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    Justice Kabito’s JSC Panics As M7 Turns Tables Over Justice Bamugemereire Suffocation: Her Fights With Fellow Judges Cited, Why Justice Mugenyi Was Elevated To Supreme Court…



    Justice Bamugemereire (R) and Justice Monica Mugenyi (L)

    It is alleged that Retired former chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission Justice James Ogoola always gave President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni a hard time when it came to appointing judicial officers from the High Court to the Supreme Court because he always gave him very few options to choose from when recommending to him names of people fit for the vacant positions in the judiciary .

    A story is told when Museveni as the appointing authority was at odds with Justice Ogoola when it came to filling the vacant position of the Chief Justice after the retirement of Justice Benjamin Odoki after he sent him only the name of Justice Bart Magunda Katurebe as the only suitable person to take over the position.

    Highly placed sources in State House told theGrapevine that when Justice Kabito was appointed the head the Judicial Service Commission, Museveni complained and told him not to recommend to him names of people to be appointed judges without giving him options since he has to consider a number of factors like; region, religion, gender and experience among others when deciding on who to choose.

    Sources said that Kabito obliged with the old man’s observation and started recommending more numbers to him as suitable candidates for judicial positions.

    For example, during the replacement of Justice Katureebe who was going into retirement, Kabito recommended Justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo who then was the then Deputy Chief Justice and also Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court Justice Justice Richard Butera and Justice Esther Kisakye Kitimbo who were both Justices of the Supreme Court.

    Museveni surprised the country when he appointed Justice Dollo as the new chief justice and Justice Butera as his deputy since he had options to choose from.

    However, some lawyers protested the announcement claiming that it was illegal because Justice Butera never applied for the position of the Deputy Chief Justice.

    Even though Justice Kabito has been recommending to the appointing authority more than two names of candidates for a single position, there are judicial officers who have been complaining that the Judicial Service Commission is suffocating them while favouring others.

    Justice Solome Balungi Bbosa recently complained that the Judicial Service Commission frustrated her dream of becoming the Chief Justice of Uganda. However, she was remembered by President Museveni when he supported her to become the Justice of the International Court of Justice.

    Sources close to Justice Catherine Bamugemereire allege that she is another Justice whose promotion has been frustrated by Judicial Service Commission in connivance with top judicial officers in the judiciary.

    Highly placed State House sources said that during the recent promotion of justices from the Court of Appeal to Supreme Court, Museveni wondered why Bamugemereire was not on the list.

    He himself made a phone call to Bamugemereire asking her why she didn’t apply for the position.

    Sources disclosed that when the Judicial Service Commission made an advertisement for the promotion, she applied.

    She informed the President that she even applied for the position of the deputy chief justice but her name was not put on the final list which was sent to the President for consideration.

    Sources assert that when Nobert Mao the Justice and Constitutional minister briefed the president on how the Supreme Court is failing to conduct business because of the absence of Justices to make quorum; after two justices Opio Aweri, Stellah Arach Amoko died and others retired and some went on sick leave including the Chief Justice, Mao was trying to compromise the big man from Rwakitura to support his bid in parliament to increase the number of justices at the Supreme Court.

    Museveni declined to support Mao’s prayer and only told him that he is going to appoint new justices to replace those who died.

    Justice Kabito was later surprised to see a letter from the president appointing Justice Bamugemereire and Justice Monica Mugenyi who were at the Court of Appeal elevating them to Supreme Court.

    Sources at the Judicial Service Commission were very sure that Museveni is going to either appoint Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire who has been the deputy president of the East African Court or Justice Barishaki Bonny Cheborion who is also a Judge at the East African Court because their names were already on the president’s desk.

    Sources said that Museveni likes Justice Mugenyi because she is a wife to one of his comrades who he fought with in the Luwero liberation war and she is sober and hardworking woman when it comes to fighting corruption in his government.

    Museveni supported Mugenyi to be appointed judge of the East African Court and when her tenure expired, she was appointed Justices of the Court of Appeal.

    She is remembered for handling the high level case against Lydia Draru who was convicted on charges of manslaughter for causing the death of Former UPDF Commander Maj. Gen. James Kazini.

    Because of her tough stance when it comes to delivering justice, Judiciary insiders have intimated to theGrapevine that Justice Bamugemereire is one of the most hated Justices in the Judiciary and fellow judges and politicians have been trying to place her in the bad light including dragging her in corruption scandals.

    State Minister for Urban Development Persis Namuganza tried to connect Bamugemereire with Lusanja eviction when she was chairing the Land Probe investigating the mismanagement of land issues in the country.

    Bamugemereire was investigating Namuganza and other government officials on allegations of grabbing people’s land.

    Bamugemereire’s commission exposed judicial officers who help land grabbers to take public and people’s private land and many were privately grilled in the absence of journalists.

    Publicly, the then Chief Justice Katureebe attacked Bamugemereire claiming that she was cutting the branch of the tree she was sitting on when she started summoning judicial officers to appear before her commission over their involvement in land wrangles.

    Lawyers like Caleb Alaka and others secured Court orders aiming at taming the activities of the commission especially on the matters which top judicial officers had an interest in.

    Museveni also appointed Bamugemereire to head the probe against Lukwago’s incompetency and recommended Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago’s impeachment in 2013.

    She also chaired the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Probe.

    Justices and Judges have been protesting Bamugemereire’s frequent appointments to head Commissions of Inquiries claiming that she is favoured and pampered.

    Others got aggrieved that Bamugemereire was pocketing a lot of money from chairing such Commissions.

    It is alleged that some of these aggrieved officers were behind the move by a section of lawyers who were planning to petition the Constitution Court to declare that once a judge is appointed to chair a commission of inquiry, he or she should stop getting salary from the judiciary until he returns back to her/his chambers.


    By Grapevine Reporter



    Buganda Caucus MPs Blocked From Visiting Kabaka Mutebi In Namibia As Mayiga Summons Clan Heads Over M7 Deals, King Visit…



    Buganda Kingdom King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi (L) in Namibia

    The management of Okonguarri Psychotherapeutic Center in Namibia has blocked three Members of Parliament from accessing the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi.

    Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga confirmed that Kabaka Mutebi is in Namibia resting following the advice of his doctor in Europe.

    However, there are ongoing allegation that Kabaka is in the said medical facility receiving medication not resting.

    Based on the ongoing contradiction, legislators who are members of the Buganda caucus in parliament secretly decided to travel to Namibia to confirm the development.

    theGrapevine has exclusively established that the three male legislators are members of the National Unity Platform and they sneaked into Namibia without the knowledge of the Ugandan embassy in Namibia or their chairperson Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi.

    When contacted, one of the legislators confirmed the development but pleaded with theGrapevine not to reveal his identity because it was going to create a war with Buganda Kingdom leadership.

    “It is true we were blocked from accessing the Kabaka and we are the ones who advised the Buganda Kingdom clan heads who also plan on visitinf the Kabaka to first seek permission from Mayiga, Prince David Kintu Wasajja or Agness Nabalogo because they are the ones to give permission to any person who wants to access Kabaka,” a soft spoken legislator from greater Masaka said.

    He added that they tried to reach out to Prince Joseph Ndawula, the Ugandan ambassador to Namibia but he also didn’t help them, so they decided to return back to Uganda.

    The development comes at a time when Mayiga has just issued summons to the executive members of Buganda Kingdom clan heads council.

    According to highly placed sources in the clan council, the meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday next week at Bulange building the headquarters of Buganda Kingdom.

    Even though Mayiga didn’t give the reasons why he has summoned the clan council leadership, sources claim that top on the agenda is their planned visit to Namibia to visit Kabaka and last week’s State House meeting with president Museveni.

    “When we passed a resolution in our meeting to go to Namibia to visit Kabaka, our council speaker (omutaka Austine Kizito Mutumba) pleaded with us to reverse the resolution explaining that it was going to place him in bad light before Mayiga and it is going to deepen the misunderstanding between him and his administration, but we rubbished his prayers,” a clan head said.

    He boasted that at this time, Mayiga has nothing to do because President Museveni has given them the green light and promised to coordinate the visit.

    He revealed that there are only two people who haven’t yet finalized their travel documents because they did not have passports.

    “By Thursday morning, we will be on the plane going to check on our beloved chairperson (Kabaka). Who is Mayiga to stop us from visiting Kabaka, even the president told us that he doesn’t like him and his ministers, and in Buganda kingdom, he only recognizes Kabaka, us the abataka and even informed the Nnabagereka when he met her recently,” a clan head said.

    It is not clear what mechanism Mayiga and Mutumba are going to deploy to stop clan heads from visiting Kabaka because they have been trying to frustrate them from meeting President Museveni but they overrun them.

    In the last Buganda Kingdom parliamentary session, Mayiga declined to allow the prayer made by one of the representative Professor Badru Katerega who wanted the Kingdom administration to guide those with money so that they can be allowed to go and visit Kabaka.

    Mutumba told theGrapevine that he is just a speaker of the council of Buganda Kingdom clan heads and has no power to stop them from doing whatever they think is good for their clans and Buganda Kingdom at large.

    He confirmed that he was not informed of last week’s State House meeting and he was very happy with the results of the meeting because the President agreed to help the kingdom clan heads to fight poverty among themselves and their grandchildren.

    President Museveni also promised to deploy UPDF engineering experts to help in the building of a commercial building on the land he bought for them in 2023 which is situated opposite the Bulange building.

    The president also promised to deposit Shs200m in the bataka Mutindo SACCO which they can use to fight poverty.

    However, when clan heads visited Museveni in 2023, Mayiga declared that he will not accept any person to mislead any member of the Kingdom organs with the aim of dividing Kabaka’s subjects.

    A resolution was passed in Buganda Kingdom parliament condemning the clan heads’ visit to Museveni and they were advised to apologize which they declined to do arguing that Mayiga and the Kingdom parliament don’t have such powers.

    The Clan heads insist that they are an independent organ in Buganda kingdom culture and they are the ones responsible for electing the Kabaka, thus they cannot be forced by Mayiga and his people to apologize.

    A committee chaired by Kingdom lands minister and also city commercial lawyer David Kisitu Mpanga was established by Mayiga to mediate talks between him with clan heads.

    However Isreal Kitooke Kazibwe the Kingdom spokesperson and also the minister in charge of mobilization rubbished the narrative of clan heads being independent explaining that all leadership in Buganda Kingdom are under Kabaka Mutebi and there is not independence.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    How Boyfriend, Pressure For Wedding Money Forced MP Nanyondo To Withdraw Her Signature From Censure Motion Against Mpuuga And Company…



    Bukomansimbi woman legislator Veronica Nanyondo

    Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has explained that the actions of Bukomansimbi woman legislator Veronica Nanyondo to withdraw in writing her signature from the censure motion against the four parliamentary commissioners over corruption allegations was showed that legislators don’t read.

    He revealed that the reason why he always overshadows fellow legislators on the floor of parliament and even during media talk shows is because they don’t read but just sign documents, especially when they are told that they will get allowances after signing.

    “How can a member of parliament withdraw her signature claiming that you were misled to sign, now how can you convince your voters that you are not misled to take decisions that affect them!” Ssemujju wondered.

    In her defense, Nanyondo said that the movers of the motion to impeach the commissioners used her signature from the opposition cabinet meeting and put it on the censure motion papers.

    Ssemujju noted that once a legislator appends their signature on a censure paper, he or she cannot withdraw it and Nanyondo is still taken as one of the legislators who signed the censure motion against the legislators.

    However, theGrapevine established that Nanyondo was forced by her boyfriend to withdraw the signature.

    Sources claim that Nyanyondo’s boyfriend, a one Kateregga who was a councilor for Bukomansimbi district, pleaded with Nanyondo to withdraw her signature because Mpuuga is one of their own and it will shame them to betray him.

    He alleges that Nyanyondo and her boyfriend are set to legalize their marriage in church before the end of this year and Mpuuga has already contributed Shs20m to help in the preparations of their wedding.

    Others who contributed include Annet Anita Among the speaker of parliament who contributed Shs10m.

    Sources divulged that Kateregga nowadays spendsmuch of his time in the United States of America because the couple plans on relocating to the US once this political term ends and after they legalize their marriage.

    Sources added that Nanyondo is not going to defend her position in the coming 2026 elections after realizing that the ground no longer favors her.

    Before joining politics, Nanyondo and Kateregga were running a printing business on Nasser Road in Kampala city.

    When Nanyondo contested for the first time as MP to replace her sister Suzan Namaganda, the former wife to former East African Assembly Uganda representative Fred Mukasa Mbidde, Kateregga was in charge of pinning her posters.

    theGrapevine made several phone calls to Nanyondo’s known phone numbers for a comment on the story but they all went unanswered.

    Nanyondo is among the poor performing legislators in Buganda.

    The four commissioners who in trouble are; Mathias Mpuuga the Member of Parliament for Nyendo-Mukungwe, Prossy Mbabazi Akampulira the Rubanda district legislator, Solomon Silwanyi the Bukooli Central legislator and Esther Afayochan of Zombo district woman legislator.


    By Hadijjah Namagembe


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    Stanbic Bank In Trouble, Client Petitions Court After She Was Defrauded Of Shs68m Via Flexi Pay…



    Stanbic Bank CEO Anne Jjuuko whose bank is under fire

    Nakku Joweria a resident of Kyebando has sued Stanbic Bank Uganda limited for failing in its duty of protecting her saving account leading to defrauding her of shillings 68 million which was withdrawn from her account in a period of 24 hours through Flexi pay an application she had never registered for.

    In a court case filed before the Commercial division of the High Court of Uganda and coming up for directions in the registrar Christa Namutebi’s chambers, on the 24th June, 2024 at 9:40am, Nakku Joweria through his lawyers of Kimanje Nsibambi Advocates contends that between 7th and 8th February, 2023, there was unauthorized withdrawal of 68 million shillings from her savings account No. 903000026244 via the Flexi Pay Banking, a platform of Stanbic Bank and a total of 28 unauthorized transactions were conducted by fraudsters who fraudulently accessed her account undetected by the bank.

    She questions how a savings account which had a transaction limit was significantly exceeded during the unauthorized and undetected fraudulent transactions which led to her losing her’ money.

    “Our client has been a loyal client of Stanbic bank since 2001 way before the implementation of the FlexiPay system and at no point did she sign up for or activate the flexi pay on her savings account. The 28 unauthorized withdrawals from our clients account using four unknown Airtel lines raises serious questions and/ or lapses on the part of the bank for which we hold the bank specifically liable for the loss since it was in a better position to detect and prevent this fraud had it exercised reasonable care to detect these suspicious 28 unauthorized transactions that took place within 24 hours on a savings account that was rarely operated by our client,” reads the documents in parts.

    She also questions the effectiveness of the bank’s authentication protocols with their flexi pay system, effectiveness of the transaction monitoring to the extent of allowing 28 unauthorized transactions within 24 hours using four unknown Airtel lines and significantly exceeding the account limit.

    Nakku wants court to direct Stanbic Bank to reimburse 68 million to her account that was fraudulently withdrawn and pay her the costs and damages.

    On 6th February 2023, Nakku Joweria lost her phones to the robbers on her way to work at around 9pm. She reported the incident to police at 9am and to the telecom companies on the 7th February 2023.

    However, the telecom companies MTN and Airtel couldn’t process the new simcards because she had misplaced her original National Identity card.

    The robbers used her MTN number to open up a wallet on the Flexi pay which number had four other Airtel numbers that don’t belong to her which they used to make 28 unauthorized withdraws of 68 million shillings from her Stanbic bank saving account on the 7th and 8th February in a space of only 24 hours.

    When she went to withdraw some money from her account on the 6th, March 2023 that’s when she realized that her money was fraudulently withdrawn from her account.

    She wrote to the bank manager complaining about the matter and the bank promised to do thorough investigations to reveal how the money was withdrawn by the fraudsters.

    Through her lawyers of Kimanje Nsibambi Advocates, she wrote a demand notice to Stanbic Bank manager to reimburse her money since it was their weakness and fault for failure to efficiently protect her account.

    The bank through Twine Arnold, the senior legal advisor, Risk and Dispute Management wrote back with an out of court settlement request.

    However, the bank had proposed to reimburse only 34 million out of the 68 million on the premise that the settlement shall not be taken as admission of liability by any of the parties, a proposal she rejected and instead thought for legal redress in the commercial court.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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