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    INSIDE STORY: How Sheikh Ndirangwa Resigned To Avoid Impeachment Over Underground Deals With M7, Why Prince Nakibinge Pushed Him To The Wall….

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    Prince Dr. Kassim Nakibinge (R) Sheikh Kasule Ndirangwa (L)

    Yesterday, Sheikh Kasule Ndirangwa verbally announced his resignation as the Supreme Mufti of Kibuli-based Muslim faction with immediate effect.

    Ndirangwa was appointed Supreme Mufti of the Kibuli-based Muslim faction on December, 16, 2015, replacing Sheikh Zubairi Kayongo who died in April 2014. Mahmoud Kibaate and Sheikh Habib Kabasa have been his deputies.

    Our earlier report indicated that Ndirangwa’s abrupt resignation was prompted by endless fights within the Kibuli establishment.

    theGrapevine has further established that it was a very well calculated move by the embattled Sheikh to resign from his position as the Supreme Mufti to save his dignity and keep his curriculum vitae clean as a Muslim scholar.

    Sheikh Ndirangwa’s resignation news broke at 9:40PM, and his decision was televised live from Masengere building which houses Buganda’s Central Broadcast Service (CBS) radio and Buganda Broadcasting Services (BBS TV).

    In his resignation message which was not written, Sheikh Ndirangwa said that it was infighting that forced him to resign.

    “I would like to tell you that I am no longer going to serve Islam as leader. I have resigned as the Supreme Mufti of Uganda. I have taken the decision for the good of Islam. I have resigned to keep Islam in peace because I am sure that Islam is bigger than me as an individual,” Ndirangwa said.

    In his words, the soft-spoken Muslim scholar from Bukomansimbi district added,” To maintain peace within the religion, I have decided to step down because I won’t keep on fighting with fellow Sheikhs in Islam all the time. I am sure that there are those who can serve better than me. So let me give them the room to serve Islam and perhaps accomplish what I might have not finished during my reign.”

    The former Kampala district Khadhi said, “I thank Almighty Allah for giving me a chance to serve the Muslim community and I am glad that I have done my part. I also take this opportunity to thank those who have been working with me, especially the district Khadi’s from different parts of the country.”

    Ndirangwa was announced as the Supreme Mufti by late Sheikh Anas Kariisa on behalf of the eminent Sheikhs after the death of Sheikh Zubair Kayongo, the first Supreme Mufti in 2015, deputized by Sheikh Muhamood Kibatte and Sheikh Habib Kabasa as the second deputy Supreme Mufti.

    NDIRANGWA HASTILY RESIGNED TO AVOID THE EMBARRASSMENT OF IMPEACHMENT

    Multiple credible sources in the office of the Supreme Mufti have revealed that there was a deadly move orchestrated by top prominent Sheikhs and district Khadis to impeach Ndirangwa over incompetence and abuse of office. One of the sources told theGrapevine that when Ndirangwa was was tipped on the deadly move, he consulted a number of his confidants including his family members who advised him to throw in the towel because even prince Dr. Kassim Nakibinge, the titular head of the Islam faith in Uganda was not on his side.

    Hajji Ntale hastily mobilized a few journalists and told those who were far to jump on  boda bodas to Masengere where the supreme mufti was going to make a landmark announcement.

    “Even his demeanour was telling a lot, he was panicking, he was not reading from anywhere, he wanted to tell the public that he has resigned so as to silence the deadly impeachment plot against him,” the source said.

    NDIRANGWA’S TROUBLES STARTED WITH MBABAZI

    Sheikh Ndirangwa occupied the office of the Supreme Mufti during the 2016 presidential campaign battle between president Yoweri Museveni of the NRM and John Patrick Amama Mbabazi who stood on the Go Forward ticket.

    Both presidential candidates were fighting for Kibuli Muslims’ votes since it was very clear that Old Kampala faction, which is headed by sheikh Ramathan Mubajje was behind Museveni.

    Prince Nakibinge invited Mbabazi and Museveni, who was always represented by the government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa and announced publicly that Kibuli would not publicly side with any of them.

    Museveni’s team quckly started strategizing on how to defeat Mbabazi from Kibuli.

    Credible sources intimated to theGrapevine that after investigating, Ndirangwa, secretly went with controversial Sheikh Kamulegeya to meet Museveni at State House-Entebbe without informing his boss Prince Nakibinge.

    Our source further revealed that Prince Nakibinge only learnt about the development in the news when State House leaked photos of Sheikh Ndirangwa and Kamulegeya meeting Museveni.

    Another source intimated to theGrapevine that Ndirangwa apologised arguing that his meeting with the president was purely faith based not political.

    He maintained that his discussion with the president was solely about how to develop the Muslim community in the country.

    Another source however explained that both Ndirangwa and Kamulegeya pocketed fat envelopes which later led to a misunderstanding between the two top Sheikhs.

    Eventually Sheikh Kamulegeya left Kibuli and even stopped pledging allegiance to Prince Nakibinge. theGrapevine has learnt that Prince Nakibinge was very bitter with the two because he felt betrayed, but the matter was temporarily settled when two top Sheikhs together with the late Kariisa, late Musa Katongole and the late Muzaata Batte intervened.

    M7’S MULTI BILLION DEAL THAT BROUGHT NDIRANGWA TROUBLE

    Towards the 2016 general elections, Museveni awarded Sheikh Ndirangwa’s Saudi Arabia-bound pilgrimage company a multi-billion deal.

    Safa and Marwa Company was given billions of shillings to facilitate a trip of over 1000 pilgrims which also created a sharp division amongst Ndirangwa and other top Sheikhs, they felt it was unfair that such a big deal was only given to Ndirangwa and other travel companies were sidelined.

    BOBI WINE SPOILS THE BROTH

    During his political consultations, National Unity Platform (NUP) principal and former presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine publicly met Kibuli leadership led by prince Nakibinge to mobilise for support.

    He even started attending several Kibuli functions something that sent Museveni camp in panic.

    Sources revealed to theGrapevine that Museveni was then prompted to secretly meet Ndirangwa again without the knowledge of Prince Nakibinge and other officials in the supreme Mufti’s office.

    According to a source privy to the details of the meeting, Ndirangwa requested for cars to help ease transportation of districts Khadis.

    The source said that Museveni directed that Kibuli be given 11 cars, a promise which was implemented before the general campaigns for presidency.

    M7’S CARS TROUBLED NDIRANGWA

    When the cars touched base at Kibuli, a bitter Prince Nakibinge questioned the intention behind the donation and the beneficiaries.

    The source narrated that Prince Nakibinge directed that the said cars be taken to Hotel Africana and be parked there until all his question regarding the cars were answered.

    The source added that Prince Nakibinge told Ndirangwa that the donation was going to put the Kibuli Muslim faction in bad light because the public would easily take the donation for a bribe by Museveni to vote against their “own son” Bobi Wine.

    Inside sources intimated that since then, cliques were formed among the top leaders between those supporting Ndirangwa (most of who were beneficiaries of the cars) and those supporting Prince Nakibinge.

    Ndirangwa was then branded a Museveni mole.

    M7 PRESSURISED NDIRANGWA OVER CARS

    A source said that Museveni through Lt. Gen. Proscovia Nalweyiso, the senior presidential advisor on security pressurised Sheikh Ndirangwa to reveal when he would deliver the cars to the owners.

    theGrapevine has learnt that Museveni clearly wanted the cars to be given to the beneficiaries before the presidential elections which was not done. Under immense pressure, Ndirangwa made an effort to explain that they were waiting for Nakibinge to give them the green light.

    A source intimated to theGrapevine that two weeks back, Lt. Gen. Nalweyiso phoned Ndirangwa and asked him why the cars were not given to the rightful owners.

    She made it clear to him that the president wanted to calm a storm by donating these cars that is why he  wanted the cars to be given to the owners before the end of March.

    Ndirangwa apparently ran into panic mode after Nalweyiso’s phone call to him.

    Hastily, without informing his team and Prince Nakibinge, Ndirangwa organised a ceremony and the cars were given to the beneficiaries.

    He assured those who missed out that the president was going to give them more cars soon.

    Our source revealed that those Sheikhs who missed out started backbiting Ndirangwa, accusing him of “eating their money” which they speculated was given to them by the president, they even reported him to the Prince.

    The Prince was very bitter with Ndirangwa and immediately asked Sheikh Muhammad Lunanoba, the head of eminent Sheikhs to take action against Ndirangwa.

    Upon realising that things had gone bad Ndirangwa rushed to resign before he could be shown the exit.

    WHAT NEXT FOR NDIRANGWA?

    When theGrapevine talked to Sheikh Twaha Mubiru, the deputy general secretary of the office of the Supreme Mufti today, he revealed that the council of eminent sheikhs is going to sit and pave a way forward following Ndirangwa’s abrupt resignation.

    “The resignation was abrupt and we shall communicate our decision in a few hours,” Mubiru said.

    However, other sources revealed that Ndirangwa’s resignation was a result of incompetence, citing that he didn’t follow the rightful procedure, which includes informing the council of eminent Sheikhs.

    “He was not appointed by the media, we have not yet received his resignation letter, we don’t know what he wanted to achieve by not following the rightful procedure,” an insider said.

    He added that as per now, the office of the Supreme Mufti is being run by Sheikh Muhammod Kibatte the Deputy Supreme Mufti.

    NDIRANGWA TIPPED FOR MINISTERIAL JOB

    However, a source in Ndirangwa’s camp intimated to theGrapevine that their man is likely to eat big in president Museveni’s next cabinet. The same source revealed that Ndirangwa is tipped to be appointed a Minister, an ambassador or a senior advisor to the president.

    If Ndirangwa is appointed minister, he would not be the first religious leader to be a minister, Fr. Simon Lokodo is currently a Minister in Museveni’s government.

     

    By Alirabaki Sengooba

     

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    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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    You Will Hide, Run Until You Cannot Sustain Your Lie – Parliament Boss Obore In War Of Words With Journalist Who Leaked Speakers’ Car Documents…

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    Chris Obore (R) and Agather Atuhaire (L)

    The director of communications at Parliament, Chris Obore has responded to Civic Space TV journalist, Agather Atuhaire who says that her life is in danger after exposing documents showing the purchase of luxury cars for the Speaker and her deputy.

    Through her social media platforms, Atuhaire broke the story of how Parliament planned and executed the procurement of luxury cars for Speaker Anita Among and her deputy Thomas Tayebwa.

    Atuhaire, through a Twitter Space hosted by the African Institute for Investigative Journalism (AIIJ), which is owned by renowned journalist Solomon Sserwanja, says her life is in danger, and she is now in hiding.

    “After breaking the story, I got information from my sources at Parliament saying that I could be in danger and that they were trying to find out how I got the information,” Atuhaire said.

    “Many of them could not even talk to me over the phone, they came in person and told me that they were looking for something that they could use against me,” she added.

    She further noted that she felt threatened and to make matter worse, she was being addressed informally.

    “My team sent a letter to Parliament to inform them that I am available if they want to question me, but the letter has since gone unanswered,” she explained.

    However, Obore told Atuhaire that parliament as as an institution does not respond to a journalist whose desire is to seek attention.

    “She will hide herself, run and run. Talk about being threatened. Get nice comments on social media. Until she cannot sustain the lie and life moves on,” Obore said.

    Atuhaire warned Obore to stop maligning her behind her back.

    She shared some messages from Obore allegedly telling some people that she wants money from NGOs, that is why she is concocting the harassment narrative.

    “Agarther came to the Speaker looking for a job. She was told the existing jobs were for PAs only. She also wanted the Speaker to compel LDC to graduate her. She flatly said she had no powers. Later agarther speaks like she is the Angel. Let her not force us to speak what we don’t want to. We have cctv cameras at parliament. Tell Agather not to look for limelight as a journalist,” some of the messages that Agather shared allegedly from Obore read.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    MPs Ssegirinya And Ssewanyana Lawyers To Run To Constitutional Court For Interpretation On Right To Bail…

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    MPs Muhammad Ssegirinya (R) and Allan Sewanyana (L)

    The Court of Appeal today dismissed the petition filed by Kawempe North Legislator Muhammad Ssegirinya and Makindye West legislator, Allan Sewanyana challenging the High Court decision to deny them bail.

    Court of Appeal Justices Cheborion Barishaki, Christopher Madrama and Eva Luswata declined to hear the duo’s argument on their constitutional right to bail, arguing that the MPs are barred by law pending their trial on charges of murder

    During court, the state reasoned that the bail granted to the two legislators has not been violated because they are in prison in regards to another case in which they were denied bail by the Masaka High Court.

    They further noted that it makes no sense to have the two MPs released based on the file where they were granted bail by the Masaka High Court yet there is another file where court declined to grant bail.

    They divulged that this would mean they will be re-arrested over the other case file where they were not granted bail.

    After the ruling, Shamim Malende, the lawyer representing the jailed legislators said that her legal team is going to the Constitutional Court for interpretation of Articles 28(3) (a) and 23 on the right to liberty and presumption of innocence.

    The international crimes division also refused to grant them bail saying they are in lawful custody and have pending charges but the court however condemned how they were arrested.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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