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    IGG Top Bosses On Spot As M7’s Secret Service Unit Picks Interest In Corruption Allegations In Their Offices: Officials To Be Investigated One By One…

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    IGG Betty Kamya and her deputy Patricia Achan Okiria

    Highly placed State House sources have revealed to theGrapevine that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has picked interest and instructed his Secret Service Unit commanded by one of his very trusted family member to investigate allegation of corruption in the Office of the Inspector General of Government (IGG).

    Sources disclosed that Museveni has received a number of petitions on corruption at the IGG’s office.

    The petitioners asked him to intervene and save billions of taxpayers money which is likely to be lost because of the reckless decisions motivated by selfishness to exonerate corrupt suspects which places the government’s image and the country at large in bad light.

    Museveni already believes that there is corruption in the IGG’s office and it is the reason why he did not trust that office to investigate the iron sheet scandal which involved top government officials.

    Just recently, the IGG’s decision to withdraw corruption charges against David Livinstone Ebiru the Former Executive Director of Uganda National Bureau of Standards(UNBS) tickled the big man’s minds and he directed his highly trusted operatives to use the clue as a starting point for their investigations.

    The public was shocked when IGG exonerated Ebiru, a man who publicly confessed before Parliament’s Committee on Commission’s Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises(COSASE) chaired by Joel Ssenyonyi the National Unity Platform(NUP) spokesperson that he paid Shs100m to Charles Masekuura the board chairperson of the National Standard Council as a bribe to retain his job.

    The IGG picked interest in the matter over the said confession and immediately Anne Twinomugisha Muhairwe the Deputy IGG ordered for his arrest.

    Detectives attached to IGG’s office successfully executed the order and the suspect was smoked out from his hideouts where he had spent days upon learning of the orders to his arrest.

    State House sources told this reporter that the president was shocked and surprised when one of the petitioners told him that he was even taken to the Anti-Corruption Court cells but surprisingly, he never appeared before the judicial officer to read for him his charges formally.

    The petitioner insinuated that Ebiru’s disappearances was influenced and motivated by Officers from IGG’s Office, top police officers who feared that the presiding judicial officer was very likely to remand him to prison.

    Sources claim that Ebiru was briefed by his henchmen who were assigned to save him through officers in the IGG’s office and those in the judiciary.

    It is alleged that they even approached the presiding judicial officer who turned down their offers which resulted into frustrating their first move.

    Sources said that the president was briefed that when Ebiru’s file was called, the magistrate was informed that the suspect was not in court to take plea because he developed a running stomach and was rushed to get medication.

    The magistrate had nothing to do but to issue an arrest warrant against the suspect to appear in the dock and take a plea.

    As the presiding magistrate Joan Aciro adjourned the trial, Ebiru’s henchmen were laughing at her whispering to each other that she was defeated in round one.

    The President was further shocked when he was briefed that the IGG withdrew the charges without even the suspect taking plea and wondered why police didn’t execute the warrant of arrest which opened his mind that there was a syndicate to save the suspect.

    Patricia Achan Okiria the Deputy IGG signed the notice withdrawing the charges of offering a bribe or gratification against Ebiru without giving any explanation in her notice addressed to court.

    It was until the anti-corruption activists and other concerned citizens raised their voices pressurizing her to explain.

    In her explanation, she stated that the case was withdrawn because there was no evidence against the suspect for successful prosecution.

    She accused Ssenyonyi’s committee members of spoiling the case in its infancy when the suspect appeared before their committee.

    Joseph Tamale Mirundi the Senior Presidential Advisor and also the former Senior Press Secretary to the president revealed that Museveni trusts his Secret Service Unit because it always helps him understand the inner workings of the mafias in his government.

    Sources said that the said unit helps the Head of State to draw conclusions on investigations against top government officials.

    Sources added that the unit’s investigations also help Museveni to close gaps which are always left behind by the other operatives from State intelligence and investigation agencies like Internal Security Organisation (ISO), the State House Anti-Corruption Unit, the Criminal Investigation Department of police (CID) and Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence(CID).

    Sources added that Museveni used the unit’s report to exenorate Geraldine Ssali Busulwa the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Cooperative who was interdicted by Ramathan Ggoobi the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development and Secretary to the Treasury on the allegation of corruption.

    Sources said that before he authored the letter ordering Ssali’s reinstatement, Museveni summoned Ggoobi and junior Trade minister David Bahati and read to them the findings he based on to reinstate Ssali.

    Sources said that Museveni is very determined to expose corrupt officials to prove the Joe Biden’s United States of America government which accuses his government of being very corrupt.

    Recently, the US issued a business advisory warning their citizens from investing their money in Uganda.

    The Americans claimed that government institutions like parliament and courts are compromised by government officials and they cannot punish corruption.

    Museveni is fighting to protect investors from Asian countries like China, Korea and Arabs.

    He recently established the State House Investors Protectorate Unit commanded by Col. Edith Nakalema to protect the interests of the investors from corrupt government officials and shrewd city lawyers.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Mirundi Narrates How He Survived Bullets After Allegedly Urinating On Pastor Ssenyonga’s Building…

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    Tamale Mirundi

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s Senior Presidential Advisor on Media has narrated how he survived bullets while urinating on the building belonging to Pastor Jackson Ssenyonga of Christian Life Church in Bwaise a Kampala suburb.

    Joseph Tamale Mirundi revealed that one day, during the days when he was still being hosted at Pastor Ssenyonga’s top radio every Monday, he was approached by a Local Defense Unity (LDU) Soldier who accused him of dirtening their place of work. The LDU officer told Mirundi that his action were likely to cause deadly diseases to those who attend the church.

    Mirundi said that when he denied committing any crime, the LDU officer started pointing at the zip of his trousers claiming that it was open. He carefully observed him coaching his gun.

    He boasted that his senses informed him that the LDU man wanted to shoot him. He jumped in the air like an SFC Command and kicked the LDU soldier in the chest sending him tumbling down.

    He added that he stepped on his neck and the LDU officer was saved by Mirundi’s SFC Commandos who were given to him by Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba who pleaded with him not to kill a government soldier.

    “For me I fear those LDU people and I don’t want to come close to them because they are naive and they always want to show the public that they know how to use a gun. They don’t normally get the opportunity to fire bullets like other soldiers who go to war. So I don’t want them to make me their shooting target,” Mirundi said.

    He further revealed that he made investigations through his Mirundi Internal Security Organisation (MISO) and established that there was a senior pastor who was behind the LDU soldier who wanted him dead because of his loyalty and support to House of Prayer Ministries International senior pastor Alosious Bujjingo.

    He claimed that the said pastor had a misunderstanding with Bujjingo and was the one behind Teddy Bujjingo Naluswa who is fighting Bijjingo’s divorce case at the Family Division of the High Court.

     

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    Top RCC Warned By Former ISO Spy On Executing Mayiga’s Request To Ask M7 For Buganda Kingdom Properties…

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    Charles Rwomushana (L) and Ahmed Kateregga Musaazi (R)

    Former Internal Security Organisation (ISO) Operative and also Constitutional Assembly Delegates member Charles Rwomushana has challenged Ahmed Kateregga Musaazi the Masaka City Deputy Resident City Commissioner (D/RCC) that if he is man enough, let him execute Buganda Kingdom Premier Charles Peter Mayiga’s request to deliver to his request to his boss President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

    Kateregga admitted during this weekend’s popular ‘Gasimbaganne ne bannamawulire’ talk show on Radio Simba that he interacted with Mayiga when he was in Masaka city to officiate the reopening of the  Buddukiro building on Saza Hill in Masaka city which is also going to house the Buddu county chief’s office.

    “As a journalist, I have known Katikkiro Mayiga for a longtime. He also knows my capacity very well that’s why he asked me to help Buganda ask for “Ebyaffe” (properties Buganda Kingdom is demanding from Central government). I will help in my capacity,” a soft spoken Kateregga said.

    Mayiga allegedly told Kateregga to use his writing skills through his newspaper and magazine articles, radio talk shows to educate the public about “Ebyaffe”  and plead with the Central Government to release the remaining Buganda properties.

    However, Rwomushana warned Kateregga not to be excited over Mayiga’s proposal and cautioned him on writing articles demanding for “Ebyaffe”.

    Rwomushana warned his elderly colleague that he will lose his job and return to the streets grassing like he was before he was appointed Deputy Resident City Commissioner.

    “You Kateregga to convince Museveni to return “Ebyaffe”? You try and deliver the message as Katikkiro asked you” Rwomushana dared him.

    Senior journalist Peter Kibazo who was the moderator of the talk show also guided Kateregga by narrating to him how a strong minister lost his ministerial job because of being a secretary in one of Kabaka Ronald Mutebi’s agencies.

    Kibazo said that a furious Museveni placed the minister who was a lady on the spot to explain to him how she demoted herself and undermined his ministerial job by working as a secretary at Mengo, the Buganda kingdom administration center.

    Kibazo disclosed that the lady thought that Museveni was joking, she told the President that even before appointing her a minister, she was working with Kabaka, Museveni rested his case.

    Few weeks later, Museveni reshuffled his cabinet and fired the woman from his cabinet.

    It is alleged Mayiga trusts Kateregga since he is one of the few remaining journalists who understands the relationship between Uganda and Buganda throughout the annals of history and he can help to guide the young generation.

     

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    Panic Again In Judiciary After Justice Gaswaga’s Driver Is Transferred Over Allegations Of Becoming A Threat To His Life, City Magistrates’ Security Beefed Up…

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    Judge Duncan Gaswaga

    It was not easy for the Judiciary top leadership to convince Lira Resident Judge Duncan Gaswaga that his driver is a threat to his life.

    Highly placed sources in Judiciary have exclusively told theGrapevine that since Justice Geoffrey Namundi’s driver Stanley Kisambira protested on social media threatening to intentionally cause the death of his principal and the bodyguard on grounds of poor working condition, the judiciary has been following the behaviour and actions of the entire institution’s drivers.

    In a 5 minutes and 24 seconds recording, Kisambira revealed that all judiciary staff including judges’ pay was increased based on the grounds that judges are not allowed to do business and go to bars to enjoy life.

    He added that surprisingly, their drivers were the only one of all judiciary staff whose salaries were not increased. He complained that they are not going to live on Shs.200,000 which is given to them per month because it is too little compared to the current cost of living.

    “Sincerely speaking I am very annoyed. I joined the judiciary in 2008 but up to now, I’m still getting Shs.200,000. What am I working for when I have children in schools and renting? How do I survive? What do you people want us to do? Quote me well, I’m mentally stable but in pain. Judiciary please. I’m working for you, all those listening to me should know that I’m not mad but because of the tough situation we go through, people make prophecies before they die,” he said.

    He added, “You are talking about that security guard who killed a minister but I’m telling you I can kill both the judge and his security guard including myself by intentionally running into a trailer. How can people get Shs3m, Shs4m, yet for me (as a driver) I’m getting Shs200,000?”

    However, Judiciary Permanent Secretary and Secretary to Judiciary Pius Bigirimans rubbished Kisambira’s allegations noting that disciplinary action were going to be taken against him.

    He was formally charged and is currently battling with criminal charges at Buganda Road Court.

    Sources disclosed that since that incident, all judiciary drivers and bodyguards were put under strict monitoring.

    It is through this monitoring that it was recently established that Justice Gaswaga’s driver was in frequent communication with Kisambira and was very vocal on the drivers’ WhatsApp group.

    He is always posting messages encouraging his colleagues to fight for Kisambira claiming that he is their hero who publicly without fear cames out and spoke the truth to their bosses.

    The said driver is also accused of mobilizing fellow drivers to support their own Kisambira financially because he was interdicted immediately when he was charged at Buganda Road Court.

    Judiciary insiders told theGrapevine that when this intelligence information reached one of the top judiciary bosses, he contacted Justice Gaswaga and pleaded with him to be very careful because it seems his driver is a threat to his life.

    By that time (last year), Justice Gaswaga’s bodyguard was on leave and his driver was also working as his bodyguard, especially in the morning when he moved out of his home to do physical exercises.

    “The judge told everything to his driver and asked him whether he has a gun. The man denied everything and told him that may be the gun they are talking about is the one which the judge has. The judge communicated back to the person who cautioned him and told him that the man is very innocent,” the insider said.

    He added that the driver was very open to the judge and told him that he always speaks to Kisambira because he is a longtime friend and he sacrificed to speak to the authorities about their plight.

    Insiders divulged that a week later, the driver was served with a transfer letter in which he was given two days to report to Eastern Uganda to drive one of the magistrates, a move he protested.

    “He told Justice Gaswaga that at his level, he cannot drive a magistrate. He told him that holds a degree in accountancy and is pursuing a masters at Makerere University. He refused to go to Eastern Uganda and has informed his bosses,” the insider disclosed.

    When contacted, His Worship James Ereemye the Judiciary spokesperson said that he is not aware of the development and promised to return back to us after consulting the concerned bosses.

    We waited and at the time of publishing this story, he has not yet given us feedback.

    The development comes after a directive was issued to beef up security to city magistrates who feel that their life is under threat.

    Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Ronald Kayizzi’s security was recently beefed up. Kayizzi is a brother to a top National Resistance Movement (NRM) boss.

    The security of Gladys Kamasanyu also a Magistrate at Buganda Road Court security was beefed up after former Makerere University senior lecturer Stella Nyanzi attacked her and threw an empty water bottle at her.

    Also, the security of Entebbe Chief Magistrate Stella Maris Amabilis who is also a relative to Constitutional and Justice Minister Norbert Mao was beefed up.

    At Buganda Road Court, Court users were stopped from entering Court premises with food and eats.

    The move was supported by Justice Benjamin Kabiito the head of the Judicial Service Commission who noted that they have powers to make decisions to protect the lives of judicial officers and other court users.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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