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    KINGDOM ON FIRE! Kabaka Has Avoided Us For 10 Years Yet His BLB Is Selling Our Ancestral Grounds, Why Are You Attacking Us? Clan Heads Fire Back At Mengo…

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    The clan heads who met President Museveni (Top), Premier Mayiga during today's Lukiiko (bottom) and Kabaka Mutebi (R)

    Furious Buganda Kingdom clan heads through Mubiru Njuuki the Secretary General of Bazzukulu ba Buganda International have set tough conditions for meeting their boss Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, the Kabaka of Buganda over their dealing with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

    Last week Yusuf Mbirozankya, the clan head of Fumbe exclusively confirmed to theGrapevine that President Museveni has fulfilled his promise to buy for them two acres of land at Mengo opposite Bulange building, the headquarters of Buganda Kingdom.

    Mbirozanya told theGrapevine that the money which sources in State House claims was about Shs10bn was directly deposited to the landlord’s bank account.

    Highly placed sources in Buganda Kingdom close to the clan heads told theGrapevine that the process of transferring the land title from the names of the landlord who is a retired Bishop of one of the prominent religion in the country, to the names of the Battaka Trust, an association formed by Buganda Kingdom clan heads is ongoing.

    Sources further told theGrapevine that the process to develop the said land is in high gear because President Museveni assured them of his full support in developing the land.

    These source explained that the President told them that this gesture is one of the ways he established will help them to fight poverty so that they can also help their grandchildren (Bazzukkulu).

    Sources allege that the clan heads are set to establish a commercial building on the land which will house their offices on the upper floors and the lower floors will be rented to business people to generate revenue.

    However, on Sunday, Owekitiibwa Dan Muliika, a former Buganda Kingdom premier and also the advisor to Kabaka Mutebi told journalists that Kabaka told him that the section of Buganda Kingdom clan heads who met Museveni did not consult him when they were going to seal the said deal.

    Muliika explained that in Buganda, clan heads don’t have powers to negotiate any deal with the central government without the knowledge of the Kabaka.

    He added that Kabaka Mutebi always assigns the Kingdom premier to lead negotiations on behalf of Buganda.

    Muliika noted that it is wrong for clan heads to meet Museveni and seal deals without the knowledge of Kabaka.

    He added that in the early years when Museveni government had just restored Buganda Kingdom, he tried to compromise the clan heads including himself who is not a clan head with travels abroad but they declined to take the offer.

    They further told him that for them to accept such offers, the Kabaka has to first give them the green light.

    Muliika’s statements were supported by the recommendation made by Buganda parliament (Lukiiko) that sat today which asked the clan heads that before entering any developmental deals, they should first seek advice from Kabaka who is their boss.

    Kingdom Premier (Katikkiro) Charles Peter Mayiga told the Lukiiko that the Kingdom was not aware of any arrangements involving the clan heads with either the President or the central government.

    Mayiga castigated the clan heads who met the president that there is potential harm that could arise from such uncoordinated arrangements which might negatively impact the kingdom causing divisions within Buganda.

    However, Njuuki has told theGrapevine that the clan heads are very disappointed with Kabaka Mutebi who is the chairperson of their council of the Buganda Kingdom clan heads for undermining them by sending his message to them through their grandson Muliika.

    He explains that in Buganda culture, clan heads an independent organ of the Kingdom and are not subjected to Buganda Kingdom parliament.

    He adds that it was wrong for Kabaka to look on as members of the Buganda parliament make demeaning recommendations against them.

    He insists that before the clan heads met their grandson Museveni who is from the Ente (cow) clan, they first sought for audience with Kabaka through their council chairperson Omuttaka Anugustine Kizito Mutumba, the clan head of Kkobe clan who told them that the Kabaka was very busy.

    “Our clan heads were very surprised to see Kabaka meeting event promoter Balaam Bagaruhare at the beach yet he had earlier told them that he did not have time for them knowing very well that they are the foundation of Buganda,” Njuki says.

    A furious Njuki adds, “And they were very happy with president Museveni because he cancelled all the programs he had on the day he met them because he knows their importance in Buganda.”

    He maintains that one of the reasons why they wanted a meeting with the Kabaka was to ask him why his Buganda Land Board refused to allow them to develop the land he gave them.

    It should be remembered that Buganda Land Board (BLB) bosses refused the clan heads to develop land that the Kabaka had given them arguing that they didn’t have documents from Kabaka to confirm ownership, something that surprised them because BLB is supervised directly by the Kabaka.

    When asked why they didn’t go back to Kabaka to ask for the documents, he said that he has avoided them for more than 10 years.

    He maintains that they also wanted the Kabaka to explain to them why Buganda Land Board was selling their clan land and ancestral grounds.

    He gave an example of the Empologoma (Lion) and Engo (Leopard) clans which lost their accenstral ground to Kabaka’s BLB.

    Njuuki says that for years, clan heads have been writing to Kabaka complaining about their mistreatment and humiliation from Charles Peter Mayiga but he kept a deaf ear.

    At one time they even asked the former Buganda Kingdom Minister for Culture, Security and Palace Affairs Owekitiibwa David Kiwalabye Male to add them to the category of people who are supposed to get a monthly salary from Mengo Establishment, but Kiwalabye told them to the facilitation from their grandchildren.

    Njuki now wonders why Mengo is currently attacking them yet they are well aware that Museveni is one of their grandchildren.

    Njuki was supported by Lands State Minister Dr. Sam Mayanja who warned Muliika to stop undermining and humiliating clans heads because has does not have that authority to do so.

    “Before rushing to Ssabattaka, why not first go to his Namungoona clan head and inform him what is going on. Muliika should know that without clan heads, Buganda is nothing” Mayanja said.

    However, Mutumba confirmed to theGrapevine that whatever deal was entered between a section of clan heads and Museveni was done in their personal capacity not on behalf of Buganda clan heads council or Buganda Kingdom.

    He added that in whatever they do, they first get audience with Kabaka Mutebi which was not done.

    He promised that the matter will be resolved amicably internally.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    State House Exclusive: What M7 Told Buganda Kingdom Clan Heads Concerning Kabaka Mutebi’s Sickness…

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    Buganda King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Saturday met a section of Buganda Kingdom clan heads and discussed a number of issues with them including Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s sickness.

    Exclusively speaking to theGrapevine, Omutaka Woyo the clan head of Amazzi g’ekisasi confirmed that in the meeting, the President guided them on how to approach the issues which they discussed.

    Owekitiibwa Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo led the delegation and one of the clan heads said that Kabaka’s sickness was on top of the agenda and it took a big part of the discussion after the clan heads asked Museveni whether he knew the whereabouts of Kabaka Mutebi.

    “Your excellency, being the head of the country and Commander in Chief of the armed forces, we know very well that you know exactly where your young brother Kabaka Mutebi is. We were told that Kabaka is in Namibia resting but now we are getting information that Kabaka is receiving medication in one of his palaces inside the country,” one of the clan heads told Museveni.

    In response, Museveni informed the delegation that recently, one of his people told him that people on social media were demanding to see Kabaka and that’s when he got to know that Kabaka was sick.

    He added that because the issue at hand was not threatening his government or sabotaging the country’s economy, he left it to people at the Mengo administration and since then, he has not been following it.

    Sources said that clan heads told the president that they passed a resolution in their council to travel to Namibia and physically meet the Kabaka so that they come back with firsthand information and brief their grandchildren.

    He added that clan heads pleaded with the president to help them with transport and accommodation in Namibia which the big man accepted. He assigned one of his assistants to follow up with their issue of traveling to Namibia.

    However, theGrapevine has established that the Kingdom cabinet chaired by Premier Charles Peter Mayiga has not yet discussed whether to allow them to go or not.

    Omutaka Augustine Kizito Mutumba the Kkobe clan head and also speaker of the Kingdom clan heads council confirmed that they passed a resolution to send three clan heads to Namibia including himself to check on Kabaka Mutebi.

    He added that the process of mobilizing funds had started and every clan was directed to mobilize one million shillings to facilitate their grandfather’s travel to Namibia to see the King.

    Buganda Kingdom has 52 clans and in one month, clan heads need Shs52m from each clan but the Royal clan has protested the move insisting that Mengo administration should facilitate the travel because they are collecting billions of shillings from Kingdom properties especially from land.

    Even though the clan heads are determined to travel to Namibia, there are ongoing social media reports that the process of transferring Kabaka to another African country has started and it is being done to protect his privacy.

    If stopped from traveling abroad to see the King, the Clan heads will join professor Badru Kateregga a representative in the Kingdom parliament whose prayers to allow those with money to go and see Kabaka in the hospital were rejected by Mayiga.

    While seeking for permission, Kateregga explained that if the King sees his people from Buganda, especially those he always stays with, would help him to recover very first.

    He also added that they can even give him the known local medicine collected from Buganda bushes to be added on the medication he is receiving.

    While pouring cold water on his prayers, Mayiga told Kateregga that they will see the King at the right time once they get proper authorisation from his medical doctors for him to appear in public.

    Former Buganda Kingdom premier Joseph Ssemogerere reported to Baganda that their King was recovering.

    He further revealed that he talked to him via zoom and he assured him that he was following whatever was going on in his kingdom. He even promised to comment on everything at the right time.

    Since 2019, Kabaka has been in and out of the hospital locally and internationally and initially Mayiga told Baganda that their Kabaka was suffering from an allergy.

    Sources further said that Museveni and clan heads also discussed the issue of land eviction in Buganda. They told the President that his government officials are fueling the land grabbing and bibanja owners are the most affected persons.

    They also discusses how they are going to develop the piece of land he bought for them and he promised to help them construct a commercial building like they had planned.

    Sources said that the President also promise to put Shs200m in their SACCO which will help them to fight poverty and advised them to encourage their grandchildren to utilize the government projects like Parish Development Model and Emyooga to fight poverty.

    When contacted, Owekitiibwa Israel Kitooke Kazibwe the Kingdom spokesperson and also the minister in charge of mobilization confirmed that the Kingdom is not aware of the meeting because clan heads were expected on Saturday to be at Wankulukuku stadium attending the Buganda Kingdom clans football tournament finals not in State House.

    “May be I will give the elaborate statement after receiving their side of the story but what I can assure you, the Kingdom is not aware of the said meeting,” Kitooke said.

    Mutumba the speaker of the clan heads council also told theGrapevine that he was not aware of the meeting and he didn’t attend it.

    He however explained that the Kingdom clan council has no problem with their members meeting the President.

    “You know we don’t have offices, when our friends met the President and he accepted to build offices for us, we were very appreciative of the president and we shall support him in all his program to fight poverty in Buganda,” Mutumba said.

    In 2023, Mayiga was very bitter with clan heads for meeting Museveni without his permission or that of Kabaka and a resolution was passed by the Kingdom parliament condemning the meeting. The clan heads were even asked to apologise.

    Mayiga claimed that the meeting was aimed at dividing Buganda.

    The clan heads declined to apologise and a committee chaired by owekitiibwa David Mpanga the Kingdom Lands minister and also a celebrated commercial lawyer was established to mediate both parties.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Mayor Mulyanyama Takes His Fight Against Bobi Wine’s Brother Nyanzi For NUP Ticket To CBS Radio…

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    Makindye Division Mayor Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama

    Fight within National Unity Platform (NUP) for Kampala City Lord Mayor ticket has deepened as maverick Makindye Division Mayor Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama declared war on Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu, the elder brother to Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine).

    Both Nyanzi and Mulyanyama have declared interest to contest against the current Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago and they are clandestinely mobilizing for internal party support.

    theGrapevine haa established that Mulyanyama has entered a deal with Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s CBS radio to popularise his political ambitions for Lord Mayor seat and he has already started using the platform to fight Nyanzi.

    Last week, he accused Nyanzi of using reckless statements which placed their boss Bobi Wine and their party in bad light.

    Mulyanyama was responding to the statement made by Nyanzi on the misunderstanding between NUP leadership and Masaka region journalists who accused Bobi Wine security of insulting them.

    Nyanzi told CBS radio that the said journalists are making these malicious allegations because they are working for Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba’s group to fight Bobi Wine .

    Nyanzi and other NUP leaders particularly accuse CBS radio’s Masaka city news reporter Tomusange Kayinja of masterminding the drive of attacking and giving false news against Bobi Wine which Mulyanyama rubbished.

    Mulyanyama asserted that CBS is a radio with professional journalists and presenters and they should not be dragged in petty internal party fights.

    He disclosed that he cannot look on as Nyanzi and other people use their positions in the party to fight Kabaka’s radio which has always given many opposition politicians the platform that has helped them win elections against President Museveni’s NRM party.

    It should be noted that there is ongoing bad blood between the Mengo administration led by Premier Charles Peter Mayiga and NUP leadership.

    The bitter verbal exchanges have come from both sides.

    However, insiders at CBS radio told theGrapevine that Mulyanyama wanted to use CBS as his political mobilization weapon to weaken Lukwago.

    Sources said that he is desperate, frustrated and confused after learning that there are ongoing talks spearheaded by Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireke for Lukwago to join NUP and one of the conditions involves giving him the Lord Mayor ticket come 2026.

    Recently, Bobi Wine stopped Nyanzi from campaigning for the office of the Lord Mayor and even threatened to take disciplinary action against him.

    Nyanzi accused NUP Secretary General David Lewis Rubongoya of compromising Bobi Wine to humiliate him because he is also interested in the position.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    Minister Kabanda Panics As Traders Plan To Front Ssekitto To Battle Her For Kampala Central MP Seat…

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    KACITA'S Issa Ssekitto and Minister Minsa Kabanda

    Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) spokesperson Issa Ssekitto has confirmed that come 2026, he is pondering contesting for the position of Kampala Central Division Member of Parliament as an independent.

    Ssekitto revealed that his decision was based on the number of requests he has received from desperate traders who think that the only way to fight bad policies and laws made against them is to have their own in the parliament to argue their case.

    It should be noted that when traders met President Museveni in May 2024 at Kololo independence ground, they warned legislators in parliament who have been passing laws against them that they are going to sponsor their own candidates against them come 2026.

    They claimed that the legislators and other leaders who they showered with votes in the previous elections have betrayed them and it is high time they take over the country’s leadership.

    Sources inside KACITA told theGrapevine that Nagenda Musoke their chairperson also plans to stand for a Member of Parliament in one of the constituents in Mukono district.

    John Kabanda also plans to stand as councilor representing Kampala Central Division on the Lord Mayor’s Council.

    The traders insist that Kampala city and Metropolitan senior minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda has not helped them as a minister and accuse her of sidelining with their tormentors, especially the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).

    Since 2023, Minister Kabanda has been conducting clandestine political mobilization to replace Muhammad Nsereko who declared that he is not going to contest in 2026.

    Because of Kabanda’s declaration, Bobi Wine’s elder brother Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu shifted his interest from contesting for Kampala Central MP Seat to Lord Mayor fearing that chances are high that Kabanda will defeat him.

    Traders want parliament to remove EFRIS and reduce taxes on commodities especially imported items.

    However, President Museveni assured them that his government will not accept their prayers because they are against the country’s development.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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