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    INSIDE STORY: Why Former LoP Mpuuga Stayed As NUP Top Leader; Fight Intensifies Within NUP To Save Party From Turning Into A Family Affair…

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    L-R: Kyagulanyi's brother chairman Nyanzi, MP Mathias Mpuuga and Bobi Wine

    Edward Sansa Luwaga a city lawyer and also a celebrated Masaka region politician has warned National Unity Platform (NUP) Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) that if he doesn’t stop his family from controlling the party, he will end up in President Yoweri Museveni’s situation.

    Luwaga explained that Museveni started showing that his family members influenced his going to the bush in 1980-86 liberation war through his Sowing the Mustard Seed book when he indicated that all the victorious roles in the war were played by himself or his young brother Gen. Salim.

    “Now Gen. Saleh is like the country’s vice president taking serious decision which would have been taken by the vice president, when one reaches at a function where there is a vice president and Gen. Saleh, all government officials will fight to reach out and greet Gen. Saleh not the vice president and when I critically look at what is happeining in NUP, Bobi Wine is planting the same seeds,” Luwaga said when he appeared on CBS radio.

    He insist that Bobi Wine is preparing his elder brother Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu (Chairman Nyanzi) to be NUP’s Gen. Saleh once they take over power and it is the very reason why he rubbished orders issued by the party’s vice president in charge of Buganda Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba.

    Recently, Mpuuga stopped NUP’s political mobilization campaign dubbed ‘KUNGA’ in Masaka region and explained that there are things he needs to first study as a leader and give guidance.

    Nyanzi then blasted Mpuuga telling him that he doesn’t have powers to stop KUNGA boasting that Bobi Wine is the only person who can do so.

    He then directed NUP people in Masaka to proceed with the mobilization.

    Even though Bobi Wine has not yet made any comment on the matter, Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona who is Mpuuga’s longtime friend confirmed that there are ongoing talks between Bobi Wine and Mpuuga and they will come up with a joint communication.

    He insists that whatever Mpuuga is doing is in his line of work.

    He warned some goons who claim to be NUP members to stop humiliating Mpuuga by abusing him on social media because he has invested a lot in building his leadership career to reach where he is.

    He added that Buganda will not look on and allow some people to undermine a person he branded as a mature leader.

    Highly placed sources in NUP told theGrapevine that Bobi Wine as a person might not have any big problem with Mpuuga but his family members are very scared of his political leadership style and his contemporaries from DP Bloc.

    Sources revealed that a person like Nyanzi was not happy with Mpuuga’s plans of building party structures to run the party that is why he wanted everything in the party to be decided at the party headquarters.

    “Mpuuga and team wanted the party structure to decide who to be given a party flag in the 2026 general elections but Nyanzi wanted Mercy Walukamba’s electoral commission to decide at the party headquarters on who will be given the flag,” a source said.

    He added that Mpuuga thought that when the issue of who would get the party flag come 2026 remains at the headquarters, many of their people would lose in favor of the grassroots youths mobilizers (alias foot soldiers).

    Others think that getting a party flag will cost them a lot of money as it was in 2021, where people close to Bobi Wine and his family members pocketed millions of shillings from inspiring candidates and those with little or no money were left behind.

    NUP insiders disclosed that some aspiring candidates especially women who didn’t have money paid through giving sex to some party leaders.

    This is all known by Mpuuga and his colleagues who want to make sure that such a scenario doesn’t happen again.

    Insiders allege that those who solicited money from aspiring candidates have used the money to build mansions even though they don’t have any well-paying job they are currently doing.

    “They have built big houses, bought buildings, taken their children to international schools but when you ask them their jobs, they will tell you that they are in Bobi Wine’s security, others will tell you they are business people. Bobi Wine should sort out this ticket issue otherwise our party will lose its credibility,” one insider said.

    Former Kawempe South Member of Parliament Mubrak Munyagwa claims that there are people taking gossip to Bobi Wine that Mpuuga wants his office as the party president with plans to contest against him in 2026 and these people are advising him to drop him as his vice president in charge of Buganda.

    Sources said that by the time Mpuuga came out and stopped KUNGA, there was a clandestine plan to replace him with Masaka city mayor Florence Namayanja Mukasa who is currently being accused of funding a one Alice Nannungi unseat Mpuuga as Nyendo-Mukungwe Member of Parliament come 2026.

    Other sources withing NUP told theGrapevine that even Barbra Itungo Kyagulanyi, the wife to Bobi Wine is also not happy with Mpuuga who he accusses of fueling the dismissal of her sister Brenda Kejagye Kabwiso who was working as a Policy Analyst in the office of the Leader of Opposition.

    After appointing Mpuuga as Leader of opposition in parliament, sources claim that Bobi Wine pleaded with Mpuuga to help Brenda get a well-paying job in parliament.

    By then, Kabwiso was working under her sister in her Caring Hearts, a Non-Government Organisation (NGO).

    Sources said that Barbie thought that once Joel Ssenyonyi takes over the Office of the Leader of Opposition, he was going to help Kabwiso get back the juicy job but she was surprised when Adolf Mwesigye, the Clerk to parliament issued a directive that all jobs in parliament should be given following public service guideline and Ssenyonyi was not given the opportunity to choose who to work with in his office as it was done with Mpuuga.

    Sources added that there are invisible forces fighting to make sure that Ssenyonyi fails as the Leader of Opposition in Parliament and these forces have been frustrating the work of the shadow cabinet.

    Whenever he summons the shadow cabinet meeting, the quorum is not raised.

    Mityana Municipality legislator Francis Butebi Zaake is also grumbling quetly.

    He accuses fellow opposition legislators of fighting him because of his friendship with Bobi Wine and he alleges that he has been frustrated since his appointment as the deputy opposition chief whip.

    Annet Anita Among the speaker of parliament revealed that in parliament, there is no position of the deputy opposition chief whip.

    She laughed at Zaake that Bobi Wine gave him air.

    Zaake was angry at Bobi Wine for taking away his position as the Commissioner of parliament and giving it to Mpuuga as a consolation for losing the office of the Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

    Zaake said explained that he put up a spirited fight to save his office and even succeeded at the Constitutional Court, and even though the Attorney General appealed to the Supreme Court, chances are high that he is going to win there also.

    He told Bobi Wine that giving his job to Mpuuga is going to turn his appeal academic.

    However, Bobi Wine consoled him with the office of the deputy opposition whip and the shadow minister for presidency and security.

    Recently, Zaake alleged that his life was in danger after getting information that there are bad people who want him dead.

    In the course of investigating this story, one of his assistants told theGrapevine that there are even his fellow members in NUP who want him dead.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Mirundi Narrates How He Survived Bullets After Allegedly Urinating On Pastor Ssenyonga’s Building…

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    Tamale Mirundi

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s Senior Presidential Advisor on Media has narrated how he survived bullets while urinating on the building belonging to Pastor Jackson Ssenyonga of Christian Life Church in Bwaise a Kampala suburb.

    Joseph Tamale Mirundi revealed that one day, during the days when he was still being hosted at Pastor Ssenyonga’s top radio every Monday, he was approached by a Local Defense Unity (LDU) Soldier who accused him of dirtening their place of work. The LDU officer told Mirundi that his action were likely to cause deadly diseases to those who attend the church.

    Mirundi said that when he denied committing any crime, the LDU officer started pointing at the zip of his trousers claiming that it was open. He carefully observed him coaching his gun.

    He boasted that his senses informed him that the LDU man wanted to shoot him. He jumped in the air like an SFC Command and kicked the LDU soldier in the chest sending him tumbling down.

    He added that he stepped on his neck and the LDU officer was saved by Mirundi’s SFC Commandos who were given to him by Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba who pleaded with him not to kill a government soldier.

    “For me I fear those LDU people and I don’t want to come close to them because they are naive and they always want to show the public that they know how to use a gun. They don’t normally get the opportunity to fire bullets like other soldiers who go to war. So I don’t want them to make me their shooting target,” Mirundi said.

    He further revealed that he made investigations through his Mirundi Internal Security Organisation (MISO) and established that there was a senior pastor who was behind the LDU soldier who wanted him dead because of his loyalty and support to House of Prayer Ministries International senior pastor Alosious Bujjingo.

    He claimed that the said pastor had a misunderstanding with Bujjingo and was the one behind Teddy Bujjingo Naluswa who is fighting Bijjingo’s divorce case at the Family Division of the High Court.

     

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    Top RCC Warned By Former ISO Spy On Executing Mayiga’s Request To Ask M7 For Buganda Kingdom Properties…

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    Charles Rwomushana (L) and Ahmed Kateregga Musaazi (R)

    Former Internal Security Organisation (ISO) Operative and also Constitutional Assembly Delegates member Charles Rwomushana has challenged Ahmed Kateregga Musaazi the Masaka City Deputy Resident City Commissioner (D/RCC) that if he is man enough, let him execute Buganda Kingdom Premier Charles Peter Mayiga’s request to deliver to his request to his boss President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

    Kateregga admitted during this weekend’s popular ‘Gasimbaganne ne bannamawulire’ talk show on Radio Simba that he interacted with Mayiga when he was in Masaka city to officiate the reopening of the  Buddukiro building on Saza Hill in Masaka city which is also going to house the Buddu county chief’s office.

    “As a journalist, I have known Katikkiro Mayiga for a longtime. He also knows my capacity very well that’s why he asked me to help Buganda ask for “Ebyaffe” (properties Buganda Kingdom is demanding from Central government). I will help in my capacity,” a soft spoken Kateregga said.

    Mayiga allegedly told Kateregga to use his writing skills through his newspaper and magazine articles, radio talk shows to educate the public about “Ebyaffe”  and plead with the Central Government to release the remaining Buganda properties.

    However, Rwomushana warned Kateregga not to be excited over Mayiga’s proposal and cautioned him on writing articles demanding for “Ebyaffe”.

    Rwomushana warned his elderly colleague that he will lose his job and return to the streets grassing like he was before he was appointed Deputy Resident City Commissioner.

    “You Kateregga to convince Museveni to return “Ebyaffe”? You try and deliver the message as Katikkiro asked you” Rwomushana dared him.

    Senior journalist Peter Kibazo who was the moderator of the talk show also guided Kateregga by narrating to him how a strong minister lost his ministerial job because of being a secretary in one of Kabaka Ronald Mutebi’s agencies.

    Kibazo said that a furious Museveni placed the minister who was a lady on the spot to explain to him how she demoted herself and undermined his ministerial job by working as a secretary at Mengo, the Buganda kingdom administration center.

    Kibazo disclosed that the lady thought that Museveni was joking, she told the President that even before appointing her a minister, she was working with Kabaka, Museveni rested his case.

    Few weeks later, Museveni reshuffled his cabinet and fired the woman from his cabinet.

    It is alleged Mayiga trusts Kateregga since he is one of the few remaining journalists who understands the relationship between Uganda and Buganda throughout the annals of history and he can help to guide the young generation.

     

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    Panic Again In Judiciary After Justice Gaswaga’s Driver Is Transferred Over Allegations Of Becoming A Threat To His Life, City Magistrates’ Security Beefed Up…

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    Judge Duncan Gaswaga

    It was not easy for the Judiciary top leadership to convince Lira Resident Judge Duncan Gaswaga that his driver is a threat to his life.

    Highly placed sources in Judiciary have exclusively told theGrapevine that since Justice Geoffrey Namundi’s driver Stanley Kisambira protested on social media threatening to intentionally cause the death of his principal and the bodyguard on grounds of poor working condition, the judiciary has been following the behaviour and actions of the entire institution’s drivers.

    In a 5 minutes and 24 seconds recording, Kisambira revealed that all judiciary staff including judges’ pay was increased based on the grounds that judges are not allowed to do business and go to bars to enjoy life.

    He added that surprisingly, their drivers were the only one of all judiciary staff whose salaries were not increased. He complained that they are not going to live on Shs.200,000 which is given to them per month because it is too little compared to the current cost of living.

    “Sincerely speaking I am very annoyed. I joined the judiciary in 2008 but up to now, I’m still getting Shs.200,000. What am I working for when I have children in schools and renting? How do I survive? What do you people want us to do? Quote me well, I’m mentally stable but in pain. Judiciary please. I’m working for you, all those listening to me should know that I’m not mad but because of the tough situation we go through, people make prophecies before they die,” he said.

    He added, “You are talking about that security guard who killed a minister but I’m telling you I can kill both the judge and his security guard including myself by intentionally running into a trailer. How can people get Shs3m, Shs4m, yet for me (as a driver) I’m getting Shs200,000?”

    However, Judiciary Permanent Secretary and Secretary to Judiciary Pius Bigirimans rubbished Kisambira’s allegations noting that disciplinary action were going to be taken against him.

    He was formally charged and is currently battling with criminal charges at Buganda Road Court.

    Sources disclosed that since that incident, all judiciary drivers and bodyguards were put under strict monitoring.

    It is through this monitoring that it was recently established that Justice Gaswaga’s driver was in frequent communication with Kisambira and was very vocal on the drivers’ WhatsApp group.

    He is always posting messages encouraging his colleagues to fight for Kisambira claiming that he is their hero who publicly without fear cames out and spoke the truth to their bosses.

    The said driver is also accused of mobilizing fellow drivers to support their own Kisambira financially because he was interdicted immediately when he was charged at Buganda Road Court.

    Judiciary insiders told theGrapevine that when this intelligence information reached one of the top judiciary bosses, he contacted Justice Gaswaga and pleaded with him to be very careful because it seems his driver is a threat to his life.

    By that time (last year), Justice Gaswaga’s bodyguard was on leave and his driver was also working as his bodyguard, especially in the morning when he moved out of his home to do physical exercises.

    “The judge told everything to his driver and asked him whether he has a gun. The man denied everything and told him that may be the gun they are talking about is the one which the judge has. The judge communicated back to the person who cautioned him and told him that the man is very innocent,” the insider said.

    He added that the driver was very open to the judge and told him that he always speaks to Kisambira because he is a longtime friend and he sacrificed to speak to the authorities about their plight.

    Insiders divulged that a week later, the driver was served with a transfer letter in which he was given two days to report to Eastern Uganda to drive one of the magistrates, a move he protested.

    “He told Justice Gaswaga that at his level, he cannot drive a magistrate. He told him that holds a degree in accountancy and is pursuing a masters at Makerere University. He refused to go to Eastern Uganda and has informed his bosses,” the insider disclosed.

    When contacted, His Worship James Ereemye the Judiciary spokesperson said that he is not aware of the development and promised to return back to us after consulting the concerned bosses.

    We waited and at the time of publishing this story, he has not yet given us feedback.

    The development comes after a directive was issued to beef up security to city magistrates who feel that their life is under threat.

    Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Ronald Kayizzi’s security was recently beefed up. Kayizzi is a brother to a top National Resistance Movement (NRM) boss.

    The security of Gladys Kamasanyu also a Magistrate at Buganda Road Court security was beefed up after former Makerere University senior lecturer Stella Nyanzi attacked her and threw an empty water bottle at her.

    Also, the security of Entebbe Chief Magistrate Stella Maris Amabilis who is also a relative to Constitutional and Justice Minister Norbert Mao was beefed up.

    At Buganda Road Court, Court users were stopped from entering Court premises with food and eats.

    The move was supported by Justice Benjamin Kabiito the head of the Judicial Service Commission who noted that they have powers to make decisions to protect the lives of judicial officers and other court users.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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