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    Kabaka Mutebi Fired Minister Ssekabembe Narrates Why He Will Never Return To Bulange As Fight With Mayiga Deepens…

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    Minister Ssekabembe and wife at Ivy's hotel

    In Buganda, when a man dresses in a kanzu without a coat, it is a sign of mourning for a lost loved one or property.

    This is exactly how fired former Buganda Minister Moses Kiberu Ssekabembe dressed when he attended a party organised by his friends who were thanking him for serving his King and Kingdom.

    Ssekabembe used the celebrations to narrate to his friends including his wife Betty Ssekabembe and son Raymond Ssekabembe at Ivys Hotel in Wakaliga a Kampala city suburb why he moved on after the sacking.

    “The reason why I closed my car mirror when exiting Bulange gate after handing over the office to my successor was to show the public that I have moved on. So I left every memory of what I did in Bulange,” Ssekabembe said.

    He comforted his people who included; Sports journalists, staff at Kabaka’s sports and youth ministry and leaders running the Masaaza football tournaments that his dismissal has given him an opportunity to clearly open his eyes and look at a brighter future ahead with a lot of opportunities.

    He promised them that very soon, he will serve the country in another capacity because he is a blessed person.

    Ssekabembe assured his successor, Robert Sserwanga, a former Nkobazambogo president and a farmer that he will never call him because people might think that he is trying to compromise him or influence him.

    He however assured him that he will be available to guide him if he deems it fit.

    theGrapevine reported that Ssekabembe cursed Buganda Kingdom Premier Charles Peter Mayiga and declared him a betrayer in one of the meetings with his close friends at his home along Entebbe road.

    “I have never seen a bad person like Mayiga. He betrayed me.  I tried all my best to protect some of his dirty games by covering up for him but he paid me the hard way,” Ssekabembe is quoted telling his friends.

    Ssekabembe accused Mayiga of failing to tip him on the eve of his sacking since they were together the previous day before he released the list of the new ministers in Kabaka’s government.

    Ssekabembe disclosed that he learnt of his dismissal from his wife and via social media.

    When he tried to reach out to Mayiga, he made his phone busy then blacklisted him. He later blocked him on WhatsApp and he was removed from Buganda minister’s WhatsApp group.

    Some insiders close to Mayiga told this website that the reason why the Buganda Premier rushed for a short leave is because he expected Ssekabembe to storm his office yet he did not want to see him eye to eye.

    Ssekabembe was among Mayiga’s known blue eyed boys who have been helping him to execute sensitive assignments.

    However, sources at Bulange told theGrapevine that Mayiga had nothing to do to help Ssekabembe because it was Kabaka Mutebi himself who deleted Ssekabembe’s name from the list of the new ministers.

    Sources close to Ssekabembe revealed that he is lobbying for a ministerial job in President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s government.

    Kabaka’s new sports minister Sserwanga told staff in his ministry that he is going to be very tough on those who are incompetent and assured the public that he is not bothered by people’s comments that Ssekabembe’s shoes are too big for him and that it will be heard for him to fill, he told them that he is not going to step in Ssekabembe’s shoes because he has his own shoes.

    Ssekabembe was fired together with Dr. Prosperous Nankindu Kavuma who was the education minister and David Kiwalabye Male who allegedly decided to first resign honourably citing ill health.

    He was Kabaka’s Minister for Culture, Palaces and Security and he was replaced with Anthony Wamala the former Principal at Buganda Royal Institute Mengo.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    Intelligence Picks Interest In Social Media Demands For Kabaka Mutebi As Section Of Baganda Organise Allergy Run…

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    One of the country’s intelligence organizations has picked interest in the ongoing social media frenzy concerning Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II the Kabaka of Buganda.

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s government has been silently watching to see how Mengo administration will handle allegations spread mostly by Ugandans in the diaspora over Kabaka’s health and his whereabouts from the day he landed at Entebbe International Airport upon returning back into the country from United Kingdom where he had traveled to get further medical attention.

    Buganda Kingdom administration led by Charles Peter Mayiga rubbished the allegations and assured Kabaka’s subject that their king is still abroad receiving medication and he will appear at the right time.

    They further explained that it is not a Kiganda tradition norm for Baganda to demand for the Kabaka’s public appearance.

    He added that Kabaka is being taken care of by his immediate family members and friends and he is in Namibia resting while following advice from his doctors in Europe.

    However Baganda including the National Unity platform (NUP) Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) encouraged Baganda to continue asking for information concerning their Kabaka because he is their cultural leader and no person has monopoly over him to the extent of silencing them.

    However, highly placed sources in intelligence told theGrapevine that the demand on social media has now led to organizing of social events to pressure Mayiga’s administration on Kabaka’s absence which is threatening the country’s security.

    This website established that a group of youth in Buganda led by Mubiru Njuuki have organized a run branded allergy Run 2024.

    Njuuki exclusively told theGrapevine that the aim of the run is to show solidarity with their King who is going through a very challenging situation.

    “The Kabaka is our pillar and without him, Buganda cannot stand, we cannot look on as people he gave positions of leadership enjoying life while they are deceiving us,” Njuuki said.

    He added that the money they are going to collect from the run will be used in sensitizing the public on the dangers of allergy.

    He explain that at first, people took allergy as a simple infection but the way it has threatened Kabaka’s life to the extent of being referred abroad for further treatment means it is a very dangerous disease which people should be aware of.

    He added that the organizing committee which includes members of Buganda Kingdom clan heads is expecting more than 10,000 participates and the run will start from Kabaka’s Mengo palace.

    They will run around Kampala and come back to Kabaka’s palace where experts in allergy will talk to the people and advises them on the dangers of allergy, how to avoid it and cure it.

    He added that the money collected from the run will be given to one of the big hospitals in town to establish a well-equipped allergy department and clinic.

    Njuuki revealed that among the guests that the organizing committee plans to invite include; President Museveni who they want to be the chief runner, Annet Anita Among the speaker of parliament, Owiny Dollo the Chief Justice, Mayiga and other Buganda Kingdom Royal family members and clan heads.

    The organizers have already printed t-shirts and fliers which the participants are going to put on and use with caps and they plan to put them on the market at Shs.20, 000 each.

    “When polio broke out in Buganda, many thought it was just a simple disease but they started fearing it when it attacked one of the princes in the Kingdom. Sir Edward Walugembe Mutesa, the Buganda Kingdom fallen King declared it a deadly disease and rallied his subjects to fight it by all means to save their loved ones because if the disease could attack one of his family members, it means that other people were in more danger,” Njuuki said.

    Njuki explained that Baganda no longer trust and take Mayiga’s statements serious when it comes to matters of Kabaka Mutebi’s health seriously because he has mastered the art of deceiving them.

    He disclosed that Baganda would rather take President Museveni’s word on the Kabaka’s health than Mayiga’s.

    In 2020, Mayiga told Baganda that Kabaka was suffering from allergy which was caused by flowers, a claim that was vehemently contested.

    Former Buganda Kingdom Premier Joseph Mulwanyamuli Ssemogerere assured Baganda that their king is recovering and he talked to him via zoom.

    Ssemogerere added that Kabaka Mutebi confirmed to him that he is following whatever is being said on social media and whatever is going on in his Kingdom and he promised to address everything at the right time.

    But intelligence operatives told theGrapevine that Mayiga and Mengo administration have failed to handle Kabaka’s sickness properly given that it has started threatening the country’s security because any bad person can use it to incite the public into demonstration and rioting as it was in 2009 when Kabaka was stopped from visiting Bugerere County.

    “Look at the way how Kabaka appears in the public, he has always been badly dressed. Now how can you assure the public that he is not under someone’s control! They should start from addressing the issue of his dress code, otherwise the State will come out and address the matter in its own way because the Kabaka is a very important person in the country and if anything happens to him, it affects the whole country,” he said.

    The development comes days after the army declared that Kabaka’s Chief security officer Capt. Edward Ssempijja abandoned his job without permission from his bosses.

    However Mayiga defended him and confirmed that he went to South Africa for further studies.

    theGrapevine has also established that Kabaka’s absence has created a lot of internal fights and misunderstanding within the Kingdom administration and Mayiga is under a lot of pressure.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Ukrainian Investor Cited In Grabbing Former IGP’s Land As Family Reports Gen. Otema, Relatives To New Police Boss…

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    Nancy Oryema (L) and Lt. Gen. Charles Otema (R)

    Ukrainian investor Maxim Shevchuk has been cited in the grabbing of part of the big Estate of the family of the first former black Inspector General of Police (IGP) Lt. Col. Wilson Erinayo Oryema.

    Highly placed sources in the family of the late Oryema revealed that Maxim, with the help of armed men, and without the permission of the family has started trespassing on their land claiming that he is going to establish a factory on it.

    Family members claim that Maxim and his agents told them that he bought the land comprising LRV 778, Folio 23 land at Purongo, Kilak County, Acholi currently Nwoya district from Lt. Gen. Charles Otema Awany.

    They added that Maxim trespassed on their land following Justice Phillip Odoki’s controversial judgment in which he dismissed their case against Lt. Gen Otema and others on technicality.

    In her petition to the newly appointed IGP Abass Byakagaba, Nancy Oryema, the granddaughter to late Oryema claims that Gen. Otema’s agents together with Maxim are abusing the court process.

    She revealed that after losing a court case against Gen. Otema and others at Gulu High Court, they instructed their lawyers to appeal against it in the Court of Appeal claiming that Justice Odoki had erred in law and facts while making his final judgment.

    She insisted that as a family, they need urgent intervention in the unlawful activities defying court proceedings on their ancestral land.

    “I am compelled to bring to your attention a grave situation that demands immediate action from the Uganda Police Force, an institution that has consistently upheld the rule of law and maintained order in our nation under your esteemed leadership and as I write, I have been informed that my female farm manager has been hit by one of the armed private guards from PSG private security in Gulu,” she said.

    Nancy made the petition after her farm manager Prossy Ajok reported a complaint of aggravated robbery against Alex Awany a relative to Lt. Gen. Otema on Police Reference Number SD Ref: 36/22/05/2024 at Nwoya police station.

    In her petition, Nancy explained that despite an ongoing appeal process challenging Justice Odoki’s judgment on Oryema’s estate, Gen. Otema and others have chosen to disregard the lawful procedures and are forcefully taking possession of land without a valid court decree or order.

    She claimed that their opponents and their agents have been circulating an unclear printed judgment along with a letter from their lawyer, claiming that court has awarded the land to Otema Awany and Beatrice’s Achola.

    However, they have no official communication, decree, court order, or clearance from the police headquarters authorizing the eviction.

    She further claimed that the accused persons led by Awany and Thomas Lapyem have resorted to hooliganism, primarily during nighttime hours, commanding armed private guards from PSG Gulu and UPDF soldiers from Lt. Gen Otema’s residence.

    She added that they have been conducting unauthorized surveying and planting mark stones on the land under the cover of darkness and they even attempted to break the gate and remove Nancy’s signposts.

    “Our gatekeepers were threatened with imprisonment for seven years if they remained at their posts. These actions have instilled fear among our investors and the local community engaged in farming under Gen Saleh’s Operation Wealth Creation projects,” she noted.

    She further narrates that Nwoya District Police Commander (DPC) Richard Amanya, is aware of the situation and confirmed that he has been informed by the Director Legal that no activities should take place on the land without clearance from the headquarters.

    Despite sending a team to the site, the DPC has failed to take any meaningful action, citing threats of legal action against him in his personal capacity if involved in stopping them from the alleged land grabbing.

    She added that the Regional Police Command (RPC) is also equally silent as Lapyem and Awany, accompanied by two soldiers from Lt. Gen. Otema’s residence, demanded access to the home of the late Oryema but the gates were locked.

    “The unlawful activities have created an atmosphere of brewing anger within the local community. I take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for the exemplary leadership of the Uganda Police Force under your guidance. Your commitment to upholding justice and maintaining law and order has been a beacon of hope for the citizens of our nation,” she said.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    MASTERS OF CHAOS! Minister Mao Warns Bobi Wine To Prepare For The Worst From Mpuuga, DP Block Politicians…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine. Inset L is DP's Norbert Mao and R inset is Matthias Mpuuga

    Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister who also doubles as the Democratic Party President General Norbert Mao has warned National Unity Platform (NUP) President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) to prepare for the worst from Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba and members of the DP Block.

    Exclusively speaking to theGrapevine, Mao explain that when he saw Mpuuga and his friends who were formally members of Suubi, a political pressure group and DP party crossing to NUP, he envisioned what is happening right now.

    He added that the said people were a problem to DP and when they joined NUP, the DP problem crossed to Bobi Wine.

    Bobi Wine is under attack from members of his party who crossed from DP to NUP. They have even threatened to reveal their next political action next month at Mpuuga’s thanks giving ceremony where Charles Peter Mayiga the Buganda Kingdom premier is expected as the Chief Guest.

    Highly placed sources revealed that Mpuuga and his group are planning to reveal a new political pressure group which will tour the entire country getting views from their supporters concerning their next course of action after disagreeing with Bobi Wine’s leadership.

    George Musisi, one of lawyers for NUP accused Mpuuga’s blue eyed boy Samuel Lubega Mukaku of supporting the NUP faction led by Moses Kibalama.

    Sources allege that Mpuuga’s faction are confident that Court is going to declare Bobi Wine’s leadership at NUP illegal and the party will return into the hands of Kibalama a move they think will give them the opportunity to use NUP as a vehicle in the 2026 general elections.

    Other sources claim that Mpuuga and group are planning to use Buganda Kingdom leadership structures from the village level to mobilize support in Buganda come 2026.

    Mpuuga is confident that it was Buganda structures that helped Bobi Wine to defeat President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and his NRM party in Buganda and without them, Bobi will lose.

    However, Nakaseke South legislator Paulson Lutamaguzi Ssemakula rubbished Mpuuga’s political calculations explaining that Bobi Wine will remain strong whether Buganda’s Mayiga supports him or not.

    He asserts that Bwanika and Mpuuga are working for President Museveni and he has always deployed them whenever election period approaches and help him to divide and disorganize the opposition.

    Ssemakula said that in 2021, when Bobi Wine was planning to work with Dr. Kizza Besigye, Bwanika abused Dr. Besigye and accussed him of working for Museveni to distract Baganda.

    He added that in 2006, Bwanika swore an affidavit in support of Museveni against Dr. Besigye before the Supreme Court and his evidence saved Museveni and stamped his win.

    However, Bwanika also accuses Bobi Wine of working for Museveni to stop the opposition from taking state power.

    The Bobi Wine/Mpuuga misunderstanding deepened when Bobi Wine ordered him to apologise to the nation and return the Shs500m bribe he admittedly received from the parliamentary Commission as a reward for being a good Leader of Opposition in parliament. Mpuuga was also told to resign from the office of the Commissioner of parliament which he declined to do.

    Bobi Wine also suspended Mpuuga from the office the national vice president in charge of Buganda region on top of sending him to the party disciplinary committee.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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