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    Judge Who Awarded Tycoon Ham Kiggundu Shs120bn In Battle With DTB Bank Transferred To Remote Soroti City…

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    Businessman Hamis Kiggundu with his lawyer Fred Muwema. Right is Justice Adonyo

    Speculations have already started among the legal fraternity and the general public questioning why the Principal Judge Flavian Zeija, who is also the head of High Court judges transferred the soft spoken senior commercial judge Henry Peter Adonyo to remote Soroti city as the Resident judge.

    Justice Adonyo’s name dominated the news when he dismissed Diamond Trust Bank’s (DTB)  Shs120bn case with 8 percent  interest against controversial city tycoon Hamis Kiggundu, the proprietor of Ham Enterprises Limited on technicality.

    In his ruling to stay of execution, Justice Nzeija cited corruption in Kiggundu’s case and revealed that a number of people approached him asking him to name his price before making his ruling even though he didn’t mention which party tried to bribe him.

    Ham protested Justice Nzeija’s action to stay of execution and dragged him to the Judiciary’s disciplinary body, the Judicial Service Commission.

    In his ruling, Justice Adonyo stated that Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) Kenya where Ham borrowed Shs120bn was not licensed to carry out any commercial transaction in Uganda because it contravened the Financial Institutions Acts of both Uganda and Kenya hence lacked locus to sue.

    Adonyo agreed with Kiggundu’s lawyers led by senior counsel Fred Muwema that it was illegally for the bank to withdraw money from Ham’s account without his consent.

    During the same transfer, over 28 Judges were transferred to different stations, seasoned electoral petitions legal giant turned High Court Judge Musa Sekaana was promoted to head the Civil Division Court of the High Court in Kampala.

    Many observers welcomed the move stating that Sekaana’s experience is going to help especially at this time when Courts are waiting for electoral petitions.

    Sekaana represented a number of politicians including the independent Electoral Commission in the previous elections petitions.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Nakalema Probes Kyambogo Bosses For Hijacking Gov’t Key Digitization Project…

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    From 2018, the government of Uganda began implementing a multi-billion digitization project aimed at automating all services delivery at all public Universities.

    The project, which the President’s Makerere Visitation Committee headed by Abel Rwendeire copied from Kyambogo’s e-campus, was and is still called Academic Information Management System (AIMS).

    The aim of the project was to block financial leakages and improve service delivery at the same time. It’s the system that all public Universities use to ensure students coming from S6 can electronically apply for courses they want online without having to physically travel to the campus. The system also makes it possible for students to be admitted electronically and a student can check his or her name on the admission list without travelling to campus. The same system makes it possible for the students to use their phones to pay tuition in the bank without travelling to line up as it was in the past. All the banks collecting fees are interfaced on the system and a student gets a text message indicating the University has received his or her tuition through the bank. This happens immediately after paying.

    The same system makes it possible for the students to register for exams online and to even know their marks and check their CGPA and general academic progress online. They can even check online to confirm if their transcript is ready or if they are on the graduation list. After marking students, a lecturer can electronically enter marks which the student can access to know how he or she performed in a given course unit.

    This system has ensured no rogue minded university officials can admit students or collect fees clandestine while cheating the University as it used to be. Before the system was introduced administrators at Universities like Kyambogo would connive with tellers in the banks to cheat the University whereby a student would pay Ugx10,000 and yet get a bank slip or receipt showing they paid Ugx1.5m as tuition. The crooked administrators working with shady bank tellers would share receive say Ugx1,000,000 from a student especially the poor ones who are about to miss exams, process for them a receipt indicating they have paid everything and yet the university would have only Ugx10,000 deposited on its bank account yet a student has a receipt shows he or she paid Ugx1.5m.

    The balance of Ugx990,000 would be shared by the thieving administrators and the bank officials. That is how an internal audit at Kyambogo where Katunguka had just become VC discovered that more than Ugx15bn had been stolen in this syndicate involving the banks officials and administrators at the University especially from the academic registrar and finance departments. This had been lost between 2006 and 2011. Many of the thieves were arrested and made to refund these billions which Katunguka used to develop infrastructure and fund research at Kyambogo.

    The Rwendeire report reflected on all these problems and recommended that the e-campus system of automating fees collection and other processes which Katunguka had introduced in Kyambogo to block financial leakages becomes the thing for all public universities. That is how the President directed the ICT Ministry and that of finance to use part of the innovation fund which has billions of cash to help expand and replicate this system to other public universities. That is how what used to be just e-campus for Kyambogo only was expanded to cover all public Universities and the cost in billions was met by the government of Uganda. The government continues to meet this cost through the ICT Ministry.

    Kyambogo already had experts and the teams which had developed e-campus. Those very same experts were brought on board to participate in the designing, development and installation of AIMS which was the expanded version of e-campus. Some of the Kyambogo experts acted quickly and incorporated a company called Zeenode Ltd which was contracted by government to serve as the process partner in the rolling out of AIMS. Their job was to design, develop and install the AIMS system for all public Universities. They would also offer some technical support services and general mantainance of the system besides training the local staff at each of the Universities.

    Zeenode Ltd has guys like Philemon Wenganga, Samson Zziwa, Joseph Katongole and Hedson Kisitu as some of its founders, directors and incorporators. They had been students of telecom engineering at Kyambogo University and had served as research assistants to the Principal Investigator when the e-campus system, which expanded into AIMS, was being developed years prior. They had graduated in 2010. And here is why they are now all of a sudden in very big trouble; whistle blower has reported to Col Edith Nakalema that the four very ambitious young men have illegally since registered the system as their own copyright with URSB.

    This is being disputed as illegal because the system belongs to the government of Uganda which paid them to develop it and not vice versa. The whistle blower informs Nakalema that doing such a thing is fraud aimed art cheating the government of Uganda for which the four very wealthy young engineers, officed at Lukwiya Road in Kiwatule, are supposed to be criminally prosecuted. If anything is to be registered at all regarding this AIMS system that has to be the government of Uganda because of the billions it paid to them through the ICT Ministry from the innovation fund. That the same was developed by the four engineers in the course of their employment as staff of Kyambogo University where they earn a very good salary just to specialize at developing systems for their employer which is a government University.

    The whistle blower also calls on Nakalema to become keenly interested in the parallel investigations CID is already conducting to establish the circumstances under which the four engineers came to be in multiple government employment contrary to clearly well-known government standing orders. Mbu some of the four engineers, whose riches we shall be exposing in our next story, work as full time employees at Kyambogo yet they are equally employed to work with civil aviation authority Entebbe which is a government agency. Some of them are also full time employees of MTN Uganda which makes it hard for them to work properly for Kyambogo University.

    CID has already questioned and taken documents from Kyambogo Director HR Richard Manana about this anomaly and the four engineers might end up being arraigned in courts of law to answer for criminal charges. At Kyambogo because they are very rich, people in top management have been knowing about this multiple employment but they fear to touch them for fear of being accused of just being envious because of their riches. The four young engineers are actually the richest at Kyambogo; they live in palatial houses and drive in opulent cars yet none of them has a bank loan anywhere. Their problems escalated recently and intelligence picked interest in them when they switched off the entire AIMS system for a full week something which paralyzed processes at Makerere and other public universities.

    Makerere bosses protested by writing a confidential letter to the President who became interested in understanding the invisible hand behind Zeenode Ltd whose actions almost caused a students’ strike. We have seen a written explanation in which the Zeenode bosses defended the switch as inevitable because the government’s licensing agreement had expired and the switch off happened automatically.

    This has been rejected by people in government’s intelligence services who have maintained that the switch off was an act of malice aimed at inciting students into a strike in order to embarrass the government of President Museveni to the benefit of Bobi Wine and his NUP party since this was towards election time. The first lady who is also minister of Education Janet Museveni is very sensitive to such things because she knows Makerere is naturally very chaotic and anyone switching off automation services for such a long time must be an enemy of government and a saboteur whose actions deserve to be inquired into.

     

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    How Bank Of Uganda Appeal Cost Tycoon Sudhir Cash Deal To Host Bobi Wine’s Presidential Petition At His Posh Munyonyo Resort Hotel….

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    Chief Justice Owiny Dollo (inset top) and Tycon Sudhir Ruparelia (inset bottom)

    Late last week, a decision was taken by top judicial officers and Justices of the Supreme Court not to hold the 2021 presidential petition at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort Hotel owned by city tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia.

    theGrapevine got reports that some members in the judiciary had suggested that the hearing of the presidential petition be held at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort Hotel to control the spread of COVID-19, this was confirmed by the Judiciary senior Communications officer Ssalongo Solomon Muyita who disclosed that there was a proposal to hold the presidential petition at Munyonyo but a final decision had not been reached when the justices of the Supreme Court meet.

    Credible Sources at the Supreme Court revealed that during the meeting to finalise which venue was going to be used to hear the presidential petition, some of the nine supreme Court Justices who were appointed by the Chief Justice Owiny Dollo to hear the petition protested the Munyonyo venue.

    According to a source privy to the details of the meeting, a female Justice of the Supreme Court told the Chief Justice that the decision to hold the presidential petition at Sudhir’s hotel was going to put them as Justices of the Supreme Court in bad light and it will show a conflict of interests.

    “She told the Chief Justice that they have a public interest Appeal where Sudhir is a party and has keen interest in it. The lady Justice reminded them that when Sudhir’s matter comes before them, the other party will argue that the Justices were compromised when they spent weeks at the tycoon’s hotel,” the source said.

    Sudhir’s controversial Appeal against Bank of Uganda over the closing of Crane Bank is pending before the Supreme Court.

    Chief Justice Dollo agreed with his colleagues that they cannot sit at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort Hotel, they later decided to hold the presidential petition at Supreme Court compound and parking and a decision was taken to hire Fotogenix to put up three huge tents where the petition is going to be heard from.

    In the meeting, the Justices asked the concerned authorities to speed up the completion of the Judiciary Complex at the High Court Criminal Division where all Courts are going to be housed to avoid renting because it sometimes puts them in a hard position especially when people look at them as compromised when matters of their landlords come to court.

    Judiciary is renting Twed Towers where the Constitutional Court/Court of Appeal, High Court Lands Division, High Court Civil Division are located. It also rents the premises where the Supreme Court is.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    They Fed You With Lies About DGF – Finance Minister Kasaija Pens Tough Letter To His Boss Museveni, Defends PS Muhakanizi …

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    Minister Matia Kasaija (L) and President Museveni (R)

    Finance senior Minister Matia Kasaija has wrote a bitter letter to his boss President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni over the suspension of the European Union’s donor governance program, the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) on allegations of facilitating plot to overthrow his government.

    Speaking to Buganda’s Central Broadcasting Service (CBS) radio, Kasaija confirmed that he wrote to President Museveni, “Yes he received my letter yesterday (Saturday) and I explained everything about DGF issues. The president was lied to by his intelligence whatever they told him about DGF is not true,” Kasaija said.

    Kasaija added that the president based his decision to suspend DGF on baseless allegations and he should rescind his decision immediately.

    Kasaija insisted that DGF has been operating legally and many people including government institutions have been benefiting from its activities especially improving the standards of living of many Ugandans.

    He said that there is no need for the president to direct investigation bodies like the Criminal Intelligence Department of the Uganda police, the Directorate of the Inspector General of Government, the State House Anti Corruption Unit and the Directorate of the Public Prosecution (DPP) to investigate DGF operations because they did nothing illegal.

    Credible sources in the Ministry of Finance who saw the letter intimated to theGrapevine that Kasaija further defended his Permanent Secretary Keith Muhakanizi that he did not do any wrong in renewing DGF contract.

    While appearing on NBS TV’s Frontline, Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo said that it was reckless for Muhakanizi to renew DGF contract without the intervention of cabinet and parliament.

    He explained that Muhakanizi had to first study the election situation before allowing the five hundred billion shillings (USH. 500 Billion) to be poured into the country’s economy.

    He said that such huge amounts of money might have been used to distabilise the country by facilitating illegal activities like riots and demonstrations.

    Opondo supported Museveni’s decision to suspend DGF arguing that such huge amounts of money can be used to facilitated highly charged groups like National Unity Platform (NUP) led by Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine and people’s government led by Dr. Kizza Besigye to riot against the sitting government since they have been threatening to overthrow Museveni’s government.

    Sources in intelligence also told theGrapevine that Museveni was briefed that DGF was behind the November 2020 riots after Bobi Wine’s arrest in Luuka District for violating COVID-19 guidelines.

    Intelligence sources insist that these riots were very well planned and facilitated financially by a foreign hand which enabled the rioters to buy tires, fuel, eats, drinks and others items they used.

    While replying to Bobi Wine’s Supreme Court petition, President Yoweri Museveni said that the November 2020 riots were premeditated and organized.

    “I am aware that the events that occurred 18th November, 2020 after the arrest of the Petitioner were not a peaceful protest but a violent premeditated and organized riot in Kampala and other areas characterized by evidence of central command and control and coordination,” Museveni said in his affidavit.

    DGF has been funding a number of Non-Governmental Organisations, media houses and several other projects which are beneficial to local Ugandans.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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