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    Locals Appeal To M7, Top Army leadership Over Apaa Land Conflict …

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    Paramout chief Stephen Izarake (L) and Maj. Kibuuka (R)

    Residents in three villages in Apaa have appealed to President Museveni and the Army top leadership to save them from the rampant attacks and forceful evictions in the disputed area.

    They also want the authorities to empower the Madi Paramount Stephen Drani Izarake to handle the conflicts.

    These locals requested that Maj. Travol Kibuuka be returned to Apaa area to help in purifying their place.

    Recently, at least over 140 people have been forced out of their homes in the villages in; Goro B, Kala-cut, Rwot Orono and Acholi-Ber, Itirikwa sub county in Adjumani District.

    Francis Owor, the LCI Chairperson of Zoka village, one of the villages that has faced constant attacks and forceful evictions says that in Rwot Oromo village, a one Justo Opira was forced off his land and the people from Madi community have since constructed 20 houses on it.

    He added that Bosco Atube, another victim of the forceful eviction had his land taken over by more than 40 people who invaded his land where they are now constructing houses.

    “We are wondering why a person who has worked diligently for a year without any bloodshed and or disturbances has not been appreciated and promoted but instead he is being castigated,” another leader said.

    They also appealed to President Museveni to conclusively investigate and bring to book the real culprits.

    The locals have now appealed for the intervention of Stephen Drani Izakare, the Paramount Chief of Madi, and Major Travor Kibuuka from Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), who were recently set free by the DPP to rescue them.

    According to Owor, as a community, when the two were actively engaging them in peaceful co-existence, the community members from both Acholi and Madi lived happily and in relative peace.

    “We even had people living and using land freely regardless of their tribes, for example, one Eugene Opira gave part of his land to people from Itirikwa Sub County because Maj Kibuuka and Paramount Chief Drani were continuously engaging us to peacefully co-exist,” he said.

    When contacted, Paramount Chief Drani said that continuous attacks are being orchestrated by some leaders from Adjumani district who want to grab land.

    The cultural leader promised that he will continue to engage the community members in the contested area to peacefully co-exist as they wait for government’s announcement concerning their fate.

    Recently, locals from Apaa petitioned the Gulu 4th Division Commander to redeploy Maj. Kibuuka back to Apaa area saying his presence in the contested land had cultivated some peace.

    The locals have since stormed the commander of the 4th Division, Brig. Michael Kabango and asked him why the army leadership have continuously insisted on investigating Maj. Kibuuka.

    The residents wondered why Maj. Kibuuka and the paramount chief of Madi, who came and saved arsonists from being beaten by an angry mob, could instead be accused falsely.

    They informed Brig. Gen. Micheal Kabango that no soldier beat up anyone but it is the Adjumani leadership together with some army officers who are behind all these allegations just to fight Maj. Kibuuka and the paramount chief.

    According to the local leaders from Apaa, fake charges were dropped by DPP and that a similar case file was closed by the former Division Commander Brig. Gen. Bonny Bamwiseki.

    They said It is illegal for the army to purport to continue investigating such dropped matters unless they have selfish and personal interests, to bring down Maj. Kibuuka.

    Last week, the Paramount Chief Drani and Maj. Kibuuka were set free over accusations regarding crimes in the Apaa area by court in Adjumani District.

    The court acquitted the duo after the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) dropped several charges against him, jointly with others among who include Maj. Kibuuka, the Second in Command of the 71st Battalion and Sector Commander Apaa.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Intelligence Picks Interest In Social Media Demands For Kabaka Mutebi As Section Of Baganda Organise Allergy Run…

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    One of the country’s intelligence organizations has picked interest in the ongoing social media frenzy concerning Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II the Kabaka of Buganda.

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s government has been silently watching to see how Mengo administration will handle allegations spread mostly by Ugandans in the diaspora over Kabaka’s health and his whereabouts from the day he landed at Entebbe International Airport upon returning back into the country from United Kingdom where he had traveled to get further medical attention.

    Buganda Kingdom administration led by Charles Peter Mayiga rubbished the allegations and assured Kabaka’s subject that their king is still abroad receiving medication and he will appear at the right time.

    They further explained that it is not a Kiganda tradition norm for Baganda to demand for the Kabaka’s public appearance.

    He added that Kabaka is being taken care of by his immediate family members and friends and he is in Namibia resting while following advice from his doctors in Europe.

    However Baganda including the National Unity platform (NUP) Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) encouraged Baganda to continue asking for information concerning their Kabaka because he is their cultural leader and no person has monopoly over him to the extent of silencing them.

    However, highly placed sources in intelligence told theGrapevine that the demand on social media has now led to organizing of social events to pressure Mayiga’s administration on Kabaka’s absence which is threatening the country’s security.

    This website established that a group of youth in Buganda led by Mubiru Njuuki have organized a run branded allergy Run 2024.

    Njuuki exclusively told theGrapevine that the aim of the run is to show solidarity with their King who is going through a very challenging situation.

    “The Kabaka is our pillar and without him, Buganda cannot stand, we cannot look on as people he gave positions of leadership enjoying life while they are deceiving us,” Njuuki said.

    He added that the money they are going to collect from the run will be used in sensitizing the public on the dangers of allergy.

    He explain that at first, people took allergy as a simple infection but the way it has threatened Kabaka’s life to the extent of being referred abroad for further treatment means it is a very dangerous disease which people should be aware of.

    He added that the organizing committee which includes members of Buganda Kingdom clan heads is expecting more than 10,000 participates and the run will start from Kabaka’s Mengo palace.

    They will run around Kampala and come back to Kabaka’s palace where experts in allergy will talk to the people and advises them on the dangers of allergy, how to avoid it and cure it.

    He added that the money collected from the run will be given to one of the big hospitals in town to establish a well-equipped allergy department and clinic.

    Njuuki revealed that among the guests that the organizing committee plans to invite include; President Museveni who they want to be the chief runner, Annet Anita Among the speaker of parliament, Owiny Dollo the Chief Justice, Mayiga and other Buganda Kingdom Royal family members and clan heads.

    The organizers have already printed t-shirts and fliers which the participants are going to put on and use with caps and they plan to put them on the market at Shs.20, 000 each.

    “When polio broke out in Buganda, many thought it was just a simple disease but they started fearing it when it attacked one of the princes in the Kingdom. Sir Edward Walugembe Mutesa, the Buganda Kingdom fallen King declared it a deadly disease and rallied his subjects to fight it by all means to save their loved ones because if the disease could attack one of his family members, it means that other people were in more danger,” Njuuki said.

    Njuki explained that Baganda no longer trust and take Mayiga’s statements serious when it comes to matters of Kabaka Mutebi’s health seriously because he has mastered the art of deceiving them.

    He disclosed that Baganda would rather take President Museveni’s word on the Kabaka’s health than Mayiga’s.

    In 2020, Mayiga told Baganda that Kabaka was suffering from allergy which was caused by flowers, a claim that was vehemently contested.

    Former Buganda Kingdom Premier Joseph Mulwanyamuli Ssemogerere assured Baganda that their king is recovering and he talked to him via zoom.

    Ssemogerere added that Kabaka Mutebi confirmed to him that he is following whatever is being said on social media and whatever is going on in his Kingdom and he promised to address everything at the right time.

    But intelligence operatives told theGrapevine that Mayiga and Mengo administration have failed to handle Kabaka’s sickness properly given that it has started threatening the country’s security because any bad person can use it to incite the public into demonstration and rioting as it was in 2009 when Kabaka was stopped from visiting Bugerere County.

    “Look at the way how Kabaka appears in the public, he has always been badly dressed. Now how can you assure the public that he is not under someone’s control! They should start from addressing the issue of his dress code, otherwise the State will come out and address the matter in its own way because the Kabaka is a very important person in the country and if anything happens to him, it affects the whole country,” he said.

    The development comes days after the army declared that Kabaka’s Chief security officer Capt. Edward Ssempijja abandoned his job without permission from his bosses.

    However Mayiga defended him and confirmed that he went to South Africa for further studies.

    theGrapevine has also established that Kabaka’s absence has created a lot of internal fights and misunderstanding within the Kingdom administration and Mayiga is under a lot of pressure.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Ukrainian Investor Cited In Grabbing Former IGP’s Land As Family Reports Gen. Otema, Relatives To New Police Boss…

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    Nancy Oryema (L) and Lt. Gen. Charles Otema (R)

    Ukrainian investor Maxim Shevchuk has been cited in the grabbing of part of the big Estate of the family of the first former black Inspector General of Police (IGP) Lt. Col. Wilson Erinayo Oryema.

    Highly placed sources in the family of the late Oryema revealed that Maxim, with the help of armed men, and without the permission of the family has started trespassing on their land claiming that he is going to establish a factory on it.

    Family members claim that Maxim and his agents told them that he bought the land comprising LRV 778, Folio 23 land at Purongo, Kilak County, Acholi currently Nwoya district from Lt. Gen. Charles Otema Awany.

    They added that Maxim trespassed on their land following Justice Phillip Odoki’s controversial judgment in which he dismissed their case against Lt. Gen Otema and others on technicality.

    In her petition to the newly appointed IGP Abass Byakagaba, Nancy Oryema, the granddaughter to late Oryema claims that Gen. Otema’s agents together with Maxim are abusing the court process.

    She revealed that after losing a court case against Gen. Otema and others at Gulu High Court, they instructed their lawyers to appeal against it in the Court of Appeal claiming that Justice Odoki had erred in law and facts while making his final judgment.

    She insisted that as a family, they need urgent intervention in the unlawful activities defying court proceedings on their ancestral land.

    “I am compelled to bring to your attention a grave situation that demands immediate action from the Uganda Police Force, an institution that has consistently upheld the rule of law and maintained order in our nation under your esteemed leadership and as I write, I have been informed that my female farm manager has been hit by one of the armed private guards from PSG private security in Gulu,” she said.

    Nancy made the petition after her farm manager Prossy Ajok reported a complaint of aggravated robbery against Alex Awany a relative to Lt. Gen. Otema on Police Reference Number SD Ref: 36/22/05/2024 at Nwoya police station.

    In her petition, Nancy explained that despite an ongoing appeal process challenging Justice Odoki’s judgment on Oryema’s estate, Gen. Otema and others have chosen to disregard the lawful procedures and are forcefully taking possession of land without a valid court decree or order.

    She claimed that their opponents and their agents have been circulating an unclear printed judgment along with a letter from their lawyer, claiming that court has awarded the land to Otema Awany and Beatrice’s Achola.

    However, they have no official communication, decree, court order, or clearance from the police headquarters authorizing the eviction.

    She further claimed that the accused persons led by Awany and Thomas Lapyem have resorted to hooliganism, primarily during nighttime hours, commanding armed private guards from PSG Gulu and UPDF soldiers from Lt. Gen Otema’s residence.

    She added that they have been conducting unauthorized surveying and planting mark stones on the land under the cover of darkness and they even attempted to break the gate and remove Nancy’s signposts.

    “Our gatekeepers were threatened with imprisonment for seven years if they remained at their posts. These actions have instilled fear among our investors and the local community engaged in farming under Gen Saleh’s Operation Wealth Creation projects,” she noted.

    She further narrates that Nwoya District Police Commander (DPC) Richard Amanya, is aware of the situation and confirmed that he has been informed by the Director Legal that no activities should take place on the land without clearance from the headquarters.

    Despite sending a team to the site, the DPC has failed to take any meaningful action, citing threats of legal action against him in his personal capacity if involved in stopping them from the alleged land grabbing.

    She added that the Regional Police Command (RPC) is also equally silent as Lapyem and Awany, accompanied by two soldiers from Lt. Gen. Otema’s residence, demanded access to the home of the late Oryema but the gates were locked.

    “The unlawful activities have created an atmosphere of brewing anger within the local community. I take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for the exemplary leadership of the Uganda Police Force under your guidance. Your commitment to upholding justice and maintaining law and order has been a beacon of hope for the citizens of our nation,” she said.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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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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