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    INSIDE STORY: Why Bobi Wine Decided To Hide Plans To Buy Land For New NUP Headquarters; Inside Party’s NEC Meeting Where He Let Cat Out Of The Bag…



    Bobi Wine unveiling the new party headquarters

    Members who sit on the National Executive Committee (NEC) of National Unity Platform (NUP) party were surprised to be informed that their party had bought land that was going to house the new party headquarters in Makerere Kavule, a Kampala city suburb.

    Multiple credible sources revealed to theGrapevine that in the evening of Sunday 10th July, 2022, David Lewis Rubongoya, NUP’s Secretary General summoned NEC members for an emergency meeting at the home of the party president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine in Magere, Wakiso district.

    Sources revealed that during the meeting, which lasted for about one hour, Bobi Wine surprised the members by telling them that, “We are sorry to call you at this time for an emergency meeting, but God is good and I wish to inform you that we have got new party headquarters.”

    After the announcement, one by one, the members started asking Bobi Wine what had happened to their Kamwokya home.

    He informed them that Kamwokya will remain their home but they had to get a bigger place as the party headquarters.

    Bobi Wine told the members who included the leader of Opposition in Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba that their new headquarters were going to be publicly revealed on Tuesday (last week).

    Joel Ssenyonyi and Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro, NUP’s spokesperson and deputy respectively were directed to mobilize the media for an emergency press conference which was done without revealing the place where the press conference was going to take place.

    The press also got to know about the new place when they reached Kamwokya.

    Sources disclosed that the idea of buying land for new party headquarters was brought by Bobi Wine.

    He strategized with his deep state who included; his close friend Ali Buken alias Nubian Li, his wife Barbra Kyagulanyi, Mityana Municipality legislator Francis Butebi Zaake, Joel Ssenyonyi, Alex Mufumbiro, his brother Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu, his lawyer Benjamin Katana, the NUP Treasurer and the Secretary General Lewis Rubongoya.

    “By the time he traveled abroad this last time, the deal was almost done and the few things that were remaining were finalised by Rubongoya and Katana,” a source in NUP said.

    However, during one of the meetings to select the area where they had to search for land to house the new party headquarters, there was a heated debate on the suitable place with some NUP deep state members suggesting to buy land in elite places of Kololo, Bugolobi, Naguru, Ntinda and Nakasero.

    They argued that when their headquarter is built in such places they will attract the elite class.

    They further argued that many elites and international people have been finding it hard to cooperate with them and visit them in Kamwokya because they consider it to be a ghetto.

    However, they were over ruled by Bobi Wine and Mufumbiro who insisted that the new party base should be established in a ghetto place like Kamwokya, and that’s when they started looking for land in places of Kamwokya, Bwaise, Katwe, Mengo, Lubaga, Makerere, Kyebando and Kyanja.

    “You know our president is very connected with ghetto people, he wanted to be closer to them because they have been with him all this time. Many have even lost their loved ones because of him, so he cannot forget them,” a source said.

    When we asked some NUP insiders about the source of the money used to buy the land for the new party headquarter, one of them revealed that they toped up on the balance which their supporters contributed during Bobi Wine’s 2021 presidential campaign.

    He explained that this money was contributed by supporters in the diaspora and those in Uganda.

    When we asked about the actual cost of the land, another insider revealed that the land was bought between Shs.1.2 – 5bn.

    When we looked for a member close to Bobi Wine to substantiate on the scanty details of the new party headquarters, Julius Katongole, one of Bobi Wine’s assistants disclosed, “Our people should trust our principal, let them leave the issues of building NUP’s new home to him.”

    Sources said that Bobi Wine doesn’t trust some of his top party leaders with his secrets because he knows very well that many of them were infiltrated by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s intelligence system.

    One source added that Bobi Wine lost even the little trust he still had in a few party legislators when they rubbished his orders to return the Shs.40m alleged bribe.

    “Even on that day when he briefed NEC concerning the new headquarter, Bobi Wine was very bitter with LOP Mpuuga because he assigned him a task of rallying his people to return the Shs.40m but they refused. Mpuuga even tried to explain to the meeting but the principal seemed not to be satisfied with his explanation,” a source said.

    Another source added that Bobi Wine is set to tour the country and he is going to rally the electorate to deal with legislators took what NUP termed as a bribe from President Museveni’s government.

    Commenting on the matter of Shs40m, Mpuuga said that his party legislators are mature people who have free will to decide on what to do, and when they decided to pick the alleged Shs.40m cash, and refused to return it, it was their decision, so he was not ready to force them.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki



    Angels Of Death Strike, Take Two Of Uganda’s VIPs In 2023 Opener



    Two of Uganda’s Very Important Persons have Monday died.

    National Unity Platform’s parliamentary flag bearer in the last year’s Omoro County by-elections, Simon Toolit Aketcha is dead.

    Toolit, died on Monday morning.

    The news of his death was confirmed by Omoro county MP Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    “It is a dark day in Omoro! We have lost one of our gallant sons and former MP, Hon. Simon Toolit Akecha! Hon. Toolit was the MP for Omoro County between 2006 & 2011 and was a candidate in recent by-elections. May his soul rest in eternal peace!” OJok tweeted.

    Toolit put up stiff political resistance against the late Jacob Oulanyah before also competing against his son Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    Toolit will be remembered as a candidate to have competed against the Oulanyah’s while holding the flag for two different parties for under ten years.

    In 2016, Toolit, then a candidate of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) contested against NRM’s Jacob Oulanyah and polled 6,823 votes against the latter’s 8,218 votes.

    In the same manner, Uganda’s high commissioner to Kenya and Seychelles, Dr Hassan Galiwango, has died.

    Galiwango died Monday morning at Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted.

    The late was the husband to Mbale City Woman Member of Parliament, Connie Nakayeze Galiwango.

    President Museveni appointed Galiwango as the high commissioner to Kenya in October 2020.

    Galiwango was also the former long serving director of finance and administration at the NRM secretariat at the time of his ambassadorial appointment. Ms Medina Naham, the NRM party chairperson of Koboko District, replaced him at the secretariat.

    The cause of his death is yet to be communicated by the government.

    Last year, Bank of Uganda governor prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah and Gen. Elly Tumwine among other VIPs died.



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    Five Dead As Bomb Goes Off In Church Near DRC, Uganda Border 



    A bomb killed at least five people on Sunday after detonating in a church in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said.

    Details of the attack remain hazy, but military spokesman Antony Mualushayi said the “terrorist act” happened in a Pentecostal church in North Kivu province’s Kasindi, a town on the border with Uganda.

    Mualushayi later told reporters that at least five bodies had been taken to the morgue following the blast, in what he called a provisional death toll.

    Joel Kitausa, a local civil society figure, put the death toll at eight and said 27 other people had been wounded.

    AFP was unable to independently confirm the toll.

    It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. Mualushayi said that one suspect — a Kenyan — had been arrested.

    The DRC’s communications ministry said on social media that the attack was apparently carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group.

    The ADF — which the Islamic State group claims as its affiliate in Central Africa — is active in the Kasindi area.

    It has been accused of slaughtering thousands of Congolese civilians and carrying out bomb attacks in Uganda.

    The ADF has planted bombs in towns in North Kivu in the past.

    Since 2021 a joint Congolese-Ugandan military operation has been targeting the ADF in North Kivu and neighbouring Ituri province.

    Over 120 armed groups roam mineral-rich eastern DRC, many of which are the legacy of regional wars that flared at the turn of the 21st century.

    Source: AFP


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    Nepal Crash: Dozens Killed As Plane Crashes Near Pokhara Airport



    Dozens of people have been killed after a plane with 72 people on board crashed near an airport in central Nepal.

    The Yeti Airlines flight from Kathmandu to the tourist town of Pokhara crashed on landing before catching fire.

    Videos posted on social media show an aircraft flying low over a populated area before banking sharply.

    At least 68 people are confirmed to have died, officials said. Several critically injured survivors were taken to hospital, unconfirmed reports said.

    Local resident Deeveta Kal told the BBC how she rushed to the crash site after seeing the aircraft plunge from the sky shortly after 11:00am local time (05:15 GMT).

    “By the time I was there the crash site was already crowded. There was huge smoke coming from the flames of the plane. And then helicopters came over in no time,” she said.

    “The pilot tried his best to not hit civilisation or any home,” Deevta Kal added. “There was a small space right beside the Seti River and the flight hit the ground in that small space.”

    The flight set out with 68 passengers on board, including at least 15 foreign nationals, and four crew members.

    According to flight tracking website Flightradar24, the 15-year-old twin-engine ATR 72 stopped transmitting position data at 05:05 GMT and the last signal from the aircraft was received at 05:12.

    Hundreds of Nepalese soldiers were involved in the operation at the crash site in the gorge of the Seti, just one and a half kilometres from the airport.

    The search operation has been suspended for the day, officials say.

    Video taken where the plane came down showed thick billowing black smoke and burning debris.

    “We expect to recover more bodies,” an army spokesman told Reuters, saying the plane “has broken into pieces”.

    Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal called an emergency meeting of his cabinet and urged state agencies to work on rescue operations. A panel to investigate the cause of the crash has been set up.

    Of the passengers, 53 are said to be Nepalese. There were five Indian, four Russians and two Koreans on the plane. There was also one passenger each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina and France among others.

    Aviation accidents are not uncommon in Nepal, often due to its remote runways and sudden weather changes that can make for hazardous conditions.

    A Tara Air plane crashed in May 2022 in the northern Nepalese district of Mustang, killing 22 people.

    In early 2018, 51 people were killed when a US-Bangla flight travelling from Dhaka in Bangladesh caught fire as it landed in Kathmandu.

    The European Union has banned Nepalese airlines from its airspace over concerns about training and maintenance standards in the country’s aviation industry.

    Source: BBC


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