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    INSIDE STORY: How Buganda Premier Mayiga’s Whatsapp Message Raised Dust In Meeting To Resolve Kooki And Buganda Kingdom Misunderstanding: Kamuswaga Threatens To Break Away From Kabaka Mutebi’s Kingdom…

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    Kamuswaga of Kooki (L) and Kabaka Mutebi (R) of Buganda

    On Wednesday last week, a meeting was hold at Buganda Kingdom headquarters in Bulange Mengo a Kampala suburb to strategies on how Buganda Kingdom can amicably resolve the ongoing misunderstanding with Kooki Cultural Institution.

    The meeting was chaired by Patrick Luwaga Mugumbule, the speaker of Buganda Kingdom parliament (Lukiiko).

    Others in the meeting include; Owekitiibwa Christopher Bwanika, the Buganda Attorney General, Owekitiibwa Henry Moses Ssekabembe Kiberu, Buganda’s sports minister, Buddu County Chief, Jude Muleke, Maj. Musazi, the head of Security in Buganda Kingdom and Annette Nakanjako, who recorded the minutes of the meeting.

    The Kooki delegation was led by Godfrey Kimbugwe, the Deputy prime minister and Owekitiibwa Stanley Ndawula, the information minister.

    Before the meeting started, Kimbugwe’s delegation insisted that the Kooki’s Anthem should be sung which the chairperson Mugumbule accepted.

    Both Buganda and Kooki Anthems were sung.

    The meeting was summoned after officials from Mengo led by Bwanika failed to agree with Kimbugwe during their meeting at the office of the Rakai District Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Sarah Kiyimba.

    Mengo sources revealed that Bwanika’s team traveled to Rakai on the instructions of Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga to meet the RDC who is a daughter to her friend Hajjat Brovard, the Masaka City businesswoman and other security Chiefs.

    Sources disclosed that Mayiga wanted the District Security Chiefs to provide security during the flopped football match between Kooki and Butambala County which was supposed to be played in Kooki.

    Sources further revealed that when Bwanika explained to Kiyimba why his delegation was in her office, the youthful RDC told him that her office has already received a complaint from the leadership of Obwakamuswaga bwa Kooki led by Apollo Ssansa Kabumbuli II concerning the said football match.

    She explained to them that Kooki is an independent cultural institution recognised by the Constitution and they recently complained to her office that the Mengo administration did not follow the required protocol for a cultural institution to visit another cultural institution.

    Sources added that Bwanika’s explanation confused Kiyimba and she decided to make a phone call to Kimbugwe, who was around Rakai town. She asked him to come to her office for a meeting with officials from Mengo.

    Sources added that when he reached the meeting, Kimbugwe told Mengo officials that unless they address the four issues raised by the Kamuswaga, when he wrote to them, the football match was not going to take place.

    In an exclusive interview with the Grapevine, Kooki information minister Ndawula revealed that in 2014, Kamuswaga, as the head of the Kooki cultural institution, wrote to Mengo administration banning all official representation to Mengo until the four concerns were resolved.

    The Kamuswaga’s four concerns are; Returning the 13 land titles which President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni returned to Mengo in 2013 as part of ‘EBYAFFE’ to the Attorney General for him to be given back to Kooki.

    Ndawula claims that the said Land titles are for land in Kooki and Mengo cannot claim ownership because they are also a recognised cultural Institution.

    He added that Kamuswaga also wants the Mengo administration to return his official chair which was removed from Buganda parliament (Lukiiko) as it was agreed when the 1896 agreement was signed between the two cultural institutions.

    It is alleged that when he was appointed Katikkiro, Mayiga removed Kamuswaga’s official chair from the Buganda Lukiiko arguing that they cannot have two cultural leaders in the kingdom parliament.

    Kamuswaga also wants the Mengo administration to suspend the administration structures which they established in Kooki cultural institution, claiming that they cannot accept foreign administration in their cultural institution because they are independent.

    Kamuswaga requested Mengo to review the 1896 agreement claiming that much of the articles in it are outdated and need to be amended to fit in the current situation which Mengo administration under the leadership of Mayiga failed to respond to.

    Ndawula accuses Mayiga of personally insulting Kamuswaga to the extent of appointing him as a County Chief in his own Cultural Institution an act they protested.

    He added that one time, Kamuswaga was invited as a friendly cultural leader at the annual CBS fm radio celebrations (Enkukka) but he was not recognised as a cultural leader. He was belittled and given a plastic chair to sit behind with commoners.

    “The late Kaaya Kavuma, the former Managing Director CBS radio,  recognised Kamuswaga seated behind with commoners when he was moving around talking to different people. He politely asked him who told him to sit behind with commoners yet he is a royal. But he also did not give him another chair, he just moved on. He realised that the move to allocate him a seat behind was planned to humiliate him and show that he is nothing in Buganda. He had to storm out of the event,” Ndawula narrated.

    He asserted that that was not the first time Buganda was humiliating other leaders.

    He divulged that before the coming of Mayiga, Buganda had a misunderstanding with Kooki, during the reign of JB Walusimbi as Katikkiro.

    Walusimbi rushed to Kooki after receiving their protest letter challenging Kabaka’s planned visit to Kooki without consultation form the Kamuswaga, the legally known cultural leader in Kooki.

    Walusimbi drove his car to Kooki and personally held talks with Kamuswanga who later okayed Kabaka Mutebi’s visit.

    INSIDE MENGO FLOPPED MEETING

    Back to Mengo meeting which was held in Bulange, the chairperson of the meeting Mubumbule told members that the emergency issue which they should first handle was how to allow Kooki to participate in the ongoing Buganda County football tournament then other four issues listed by Kamuswaga will be follow up.

    However, the Kamuswaga’s team also insisted that Mengo had to first suspend Getrude Nakalanzi Ssebugwawo, the Kooki County Chief.

    Sources revealed that in his Submissions, Kimbugwe accused Nakalanzi of insulting Kamuswaga at a number of public functions in Kooki which has made many people in Kooki bitter with her. He insisted that the only way they can calm these people down, so that they participate in the County football tournament is by suspending Nakalanzi.

    Sources said that members took over two and a half hours discussing the issue of Nakalanzi until the Mengo team disclosed that they don’t have powers to suspend Nakalanzi because they are not the ones who appointed her.

    MAYIGA’S WHATSAPP MESSAGE RISES DUST

    As the meeting was going on, one of the Kooki representatives peeped into a WhatsApp conversation between one of the Mengo official’s and Mayiga.

    A source who was in the meeting disclosed that the Mengo official in the meeting was updating Mayiga, who was following the proceeding from his Bulange office.

    When he (Mayiga) was asked for his opinion on Nakalanzi’s issue, Mayiga allegedly advised his team to reject Kooki’s proposal because it will give a bad impression to the public that they (Mengo) were defeated by Kooki.

    A source added that after reading the WhatsApp message, this Kooki official told his nearby neighbour (Ndawula) that they were wasting their time because Mengo people were not going to accept suspending Nakalanzi, and it was an order from Mayiga.

    Sources re-counted that Ndawula lost his temper and grabbed the microphone without the permission of the chairperson, shouted on top of his voice and blasting Mengo officials for wasting their time by calling them in a senseless meeting yet they knew all along that they were not going to accept their proposals.

    The source quoted Ndawula telling the meeting that Kooki was done with Mengo’s pretense, before they stormed out of the of the meeting.

    “I am a journalist, you know me. I speak the truth; I don’t believe in hypocrisy and these things of diplomacy. I told my team to move out and we moved out of the meeting,” Ndawula confirmed.

    Sources said that Mengo officials blamed Ndawula and accused him of indiscipline.

    They were further told that Mayiga was not going to take a photo with them like it was planned earlier before the meeting.

    Sources said that Ndawula responded by telling Mengo officials that they didn’t come to Bulange to have photo moments with Mayiga; they came to resolve the ongoing misunderstanding which can result into bloodshed.

    Ndawula at first refused to be part of the final photo taken for the officials who attended the meeting but Kimbugwe pleaded with him and he accepted.

    Ndawula warned Mengo officials especially those on CBS radio particularly the presenters of Kalisoliso morning show to stop issuing threatening statements on air against Kooki leadership.

    He reminded them that what happened in 2009 can happen again if they continue undermining Kooki.

    In 2009, there were riots in most Buganda counties after government stopped Kabaka Mutebi from visiting Bugerere County without first asking for a consent from Ssabanyala, the cultural leader of Bunyala (Bugerere).

    Other sources in security revealed that intelligence agencies have already picked interest in the matter and are following statements which are being made by some CBS radio presenters who have quickly forgotten what happened in 2009.

    A security source confirmed that in 2009, security was caught off guard and a number of people were killed and injured.

    KOOKI THREATENS TO BREAKWAY

    Ndawula revealed that if Mayiga doesn’t want their misunderstanding resolved amicably, they will take a painful decision of breaking away from Buganda.

    “We have a very good working relationship with our brothers in Toro Kingdom and it is nearly possible to join their counties football tournament. We even share a lot with our brothers in Busoga. So Mayiga should know that we can jump out of his disrespectful marriage,” he said.

    MENGO SPEAKS OUT

    Bwanika, a seasoned Constitutional law giant noted that Mengo as an institution is still fighting to make sure that the ongoing misunderstanding can be resolved amicably.

    He added that the negotiations are still ongoing because Buganda and Kooki are one family and they don’t want to fight.

    He declined to comment on both the Rakai and Bulange meetings that flop.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic In UPDF As Furious M7 Gives Gen Okidi’s Team Two Weeks To Give Him Detailed Report On Why Army Helicopters Are Crashing…

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    One of the army helicopters that crashed recently

    A furious President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who is the Commander-In-Chief has ordered Maj. Gen. Charles Okidi’s team to present to him a detailed report on why Uganda People’s Defense Forces(UPDF) helicopter crashed in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) and killed the country’s soldiers including a Ukrainian national who was the pilot.

    Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye, the UPDF spokesperson confirmed the incident explaining that as usual when such incidents happen, the president orders for investigations.

    According to Reuters, more than 22 UPDF soldiers have died in two separate helicopter crash incidents inside DRC where the country’s commandos are fighting the deadly Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) terrorists who have been frequently killing Ugandan and Congolese nationals.

    However, Gen. Kulayigye rubbished Reuters reporting on the number of UPDF soldiers who have died in the incident but confirmed that Yury Vyshykvy, the Ukrainian national who was the pilot of the Russian made Mi-17 died on spot and together with two Congolese nationals.

    Sources in UPDF have revealed that president Museveni has directed that the concerned persons should inform the deceased’s next of kin over the death of their people.

    Mi-17 crashed few minutes after delivering food and medicine consignment to the UPDF commandos who are fighting ADF terrorists in Eastern DRC and a number of causalities were rushed to Bombo Military hospital for further medical attention.

    Sources in UPDF disclosed that the president wants to establish why the forces’ newly acquired military helicopters are crashing.

    The DRC accident happened a day after another Mi-24 also crashed in Fort Portal.

    Fortunately, no person died in that particular accident.

    Sources noted that like other military helicopter accidents, Gen Okidi’s report will not be made public but will be given to the assigning officer.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    We Don’t Want A Country Where People Are Being Picked Up By Drones And No One Is Held Accountable – Muntu Warns On Rampant Broad Day Light Kidnaps…

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    Mugisha Muntu

    Former presidential candidate, Gen. Mugisha Muntu has warned on the rampant abductions that have taken lead in the country.

    Muntu statement was premised on the rising cases of gunmen picking civilians off the streets or their homes in drones.

    Muntu emphasized that they don’t want a country where people are being picked up by drones and no one is held accountable, and the government doesn’t speak out even when issues are raised.

    “What we see currently on the surface of things seems to be calmness, but beneath is a situation that we all need to focus on.”

    He explained, “We have two forms of fear. One is the fear that is deeply engraved in the minds of those people in power. They fear relinquishing power, and therefore, it drives them to do the things they do.

    “Unfortunately, in this country, we have never had a peaceful transition, which is abnormal, and therefore, we need to focus on where we are heading. It is not too late.”

    Muntu insisted that they need to use the platforms where they can speak and break the culture of impunity that keeps growing.

    “The principle of separation of powers in institutions is not working. Parliament is just a shadow of what Parliament is supposed to be. On the surface you might think that there is peace but below, the situation is worrisome,” he intimated.

    He added that sectarianism is a symptom of a larger problem.

    “If we want to have fairness, we have to ensure that whatever we practise, is rooted in these values of fairness, justice and equity, among others.”

    Muntu made the remarks at Golf Course hotel today during a Public Dialogue under the theme ‘Ending Secretarianism and Tribalism.’

    Today, a man in civilian attire accompanied by the three men wearing military fatigue and armed with assault rifles kidnapped Mr. Rafik Khan, a car dealer at Kireka C in Kira Municipality, Wakiso District at 5pm.

    Residents and Mr. Khan’s colleagues looked on helplessly as the armed men dragged the businessman into a waiting Toyota Probox car.

    This is on the heels of over 15 NUP supporters who have recently been arrested from various parts of the country by men moving in drones.

    Democratic Party president, Nobert Mao, who also doubles as the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs hailed Muntu for taking a strong stand against extra-judicial killings by those who wanted to take the law into their own hands.

    He argued that as they discuss the framework for the truth and reconciliation process, they must agree on what truth and reconciliation are not.

    “I have to give credit to Gen. Mugisha Muntu because of his militant and strong stand against extra-judicial killings by those who wanted to take the law into their own hands,” he adduced.

    He maintained, “Let me state what the truth and reconciliation process is not. It is not good to be confused about the aims of the truth and reconciliation process.

    “The truth and reconciliation process should not conduct a formal legal process and should not duplicate the work of criminal investigations, initiate court actions, among others, on matters already covered by other organs.”

    Mao noted that however, there are some trends that will lead them to conclude that colonialism played an important role in the false start that Uganda made as they headed towards independence and the years after, adding that he doesn’t believe that all the blame goes to the colonialists.

    “The North is seen as the “underprivileged backyard”. As Uganda went to independence, historical accidents disarmed the north of their fears that they had a position in an independent Uganda.”

    He propounded, ” Therefore, even a Munyankole that has made money is seen to have been corrupt. An Acholi who hasn’t killed anybody when they go to Luwero will be a suspect.

    “There was perceived dominance of the North, Baganda, and western Uganda. This was looked at as a problem that should be seen through sectarian lenses.”

    Mao therefore emphasized that a national truth and reconciliation process is the only thing that can salvage this country.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Fights In Bobi Wine’s NUP: KCCA Councillor Cited In Kyagulanyi, MP Kagabo Disturbing Leaked Audio Recording…

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    Hakim Kizza, the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Secretary for engineering and technical services, who is also the Lubya Parish representative in Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago’s city council has cleared the air on the allegations that he has a hand in the leaked disturbing audio recording where embattled Bukoto South Member of Parliament Twaha Kagabo is revealing secrets about NUP party and his principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine).

    In the leaked audio, Kagabo is heard confessing to a friend via phone that he is not in NUP because he loves the party so much but he is there because of the political wave.

    He added that many NUP legislators are not happy with Bobi Wine’s leadership style but they have nothing to do because he is popular.

    The recording was leaked a few days ago when Bobi Wine had just praised Kagabo for being a patriotic legislator and very loyal to the party after he accepted his mistake and returned the controversial Shs.40m bribe.

    It should be remembered that Bobi Wine ordered his party legislators to return the Shs.40m bribe which he alleged was given to MPs at the speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among’s home in Nakasero, a Kampala suburb.

    Dr. Kagabo returned the money and accused speaker Among of giving it to him. Suprisingly, he later refuted his early statements against Among and apologised to her.

    Days after apologising and being forgiven by the Speaker, an audio leaked of him blasting Bobi Wine and NUP.

    Kagabo supporters now accuse councillor Kizza of playing on Kagabo’s intelligence and releasing the shocking audio of him blasting his party boss.

    Sources in Bukoto South told theGrapevine that Kizza had intentions to contest for the area parliamentary seat but he was frustrated by NUP leadership in Kamwokya who gave the party ticket to Kagabo.

    Sources added that when Kiiza decided to contest on an independent ticket, he was advised to try another time because it was going to be hard for him to defeat Kagabo who was already armed with a NUP ticket and money.

    He later accepted defeat and stood for KCCA councillor representing the people of Lubya Parish.

    Sources further narrated that Kagabo used a lot of money to get the NUP ticket after first battling for it with Dr. Abed Bwanika who was later forced to shift to Kimanya-Kabonera.

    Sources said that from then, Kiiza has been on ground, which he admitted when contacted.

    “I’m not new in that constituency, he found me there but he used money, but I remained with my people,” Kiiza said.

    He however denied allegations that he was behind the leaked audio recording.

    Kagabo and Kizza’s political fight is one of the many political fights in Bobi Wine’s NUP party.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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