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    M7 Minister Threatens To Raid Banda, Kireka Palaces For A Locus Visit As Land Registration Boss Is Advised On Kabaka Mutebi, Queen Nagginda Questionable Land Titles…



    Kabaka Mutebi and the palaces sitting on the contested land

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s junior minister for Land Dr. Sam Mayanja has threatened to raid Ronald Muwenda Mutebi the Kabaka of Buganda’s Banda and Kireka palaces for a locus visit to ascertain with his naked eyes what is on ground.

    Exclusively speaking to theGrapevine, Minister Mayanja, a celebrated law don and founder of the famous Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA) law firm said that as a minister, he took a decision that before making an announcement over land which is under contestation for ownership, he has to first make a locus visit to see what exactly is on ground to compare notes with what he is being told.

    “My friend, I am field Minister, before publicly announcing my appointment, President Museveni made a phone call to me asking me to help him solve the issue of land, especially here in Buganda. He directed me to reach out to the people down in the villages who are suffering instead of sitting in AC’s of government offices. I have been in those AC’s since I left university. Now it is time to serve my country; that is why I reach out to every person who has a land complaint,” Mayanja said.

    Dr. Mayanja insisted that he will not be threatened by people at Mengo especially Christopher Bwanika the Buganda Kingdom Attorney General.

    He boasted that his work is guided by the Country’s Constitution, the presidential directives and the national flag and not threats from people like Owekitiibwa Bwanika.

    Two weeks back, theGrapevine reported about a letter written by Mayanja directing Commissioner Land Registration Baker Mugaino to cause the cancellation of the land titles for the land on which Kabaka Mutebi’s palaces sit citing fraud in obtaining it.

    In his letter, Mayanja, a renowned liberal claims that he received a complaint from a one Herbert Balaba Tamale accusing King Ronnie of fraudulently taking his father Tamale Balaba’s land on Kyadondo Block 232 plot 1, Ssabaddu, West Mengo land at Kireka Banda.

    In his complaint, Tamale told Mayanja that in 2022, the Commissioner Land Registration issued a Special Land Certificate to King Ronnie on grounds that he had purchased the said land from the defunct Nile Bank Limited in 1993.

    Mayanja claims that he has made research and discovered that Kabaka’s two Palaces are sitting on two land titles, the duplicated land title and the Special certificate land title issued in 2022.

    He added that Tamale’s land title has never been mortgaged to Nile Bank Limited and no such encumbrances appear on the original land title.

    He explained that before obtaining a special certificate of Land Title in 2022, Kabaka Mutebi lodged a caveat on the said land as an occupant of the land and made a deponent that, “From the time I settled on plot 1 and 2 Kyadondo, Block 232 where I have been for over 25 years, I have not been approached by any claiming ownership,” Mayanja quotes Kabaka Mutebi’s deponent in his letter.

    He added that Kabaka Mutebi made a declaration that all efforts to trace the directors of Ricote Limited to lawfully acquire the land and secure his occupancy had been in vain until 2016.

    According to documents concerning the ownership of the said land which indicate that Kuplian Lufo Bisaso Kisosokole was the first person to be registered on the said land but in 1952, he leased it to an Indian John Ayres for a period of 29 years.

    When former president of Uganda Idi Amin expelled Indians in the 1970s, the Indian sold the lease to Tamale’s father who established a popular bar called Mirimani on the land.

    However, he was forced to close it in 1979 when the fighting to overthrow Amin’s government intensified and he ran into hiding.

    He claimed that after the war, his father approached Kisosokole who was the owner of the land and purchased the full owner’s mailo interest. The transaction was witnessed by Kisosokole’s lawyers of Kawere and Company Advocates.

    Tamale added that his father’s friends Walusimbi Mpanga and Labi Mulondo were also present.

    After the transaction, he was given the land title of the said land. He claims that after the war, in 1980, he was taken to the house built on the land and he started staying in it until 1981 when the NRA war broke out and due to insecurity in the area, he was forced to move to Ntinda.

    He explained that when the war intensified, he decided to run out of the country only to return in 1995.

    To his surprise, he found his land and house fenced off and he was told that it is one of the palaces for King Ronnie.

    He explained that he approached Owekitiibwa Peter Mpanga the former Private Secretary to King Ronnie and pleaded with him to help him talk to the Kabaka and inform him that the said land belongs to him.

    However, Minister Mayanja explained that he has advised Mugaino to first facilitate personal engagements of both parties to see whether they can agree if one can compensate the other before he takes a decision to cancel the land titles in contestation as requested of him.

    He advised his learned friend counsel Bwanika to welcome the mediation mechanism to resolve the said matter amicably instead of always threatening him with the aim of stopping him from helping the poor get justice.

    “For me I want peace but whenever I talk they want to fight, I respect him as a lawyer and I know he is better than that but those things of the Attorney General of Buganda are spoiling him,” Mayanja said.

    However, it should be noted that Bwanika told theGrapevine that Buganda Kingdom is ready and determined to protect Kabaka Mutebi before courts of law because both Banda and Kireka land are legally owned by him.

    He challenged Mayanja’s men who claim ownership of both plots of land to produce documents especially land titles as proof and stop speaking in tongues.

    He further warned Mayanja to stop provoking Buganda Kingdom noting that they are also human beings who are not ready to be humiliated to the extent of attacking the person of Kabaka.

    This development comes at a time when Kabaka Mutebi is in court battling with city businessman Hamis Kiggundu over Kigo Land and lawyer Kassim Male Mabirizi who dragged him to the Constitutional Court seeking court declaration that he is not the owner of Buganda Kingdom land as he claims.


    By Hadijah Namagembe



    Mirundi Narrates How He Survived Bullets After Allegedly Urinating On Pastor Ssenyonga’s Building…



    Tamale Mirundi

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s Senior Presidential Advisor on Media has narrated how he survived bullets while urinating on the building belonging to Pastor Jackson Ssenyonga of Christian Life Church in Bwaise a Kampala suburb.

    Joseph Tamale Mirundi revealed that one day, during the days when he was still being hosted at Pastor Ssenyonga’s top radio every Monday, he was approached by a Local Defense Unity (LDU) Soldier who accused him of dirtening their place of work. The LDU officer told Mirundi that his action were likely to cause deadly diseases to those who attend the church.

    Mirundi said that when he denied committing any crime, the LDU officer started pointing at the zip of his trousers claiming that it was open. He carefully observed him coaching his gun.

    He boasted that his senses informed him that the LDU man wanted to shoot him. He jumped in the air like an SFC Command and kicked the LDU soldier in the chest sending him tumbling down.

    He added that he stepped on his neck and the LDU officer was saved by Mirundi’s SFC Commandos who were given to him by Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba who pleaded with him not to kill a government soldier.

    “For me I fear those LDU people and I don’t want to come close to them because they are naive and they always want to show the public that they know how to use a gun. They don’t normally get the opportunity to fire bullets like other soldiers who go to war. So I don’t want them to make me their shooting target,” Mirundi said.

    He further revealed that he made investigations through his Mirundi Internal Security Organisation (MISO) and established that there was a senior pastor who was behind the LDU soldier who wanted him dead because of his loyalty and support to House of Prayer Ministries International senior pastor Alosious Bujjingo.

    He claimed that the said pastor had a misunderstanding with Bujjingo and was the one behind Teddy Bujjingo Naluswa who is fighting Bijjingo’s divorce case at the Family Division of the High Court.


    By Hadijjah Namagembe


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    TROUBLE: How Top Magistrate Fueled City Businessman’s Divorce To Chew His Wife…



    Drama ensued recently when a Master of Ceremony (MC) was forced to withdraw a microphone from a city businessman who attacked a male magistrate accusing him of fueling the collapse of his marriage.

    The incident happened at a public engagement meeting that was held at a playground in one of the five Divisions that form Kampala city where the Division leadership and the magistrate (names withheld) were invited by the Division Deputy Resident City Commission to advise the public on how to prevent and fight crime and to assess the public’s views towards the Court’s performance in the area

    When the invited guest had finished making their speeches, the MC invited those with questions to ask for the microphone.

    Among the attendees was a businessman (names withheld) who is popular in the Division.

    When he raised his hand, the MC quickly gave him the microphone.

    “I thank all our leaders here for organising such a wonderful meeting to air out our grievances and problems. I have a serious issue with our magistrate who is here with us, I’m very sure that he knows me very well because I appeared before him defending my marriage but he used the law to make sure that I lose my wife,” the businessman said before the microphone was grabbed from him.

    The crowd started shouting on top of their voices asking the MC why he removed the microphone from their man. The crowd wondered why he was being silenced yet the meeting was called to give them the opportunity to air out their grievances.

    The MC advised the businessman to talk to his lawyers and advised him on how to get justice, insisting that he cannot allow a full magistrate to be humiliated without evidence.

    theGrapevine sat the businessman down quietly after the meeting and he narrated how the said magistrate stole his wife.

    The businessman claimed that it all started when he appeared before the said magistrate to defend the divorce case his wife had filed against him.

    He disclosed that throughout the whole case, the Magistrate was harsh towards him and he did not know why.

    “I pleaded with him to give me six months to sort out my issues with my wife because I was still in love with her given that her issue was very small but the man just directed me to come back the next week for the hearing of the case,” the businessman said.

    He claims that he was surprised one day when after the hearing, he waited at the court premises to talk to his wife, who spent almost an hour inside court.

    When he went back inside court to ask the clerk about the whereabouts of his wife, the clerk told him that she was still inside the magistrate’s chambers.

    He said that within one month after the incident, the magistrate had already finished the case, dissolved the marriage and while delivering his judgment warned him to stop playing with people’s daughters because in the end they kill their future.

    He claims that he did not respond to him but just moved out of the courtroom since he had lost his wife, and his properties.

    He said that the next time he saw his wife moving with the magistrate in the same car and he was told that they are in love which confirmed allegations that he was the one fueling their divorce to speed up the process because he was interested in her even though she was legally married.

    He was advised by his friend who is a lawyer to petition Judicial Service Commission for help.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    Lawyers Want International Police To Arrest Tycoon Bitature, Wife Carol As Court Of Appeal Justice Okays Criminal Prosecution Against Him Over Shs100bn Fraud…



    Businessman Patrick Bitature (R) and wife Carol Bitature (Inset)

    Controversial city tycoon Patrick Bitature and wife Carol Bitature are in big trouble after lawyers representing Robert Kirunda the agent of the South African based money lending company Vantage Mezzanine Fund 11 Partnership kicked off the process of involving the International police to arrest them on sight.

    The lawyers led by Moses Muziki kicked off the process after defeating the businessman and his wife at the Court of Appeal where Justice Hallen Obura sitting as a single justice struck out the Bitatures’ application and allowed criminal prosecution slapped on them at Buganda Road Court to proceed.

    In her summary ruling, Justice Obura declared that Bitature and his wife’s application was incompetent and was wrongly filed in Court because they lacked locus to challenge the decision of the High Court Judge.

    Last month, Ronald Kayizzi, the Buganda Road Chief Magistrate issued Criminal summons against Bitature and Carol to answer to fraud charges against them.

    The accused persons are supposed to appear in Court next week.

    However theGrapevine has established that they are still out of the country and Kirunda’s lawyers fear that they might not come back but hide in the United States or United Kingdom where they went last month.

    “They know the evidence we have against them and they are on the run, we have to involve International police to arrest them on sight,” one of the lawyers said.

    When asked for the next move, Brian Moogi, the accused’s lawyer explained that he needs to first consult his client before announcing their next move.

    He however did not rule out the possibility of challenging Justice Obura’s ruling before the panel of three justices.

    Bitature and wife rushed to the Court Of Appeal after Justice Rosette Kania of the Criminal Division of the High Court ordered Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate to reinstate criminal charges against the accused persons which were dismissed by the same court.

    Bitature went to the Court of Appeal claiming that Justice Kania violated his rights and his wife’s rights by denying them the opportunity to be heard when the matter went before her.

    The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) took over the matter from Kirunda the Private Prosecutor and she is expected to proceed with it to its conclusion.

    Kirunda claims that in December 2014 at Diamond Trust Building along Kampala Road, Bitature and his wife through their companies of Linda Properties, Elgon Terrace Ltd and Simba Telecom borrowed Shs38bn from Vantage Mezzanine Fund 11 Partnership and they offered their companies’ shares as security.

    He added that between 2019 and 2020, they both fraudulently altered shares of their companies with intent to defraud Vantage Mezzanine Fund 11 Partnership of about Shs101bn.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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