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    Inside Story Why Gen. Muhoozi’s CDF Appointment Is Bad News For Top Officials At Army Headquarters, Ministry Of Defense…

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    Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba the new Chief of Defense Forces (CDF)

    In his congratulation message to Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba as the new Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) of the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF), veteran journalist and also political, social and economic commentator Andrew Mwenda warned bad elements at the army headquarters and officials in the Ministry of Defense and Veteran Affairs to prepare for the worst.

    “This is the third phase of the struggle to transform UPDF.  This is a new broom coming to sweep defense headquarters. Those who have been involved in dirty deals, beware what is coming. He is the most upright Ugandan when it comes to clean management; the most dedicated officer concerned about the effectiveness of the army and the welfare of its soldiers. UPDF has been waiting for this moment,” Mwenda stated on his X handle.

    Another close friend to Gen. Muhoozi who was among the Kadogos who fought the 1981 guerrilla war that brought President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in power in 1986 but retired at the rank of Maj. Gen. revealed to theGrapevine that in 2021, UPDF and other sister security forces were very sure that Museveni was going to appoint Gen. Muhoozi as the CDF but were surprised when he appointed him as the Land Forces Commander and Gen. Wilson Mbadi who was the Deputy CDF was appointed the CDF.

    “I warned Muhoozi that he cannot use the powers as the Land Forces Commander to clean corruption, abuse of office and other criminalities at the army headquarters. He thought I was joking. He later confirmed what I told him,” the highly trained UPDF veteran said.

    He narrated that back then, when he was discussing with Muhoozi concerning his new assignment as the Land Forces Commander, Muhoozi told him how the big man had given him powers to clean the system but warned him that there are a number of untouchables.

    He said that when Muhoozi established that indeed there are many untouchables, he reported back to the appointing authority who promised to find a new way of streamlining the system so that those fueling corruption in the army are handled.

    His son told him that corruption only benefits big people at the headquarters leaving soldiers on the ground suffering with poor living conditions and their respective families.

    Muhoozi made a number of reports on how to clean the system to Museveni after touring the entire country visiting military barracks but Museveni took a long time without responding to him which resulted in threatening to seek early retirement from the army.

    “After 28 years of service in my glorious military, the greatest military in the world, I am happy to announce my retirement. Me and my soldiers have achieved so much,” Muhoozi posted on his X then Twitter handle.

    Highly placed sources in State House disclosed that Museveni was briefed about Muhoozi’s tweet and told to get in touch with him and advise him to stopmaking such statements on social media. But before he finished executing what he promised to streamline the system, Muhoozi made shocking and provoking statement against the Republic of Kenya threatening that him and his army can attack and takeover Nairobi.

    Kenyans were very furious, Museveni was forced to apologize to calm the storm. He fired Muhoozi from the office of the Land Forces Commander and appointed him Senior Presidential Advisor in charge of Special Operations.

    Joseph Tamale Mirundi a close friend to Muhoozi and also a Senior presidential advisor in charge of media revealed that Muhoozi was very bitter with his father’s decision of firing him.

    Mirundi insisted that Museveni regretted later that Muhoozi was doing a good job when he kicked off plans to clean the army because people had been complaining that the ongoing corruption at the army headquarters and in the Ministry of Defense and Veteran Affairs is going to kill the force.

    Highly placed sources in State House told theGrapevine that Museveni has been receiving credible reports on how officials at the army headquarters share money which is supposed to be given to family members of UPDF soldiers who died while still serving their country.

    “They forged documents detailing facts from the beneficiary’s local council up to the top and made sure that payment is done in time. They started receiving money and they made sure that the original beneficiary don’t accesses any officers with authority,” a source said.

    Kira Municipality Legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda disclosed that because of the huge corruption in the army, some officers had started selling weapons to enemies insisting that such vices are exhibited in Somalia and a number of the suspects have been charged in the army court.

    Corrupt officers also solicited money from young people who wanted to join the army and instead incompetent ones were registered which was weakening the country’s forces.

    When UPDF base was attacked and overrun by Somalia’s deadly Al-Shabab terrorists in 2023, President Museveni told NRM parliamentary legislators at Kyankwanzi that corruption was one of the factors that led to the defeat of the country’s army in Somalia where over 53 soldiers were killed and a number of others captured.

    In his speech at the recent army day, Museveni was very bitter with the army’s leadership over the ongoing corruption in the army which he said was threatening the army’s integrity and many said that it is one of the reasons why Gen. Mbadi and Vicent Ssempijja were fired.

    Sources maintained that Museveni was given reports with evidence on how army officials are using their offices to grab land especially in Northern Uganda.

    Some time back, Chief Justice Owiny Dollo told the president that land grabbing in Acholi land was influenced by UPDF Generals hiding behind Balalo.

    “The President was briefed of a Gen. who grabbed miles and miles of land and is using the army to protect it. Because this General is going to retire in the coming year, he has started dishing out money to people because he wants to join politics as a Member of Parliament,” a source said.

    Museveni was also given a report with evidence pining a Division army commander who is grabbing land belonging to the family of one of his wives in Kiruhura district.

    The land is currently protected by UPDF soldiers and even though family members have been petitioning Gen. Mbadi, he has done nothing.

    There is another Gen. who is grabbing land in Acholi and WestNile, and even though locals petitioned Mbadi, nothing has been done.

    When Museveni met the media at the end of 2023 in State House Entebbe, he warned soldiers to stop being involved in land matters. He issued a statement guiding the public on how Brig. Gen. Moses Lukyamuzi’s State House Task Force on Land Matters should operate.

    Highly placed sources in State House unveiled that to streamline and clear for Muhoozi, Museveni first legalised the Army Establishment Document which placed all its elements under the command of the CDF.

    Museveni was also very calculative when removing Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu from the Office of the Deputy CDF to replace him with Lt. Gen. Sam Okiding.

    In other developments, Maj. Gen. Eric Leopard Kyanda was also dropped as Joint Chief of Staff and replaced with Maj. Gen. Jackson Bakasumba because Gen. Muhoozi needs new people to help him clean the army system.

    Lt. Gen. Elwelu was appointed Presidential Senior Advisor and he is going to remain an army representative in parliament.

    Museveni also appointed trained lawyer Jacob Oboth Oboth as the Defense minister replacing Vincent Ssempijja who was fired and appointed a Senior presidential advisor without designation.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Inside State House Meeting Where Rujoki’s URA Men Were Accused By Female Trader Before M7 Of Touching Their Breasts And Nyash  During Tax Collection…

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    President Museveni (L) and URA Commissioner General Musinguzi Rujoki (R)

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was forced to direct Special Forces Command (SFC) detectives to with immediate effect kickoff investigations and report to him their findings concerning allegations that a number of male tax collectors sent by Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner General John Musinguzi Rujoki sexually harass women during the exercise.

    Last week, Rujoki was accompanied by some of his staff who are enforcing the exercise of collecting tax from the city center to the State House to meet the president over the recent traders’ strike.

    President Museveni summoned the meeting to listen to both the traders and URA over the enforcement of the Electronic Fiscal Receipting and Invoicing System (EFRIS) and tempers were very high from all sides.

    Security in State House was on alert because of the sharp misunderstanding between traders, especially from those behind Dr. Thadeus Musoke Nagenda’s Kampala Capital Traders Association (KACITA) and David Kabanda’s Federation of Uganda Traders Association (FUTA).

    Both Kabanda and Musoke were fighting to make sure that their people are accredited to attend the meeting. The total number who took Covid-19 test were more than 200 and they all traveled to Entebbe State House to meet the president.

    By 10am, traders pitched camp at State House Entebbe gate prepared to give moral supporter to their respective leaders as they were arguing out their grievances against Rujoki’s URA before the President.

    However, they were surprised when State House security informed them that it will be only their leaders who will be allowed to enter.

    They tried to explain to the SFC Commandos how Kampala Senior Minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda and her State Minister Joseph Christopher Kabuye Kyofatogabye assured them that they wereall going to meet Museveni and the only condition was to take Covid-19 test.

    “Many of us tried to make phone calls to minister Kabuye but he was not picking and Kabanda told us that she was still engaged with the President in Kitebi and she was not in position to talk to us, after that, she hung up,” one of the traders told Grapevine.

    Only 25 leaders were allowed to enter State House and others decided to camp in one of the compounds near State House waiting for the President. When he entered State House from Kitebi, he just waved at them.

    The meeting started by 10pm and a number of ministers whoincluded: Francis Mwebesa the senior trade minister, his deputy David Bahati, Evelyn Anite the state minister for finance in charge of investment, Kampala Minister Minsa Kabanda and other government officials.

    The traders were allowed first to submit their grievances against URA before the big man. However, KACITA suffered a setback when President Museveni wondered what they wanted from him because he had just met them a few days back and asked them to talk to the traders not to strike.

    Before the President finished his statement, Kabanda and his team clapped their hands in surprise wondering why Musoke and his team met the President secretly without informing them. Kabanda has his team immediately started accusing Musoke’s team of betraying the traders.

    The President then gave Musoke and Isa Ssekito the KACITA spokesperson the green light to continue with their submission.

    Meanwhile, Kabanda’s people were panicking fearing that their man (Kabanda) might fail to submit properly their issues before the president because their issues were in writing (and he struggles with reading documents) and he was supposed to follow the document since the President also had a copy.

    “Kabanda shocked all of us, we don’t where he got the confidence from because he was on spot and was even given a standing ovation,” a source who attended the meeting said.

    However, before Rujoki was given the opportunity to respond to the complaints made against him and his team, a one Doreen Nakirya was given a chance to also raise her complaint and the entire meeting was shocked when she reported to the President that Rujoki’s men in the field sexually harass them.

    One of the businessmen who attended the meeting told theGrapevine that Museveni was shocked, to the extent that when Nakirya talked about URA men sexually harassing female Traders, the President, who was writing every submission paused.

    He asked her whether she knew the names of the men who sexually harassed them because the NRM government does not believe and associate with men who don’t respect women.

    Nakirya told the president that Rujoki’s men touch and feel women trader’s bums, breasts and make sexual signs after waylaying them in their shops and sometimes their children and workers see them.

    While the president wasasking Rujoki to respond to the allegations, Nakirya pointed out a one Godfrey (who was also in the meeting) and a colleague.

    Immediately, the president directed SFC detectives to take both of them to record statements so that investigations can kick off.

    The president was also told that URA men have a vice of asking for bribes from them so as not to close their shops after accusing them of delaying to pay their taxes to URA.

    In his defense, Rujoki informed the President that URA on several occasions has always interacted with the business community and a number of trainings and workshops concerning EFRIS were carried out.

    One of the businessmen confirmed to theGrapevine that it is true URA has always conducted meetings and trainings with traders.

    The President was briefed that businessmen and women who are complaining have been hiding the correct record of sales they make every day.

    He gave examples with evidence that traders have two books, one which is submitted to URA and another one in which they record the actual sales which they don’t submit to URA.

    Fred Bamwine the Commissioner in the Office of the Presidency confirmed that nothing is going to change in the way URA collects taxes especially on EFRIS even if Museveni meets traders again in May at Kololo strip.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic In Kabaka Mutebi’s Mengo Administration As Top Clan Head Nsamba Is Put On Suicide Watch Over Arrest Threats…

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    Buganda Kingdom's Kabaka Mutebi (R) and Omuttaka Ssalongo Aloysious Magandaazi (L)

    There was a lot of panic at Buganda Kingdom clan heads council after their secretary and also the Ngabi clan head Omuttaka Ssalongo Aloysious Magandaazi went missing for two weeks.

    One of the clan heads told theGrapevine that they are in fear that their colleague may kill himself because for two weeks they have failed to reach him.

    “We have been looking for him via his known phone numbers to see how we can help him and his family because we know the humiliating situation he is going through and his family but all his lines are off,” a clan head said.

    He pleaded with Buganda Kingdom administration led by Premier Charles Peter Mayiga to intervene and save the situation by buying a new home for the clan head because the one he was evicted on a court directive from the one he was staying in.

    It should be remembered that two weeks back, Court bailiffs guarded by armed policemen from Natete police station commanded by Hassan Ssekalema threw Nsamba and all his properties including pigs out of his house at Mutundwe Kigagga zone Lubaga Division a Kampala city suburb.

    His wife Jane Nanyondo and daughter tried to resist but they were defeated, arrested and taken to Natete police station.

    They were later released with orders not to go back to their home and told to stop using the piece of land because it was taken over on a court directive.

    Rosemary Nayiga who defeated Nsamba in Court told theGrapevine that the said land was owned by their father Edward Kasozi but in 1993, Nsamba fraudulently used force to grab it because he was a son to a former clan head.

    The development to evict Nsamba from the house comes at a time when the Kingdom culture court (kkooti ya Kisekwa) is set to announce his fate on the matter of being the clan head of the Ngabi clan.

    A section of Ngabi clan members dragged Nsamba to the cultural court claiming that he was illegally elected to head their clan.

    Things are not moving well in Buganda Kingdom clan heads council because just recently, their treasurer omutaka Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa the head of Ndiga clan was shot dead in February 2024 and a number of suspects whoioncluded Milly Naluwenda the secretary to Kisekwa court, Derrick Noah Luggya a clan mate to Bbosa and others were charged with murder and remanded to Luzira prison.

    Nsamba, the council secretary is also on run over arrest threats because court bailiffs want him to pay them Shs30m as eviction fees as directed by court.

    One of the clan head said that Nsamba went into hiding fearing imprisonment because he doesn’t have money to pay the court bailiffs. He pleaded with Mayiga to intervene and save the man.

    Other clan heads who are under pressure from Kisekwa court include:their council speaker Omuttaka Ssalongo Augustine Kizito Mutumba the head of Kkobe clan who was even stopped from accessing the clan headquarters in Mawokota Mpigi district.

    A section of clan members refused to recognize him as their leader even though kkooti ya kisekwa declared him the legal clan head.

    Kkobe clan members claim that Mutumba entered into a deal with Mayiga’s administration to give him a win so as to silence his good friend and also grandchild Kassim Male Mabirizi.

    Mabirizi put Mayiga’s administration under pressure because of several court suits filed against Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, the Kabaka of Buganda challenging his leadership.

     

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    Furious Kabaka Mutebi Lawyers Protest His Subject’s Prayer To Access His Juicy Bank Accounts And Confidential Kingdom Documents He Signed With President Museveni…

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    Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi (R) with President Museveni (L)

    The Constitutional Court which also doubles as the Court of Appeal is set to decide on Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s protest against the prayers made by his subject lawyer Kassim Male Mabirizi who wants to access and inspect his juicy bank accounts and other confidential Buganda Kingdom documents he signed with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the status of the Official Mailo land in Buganda.

    theGrapevine has exclusively seen a letter dated 2nd April 2024 which was received by the Attorney General’s chambers, K&K Advocates, lawyers representing Kabaka Mutebi in his Official capacity as a corporation sole culture leader of Buganda and S&L Advocates, the lawyers representing Kabaka Mutebi in his personal capacity as Ronald Muwenda Mutebi the son to late Sir Edward Walugembe Mutesa.

    In the said letter, Mabirizi claimed that he was going to use the documents to argue out his case against the respondents given that they are instrumental in helping court deliver justice in his petition.

    Among the documents Mabirizi listed to be given to him by Kabaka’s lawyers include; the certified copy of the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding signed between Kabaka Mutebi and President Museveni.

    He also wants to be given up to date particulars of all land leases, sub leases, licenses and other dealings between the office of Kabaka of Buganda and himself as Ronald Mutebi and his personal companies where he has interests and shares.

    Mabirizi also wants Kabaka to give him documents showing the particulars of all payments so far made to his office as Kabaka of Buganda including bank transfers and statements pursuant to the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding.

    He wants to also access all the payments so far made to Kabaka Mutebi by settlers on the official mailo land returned to him by President Museveni’s government in 1993.

    Mabirizi also wants the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka who is also a senior partner at K&K Advocates who he wrote to in his official capacity as the Attorney General of Uganda to reveal to him certified copies of the parliament plenary attendance lists for Members of Parliament present during the debate and passing of the Land Act 1998.

    He wants to be given the parliament plenary proceedings (Hansard) leading to the Land Act 1998 as passed, the parliamentary plenary proceedings (Harsard) that led to the Land (Amendment) Act 2010 and a certified copy of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2013 between the government of Uganda and Kabaka Mutebi.

    He also wants up to date particulars of all the properties so far returned to Kabaka, all payments and bank statements so far made to Kabaka as a result of the signed agreement.

    Mabirizi also wrote to Kabaka Mutebi’s other lawyers of S&L Advocates who are representing him in his personal capacity to reveal to him the bank statements of their client.

    However, Mabirizi confirmed that Kabaka’s lawyers of K&K Advocates through their senior partner Edwin Karugire who is also a personal lawyer and a son-in-law to President Museveni confirmed to him that they are not going to give him the documents he asked for because he has no legal bearing in his petition.

    “Now I’m waiting for a response from the Attorney General because he is also a party in my petition and Kabaka’s personal lawyers of S&L Advocates. If they decline to reveal the documents I ask for, I will proceed with the application before the Court so that they force them to do so,” Mabirizi said.

    He boasted that he is not threatened with Karugire’s actions because there are a number of authorities which he will rely on to convince the Justices of the Constitutional Court to force them to give him the documents he wants.

    Mabirizi further wants Kabaka Mutebi, his former cultural, palace and security minister and also the former Chief Executive Officer of Buganda Land Board  (BLB) David Kiwalabye Male, Baker Ssejjengo an employee of BLB, Bashir Kizito Juma the Deputy BLB Chief Executive Officer to be cross examined.

    He claims that Kizito and Ssejjego helped Kabaka to mismanage Buganda Kingdom properties and a number of them are registered in his personal names and companies.

    He further alleges that Kabaka Mutebi’s BLB used force to violate settlers on the official mailo while the government looked on.

    He wants court to declare that president Museveni illegally signed the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding with Kabaka Mutebi.

    He further wants the five justices of the constitutional court to declare that Kabaka Mutebi is not the owner of Buganda Kingdom official mailo land but just a trustee.

    Kabaka and other parties denied all the allegations Mabirizi placed against them and asked court to dismiss his petition with costs.

    Court set 1st June, 2024 as the date to kickoff the process of scheduling the matter before it is taken to the five justices who will determine it.

     

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