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    INTERVIEW: I Will Fight You Until Death – Wakiso LC5 Bwanika Warns Saleh:

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    Wakiso LC 5 chairman Matia Lwanga Bwanika has finally spoken out on on going war between him and the Chinese minning sand in lake Victoria who are backed by General Salim Saleh.

    Saleh recently blasted people like Bwanika and others asking them to choose between conserving the environment and putting money in the country’s confers to grow the economy.

    In a one on one chat with The Grapevine, Bwanika has vowed to fight to the last man. here is his tough message to the Chinese and government on his war against the chinese sandminners which many claim to be backed by Gen Salim Saleh .

     

    Hello chairman, Let’s talk about your war with the councilors.

    Environmental matters have catastrophic implications for the future. This is a struggle between selfish and dubious people who want to get money. But even if they use illegalities like they did to Lukwago, so be it. I can leave this seat and go back to Namulanda. I have so many other things I do to survive.

    As far as it takes. Councillors who want to impeach me are being diversionary and skipping the real issue.

     

     Why are the councilors fighting you.

    I tried using legal means through police and NEMA to stop them but the two feared to do anything, so I decided to use political means. When I came out, that’s when NEMA wrote letters stopping the activity. This is about divide and rule.

    The schemers went behind my back and met the [district] speaker, saying they want a council resolution authorizing them to resume work. But even if they get a council resolution, according to the Constitution and the Local Governments Act, there is no law that allows us to check a national agency.

    Whether NEMA is right or wrong, the district has no locus to pass any resolution that challenges NEMA.

    I know money was involved to sway councilors to portray me as a bad leader. It became so diversionary that it’s now Bwanika versus councilors, Bwanika versus speaker.

    I have been here for eight years and I have not collided with my fellow politicians.. People are using power and politics to force us to support this illegal activity. Journalists, civil society organisations and everybody should rise up and say this is wrong.

    Whether councilors abandon me, I will insist on saying that what is happening is illegal even if it means losing the chairmanship.

     

     Message to the councilors.

    That question is for everybody; if we want to win, we must join hands. I’m a very small person, Wakiso is a small district compared to Uganda and Uganda is a very small country compared to all countries using the lake. I have played my role; you as a journalist play yours and engage other people.

    Those people wanted to intimidate me by inciting councilors but I’m a very firm and seasoned politician who you cannot intimidate on matters of fact and law.

    One, they have no legal backing to impeach me. Two, we don’t have the powers to allocate licenses contrary to a national agency [directive] like NEMA.

    These are big people trying to use their offices to force us into doing something very dangerous. So, because they are used to intimidating everyone, they think they can use the same on me. I have been here for eight years, take that off the age I have and ask yourself, how have I been surviving. I can still survive without being the district chairman.

     

    Whats really behind the sand deal.

    I don’t know, but what I can say authoritatively is that it is very expensive sand. By the time I stopped this activity, they were selling the big [ten wheeler] truck (magulu kkumi) at Shs 3 million. They have heaps of sand which are larger than a village. So, these are billions of shillings.

    My interest is in the activity of mining itself. You see the district has no money because after getting so many municipalities, which are autonomous, district revenues were cut, therefore, it would be enticing if they gave us some revenue in exchange. But I don’t need revenue from an activity that threatens the future of our lake. This sand deal is also used as a cover up, they are other things they are doing through this deal like fishing.

     

    Message to Saleh.

    I appeal to the ministry of education to investigate the schools Saleh went to because he wouldn’t have made such a statement if he had gone to good schools.

    A school that doesn’t teach sustainable development in economics is not a good school. Sustainable development and the environment are synonymous. You can’t have one and lose the other; they move together. If it’s just development for the sake of it; we should cut down all the trees.

     

    Are you not worried of what is likely to happen to your life

    Mowzey Radio died. As I speak mortuaries are full. You can’t avoid death; you can’t abandon the truth just because you fear to die.

    I’m not in this seat accidentally. I’m like a sailor, there is no way you go to the waters and say that you don’t expect waves, storms or winds. It’s part of the game. You cannot avoid being imprisoned, stop assassinations when you are in politics.

    Even if it’s Museveni behind this, I will tell him what he is doing is wrong. For Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi to be assassinated, did he first fight for the lake?

    I hear they shot him 72 bullets. We don’t know who killed him up to now. When he was still the commander of Kampala Metropolitan Police, he put me under house arrest when I was fighting Sudhir [Ruparelia] because of environmental issues.  If I die, so be it. I don’t want to be part of the massive killing of people if I keep quiet.

     

    Your last remarks

    If you behave normally in an abnormal situation, then it’s you who is abnormal. As I talk to you, some very big people in government are whispering to me, otuyambye (you helped us) but they are more powerful than me. So, that means I touched a button everyone fears to touch.

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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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    Mukono Municipality In Crisis After NUP Mayor Nkoyoyo Is Admitted To Mulago Hospital Without Money For Treatment…

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    Bedridden Mukono Municipality mayor Erisa Mukasa Nkoyoyo. Inset is the area MP Betty Nambooze

    Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireke has confirmed that the Municipality’s mayor Erisa Mukasa Nkoyoyo has been admitted to Mulago Specialised Hospital.

    Nambooze explained that last week, she went to hospital to check on him and discovered that his health condition was worsening.

    She said that Nkoyoyo needs very expensive medicine which he has to buy from one of the big pharmacies near the hospital because inside the hospital the medicine is not there.

    She added that because of the expensive medicine, Nkoyoyo is buying it in piecemeal which places his life in more danger.

    She disclosed that the Municipality has no money for his treatment.

    Few months back, theGrapevine reported how Mukono Municipality town clerk Majeran Luboyera and other technocrats rushed Nkoyoyo to Butabika mental hospital but he was later discharged.

    Friends and family members cited witchcraft in Nkoyoyo’s sickness claiming that his political competitors who want his office come 2026 are the ones who want him dead.

    Luboyera confirmed that Nkoyoyo’s absence has created a leadership crisis in the Municipality because currently, it is like the Municipality has no mayor.

    Since the day Nkoyoyo decided to attend the local government retreat at Kyankwanzi leadership training, National Unity Platform principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) him a betrayer.

    The party leadership stopped Nkoyoyo from attending the said retreat but he defied them and attended.

    Nkoyoyo later explained that his decision was based on his hunger to develop the Municipality and they could not achieve the development they wanted without working together with the ruling party.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    RDC Mbabazi, Sseninde In Secret Tug Of War Over NRM Ticket For Wakiso District Woman Legislator…

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    Rosemary Nansubuga Sseninde (R) and Justine Mbabazi (L)

    The mighty Grapevine can exclusively reveal that Rosemary Nansubuga Sseninde and Justine Mbabazi are in a secret fight over the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket for Wakiso District Woman Member of Parliament.

    In the 2021 parliamentary election, Sseninde was defeated little known Betty Naluyima who held the National Unity Platform (NUP) ticket.

    After the defeat, President Museveni dropped her as the junior Minister for Education.

    However, because of the good relationship Sseninde has with the first lady maama Janet Kataha Museveni, she was appointed as a Director at NRM Secretariat in charge of mobilization.

    When theGrapevine asked her whether she is coming back in elective politics, she only responded with “don’t wake them up”.

    We have established that she is making clandestine mobilization to contest for the same seat come 2026.

    But political observers in Wakiso told theGrapevine that Sseninde is going to find a hard task to secure the NRM ticket because Mbabazi is also interested in the same ticket and she is also doing clandestine mobilization.

    “Mbabazi is on the ground, she always stands with people when it comes to the situation of challenges, especially on the land issues. Minister Sam Mayanja has also helped her to popularize herself because whenever he goes for a land matter, he has to go with her and praise her before the public as a very hard working lady and an NRM cadre,” one of the political observers said.

    However, Sseninde is also not sleeping. She is using her position NRM director Mobilisation to hit two birds with one stone.

    She is popularizing President Museveni’s achievements across the whole country and at the same time doing ground mobilization among the locals in Wakiso district.

    Others interested in the seat are Rose Kirabira, Sylivia Namutyaba, Naluyimba is also coming back among others.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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