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    LAND PROBE IN RWENZORI REGION: Police Pinned For Raping Women, Shooting Residents

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    Jack Magezi testifying before the commission

    Jack Magezi (42) a resident of Kicumba sub county Kabarole district has pinned the Uganda Police for raping women on Lake Saaka.

    While testifying before the commission of inquiry into land matters, Magezi revealed that police together with a private security company, security 2000, rape their women when they come to collect water and firewood.

    “My Lord, many of our women are raped by those police officers in their shelter tents around the lake,” Magezi said.

    He further explained that the police officers under the command of Peter Muyambi, the officer in charge of Fort Potal police station, don’t only stop at raping their women but they also insult the entire community. He gave an example of Joseph Ruhapena, one of the residents who was shot and one of his legs cut off. This happened because he refused to tell the policemen the whereabouts of one of their colleagues.

    “My Lord, the policemen found the poor man in his banana plantation, when they were running after some residents who were trying to get water from the lake, when he refused to tell them which direction they had taken, they decided to shoot him and now he can’t feed his family and many of his children went out of the school,” Magezi reported.

    He further testified that these police officers forcefully threw Joseph Busingye, another resident, in water with an aim of killing him, he was rescued from drowning to death by some villagers who heard his shouts.

    When the situation got out of hand, they tried to report the matter to  Musa Tebakerana the District Police Commander (DPC) but he also refused to assist them and told them to go back to the OC station because he was not the one who deployed those policemen around the lake. When they contacted the OC station, he told them that he was working on orders from above.

    He told court that the police were working on orders of Richard Asiimwe the manager of Ferdsult Engineering consult company limited. Ferdsult consult entered into an agreement in 2015 with Kabarole district council, they agreed to restock the Saaka crater lake with fish and leave it for six years without fishing from it. They also agreed that after six years, they will do an assessment for three months to see the number of fish in the lake.

    Land Commissioners probing land matters in Rwenzori region

    The locals persuaded Richard Assimwe to bring his bosses to a meeting, so that they can be sure who they are dealing with because Assimwe was just a worker. Assimwe told them that his boss is too big and cannot be brought to a meeting. When the insisted, he told them that he is working on orders of the first lady Janet Museveni.

    Surprisingly, before the six years had elapsed, the company started fishing with protection from gunmen. This forced the residents to also start fishing which the company refused. The residents took them to court and defeated the company at Fort Portal High Court. The Solicitor General advised Kabarole Local Council to cancel the agreement but they refused.

    When they tried to meet Richard Rwabinga the chairperson of Kabarole district, he told them to abide by the agreement because Ferdsult Engineering consult company was a big company with influential people in government.

    “My lord we thought that we shall be assisted by our leader who is our eye, but he told us that we have to abide by the agreement. We told him that the agreement was breached yet the community feeds on that lake, he just laughed at us and told us that we shall not manage the big people in that company,” Magezi testified.

    They further learnt from Joseph Masuluuko the district councillor Kabarole and also the chairperson of the production committee of the district that the agreement was extended from ten years to 30 years.

    The commission also learnt that Ferdsult Engineering consult company limited is a company limited with shareholders. These were Ferdinand Kamugisha, Enid Mbabazi and Maria Natukunda. The commission is still investigating land related problems in Rwenzori region.

     

     

    By Jamil Lutakome

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    MASTERS OF CHAOS! Minister Mao Warns Bobi Wine To Prepare For The Worst From Mpuuga, DP Block Politicians…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine. Inset L is DP's Norbert Mao and R inset is Matthias Mpuuga

    Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister who also doubles as the Democratic Party President General Norbert Mao has warned National Unity Platform (NUP) President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) to prepare for the worst from Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba and members of the DP Block.

    Exclusively speaking to theGrapevine, Mao explain that when he saw Mpuuga and his friends who were formally members of Suubi, a political pressure group and DP party crossing to NUP, he envisioned what is happening right now.

    He added that the said people were a problem to DP and when they joined NUP, the DP problem crossed to Bobi Wine.

    Bobi Wine is under attack from members of his party who crossed from DP to NUP. They have even threatened to reveal their next political action next month at Mpuuga’s thanks giving ceremony where Charles Peter Mayiga the Buganda Kingdom premier is expected as the Chief Guest.

    Highly placed sources revealed that Mpuuga and his group are planning to reveal a new political pressure group which will tour the entire country getting views from their supporters concerning their next course of action after disagreeing with Bobi Wine’s leadership.

    George Musisi, one of lawyers for NUP accused Mpuuga’s blue eyed boy Samuel Lubega Mukaku of supporting the NUP faction led by Moses Kibalama.

    Sources allege that Mpuuga’s faction are confident that Court is going to declare Bobi Wine’s leadership at NUP illegal and the party will return into the hands of Kibalama a move they think will give them the opportunity to use NUP as a vehicle in the 2026 general elections.

    Other sources claim that Mpuuga and group are planning to use Buganda Kingdom leadership structures from the village level to mobilize support in Buganda come 2026.

    Mpuuga is confident that it was Buganda structures that helped Bobi Wine to defeat President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and his NRM party in Buganda and without them, Bobi will lose.

    However, Nakaseke South legislator Paulson Lutamaguzi Ssemakula rubbished Mpuuga’s political calculations explaining that Bobi Wine will remain strong whether Buganda’s Mayiga supports him or not.

    He asserts that Bwanika and Mpuuga are working for President Museveni and he has always deployed them whenever election period approaches and help him to divide and disorganize the opposition.

    Ssemakula said that in 2021, when Bobi Wine was planning to work with Dr. Kizza Besigye, Bwanika abused Dr. Besigye and accussed him of working for Museveni to distract Baganda.

    He added that in 2006, Bwanika swore an affidavit in support of Museveni against Dr. Besigye before the Supreme Court and his evidence saved Museveni and stamped his win.

    However, Bwanika also accuses Bobi Wine of working for Museveni to stop the opposition from taking state power.

    The Bobi Wine/Mpuuga misunderstanding deepened when Bobi Wine ordered him to apologise to the nation and return the Shs500m bribe he admittedly received from the parliamentary Commission as a reward for being a good Leader of Opposition in parliament. Mpuuga was also told to resign from the office of the Commissioner of parliament which he declined to do.

    Bobi Wine also suspended Mpuuga from the office the national vice president in charge of Buganda region on top of sending him to the party disciplinary committee.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic Among Ministers, M7 Set To Hold Cabinet Sittings At His Kisozi Farm With Tough Conditions…

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    Ministers have started panicking upon learning that very soon, their boss President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is set to hold cabinet meetings from his Kisozi country home.

    Highly placed State House sources revealed that Museveni wants to test the knowledge of his ministers when it comes to issues of fighting poverty among Ugandans through government programs.

    “The president is tired of hearing his ministers telling people to participate in government programs like Parish Development Modal, Emyooga, the four acre farming modal and others. He now wants to know and challenge them on which other initiatives they have put in place to fight poverty among the communities surrounding them,” a source said.

    The source added that ministers are going to be given enough time to make submissions concerning their own initiatives with evidence showing how the public has benefited from them.

    He added that the president is also going to invite experts on development and those producing farming products with value addition to lecture ministers on how their communities can benefit from them.

    Museveni recently boasted of how he fought poverty among his neighbours in Kisozi.

    The President disclosed that as a way of appreciating his efforts, his neighbors have started giving him money and other products to thank him for the advice he gave them and they are no longer begging him by blocking him to ask for money when he is driving to his farm.

    “In the 2026 presidential campaign, the President doesn’t want Museveni Abeewo, he wants his campaign team to stick to developmental issues which help Ugandans to fight poverty,” a source said.

    The cabinet meetings at Kisozi are also expected to be attended by NRM officials from the party Secretariat, those from the Offices of the National Chairperson in Kyambogo and other top government officials.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Why Kasyate Is Resigning From KCCA Juicy PRO Job…

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    Simon Kasyate

    The Mighty Grapevine has exclusively learnt that flamboyant veteran journalist Simon Kasyate has tendered in his resignation.

    Sources claim that Kasyate, who is as the Head Public & Corporate Affairs at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) tendered in his resignation letter after learning that the Public Service Commission had started the process of recruiting his replacement.

    The Public Service Commission started the process of looking for Kasyate’s replacement in 2023, through public advertising in the local dailies.

    Through his State House contacts, it is alleged Kasyate managed to secure the KCCA PRO job without following the required process of recruiting government workers.

    theGrapevine made several phone calls to Kasyate for a comment but they went unanswered.

    Before joining KCCA, Kasyate was the spokesperson for the European Union (EU), ESKOM, MasterCard Foundation among other top institutions.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe  

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