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    INSIDE STORY: How Bishop Luwalira Was Dragged In Deadly Fight For Namirembe Diocese Top Job As Rev. Gakumba Committee Plots To Expose Those Who Want To Control Historical Diocese…

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    The mighty Grapevine has exclusively learnt that the five member committee chaired by Retired Northern Uganda Bishop Emeritus Rev. Johnson Gakumba has concluded the writing of their final report which is going to be tabled to the House of Bishop for discussion to guide them on the next course of action concerning the process of electing the next Namirembe Diocese Bishop.

    Bishop Dr. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira is retiring next month and the Church needs a replacement.

    Highly placed sources at Namirembe Cathedral revealed to theGrapevine that any decision from the House of Bishops is likely to put the entire Church of Uganda on the spot because Namirembe Diocese is the foundation of the Church that is why their issue has to be handled carefully and it is the reason why the Archbishop Dr. Steven Kazimba Mugalu pleaded to the country to pray for him when he was in Mityana diocese.

    Dr. Kazimba disclosed that bad people are on his neck and he needs people’s prayers to survive the storm.

    Dr. Luwalira’s successor was supposed to be elected by the House of Bishops last month but the process was suspended by the House of Bishops chaired by Dr. Kazimba over allegation of mismanaging the process and fraud among the members of the vetting committee chaired by Makerere University law don Fred Mpanga, the Chancellor of Namirembe Diocese.

    The decision to appoint Rev. Gakumba committee to investigate the allegation was based on the affidavit sworn by two members of the vetting committee who revealed dirty deals that some members of the vetting committee were involved in during the process of selecting the three names of the clergymen forwarded to the House of Bishops while choosing Dr. Luwalira’s successor.

    In their affidavits, the petitioners claimed that Mpanga’s committee didn’t follow the Provincial Canon especially 3.7.24 which states that, “After evaluation of all the candidates proposed for consideration for nomination on the basis of the above named mentioned criteria, the Diocesan Nominees with the requisite qualification shall be forwarded to the House of Bishops by the Diocesan Chancellor, on behalf of the committee, for consideration for appointment as Bishop.”

    The petitioners also claimed that Mpanga violated Provincial Canon which states, “Before forwarding the names of the selected candidates to House of Bishops, through the Archbishop, the Diocesan Chancellor shall require and obtain from each of the candidates the following items.”

    The items include two passport size copies of recent photographs, Curriculum vitae with academic and professional documents, Certificate of Baptism, Certificate of Confirmation in the Christian faith, Marriage Certificate.

    The petitioners alleged that this was not done and the chairperson of the committee didn’t allow members to debate on the names of the 10 people who applied for the slot.

    They further alleged that when Mpanga summoned them for a retreat which they thought was going to discuss the matter in depth, he told them that they were supposed to leave their vehicles at Namirembe Cathedral and be transported in one mini-bus car to Kings College Budo where the meeting took place.

    The petitioners claimed that they discovered that the reason why they decided to transport them in a mini-bus was because they didn’t want them to discuss the process to nominate the best candidate.

    When they reached Kings College Budo, they were told that they have come to agree on only three names which they will send to the House of Bishops.

    They did not get a chance to scrutinize all the 10 candidates.

    The petitioners insisted that they tried to put up a spirited fight but Mpanga being a lawyer overpowered them and smuggled the name of Rev. Abraham Muyinda the Vicar of Namirembe Cathedral who even didn’t apply for the job to the final list.

    Sources said that this was done to facilitate their longtime calculation to control Namirembe Diocese.

    Source disclosed that the architects of the move wanted to favor Rev. Can. Moses Banja, the Archdeacon of Luzira whose name was also on the list because of his age.

    He is 59-years-old and the movers are very sure that within 6 years, he will be retiring and they will be electing another Bishop.

    However, insiders at Namirembe told theGrapevine that Rev. Gakumba’s committee is supposed to investigate allegations that Rev. Con. Banja has a strong relationship with Mpanga.

    It is alleged he is his personal lawyer and also a close friend to his wife Rev. Can. Prof Olivia Nassaka, the Ndejje University deputy chancellor.

    Sources added that the main aim of favouring Rev. Con. Banja in the race is to smoothen the road for the already prepared successor to him, Rev. Samuel Muwonge, the Namirembe Diocese Mission secretary who will fulfill their interests.

    Rev. Muwonge is a very connected man of God in Church of Uganda and Namirembe Dioceses because he married Rev. Con. Henry Ssegawa’s daughter who is also very influential in the church.

    Another name which was forwarded to the House of Bishops to be considered is that of Rev. Edward Stanley Kabanda.

    At the beginning of the process, Bishop Luwalira was very impartial until he was dragged in the fight to help the alleged mafias achieve their interests.

    Sources disclosed that the people who have been influencing the vetting process are targeting the Diocese’s multi billion properties which they want to control.

    Among them includes; Huge chunks of land, schools like Kings College Budo, Budo Junior School, Gayaza Junior School, Gayaza High School, Mengo Senior School and others.

    Sources said that they also want to control the political, economic and social opinions from Namirembe especially at this time when the country is vying for political transition from President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s leadership to the new leadership.

    Sources said that for a longtime, the alleged mafias have been trying to compromise Bishop Luwalira but he has been standing his ground to protect the Diocese’s properties and public image.

    They at one time even resorted to using intimidation to scare him.

    They gave the example of a one Solomon Herbert Kaddu who attacked Dr. Luwalira during Easter prayers dressed in a backcloth. Kaddu was planted to intimidate Luwalira.

    Sources within Rev. Gakumba’s committee told theGrapevine that Mpanga is still in trouble because there are members on the committee who want him to be captured in their report for trying to hijack the proceedings.

    They claim that when they invited the witnesses who were members of his committee to testify, he also summoned them and met them at Namirembe and cautioned them not to obey Rev. Gakumba’s committee orders.

    He also wanted all members of his committee to appear at once before Gakumba’s committee, not one by one.

    A section of the committee members protested his prayers.

    Rev. Gakumba’s committee met all the summoned members one by one and a number of them according to source distanced themselves from the report sent to the House of Bishops.

    Rev. Gakumba’s committee will advises the House of Bishops on whether to capture Mpanga’s report or cancel the entire process of selecting Dr. Luwalira’s successor and announce a fresh process with a new committee or the same committee.

    theGrapevine tried to reach out to Adams Sadiiki the Church of Uganda spokesperson for a comment on when his boss Dr. Kazimba will summon the House of Bishops to discuss Rev. Gakumba’s report but his MTN phone number was not being picked.

    Last month, Anglicans at Namirembe Diocese led by former Buganda Kingdom security minister David Kiwalabye Male warned that they are not going to accept Bishops given to them by individuals.

    They vowed to only accept Bishops given to them by God through the process put in place by the Church of Uganda to elect the Bishops of Dioceses.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    State House Exclusive: What M7 Told Buganda Kingdom Clan Heads Concerning Kabaka Mutebi’s Sickness…

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    Buganda King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Saturday met a section of Buganda Kingdom clan heads and discussed a number of issues with them including Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s sickness.

    Exclusively speaking to theGrapevine, Omutaka Woyo the clan head of Amazzi g’ekisasi confirmed that in the meeting, the President guided them on how to approach the issues which they discussed.

    Owekitiibwa Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo led the delegation and one of the clan heads said that Kabaka’s sickness was on top of the agenda and it took a big part of the discussion after the clan heads asked Museveni whether he knew the whereabouts of Kabaka Mutebi.

    “Your excellency, being the head of the country and Commander in Chief of the armed forces, we know very well that you know exactly where your young brother Kabaka Mutebi is. We were told that Kabaka is in Namibia resting but now we are getting information that Kabaka is receiving medication in one of his palaces inside the country,” one of the clan heads told Museveni.

    In response, Museveni informed the delegation that recently, one of his people told him that people on social media were demanding to see Kabaka and that’s when he got to know that Kabaka was sick.

    He added that because the issue at hand was not threatening his government or sabotaging the country’s economy, he left it to people at the Mengo administration and since then, he has not been following it.

    Sources said that clan heads told the president that they passed a resolution in their council to travel to Namibia and physically meet the Kabaka so that they come back with firsthand information and brief their grandchildren.

    He added that clan heads pleaded with the president to help them with transport and accommodation in Namibia which the big man accepted. He assigned one of his assistants to follow up with their issue of traveling to Namibia.

    However, theGrapevine has established that the Kingdom cabinet chaired by Premier Charles Peter Mayiga has not yet discussed whether to allow them to go or not.

    Omutaka Augustine Kizito Mutumba the Kkobe clan head and also speaker of the Kingdom clan heads council confirmed that they passed a resolution to send three clan heads to Namibia including himself to check on Kabaka Mutebi.

    He added that the process of mobilizing funds had started and every clan was directed to mobilize one million shillings to facilitate their grandfather’s travel to Namibia to see the King.

    Buganda Kingdom has 52 clans and in one month, clan heads need Shs52m from each clan but the Royal clan has protested the move insisting that Mengo administration should facilitate the travel because they are collecting billions of shillings from Kingdom properties especially from land.

    Even though the clan heads are determined to travel to Namibia, there are ongoing social media reports that the process of transferring Kabaka to another African country has started and it is being done to protect his privacy.

    If stopped from traveling abroad to see the King, the Clan heads will join professor Badru Kateregga a representative in the Kingdom parliament whose prayers to allow those with money to go and see Kabaka in the hospital were rejected by Mayiga.

    While seeking for permission, Kateregga explained that if the King sees his people from Buganda, especially those he always stays with, would help him to recover very first.

    He also added that they can even give him the known local medicine collected from Buganda bushes to be added on the medication he is receiving.

    While pouring cold water on his prayers, Mayiga told Kateregga that they will see the King at the right time once they get proper authorisation from his medical doctors for him to appear in public.

    Former Buganda Kingdom premier Joseph Ssemogerere reported to Baganda that their King was recovering.

    He further revealed that he talked to him via zoom and he assured him that he was following whatever was going on in his kingdom. He even promised to comment on everything at the right time.

    Since 2019, Kabaka has been in and out of the hospital locally and internationally and initially Mayiga told Baganda that their Kabaka was suffering from an allergy.

    Sources further said that Museveni and clan heads also discussed the issue of land eviction in Buganda. They told the President that his government officials are fueling the land grabbing and bibanja owners are the most affected persons.

    They also discusses how they are going to develop the piece of land he bought for them and he promised to help them construct a commercial building like they had planned.

    Sources said that the President also promise to put Shs200m in their SACCO which will help them to fight poverty and advised them to encourage their grandchildren to utilize the government projects like Parish Development Model and Emyooga to fight poverty.

    When contacted, Owekitiibwa Israel Kitooke Kazibwe the Kingdom spokesperson and also the minister in charge of mobilization confirmed that the Kingdom is not aware of the meeting because clan heads were expected on Saturday to be at Wankulukuku stadium attending the Buganda Kingdom clans football tournament finals not in State House.

    “May be I will give the elaborate statement after receiving their side of the story but what I can assure you, the Kingdom is not aware of the said meeting,” Kitooke said.

    Mutumba the speaker of the clan heads council also told theGrapevine that he was not aware of the meeting and he didn’t attend it.

    He however explained that the Kingdom clan council has no problem with their members meeting the President.

    “You know we don’t have offices, when our friends met the President and he accepted to build offices for us, we were very appreciative of the president and we shall support him in all his program to fight poverty in Buganda,” Mutumba said.

    In 2023, Mayiga was very bitter with clan heads for meeting Museveni without his permission or that of Kabaka and a resolution was passed by the Kingdom parliament condemning the meeting. The clan heads were even asked to apologise.

    Mayiga claimed that the meeting was aimed at dividing Buganda.

    The clan heads declined to apologise and a committee chaired by owekitiibwa David Mpanga the Kingdom Lands minister and also a celebrated commercial lawyer was established to mediate both parties.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Mayor Mulyanyama Takes His Fight Against Bobi Wine’s Brother Nyanzi For NUP Ticket To CBS Radio…

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    Makindye Division Mayor Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama

    Fight within National Unity Platform (NUP) for Kampala City Lord Mayor ticket has deepened as maverick Makindye Division Mayor Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama declared war on Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu, the elder brother to Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine).

    Both Nyanzi and Mulyanyama have declared interest to contest against the current Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago and they are clandestinely mobilizing for internal party support.

    theGrapevine haa established that Mulyanyama has entered a deal with Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s CBS radio to popularise his political ambitions for Lord Mayor seat and he has already started using the platform to fight Nyanzi.

    Last week, he accused Nyanzi of using reckless statements which placed their boss Bobi Wine and their party in bad light.

    Mulyanyama was responding to the statement made by Nyanzi on the misunderstanding between NUP leadership and Masaka region journalists who accused Bobi Wine security of insulting them.

    Nyanzi told CBS radio that the said journalists are making these malicious allegations because they are working for Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba’s group to fight Bobi Wine .

    Nyanzi and other NUP leaders particularly accuse CBS radio’s Masaka city news reporter Tomusange Kayinja of masterminding the drive of attacking and giving false news against Bobi Wine which Mulyanyama rubbished.

    Mulyanyama asserted that CBS is a radio with professional journalists and presenters and they should not be dragged in petty internal party fights.

    He disclosed that he cannot look on as Nyanzi and other people use their positions in the party to fight Kabaka’s radio which has always given many opposition politicians the platform that has helped them win elections against President Museveni’s NRM party.

    It should be noted that there is ongoing bad blood between the Mengo administration led by Premier Charles Peter Mayiga and NUP leadership.

    The bitter verbal exchanges have come from both sides.

    However, insiders at CBS radio told theGrapevine that Mulyanyama wanted to use CBS as his political mobilization weapon to weaken Lukwago.

    Sources said that he is desperate, frustrated and confused after learning that there are ongoing talks spearheaded by Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireke for Lukwago to join NUP and one of the conditions involves giving him the Lord Mayor ticket come 2026.

    Recently, Bobi Wine stopped Nyanzi from campaigning for the office of the Lord Mayor and even threatened to take disciplinary action against him.

    Nyanzi accused NUP Secretary General David Lewis Rubongoya of compromising Bobi Wine to humiliate him because he is also interested in the position.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    Minister Kabanda Panics As Traders Plan To Front Ssekitto To Battle Her For Kampala Central MP Seat…

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    KACITA'S Issa Ssekitto and Minister Minsa Kabanda

    Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) spokesperson Issa Ssekitto has confirmed that come 2026, he is pondering contesting for the position of Kampala Central Division Member of Parliament as an independent.

    Ssekitto revealed that his decision was based on the number of requests he has received from desperate traders who think that the only way to fight bad policies and laws made against them is to have their own in the parliament to argue their case.

    It should be noted that when traders met President Museveni in May 2024 at Kololo independence ground, they warned legislators in parliament who have been passing laws against them that they are going to sponsor their own candidates against them come 2026.

    They claimed that the legislators and other leaders who they showered with votes in the previous elections have betrayed them and it is high time they take over the country’s leadership.

    Sources inside KACITA told theGrapevine that Nagenda Musoke their chairperson also plans to stand for a Member of Parliament in one of the constituents in Mukono district.

    John Kabanda also plans to stand as councilor representing Kampala Central Division on the Lord Mayor’s Council.

    The traders insist that Kampala city and Metropolitan senior minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda has not helped them as a minister and accuse her of sidelining with their tormentors, especially the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).

    Since 2023, Minister Kabanda has been conducting clandestine political mobilization to replace Muhammad Nsereko who declared that he is not going to contest in 2026.

    Because of Kabanda’s declaration, Bobi Wine’s elder brother Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu shifted his interest from contesting for Kampala Central MP Seat to Lord Mayor fearing that chances are high that Kabanda will defeat him.

    Traders want parliament to remove EFRIS and reduce taxes on commodities especially imported items.

    However, President Museveni assured them that his government will not accept their prayers because they are against the country’s development.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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