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    Is The Speaker Elected At Statehouse? – Kadaga Vows To Fight At Parliament…

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    Rebecca Kadaga

    Rebecca Kadaga has declared to contest for Speakership as an independent candidate, defying her National Resistance Movement (NRM) party that chose Oulanyah over her.

    While making this announcement at Hotel Africana this evening, the outgoing speaker of parliament said;

    “Fellow Ugandans, I have come to inform the people of Uganda that my party has opted not to give me the party flag for Speaker of Parliament. I have therefore decided to run as an independent.”

    Kadaga also revealed that there have been many attempts to eject her from the NRM party.

    “During CEC elections, there was intimidation and massive funding from some party members against me. I’m being pushed out because of speaking about issues concerning ordinary people,” Kadaga stressed.

    Not only Kadaga, but her unsatisfied supporters also vowed that her name will appear on the ballot on Monday as the 11th Parliament convenes for the first time since the January 14 elections to vote the Speaker and Deputy Speaker.

    theGrapevine understands that the NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting deferred declaring who they preferred last night to buy sometime to ably convince Kadaga to take it in good faith, because it was clear they preferred Oulanyah.

    That is why Oulanyah was announced Sunday morning by CEC as their favorite candidate for the position.

    The Kadaga camp appears resolute and have no kind words for those asking her to step down for her former deputy.

    With or without the blessing of the NRM party organs, the MPs backing Kadaga are stopping at nothing!

    Asuman Basalirwa, the head of Kadaga’s media campaign team stated that the job of Speaker and Kadaga’s support are matters too big to be determined by a small group of people.

    “The decisive battle will be fought on the floor of Parliament. That has been decided,” Basalirwa affirmed.

    By Toni Senono

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    Five Dead As Bomb Goes Off In Church Near DRC, Uganda Border 

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    A bomb killed at least five people on Sunday after detonating in a church in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said.

    Details of the attack remain hazy, but military spokesman Antony Mualushayi said the “terrorist act” happened in a Pentecostal church in North Kivu province’s Kasindi, a town on the border with Uganda.

    Mualushayi later told reporters that at least five bodies had been taken to the morgue following the blast, in what he called a provisional death toll.

    Joel Kitausa, a local civil society figure, put the death toll at eight and said 27 other people had been wounded.

    AFP was unable to independently confirm the toll.

    It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. Mualushayi said that one suspect — a Kenyan — had been arrested.

    The DRC’s communications ministry said on social media that the attack was apparently carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group.

    The ADF — which the Islamic State group claims as its affiliate in Central Africa — is active in the Kasindi area.

    It has been accused of slaughtering thousands of Congolese civilians and carrying out bomb attacks in Uganda.

    The ADF has planted bombs in towns in North Kivu in the past.

    Since 2021 a joint Congolese-Ugandan military operation has been targeting the ADF in North Kivu and neighbouring Ituri province.

    Over 120 armed groups roam mineral-rich eastern DRC, many of which are the legacy of regional wars that flared at the turn of the 21st century.

    Source: AFP

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    Immigration Boss Loses Wife, All Her Siblings In Accident

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    An official of Immigration attached to Entebbe Airport is mourning the loss of his wife.
    The female adult is one of the four victims of Sunday accident at Kayabwe in which all occupants of the Toyota Fielder (UBL 270S) died. This was after the Toyota Fielder driver crossed to the opposite lane that had a bus (UAW 561P) belonging to Global Bus Company.

     

    The driver of the fielder and two occupants died on spot ( female adults) while one died on the way to Nkozi Hospital.

    By press time, the identities of the deceased persons had not been established.

     

    However, we have established that one of the female adults was the wife of Isaac Lweru, an Immigration Officer at Entebbe Airport.

    Faridah Nampiima, the Spokesperson for Traffic and Road Safety Directorate attributed the cause of the accident to careless driving by the driver of the Fielder which was coming from Masaka and overtaking when she hit a hump and rammed into the bus and thus claiming four lives.

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    DTB Bank In Trouble For Selling Former Minister’s Contested Building To Masaka City Businessman…

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    Former Minister Muyanja Mbabali (R) at an NRM function

    Masaka city businessman Robert Ssekigye has threatened to take legal action against Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) if they fail to handover a building, he bought from them.

    Ssekigye told theGrapevine that he purchased Zamo building which is situated in Masaka city along Kampala Masaka Road from the bank after it was advertised in the newspapers.

    “I expect DTB to hand over the building to me. They should refund my money if they have failed to sort themselves out with Muyanja Mbabali,” Ssekigye threatened.

    Former state minister for investment Mbabali’s lawyer Patrick Mugisha admitted that he frustrated the move to sell off his client’s building explaining that the transaction was illegal.

    “We had initially secured a court order stopping them from proceeding with the entire transaction, but they remained adamant and sold the property,” Mugisha said.

    He explained that the building was wrongly attached by the bank because it was not part of the collateral which his client used to secure the loan which is in billions of shillings. He added that they have secured a caveat from the High Court stopping any transaction on the said building.

    This website has established that Mbabali lost a number of buildings including Nkozi Hotels in Mpigi district and other commercial buildings in Kampala and Masaka over loans that’s why he is fighting tooth and nail to save Zamo building which he claims was not on the list of the buildings which he used as security when securing the said loan.

    He further wants Court to force the bank to bring to court the accounts of all financial transactions and dealings belonging to his business firm MFK Corporation.

    On Thursday last week, Mastulah Naava, the Masaka City Deputy Resident City Commissioner in charge of Nyendo-Mukungwe Division saved Mbabali’s building when she stopped the attaching of the building.

    This comes after Charles Ssebambulide, the commissioner private security organisation and private firearms wrote to the Greater Masaka region police commander instructing him to supervise the deployment of HASH security company which was hired by the bank to provide security when the property was being attached.

    Banks through their agents first took over the building and changed the locks as they planned to hand it over to the new buyer.

    Naava told theGrapevine that they stopped the move because DTB bank didn’t follow the required procedure including providing a court order allowing the takeover of ownership of the building.

    DTB Bank was not reached for a comment.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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