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    INSIDE STORY: Why Top Gov’t Officials, Security Chiefs, Cultural Leaders, Opposition Leaders Are Panicking Over M7’s  Directive To Minister Nabakooba Concerning Cancellation Of Owino Market Land Title..

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    Aerial view of Owino market. Inset is Minister Nabakooba (L), President Museveni (2nd L), Yusuf Nsibambi (R) and SLOA boss Kayongo (2nd R)

    Top government officials, from Ministers to local government officials, security chiefs, opposition city leaders and leaders of cultural institutions are panicking over President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s directive to senior lands minister Judith Nalule Nabakooba to cancel Owino market land title.

    In his letter dated 4th July, 2022, Museveni directed Nabakooba as the lands line minister to cancel Owino market land title registered in the names of St. Balikuddembe Market Stalls and Lockup Shops Ownership Association (SLOA).

    “Therefore, I hereby direct that you rescue this title immediately and inform me. I thank and commend those that brought all this information to my attention,” Museveni said in his letter.

    However, multiple credible State House sources revealed that the big man from Rwakitura took his time to study all the information given to him by his personal operatives, national intelligence agencies especially the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) concerning Owino market before he made his final decision and wrote a letter to Minister Nabakooba.

    “The President cannot just wake up and make a decision, he takes his time because he is very aware of what his decision can mean to a common Ugandan. He is fighting a war against poverty so he was very careful on Owino market,” a State House source said.

    The source further revealed that the President made his decision on Owino market while camped at his country home in Ntungamo district and a number of shocking decisions are still coming.

    These sources further revealed that the president was shocked to learn that over 90% of the Owino stalls are owned by top government officials, security chiefs and cultural leaders, and they are the ones who collect rent from the traders.

    Sources said that controversial Owino market acting chairperson Suzan Kushaba played a big role in tipping the President on the development.

    It is alleged Kushaba pinned top ministers, junior ministers, Resident City Commissioners, security chiefs, cultural leaders and opposition leaders in the city of being the owners of city markets stalls especially Owino, Nakasero and Wandegeya.

    “She was very frank with the President in the presence of senior Kampala Minister, Hajjat Minsa Kabanda, her State Minister Kabuye Kyofatogabye, KCCA Director Dorothy Kisaka, the Resident City Commissioners (RCCs) and security chiefs at State House Entebbe, and told him that the big people are the owners of market stalls.”

    Sources divulged that this is one of the reasons why Huddu Hussein was transferred from Kampala as Yumbe district as the Resident District Commissioner (RDC).

    Huddu was implicated in market fights for personal benefits.

    Kampala Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago accused Huddu of contracting the carrot tender in Nakasero market, Hussein denied all the allegations.

    Museveni further established that his government officials, those in opposition and the cultural leaders are collecting bribes each day, week, months from market traders in millions.

    Museveni warned that tenants cannot develop when they are being sucked by government officials who don’t even pay taxes.

    “Markets are Nursery Schools for our low-income business beginners. They should operate there cheaply and when they are richer move out to more expensive operational bases. When you privatise it to the present traders, what happens to future generations?” Museveni wondered.

    Sources said that Museveni was briefed by intelligence chiefs on how the fights and mistreating of market operators can result into riots in the city because people are being squeezed by the economic crisis yet the little money they make is taken by these officials.

    The last time President Museveni visited Owino Market

    I LEGALLY ISSUED TITLE TO SLOA – NSIBAMBI

    Mawokota South legislator and the former chairperson of the Kampala District Land Board, Yusuf Nsibambi, a lawyer by profession opined that president Museveni and former local government minister, who is currently the clerk to parliament, Adolf Mwesigye, pressurised him to give SLOA the land title which Museveni now wants canceled.

    He blasted fellow lawyer David Balondemu, the current chairperson of Kampala District Land Board for misleading Museveni on Owino market land title.

    Nsibambi insists that Museveni, as a president doesn’t have powers to order the cancellation of a running lease which was legally issued.

    He explained that he followed all the necessary legal requirements when issuing a land title to SLOA and there is no need for canceling it even if they have failed to develop the market as the lease required.

    He defended SLOA and accused the government of frustrating their efforts to develop the market because of their hidden agenda on the land on which the market sits.

    In response to Nsibambi’s allegations, counsel Balondemu asserted that the president was legally advised on Owino market land title.

    He added that SLOA was mistreating and harassing traders in the market.

    He revealed that SLOA violated all the lease requirements and only looked at generating money from the traders.

    He warned that a serious government cannot look on when such things are happening to its people.

    He boasted that the land title is going to be canceled very first as the president directed and even if SLOA petition Court as they have threatened, they will still lose.

    Owino market has over 50,000 traders.

    MPs WARN

    Kampala Central member of parliament Muhammad Nsereko reveals to the Grapevine that, “President Museveni is very clever, he asked for all the books where traders in Owino market are registered, he studied all the names, compared them with the security brief given to him and finally established the true owners of the stalls in the market. He wanted to deal with them individually. They are hiding under SLOA and fear to come out openly. The common market operators are celebrating the President’s decision.”

    He advised Kayongo to accept Museveni’s decision because he is not going to change it.

    “Even if the Kayongo team met Museveni, he is going to tell them that he gave them the opportunity for ten years to eat and what they have eaten is enough so they should go to expensive shops to pay taxes to his government,” Nsereko said.

    Kira Municipality Member of Parliament Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said that the only people President Museveni fears so much at this time are the street people because he thinks that anytime, they can rise against his government using the economic crisis in the country as an excuse because they think that he is living an extravagant life with his family.

    Ssemujju advised Kayongo to leave the market to the common traders.

     

    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.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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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.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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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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