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    Is Rubongoya Soon Selling NUP? Or Does Bobi Wine Know Something Other Party Members Don’t? Party On Fire As Comrade Narrates How M7’s Shs13bn Was Secretly Shared…

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    NUP SG Rubongoya and his party boss Bobi Wine during the 2021 campaigns

    David Lewis Rubongoya the National Unity Platform (NUP) Secretary General when exclusively contacted by the mighty Grapevine, declined to respond on the dossier that placed him on the scene of receiving Shs13bn handshake from President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni during the 2021 general election.

    Rubongoya told theGrapevine on phone that he doesn’t have time to respond to the said allegation,” My friend give me a break, I’m not going to respond on that.”

    On 22nd July 2023, Samuel Lubega Mukaaku, the self-claimed chairperson of DP Bloc which was the first to enter a partnership with People Power that gave birth to NUP authored a dossier tasking Rubongoya to explain the Shs13bn he received from President Museveni to help in the 2021 political campaigns.

    “You have previously indicated that President Museveni’s handshake money was brought to NUP in cash, but the secretariat rejected it. If so, please clarify when and how you returned it to the sender,” Mukaaku stated.

    Highly places sources in Mukaaku’s camp told theGrapevine that Rubongoya has only two weeks to respond to the questions in their dossier if not, they will produce evidence showing how him together with his boss Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) were getting money from Museveni.

    He narrated that it all started when Museveni was threatened by a number of radical youths who were determined to push opposition dream through Bobi Wine of entering State House through a new youthful president under their slogan’ kigwera Entebe mu ntebe’.

    NUP insiders claim that even though Museveni released billions of money to Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) to disorganise NUP support, he was also advised to clandestinely release money to NUP and it was delivered by a senior military officer through the NUP SG.

    These insiders said that it was kept as a secret until one of the top politicians from Buganda who was struggling with debts because he had spent a lot of money trying to secure a parliamentary seat, got to know about the money issue.

    The said legislator (names withheld) used a lot of money because even though his immediate competitor was from the opposition he was bankrolled by president Museveni yet they were both using Bobi Wine’s slogans, even though the winner was the one with NUP ticket.

    The insiders maintained that the legislator’s businesses including schools were struggling and his employees including teachers were threatening to strike over delayed monthly pay.

    These NUP insiders claim that NUP’s top leadership knew about this legislators’s struggles and when he started asking for money, he was silenced with Shs1bn and given a juicy office at parliament.

    Other NUP sources who taled to this website claim that one of the top leaders at the Secretariat used the said money to buy a house in Kiwatule and others bought commercial vehicles like Sino Trucks which were exempted from paying taxes after an order from the big man.

    Sources claim that Mukaaku authored the dossier to save some NUP leaders in parliament who were receiving threats from the Secretariat that they were going to lose their juicy offices at parliament.

    “It is these NUP leaders in parliament who are allegedly giving Mukaaku all this information which has been kept secret for some time,” a source said.

    The source adds that they even connived with Annet Anita Among, the speaker of parliament, to direct the Auditor General John Muwanga to audit all the opposition political parties receiving money from the government.

    Sources said that the directive was targeting Bobi Wine’s NUP secretariat leaders and it created panic among them.

    Other questions Mukaaku put to Rubongoya include; his continued links to State House and security agencies even though he is a key actor in the leading opposition Party.

    He claims that Rubongoya has been seen visiting the State House severally in the guise of being a leader of the Great lakes students Union.

    Mukaaku threatened that he has overwhelming evidence pinning Rubongoya on working closely with State House officials.

    He adds that Rubongoya is an operative working for State House and other security agencies.

    “At what point do you separate your work as Secretary General of the opposition NUP and leader of the state funded Great Lakes Students Union?  Did you ever server ties with the State House which funded your education from Kanyarweru to Harvard University? Have you cut links with military and security agencies that accorded you specialized training and have you stopped taking on their assignments?” Mukaaku’s dossier reads in parts.

    He notes, “Have you resigned from the Military and security service and when will you publish your discharge certificate?”

    He further accuses Rubongoya of being a member of the Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba presidential project claiming that he held several meetings with Gen. Muhoozi himself and his team members.

    Mukaku disclosed that, “One such meeting was held at his Victoria mall office in Entebbe, the day before you and Hon. Kyagulanyi traveled to Jinja to unveil Hon. Mwiru and other members from Busoga. He was cited at Gen Muhoozi’s office at Victoria mall in Entebbe, the day before he together with Bobi Wine traveled to Jinja to unveil Alliance for National Transition (ANT)’s Paul Mwiru and other members from Busoga.”

    Mukaaku wants Rubongoya to confirm or deny that the said meeting was sanctioned by NUP leadership or Bobi Wine and whether it had any strategic bearing on the day’s events in Jinja. He further wanted Rubongoya to confirm whether it is true that he received and mismanaged donations from the global LGBT movement.

    He alleges that Rubongoya received and yet took no action to stop the swindling of immense funding support from donors, especially NUP LGBT partners namely the Harvard LGBT teams, and other LGBT donors.

    He gave the example of the assistance received to support NUP legislators in parliament during the process of enactment of Anti homosexuality, which was stolen but Rubongoya did not take any action.

    “Do you find your actions fitting?” Mukaaku states in his dossier.

    He wants Rubongoya to explain the two houses in Nalya and Kyanja and an apartment block in Kira which he claims he acquired in just a space of two years.

    He alleges that Rubongoya as the head of NUP secretariat is a beneficiary of corruption proceeds.

    He also cited nepotism at the NUP secretariat; blackmail and tribal witch-hunt whenever questions are raised about him.

    Mukaaku alleges that Robongoya filled all positions at the NUP Secretariat with his tribes mates, relatives and in-laws.

    He adds that Rubongoya has a hand in the drone arrests and kidnap of NUP activists. He noted that many activists listed in NUP files have coincidentally been arrested after holding briefing meetings with Rubongoya.

    He gave the example of a key activist who was taken off a taxi by security agents on his way to an assignment following a meeting with Rubongoya.

    Another activist was also arrested after confiding in Rubongoya of plans to pursue a visa to run into exile.

    He claims that many key leaders of Freedom Boda were kidnapped after Rubongoya requested for a list of their contacts on the pretext that he was processing their welfare support.

    He claims that many activists who disagree with Rubongoya’s ways end up being kidnapped or arrested.

    Mukaaku adds that at NUP offices, there are known operatives working for security and intelligence agencies working under the disguise of executing tasks for the office of the Secretary general.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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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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    INSIDE STORY: How M7 Grilled CMI Boss After His Wealth Shocked Him…

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    Before President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni made the latest changes in the top command of military intelligence agency where he changed from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) to Defence Intelligence and Security (DIS), he was shocked at how one of the top commandant was accumulating a lot of wealth in a very short period.

    Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda recently revealed that Museveni was shocked recently while driving in a certain part of the country when he saw a mega farm sitting on land measuring more than one and half square miles.

    Ssemujju narrated that the farm was newly established with modern equipment and thousands of very expensive breeds of cattle which forced him to ask his private operatives to investigate which tycoon owned the farm

    He was shocked to learn that one of the CMI commandants is the owner of the farm.

    Ssemujju disclosed that immediately, Museveni summoned the said CMI boss and quizzed him on where he got all the money he used to establish the said modern farm at his young age.

    Ssemujju explained that Museveni was very bitter with the said senior operative and accussed him of mismanaging public funds which are supposed to be used in gathering information to protect the country and its citizens.

    He added that because the seasoned operative was aware that before Museveni summoned him, he had made thorough investigations and was equipped with information, he decided to tell him the truth to survive.

    The senior operative told the President how he got the billions he used to buy the land, compensate the tenants who were occupying it, modernizing it and buying high breed cows from a Chinese.

    “He told him that he got the man from a Chinese investor. The president is very aware that most of his government officials get rich from getting bribes from investors and other corruption deals. So don’t be deceived that he can fight corruption because even in the case of that military officer, he left him to go without directing any prosecution against him,” Ssemujju said while appearing on Radio Simba’s Olutindo program hosted by senior political journalist Peter Kibazo.

    On several occasions, Museveni has disclosed that that he knows how his government officials are getting bribes from Chinese investors.

    Ssemujju explained that when Museveni’s government officials get information that a certain person is deployed in an office which is well facilitated with billions money, they make sure that they fight him and that is what they did to former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, former Inspector General of Police Gen. Edward Kale Kayihura and others because they controlled fat budgets.

    He revealed that even with the ongoing political turmoil against Annet Anita Among, there might be government officials fueling her troubles because she had become a threat to their political careers much as there are those also who want to be speakers of parliament.

    He confirmed that like Mbabazi and Kayihura, Among is currently the second most powerful person in the country next to President Museveni which has fetched her trouble.

    “They only fear Gen. Salim Saleh because he is a brother to Museveni but if it was not so, he would have also been fought like Kayihura, Mbabazi and others,” Ssemujju said.

    He made the statements days after the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates issued sanctions against Among on allegations of corruption.

    President Museveni directed the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka to follow up the allegation and force the United Kingdom government to provide evidence.

    The Office of the Inspector General of Government confirmed that Among did not declare the alleged properties in the United Kingdom and United Arabs Emirates.

    Among also assured the country that she owns nothing in the foreign countries claiming that western countries are targeting her because of the Homosexuality law.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Lawyer Kalali Justice Nkonge Clash Over Court Case File…

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    Lawyer Steven Kalali (R) and High Court judge Alexandra Nkonge Rugadya (L)

    Controversial lawyer Steven Kalali has clashed with High Court judge Alexandra Nkonge Rugadya over a Court Case File.

    The disagreement resulted from Kalali’s prayer where is was asking the presiding officer not to kick off his case because she was not going to conclude his entire case.

    He submitted that Justice Nkonge is set to retire early this year and the time she has left in public service is to clear the cases on her desk not to get fresh files like his.

    However, the judge disagreed with Kalali insisting that she has to hear the matter at all cost which forced Kalali to threaten to file a recuse application against her.

    This is not the first time that a retiring judge feel bad when asked to leave the matter to another judge because of their remaining time in the public service.

    Justice Joseph Mulangira faced off with lawyers led by Arthur Ssempebwa of Katende Ssempebwa and Company Advocates in the divorce case filed by city Pastor Aloysious Bujjingo of House of Prayers Ministries International against their client Teddy Naluswa Bujjingo.

    Justice Wilson Musane Musene was forced by the principal judge to hand over the office and officially go into retirement.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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