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    I’m Ready To Return The Billions I’ve Collected From Settlers On Buganda Land – Kabaka Tells Court As His Battle With Mabirizi Enters Tricky Round…

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    The Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II through his Attorney General Christopher Bwanika has assured the supreme court that he is willing to return all the money he has been collected from the settlers on the official kingdom mailo.

    Submitting before Justice Esther Kisakye of the supreme court, Bwanika asked court not to allow lawyer Male Mabirizi’s controversial application to issue an  interim order stopping the Kabaka of Buganda and his agents of Buganda Land Board (BLB) from collecting ground rent and registering the settlers on the official mailo until court makes a ruling on his appeal where he is challenging the Kabaka’s status of calling himself the owner of the official mailo.

    Bwanika told court that there is no pertinent threat that needs an interim order from court stopping them from collecting ground rent because there are millions of people who benefiting from the scheme.

    “The institution has been collecting the said ground rent for years, my lordship the money collected is receipted so if court determines in the main suit that it has been illegally collecting this money, the respondent (Kabaka) is willing to return the money,” Bwanika submitted.

    He further said that Mabirizi’s application is of Res-judicata (the matter was adjudicated by a competent court and therefore may not be pursued further by the same parties).

    Bwanika argued that this suit was dismissed by High Court Judge Peter Adonyo and he (Mabirizi) didn’t appeal against the judgement. He said that Mabirizi is abusing the court systems because instead of appealing to the court of Appeal, after High Court dismissed his case, he decided to run to supreme court. Bwanika wondered where Mabirizi getting is claim to sue the Kabaka because there is no one on the official mailo who instructed him to sue the king over violating their right in collecting the ground rent.

    However, the nonsense lawyer Mabirizi rubbished Bwanika’s submission claiming that he is using legal tricks to misled the court that his case was dismissed by the High Court.

    The maverick lawyer told court that after High Court Judge Basaza Wasswa allowed his application for discovery, the Mengo establishment, through the then kingdom Attorney General David Mpanga Kisitu appealed to the Court of Appeal.

    “My lordship, when I suffered injustice at the Court of Appeal, I ran back to High Court to stop the proceedings of the Court until this court determines my Appeal, the learned judge Adonyo based on the decision of the court of Appeal and dismissed my case before him saying that it was dismissed by the court of Appeal so I am here seeking justice after suffering injustice in the court of Appeal, and I pray that this court be steady and not be misled by the respondent,”  Mabirizi said.

    Mabirizi told court that BLB, the respondent’s agent has already threatened settlers on the official mailo with eviction if they don’t pay ground Rent.

    He insisted that he has a locus before the court because he is a beneficiary of the official mailo since he is a Muganda and Kabaka. He added that the Kabaka is just a trustee who only keeps land for the Baganda.

    Mabirizi questioned where the Kabaka, who is like an administrator of the family land not the owner gets the powers to collect ground rent.

    He pleaded to court to give an interim order stopping the kingdom from collecting the ground rent until his main suit is determined. The presiding justice is to give her ruling on notice.

    By Alirabaki Ssengooba

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    Bobi Wine Summons NUP Legislators To Strategise On How To Save MP Zaake…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine (L) and Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake

    National Unity Platform (NUP) Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has summoned his party legislators to strategise on how to save Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Butebi Zaake from angry parliamentary leadership.

    According to credible sources in NUP, the meeting is expected to take place next week at their party headquarters in Kamwokya.

    Last week, Bobi Wine blasted his legislators for not giving enough support to their own (Zaake) when he was protesting deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa’s ruling stopping him from debating the ongoing abduction of people especially in Buganda.

    “I want to salute Hon. Francis Zaake and tell him that as an individual, I am very proud of him. NUP is very proud of you and Ugandans that were abducted are very proud of you. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of parliament, thank you for not shutting up, thank you for doing exactly what you were elected to do,” he said.

    Even though Bobi Wine praised Zaake, Tayebwa referred him to the parliamentary disciplinary committee and the hearing of his matter kicked off on Tuesday.

    However, sources in NUP revealed that Bobi Wine wants his legislators to put up a spirited fight to frustrate the move of disciplining Zaake.

    These were days after the Speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among warned Zaake that parliament will take criminal action against him to recover the institution’s properties he declined to return after being removed from the position of the parliamentary commissioner.

    Among told parliament that Zaake declined to return the parliamentary car even though he has been informed in writing to return it

    Former Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa advised Bobi Wine to investigate Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona who was acting as the Leader of Opposition on the day Zaake protested because he was the one who stopped other opposition legislators from joining Zaake and telling him to move out of the plenary.

    One of Bobi Wine’s Personal Assistant Julius Katongole said that the motive of the meeting that Bobi Wine summoned is not to condemn or attack anyone but it is about guiding them on how to work together and use parliament to fight president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s bad acts against poor Ugandans.

    He rubbished allegations making rounds that Bobi Wine summoned the legislators to introduce to them their new parliamentary leadership after firing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba from the position of Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic At KCCA As M7 Directs Minister Magyezi To Investigate RCC Burora Claim On Misuse Of PDM Cash…

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    Lubaga deputy RCC Burora (L) and Minister Magyezi (R)

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed in writing the local government minister Raphael Magyezi to investigate the allegation made by Lubaga Division Deputy Resident City Commissioner(RCC) Anderson Burora against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on mismanagement of the government Parish Development Modal cash.

    Minister Magyezi confirmed the development and said that the president directed him to present his findings to cabinet by the coming Monday so that the ministers discuss the matter.

    He said that the president was very concerned with the allegation made by Burora and praised him for standing his ground and speaksoff to the alleged government officials.

    Magyezi told theGrapevine that the president wants other Resident District Commissioners (RDC) to do what Burora did to inspect government projects for the good of the country.

    Last week, Burora suspended the operations of Parish Development Model citing irregularities in implementing the program by allocating the funds to people who are not supposed to benefit from it.

    “We have seen lists bearing names of people who are well off, who own cars, are salary earners and those who own big shops being fronted for Parish Development Model. The project was intended for the 39% population that lives hand-to-mouth, not those who surpassed that level,” Burora said.

    However, Aisha Nabisere, the KCCA Parish Development Model coordinator rubbished Burora’s allegations insisting that he was spreading falsehoods.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Lord Mayor Lukwago Reveals How KCCA Bosses are Conniving With City Tycoons To Swindle USD100M Hiding Under President’s Directive On Markets…

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    Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago has narrated how top Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) bosses are conniving with city tycoons to swiddle USD100M under the guise of implementing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s directives on city markets.

    Lukwago said that he has landed on clandestine plans designed by KCCA technical wing bosses and ministers to procure 10 acres of land in Kampala Central Division at a price of USD100m which is very high.

    He revealed that the said land that is situated in Kisenyi parish belongs to John Bosco Muwonge, a city businessman who they want to front to built a public market as Museveni directed.

    Last month, Museveni met KCCA bosses and directed them to build at least two public markets in all the five Divisions that make up Kampala city.

    Lukwago said that without following the legal procedures, some fraudulent city businessmen have started approaching KCCA to offer their land to be purchased for the market with big commission offers to some KCCA bosses.

    Lukwago insists these businessmen want to sell their land to KCCA at a high price without following the legal requirements and it is the reason why he has summoned the city council meeting to discuss the matter next week.

    When contacted, Joseph Kabuye Kyofatogabye, the KCCA State Minister rubbished the accusation, and asked Lukwago to prove his allegations with evidence.

    “For me, I don’t know how to execute deals but I know Lord Mayor Lukwago is an expert in making deals,” Kabuye said.

    Businessman Muwonge was not reached for a comment.

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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