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    INSIDE NUP’S BUSABALA RETREAT: Bobi Wine Castigates Sleeping Legislators, ‘You Are Betraying Voters’. Gives Tough Conditions To Mpuuga On M7’s Planned Constitutional Amendments….

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    NUP legislators after the Busabala meeting

    National Unity Platform (NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has castigated the party’s Members of Parliament (MPs) for betraying their voters and abandoning their cardinal role of representing their views.

    In a one-day retreat held at Bobi Wine’s Busabala beach in Wakiso district, the tough speaking Bobi Wine revealed to the over 48 legislators led by Nyendo Mukungwe legislator Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba, who also doubles as the Leader of Opposition, that he has received overwhelming complaints from different parts of the country against NUP legislators.

    “You people, you are putting our party and me in particular in bad light. You know very well that I introduced you to those voters, they voted for you at no cost. Now you’re betraying them. Why are you hiding from them to the extent of not even attending the party meetings,” a source quoted Bobi Wine.

    Another source added that Bobi Wine informed legislators that their long honeymoon is over and they should start working for their people if they want to be different from their predecessors.

    Before the meeting, voters in Makindye Ssabagabo petitioned Bobi Wine’s office over the actions and behaviour of their legislator David Sserukenya who resorted to arresting and imprisoning the people who voted him into office.

    A source at NUP revealed that voters from Kawempe South also petitioned Bobi Wine over the absence and silence of their legislator Bashir Kazibwe Mbazira.

    The source who attended the Busabala retreat intimated to theGrapevine that Bobi Wine told the MPs that he has received credible information that some of them have been implicated in corruption acts. He advised them to stop before they are exposed.

    MPS GIVEN TIME TO DEFEND THEMSELVES

    The source delved that after his long presentation, Bobi Wine gave an opportunity to some of the legislators to defend themselves. Among the first people to grab the opportunity was Kazibwe Bashir.

    Kazibwe told Bobi Wine that since his election, many people have been character assassinating him including his own party members.

    Kazibwe pleaded with the principal to take action against NUP members who are spreading deadly propaganda against him in Kawempe South.

    The source disclosed that when Sserukenya was given the chance to defend himself, he told the gathering that the people he arrested were being used by his competitors to threaten him with death.
    Sserukenya told the meeting that he even reached to the extent of asking for security from parliament because of the overwhelming intimidation from his former supporters.

    He accused his political competitors in the previous elections of facilitating people fighting him and even threatening to put all his ten cars including an ambulance on fire.

    BOBI GIVES MPUUGA TOUGH CONDITIONS

    The source revealed that at the end of the retreat, Bobi Wine gave Mpuuga tough conditions.

    Among the conditions set included mobilizing all legislators to work together in the fight against president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s planned constitutional amendments that include the mailo land amendments, the bail amendments and the recent proposal to have the president elected by parliament.

    The source further narrated that Bobi Wine told Mpuuga to prepare his troops so that they can strongly compete in the coming election of Uganda’s representatives in the East African legislative Assembly (EALA).

    NUP Secretary General David Lewis Rubongoya and youthful Julius Katongole are set to contest for EALA spots.

    The long detention of their fellow legislators, Muhammad Ssegirinya of Kawempe North and Allan Ssewanyana of Makindye West was also discussed and Bobi Wine directed Mpuuga to strategise on how to rescue them.

    The incarcerated legislators wrote a complaint letter accusing their fellow MPs of ignoring them and letting them rot in prison.

    State accuses Ssewanyana and Ssegirinya of masterminding the panga-wielding men in Masaka who terrorized the region and killed over 26 people early last year.

    Another source revealed that the amendment of the NUP constitution was also on the agenda.

    Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Sseggona, the chairperson of the committee promised that very soon the amendments will be presented to the party leadership.

    Sseggona also explained to the party leadership that the process was delayed by some members on his committee who dodged some of the meeting to discuss the amendments.

    Mpuuga told NUP legislators that they are going to have another retreat to strategise on how to implement the assignments given to them by the top leadership of the party.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    CRIME

    NO MORE MERCY: Shoot And Kill Them – Security Bosses Adopt Policy On Fighting Armed Robbers…

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    Some of the police bosses who attended the meeting today

    Security agencies have vowed to take a tougher shoot to kill policy against armed robbers.

    The shoot to kill policy was agreed upon today in a security meeting in Mukono Municipality between Uganda Police, Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), local leaders and the residents of Mukono Municipality.

    The order Follows a rise in armed robberies in the Kampala Metropolitan area.

    “We are going to kill them. I’m not used to these things of writing statements. We shall shoot them and then investigate where they got the gun from. You have to kill these thieves,” UPDF’s Lt. Col. Fred Mwesigye said.

    Edward Ochom, the police Director in Charge of Operations warned, “These robbers have their agents. They are here, I know it. We are discussing Security (and) they want to hear what we are saying. But, if you are their agent, take the message, their days are numbered. We are not going to sympathise with them anymore, enough must be enough.”

    Early this week, Flying Squad Unit and Mukono Police arrested two suspects, highly linked to the aggravated robbery of Spice Supermarket, located at ku Ssatu, in Namubiru ward, Mukono Central Division in Mukono Municipality on June 25th, 2022.

    Spice Supermarket in Mukono which was robbed at gun point

    “The two suspects were sighted on the eve of the robbery, while drinking at Cloud 9 bar, near the supermarket. They include Mugalu William, a 24-year-old resident, of Nasuuti cell, Ntawo ward, Mukono Central and Mbogo Sam, a 23-year-old, resident of Nasuuti cell, Ntawo ward, Mukono municipality. They were clearly identified by one of the witnesses who clearly saw them escaping from the scene,” police mouthpiece Fred Enanga said.

    He added, “We are now working towards the recovery of the gun and identifying other members of the gang, who appear to be an amateur group. Such groups are usually desperate, panicky more high risk and willing to use violence.

    “They shot a bullet through the computer, which injured Ssekandi Irene, through the stomach and exited from the back. We wish her quick recovery. A team of counsellors from CID Headquarters has been dispatched to offer counselling services to the victim.”

    Enanga warned that even though attacks on supermarkets have not been so regular, police is anticipating more retail crimes on supermarkets, mobile money points, retail shops and markets due to high levels of unemployment among the youth, use of drugs, change in criminal tactics, where robbers attack softer targets with lesser security, such as supermarkets and the opportunity of get-away.

    Yesterday, the Directorate of Crime Intelligence and Flying Squad Unit recovered a motor vehicle registration number UAD 728Y, a dark grey Toyota Corolla, which was parked at Ham Mukasa-Nasuti junction.

    Upon searching the boot of the vehicle, the scene of crime officers found a sub machine gun loaded with three live ammunition that were wrapped in a yellow polythene sack.

    “The team also found four sharp pangas, a sharp steel knife, two pairs of scissors, two pairs of pliers and two screw drivers. Other equipment that is used in breaking-in were also found in the car. Our teams also recovered items of different types of electronics, which are suspected to be stolen,” ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, the Deputy PRO Kampala Metropolitan Police said.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    EDUCATION

    Panic In UNATU: Section Of Arts Teachers Mobilizing To Form Breakaway Faction To Negotiate Afresh With Government…

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    UNATU Secretary General Filbert Baguma

    The leadership of the Uganda National Association of Teachers Union (UNATU) are panicking after learning that a section of their members are mobilizing their colleagues to create a breakaway faction.

    Robert Musasizi, the leader of the breakaway faction revealed to theGrapevine that UNATU leadership has failed to negotiate a good deal with government for the Arts teachers.

    “It is true we are going to form our own faction like our friends who teach sciences did. They were struggling to have their salaries increased. UNATU was only promising them that the government was going to raise their pay. It was not until they established their own association that they reached a good deal with government which woke UNATU up,” Musasizi said.

    He boasted that they have contacted half of all Arts teachers who have confirmed their readiness to join them.

    He accused UNATU of creating fights between science teachers and their colleagues who teach Arts when the former’s salaries were increased.

    “What they wanted was to create divisions among us so that they cover up for their failures,” Musasizi said.

    However, when contacted, Filbert Baguma, the UNATU Secretary General rubbished Musasizi’s accusation and branded it a diversion.

    “We cannot waste our time on such people, they just want to divert us from our fight to have salaries of all teachers raised,” he said.

    He added that the industrial action is still on after they failed to agree with the vice president Jessica Alupo in today’s meeting.

    Arts Teachers have now spent three weeks striking over the increase of their monthly pay.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    NEWS

    Tycoon Shumuk In Trouble; Ssenyonyi’s Lawyers, Justice Byabakama’s EC Want Shs.570m In Costs Or He Faces Jail…

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    MP Joel Ssenyonyi (R) and businessman Shumuk (L)

    Controversial city businessman Mukesh Shukla Shumuk, who contested for Nakawa West parliamentary seat and lost is in trouble after National Unity Platform (NUP) spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi’s lawyers, and Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama’s Electoral Commission (EC) demand that he pays Shs.570m as Court costs resulting from the election petition he lost.

    High Court Civil Division Deputy Registrar Jameson Karemani has summoned Mukesh to show cause why he shouldn’t be jailed for failing to pay the said Court costs.

    Ssenyonyi’s lawyers of PACE Advocates successfully convinced Court that Mukesh should pay them a total of Shs.230m as costs for wasting their time in both the High Court and at the Court of Appeal.

    The lawyers claim that after taxing the Shs.230m, lawyers will remain with Shs.81m.

    Court agreed and endorsed their demand.

    Sources at PACE Advocates have revealed that the Shs.81m is for lawyers alone since their client Ssenyonyi is also going to file his costs.

    Sources further revealed that both Ssenyonyi and the Electoral Commission will file their bill of costs very soon and each is set to ask for Shs.170m.

    It should be remembered that Court of Appeal presided over by Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire, Justice Stephen Musota and Justice Christopher Gashirabake ordered Mukesh to pay the two respondents (EC and Ssenyonyi) half of their costs after losing his Appeal where he wanted Ssenyonyi’s victory canceled.

    Justice Isaac Muwata of the High Court dismissed Mukesh’s petition at the High Court noting that even if he won the 8 polling stations where he claims that Ssenyonyi and the EC committed a lot of electoral offences, he wouldn’t have won the race.

    Mukesh ran to court accusing the respondents of committing offences of ballot stuffing by changing the electoral results and failing to sign the declaration of results forms.

    During the process of hearing his petition, Mukesh filed a number of applications which were also dismissed with costs.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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