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    M7 Lawyer Narrates How He Has Fought The ‘Balokole’ Battles Since The Time Of Idi Amin, American University Awards Him With Highest Honorary Doctorate…

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    Counsel Sam Mayanja narrating his story

    One of President Yoweri Museveni’s top lawyers, who is also a senior partner in Uganda’s premium legal firm, Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA), senior counsel Sam Mayanja has been awarded the highest honorary doctorate by the America’s North Western University.

    Mayanja is a grandson to Apolo Kivebulaya, one of the first persons to spread the born again gospel in Uganda.

    On top of representing VVIPs, including president Museveni under KAA, Mayanja part times as a seasoned columnist in Ono Bwino newspaper, Uganda’s most selling weekly paper and in the New Vision.

    Below is Mayanja’s moving speech at Serena Hotel, Victoria hall yesterday, narrating how he has fought different battles since his youthful age to ensure that the gospel spreads to all regions in the country since the reign of Idi Amin.

    Guest of honour, all protocols observed, allow me to say at once, how humbled I am today and in saying this I am doing so on behalf of all those who today have had the privilege and honour of being conferred with Certificates at various levels and categories by the internationally acclaimed Northwestern Christian University (USA).

    Personally, the journey into Christian service has been a long one. Starting with my great grandfather Apollo Kivebulaya who was involved in various religious fighting groups during Uganda’s religious wars of the late 1880’s. He first fought with the Muslim group but later crossed to the Christian fighters and regarded himself as having joined the Christian army.

    It was in this fighting group that Christ found him and became a soldier in the real army of the Lord. He went on to become one of the greatest evangelists this country has ever produced carrying the Good News to the Belgian Congo basin himself at the palace of Omukama (King) Tabaro of the “Bambuti  People”. His remains are interred at Namirembe Cathedral. My own father Erinest Birebwe followed in the footsteps of Apollo and was vanguard in establishing the first nucleus Pentecostal movement in the greater Mubende District having crossed from the Anglican “balokole tukundereza” movement. The early Pentecostals were known as “Munga Mwema” or “Gugudde”.

    The Mityana Full Gospel Church stands on the land donated to this nuclear Church by my father. I picked on this rich Christian heritage when at the age of 13 I addressed my first street rally at Bwaise and thereafter became a common street preacher. I soon caught the eye of my senior pastor, the late Joshua Kamya Musoke of Makerere Full Gospel Church who nominated me as head of the team preaching in the slams of Makerere Kivulu, Kiwunya, Wandegeya-Katanga, Nakulabye, Bakuli e.t.c.

    Little did I know that in years to come I was to stand before the Military Head of State, Field Marshal Idi Amin Dada demanding that the people of God who had been arrested worshiping their God at Makerere Full Gospel Church be released.  Indeed, Idi Amin bowed to the anointment of God which was upon me and ordered the release of all the saints who had been

    incarcerated at Luzira maximum security prison. A year later, Idi Amin’s regime was no more. Ours has been and continues to be a mission of rising from a small beginning firmly in the belief that our great God will see us through. Banned by Idi Amin, named “biwempe” Churches, delegations being sent by established Churches to the newly established Movement Government to re-impose the four religions policy of Idi Amin, or even threatening banning Pastors from preaching on grounds of academic inadequacies. Through it all however, the Church of Christ has triumphed and will always triumph.

    The Church of Christ being God’s appointed agency for the salvation of mankind knows no defeat. Its victory is divine. The mission is to carry the gospel to all countries of the World. This obligation rests upon not only Pastors but on all Christians, to the extent of everyone’s talent and opportunity. It is imperative upon all children of God to fulfill the savior’s commission. The love of Christ, revealed to us, makes us debtors to all those who do not know Christ as their personal Lords and savior. God has given us light, not for ourselves alone, but to shade upon the entire unsaved humanity.

    Today’s graduation is proof that we are now equipped with knowledge and I believe, anointed with the power of the Holy Spirit, to preach the Gospel with all the energy at our disposal to the ends of the earth, God himself confirming his word with miracles. Let every man be a liar but God be true, the Good news of Jesus Christ to all mankind will continue, until all earth is covered with the glory of God as the waters cover the Sea.

    You are no doubt aware that voters in Uganda will, in a few weeks, be going to the polls to decide who shall govern the Country for the subsequent five years. During our country’s dark hours, Christians prayed to God to give Uganda a God fearing leader. No President in the history of Uganda has done so much for religious freedom as has President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. From giving a hand to virtually all religious heads in terms of vehicles to facilitate their pastoral work, construction of places of worship, revamping places of historical religious importance like Namugongo Martyrs’ Christian shrine, to opening the doors of the State House for religious functions like prayer meetings. These are surely actions of a God fearing leader.

    From where I stand Ugandan should continue to vote for this God fearing leader into the highest office in the land to continue giving the country leadership that has insured peace and stability for the last 35 years. As we retreat to our various homes, to party and celebrate the higher levels to which this graduation has led us, let us remember to rejoice the more because our names are written in the Book of Life to live eternally in the glory of the everlasting presence of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, who loved us with unmerited love and died for us, so that through his death all mankind  should be saved. Freely given, freely received.

    God Bless you all.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    How First Son Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Saved Kabushenga From Losing Juicy Job At Vision As CEO…

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    Vision Group CEO Robert Kabushenga

    It has been not an easy task for the first family to convince president Yoweri Museveni to renew the contract of Robert Kabushenga, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of vision group.

    Multiple credible sources have intimated to theGrapevine that for almost a year, Kabushenga has been running from one office to another pleading to those he thinks can convince President Museveni to renew his contract.

    “The man spent almost two days at Gen Salim Saleh’s home pleading to him to convince his brother to renew his contract until he told him that he had failed to persuade the old man,” one of Kabushenga’s best friends at vision group revealed.

    He added that Gen Saleh’s statements didn’t make the humble Kabushenga to give up.

    He decided to run to other first family members and the target was Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the first son, senior advisor to the president and also the commandant of the Special Forces Command (SFC).

    Sources revealed that several meetings were held between Kabushenga, Muhoozi and a one Alice Kaboyo, a close relative to Museveni on how they can convince the old man to renew Kabushenga’s contract.

    After several secret meeting, Kabs’ contract was renewed for two more years as the head of the vision group.

    Sources intimated to theGrapevine that even though Kabushenga’s contract was renewed, he was told that President Museveni is not happy with the way he has been running affairs at vision group.

    His peers advised him to make sure that by the end of the 2021 elections, the old man from Rwakitura is happy with his performance.

    Sources at vision group disclosed that for the last one year, since the expiry of his contract, Kabushenga has been a very frustrated boss, he has been spending much of the time out of office moving from one office to another in a bid to save his job.

    Recently, Kabushenga’s longtime enemy Joseph Tamale Mirundi who also doubles as the senior presidential advisor on media warned that Kabushenga should leave vision group.

    Mirundi has been moving from one radio station to another saying that Kabushenga refused to vacate office even though his contract expired and that President Museveni directed SFC commandos to go and evict him.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    I Don’t Want To Smell Any Corruption In Uganda Airlines – M7 Warns, Thanks Airbus For Making Planes That Do Not Kill People Like Boeing…

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    President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni has warned his cronies not to steal the new revamped Uganda Airlines.

    While receiving the first of the two new Airbus A330-neo flag-carriers, Museveni warned the management, staff and officials of Uganda Airlines against being corrupt.

    “I congratulate Ugandans upon this achievement and encourage each one of us to support our own Airline. To the management, staff and officials of this Airline, I DO NOT want to hear of ANY corruption in the Airline, I don’t want to even smell a little of it,” President Museveni said.

    The President said that he is hopeful that this Airline will help us to boost tourism and travel across the continent and beyond.

    “When my family were leaving in Sweden, I went there from the bush to see them, I found them eating terrible things (bananas) that they were from Panama, but they were not bananas, we can help those people from Europe from (eating) bad bananas, so that they can eat good bananas. These bananas from here are good,” President Museveni boasted.

    He thanked the pilots for doing a good job and making sure that the airline is fully functional, “I want to thank our pilots because they really put pressure on us, I congratulate Ugandans for having their own airline.”

    Ugandan Pilot Mike Etyang who hails from Tororo District flew the Airbus A330-800 neo alongside a Ugandan crew from France to Entebbe.

    “I thank the Airbus for making a good product, I thank the airbus for making a good product, we were wise not to buy the other American one, the Boeing which was always crashing and killing people. So God is there and he guided us,” President Museveni said.

     

    By Sandra Mukisa

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    Uganda Airlines Can’t Be Revived By The Same Hands That Killed It – Besigye

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    Four time presidential candidate, Rtd. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye has said that it’s a total disgrace that upto 30 officials fled to France to receive one plane.

    President Museveni congratulated the Uganda Airlines upon the reception of the new A330neo aircraft.

    “The revived Uganda Airlines will support our economic growth by facilitating transport and tourism. It will be a major boost if the $400m Ugandans spend annually on air travel comes to our own airline,” the president said.

    Besigye has expressed discontentment as a senior citizen who feels the tax payer’s money is being misused to foot unnecessary bills.

    His pain comes from a view that all those hefty expenses could be avoided in many different ways.

    “A delegation of 30 led by Minister to “receive” a new aeroplane? The proprietors of this whole scheme are so shameless,” Besigye noted.

    As a fact, Uganda Airlines has a fleet of 4 Bombardiers only; the 30 people will get the 5th (Airbus330) from France.

    Besigye noted how the Ethiopian Airlines has 128 aircrafts, with 47 on order- including 10 Airbus350, much bigger than A330 but are not so excited. “If Ethiopian Airlines behaved like Uganda Airlines, it wouldn’t exist today,” Besigye added.

    Besigye recalled that the Uganda Airlines started operations in 1977 (under Gen Idi Amin). He adds that it was looted by NRM/M7 Junta and eventually wound up in 2001.

    “Its most lucrative assert, the ground-handling business was taken over by Gen Salim Saleh, Minister Sam Kutesa et al,” Besigye revealed.

    “The “revived” airline is starting its journey on very familiar ground that killed its namesake,” he added.

     

    By Baron Kironde

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