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    Kasango Was Killed By A Perverted Judicial System – Andrew Mwenda Reveals As He Eulogises Fallen City Lawyer…

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    Andrew Mwenda (L) right is Bob Kasango (RIP)

    Over the weekend, city lawyer Bob Kasango was pronounced dead by authorities at Luzira Prions, where he was serving 16 year sentence for swindling over Shs15Bn pensioners’ money.

    However, Kasango’s close friend, journalist Andrew Mwenda, believes that he died as a result of Uganda’s rotten judicial system and here below is his personal eulogy for the deceased lawyer;

    On Saturday night, my best friend and brother, Robert Aldridge Kasango, died in Murchison Bay Hospital inside Luzira Prison. The cause of death was heart failure! He was only 46 years. Bob didn’t have to die at this early age and in the way he did – alone and lonely, away from the care of his family and friends or competent doctors, in a prison hospital not equipped to handle his condition.

    At Murchison Bay, he had no access to the medical attention he needed. Why? Because our judicial system denied Bob access to all reasonable medical care. First the prosecution bitterly protested his application to go abroad for heart surgery in spite of specialist doctors recommending it as urgent and critical. Then one day the judge arbitrarily cancelled his bail and later convicted him. Court rejected bail pending his appeal, so he could access a better-equipped hospital and competent doctors able to handle his complicated condition and also be cared for by his family.

    In a country where people accused of murder, robbery, treason, defilement and terrorism regularly get bail I found the treatment of Bob depressing but also illuminating. It suggested that there was an invisible power pulling strings from behind. We may never know who this power was. What we know is that Bob did not just die. He was killed by a perverted system where judicial power was not used judiciously and in some cases actually abused.

    But this is not the time and place to indulge in quarrels and recriminations. It is the time to celebrate the life of this great man, to give testimony to this victor in a thousand battles: beaten but unbowed, down but not out, jailed but not destroyed, fought but not defeated, frustrated but never depressed, always imitated but never equalled and even when killed his memory will continue in the lives he touched.

    As Amilcar Cabral said at the funeral of Kwame Nkrumah, quoting an old African saying, “No man’s hand, however big, can be used to cover the sky.” No amount of bad press, however vitriolic, could hide Bob’s generosity to friends, kindness to fellow human beings, legal excellence, intellectual acumen and good humour. He died frustrated but fulfilled. He knew his weaknesses and mistakes, and with time he would have corrected them. He had an enduring faith in repentance and redemption

    I met Bob in 1992 during a school debate when we were both teenagers and became instant friends. It was like love at first sight – within one minute of our meeting we were hooked. People who knew us thought that we would be friends – if we met. It could only be that way because Bob embodied many attributes which made him magnetic: handsome, intelligent, articulate, jovial, humorous, witty, name it. It became a lifelong long union. And now he is gone, yet still young with so much he could offer.

    Across the years, Bob and I spent a lot of time together, read books together, debated together, attended conferences together, did business together, travelled locally and internationally together, dined and wined together, struggled together, celebrated together, lent each other money, spent time at each other’s home, we became twins. My first date with Fifi, the love of my life, was in hospital on Bob’s side. His wife Nice brought us the dinner there.

    Then misfortune struck. The state accused Bob of theft of Shs 15.3 billion. The money belonged to pensioners and had been properly appropriated and paid to his law firm. The pensioners testified that Bob had served his role to their satisfaction. The Shs15.3 billion was what they agreed to pay him. The state had no right to complain. The case was pursued with relentless tenacity. Finally in a judgement that will live in infamy Bob was sentenced to 16 years in jail.

    I visited Bob regularly in Luzira, almost every weekend, especially before COVID. When COVID struck, prisons were set off limits and visitations stopped. But because of his sickness and the kindness of prison authorities, I was allowed to visit him twice this year. Prison is a horrible place: it separates inmates from family and friends. Its confining walls can suffocate even the most resilient, making them sad, depressed, resigned and despondent.

    But Bob was a resilient man and tenacious fighter blessed with a competitive spirit. Adversity always seemed to bring the best out of him. Thus in Luzira, he preserved his optimism, his good humour, confident tone, kind heart and generous spirit. Each time I visited, I took him books to read, friends to share experiences with. He was always jovial and conducted himself as it he was on a short leave.

    Before going to prison, he had been diagnosed with a serious heart condition. For nearly a year he could barely work or walk. He spent a lot of time in hospital, often on oxygen. He needed urgent medical attention abroad but the DPP vigorously opposed his application for a passport and the judge agreed. They claimed Bob was faking his illness, in spite of letters by some of the best doctors recommending his urgent medical attention abroad. Many people are broken by adversity and for a while I feared the burden of his trial and the stress from the biased press would push Bob over the cliff. But he held on.

    Yet when he went to jail, Bob seemed to recover. I recognized his inner fighting spirit was ticking. He was determined to prove his innocence and stage a dramatic comeback. He acted like he had made a strategic retreat, preparing his offensive to return to the stage. The disease that had threatened to kill him now seemed to be in miraculous retreat. In prison Bob found renewed energy and vitality.

    He read books, reflected, introspected. He developed an incredible insight into the weaknesses and strength of both the judicial and prison system and began writing a treatise on how to improve the system. When I visit prisoners, all they talk about are their troubles – the people who betrayed them, those who fought them and the injustice they are facing, which is understandable.

    Yet Bob rarely complained about the injustice meted against him, or his personal situation. In almost all cases, he talked for the forgotten inmates of Luzira: men wrongly incarcerated, others lacking legal representation, those with medical or family problems, and sought my assistance to help them. It is rare to find such a selfless soul – concerned about the issues of everyone else when his own weighed heavily on him. Who does that?

    That was Bob, instead of jail putting him down, it fired his creativity, inspired his brain, stimulated his intellect, challenged his assumptions and gave him a new purpose. He had no time for self-pity, never allowed his anger to cloud his judgment or let short term reversals undermine his optimism and his enduring faith in a bright future. He saw in every setback an opportunity to learn, in every misfortune a chance to sit back and reflect and in every disaster the stirrings of his imagination, giving him new horizons.

    Thus in Luzira, physically weak and sickly, seemingly crushed by a 16 year sentence and bad press, Bob bounced back with renewed energy and vitality. He helped extend legal services to other inmates – for free:  listened to their cases, provided them advice on how to go about their cases (how to plead or appeal), wrote their appeals and using his friends paid some of their legal bills making them feel treasured, cared for and human again. Within two months of him in Luzira, he had helped over 50 inmates get their freedom.

    He became a lecturer inside the prison teaching law and helping inmates get degrees from the University of London. He read books, lectured and tutored, wrote and analysed, helped his inmate-students focus, inspired them to look beyond their prison environment to a future after prison. The prison officials too were both intrigued and inspired by Bob’s selflessness, his boundless energy, his enduring optimism and his unbroken and unbreakable spirit.

    He organized inmates to pray and fellowship with the Lord, invited prison officials to communion with him and other inmates making everyone feel equal and loved. Prison warders fell in love with Bob; they always went to him for advice or to seek help to solve their problems using his large network of friends. He became a celebrity, a mentor, saviour and adviser to many and thus earned a place as a sage of Luzira Maximum Security Prison.

    Bob derived satisfaction, fulfilment, meaning and purpose in life from helping others. I have met few generous persons who can even compete. His generosity knew no boundaries. Initially, his generous spirit made me feel guilty because I just lacked the inner spirit to give endlessly without expecting a return. But then I realized this should instead inspire me as well and make me a better person to my family, friends and the community around me.

    Yet in little efforts to help others, I could never match Bob. Wherever he went, he expressed his gratitude to those who served him by learning their names, asking about their lives and giving them tips. In banks and restaurants, in clinics and clubs, on planes and in taxes, Bob always gave generous tips to those who served him and established relationships with them that survive to date.

    Whenever he visited our offices at The Independent, staff crowded around him, listening to him discourse on social, political and business issues. He was a Socrates surrounded by Plato, Crito, Antisthenes, Aristippus, Aristophanes, Xenophon, Alcibiades, etc. Then Bob would be in his element: rigorous, insightful, ambient, dashing, humorous, witty, poetic. He just commanded presence and got respect and admiration. Staff just felt good being around him.

    Aside from his discourses, he listened to the personal and family problems of staff, understood their struggles, then digested their aspirations and challenges and wherever and whenever possible extended help – in form of a connection or money or just advice.

    Anyone who met Bob would immediately feel the tinge of his magnificent personality. He never lost hope, never lost his humour, never got bitter, never lost faith in the goodness of the human soul, never lost his cool, never abandoned his friends. He got angry and frustrated but that was only momentary. He possessed and inspiring ability to stand out of the moment and keep his gaze at the big picture.

    Bob was a committed Christian who believed that life on earth was only a short stint to life eternal. We know he has gone to communion with God. To his dear wife Nice and his kids Samora, Stephie and Ivana, your grief should be relieved by the fact that Bob has not died. He has retired from this world to the next and is waiting for you to join him. To those who knew him, Bob was not perfect, and he would have been the first person to admit this. He made many mistakes and misjudgements. But looking at his life, one conclusion is unmistakable: he was much bigger than those mistakes.

     

    Andrew Mwenda is a veteran investigative journalist, Political analyst and founder/owner of The Independent News Magazine. He was a close friend to the deceased city lawyer Bob Kasango.

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    Mirundi Narrates How He Survived Bullets After Allegedly Urinating On Pastor Ssenyonga’s Building…

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    Tamale Mirundi

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s Senior Presidential Advisor on Media has narrated how he survived bullets while urinating on the building belonging to Pastor Jackson Ssenyonga of Christian Life Church in Bwaise a Kampala suburb.

    Joseph Tamale Mirundi revealed that one day, during the days when he was still being hosted at Pastor Ssenyonga’s top radio every Monday, he was approached by a Local Defense Unity (LDU) Soldier who accused him of dirtening their place of work. The LDU officer told Mirundi that his action were likely to cause deadly diseases to those who attend the church.

    Mirundi said that when he denied committing any crime, the LDU officer started pointing at the zip of his trousers claiming that it was open. He carefully observed him coaching his gun.

    He boasted that his senses informed him that the LDU man wanted to shoot him. He jumped in the air like an SFC Command and kicked the LDU soldier in the chest sending him tumbling down.

    He added that he stepped on his neck and the LDU officer was saved by Mirundi’s SFC Commandos who were given to him by Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba who pleaded with him not to kill a government soldier.

    “For me I fear those LDU people and I don’t want to come close to them because they are naive and they always want to show the public that they know how to use a gun. They don’t normally get the opportunity to fire bullets like other soldiers who go to war. So I don’t want them to make me their shooting target,” Mirundi said.

    He further revealed that he made investigations through his Mirundi Internal Security Organisation (MISO) and established that there was a senior pastor who was behind the LDU soldier who wanted him dead because of his loyalty and support to House of Prayer Ministries International senior pastor Alosious Bujjingo.

    He claimed that the said pastor had a misunderstanding with Bujjingo and was the one behind Teddy Bujjingo Naluswa who is fighting Bijjingo’s divorce case at the Family Division of the High Court.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    Top RCC Warned By Former ISO Spy On Executing Mayiga’s Request To Ask M7 For Buganda Kingdom Properties…

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    Charles Rwomushana (L) and Ahmed Kateregga Musaazi (R)

    Former Internal Security Organisation (ISO) Operative and also Constitutional Assembly Delegates member Charles Rwomushana has challenged Ahmed Kateregga Musaazi the Masaka City Deputy Resident City Commissioner (D/RCC) that if he is man enough, let him execute Buganda Kingdom Premier Charles Peter Mayiga’s request to deliver to his request to his boss President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

    Kateregga admitted during this weekend’s popular ‘Gasimbaganne ne bannamawulire’ talk show on Radio Simba that he interacted with Mayiga when he was in Masaka city to officiate the reopening of the  Buddukiro building on Saza Hill in Masaka city which is also going to house the Buddu county chief’s office.

    “As a journalist, I have known Katikkiro Mayiga for a longtime. He also knows my capacity very well that’s why he asked me to help Buganda ask for “Ebyaffe” (properties Buganda Kingdom is demanding from Central government). I will help in my capacity,” a soft spoken Kateregga said.

    Mayiga allegedly told Kateregga to use his writing skills through his newspaper and magazine articles, radio talk shows to educate the public about “Ebyaffe”  and plead with the Central Government to release the remaining Buganda properties.

    However, Rwomushana warned Kateregga not to be excited over Mayiga’s proposal and cautioned him on writing articles demanding for “Ebyaffe”.

    Rwomushana warned his elderly colleague that he will lose his job and return to the streets grassing like he was before he was appointed Deputy Resident City Commissioner.

    “You Kateregga to convince Museveni to return “Ebyaffe”? You try and deliver the message as Katikkiro asked you” Rwomushana dared him.

    Senior journalist Peter Kibazo who was the moderator of the talk show also guided Kateregga by narrating to him how a strong minister lost his ministerial job because of being a secretary in one of Kabaka Ronald Mutebi’s agencies.

    Kibazo said that a furious Museveni placed the minister who was a lady on the spot to explain to him how she demoted herself and undermined his ministerial job by working as a secretary at Mengo, the Buganda kingdom administration center.

    Kibazo disclosed that the lady thought that Museveni was joking, she told the President that even before appointing her a minister, she was working with Kabaka, Museveni rested his case.

    Few weeks later, Museveni reshuffled his cabinet and fired the woman from his cabinet.

    It is alleged Mayiga trusts Kateregga since he is one of the few remaining journalists who understands the relationship between Uganda and Buganda throughout the annals of history and he can help to guide the young generation.

     

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    Panic Again In Judiciary After Justice Gaswaga’s Driver Is Transferred Over Allegations Of Becoming A Threat To His Life, City Magistrates’ Security Beefed Up…

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    Judge Duncan Gaswaga

    It was not easy for the Judiciary top leadership to convince Lira Resident Judge Duncan Gaswaga that his driver is a threat to his life.

    Highly placed sources in Judiciary have exclusively told theGrapevine that since Justice Geoffrey Namundi’s driver Stanley Kisambira protested on social media threatening to intentionally cause the death of his principal and the bodyguard on grounds of poor working condition, the judiciary has been following the behaviour and actions of the entire institution’s drivers.

    In a 5 minutes and 24 seconds recording, Kisambira revealed that all judiciary staff including judges’ pay was increased based on the grounds that judges are not allowed to do business and go to bars to enjoy life.

    He added that surprisingly, their drivers were the only one of all judiciary staff whose salaries were not increased. He complained that they are not going to live on Shs.200,000 which is given to them per month because it is too little compared to the current cost of living.

    “Sincerely speaking I am very annoyed. I joined the judiciary in 2008 but up to now, I’m still getting Shs.200,000. What am I working for when I have children in schools and renting? How do I survive? What do you people want us to do? Quote me well, I’m mentally stable but in pain. Judiciary please. I’m working for you, all those listening to me should know that I’m not mad but because of the tough situation we go through, people make prophecies before they die,” he said.

    He added, “You are talking about that security guard who killed a minister but I’m telling you I can kill both the judge and his security guard including myself by intentionally running into a trailer. How can people get Shs3m, Shs4m, yet for me (as a driver) I’m getting Shs200,000?”

    However, Judiciary Permanent Secretary and Secretary to Judiciary Pius Bigirimans rubbished Kisambira’s allegations noting that disciplinary action were going to be taken against him.

    He was formally charged and is currently battling with criminal charges at Buganda Road Court.

    Sources disclosed that since that incident, all judiciary drivers and bodyguards were put under strict monitoring.

    It is through this monitoring that it was recently established that Justice Gaswaga’s driver was in frequent communication with Kisambira and was very vocal on the drivers’ WhatsApp group.

    He is always posting messages encouraging his colleagues to fight for Kisambira claiming that he is their hero who publicly without fear cames out and spoke the truth to their bosses.

    The said driver is also accused of mobilizing fellow drivers to support their own Kisambira financially because he was interdicted immediately when he was charged at Buganda Road Court.

    Judiciary insiders told theGrapevine that when this intelligence information reached one of the top judiciary bosses, he contacted Justice Gaswaga and pleaded with him to be very careful because it seems his driver is a threat to his life.

    By that time (last year), Justice Gaswaga’s bodyguard was on leave and his driver was also working as his bodyguard, especially in the morning when he moved out of his home to do physical exercises.

    “The judge told everything to his driver and asked him whether he has a gun. The man denied everything and told him that may be the gun they are talking about is the one which the judge has. The judge communicated back to the person who cautioned him and told him that the man is very innocent,” the insider said.

    He added that the driver was very open to the judge and told him that he always speaks to Kisambira because he is a longtime friend and he sacrificed to speak to the authorities about their plight.

    Insiders divulged that a week later, the driver was served with a transfer letter in which he was given two days to report to Eastern Uganda to drive one of the magistrates, a move he protested.

    “He told Justice Gaswaga that at his level, he cannot drive a magistrate. He told him that holds a degree in accountancy and is pursuing a masters at Makerere University. He refused to go to Eastern Uganda and has informed his bosses,” the insider disclosed.

    When contacted, His Worship James Ereemye the Judiciary spokesperson said that he is not aware of the development and promised to return back to us after consulting the concerned bosses.

    We waited and at the time of publishing this story, he has not yet given us feedback.

    The development comes after a directive was issued to beef up security to city magistrates who feel that their life is under threat.

    Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Ronald Kayizzi’s security was recently beefed up. Kayizzi is a brother to a top National Resistance Movement (NRM) boss.

    The security of Gladys Kamasanyu also a Magistrate at Buganda Road Court security was beefed up after former Makerere University senior lecturer Stella Nyanzi attacked her and threw an empty water bottle at her.

    Also, the security of Entebbe Chief Magistrate Stella Maris Amabilis who is also a relative to Constitutional and Justice Minister Norbert Mao was beefed up.

    At Buganda Road Court, Court users were stopped from entering Court premises with food and eats.

    The move was supported by Justice Benjamin Kabiito the head of the Judicial Service Commission who noted that they have powers to make decisions to protect the lives of judicial officers and other court users.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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