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I’m Ready To Fight Until Musisi Shows Us Accountability For The Carnival – Lukwago

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The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) accountability meeting that was called by Kampala Lord mayor Erias Lukwago at city hall today has flopped after some councilors and the technical wing failed to turn up claiming that they are busy.

Addressing the media at his office after the failed council meeting, a bitter Lukwago vowed that he is ready to fight tooth and nail to see that he retains his powers as the political head of the city.

Lukwago warned that he is not willing to go with the decisions of the minister and the Executive Director who have been accusing him of not calling meetings, and when he calls them, they boycott and give excuses that they have other engagements.

“I know the minister wants to take the powers of the Lord mayor and it’s the main reason why she is trying to influence members of parliament to quicken the process of amending the KCCA act. She wants most of the powers given to the her so that she becomes the decision maker, these are the very things that failed the meetings the other times. We are not going to allow this happen again,” Lukwago said.

Lukwago chairing the council meeting that flopped

Lukwago told the media that the technical teams planned to fail this meeting because no one from the Clerk’s office was around to take minutes after attempting to hide the keys to the Chambers in the morning.

However, Lukwago vowed to squeeze the executive director Jennifer Musisi and the minister for accountability especially on the cancelled Kampala city carnival and the carnivals of the previous years.

He says the council wanted to get explanations from the executive director on how the money was used and how much was collected, how this money is going to be divided among the schools and what criteria they are going to use.

Lukwago insisted that they are ready to bring the same issues of accountability in the next council meeting scheduled to take place on the 10th of October.

He also wants the issue of how the physical planning authority which is not there by law selected buildings in Kampala to be closed and for what reasons.

Lukwago also reminded the minister and the executive director that they have no moral authority to put a physical planning committee because according to the KCCA act, the committee has to be elected by the council headed by the town clerk which procedure was not followed.

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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MTN Chairman Charles Mbire Quizzed Over Telecom Giant’s Saga

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MTN Chairman Charles Mbire has been quizzed over the MTN saga according to information obtained by the Grapevine.

Security sources have told this website that the tycoon was quizzed over activities of top expatriates (some of whom have been deported), who used the mobile system to try to distabilise national security by supporting subversive activities.

“These MTN bosses, some of who have been deported, were using the mobile money system to support some individuals who wanted to distabilise the country. Money from individuals from hostile countries was being passed through their MoMo system,” the security source told the Grapevine.

When quizzed further on what really took place during Mbire’s quizzing, the source told this website that this information is still confidential.  MTN CEO Wim Vanhelleputte was deported yesterday back to Belgium, three weeks after three of the company’s expatriate staff were expelled.

Security sources have also told the Grapevine that former Head of Legal and Lawyer Katamba Anthony recorded statements. The source added that MTN is also involved in under declaration of Mobile money transactions.

Three weeks ago, MTN Uganda’s general manager for mobile money Elsa Mussolini, an Italian citizen, marketing chief Olivier Prentout, a French national, and Annie Bilenge-Tabura, a Rwandan who was head of sales and distribution were deported. Ugandan authorities accused them of using their positions to “compromise national security.

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MTN WOES: Telecom Giants Confirm CEO Vanhellputte’s Deportation, Quickly Appoint  Ugandan As New Boss

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Telecom Giants MTN have confirmed that their CEO Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte has been deported from Uganda.
In a statement issued by MTN Group Corporate Affairs, MTN says that, “MTN confirms that Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte, the CEO of MTN Uganda has been deported from Uganda. MTN has not been notified of the grounds for the deportation and is working hard to establish precise reasons for the deportation.”
“We are understandably concerned about these developments and are engaging with the authorities to seek understanding that would lead us to resolving this matter.
To ensure business continuity, we have appointed Mr. Gordian Kyomukama, currently Chief Technology Officer, as Acting Chief Executive. Our focus continues to be on delivering the best quality products and services to our customers,” the statement further reads.

Mr. Gordian Kyomukama

Yesterday, Mr. Vanhelleputte was kicked out of Uganda back to Belgium after security forces got information that he was involved in subversive activities that were threatening the country’s security.
Mr. Vanhellputte’s deportation comes on the heels of deportation of three of his staff. Three weeks ago, MTN Uganda’s general manager for mobile money Elsa Mussolini, an Italian citizen, marketing chief Olivier Prentout, a French national, and Annie Bilenge-Tabura, a Rwandan who was head of sales and distribution were deported. Ugandan authorities accused them of using their positions to “compromise national security.

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TENSION: MTN CEO Kicked Out Of Uganda Three Weeks After His Three Staff Were Deported For Being A Threat To National Security

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MTN CEO Wim Vanhelleputte has been deported tonight back to Belgium, according to sources, weeks after three of the company’s expatriate staff were expelled.
Three weeks ago, MTN Uganda’s general manager for mobile money Elsa Mussolini, an Italian citizen, marketing chief Olivier Prentout, a French national, and Annie Bilenge-Tabura, a Rwandan who was head of sales and distribution were deported. Ugandan authorities accused them of using their positions to “compromise national security.
A deportation letter dated 14th February 2018, signed by Minister of Internal Affairs Jeje Odongo says that Vanhelleputte has been ‘deemed to be an undesirable immigrant’.
“And I further declare that this order shall be carried into effect by the removal of the said Wim Vanhelleputte by deportation and while waiting to be conveyed to the place of departure shall be kept in custody,” part of the deportation order reads.


Last July, MTN said armed men claiming to be from Uganda’s Internal Security Organisation “kidnapped” two of its contractors and forced them to open up the company’s main data centre, where they made an unsuccessful attempt to access it’s servers.
The telecom firm, one of Africa’s largest, has run into legal trouble elsewhere.

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