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    Karuma Residents Want Syno-Hydro Company Out, As its engineers turn into sex beasts

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    By Otim Nape
    Led by their LC leaders, residents in villages and sub counties surrounding the 600MWs Karuma Hydro power project have risen up in arms against Chinese contractor Syno-Hydro. The residents are mostly from the Sub County of Kamdin in Oyam district which is one of the many districts surrounding the project.

    Sam Ogwang Alonyo, the Kamdin Sub County LC3 Chairman says residents and communities in the Project Affected Persons (PAPs) are unhappy with the Chinese impunity whereby sometimes engineers become idle and move around the villages where they use money to manipulate and sexually exploit young and married women in the community. The locals are angry that the sexually starved Chinese engage in unprotected sex resulting in unwanted pregnancies and spread of STDs in the community. Consequently, Alonyo says many young girls of the school going age have abandoned school to create time to satisfy their Chinese concubines who use mostly money and other material things to lure them to their side as sexual partners and side dishes. The community here is very poor and financially vulnerable because of the decades of the ruinous Kony war. This makes them susceptible to Chinese sexual advances since the Chinese can sometimes be generous and begin throwing money in dollar currency like Father Christmas. The Kamdin LC3 Sub County Chairman Alonyo says people are often reporting to him about the irresponsible sex conduct of the Chinese Karuma project workers and he has had several meetings with the Syno-Hydro authorities in vain. He says even other LC leaders in other Sub Counties have similar concerns and he is mobilizing them into an advocacy group in order to jointly petition higher government authorities in Kampala to intervene.

    Jacqueline Adero a resident of Kamdin Sub County Oyam district feeds her Chinese baby

    M7 stops immigration-Sometime back, concerned government organs came to intervene from Kampala but were overwhelmed and made to apologize after Kaguta Museveni the president came under diplomatic pressure from Beijing. Led by Isaiah Sasaga, the Director Immigration from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the inter-agency top bosses in Kampala decided to move in and take some corrective action. Sasaga’s Immigration Directorate was tasked to spearhead the intervention since the Directorate is the one charged with regulating visa and work permits for such foreign expatriates working on projects in Uganda.
    Sasaga sent his men who went to the Karuma site and rounded up all the Chinese workers in an operation that was aimed at establishing the legality of their status in Uganda. It was shockingly discovered many of them lacked proper work permits and visas which means they were illegally staying and working in Uganda. Immigration levies some visa fees among other payment obligations but it was found out that majority of the Chinese at the Karuma site were illegally here without any documentation regularizing their stay. The Immigration operatives did what the law requires and detained the Chinese workers. As soon they arrested them, Syno-Hydro shady top officials in Karuma immediately communicated to the Chinese Embassy based in Kololo-Kampala. The Ambassador swiftly sent a diplomatic cable to Beijing alerting his supervisors in the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs that this was an emergency as the Chinese workers were going to rot in Ugandan jails where they can be victims of extortion or torture. They can even be sodomized as forced homosexuality is also common in the Ugandan jails. The authorities in Beijing acted swiftly and rang Museveni who directed his Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi to intervene and have some temporary solution. The Chinese government is the one funding the Karuma Dam with a lone and in their phone, calls the Beijing authorities had guts to threaten M7 they can withdraw their funding if overzealous officials like Sasaga aren’t restrained.

    Jacqueline Adero in the photo showing how beautifully she looked before the Chinese martial artist Rubek Yahang messed her up

    When he was free, Museveni called a meeting during which he was very furious and vowed to fire Isaiah Sasaga and have him prosecuted for “frustrating investors.” Museveni reportedly furiously asked as he spoke to Sasaga’s supervisors from the Ministry of Internal Affairs “What does he want with our good friends the Chinese?” Sasaga got chance to explain himself and Museveni agreed he stays in his juicy position but strongly warned him never to act insensitively especially on matters concerning Chinese expatriates.
    It’s that sort of high level interference and political protection that is breeding impunity with which the Chinese are acting wherever they operate in Uganda. Similar if not worse complaints have been raised by Kigo area residents in Wakiso district against Chinese projects like Mirembe Villas and Entebbe Express High way being constructed by CCCC. The CCCC stands accused of practices that show insensitivity and total disregard for the community in which they serve. The Chinese guys like boasting of political connection to Museveni’s State House and other power centers. In most cases, the mighty be they military or political officials, are ever a phone call away from these Chinese shacks. It’s only Paul Zhang’s Tian Tang group that is compliant and respects its moral and legal obligations as a corporate citizen operating in Uganda.
    Back to the Kamdin saga-Sam Adonyo, the Kamdin LC3 Chairman says the useless medical center Syno-Hydro has contracted for the community in Kamdin town will amount to nothing if something serious isn’t done to tame the sex promiscuity and arrogance of the engineers and other Chinese working on the Karuma dam project. “You may do many good things for us but if you ruin our community by impregnating and infecting our young girls and ruin people’s marriages, all the good you do will be forgotten and the people will rise up against you yet the best way is for them to have a sense of ownership of the project”, said Adonyo who is working with other LC leaders in the area to finalize a petition to the President. Adonyo believes all other leaders know of the problem but they are powerless, which is the reason they are petitioning the President directly to come to their rescue against Chinese sex beasts. “The other local leaders like MPs and Ministers fear to intervene because Syno-Hydro is too powerful and can use money to sponsor your opponent at next election and they
    politically put you down”, says Sophia Kolo, the mother of one of the girls that was impregnated by one of the Chinese sex perverts at the Karuma project. Her daughter Jacqueline Adero from Oyam district Kamdin Sub County was impregnated by Rubek Yahang, a Chinese martial artist working for Syno-Hydro on the Karuma project. Yahang is a celebrity of sorts in the community and walks with swag which makes him attractive to many girls in Kamdin town.  Whereas many girls impregnated by such Chinese guys in the communities surrounding Karuma prefer to abort because Chinese never accept responsibility and never provide any care, Jacqueline Adero surprised her peers and she resisted advice to abort.  She carried her pregnancy for 9 months and delivered a child that is clearly Chinese. The matter was kept as a secret and her relatives and parents didn’t know. This is possible because in most cases, people’s sons and daughters leave home to go
    and work for Syno-Hydro at Karuma and only return home for Christmas and other big festive days. Even after giving birth, Adero was reluctant to reveal who the father was because of the stigma that comes with birthing a child for the Chinese Syno-Hydro workers who are contemptuously known for sex promiscuity and denying responsibility.

    Adero after some time was able to overcome stigma and revealed everything to her family who are still in shock up to this day. In a great show of stigma that awaits Adero and her child, people in the community keep joking around saying “this child will be beating us taekwondo like his father and that is something the Chinese are very good at doing”.  Sam Alonyo the Kamdin LC3 Chairman says it’s too late now as things have already happened in the case of Adero and many other expecting young mothers. To him what government can do to remedy the situation is to introduce a mass campaign to reverse the trend of wide spread STDs associated with Chinese sexual promiscuity. “Let the government first of all treat our people, take responsibility and force the Chinese to fully accept fatherhood responsibility for these children”, he says.

    WHAT OTHERS SAY;
    A number of the local community members spoken to supported their Chairman Sam Alonyo’s views. Beatrice Omara said: there must be equality. The Chinese have slept with our girls but wouldn’t they kill a Uganda who impregnates their girls?
    Julius Elepu said: government should seriously intervene to stop Syno-Hydro from employing young children of school going age because many of them go to the site to work in the support services instead of going to school. There is poverty, which Elepu says, has been taken advantage of by the Chinese to sexually exploit young women in the community. He says even as a corporate company, Syno-Hydro has a duty to make sure boys and girls supposed to be in school are encouraged to go and study as opposed to working for peanuts at the site. Dennis Odur said: strong action should be taken against the Chinese because they don’t help our women and girls after sexually using and impregnating them. They kill their future, nobody can marry them from the community, and yet they abandon them.
    Fiona Akello said:  Poverty is pushing many young girls in this area of Kamdin town into prostitution and unprotected employment. Yes we are poor but as parents, we must act responsibly. Government must come in encourage cultural integration between the Chinese and the communities in which they serve by officially encouraging intermarriages. They are now here part of us and that is the fact that can’t be denied. Let these issues become official and we be at peace.
    That is how the stigma will end and we peacefully co-exist with our Chinese brothers and sisters. This is good for knowledge transfer eg teaching us their language and vice versa. Akello says even when they like having secretive sex affairs with beautiful Luo girls in the community; the Chinese live mysterious life, which isn’t good as it creates for them enemies.

     

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

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    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…

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    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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    CRIME

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

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    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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