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    INSIDE STORY: How Bobi Wine’s Shs. 7trn Foreign Financial Support Put Human Rights Lawyer Opiyo In Trouble…

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    On Wednesday, police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga disclosed that a joint team of security intelligence agencies led by police and the Financial Iintelligence Authority (FIA) had launched an investigation into money laundering crimes allegedly committed by celebrated human rights lawyer and Chapter four Uganda Executive Director Nicholas Opiyo.

    Opiyo was arrested together with Anthony Odur, Edomu Obure and National Unity Platform (NUP) human rights officer Hamid Tenywa.

    Detectives from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) intimated to theGrapevine that they have been monitoring Chapter Four Uganda bank accounts and those of Opiyo as a person for almost a year after a brief from the External Intelligence Organization (ESO) that he was working with foreign organizations and persons who were facilitating regime change in Uganda.

    Detective added that on top of working with foreigners, Opiyo also coordinated Ugandans leaving in countries like United States of America, Denmark, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherland to facilitate regime change in Uganda by funding National Unity Platform presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.

    The detectives said that because he is highly connected internationally, Opiyo was chosen to assist and strategise on how financial support can reach Uganda from abroad to facilitate Bobi Wine’s activities in Uganda.

    Detectives disclosed that on several occasions, Opiyo met Bobi Wine funders in the neighboring countries especially Kenya and the last meeting was with Robert Amsterdam, Bobi Wine’s international lawyer.

    Detectives added that a number of NUP leaders led by Louise Rubongoya, the party’s Secretary General and youthful Mityana Municipality legislator Francis Butebi Zaake travelled abroad and met Ugandans there and representatives from international organizations interested in democracy in African and they asked for assistance to overthrow president Yoweri Museveni regime.

    Detectives said that some organizations asked NUP bosses to establish a legal department as a decoy to transfer funds under the guise of facilitating party members who were arrested and in detention.

    However, this proposal was rubbished by Rubongoya who wanted all the facilitation to pass through the office of the Secretary General.

    ESO SUBOTAGES BOBI WINE FINANCIAL MOBILIZATION ABROAD

    Security sources revealed that the Ugandan government through ESO decided to sabotage Bobi Wine’s mobilization drive by causing mistrust, fights and divisions among the appointed leaders in the diaspora.

    This move successfully worked because NUP supporters in the diaspora started accusing NUP leaders in Uganda of mismanaging money given to them to run the struggle.

    Since then, the funding was cut off and the party started mobilizing for funds locally.

    However, this was also frustrated by COVID-19 pandemic because Ugandans were no longer working.

    One of the detectives we talked to said that even the few Ugandans in the diaspora who were still stuck on Bobi Wine were financially weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    THE SHS.7 TRILION ALLEGATION

    Detectives disclosed that early this year, international organisations released over Shs.7trn.

    This money was supposed to be paid in instalments.

    They revealed that Opiyo was tasked with strategising on how the money will reach Bobi Wine who was on the campaign trail.

    It was agreed that the money should pass through different Non- government organisations and in different law firms.

    Detectives claim that the NGOs gave an excuse that the funds were meant to help disadvantaged Ugandans and those who were badly hit by the COVID19 pandemic.

    The lawyers on the other hand gave an excuse that the money that passed through their law firms bank accounts was meant to pay legal fees for those arrested and in detention, they claimed that they were only getting commission.

    WHY DETECTIVES WERE VERY CAREFUL WHEN HANDLING OPIYO’S MATTER

    When asked why the FIA did not freeze Opiyo’s bank account and that of Chapter four Uganda, plus other accounts of the said law firms, like they did with accounts belonging to different Non-governmental organisations, a security source explained that they were very careful with Opiyo since he is a lawyer and is well connected.

    Sources in security further disclosed that they picked Opiyo’s laptop and phones from his home so as to gather substantive evidence which can be used against him, however, they failed to open the gadgets stolen from him.

    Lawyer Godber Tumushabe revealed that when Opiyo’s gadgets stolen, he used private investigators to trace where his gargets were taken and they established that it was in areas of Naguru where certain state intelligence agency run their operations.

    M7 KNOWS ABOUT OPIO’S ARREST

    Another security source told theGrapevine that there was a disagreement between state intelligence agencies on how to arrest Opio.

    He revealed that Opiyo is highly connected to many top intelligence commandants and security operatives and many did not agree to his arrest until the order came from above.

    He added that they have been following him for days and until they discovered that it was suitable to be arrested with NUP officials in Kamwokya where NUP headquarters is located.

    LAWYERS FEAR FOR ARREST

    Medard Lubega Sseggona, one of the legal brains behind Bobi Wine revealed that many lawyers fear being arrested.

    Speaking to Buganda’s Central Broadcasting Services (CBS radio), Sseggona said that Opio is the first to be arrested but others will soon follow suit. Sseggona called upon his colleagues to fight tooth and nail to see that they rescue their friends behind the bars.

    OPIO’S CHARGED, REMANDED

    Opio was today charged before Nakawa chief magistrates court with money laundering and neglect to submit returns to the NGO bureau.

    The trial magistrate Douglas Singiza denied him bail arguing that he lacks jurisdiction and forwarded his file to the anti corruption court.

    Opio was remanded up to 28 December. State alleges that on October 8th at ABSA bank garden city branch, Opio received USD 340,000 through account number 6004078045 in names of Chapter four Uganda knowing that the money was going to be used to commit a crime.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    HE IS NOT MAD: Buganda Kingdom Clan Head Assassin Has No Brain Damage, CT-Scan Proves; Grandchildren Protest Process Used To Fish Bbosa’s Successor….

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    Noah Derrick Luggya one of the suspected assassins who killed Omutaka Bbosa (R) in hospital

    The mighty Grapevine has exclusively learnt that medical doctors at Mulago hospital X-Ray department and those from different security agencies subjected Noah Derrick Luggya one of the suspected assassins who gunned down Ndiga (Sheep) clan head Eng. Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa to CT-Scan.

    On Sunday evening, Luggya survived being killed by an angry mob at Bulange in Lubaga Division, a Kampala city suburb accusing him of killing Bbosa.

    His colleague Emmanual Sserunkuma was killed on the spot by the mob.

    Luggya was taken to Mulago hospital and sources told theGrapevine that he is positively responding to medication and on Wednesday evening, he was taken for a CT-Scan to examine whether his brain has no damage.

    “His brain has no damage and I can confirm that he is mentally fine. At first we thought that maybe the mob damaged his brain, you know his head was badly beaten,” one of the doctors at Mulago X-Ray department said.

    He added that Luggya first pretended to be mentally unstable and was only looking at doctors without responding to anything they asked him.

    This forced the doctors to carry out a CT-Scan on him to establish whether he was fine.

    Doctor said that Luggya still has difficulty in talking because he lost some of his teeth after his mouth was shattered by the mob.

    Luggya was also taken to an X-Ray machine and his entire body was examined.

    Results showed that none of his bones was damaged and doctors are very sure that by the end of this week, he will be able to talk to the investigators from Maj. Dr. Tom Magambo the police’s Director of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and those from Brig. Gen. Christopher Ddamulira’s Crime Intelligence Directorate.

    Sources held that detectives tried to talk to Luggya but he was not ready to talk even though he showed that he understood whatever was going on. On Friday, they are going to test him again.

    On the other hand, members of the Endiga clan have started protesting the process their leaders and officials from Buganda Kingdom used to get Bbosa’s successor.

    On Wednesday, Omutaka Ssalongo Augustine Kizito Mutumba the head of Buganda Kingdom clan heads council (Olukiiko lwabajjajja abataka) announced that the council had appointed Edward Lwanga and Kato Lutwama both premiers of Kasimba and Nyonyi Nyange clans to guide Endiga concerned leaders during the process of choosing Bbosa’s successor.

    However this evening, information started circulating that the assigned committee has already chosen Eria Buzaabo Lwasi, the son to late Luggya Lwasi who is a celebrated journalist and teacher.

    Those protesting the process told theGrapevine that a clan head cannot be chosen without first choosing the ‘Ssemusota’ who is supposed to preside over the process of getting Bbosa’s successor.

    “We know the people behind Buzaabo, but we can confirm to Buganda Kingdom Premier Charles Peter Mayiga and his people that bringing his people will not help solve the ongoing fights in our clan,” one Endiga clan member said.

    By the time of Bbosa’s death, Buganda Kingdom cultural court (Kkooti ya Kisekwa) had declared that he was illegally occupying the office of Endiga clan and a one Tabula Bbosa was enthroned as the clan head.

    Bbosa challenged the Kkooti ya Kisekwa judgment before Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi who is the Supreme Court on cultural matters.

    Sources claim that Buzaabu is expected to be introduced to Mayiga who will introduce him to Kabaka Mutebi to confirm or reject him and if the program moves as planned Bbosa will be buried on Sunday this week.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    INSIDE STORY: How Bobi Wine Threatened To Demote Defiant Elder Brother Nyanzi As Fight To Money, Power Deepens In NUP…

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    Bobi Wine (R) with his elder brother Fred Nyanzi (L)

    Tempers flared as Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) the Principal of the National Unity Platform (NUP) threatened to demote his elder brother and also the party Chief Mobilizer Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu (Chairman Nyanzi) as fight for money and power deepened.

    On Wednesday morning, a furious Bobi Wine abruptly summoned a high level meeting at his office at the party headquarters in Makerere Kavule.

    The meeting was attended by Joel Ssenyonyi the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Chairman Nyanzi, David Lewis Rubongoya the party Secretary General and other NUP select officials.

    Immediately when Bobi Wine entered the party headquarters, security was beefed up commanded by the foot soldiers who were joined by Habib Buwembo a celebrated political activist who recently crossed from Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) to NUP.

    Sources disclosed that Bobi Wine summoned the meeting after being briefed that Nyanzi had summoned a meeting of all NUP councilors in Kampala at all levels including those who lost in the 2021 local council elections in Kampala city.

    According to sources, the meeting was supposed to take place at the party headquarters and the main agenda was to strategise on how to win Kampala Lord Mayor Seat come 2026.

    Like we reported few days back, Nyanzi has started meeting city tycoons asking them to financially support his coming Lord Mayor bid.

    Bobi Wine was also given the entire report attached with evidence of tycoons his brother was meeting some of who are known NRM supporters and have been in Lukwago’s bad book.

    “What I can assure you is that the meeting took almost 5 hours and it seems Chairman Nyanzi stormed out of it after disagreeing with some of the decisions,” a highly placed source inside Bobi Wine’s office told theGrapevine.

    Sources claim that Bobi Wine directed Nyanzi with immediate effect to stop his clandestine mobilization for Lord Mayor slot explaining that his actions are putting the party in bad light and some party members have started early campaigns.

    Nyanzi first denied the accusations that he is campaigning. He argued that he is streamlining KUNGA and other party grassroots mobilization drives.

    He told his brother that he’s not ready to stop because their competitors like President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s NRM are already in the field.

    “I heard the Principal telling him that they can even remove him from that office of the Chief Mobilizer. Then after a few minutes, I saw Nyanzi storming out of the meeting,” a source said.

    While talking to his people, Nyanzi assured them that even if NUP denied him the Lord Mayor ticket, he will contest on an independent and win the slot because he has enough experience.

    He boasted that he is the one who nurtured and modeled Bobi Wine the politician.

    However Nyanzi is very sure that with his contacts in the NRM where he was once a member before 2021, will give him an upper hand to defeat Lukwago.

    Even though Nyanzi stormed out of the meeting, Bobi Wine, Rubongoya, Ssenyonyi remained in the meeting and they came out very late in the evening.

    When the meeting ended, they drove to Lungujja to comfort the family members of the late Daniel Bbosa Lwamwo, the Endiga clan head who was assassinated on Sunday.

    Sources said that after the meeting, Nyanzi briefed some of his people about what took place but assured them that come what may, he is going to be on the ballot for Kampala Lord Mayor come 2026.

    NUP insiders disclosed that Bobi Wine is under pressure from a section of the party leaders especially those from DP Block including the former Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga who are provoking him by making statements that he has turned their party into a family affair and his close family members are the ones making critical decisions for the party.

    “They are provoking Bobi Wine to order for disciplinary action against them by making public attacks on his personality. Unfortunately Nyanzi is only after money and power without understanding the situation his brother is going through,” a NUP source said.

    Bobi Wine was also briefed that early this week, Nyanzi held a private meeting with Florence Namayanja Mukasa the city mayor of Masaka city who is fighting to make sure that Mpuuga is defeated come 2026.

    Bobi Wine was told that Nyanzi and Namayanja are the ones behind Alice Nannungi who is already in the field de-campaigning Mpuuga.

    Sources divulged that because of the Namayanja/ Nyanzi meeting that took place at Kyebando a Kampala suburb, Mpuuga’s henchman Abed Bwanika was forced to come out publicly accusing Bobi Wine of building family rule in NUP like President Museveni is doing in NRM and in government.

    Mpuuga’s camp is very sure that the ongoing Uganda Parliament Exhibition on social media is targeting him as a person and his people in parliament and it is clandestinely facilitated by Bobi Wine himself and Ssenyonyi his henchman.

    In the same development, NUP announced that because of corruption in parliament, Mpuuga was dismissed from the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner after accepting that he pocketed over Shs500m which was given to him by the parliamentary leadership.

    The money was given to Mpuuga thanking him for being a good Leader of Opposition but Bobi Wine insists that the money was a bribe.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    STANDOFF: We Want To Bury Him In 100 Bark Clothes Not Casket: Buganda Kingdom Bosses, Family Members Of Assassinated Clan Head Clash:  Security Issues Tough Directives To Doctors On Managing Assassin’s Life…

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    The late Omutaka Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa the clan head of Endiga (Sheep) Clan

    On Tuesday morning, the Katikkiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga met a section of the executive members of the Buganda Kingdom clan heads council (Olukiiko lw’abataka) who were led by Ssalongo Augustine Kizito Mutumba the speaker of the Council at Bulange Mengo the headquarters of Buganda Kingdom.

    The meeting was supposed to discuss special issues concerning the council especially the burial arrangements of Omutaka Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa the clan head of Endiga (Sheep) clan who was assassinated by gunmen near his home in Lungujja, Lubaga Division, a Kampala suburb.

    Israel Kazibwe Kitooke the Kingdom Information and Mobilization minister disclosed that the Kingdom plans to take over Bbosa’s burial arrangements and Owekitiibwa Anthony Wamala the Culture, Palace and Security minister in the Kingdom is working with the family of the deceased and the clan heads council to give the deceased a good send off.

    However, highly placed sources in the clan heads council revealed to theGrapevine that in the first meeting that planned the burial of the deceased, a sharp misunderstanding developed between the family and other committee members dominated by clan premiers (bakatikkiro b’ebika) who represented their clan heads.

    The disagreement arose when the widow Gladys Bbosa and the deceased’s son Bruce Bbosa insisted that the late should be buried as a Christian because he was a staunch born again.

    The family wanted the late to be buried in a suit and laid very well in a casket in a normal grave.

    However, some clan premiers protested the proposal insisting that all Buganda clan heads are supposed to be buried in Kiganda traditional style where the body is wrapped in over 100 back clothes, and the body thrown in a 15×15 feet grave and not in a casket.

    One of the committee members informed the representative of the family that when Minge Kasujja the clan head of Engeye clan died, the late Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata Batte insisted that since he was a staunch Muslim, he should be buried like a Muslim instead of being humiliated as the clan premiers wanted.

    This clan premier further narrated that when Muzaata insisted, they told him that the matter is going to be referred to Kabaka Mutebi for a final decision. Prince Kassim Nakibinge Kakungulu the Titular head of Muslims had to intervene and Minge Kasujja was buried in Kiganda style.

    Bbosa’s widow was assured that her wish to be buried next to her husband will be respected even though he is going to be buried at the deceased’s ancestral home in Mpigi district where his father and mother are also buried.

    Bbosa is expected to be buried next week because the process of choosing his successor is still ongoing.

    They have to first appoint the clan royal chair (Ssemusota) who is going to preside over the processes of choosing his successor.

    After choosing Bbosa’s successor, he will be taken to Mayiga who will introduce him to Kabaka Mutebi to confirm or reject him.

    Once he confirms him, the deceased will be buried.

    By the time of his death, Buganda Kingdom cultural Court (kkooti ya kisekwa) had declared that Bbosa was illegally occupying the office of the head of Endiga clan.

    He however appealed the the judgment to the Supreme Court who is Kabaka Mutebi who was yet to delivered his judgment.

    In a related development, theGrapevine has learnt that Brig. Gen. Christopher Ddamulira Sserunjogi the Police Director for Crime Intelligence and Maj. Dr. Tom Magambo the Director for Criminal Investigation Department (CID) are supervising proceedings at Mulago hospital where Derrick Noah Luggya one of the suspected assassins is getting treatment after being thumped to near death by an angry mob.

    Commandos and detectives have been deployed at Mulago hospital to make sure that nothing happens to Luggya and they are changed every six hours.

    This website has been told that the patient is responding positively to medication.

    Luggya was accused of being the one who pulled the trigger that ended Bbosa’s life and his comrade Emmanuel Sserukuma who was riding the motorcycle was killed by the mob at Bulange in Lubaga Division.

    Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said that very soon, detectives working on Bbosa’s file are going to take Luggya’s statement.

    Buganda Premier Mayiga asked security to make sure that Luggya gives them all the necessary information which will help bring all suspects to book.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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