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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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    Buganda Caucus MPs Blocked From Visiting Kabaka Mutebi In Namibia As Mayiga Summons Clan Heads Over M7 Deals, King Visit…

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    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…

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    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.

     

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    Stanbic Bank In Trouble, Client Petitions Court After She Was Defrauded Of Shs68m Via Flexi Pay…

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    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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