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INSIDE STORY: Top Army Generals Cited In Assassination Attempt On Land Probe Boss Bamugemereire On Friday

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There was tension, panic and fear among the family members of Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the chairperson of the commission of inquiry into land matters and her husband George Bamugemereire, the deputy Inspector General of Government, when assassins attempted to attack them at their home in Buziga, Makindye Division on Friday.

“It’s is true, it happened between 2:00am and 4:00am. Police at my home coked guns and I think that stopped the assailants from continuing with their move,” a shocked Bamugemereire was heard briefing one of her fellow land probe commissioners on phone.  Multiple credible sources among Bamugemereire’s sharp shooters told the Grapevine that the incident happened on Friday when strangers stormed the judge’s gate which prompted dogs to bark and the sensor lights to go on, this alerted Bamugemereire’s security. They quickly coached their guns and took position.

After securing the place, they decided to come out of the gate, “Two men on boda bodas were parked a hundred meters from the main gate, when they saw us, they immediately drove at a very high speed,” one of Bamugemereire’s sharp shooters told the Grapevine. In the morning, Bamugemereire was briefed by security about the incident and she told them to go and open a police case at Bunga police post. Bamugemereire’s attempted attack comes at a time when she is in bad books with top security and government officers.

Among the officials who are in bad books with Bamugemereire include: Depuy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana, lands and housing minister Betty Amongi, her state minister Persis Namuganza, Charles Bakabulindi, Reserve force command Charles Owanyi Otema, Hillary Onek and others.

Justice Bamugemereire was recently quoted warning that her life and the lives of other commissioners was in danger and they were receiving threatening messages.

GENERALS CITED IN BAMUGEMEIRE’S ATTACKER

Sources within Bamugemereire’s security confirmed to this website that there are top UPDF Generals and government officers who are bitter with the land probe boss over her recent investigations into fraudulent grabbing of public land in Kayuga district. 

Residents of Ggaliraya and Bbale sub-counties in Kayunga told justice Bamugemereire’s team that there are top government officers and army generals who grabbed Bajjo, Wamale and Kiula forestry reserves.

Residents also gave the commission evidence of phone numbers of officers who have been threatening them not to follow up the case.

Sources further revealed that the commission investigators investigated the telephone numbers given to them as evidence and discovered that the owners are from State House. Kayunga is one of the top districts with rampant land grabbing done by top government officials. Kayunga Woman Member of Parliament who also doubles as the state minister for IT Aidah Nantaba stated that she survived a number of attempts on her life. She said that she suspects some top army and government officials want her dead because she has resisted and fought land grabbing in the area.

By Jamil Lutakome

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Cranes Top Supporter Uncle Money Remanded For Killing City Businessman

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Uganda Cranes number one supporter Jackson Sewanyana alias Uncle Money has been charged and remanded to Luzira prison over the murder of a city businessman. 

Buganda road court magistrate Miriam Ayo Okello charged Sewanyana who also doubles as the Kasubi zone IV Vice Chairperson and Benson Senyonga, his defense secretary with manslaughter.

According to the charge sheet, the accused together with others at large on 16/08 this year killed Siraja Akim Tumusiime a city businessman.

Tumusiime, a phone dealer at Mutasa Kafeero plaza was called by Uncle Money to buy their phones. When the deceased met them at Kasubi, uncle money grabbed him by the neck to forced him into a valley while warning him that he was going to be killed. 

Abdul Mulembe, a brother to the deceased told this website that he followed uncle money with his brother until they warned him to stop following them, he feared and backed off.

He said that when Uncle Money murdered the deceased, he dumped the body at Mulago mortuary where the family picked it from.

The case was adjourned to 1/10/2019.

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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FINDING NAGIRINYA’S KILLERS: CID Detectives On Late Nagirinya’s Murder Case Interrogate Family Members As CMI Dispatches Deadly Operatives To Hunt For Killers…

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Top detectives who are on the task of unmasking the assailants who kidnaped and later murdered Maria Nagirinya, a project manager with Community Integrated Development Initiative (CIDI), a non-governmental organization based in Muyenga Kampala and her driver Ronald Kitayimbwa have continued to interrogate her close family members.

Sources in police homicide division have told the Grapevine that among the people who were grilled are those who were with the deceased on the last day when he was kidnapped. It’s should be remembered that on the day she was kidnapped, Nagirinya spent the later hours at the home of Sylvia Nakayenga, commonly known as Maama Vienney in Nalumunye Jomayi Estate in Kyengera town council.

Nakayenga is a city businesswoman and a close friend to Mzee Francis  Lubowa, a seasoned politician and the father to late Nagirinya. Detectives on the investigating team revealed that Nagirinya always visited Nakayenga whenever she wanted to booze and detectives wanted to know whether she told Nakayenga anything before leaving in the late hours.

Lawrence Kitayimbwa’s brother told this reporter that it was Nakayenga who called his brother to go and pick the drunk Nagirinya from her home. When contacted to confirm Lawrence’s statements, Charles Twine the spokesperson of the directorate of Criminal Intelligence Directorate said that the detectives are tirelessly working and they will leave no stone unturned. He confirmed that they have interrogated a number of people including family members but he refused to reveal their names.

Atwine told the Grapevine that if they reveal the names of the people they have interrogated, it will create enmity and divisions among the family members because they will start pointing fingers at each other.

He told us that they are also trying to protect the people who are helping the detectives in investigating the matter because they are all potential witnesses in court and they fear exposing them. When we asked Atwine to confirm our source’s information that the detectives who are investigating this murder have been joined by other from other intelligent agencies like Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), he said that they are working with a number of combative and non-combative detectives to reach the killers.

Efforts to speak to Brigadier Richard Kalemire were futile since he has been not picking our calls.

By Jamil Lutakome

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FINDING NAGIRINYA’S KILLER: The Man Looks Like Criminal Turned Security Informer Sobi – Ugandans Weigh In On Police CCTV Footage Of Suspect…

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As the search for the killers of Ms. Mariam Nagirinya and her driver Mr. Kitayimbwa continues, Ugandans have weighed in on the man in the video that was circulated yesterday, of the man who allegedly kidnapped her.

Yesterday, the police Deputy Press and Public Relations Officer, ACP Polly Namaye released a statement asking the public to help them identify the man who was driving the deceased’s vehicle minutes after her kidnap in the CCTV footage they released.

Namaye wrote, “The Uganda Police Force and sister security agencies have retrieved CCTV images showing incidents that occurred prior to and after the kidnapping of Ms Nagirinya Mariam and her driver Mr. Kitayimbwa Ronald on 28th August 2019. This is therefore to appeal to members of the public, and to any other person(s) who have useful information, leading to the arrest of this suspect in the pictures to contact the nearest Police station or call telephone numbers: 0714667793/ 0714668079/0714668105or toll free 0800909990/ 800121222. A BIG REWARD AWAITS.”

Since yesterday, Ugandans have been scratching their heads in a bid to help police identify the man in the CCTV footage, by morning today, a look-a-like had surfaced and it is the serial criminal turned security informer Paddy Sserunjoji alias Sobi. Here are some of the comments from Ugandans:

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