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    Kings College Budo Old Boy Challenges Law Fraternity, Buganda Kingdom Over Justice Sebutinde’s Ruling; Narrates Her Amusing Secrets…



    Minister Sam Mayanja (L) and justice Julia Sebutinde (R)

    Maverick International Court of Justice judge Julia Sebutinde’s King’s College Budo Old Boy has challenged international law fraternity, the Uganda Law Society, the Judiciary of Uganda and Buganda Kingdom leadership while narrating her amusing secrets and her dealings with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

    Exclusively speaking to mighty Grapevine, Dr. Sam Mayanja, a proud Budonian who is also a commercial law giant and founding partner of Uganda’s famous law firm the Kampala Associated Advocate (KAA) has revealed that from her childhood, Justice Sebutinde has been superb at what she does that is why he was not surprised when she made a landmark dissenting judgment against South Africa in the Israel, Palestine case before the International Court of Justice.

    “I was very surprised and wondering why the country’s judiciary and the Uganda Law Society do not come out strongly and support and praise Justice Sebutinde over her landmark ruling. From the bottom of my understanding I’m telling you Julia is the best this country has produced, she is the best Africa has produced and she is the one of the best the entire world has produced” Mayanja, the State Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development said.

    He added that once one sits on a panel of a court at a world stage, it means that she is the cream de la cream in that profession and Ugandans should be proud of her.

    Mayanja says Sebutinde was born in Entebbe, the source of the country’s administration since the times of colonialism because the governor stayed in Entebbe where the current State House is.

    He adds that she went to Lake Victoria Primary School in Entebbe which was one of the best primary schools then in the country.

    She then joined Gayaza High School another top girls’ school in Uganda and East Africa by then, she joined King’s College Budo the best of all the best for A-Level.

    “I will not tell you the years but I will only tell you that we were cotemporaries at King’s College Budo, she was there at a time when I was also there. I will not tell you the years because I know once I do, you will start counting her years, and you know she is a lady and I don’t want to create for her other social problems,” the always jolly Mayanja joked.

    He explained that she then joined the only university by then Makerere University and was the best in East Africa.

    From MUK, she went to Law Development Center (LDC) where she passed with flying colours and was recruited by the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to work for the government of Uganda as a State Attorney before being promoted to the judiciary as a judge.

    Mayanja disclosed that when things were not going well in Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and in Uganda Police, when corruption was the order of the day, President Museveni took time to look for the right person who could lead investigations and come up with the right recommendations that will guide him to clean the two government organization.

    He zeroed on Sebutinde and appointed her to lead both investigations.

    Mayanja narrates that during the course of the investigations, some members in the inquiry on police tried to frustrate Sebutinde and there are allegations that they were compromised to decline to sign on the commission’s final report but she stood her ground, wrote the report and handed over to the appointing authority.

    He adds that because Museveni was very proud of her, he ignored the allegations placed on her and he started implementing some of her recommendations.

    “She is a fearless lady, at Budo she was called Julia Ssemambo because sinmce it was the name of her father but she added her husband Sebutinde’s name. Her husband Sebutinde was born from Mityana district like the wife and myself, I know the husband is a son of Sebutinde who is the proprietor of Nyonza Singing Group and traveled to a number of countries holding music shows,” he added.

    He says that when the world was looking for Justices of the International Court of Justice, President Museveni fronted his best very sure that she was going to put up strong competition and chances were high that she was going to win the competition because of her brains.

    Museveni supported her with all he had and she also never disappointed because she took the day.

    “Whether you accept it or not, justices of the International Court of Justice are the best in law internationally and Sebutinde is among those seventeen and making a dissenting judgment made her different because to write such a judgment, you should be very clever in your reasoning,” Mayanja said.

    To write a dissenting judgment, a judge should know how to defend her facts and reason out his fellow members of the panel.

    It is on this ground that he challenged university law dons, Uganda law society members, judiciary, journalists to analyse the recent majority and minority judgments basing on judicial point of law and fact in the suit, not on emotions that Israel is killing people in Palestine.

    He warns current lawyers not to reason legal matters like street vendors because they will be exposing their ignorance on social media by attacking Justice Sebutinde’s personality.

    “I was on TikTok and one person told her not to come back to Uganda but remain in Europe and eat her cakes. I wondered, she has been in that Court for more than seven years and because of her good work, she was added another seven years and gets her monthly payments in dollars, it is sad that some people nolonger look at issues with an intellectual eye and people no longer think before they talk. I heard another person saying that how can she make a judgment against South Africa given that she is from Uganda another African country,” Mayanja said.

    He says that he personally supported Justice Sebutinde’s recommendation to solve the Israel, Palestine misunderstanding politically through negotiations because Hamas took a decision to erase Israel off the map of the world that’s why they frequently attacked Israel.

    So Israel had to revenge but now the only way is to negotiate on how the two nations can stay together.

    He wondered why Buganda Kingdom didn’t come out publicly to support Justice Sebutinde who is a proud Muganda, always speaking good Luganda and believing in the Kabaka of Buganda.

    Justice Sebutinde is the Vice Chancellor of Buganda Kingdom owned Muteesa 1 Royal University and a close friend to Ronald Muwenda Mutebi the Kabaka of Buganda and Charles Peter Mayiga the Kingdom premier.

    When she was under attack over her judgment, Kampala’s commercial lawyer and also Buganda Kingdom lands minister David Kisitu Mpanga defended her and advised her attackers to challenge her judgment not her personality.

    He was supported by Owekitiibwa Joseph Kawuki the Kingdom’s Local government minister who protested some netizens’ personal attack on her.

    Early this week, Sebutinde’s colleagues chose her as the International Court of Justice Vice president.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki



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



    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…



    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.


    By Grapevine Reporter


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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…



    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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