him Of Giving Them Little, Poor Quality Food…

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Events guru and National Resistance Movement (NRM) diehard Balaam Baruhagare has blasted the party’s delegates who accused him of giving them little and poor-quality food during the national Delegates conference which was recently held at Mandela National stadium.

On Friday night, a number of delegates who gathered at Kololo airstrip to collect their accreditation cards to participate in the party’s delegates conference complained that they were served with little and poor-quality food.

The delegates, especially those who came from the Karamoja region were seen stranded in the line after being told that the food is done.

“In the previous delegates conferences, the organizing team delayed to give us our allowances but the food and drinks were there but with these new Lumumba boys, the likes of Balaam, their service is really poor and the party administration must work on it,” one of the delegates exclusively told this website.

Delegates also accused Special Forces Command (SFC) commandos and ISO operatives who were guarding them at Kololo airstrip of stopping them from getting out of the facility to look for what to eat because Balaam’s food was done.

However, when contacted for comment, Balaam refuted the accusation saying that he was not responsible for food as the delegates claims.

He told the Grapevine that his role was to provide seats and tents not food. He also revealed that the food section was handled by NRM’s treasurer Rose Namayanja and state house officials. Balaam insists that the food providers did their best and all the delegates were served.

“The problem with some of those people complaining is that they wanted to pack food and take it to their villages and after blame us that we gave them poisoned food, because by the time they reach their villages, that food would be rotten,” Balaam said. Balaam condemned the delegates who heckled the party Secretary General (SG) Kasule Lumumba.

He told us that ISO operatives were the ones responsible for the giving out cards and Lumumba’s role was just to sign on them.

“That woman overworked. I am telling you. But as usual, some delegates, especially those from the North came with their agenda of embarrassing her before the president and other dignitaries invited from abroad,” Balaam said. He said that that delegates from North have a thinking that their own son must be in the party SG.

Delegates accussed Lumumba of eating their allowance money claiming that they were supposed to receive Shs.1,000,000million each but they were ordered to sign for Shs. 600,000 which they said was too little. The Grapevine also established that most of the delegates slept on the floor at Kololo airstrip because they received their money between 2-3am on Saturday morning and could not get a place to sleep at that time.

Some delegates made frantic phone calls to their legislators who stay in Kampala and the suburbs to come and pick them so that they can sleep at their residentials. For example, those who came from Rakai slept at Minister Haruna Kasolo’s home. This website also established that delegates who insisted on moving at night with their money especially those from Karamoja who tried to look for accomodation in Nakawa were beaten by ‘kifeesi’ and robbed clean.

Other sources at the NRM secretariat who spoke to the Grapevine on condition of anonymity told us that apart from food and accreditations problems, there other issues which made delegates heckle Lumumba.

“Some claim that since she is not voted by delegates, she does not respect them like previous SG’s like Amama Mbabazi who were voted by delegates and were answerable to the electorate,” one of the NRM delegates told this website.

Other political analysts who spoke to this website cited the Busoga factor in the heckling of Lumumba. The Basoga accuse Lumumba of dumping them the day she took over the office of the SG. They claim that she is now lobbying to return to active politics because she is going to compete in Bugiri Municipality which is currently occupied by JEEMA’s Hajji Asumani Basalirwa.

Other NRM promoters like Kabula county legislator James Kakooza told us that Lumumba is not the first person to be heckled before the chairperson. He cited a number of delegates conferences where Amama Mbabazi was humiliated.

“That’s politics and I don’t see any big thing my sister Lumumba did. Delegates were supposed to receive sh600, 000 but the problem was when they saw NEC members receiving shs1.2m, they thought that they were cheated which was wrong,” Kakooza noted. Ahmed Katerega Musazi, the head of communication at the NRM chairperson’s office said that there were a number of issues which the organizing committee has to ratify to avoid further embarrassments. He said that the organization was poor and many delegates were not happy.

By Alirabaki Ssengooba

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IGP Ochola Should Explain To Ugandans Why Police Is Still Detaining People In Nalufenya Yet He Told The Public After Kayihura Firing That It Was Shut Down – FDC…

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Last week, Besigye (L) was allegedly detained at Nalufenya which Ochola (R) closed

Forum for Democratic Change Party (FDC) deputy spokesperson John Kikonyogo has revealed that the party is planning to sue all the police officers who were involved in the brutal and torture of Ugandans in Jinja and Soroti during the FDC party anniversary celebrations.

While addressing the press today at the party headquarters in Najjanankubi, Kikonyogo said that the party has staged five senior lawyers who will challenge police in courts of law.

“We don’t trust police reports; they keep on twisting reports in their favors. Therefore, as FDC, we have contacted five senior lawyers to stand on behalf of all those victims tortured in Eastern Uganda as we were holding our celebrations,” Kikonyogo said. 

On Monday 20th January 2020, Many FDC supporters and leaders including Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye were intercepted at the new Jinja Nile Bridge, arrested and detained at Nalufenya police.

This created a battle between police and FDC supporters. Some police officers were seen in a recorded video brutally arresting an FDC supporter. Other FDC party leaders including the party president Mr. Oboi Amuriat were also arrested in Soroti and later released. They were accused of holding illegal activities without seeking police authorization from the police force.

However, according to FDC, the party informed police and they were given a green light. They say that they even followed all the terms and condition given to them but what surprised them is being brutally arrested.

Kikonyogo further urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola to explain why Nalufenya police is still open yet he told to the public that the place is closed.

“Ochola shamelessly told Ugandans that he closed Nalufenya police but to our surprise, it is where Besigye was detained from. Should we assume that he said it because he was so excited with the new job or he was orders to say that?” Kikonyogo asked.

By Josephine Kauma

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You Are Very Selfish, You Have Turned Your Brother Into A Commodity, How Can You Start Fundraising For An Extravagant Wedding In The Middle Of The Struggle? Mirundi Blasts Bobi Wine’s Brother Nyanzi…

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The presidential adviser on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi has declared Kyandondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine’s family as the most selfish family in Uganda. Mirundi revealed that most of Kyagulanyi’s family members look at him as a commodity and they are using him to accumulate wealth and achieve their long-term goals.

“I earlier on thought that Bobi Wine will one time be president of this country but he has failed to handle the process of achieving presidency in countries like Uganda. How can you mobilize people to organize a very expensive wedding for your brother in the middle of the struggle? Bobi Wine miscalculated when he attended Fred Nyanzi’s wedding meeting and it has decreased his chances of becoming the next president,” Mirundi said.

The self-claimed media consultant revealed that since day one, when Bobi Wine entered politics, the lives of his family members especially Nyanzi have changed from celebrating birthdays to now organizing historical weddings and they are using their brother’s name to get money. They don’t know that they are sacrificing their brother’s chances of becoming the head of state.

The Kalagala born noted that experienced politicians like president Yoweri Museveni and Kizza Besigye cannot be caught in such traps, he gave an example that during the 1986 rebel struggle, Museveni warned his fighters both in the bush and those who were tasked with mobilising for funds for the struggle not to engage in any expensive activities like weddings and parties because they would demoralize their symphasizers who would think that they are fighting for themselves.

“ He (Nyanzi) has been with that woman for over 15 years why has he decided to officially wed her now?

This is a bad signal to other people in the struggle because it shows them that if they attain power, they will be extravagant,” Mirundi said.

He said that if he was an adviser to Bobi Wine he would have told him to delegate someone to attend Nyanzi’s wedding meeting instead of being there himself.

By Alirabaki Ssengooba

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