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KIWANUKA FAMILY WOES: Mukwano Group Moves To Buy Mohan Kiwanuka’s Grave Yard, His Oscar Industries Struggling As Over 400 Workers Are Set To Lose Jobs, Some Family Members Cut Off From Speaking To The Old Man



All isn’t well in tycoon Mohan Kiwanuka’s family as some of his close relatives move to oppose the efforts by the Mukwano Group to buy Kiwatule land that works as the burial grounds for the entire family. Even though he hails from Kayunga District in Bugerere, Mohan Kiwanuka sometime back bought 80 acres of land from his neighours and turned it into a burial ground for members of his extended family.

The land has a few squatters who are loyal and obedient to Mohan Kiwanuka. The Kiwanuka family has a care taker who keeps the land to ensure it’s not encroached upon by illegal squatters. This caretaker has stayed there for a long time and has been allowed to so far bury three of his own relatives there. On the other side of the land are three graves of Kiwanuka’s family members including his own mother who died aged 92 in 2017 and was buried there. Even Kiwanuka himself will be buried there the day he dies. 

Kiwanuka with one of his family lawyer Buwule

But some family members are uncomfortable that power brokers and real estate brokers who have been participating in the selling off of his properties have recently approached Mukwano Group calling on them to purchase the Kiwatule land so that Mohan can bank the cash on his foreign bank accounts in Dubai and Doha/Qatar where some influential advisors are pressurizing him to relocate all his businesses and leave Uganda because it’s economy isn’t doing well.  

Besides arguing that it’s not right to sell burial grounds, some family members and concerned Mohan Kiwanuka friends have been pleading with Mukwano Group managers not to dare buy the Kiwatule land because the price at which it’s being offered to them is too low. 

There are also concerns that even other Kiwanuka properties haven’t been sold at good price. For example, his plot in the center of Wandegeya near the banks was sold recently at just USD250,000 yet Dr. Sudhir had years earlier wanted to buy it at USD2M. Kiwanuka had bought that Wandegeya land to put up a modern cinema complex targeting Makerere students as the potential market. 

Part of Kiwanuka’s land for sell

Then in Kololo along Elizabeth Avenue, another Mohan Kiwanuka piece of land on the hill was sold to Sophie Nantongo of African Queen cosmetics at just USD1m yet a wealthy Indian tycoon had years earlier offered USD4m for the same plot because it’s on a good location on the hill. There are concerns among family members that Mohan Kiwanuka is in a frail state being an old man and therefore needs strong advisors around him. 

Already his 40 white expatriate tenants at his large estate on Kololo hill near his friend BoU Governor Mutebile’s home are complaining that their land lord isn’t treating them well because everyday he keeps forgetting and coming to them to ask for rent yet they paid for 5 years when they were entering the apartments. Each of the 40 apartments is charged USD700 per month and the tenants say once he renovates them, they are ready to pay USD1500 per month.

Oscar industries premises

There are also concerns that the Oscar Industries based in Nakawa is being inspected by real estate agents who keep telling Indian tycoons in town that it will soon be put on the market because Mohan Kiwanuka badly needs the money. It is located on Plot 218 Factory Close in Nakawa Industrial Area. In fact, as we talk, the more than 650 youths who used to work there as factory workers are jobless after management fired them. This has left many of the users of Oscar Industries products stranded because there is no more production of the books and other office stationery. In fact, when our reporter visited the Nakawa factory, we found it was locked with only four security guards on site. They were guarding the gate and didn’t allow us in. We had wanted to interview tycoon Mohan Kiwanuka but the security guards said he hadn’t been coming for more than a week. We also tried to the factory phone lines 0414505646 (it did not exist on the network) and 0414220084 (not in service), we even went online to check the number 031 2260640, which they put as the company’s contact, when we called on it, it was not available. We were later told by the security guards that the lines had been disconnected since there is no more operations at the factory.

We also got at the gate some guys who said they had come to place their orders for the books but they too were chased by the security guards. One Indian tycoon said he had been approached by land brokers to prepare to put in his bid for the Kiwatule burial ground but pulled out after being told there was too much wrangling regarding the Mohan estate and risked losing his money in case one of the children or family members who have shares in the companies go to court in future to challenge the transaction. 

By closing the Nakawa factory, Mohan is losing a lot of money yet he also has two debts with Commercial Bank of Africa and DFCU bank where his youngest daughter works. There are also concerns as to why Mohan recently declined a USD4m deal Total Uganda was offering to complete his 100 apartment houses on Ridge Way Kololo hill. He had put up these ones for CHOGM conference in 2007 but pulled out after government officials asked for Shs8bn out of the Shs10bn he was to be paid to house CHOGM guests. By that time, Mohan had already invested USD5m but abandoned the houses uncompleted. 

The letter that Kiwanuka wrote to the Germany embassy asking for visas for his wife and children to attend his daughter Jordana Pearl Kiwanuka’s wedding

That’s why Total Uganda recently came to him saying they are ready to invest USD4m to complete the houses but the tycoon from Kayunga Bugerere refused saying these are thieves wanting to steal his Ridge Way estate. All these business mistakes have caused many family members to be annoyed and begin saying whoever takes advantage of the man’s old age to buy his family property cheaply will pay back/vomit it in future. 

Kiwanuka’s marriage certificate

Some family members want President Museveni or the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II to intervene to save Kiwanuka’s riches from being grabbed by smart city Indian tycoons taking advantage of his old age and the wars raging in his family. Some family members, including senior wife Beatrice Luyiga Kavuma whom he recommended for a visa in 2017 introducing her as his sweetest wife to the German embassy, are fearful that Mohan Kiwanuka is too withdrawn these days and not easy to access. Some family members say they last accessed him in May and others like his children say they have taken two years without accessing him.

Some family members told the Grapevine that each time they ring, Mohan Kiwanuka’s phone is picked by a tough-talking lady who just abuses them advising them never to call him again. The woman can quarrel while asking ” why don’t you allow the old man to rest?” That even at his office before the Nakawa Oscar factory was closed, Kiwanuka wasn’t free to meet his children, other relatives and wife because he must first get permission from the woman who keeps answering his phone calls on his behalf.

The Grapevine tried to talk to some of Kiwanuka’s family members and wife Kiwanuka but they were not accessible.

By Grapevine Reporter



M7 PS Forces MTN To Vomit Her Money: Telecom Giant Had Asked Her To Produce Death Certificate, LC1 Letter And Police Letter If She Wanted To Get Back Her Money She Erroneously Sent To A Dead Brother’s Phone…



Telecom giants MTN was today forced to vomit cash that was erroneously sent a dead person’s phone by one of M7’s Press Secretary.

Yesterday, Linda Wamboka Nabusaayi, President Museveni’s Press Secretary sent money using MTN’s mobile money platform to a wrong number of her dead brother.

However, when she tried to retrieve her money, MTN shamelessly told her to get letters of administration, death certificate, LC1 letter and police letter if she is to get her money back.

“I erroneously sent money meant for my niece to her late father’s number which she could not access. MTN says I should get letters of administration of my brothers estate, his death certificate, LC1 letter, police letter or I can’t get money back. Where does this money go,” Nabusaayi said.

This aroused the pain that most Uganda’s go through to get their money back that they send to wrong numbers and inactive numbers and they answered with a lot of bitterness with many saying that if the telecom company can attempt to swindle a president’s press secretary, what about a poor person trading down town or deep in the village who has no access to the powers that be.

“As connected as you are to the centre of power it’s amusing to see you helpless. Too many questions from all of us and no answers forthcoming!! UCC is proving kinda useless,” Arinaitwe David, a concerned Ugandans wondered.

Richard Tindamanyire said, “My sister, that’s daylight, glaring thuggery and robbery by MTN. The reason the President should go ahead and force them to close shop. They have robbed Ugandans enough, URA Tax arrears notwithstanding.”

Masha Abrah Abbie said, “MTN ON SPOT FOR STEALING FROM THE DEAD: This is how MTN Uganda has been robbing from the dead since mobile money inception. Imagine they are tossing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ‘s press secretary, what about an ordinary Ugandan.

Actually, many people just give up and all the money is swindled by these foreign thieves.”

Later, because of the weight behind the name, MTN contacted Nabusaayi and she later got a cash back.

“Good morning tweeps. Thank you all for your concern. And thank you @mtnug I got the money back. I appreciate you all,” Nabusaayi said.

MTN replied, “Folks, clarification on the related issue of how to access MM Funds of a deceased person. Similar basic principle like it is in many other financial circles. At any of our service centers, present; i) Death Certificate of the deceased. i)Proof that you’re the right claimant, i.e., letters of administration. We can’t release funds without solid proof of the circumstances surrounding the release. It may sound Callous but its in the best interest of both sides.”

Surprisingly, Nabusaayi did not present the letters of administration of her brothers’ estate, his death certificate, LC1 letter and police letter.

This left many wondering whether poor Ugandans who do not have access to the powers that be ever get their money back.

“You only worked on big people otherwise a small person will have never got back his money,” Louis Tumusiime Kau said.

By Josephine Kauma


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With M7 Still In Power, Nobody Will Ever Win Against Dott And Here Is Why This Is The Case…



Dott Services continues to benefit from political friendship with NRM to the extent of getting many road sector deals without competing fairly with other bidders.

They got the Namanve deal to do all the roads in the industrial park using orders from above and the deal is worth over USD400M. UNRA bosses like Kagina and other guys have tried to oppose the favors M7 gives this company in vain.

UNRA bosses are now more frustrated after M7 ordered that Dott Services bosses get all the tourism roads worthy millions of dollars of America and this is annoying many other firms in the same business. One thing is known about Dott Services and that is its strong connections to Col John Mugyenyi and Bukedea MP Anita Among who helps them access the President each time they want to.

In the letter we have seen M7 has favored Dott Services Ltd by writing a letter telling Minister Matia Kasaija and Works Minister Monicah Azuba to give all the tourism roads to Dott Services because they are going to get the money for the work and recover from gov’t later. Yet there are many other contractors who can do the same but they never get chance to do this because they have no strong connections and godfathers in politics which angers UNRA bosses very much.

Tourism these days is very important to M7 because last year alone more than 2m tourists came and gave Uganda many dollars. Uganda last year made billions of dollars from tourism. Museveni has given it attention to make Uganda more attractive hence favoring Dott Services to do all the tourism roads which by the way are very many.

Dott Services big bosses have been benching until they met M7 to back their proposal to be given these roads and in the same meeting, the Dott bosses asked to be given everything on condition they help government get the lenders.
Museveni liked the proposal and directed Kasaija and Works Minister Monicah Azuba to give his favored Indian men the tourism roads. The same letter went to PSST Keith Muhakanizi and Allen Kagina who doesn’t like Dott Services at all. Dott Services is backed by John Mugenyi and yet his wife Hope is relative of Kagina but they don’t like each other.

By Grapevine Reporter


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Total Finally Speaks Out On The Decision To Invest In Uganda’s Oil Project



Total’s Chief Finance Officer, Jean-Pierre Sbraire (inset)

Total’s Chief Finance Officer, Jean-Pierre Sbraire has told analysts during a conference call after the French oil major’s third-quarter that as management, they have not yet decided to invest their money in Uganda’s oil project.

He revealed that the company was supposed to decide on the issue of Uganda’s oil last year but there were some issues holding back the decision even though they are still committed to the project and the project is technically mature.

“We are ready to launch but we recently faced some difficulties with the authorities,” he said.  He said that Total had planned to buy some of Britain’s Tullow Oil’s stake in the 230,000 barrel-per-day project but that deal was called off due to a tax dispute with the Ugandan authorities.

Total’s CEO Patrick Pouyanne

“We remain fully committed to the development but we’ll see, at present time, it is a bit too early to assess when the Final Investment Decision (FID) could be taken for the project,” Sbraire explained.  It should be remembered that Total’s CEO Patrick Pouyanne said earlier this year that investing in Uganda’s oil will be a personal priority this year after setbacks led to a delay on the FID in 2018.

By Jamil Lutakome


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