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    I WON’T VOMIT THAT LAND: Pepsi Tycoon Nzeyi Defiant On Temangalo Land, Narrates How He Survived Sudhir’s Fraud

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    Hot loaf and Pepsi franchise in Uganda tycoon Amos Nzeyi has revealed shocking details of how he survived being defrauded by fellow tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia.

    Nzeyi testified before the commission of inquiry into land matters that in 1980, Ismael Abdullah, one of the departed Asians approached him to query a building in Nakasero which he was occupying.

    “I remember my lord I met that gentleman at speak Hotel Kampala where we had lunch, after, he showed me his repossession certificate of his building. I accepted what he told me, we agreed that he rents me his building at USD 1000,” Nzeyi said.

    He revealed that however, in the earlier 2000, he received a letter from Meera Investment tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia informing him that he bought the building which he was renting from Ismael.

    “I was surprised. I wondered why my friend Abdullah sold his building without considering me, I was paying his rent well and I helped him to occupy his building. I picked my phone and I called Abdullah who stays in Canada, I asked him about the matter and denied everything, he told me that Sudhir wanted to defraud me,” Nzeyi said.

    He said that Sudhir, who was calling himself the new landlord told him that he had raised the rent he was paying from USD 1000 to USD 10000 which was a huge amount compared to the building. He said that Abdullah admitted that Sudhir went to Canada and met him with other Indians who were expelled from Uganda in 1972 but still have properties in Uganda but he never sold his building to him as he told Nzeyi.

    When he survived Sudhir’s con, Nzeyi said that he bought an air ticket for his lawyer Isaac Musumba now a minister in Museveni’s government and the two went to Canada to meet Abdullah.  He said that he went to Canda to finalise the purchase of the building because Abdullah had told him that he wanted to sell the building to do other things.

    He said that he purchased the building from Abdallah and since then he has been buying buildings from departed Asians around Kampala and helping others to occupy their properties which were confiscated by Amin.  He told the commission that the country is seated on a time bomb because the population is growing at a high rate while the land is not expanding.

    He gave an example of his six acres of his land grabbed by the chairperson Temangalo village who he is still battling with in court. He said that his other land is being grabbed by land grabbers who after grabbing it ask him for compensation. He gave another example of a man who grabbed his Kakungulu Golf course playground and is now asking him for compensation.

    DETERMINED NOT TO VOMIT TEMANGALO LAND

    Even though he was told that the purchase of the 366 acres of land on block 296  plot 20 Busiro in 1988 from a one Abas Mawanda was fraudulently done, Nzeyi told the commission that he is determined not to vomit the land. He said that he is ready to enter into negotiations with the former owners of the land (Temangalo Tea Estate) but stated it clearly that he will escort Mawanda to the meeting because he is innocent of what happened. “My lord Mawanda owns a huge chunk of land why doesn’t he compensate them from the land he owns? I can also hire them some of my land because I also have land which I’m not using but that one of Temangalo, my lord it’s very difficult to return it to them because it has changed ownerships,” Nzeyi noted.

    He further revealed that he was misled by his lawyers of Sebalu, Lule and company Advocates who he hired to help him verify the documents concerning the land.  He said that he refused to use his lawyers of Mulenga, Kalemera and Company Advocates because he thought that since he was purchasing land in Buganda, he has to get lawyers from Buganda who are in the know of what it entails to purchase land in Buganda.

    He said that the lawyers did everything for him apart from payments, he denied receiving any letter from the complainant’s lawyer Peter Mulira in 1993 to sit down and negotiate with them. “My lord I was very annoyed when I heard those people saying that I’m a big man who is unreachable and who has frustrated them from receiving justice. Surely, I’m a small 70-year-old man with 70kg, I’m known by everybody in this town and my offices are in Nakawa,” Nzeyi noted.

    However, justice Bamugemereire the chairperson of the commission told him that even though he took himself as a small person, people are taking him as a big person with that ‘big man syndrome’. She also asked him why he earlier refused to honour the summons issued to him by the commission before his lawyer Fred Muwema wrote to them.

    He said that its true he was in Nairobi meeting the Chinese Ambassador but he cut his travel short because he was supposed to meet South African president who was in the country last week to attend his son’s wedding to Amama Mbabazi’s daughter. Nzeyi promised to give his passports to the commission so that they can verify that he was in Nairobi. Nzeyi was seen on Saturday at Mbabazi’s daughter’s wedding in Kololo yet his lawyers had told the commission that he was supposed to come back in the country yesterday.

    DISTANCED MBABAZI FROM TEMANGALO LAND

    Nzeyi also distanced Amama Mbabazi from Temangalo land fraud. He said that the land Mbabazi sold to National Social Security Fund (NSSF) in 2008, where Nzeyi was given powers of attorney is located in Buyera village not Temangalo

    The commission is still investigating the matter

     

    By Jamil Lutakome

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    Inside State House Meeting Where Rujoki’s URA Men Were Accused By Female Trader Before M7 Of Touching Their Breasts And Nyash  During Tax Collection…

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    President Museveni (L) and URA Commissioner General Musinguzi Rujoki (R)

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was forced to direct Special Forces Command (SFC) detectives to with immediate effect kickoff investigations and report to him their findings concerning allegations that a number of male tax collectors sent by Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner General John Musinguzi Rujoki sexually harass women during the exercise.

    Last week, Rujoki was accompanied by some of his staff who are enforcing the exercise of collecting tax from the city center to the State House to meet the president over the recent traders’ strike.

    President Museveni summoned the meeting to listen to both the traders and URA over the enforcement of the Electronic Fiscal Receipting and Invoicing System (EFRIS) and tempers were very high from all sides.

    Security in State House was on alert because of the sharp misunderstanding between traders, especially from those behind Dr. Thadeus Musoke Nagenda’s Kampala Capital Traders Association (KACITA) and David Kabanda’s Federation of Uganda Traders Association (FUTA).

    Both Kabanda and Musoke were fighting to make sure that their people are accredited to attend the meeting. The total number who took Covid-19 test were more than 200 and they all traveled to Entebbe State House to meet the president.

    By 10am, traders pitched camp at State House Entebbe gate prepared to give moral supporter to their respective leaders as they were arguing out their grievances against Rujoki’s URA before the President.

    However, they were surprised when State House security informed them that it will be only their leaders who will be allowed to enter.

    They tried to explain to the SFC Commandos how Kampala Senior Minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda and her State Minister Joseph Christopher Kabuye Kyofatogabye assured them that they wereall going to meet Museveni and the only condition was to take Covid-19 test.

    “Many of us tried to make phone calls to minister Kabuye but he was not picking and Kabanda told us that she was still engaged with the President in Kitebi and she was not in position to talk to us, after that, she hung up,” one of the traders told Grapevine.

    Only 25 leaders were allowed to enter State House and others decided to camp in one of the compounds near State House waiting for the President. When he entered State House from Kitebi, he just waved at them.

    The meeting started by 10pm and a number of ministers whoincluded: Francis Mwebesa the senior trade minister, his deputy David Bahati, Evelyn Anite the state minister for finance in charge of investment, Kampala Minister Minsa Kabanda and other government officials.

    The traders were allowed first to submit their grievances against URA before the big man. However, KACITA suffered a setback when President Museveni wondered what they wanted from him because he had just met them a few days back and asked them to talk to the traders not to strike.

    Before the President finished his statement, Kabanda and his team clapped their hands in surprise wondering why Musoke and his team met the President secretly without informing them. Kabanda has his team immediately started accusing Musoke’s team of betraying the traders.

    The President then gave Musoke and Isa Ssekito the KACITA spokesperson the green light to continue with their submission.

    Meanwhile, Kabanda’s people were panicking fearing that their man (Kabanda) might fail to submit properly their issues before the president because their issues were in writing (and he struggles with reading documents) and he was supposed to follow the document since the President also had a copy.

    “Kabanda shocked all of us, we don’t where he got the confidence from because he was on spot and was even given a standing ovation,” a source who attended the meeting said.

    However, before Rujoki was given the opportunity to respond to the complaints made against him and his team, a one Doreen Nakirya was given a chance to also raise her complaint and the entire meeting was shocked when she reported to the President that Rujoki’s men in the field sexually harass them.

    One of the businessmen who attended the meeting told theGrapevine that Museveni was shocked, to the extent that when Nakirya talked about URA men sexually harassing female Traders, the President, who was writing every submission paused.

    He asked her whether she knew the names of the men who sexually harassed them because the NRM government does not believe and associate with men who don’t respect women.

    Nakirya told the president that Rujoki’s men touch and feel women trader’s bums, breasts and make sexual signs after waylaying them in their shops and sometimes their children and workers see them.

    While the president wasasking Rujoki to respond to the allegations, Nakirya pointed out a one Godfrey (who was also in the meeting) and a colleague.

    Immediately, the president directed SFC detectives to take both of them to record statements so that investigations can kick off.

    The president was also told that URA men have a vice of asking for bribes from them so as not to close their shops after accusing them of delaying to pay their taxes to URA.

    In his defense, Rujoki informed the President that URA on several occasions has always interacted with the business community and a number of trainings and workshops concerning EFRIS were carried out.

    One of the businessmen confirmed to theGrapevine that it is true URA has always conducted meetings and trainings with traders.

    The President was briefed that businessmen and women who are complaining have been hiding the correct record of sales they make every day.

    He gave examples with evidence that traders have two books, one which is submitted to URA and another one in which they record the actual sales which they don’t submit to URA.

    Fred Bamwine the Commissioner in the Office of the Presidency confirmed that nothing is going to change in the way URA collects taxes especially on EFRIS even if Museveni meets traders again in May at Kololo strip.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic In Kabaka Mutebi’s Mengo Administration As Top Clan Head Nsamba Is Put On Suicide Watch Over Arrest Threats…

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    Buganda Kingdom's Kabaka Mutebi (R) and Omuttaka Ssalongo Aloysious Magandaazi (L)

    There was a lot of panic at Buganda Kingdom clan heads council after their secretary and also the Ngabi clan head Omuttaka Ssalongo Aloysious Magandaazi went missing for two weeks.

    One of the clan heads told theGrapevine that they are in fear that their colleague may kill himself because for two weeks they have failed to reach him.

    “We have been looking for him via his known phone numbers to see how we can help him and his family because we know the humiliating situation he is going through and his family but all his lines are off,” a clan head said.

    He pleaded with Buganda Kingdom administration led by Premier Charles Peter Mayiga to intervene and save the situation by buying a new home for the clan head because the one he was evicted on a court directive from the one he was staying in.

    It should be remembered that two weeks back, Court bailiffs guarded by armed policemen from Natete police station commanded by Hassan Ssekalema threw Nsamba and all his properties including pigs out of his house at Mutundwe Kigagga zone Lubaga Division a Kampala city suburb.

    His wife Jane Nanyondo and daughter tried to resist but they were defeated, arrested and taken to Natete police station.

    They were later released with orders not to go back to their home and told to stop using the piece of land because it was taken over on a court directive.

    Rosemary Nayiga who defeated Nsamba in Court told theGrapevine that the said land was owned by their father Edward Kasozi but in 1993, Nsamba fraudulently used force to grab it because he was a son to a former clan head.

    The development to evict Nsamba from the house comes at a time when the Kingdom culture court (kkooti ya Kisekwa) is set to announce his fate on the matter of being the clan head of the Ngabi clan.

    A section of Ngabi clan members dragged Nsamba to the cultural court claiming that he was illegally elected to head their clan.

    Things are not moving well in Buganda Kingdom clan heads council because just recently, their treasurer omutaka Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa the head of Ndiga clan was shot dead in February 2024 and a number of suspects whoioncluded Milly Naluwenda the secretary to Kisekwa court, Derrick Noah Luggya a clan mate to Bbosa and others were charged with murder and remanded to Luzira prison.

    Nsamba, the council secretary is also on run over arrest threats because court bailiffs want him to pay them Shs30m as eviction fees as directed by court.

    One of the clan head said that Nsamba went into hiding fearing imprisonment because he doesn’t have money to pay the court bailiffs. He pleaded with Mayiga to intervene and save the man.

    Other clan heads who are under pressure from Kisekwa court include:their council speaker Omuttaka Ssalongo Augustine Kizito Mutumba the head of Kkobe clan who was even stopped from accessing the clan headquarters in Mawokota Mpigi district.

    A section of clan members refused to recognize him as their leader even though kkooti ya kisekwa declared him the legal clan head.

    Kkobe clan members claim that Mutumba entered into a deal with Mayiga’s administration to give him a win so as to silence his good friend and also grandchild Kassim Male Mabirizi.

    Mabirizi put Mayiga’s administration under pressure because of several court suits filed against Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, the Kabaka of Buganda challenging his leadership.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    Furious Kabaka Mutebi Lawyers Protest His Subject’s Prayer To Access His Juicy Bank Accounts And Confidential Kingdom Documents He Signed With President Museveni…

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    Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi (R) with President Museveni (L)

    The Constitutional Court which also doubles as the Court of Appeal is set to decide on Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s protest against the prayers made by his subject lawyer Kassim Male Mabirizi who wants to access and inspect his juicy bank accounts and other confidential Buganda Kingdom documents he signed with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the status of the Official Mailo land in Buganda.

    theGrapevine has exclusively seen a letter dated 2nd April 2024 which was received by the Attorney General’s chambers, K&K Advocates, lawyers representing Kabaka Mutebi in his Official capacity as a corporation sole culture leader of Buganda and S&L Advocates, the lawyers representing Kabaka Mutebi in his personal capacity as Ronald Muwenda Mutebi the son to late Sir Edward Walugembe Mutesa.

    In the said letter, Mabirizi claimed that he was going to use the documents to argue out his case against the respondents given that they are instrumental in helping court deliver justice in his petition.

    Among the documents Mabirizi listed to be given to him by Kabaka’s lawyers include; the certified copy of the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding signed between Kabaka Mutebi and President Museveni.

    He also wants to be given up to date particulars of all land leases, sub leases, licenses and other dealings between the office of Kabaka of Buganda and himself as Ronald Mutebi and his personal companies where he has interests and shares.

    Mabirizi also wants Kabaka to give him documents showing the particulars of all payments so far made to his office as Kabaka of Buganda including bank transfers and statements pursuant to the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding.

    He wants to also access all the payments so far made to Kabaka Mutebi by settlers on the official mailo land returned to him by President Museveni’s government in 1993.

    Mabirizi also wants the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka who is also a senior partner at K&K Advocates who he wrote to in his official capacity as the Attorney General of Uganda to reveal to him certified copies of the parliament plenary attendance lists for Members of Parliament present during the debate and passing of the Land Act 1998.

    He wants to be given the parliament plenary proceedings (Hansard) leading to the Land Act 1998 as passed, the parliamentary plenary proceedings (Harsard) that led to the Land (Amendment) Act 2010 and a certified copy of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2013 between the government of Uganda and Kabaka Mutebi.

    He also wants up to date particulars of all the properties so far returned to Kabaka, all payments and bank statements so far made to Kabaka as a result of the signed agreement.

    Mabirizi also wrote to Kabaka Mutebi’s other lawyers of S&L Advocates who are representing him in his personal capacity to reveal to him the bank statements of their client.

    However, Mabirizi confirmed that Kabaka’s lawyers of K&K Advocates through their senior partner Edwin Karugire who is also a personal lawyer and a son-in-law to President Museveni confirmed to him that they are not going to give him the documents he asked for because he has no legal bearing in his petition.

    “Now I’m waiting for a response from the Attorney General because he is also a party in my petition and Kabaka’s personal lawyers of S&L Advocates. If they decline to reveal the documents I ask for, I will proceed with the application before the Court so that they force them to do so,” Mabirizi said.

    He boasted that he is not threatened with Karugire’s actions because there are a number of authorities which he will rely on to convince the Justices of the Constitutional Court to force them to give him the documents he wants.

    Mabirizi further wants Kabaka Mutebi, his former cultural, palace and security minister and also the former Chief Executive Officer of Buganda Land Board  (BLB) David Kiwalabye Male, Baker Ssejjengo an employee of BLB, Bashir Kizito Juma the Deputy BLB Chief Executive Officer to be cross examined.

    He claims that Kizito and Ssejjego helped Kabaka to mismanage Buganda Kingdom properties and a number of them are registered in his personal names and companies.

    He further alleges that Kabaka Mutebi’s BLB used force to violate settlers on the official mailo while the government looked on.

    He wants court to declare that president Museveni illegally signed the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding with Kabaka Mutebi.

    He further wants the five justices of the constitutional court to declare that Kabaka Mutebi is not the owner of Buganda Kingdom official mailo land but just a trustee.

    Kabaka and other parties denied all the allegations Mabirizi placed against them and asked court to dismiss his petition with costs.

    Court set 1st June, 2024 as the date to kickoff the process of scheduling the matter before it is taken to the five justices who will determine it.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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