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    Let Us Cook Peaceful Presidential Transition Properly And Serve It When It’s Ready – Mao Explains Why He Has Not Released Any Missiles On Those Attacking Him, Gives More Details On M7 Deal..

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    Mao addressing the press today

    Democratic Party (DP) president Norbert Mao, who also doubles as the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, has revealed that DP has applied the shock doctrine, so Ugandans should deal with it.

    “DP has applied the shock doctrine. We all don’t know how it was done but there it is, deal with it,” he said.

    Mao made these remarks while addressing the press today, 26th July, at City House in Kampala.

    Mao started by announcing his swearing-in as minister, that is due to take place tomorrow, 27th July, at State House in Entebbe, at 10:00am.

    He further noted that thereafter, he will be invited by Parliament to swear in as an ex-official Member of Parliament (MP) without a constituency.

    He explained that when one is an ex-official, they are there by virtue of being a member of the executive.

    Mao also revealed that he was very pleased during the vetting and the MPs impressed him by their focus.

    Mao divulged, “The Leader of Opposition, (Mathias Mpuuga) for example asked me what I will do as Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs to make a constitutional body known as National Consultative Forum (NCF) for political parties effective.

    “As usual, sincerity is the best policy, I think God rewards those who are sincere because he sees the heart, he doesn’t just hear your voice. So, I told the LOP that we are concerned that some parties with representation in parliament don’t want to join the Interparty Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD).

    “We hope that since the National Resistance Movement (NRM) chairs the NCF for political parties and the National Unity Platform (NUP) is the Deputy chair, we shall try to invest more in order to create a better climate for dialogue.”

    Mao also disclosed that during vetting, they asked him about political prisoners and he told them that the matter is in court and so it is not necessary for him to express a lot of opinions, he however told them that he believes that it would be important to offer some fresh advice on how the government can deal with those cases.

    “I also told them that unlike other members of the cabinet who are appointed based on either winning election or on account of what the Head of State thinks they can do for the government, I was appointed pursuant to a corporation agreement.”

    Mao added that he wants to reiterate that DP approved three strategic objectives when they had their retreat at Esella Hotel last year after the 2021 general elections.

    He contended, “The National Organising Sector of the party gave us our report card. It was not as bad as people wanted it to appear. You all know that we went into the 2021 elections with four members of parliament, 10 of our 15 MPs had crossed and one had died so we had only four MPs when we went into the election but we came back with nine.

    “Those nine are worth more than their weight in gold. So, I told the committee that my terms of reference and the job that DP will be spear heading is clearly stated in the cooperation agreement.

    “I urge Ugandans not to mix up what they call a merger (a merger means you become one), then we have a coalition, it can be before elections or after elections, then there is an alliance and corporation.”

    He asserted that it is his duty not to overreact when people misunderstand this corporation.

    “That is why you have noticed that I have not been as tuff as usually I am. Because the Nobert Mao you know would not just sit by and listen as people attack him and call him names. I would at least release a few missiles but I have decided that when people are speaking out of limited information, it is your duty to give information. So, I have decided deliberately to spend time explaining to our leaders what really happened.” he propounded.

    Mao further noted that he is very proud of the DP Management Committee.

    “The DP Management Committee has 11 members, I chair the management committee as president, the vice president, Mukasa Mbidde is a member, the secretary general, Dr.Gerald Siranda is a member, the national chairman, Dr.Mayambala is a member, the national treasurer, Hon. Babirye Kabanda is a member, the national legal adviser, ‘Omukungu’ Nalukola Luyimbazi is a member, the national organising secretary, Herbert Lutagwera is a member, the president of the UYD, Ismail Kirya is a member, the President of the Women’s League, Aisha Nuriat Waliggo is a member, the national publicity secretary, Okoler Opio is a member, deputy secretary general also seats in that meeting plus the parliamentary whip.”

    He revealed that the organ meets every Wednesday and everybody gets a notice.

    “I want to assure you that I briefed the management committee which is a constitutional body to do work on behalf of National Executive Committee (NEC) and I’m actually proud of the management committee because nothing licked for one full year. The fact that nothing licked is actually a surprise. I think DP leaders can manage government.”

    He also emphasized that according to the agreement, the DP now has an opportunity to participate in government on the issues of peaceful presidential transition.

    He concluded that by 2026 they are likely to have an all-party government.

    “The new Uganda with level ground, a new constitution, people leaving in harmony and clear political blocks where you are sure of what you will get depending on who you will vote. Let us cook it properly and not serve something which is not ready.”

     

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    Mwenda Narrates How Intelligence Advised M7 To Fire Kagame Girl Who Prepares His Bedroom….

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    Veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda (L) and President Museveni (R)

    Celebrated veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda has narrated how intelligence advised President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to fire president Paul Kagame’s girl to save his life.

    Mwenda revealed that when the misunderstanding between Rwanda and Uganda was at its peak, with each nation accusing the other of espionage, intelligence operatives advised President Museveni to fire all his assistants of Rwandan descent.

    Mwenda said that among the people that intelligence wanted to be removed from the state house was the beautiful Munyarwanda woman who has been in charge of President Museveni’s bedroom for a long time.

    He added that after reading a strongly worded intelligence report, Museveni took his time to interrogate the dossier and he took a strong decision which hurt his intelligence team by refusing to fire his assistants.

    While moderating ‘The hot seat’ talk show on KFM radio on Friday, Mwenda explained that Museveni trusts Rwandese more than Ugandans that’s why all the people surrounding him are Banyarwanda.

    It is on this note that Mwenda wondered why the President does not come out to rescue Rwandans from the ongoing harassment from country’s immigration department.

    He revealed that he has investigated and established that these people are facing a lot of hardships to get passports and National identity cards.

    He said that many of the people who have Rwanda like name are stateless because Uganda refused to give them passports and National Identity cards yet they cannot go to Rwanda because they were born in Uganda and all are parents have lived, died and have been buried in Uganda.

    Mwenda gave an example of Ritah Kanya, a news anchor with NTV Uganda and wife to senior investigative journalist Raymond Mujuni who is currently stateless because both her National Identity card and passports were canceled at the Immigration over her Rwandan roots.

    He insisted that Kanya was born in Uganda in Kisoro district and his grandfather was a sub county chief, so it is wrong to declare her stateless.

    He pleaded with President Museveni to intervene in the matter because National Unity Platform(NUP) supporters are also threatening Banyarwanda that when they take power, they will be sent back to their country.

    Land forces commander and also first son, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba led the Uganda-Rwanda negotiations which resulted in the reopening of the Katuna border which was closed by president Kagame in 2017 on allegations of mistreating Rwandese in Uganda.

    Lt. Gen. Muhoozi revealed through twitter that very soon, he is going to travel to Rwanda to meet his loving uncle.

    Efforts to reach Simon Peter Mundeyi, the immigration spokesperson, were fruitless because his known phone numbers were not going through.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Chief Justice Dollo Is Sleeping On Job, He Has Failed To Bring Errant Judicial Officers To Order – Minister Mayanja; Top Herbalist Runs Into Hiding Fearing Arrest…

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    Chief Justice Owiny Dollo (R) and Minister Sam Mayanja (L)

    State Minister for Lands Dr. Sam Mayanja has threatened to report Pius Bigirimana, the Judiciary Permanent Secretary to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni over allegation of abuse of office.

    Mayanja insists that it is high time President Museveni takes action against Chief Justice Owiny Dollo who has slept on the job which has resulted into the Judiciary, a very important organ of the state, becoming a place where deals are cut.

    He explained that judicial officers no longer follow the Constitution because right now, everyone does what he wants because they know that Chief Justice, who is their head is not active and he cannot bring them to order.

    Mayanja wondered how a Chief Justice can keep quiet when low standard staff in Judiciary are humiliating senior judicial officers who would advise and guide the judiciary.

    He gave an example of Bigirimana who issued a statement against Supreme Court Justice Dr. Esther Kisakye Mayambala.

    Mayanja said that he was shocked to read in the papers that Bigirimana directed Justice Kisakye, the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court to return all the money which was paid to her for the nine months when she was absent.

    “All of us senior lawyers were shocked to see that man Bigirimana’s letter to a senior Judge like Kisakye. How can a mere Permanent Secretary to the judiciary humiliate a senior judge and you keep quite as a Chief Justice? He would have issued a strong statement condemning that man Bigirimana and even petitioning the president to take disciplinary action against him,” Mayanja insisted.

    However, Bigirimana recently said that he pulled out of Justice Kisakye’s scandal and referred the matter to Chief Justice Dollo because he is her supervisor not him.

    He added that as a senior lawyer, he cannot keep quiet when the judiciary is rotting.

    He cited a situation where Judges are imprisoning innocent Ugandans to show superiority.

    He gave an example of High Court Judge Musa Ssekaana who sentenced controversial city lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi to 18 months in prison on fabricated contempt of Court charges.

    He wondered if a judicial officer can give justice when they are the complainant, the investigator, the witness and the judge.

    Mayanja revealed that judicial officials connive to punish those who annoy them, and this is exactly what they did to Mabirizi, denied him bail and dismissed all his Appeals.

    He noted that such impunity has been used by Masaka judicial officers against Bibanja holders which has resulted in frequent land evictions.

    He explained that such corrupt judicial officers are the ones who helped land grabbers like renowned herbalist David Senfuka who based on forged documents to threaten evicting bonafide bibanja owners.

    He revealed that residents of Budda Village, Kijonjo parish Kibinge Sub County in Bukomansombi district brought to him evidence which he verified and established that Senfuka forged documents to acquire over 2 square miles of land.

    “He is a wanted man; he has to go to police and record a statement over criminal charges. His friends were telling me that I am interfering with a Court matter and as a lawyer I advised them that there is a difference between a criminal matter and a civil matter,” Mayanja said.

    He added that the same Masaka Judicial officers are the ones helping Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s Buganda Land Board to grab and evict people’s bibanja in greater Masaka.

    He gave an example of the piece of Kibanja on which the State Minister for Health Anifah Kawooya was supposed to build a nursing school.

    He disclosed that the minister was stopped by BLB who accused her of trespassing on Kabaka Mutebi’s land.

    However, Siraje Lubwama, the press secretary to Senfuka revealed that minister Mayanja is spreading falsehoods.

    He added that they are preparing to institute criminal and civil charges against him accusing him of defamation.

    Lubwama maintained that Senfuka was shocked when Mayanja and his boss Judith Nabakooba and declared him a fraudster.

    Minister Mayanja recently told the Grapevine that President Museveni has received a detailed intelligence report profiling the corrupt judicial officials and how they receive bribes.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    IGG Kamya Drags Ssenyonyi’s COSASE To Court Over On Shs10.6bn Fraud, Wants Awards Of Shs6.5bn For Humiliation…

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    IGG Betty Kamya

    Controversial Inspector General of Government (IGG) Beti Namisango Kamya has petitioned the High Court Civil Division challenging the findings and recommendations made against her by the parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE).

    In her suit through her lawyers of ASB Advocates, Kamya insists that the COSASE report which convicted her and senior Finance Minister Matia Kasaija of fraudulently mismanaging the Shs.10.6bn which was allocated to compensate landlords for their land which was sold to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s government was aimed at humiliating and killing her personal reputation.

    She told Court that she never asked for a supplementary budget as COSASE claimed in their report which was adopted by parliament in August 2022.

    She added that she only requested the Finance ministry to give funds to the Uganda Land Commission which is responsible for managing government land including compensating landlords who sell land to government.

    She explained that before the Shs10.6bn was released and distributed, parliament established an ad-hoc committee which verified and assessed the beneficiaries and approved those who were paid.

    However, a number of witnesses who testified before COSASE committee chaired by Joel Ssenyonyi denied receiving the money.

    Government through the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka has not yet responded to IGG Kamya’s petition.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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