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    INSIDE STORY: How Mafabi, Amuriat Went Behind Ssemujju And Lukwago’s Back And Hired Their Deadly Gangs, Paid Them Heavily To Survive Eviction From FDC Headquarters…



    FDC chairman jumping the fence to survive the gang that was deployed at the party headquater. On the right is Erias Lukwago (top) and Nandala Mafabi (below)

    On Wednesday evening, a private meeting was held at the headquarters of the troubled Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party and the aim was to strategise on how to counter the threats they had received that Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and Kampala Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago faction were planning a deadly move through the party chairperson ambassador Wasswa Birigwa to evict them from the party headquarters and take control of it.

    Highly placed sources at Najjanankumbi revealed to theGrapevine that a decision was taken not to use security agencies like police because it was going to put them in bad light and to prove the allegations that they are working for President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as Ssemujju faction claims.

    They resolved to use ruthless gangs to stop the impending takeover by Ssemujju and his group.

    Sources divulged that for almost a month, Patrick Amuriat Oboi, the FDC party president and his Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi had been planning on how to use gangs who have helped Lukwago survive in Kampala city politics since 2006.

    These sources said that to achieve their plan, they had to contact one of the former legislators in Kampala city who also owns a gang of goons to help them penetrate Lukwago’s inner cycle and he executed the assignment successfully.

    Lukwago confirmed that Amuriat’s camp contacted his boys who helped them to hire the gang that humiliated Birigwa who had plans to address a press conference at the party headquarters.

    “You mean I don’t know where they hired those goons from? I know, and I will tell you for sure, I told you when it comes to self defence, I can be a warlord. And that’s the reason I have survived in the murky waters of Kampala,” Lukwago said.

    He added,” Do you think you can survive in Kampala that long? Just ask one politician who has survived in the politics of Kampala, like myself. When attacked, I’m like a porcupine, you attack, I repulse you,” Lukwago boasted.

    He added that the gangs that politicians and ruthless businessmen always hire are in his territory and he knows them very well.

    Sources divulged that it was not easy to convince their immediate commanders and that’s the reason why they decided to approach the matter from the top command and directives were given to boys to rush to Najjanankumbi and execute the mission.

    Lukwago revealed that the commanders of the Najjanankumbi gang were highly paid to look for deadly goons who do not fear death.

    However, he later contradicted himself when he said that the ones who commanded the chaos at Najjanankumbi on Thursday were not his but he knows where they operate from.

    “You cannot operate in the city without intelligence. I would be disingenuous. I would be lying to say that I don’t know where to find those goons, I know,” Lukwago noted when he appeared before Patrick Kamara’s On the Spot on NTV Uganda.

    Insiders among the gangs’ commanders told theGrapevine that this is the second time they are turning against Lukwago.

    The first time was at park yard market which was burnt down after these goons were hired by one of the city businessmen who had interest on the said land.

    The gangs who were heavily paid forgot that they once paid allegiance to Lukwago and violently attacked him and his team.

    Ssemujju confirmed that politicians in Kampala always hire gangs but some politicians don’t pay them; that’s why they steal people’s properties, especially phones, to pay themselves.

    He narrated that one time he hired them for his political campaigns but in the middle of the campaign, they turned against him and violently attacked his supporters, stealing everything they had in possession including undressing them.

    He had to hire another group to protect him and his supporters from the goons he first hired.

    Ssemujju was appearing on Meddie Nsereko Ssebuliba’s CBS FM’s ‘Kiriza oba ggana’ political talk show where he warned that Amuriat and Mafabi cannot defeat his camp when it comes to politics of violence.

    He added that the gangs at Najjanankumbi were paid Shs30,000 each at the end of the day and were hired from Kawempe.

    However a gang commander who was recently released from Luzira prison told theGrapevine that from experience, when he looks at the Najjanankumbi operation, Amuriat’s camp should have used not less than Shs30m because it was handled from the top command and the operation involved betraying their known clients.

    According to Birigwa’s statement, when he entered inside the headquarters where the goons were deployed, he found more than 50 of them.

    Birigwa noted that when he tried to move out of the party headquarters, he approached a goon whom he knows by the name of Meddie Musisi and pleaded with him to open for him the gate.

    However, Meddie blasted him and ordered him with immediate effect to go back and sit down which he did until he was saved by his boys who were outside who brought the ladder for him to jump over the wall.

    When we asked this experienced gang commander about the Birigwa Saga, he rubbished the FDC chairman’s explanation, noting that he was left to go.

    Insiders in Najjanankumbi told theGrapevine that early in the morning, there was another group of gangs who came at Najjanankumbi but upon realising that there was already deployment sanctioned by their top command, they withdrew.

    theGrapevine is still investigating to establish whether they will return the money because they were paid in advance before moving in and finding another group already in charge.

    He added that during political campaigns, they are always on the market. That’s why they have to do extra training to build muscles.

    “Nowadays we don’t need to move with pavers, weighing stones and knives, no! We use our bodies to execute our operations because even if we find security on the way, they cannot arrest us because of your bodies but we realized previously that they always arrested us once they found us with these deadly weapons. And sometimes it was our own colleagues who betrayed us,” a goon commander told theGrapevine during the course of doing this investigative story.

    He warned the public, especially journalists that once they learn that gangs were hired to take control of a certain place, they should be on alert because they are not selective when attacking the enemy.

    “For use we don’t know whether you are a journalists or not. We are like soldiers or even more because we don’t have a disciplinary code of conduct to follow like soldiers,” he boasted.

    However, Mafabi apologized on behalf of the FDC leadership for what happened on Thursday noting that the investigations into this nasty incident have kicked off and culprits will be brought to book.

    Police have not yet come up with the statement even though they were seen observing the events from a distance near FDC offices.

    They even fought with one of the private security guards who was chasing them away from standing and parking their patrols at the entrance of his boss’s supermarket.

    The security guard was arrested and his gun taken away from him.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki



    Buganda Caucus MPs Blocked From Visiting Kabaka Mutebi In Namibia As Mayiga Summons Clan Heads Over M7 Deals, King Visit…



    Buganda Kingdom King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi (L) in Namibia

    The management of Okonguarri Psychotherapeutic Center in Namibia has blocked three Members of Parliament from accessing the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi.

    Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga confirmed that Kabaka Mutebi is in Namibia resting following the advice of his doctor in Europe.

    However, there are ongoing allegation that Kabaka is in the said medical facility receiving medication not resting.

    Based on the ongoing contradiction, legislators who are members of the Buganda caucus in parliament secretly decided to travel to Namibia to confirm the development.

    theGrapevine has exclusively established that the three male legislators are members of the National Unity Platform and they sneaked into Namibia without the knowledge of the Ugandan embassy in Namibia or their chairperson Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi.

    When contacted, one of the legislators confirmed the development but pleaded with theGrapevine not to reveal his identity because it was going to create a war with Buganda Kingdom leadership.

    “It is true we were blocked from accessing the Kabaka and we are the ones who advised the Buganda Kingdom clan heads who also plan on visitinf the Kabaka to first seek permission from Mayiga, Prince David Kintu Wasajja or Agness Nabalogo because they are the ones to give permission to any person who wants to access Kabaka,” a soft spoken legislator from greater Masaka said.

    He added that they tried to reach out to Prince Joseph Ndawula, the Ugandan ambassador to Namibia but he also didn’t help them, so they decided to return back to Uganda.

    The development comes at a time when Mayiga has just issued summons to the executive members of Buganda Kingdom clan heads council.

    According to highly placed sources in the clan council, the meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday next week at Bulange building the headquarters of Buganda Kingdom.

    Even though Mayiga didn’t give the reasons why he has summoned the clan council leadership, sources claim that top on the agenda is their planned visit to Namibia to visit Kabaka and last week’s State House meeting with president Museveni.

    “When we passed a resolution in our meeting to go to Namibia to visit Kabaka, our council speaker (omutaka Austine Kizito Mutumba) pleaded with us to reverse the resolution explaining that it was going to place him in bad light before Mayiga and it is going to deepen the misunderstanding between him and his administration, but we rubbished his prayers,” a clan head said.

    He boasted that at this time, Mayiga has nothing to do because President Museveni has given them the green light and promised to coordinate the visit.

    He revealed that there are only two people who haven’t yet finalized their travel documents because they did not have passports.

    “By Thursday morning, we will be on the plane going to check on our beloved chairperson (Kabaka). Who is Mayiga to stop us from visiting Kabaka, even the president told us that he doesn’t like him and his ministers, and in Buganda kingdom, he only recognizes Kabaka, us the abataka and even informed the Nnabagereka when he met her recently,” a clan head said.

    It is not clear what mechanism Mayiga and Mutumba are going to deploy to stop clan heads from visiting Kabaka because they have been trying to frustrate them from meeting President Museveni but they overrun them.

    In the last Buganda Kingdom parliamentary session, Mayiga declined to allow the prayer made by one of the representative Professor Badru Katerega who wanted the Kingdom administration to guide those with money so that they can be allowed to go and visit Kabaka.

    Mutumba told theGrapevine that he is just a speaker of the council of Buganda Kingdom clan heads and has no power to stop them from doing whatever they think is good for their clans and Buganda Kingdom at large.

    He confirmed that he was not informed of last week’s State House meeting and he was very happy with the results of the meeting because the President agreed to help the kingdom clan heads to fight poverty among themselves and their grandchildren.

    President Museveni also promised to deploy UPDF engineering experts to help in the building of a commercial building on the land he bought for them in 2023 which is situated opposite the Bulange building.

    The president also promised to deposit Shs200m in the bataka Mutindo SACCO which they can use to fight poverty.

    However, when clan heads visited Museveni in 2023, Mayiga declared that he will not accept any person to mislead any member of the Kingdom organs with the aim of dividing Kabaka’s subjects.

    A resolution was passed in Buganda Kingdom parliament condemning the clan heads’ visit to Museveni and they were advised to apologize which they declined to do arguing that Mayiga and the Kingdom parliament don’t have such powers.

    The Clan heads insist that they are an independent organ in Buganda kingdom culture and they are the ones responsible for electing the Kabaka, thus they cannot be forced by Mayiga and his people to apologize.

    A committee chaired by Kingdom lands minister and also city commercial lawyer David Kisitu Mpanga was established by Mayiga to mediate talks between him with clan heads.

    However Isreal Kitooke Kazibwe the Kingdom spokesperson and also the minister in charge of mobilization rubbished the narrative of clan heads being independent explaining that all leadership in Buganda Kingdom are under Kabaka Mutebi and there is not independence.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    How Boyfriend, Pressure For Wedding Money Forced MP Nanyondo To Withdraw Her Signature From Censure Motion Against Mpuuga And Company…



    Bukomansimbi woman legislator Veronica Nanyondo

    Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has explained that the actions of Bukomansimbi woman legislator Veronica Nanyondo to withdraw in writing her signature from the censure motion against the four parliamentary commissioners over corruption allegations was showed that legislators don’t read.

    He revealed that the reason why he always overshadows fellow legislators on the floor of parliament and even during media talk shows is because they don’t read but just sign documents, especially when they are told that they will get allowances after signing.

    “How can a member of parliament withdraw her signature claiming that you were misled to sign, now how can you convince your voters that you are not misled to take decisions that affect them!” Ssemujju wondered.

    In her defense, Nanyondo said that the movers of the motion to impeach the commissioners used her signature from the opposition cabinet meeting and put it on the censure motion papers.

    Ssemujju noted that once a legislator appends their signature on a censure paper, he or she cannot withdraw it and Nanyondo is still taken as one of the legislators who signed the censure motion against the legislators.

    However, theGrapevine established that Nanyondo was forced by her boyfriend to withdraw the signature.

    Sources claim that Nyanyondo’s boyfriend, a one Kateregga who was a councilor for Bukomansimbi district, pleaded with Nanyondo to withdraw her signature because Mpuuga is one of their own and it will shame them to betray him.

    He alleges that Nyanyondo and her boyfriend are set to legalize their marriage in church before the end of this year and Mpuuga has already contributed Shs20m to help in the preparations of their wedding.

    Others who contributed include Annet Anita Among the speaker of parliament who contributed Shs10m.

    Sources divulged that Kateregga nowadays spendsmuch of his time in the United States of America because the couple plans on relocating to the US once this political term ends and after they legalize their marriage.

    Sources added that Nanyondo is not going to defend her position in the coming 2026 elections after realizing that the ground no longer favors her.

    Before joining politics, Nanyondo and Kateregga were running a printing business on Nasser Road in Kampala city.

    When Nanyondo contested for the first time as MP to replace her sister Suzan Namaganda, the former wife to former East African Assembly Uganda representative Fred Mukasa Mbidde, Kateregga was in charge of pinning her posters.

    theGrapevine made several phone calls to Nanyondo’s known phone numbers for a comment on the story but they all went unanswered.

    Nanyondo is among the poor performing legislators in Buganda.

    The four commissioners who in trouble are; Mathias Mpuuga the Member of Parliament for Nyendo-Mukungwe, Prossy Mbabazi Akampulira the Rubanda district legislator, Solomon Silwanyi the Bukooli Central legislator and Esther Afayochan of Zombo district woman legislator.


    By Hadijjah Namagembe


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    Stanbic Bank In Trouble, Client Petitions Court After She Was Defrauded Of Shs68m Via Flexi Pay…



    Stanbic Bank CEO Anne Jjuuko whose bank is under fire

    Nakku Joweria a resident of Kyebando has sued Stanbic Bank Uganda limited for failing in its duty of protecting her saving account leading to defrauding her of shillings 68 million which was withdrawn from her account in a period of 24 hours through Flexi pay an application she had never registered for.

    In a court case filed before the Commercial division of the High Court of Uganda and coming up for directions in the registrar Christa Namutebi’s chambers, on the 24th June, 2024 at 9:40am, Nakku Joweria through his lawyers of Kimanje Nsibambi Advocates contends that between 7th and 8th February, 2023, there was unauthorized withdrawal of 68 million shillings from her savings account No. 903000026244 via the Flexi Pay Banking, a platform of Stanbic Bank and a total of 28 unauthorized transactions were conducted by fraudsters who fraudulently accessed her account undetected by the bank.

    She questions how a savings account which had a transaction limit was significantly exceeded during the unauthorized and undetected fraudulent transactions which led to her losing her’ money.

    “Our client has been a loyal client of Stanbic bank since 2001 way before the implementation of the FlexiPay system and at no point did she sign up for or activate the flexi pay on her savings account. The 28 unauthorized withdrawals from our clients account using four unknown Airtel lines raises serious questions and/ or lapses on the part of the bank for which we hold the bank specifically liable for the loss since it was in a better position to detect and prevent this fraud had it exercised reasonable care to detect these suspicious 28 unauthorized transactions that took place within 24 hours on a savings account that was rarely operated by our client,” reads the documents in parts.

    She also questions the effectiveness of the bank’s authentication protocols with their flexi pay system, effectiveness of the transaction monitoring to the extent of allowing 28 unauthorized transactions within 24 hours using four unknown Airtel lines and significantly exceeding the account limit.

    Nakku wants court to direct Stanbic Bank to reimburse 68 million to her account that was fraudulently withdrawn and pay her the costs and damages.

    On 6th February 2023, Nakku Joweria lost her phones to the robbers on her way to work at around 9pm. She reported the incident to police at 9am and to the telecom companies on the 7th February 2023.

    However, the telecom companies MTN and Airtel couldn’t process the new simcards because she had misplaced her original National Identity card.

    The robbers used her MTN number to open up a wallet on the Flexi pay which number had four other Airtel numbers that don’t belong to her which they used to make 28 unauthorized withdraws of 68 million shillings from her Stanbic bank saving account on the 7th and 8th February in a space of only 24 hours.

    When she went to withdraw some money from her account on the 6th, March 2023 that’s when she realized that her money was fraudulently withdrawn from her account.

    She wrote to the bank manager complaining about the matter and the bank promised to do thorough investigations to reveal how the money was withdrawn by the fraudsters.

    Through her lawyers of Kimanje Nsibambi Advocates, she wrote a demand notice to Stanbic Bank manager to reimburse her money since it was their weakness and fault for failure to efficiently protect her account.

    The bank through Twine Arnold, the senior legal advisor, Risk and Dispute Management wrote back with an out of court settlement request.

    However, the bank had proposed to reimburse only 34 million out of the 68 million on the premise that the settlement shall not be taken as admission of liability by any of the parties, a proposal she rejected and instead thought for legal redress in the commercial court.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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