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    INSIDE STORY: Why Lord Cameron’s Comeback In UK Foreign Affairs Office Is Threatening M7’s Stay In Power…

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    Veteran political journalist Peter Kibazo has revealed that the reason why Dr. Kizza Besigye’s 2011 and 2016 manifestos were very strong and appealing to Ugandan voters was because United Kingdom’s Conservative Party hand a strong hand in their production.

    Kibazo a renowned scholar said that he failed to read and analyse the manifestos of the 2021 presidential candidates because they were very shallow, without any analytical explanation of what really the candidates are going to do to help Uganda to move from where it is to another level socially, politically and economically perspectives.

    Dr. Besigye’s blue eyed boy and also the former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) deputy Secretary General Harold Kaija also said that after the 2016 presidential elections, they held a private meeting with UK’s Conservative party to do assessment of the election and in that meeting, FDC leadership were lectured on the difference between a supporter and a member of a political party.

    Both Kibazo and Kaija’s statements confirmed that UK’s Conservative party, which has been in UK’s leadership for the previous 14 years is not in good books with president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni thus it is no surprise that Annet Anita Among the Speaker of Parliament and one of Museveni’s strong political mobilizer who sources claim was assigned to weaken opposition parties in the country was sanctioned.

    Chris Obore, parliament’s Director for Communication and Corporate Affairs claims that since Among took over parliament’s leadership, Museveni now has enough time to rest and concentrate on other serious national issues instead of spending time dealing with legislators who always tried to frustrate his political agenda through parliament.

    Obore says this is all due to the successfully leadership in parliament of Among who has handled both the opposition and NRM MPs well.

    Charles Rwomushana a controversial former State Operative told theGrapevine that the sanctions against Among were a direct message to President Museveni to sort himself out with the West and if he delays to toe their line, they are ready to frustrate him until he is out of power.

    Rwomushana explained that the international community, especially the United Kingdom, knows very well State actors who are involved in corruption practices and are pocketing huge sums of money bigger than what Among took but they have never sanctioned them and are in good books with them.

    He added that the United Kingdom has a lot of interest in Uganda and the entire Great Lakes Region and they cannot look on as Museveni tries to sabotage their interests, that is why they have started sending him warning shots.

    He revealed that United Kingdom and United States of America have started looking at the new leadership they want in Uganda and it is the reason why they are always sending delegations to meet the newly appointed Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba because they know he will help them to achieve their interests in the region.

    Rwomushana explained that the United Kingdom and United States are scared that the ongoing fights in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) can spread to the entire region and create unrest which in turn will make the region a home for terrorists and put the entire world on tenterhooks.

    Rwomushana insisted that the United Kingdom and United States of America have plans to use Gen. Muhoozi to solve the insecurity in DRC that is why they no longer want to waste their time on Museveni.

    Kira Municipality legislator and also a former political journalist Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda revealed that Museveni knows very well what being in bad books with United Kingdom means to him and it is the reason why when he captured power in 1986, he told his close people to be very careful when dealing with matters concerning United Kingdom and South Africa.

    However, for the last few years, Museveni has been having misunderstandings with the United Kingdom to the extent that when he met King Charles, UK authorities refused to give him the photos they took.

    Highly placed State House sources told theGrapevine that Museveni was not surprised when he was briefed that Among was sanctioned by the United Kingdom.

    Even though Speaker Among’s sanction papers were signed by United Kingdom’s Deputy Foreign Secretary Andrew Mitchell, highly placed sources in Uganda’s intelligence circles revealed to theGrapevine that Lord David Cameron the Senior Foreign Secretary was the man behind the move.

    Among’s sanctions resulted from her involvement in corruption practices especially when she used her office to benefit from the iron sheet bonanza when government officials decided to loot what belonged to the vulnerable people of Karamoja.

    She was sanctioned together with former Karamoja affairs Mary Gorreti Kitutu and her State Minister Agness Nandutu.

    Information coming indicates that other western powers have also sanctioned them including the United Arab Emirates which has frozen their bank accounts.

    However, intelligence sources said that United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak brought back Lord Cameron because of his heavy experience in foreign affairs matters and he has strongly helped him to diplomatically handle the issues of war between Russia and Ukraine.

    Sources said that the epitome of Museveni and Cameron beef was during the deadly 2009 Buganda riots where Uganda’s intelligence briefed Museveni that there was an invisible foreign hand fueling the riots.

    Joseph Tamale Mirundi who was then the Senior Presidential Press Secretary revealed that had never seen Museveni panic like he did during the Buganda riots.

    He said that for the first time, he saw Museveni writing a brief to security commanders while his hand was shaking and was very angry and bitter.

    The riot resulted from a government order stopping Buganda Kingdom King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi from visiting Bugerere County claiming that he was violating the culture leader’s laws.

    Sources added that much of the money which Besigye used in his 2006, 2011 and 2016 was from the Conservative Party and Cameron was in the know.

    It should be noted that when was still the United Kingdom Prime Minister, Lord Cameron together with Barack Obama the former president of United States of America and French former president Nicolas Sarkozy commanded the war that resulted into the overthrow and death of Muammar Gaddafi the former Libyan president and a close friend to President Museveni.

    However, Museveni laughed at Gaddafi for dying without putting down any of his attackers’ fighter jets and warned that if such nonsense is declared on him, he will fight and leave Kampala down.

    However Mirundi explained that Museveni is the one responsible for the ongoing diplomatic turmoil against his government because instead of appointing people with diplomatic career and knowledge, he appoints political failures as ambassadors.

    He explained that such people lack knowledge and compromise diplomatic relations to save government officials from being sanctioned, an act which places Uganda’s government in bad light internationally.

    However, Sadam Gayira, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) president, told theGrapevine that many government officials are going to be sanctioned in the coming years because the world is returning back to the cold war where western powers are fighting countries that are supporting Russia.

    He insisted that sanctions cannot result in Museveni’s downfall, noting that many presidents have been sanctioned by the United Kingdom and United States of America but have remained in power for a long time.

    He gave the example of Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Gaddafi of Libya. He noted that countries with sanctioned presidents use the situations to develop themselves. He gave the example of Iran, Iraq and Libya.

    theGrapevine has established that a number of top military officers, judicial officers, cabinet ministers, and Members of Parliament have been sanctioned by western powers over corruption AND fueling human rights violence in the country.

    But the known ones are; former Inspector General of Police(IGP) Gen. Edward Kale Kayihura, Maj. Gen. Frank Abel Kandiho, Maj. Gen. Don Nabasa, Maj. Gen. James Mirungi, Maj. Gen. Stephen Sabiti Muzeyi, Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu and many others.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    OPINION: Why Media Council Can’t Punish The Observer Over Un Registered Journalists…

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    The writer Emmanuel Kirunda (L) and Media Council boss Paul Ekochu (R)

    Scriptures say in Proverbs 28:1 in the Bible that, “the wicked flees when there is no one pursuing them,” this won’t be the case with the Uganda Media Council team that has already mooted a plan to hound the Observer newspaper journalists under disguise of caring to find answers to their alleged breach of journalistic ethics in reference to its regulatory duty, as it cannot go unchallenged.

    In his letter to the Observer Newspaper Editor dated May 8, 2024 under which he summons them to appear before the Council’s disciplinary committee on Monday, 20th May 2024 under section 9 of Press and Journalist Act cap 105, over their May 8, 2024 news article of vol.19 issue 017, titled; ‘MPS Bribed to Save Government Agencies’ that is said to have derogated the sanctity and integrity of parliament, the Council’s chairperson Mr. Paul Ekochu also put the Newspaper administration on notice for failing to register the particulars of its Editor contrary to section 5 of the same Act, saying it is a criminal offense.

    While the Council is charged with the duty of registering journalists and or enforcing penalties in the wake of any un compliance case, it cannot legally exercise the same in its current form, following the violation of requirements under the same legal instrument from onset by the ICT Ministry that performs the supervisory role over the Council and other bodies therein.

    As part of its mandate, the ICT Ministry should be doing a lot in ensuring the better welfare standards of journalists by prevailing over the errant employers who time and again occasion exploitation, but sadly focuses a lot on accusing the practitioners of falling short of ethical standards whose viability spines around the welfare unanswered question, a corner stone to independent journalism.

    Suffice to note is that, although the draconian Act was enacted in bad faith with an intention of annihilating the Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) that had already been around in the space since 1963 managing the journalistic landscape when it was put in place in 1995, this never succeeded as it was rejected by journalists given its anomalies, and it only now remains on books but can’t practically, legally, journalistically and logically be enforced.

    And time has come for the officials in the ministry to accept the sectoral reality.

    Media Council Wrong to Register Journalists.

    As of now the Uganda Media Council cannot sanction the Observer Editor over failure to have registered their particulars or any other journalist, and if this happened, it is illegal according to the High Court’s ruling that was given in January 14, 2021 petition filed by Centre for Public Interest Law (CEPIL) and journalists under the Editors Guild against the Attorney General for Media Council.

    Filing of this petition was prompted by December 20th 2020, then the Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj. Gen. Paul Lokech’s public statement that the Police would block journalists without the Media Council Press cards from covering the 2021 general elections, in reference to the flawed Media Council guidelines for the 2021 general elections.

    Court declared that the registration of journalists by the Media Council of Uganda without an operational National Institute of Journalists of Uganda (NIJU) to enroll journalists in accordance with the Press and Journalist Act is illegal, irrational and procedurally irregular.

    Like Media Council, NIJU, as a creator of the bad law (Press and Journalist Act of 1995), has been at its death point from onset.

    The Councils’ purported guidelines had earlier been strongly protested by the UJA and other journalist organizations, noting that their intention was to curtail the enjoyment of press freedom ahead of the elections.

    The trial judge Esther Nambayo stressed that without the functioning of the NIJU, the Media Council would be acting outside its mandate to register and issue practicing certificates to journalists in Uganda.

    Court also issued an order of permanent injunction restraining the implementation of the illegal and irrational directives of the Media Council.

    Now one wonders how the Observer newspaper will be subjected to penalties by the same Council in moribundity of the would-be journalists’ registration authority!

    Would one therefore, be wrong if they describe as contempt of Court the Council’s decision with regard to the Observer journalists’ fate?

    Would it be wrong for journalists to believe that the Council’s intervention during this time is an attempt to gag critical journalism that helps with pointing to the ills in the society that should instead be addressed by the relevant authorities?

     

    “The Pen is Mightier Than the Gun”.

    This article was written By Emmanuel Kirunda, Journalist and Secretary General, Uganda Journalists Association (UJA).

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    OPINION: Bobi Wine’s NUP At Crossroads As Internal Strife & Looming Split Paves Way For Gen. Museveni To Reclaim Buganda…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine. Inset is President Museveni. On the left is the writer George Mubiru

    Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s personal pursuit of excellence may have inadvertently fueled National Unity Platform (NUP) vanity, creating internal tension.

    The “fearfully high standard” alludes to the challenging expectations one imposes on oneself, potentially resulting in moments of self-loathing when those standards aren’t met. It explores the complex relationship between personal aspirations, the emotional toll they can take and NUP’s aspirations as an institution.

    The young party has no chance of resurrection. Tireless efforts of displacing Hon. Mpuuga has completely buried it with least chances of remaining the chief opposition party ( something Bobi Wine feels comfortable to settle down for) come 2026.

    The storm has erupted through out Buganda and angered the staunch Buganda traditionalists and elite politicians whose mirror is Mpuuga. Bobi wine has  created a small group within NUP that believe in kleptocracy, an egocentric virtue which can not mirror out political, social and economic inclusiveness of all Ugandans.

    Bobi Wine and his small group in NUP that seems to feel satisfied with polluting the masses and hoodwink them in order to exploit, impoverish, repress and lie to make money. This is exhibited in his previous calls on the public to riot and reckless utterances of politics of identity to gain sympathy. He has on several occasions attempted to slash social and economic programs extended to the wanainch from western countries and the global economy. They worship Money and opposition power supremacy.

    When more than three thirds of the current NUP Members of Parliament continue to fume over Bobi wine’s poor administration of the party, it has opened the eyes of majority ugandans that the cardinal intention of NUP is not removing Gen. Museveni from power, but to make money.

    There is continuous accusations and counter accusations with in the party at a prime time NRM is reorganizing itself through structures to massively win the forthcoming polls. For example, Hon Abed Bwanika has on several occasions castigated NUP’s secretary general for calendistinely working for NRM and called upon him to resign. He has also accused NUP top leadership for placing homosexuality on its high agenda, something which is morally unacceptable to Uganda’s customs and culture.

    The internal strife has further been worsened by another persistent battle for the true ownership of the party between Bobi Wine and the Kibalama group. This has recently failed the approval of pro Bobi Wine’s new NUP constitution by the electoral commission.

    Various NUP MPs, have on several occasions come out to condemn their party of extortion and continuous money demands. They have expressed regret of landing into the wrong hands of the NUP leader. Others have fallen out with their party on refusal to implement dirty missions which could lead the country and wanainch into turmoil as revealed by hanji katerega when he recently appeared for an interview.

    What is the implication of the  Mpuuga-Bobi Wine-Kibalama fight?

    1. The young party has split into two groups and this division has left Bobi Wine and his group with out the capacity to bridge it. It should be remembered that the same happened to Busoga, the only sub region Bobi Wine won outside Buganda and currently there and two parallel groups; one led by Moses Bigirwa and another by Andrew Kaluya.
    2. NUP has lost its only remaining strong hold of Buganda. Hon Mpuuga is seen as the leading politician in greater Masaka and therefore perceive the allegations against him as witch hunt by Bobi Wine.
    3. A looming political party or pressure group by the elite politicians and majority NUP members of parliament is on the cards. This will be the last straw in the back of NUP. Some people especially the youth, well knowing that NUP cannot cause the change they desire, will definitely follow the new anticipated wave.
    4. President Museveni and the NRM will gain back it’s support from Buganda because of consistence and good will to the country. People would rather revert to NRM for stability. I prophesize victory for Gen. Museveni and the NRM in Buganda come 2026.

    Gen. Museveni is like a cliff. He can’t betray the mission he accepted from the people of Uganda as a revolutionist and freedom fighter. He stands firm and tames the fury of the water around him and strikes with a win.

    He once said; “All those in NUP are my children. You will see. I’m in there, everywhere and work with my children. Kyagulanyi’s group, I will finish it. You just wait. I work from underground as you’re up there shouting oye! Oye! Oye!”

     

    The writer, George Mubiru, is a researcher, political analyst & Ass. RCC JINJA City.

    Tel. 0754877595

    Email: georgemubiru93@gmail.com

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    Leaders Of Traders Panicking After M7 Directs Investigation Over Allegations Of An Invisible Foreign Hand Fueling Their Strikes To Sabotage Economy…

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    L-R: Some of the leaders of traders: Godfrey Katongole, David Kabanda and Thadeus Musoke

    Kampala Metropolitan Senior Minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda has exclusively confirmed to theGrapevine that president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed the country’s intelligence organs and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to investigate the alleged invisible hand behind traders’ leadership.

    She explained that preliminary investigations have established that some leaders of traders who are advocating for endless strikes are biased in their decisions because there is an invisible hand pushing them with an agenda of sabotaging the country’s economy and creating an ungovernable situation.

    “We know whatever they are planning. Our people are on ground, so they should stand warned,” Kabanda said.

    She revealed that President Museveni was shocked to establish that in Kampala city alone, traders have more than 30 associations and each one of them has command.

    This has created suspicion and the need for an investigation to establish their true motives.

    The development comes at a time when traders are threatening to go into a two months strike without opening their shops in the city center if president Museveni doesn’t address their demands including the banning of the Electronic Receipting and Invoicing System (EFRIS).

    On 7th May 2024, Museveni directed Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to sit down with leaders of traders and sort out their differences.

    The President guided that once these leaders and URA agree, they should make a joint report which they should read to him and other traders on 20th of June 2024 at Kololo independence grounds.

    However, before that meeting, Minister Kabanda has disclosed that Museveni is set to meet leaders of traders in the State House to have some issues sorted out noting that government is doing everything in its power to make sure that what happened on 7th May 2024 never happens again.

    She explained that it was bad for traders to shout at the President and embarrass senior government officials to the extent of accusing some of corruption insisting that traders’ behavior sent a warning signal to government that there must be an invisible hand influencing and facilitating them.

    theGrapevine has established that the leadership of Kampala City Traders Association(KACITA) led by Thadeus Musoke Nagenda, Federation of Uganda Traders Association(FUTA), Katukazane Shoe Dealers, Kampala Arcaders Advocacy Forum, United Arcarders Traders Enterprenuers Association,  Uganda Needy and Squatters Association have resolved to join hands and strategise on how to come up with a common voice before the President.

    Highly placed sources in intelligence have revealed to theGrapevine that all eyes are on David Kabanda who is being investigated for working for some opposition bigwigs who promised him support in the coming elections.

    Sources said that Kabanda wants to become the city councilor on Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago’s council.

    However, veteran journalist and the Senior presidential advisor on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi advised Museveni not to take lightly statements made in the United Kingdom’s House of Lords that King Charles’s leadership should influence regime change in Uganda.

    He explained that the western powers are going to use all the available means to sabotage Museveni’s leadership insisting that there is invisible hand in traders’ frequent strikes.

    But a section of KACITA leadership told theGrapevine that there are people in President Museveni’s government who are facilitating the creation of endless traders associations with the aim of benefiting from them and fighting the unity among traders.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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