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    M7 In Trouble, Party MPs Threatens To Petition Al-Hajji Kigongo’s NRM Disciplinary Committee Over Mao Deal…



    MP Theodore Ssekikubo (L) and President Museveni (R)

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the chairperson of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party is in trouble after Members of Parliament threatened to petition Al-Hajji Moses Kigongo’s disciplinary committee over his cooperation deal with Democratic Party (DP) boss Nobert Mao.

    Exclusively speaking to the Grapevine, Lwemiyaga County Member of Parliament Theodore Ssekikubo revealed that he is consulting his fellow legislators on how to handle the petition.

    “We have enough evidence that our chairperson committed the crimes by violating our party constitution and he should be brought to book by the disciplinary committee. We have both photos, audio and video evidence showing the accused person, our chairperson, signing a cooperation agreement with a non-member of the NRM without the party’s consent,” Ssekikubo said.

    He explained that the NRM constitution doesn’t allow Museveni as the party chairperson to enter any political deal with another party without consulting the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) and the National Delegates Conference, where Ssekikubo is a member, and the party’s top organ, the Central Executive Committee (CEC).

    He insisted that this time, Al-Hajji Kigongo should put the NRM house in order by tasking their chairperson and explain why he entered a political deal without following the party constitution.

    “Him (Museveni) as the chairperson with our former Secretary General John Patrick Amama Mbabazi tried to expel us from the party and we were saved by Courts of law.  They accused us of working with the opposition to fight our party, but there was no evidence pinning us. Now, for us we have evidence to pin Museveni before my good friend Al-Hajji Moses Kigongo,” Ssekikubo boasted.

    He explained that even though the deal of bringing Mao, a big political figure in the country was good, the constitution was supposed to be followed to show newcomers that where they have come, people follow laws.

    He disclosed that in their petition, they want Museveni to explain why he discriminates against Baganda and even refuses to appoint them in his cabinet.

    Ssekikuubo divulged that they want their chairperson to explain what crime they (Baganda) committed to be sidelined.

    He asserted that even late Milton Obote who hated Baganda to the extent of exiling their king, appointed them in his top cabinet offices.

    In DP, Mao is also facing fire after top members accused him of entering a deal with Museveni without informing them.

    DP’s legal officer Erias Nalukoola noted that the deal was personal that’s why Mao was appointed Minister of Justice and Constitution Affairs after inking the deal.

    However, Mao insists that he consulted all the top party leaders and they knew what was going on even though President Museveni recently praised him for showing maturity by not leaking their negotiations to the public.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki



    Security On High Alert After Sunday ADF-Linked Bomb Blast Near Uganda, DR Congo Border



    Uganda security agencies have been put on high alert after a bomb linked to the Allied Democratic Forces – ADF went off yesterday near Uganda, Congo border.

    The incident in the Eastern DRC happened at Pentecostal Church in Lhubirira, an immediate town located 4kms after Mpondwe border point. At least 10 people died on the spot and 47 others suffered injuries.

    “The terror attack shows that terrorism can occur any time and anywhere, and further reminds us all of the terrorist threats that we face as a country. Because of the existing threat environment, our Joint Counter terror task teams from CMI, Crime Intelligence, Counter terrorism, CID in coordination with territorial units, continue to operate with a heightened state of readiness. It is approximately, 425days, since the double terror task at CPS and Kampala Avenue that have led to several investigations, multiple arrests and recovery of an assortment of dangerous weapons. So far, 18 guns have been recovered, 1 PK gun and 116 PK rounds, 1 pistol, 7 IEDs, 21 electronic detoriators, 52 explogel explosives, 2 Axel blades, 2 emulsion explosives, an assortment of bomb making materials, walkie talkies, mobile phones, 185 other types of ammunition, and motorcycles etc. In addition, a total of 57 suspects (terrorists and rebels) have been arrested,” Police Spokesperson who doubles as the Joint Security Spokesman told the media in Kampala on Monday.

    And while those disruptive operations present a positive step in securing the safety of Ugandans, Enanga says that “there is still work to identify ADF cells of agents, collaborators, operatives and sponsors within the country.”

    “Several measures have also been put in place, to avert any hostile infiltrations and attacks at Mpondwe border and all other crossing points. For instance, we have stopped the movement of cargo and passenger boats across Lake Albert, intensified patrols in Bugoma forest and across the borderlines, bolstered security at major installations, markets and parking yards, and intensified intelligence on several targets among others,” he said.

    Enanga, however, asked the public not to be alarmed “by these steps because it is meant for their safety.”

    “We would like to further remind the public that the threats of terrorism are real, especially on soft targets, which are many and sometimes difficult to defend, especially restaurants, markets, shopping centres, public transportation hubs like taxi and bus parks, places of worship and other crowded places etc. as a result, we call upon the public to be extra alert and vigilant, as they go about their activities. Remember, the best defence against any terrorist threats is our collective community effort. Once again, please be alert but not alarmed. And report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the nearest police unit or security agency.”


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    City Babe Who Offered Room For Cousin & Her Boyfriend Arrested For Double Murder



    The police are investigating circumstances under which two young adults died in a fire at Jinja-Nabweru on Thursday evening.

    The deceased have been identified as Patricia, 24, and Kajumba, 27.

    Findings show that the lovers visited Suzan Keitesi, 24; a cousin of Patricia on Thursday morning. Keitesi is a resident in an apartment at Jinja Kawempe Zone A, Jinja Kawempe Ward in Nabweru Division.

    However, the pair were found dead on Thursday evening in a suspicious manner, while Keitesi was rushed to a nearby clinic and later Kawempe hospital for first aid. She was later discharged that day.

    Suspecting foul play, detectives attached to Kawempe Police Station interacted with Keitesi on her hospital bed. Her statement looked uncoordinated. She has been detained as further investigations continue.

    Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire says Patricia and her boyfriend are suspected to have been murdered.

    “We have reserved the scene for further examination by officials from National Building Review Board, UMEME, and other stakeholders, to ascertain the exact cause of the fire. 

    Whereas the tenant had a gas cooker, it was in a store and it remained intact,” Owoyesigyire said. “We have however arrested Kaitesi Suzan on allegations of Murder as investigations continue.”



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    Aponye MD Harold Byamugisha Still Missing – Security



    Police are searching for the Managing Director of Aponye Uganda Limited who went missing on Sunday night.

    Harold Byamugisha is said to have left home on Sunday dressed casually, promising his wife that he was to return.

    “The wife says he left home in a yellow shirt and white shorts. She said he called her around 11pm and informed her that he could return home in 20 minutes. He didn’t return,” Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire told the media yesterday.

    Byamugisha’s family has also put up an announcement, promising a Shs5m reward to anyone who can help them find him.

    “He was last seen in Ntinda on Sunday…driving his motor vehicle, a Range Rover, white in colour number UBF 017D. This is to inform the general public that whoever has any idea of his whereabouts, please call us on 0775363017, 07770611435 or report to the nearest police station. A reward of Shs5m is available,” the notice reads in part.

    But while reports emerged Friday morning that he had been found, security sources say Byamugisha is yet to be found.

    “He called us yesterday and said he is okay. But the wife who reported the case hasn’t physically seen him,” a security source said.

    Owoyesigyire says Byamugisha is still missing.

    “To us, he is still missing,” he said. “So, we are still looking for him and he is not safe and sound like he said.”


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