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    INSIDE STORY:  You Can’t Lease Ugandans Their Own Land On Which They Plant Their Food And Bury Their People – Inside Museveni’s Attack On Kyapa Mu Ngalo And Kabaka Owned BLB…

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    L-R: Minister Sam Mayanja, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi and President Museveni

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has sidelined the Attorney General and also his handler on legal matters Kiryowa Kiwanuka in the process of drafting and preparing for the long waited controversial land amendment bill.

    In his 8th/11/2021 letter, to the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) members, Museveni declared that Buganda Land Board, which acts as Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s agents on land matters is illegal and all its activities including ‘kyapa mu ngalo’ should be fought.

    “Resist all schemes of ‘okutemako’ (cut pieces from) of the Bibanja owner’s land or kyapa mu ngalo (leases given by illegal Buganda Land Board). Leases were for educated, sometimes for foreigner, commercial producers using land. They cannot be for Ugandans who have their homes (Obutuuro), the graves of their ancestors on those lands. This is why the customary or freehold (land systems) may be the only correct models for Ugandans,” Museveni wrote.

    He insisted that CEC members should fight land evictions in the country because it will make people start buying food from others when they have their own land.

    Museveni’s statement left supporters of Dr. Sam Mayanja, the junior lands minister jubilant, claiming that their long-term battle against heartless landlords is about to be won.

    Mayanja has been criticizing the activities of Buganda Land Board and insisting that the Traditional Rulers Restitution of Assets and Properties Act of 1993 and the Institution of Traditional Or Cultural Leaders Act, 2011 is illegal and violates the 1995 Constitution.

    Mayanja insisted that it was illegal and president Museveni was poorly advised to sign agreements with Kabaka Mutebi to return the said properties because there were no properties confiscated from Buganda Kingdom through the 1967 Constitution.

    He said that the alleged confiscated properties were part of the properties left behind for Baganda who didn’t benefit in the 1900 agreement and should be nationalised and not be returned to Buganda Kingdom.

    Mayanja advised that all the agreements signed between Kabaka Mutebi and Museveni should be declared illegal because Baganda were never consulted when negotiations were taking place which resulted in signing the agreements.

    Top Buganda Kingdom legal brains fired back at Mayanja and blamed him for misleading the president to achieve his personal vendetta against the Kingdom.

    Former Buganda Kingdom deputy spokesperson and the current Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona cautioned Mayanja on confusing Museveni on Buganda Land Board well knowing that it is the the kingdom’s cash cow and the finances collected help run the kingdom affairs.

    “I am very sure he (Mayanja) is the one who advised the president to make such worrying statements, we know he dislikes us and he knows very well what Buganda Land Board means to the running of the Kingdom. He has a bad attitude towards us and it is unfortunate that he made the president turn out to be a laughing stock before legal brains like us,” Ssegona said.

    He was supported by Buganda kingdom Attorney General, Christopher Bwanika who said that Buganda Land Board is a legally registered company in the laws of Uganda under the  Institution of Traditional or Cultural Leaders Act 2011 and the Traditional Rulers Restitution of Assets And Properties Act.

    In an exclusive interview with Uganda’s leading weekly newspaper Ono Bwino, Buganda minister for general duties and a prominent city lawyer David Mpanga said that Mayanja’s ill statements against Buganda Kingdom may lead to violating the agreements signed between Kabaka Mutebi and Museveni.

    Mr. Mpanga revealed that among the clauses in the agreement is putting a stop to exchanging of harmful propaganda which the Kingdom has respected but which Museveni has failed to respect by allowing Mayanja to attack the Kingdom.

    Sources in the State house revealed that in a bid to curb the overwhelming land wrangles in the country, Museveni is determined to amend the land law even though some stakeholders have protested the move including churches and Kingdoms which hold vast pieces of land.

    Sources also revealed that in this battle, Museveni has put a lot of trust in his long-term legal advisor Mayanja and his personal lawyers that is why he is sidelining the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka who is also his personal lawyer on some sensitive matters.

    “Mzee thinks that the Attorney General might have conflict of interest, you know very well his relationship with Kabaka and some top Mengo officials,” a state house source said.

    Sources added that Mayanja has been briefing Museveni at a personal level on every development since his appointment as minister to clear up the land mess and also draft the said bill.

    Mayanja is an accomplished lawyer on land, finance and banking matters at Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA) one of the most respected firms in the country.

    KAA has represented president Museveni in several legal battles including presidential election petitions

    Mayanja used his expertise to write a number of research papers on benefits of land amendments that were presented to president Museveni.

    Sources said that the big man is very sure that with Mayanja’s advice, he and the NRM party will gain back Buganda which is under Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine’s NUP since many peasants who are mostly tenants have suffered at the hands of cruel landlords.

    “A number of intelligence reports presented to the big man showed that one of the reasons why he lost in Buganda is the rampant land evictions. Many people think that he is the one behind these evictions so he wants to wash his hands clean through such laws,” a source said.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    AS UGANDA END’S ITS MARRIAGE WITH UMEME: Here is government’s New Plans To Transition From Umeme To Uganda National Electricity Company Limited (UNEL)…

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    The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has commenced the implementation of the Power Sector Reforms, targeting to enhance sector performance and provide affordable power to the people of Uganda. The move follows a Cabinet Directive of October 3, 2022.

    The reforms are expected to minimize expensive private capital in the Electricity Sub Sector investments in generation, transmission, and distribution. It will culminate in creating the Uganda National Electricity Company Limited (UNECL) as a state-run entity with majority shareholding under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement as a possible option.

    Cabinet, among others, directed the Ministry not to renew the Concession and Privatization Agreements for Eskom Uganda Limited and UMEME Limited after their concessions come to their natural end.

    Eskom is the country’s largest energy generator on a 20-year concession effective March 1, 2003, for managing and maintaining the l80MW Nalubale and 200MW Kira Hydropower Plants. Umeme is Uganda’s main electricity distribution company, holding a 20-year electricity distribution concession from the Government of Uganda, effective March 1, 2005.

    The Ministry has already formally notified Eskom and UMEME of the Government’s decision not to renew their concessions agreements when they come to their natural end in March 2023 and March 2025, respectively.

    The Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA), Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL), and Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited (UEDCL) have also been directed to make appropriate arrangements for the transition.

    Hon. Dr. Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, appreciated UMEME and Eskom for the yea rs of continued support and investment in Uganda’s Energy Sector. “On behalf of the Government of Uganda, I take this opportunity to appreciate ‘UMEME and Eskom for the Operation and Maintenance of the Government assets on behalf of UEDCL and UEGCL for the past 18 and 19 years, respectively.”

    The Minister noted that the electricity distribution network under UMEME covers a large percentage of the country, has grown in asset capacity and complexity and employs about 2,000 staff.

    “To this effect, I call upon the parties to the concession agreements to ensure a smooth transition of all the relevant responsibilities and asset handover in close coordination with this Ministry,” the Minister said.

    She said the Ministry would spearhead the transition process and engage all concerned parties, including the shareholders, to ensure that the Government of Uganda’s decision to end the concession naturally is executed reasonably.

    The Ministry has already constituted a Joint Committee to handle the Eskom Concession and is in the process of making a similar arrangement for the UMEME concession. The respective Committees are tasked with the planning and management of the end of the concessions to ensure seamless handover of the operations of the assets .

    “Government is committed to avail the necessary financing to ensure it fulfills its obligations in the related agreements,” elaborated Irene Sateebe, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry. “UEDCL and UEGCL will be supported to enable them to manage the transition period and operation of the concessions as happened with the SOMW Namanve Thermal Power Plant that has reverted to UEGCL in 2021.”

    The Permanent Secretary said the Ministry, with the support of the Auditor General, would undertake a valuation of the companies’ investments to determine any outstanding obligations by Government.

    The Ministry continues to put in place all measures to ensure universal access to clean, reliable, and affordable energy.

     

    Source: Solomon Muyita, Principal Communications Officer (Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development)

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    Bobi Wine Summons NUP Legislators To Strategise On How To Save MP Zaake…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine (L) and Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake

    National Unity Platform (NUP) Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has summoned his party legislators to strategise on how to save Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Butebi Zaake from angry parliamentary leadership.

    According to credible sources in NUP, the meeting is expected to take place next week at their party headquarters in Kamwokya.

    Last week, Bobi Wine blasted his legislators for not giving enough support to their own (Zaake) when he was protesting deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa’s ruling stopping him from debating the ongoing abduction of people especially in Buganda.

    “I want to salute Hon. Francis Zaake and tell him that as an individual, I am very proud of him. NUP is very proud of you and Ugandans that were abducted are very proud of you. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of parliament, thank you for not shutting up, thank you for doing exactly what you were elected to do,” he said.

    Even though Bobi Wine praised Zaake, Tayebwa referred him to the parliamentary disciplinary committee and the hearing of his matter kicked off on Tuesday.

    However, sources in NUP revealed that Bobi Wine wants his legislators to put up a spirited fight to frustrate the move of disciplining Zaake.

    These were days after the Speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among warned Zaake that parliament will take criminal action against him to recover the institution’s properties he declined to return after being removed from the position of the parliamentary commissioner.

    Among told parliament that Zaake declined to return the parliamentary car even though he has been informed in writing to return it

    Former Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa advised Bobi Wine to investigate Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona who was acting as the Leader of Opposition on the day Zaake protested because he was the one who stopped other opposition legislators from joining Zaake and telling him to move out of the plenary.

    One of Bobi Wine’s Personal Assistant Julius Katongole said that the motive of the meeting that Bobi Wine summoned is not to condemn or attack anyone but it is about guiding them on how to work together and use parliament to fight president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s bad acts against poor Ugandans.

    He rubbished allegations making rounds that Bobi Wine summoned the legislators to introduce to them their new parliamentary leadership after firing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba from the position of Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic At KCCA As M7 Directs Minister Magyezi To Investigate RCC Burora Claim On Misuse Of PDM Cash…

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    Lubaga deputy RCC Burora (L) and Minister Magyezi (R)

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed in writing the local government minister Raphael Magyezi to investigate the allegation made by Lubaga Division Deputy Resident City Commissioner(RCC) Anderson Burora against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on mismanagement of the government Parish Development Modal cash.

    Minister Magyezi confirmed the development and said that the president directed him to present his findings to cabinet by the coming Monday so that the ministers discuss the matter.

    He said that the president was very concerned with the allegation made by Burora and praised him for standing his ground and speaksoff to the alleged government officials.

    Magyezi told theGrapevine that the president wants other Resident District Commissioners (RDC) to do what Burora did to inspect government projects for the good of the country.

    Last week, Burora suspended the operations of Parish Development Model citing irregularities in implementing the program by allocating the funds to people who are not supposed to benefit from it.

    “We have seen lists bearing names of people who are well off, who own cars, are salary earners and those who own big shops being fronted for Parish Development Model. The project was intended for the 39% population that lives hand-to-mouth, not those who surpassed that level,” Burora said.

    However, Aisha Nabisere, the KCCA Parish Development Model coordinator rubbished Burora’s allegations insisting that he was spreading falsehoods.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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