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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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    Besigye Challenges Bobi Wine, Other Opposition Bosses to One-On-One  Debate Before Public On Agenda Each Has To Oust M7…

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    Leader of the People’s Front for Transition (PFT) political pressure group Dr. Kizza Besigye has challenged opposition political parties bosses for an open debate on the agenda each of them has to oust president Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni.

    Among the political parties’ leaders Besigye wants to debate with include; National Unity Platform’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine, Democratic Party’s Nobert Mao, JEEMA’s Asuman Basalirwa and others.

    Besigye says the debate will help the public to understand the agenda of their leaders who are promising them change.

    “I am tired of always being hosted alone on these media talk shows. We always met with those opposition leaders but the people who are the owners of the struggle are not given an opportunity to understand their agendas. That’s why I am proposing an open debate on one platform, me seated here, my brother Hon Kyagulanyi there and others, and we debate before the public,” Besigye said.

    He added that Ugandans know very well what to do for meaningful change to happen but they have been betrayed by their leaders especially those in opposition who do not mobilize them well for change but only fulfill their personal goals after they get political offices.

    Besigye made the remarks while hosted by senior journalist Evans Walusimbi on radio Simba’s Olutindo talk show.

    He also explained that the reason why he decided to form PFT was to establish a front to be used by all opposition politicians to strategise on the way forward to oust Museveni’s regime even though some opposition politicians intentionally misinterpreted the Front’s goals.

    He insisted that each and every political pressure group formed adds something to the struggle and shouldn’t be rubbished.

    “Uganda is sitting on the time bomb and we should all prepare for the worse situation ahead. People are crying due to the increase in commodity prices and no one is there to mobilize them to fight for themselves because many of those who would have fought for them are on Museveni’s drip, getting something from the state and they don’t want to interrupt the big boss,” Besigye said.

    He added that Museveni himself knows that Ugandans are tired of him that’s why he no longer associates with them as he used to when he had just captured power.

    “He is now moving in the armoured cars with alot of guns surrounding him,” Besigye said.

    The four time presidential candidate laughed at opposition members who think that they can use the ballot to oust Museveni.

    “For us we established ten years back that a ballot cannot remove Museveni from power and we have been telling our friends but for their personal benefits, they rubbished us until they tested on him,” Besigye said.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Family Of Alleged Kampala Twin Bombings Plotter Sheikh Kirevu Petitions UHRC’s Wangadya Over His Killing, Plead With Security To Release Widows…

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    Sheikh Kirevu

    The family of the late Muhammad Abas Kirevu has petitioned Mariam Wangadya, the chairperson Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) over the killing of their relative.

    In his Saturday address to the nation, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni confirmed that security operatives gunned down Sheikh Kirevu who was Imam of Masjid Jamia Ggangu due to his connection to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

    Museveni insisted that Sheikh Kirevu was aware of last week’s twin bombings at Kampala Central police station and along Parliamentary Avenue where seven people died.

    The president added that Sheikh Kirevu was working with Sheikh Sulaiman Nsubuga who is on run.

    The two were wanted for allegedly recruiting young children into terrorism activities under the ADF terrorist group.

    Mr. Museveni promised that his government is ready to reveal shocking evidence before the Courts of law when the trial kicks off.

    However, Sheikh Kirevu’s family led by Ibrahim Abas Ayub Kirevu, the brother to late sheikh Kirevu insists that their relative’s human rights were violated.

    They claim that he was not given an opportunity to defend himself on the alleged terrorism accusations by the state because he was killed on sight.

    “His right to life was violated and as a family we have to fight for his justice, he was arrested, handcuffed and then shot to death, we need justice for our brother,” Kirevu said after a meeting with Wangadya.

    He added that security forces also kidnapped other family members including a guest.

    He said that Amina Nabadda and Sofia Nakachwa, all windows to Kirevu, Mariam Najjuko, a sister-in-law to Kirevu are still in illegal detention.

    He pleaded to the human rights body to pressurise security agencies to release their people or take them to Court if they feel they have charges to answer.

    He further explained that they have checked a number of police stations in Kampala and some military barracks but failed to locate their loved ones.

    Wangadya promised that her commission is going to investigate the circumstances under which Kirevu was killed because he has a right to life.

    Police publicity Fred Enanga said that the said people are still in the hands of security for interrogation on a number of issues relating to last week’s twin bombings.

     

    By Swaib Kalule

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    Kayunga Is Not For Jokers: Swords Out As Nantaba Vows To Fight Bobi Wine’s NUP In Kayunga By-Election…

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    NUP boss Robert Kyagulanyi (L) and Kayunga woman MP Nantaba (R)

    Kayunga woman Member of Parliament Aida Erios Nantaba and National Unity Platform (NUP) party’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine have each drawn out their swords in the by-election for Kayunga district chairperson.

    The Electoral Commission declared that a by election be held in Kayunga after the controversial death of Muhammad Ffefeka Sserubugo (NUP) who was found hanging on a jackfruit tree few months after being elected into office.

    Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) spokesperson Charles Twine revealed that Sserubogo committed suicide which was refuted by NUP top leadership who insisted that their outspoken member was killed and hung on the tree.

    Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama announced that the by-election will take place on 14th December, 2021.

    The biggest competition is expected to be between NRM’s Andrew Muwonge and NUP’s Harriet Nakwedde who has caused the sharp verbal fight between Nantaba and Bobi Wine henchmen.

    Julius Katongole, one of Bobi Wine’s personal assistants and also the Lubaga division youth chairperson, accused Nantaba of trying to compromise NUP’s party Election Management Committee chaired by Mercy Walukamba.

    “Nantaba is among those people who are bitter with our decision to front Nakwedde to replace the late Serubogo. You know she cheated her in the recent Kayunga woman parliamentary elections, she was declared winner at gun point but our president (Bobi Wine) was very clever. He directed Walukamba’s committee not to base on the information given to them in Kampala, he directed them to go to the grassroot and establish the rightful candidate who will secure the party’s victory in the by election and Nakwedde was selected,” Katongole said.

    He added that before announcing Nakwedde, a number of opposition leaders including Dr. Kizza Besigye’s People’s Front for Transition (PFT) had been approaching different candidates including Nakwedde to denounce NUP and contest on their tickets.

    He alleged that Besigye and other opposition parties promised to facilitate campaigns of their candidates if they cross to their camps but they all refused and reported to the party’s principle Bobi Wine.

    Katongole revealed that Bobi Wine has already received the intelligence report from the ground indicating that Nantaba is on the ground decampaigning Nakwedde but vowed to face off with her.

    Katongole also refuted claims from Sserubogo’s family that Bobi Wine betrayed them by not supporting Faridah Nakanwagi, a sister to Sserubogo and his son Jami Kamoga who were defeated by Nakwedde.

    “The process was transparent and all those people were defeated fairly and I am advising them not to fight the party because they will be defeated,” he said.

    However, when Nantaba was contacted for a comment, she laughed loudly at claims from Bobi Wine’s camp and warned that Kayunga is a different playground which doesn’t entertain jokers.

    She revealed that she is going to support Magid Nyanzi as an independent because she is also an independent.

    “The people of Kayunga know very well the land grabbers and their friends who are now jumping on Bobi Wine but they will be defeated. I am telling you,” the soft spoken legislator said.

    The NRM team is also on the ground to reclaim the Kayunga victory which was taken from them by NUP in the 2021 election.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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