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    INSIDE STORY: The Power Of AAA; How CEC Bosses, NRM MPs Forced M7 To Abandon Oboth Oboth As Speaker Oulanyah’s Replacement As Intelligence Unmasks Why She Is A Threat In Succession Battle…



    Speaker Annet Anita Among (AAA)

    During the battle for speakership of the 11th parliament, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was forced to abandon Jacob Oboth Oboth who wanted to replace the late Jacob Oulanyah who died after one year in the office.

    Highly placed sources both in State House and security confirmed to theGrapevine that when Museveni mets the NRM legislators at Kololo airstrip to sell to them Oboth’s candidature, they openly told him that they are supporting Annet Anita Among (AAA) who by then was the deputy speaker of parliament.

    Sources claim that the legislators gave a condition to Museveni if they are to support his man.

    He gave them Shs100m each because they had already given their word to support AAA and she had allegedly also given them something.

    These sources add that because Museveni did not have a lot of money to pay the NRM legislators, he decided to go back to consult his party’s top organ the Central Executive Committee (CEC) for guidance but he was surprised by the response of the majority.

    “A big number of CEC members told Museveni that he cannot change the practice they have set that when the speaker leave office, the deputy takes over. Even though he tried to explain to them that AAA still needs time to gain experience to run parliament, many turned a deaf ear,” a source said.

    He added that Museveni decided to bring in Thomas Tayebwa as deputy speaker to balance the boat.

    In the 2021 speakership race, Tayebwa supported former speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga who was defeated by Oulanyah who was standing on the NRM ticket.

    Among was in Oulanyah’s camp and Museveni supported her, very sure that Oulanyah was going to teach her how to properly run parliament.

    Many thought that Museveni supported AAA because of the clandestine work she did for him and the NRM party to weaken the opposition, especially the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) where she was a member.

    However, NRM insiders maintained that the way the party CEC members behaved during the process of choosing Oulanyah’s successor sent a message to Museveni that even his top party organ was infiltrated.

    “I was not surprised when the president took all that period without meeting CEC, he is very bitter with them and I’m telling you many of them will not come back on that committee in the coming term,” a source said.

    He added that when Museveni met AAA in the final CEC meeting in State House Entebbe which gave her the green light to contest for speakership seat on NRM ticket, there was a big yellow file on his table and the president clearly warned her that she has a file on her.

    “As a parent, he advised her to be very careful when running parliament because he has information on how mafias use parliament to fuel corruption in the country.”

    Sources unveiled that when Museveni agreed with the paper presented to him to rationalize government agencies, he decided to meet NRM legislators at Kololo and plead with them to support this idea when it comes to parliament because it was passed by cabinet.

    Museveni made a strong case telling members of parliament on how the rationalisation of government agencies was going to help government cut government spending, noting that many agencies are doing the same work and giving the same services offered by government ministries.

    However, the president warned legislators that he was briefed by intelligence that some of them were bribed by the Chief Executive Officers of some of the agencies that are facing rationalisation.

    Highly placed sources in State House told theGrapevine that these legislators pocketed more than Shs100m to fight the rationalization.

    “It is not surprising that some of the opposition legislators who have been attacking Museveni and his government for wasting taxpayers money on agencies and organisation doing the same work and services also on radios, televisions and in newspapers are also protesting the move,” one government insider said.

    Sources divulged that Museveni was not surprised when he was briefed that parliament is protesting the move because he knows all the dirty deals around parliament and he has started on a big project on how to streamline and change parliament leadership.

    Museveni was briefed that contracts in parliament are given to the company that gives the highest bride to some top leaders in parliament.

    However, Museveni was advised by intelligence to be slow on his project of changing parliamentary leadership because the current Speaker AAA is still very powerful in parliament and initiating her impeachment is close to impossible.

    Museveni was told that all legislators including those in opposition are under Among’s feet.

    The President was shocked when he was briefed that many of his ministers are in AAA’s pockets.

    “You saw the number of legislators, ministers who attended her thanks giving ceremony at her home district in Bukedea, she was under pressure after being told that members of the Deep State are not happy with her. Being a calculative woman, she sensed the danger and hosted Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba to Eastern region,” a source said.

    The source added that to buy time, AAA had to organise a big gathering in Bukedea and invite Gen. Muhoozi as the guest of honour and declare that she and the people of Bukedea are supporting his plans to replace his father.

    Even though Among declared that she is supporting the Muhoozi project, members of the Deep State still held the fear that she has plans to stand in Muhoozi’s way to presidency and it is the reason why she is accumulating a lot of wealth and money which will help fuel her political ambitions.

    The sources further claim that Museveni was briefed that Among’s wealth is soon doubling that of the former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi.

    Joseph Tamale Mirundi the Senior Presidential Advisor on media said that after Mbabazi’s money was frozen during his 2016 battle with Museveni, he pleaded with him that he was ready to pull out of the 2016 presidential campaign but a furious Museveni told him that since he decided to stand against him, let him conclude the race.

    A desperate Mbabazi decided to remain in the presidential race without money to use in the campaign and it is the reason he abandoned plans to hold campaigns in some areas.

    State House insiders have told theGrapevine that Museveni has already been advised to trim AAA’s wings very early and the process has started.

    These insiders contend that apart from controlling parliament and part of the executive, AAA had started penetrating the judiciary and theGrapevine can reliably report that an intelligence team has started profiling Justices and judges who are dancing to her tune.

    “You know very well that Justices of the Supreme Court and those in the Court of Appeal have started lobbying for the positions of Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice because Justice Richard Butera the Deputy Chief justice and his boss Justice Owiny Dollo are retiring in 2025-2026 respectively. AAA has branded herself already as a wire-puller when it comes to who takes over the two offices but the good or bad thing is that the big man has already been briefed on the same,” the insider revealed.

    Sources said that even though AAA and her henchman Joseph Sabiti, a celebrated journalist, declared that parliament is going to be under her control for the next 20 years, plans are ongoing to make sure that this dream does not go beyond 2026.

    Museveni is also not happy with Tayebwa for sleeping on the job.

    Dr. Spire Ssentongo has started a war on social media to expose corruption, abuse of office and other criminalities going on in parliament under the leadership of Among and Tayebwa.

    As a result, National Unity Platform (NUP) maverick party President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) asked his deputy president in charge of Buganda to resign as parliamentary commissioner after he admitted that he was awarded with Shs500m thanking him for his good service as the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP).

    Even though Bobi Wine maintains that this was a bribe, Mpuuga claims that the money was legally given to him.

    Mpuuga protested the move to resign boasting that he did not commit any offence.

    He further disclosed that Bobi Wine and his group are just character assassinating him fearing that he is going to contest for the slot of a party president.


    By Hadijah Namagembe



    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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