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    M7 Top Minister Threatens To Cancel Kabaka Land Titles Issued By BLB And Force Him To Vomit Billions Of Money Collected In Leases/Rent …



    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s State Minister for Lands Dr. Sam Mayanja has threatened that very soon, he is going to kick off an exercise to cancel all land titles on lease issued by Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s Buganda Land Board (BLB).

    BLB is responsible for managing and running Kabaka’s land and that of the Kingdom.

    Mayanja insists that the land which BLB manages including the sub counties and counties is part of public land which is owned by the central government and has to be under the control of Uganda Land Commission.

    Mayanja, a seasoned lawyer with Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA), a famous city law firm, claims that since the abolition of the 1962 Constitution which abolished the federal system of government in Uganda and the adoption of the 1967 constitution, Buganda Kingdom lost the ownership of the said land.

    He rubbished the argument that Kabaka owns land through the 1993 Traditional Leaders or Cultural Leaders Act which restored the cultural and traditional leaders.

    Mayanja says that BLB has only powers to manage Kabaka Mutebi’s personal land and part of the land he benefited from his father Sir Edward Mutesa II’s estate but not public land.

    Mayanja blasted lawyers at Buganda Kingdom especially their Attorney General Owekitiibwa Christopher Bwanika and other senior lawyers like David Mpanga who is the Kingdom’s minister for general duties and Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga for not advising Kabaka that it is ilegal to manage public land and he can be sued in courts of law.

    “His Highness Mutebi should understand the reason why his father sir Edward Mutesa and his grandfather Sir Daudi Chwa didn’t list public land in their wills as properties their family has to inherit. They listed their personal properties like the contested Mutungo hill land and the 350 square miles of land which the colonialists gave to his office as a share in the 1900 Buganda agreement” Mayanja said.

    He said that it is very dangerous for Kabaka through BLB to start threatening to evict government institutions like courts, army barracks and schools because of not paying rent.

    He added that the 2013 agreement signed between his boss President Museveni and Kabaka Mutebi to return a number of land titles to Buganda Kingdom has not yet been executed legally because the verification committee which is supposed to verify the said properties has not been established.

    He adds that the agreement cannot be operational without the said committee and BLB is not supposed to threaten people on the said land with evictions.

    “You know, I have been having a number of other issues to deal with in the ministry but since many of them have been handled, especially evicting tenants from their land by people with land titles. Now I am going to turn my guns to BLB because it is operating illegally,” Mayanja said.

    He adds that once his boss President Museveni declares that BLB is operating illegally and cancels the lease land titles they issued, he is going to force them to return all the money collected when issuing the leases to the owners because these land transactions were illegal.

    He says that the people occupying the said land should go to district land boards and apply for land titles on lease basis so that when they expire, they will automatically be given a freehold land title.

    He accuses Kabaka Mutebi’ trusted staff of misleading him on the ownership of the public land claiming that they do so because they are very sure that they are not responsible for the illegalities committed in the process of executing Kabaka’s assignments of the said land since the Kabaka is corporation sole and he is the one to be subjected to courts of law not them.

    Mayanja insists that he has enough evidence pinning BLB and other Buganda Kingdom officials on fueling land grabbing and evictions in Buganda region.

    However, when contacted, Buganda’s Attorney General owekitiibwa Christopher Bwanika rubbished Mayanja’s allegations.

    Bwanika wondered why a senior lawyer of Mayanja’s caliber can to interpret the Traditional Leaders or Cultural Leaders Act which the central government based on to return the contested properties.

    He explained that before President Museveni signs anything, he first consults a number of legal minds especially his Attorney General.

    “For the last 39 years, I have been practicing law here in the country and outside the country. I have 39 practicing licenses issued by the Law Council, I’m a Law Don teaching in universities here and abroad, so it means I have the capacity to legally advise my King and his government. Now my learned senior friend is contradicting his boss who returned our properties. We are doing well with President Museveni’s government, so Mayanja should be very careful when dealing with Kabaka, Museveni relationship,” Bwanika said.

    Denis Bugaya, the legal chief and also spokesperson of BLB explained that BLB is legally operating in Uganda and has all the legal documentation from Uganda Registration Service Bureau (URSB) where it was registered.

    He added that the lease land titles which Majanja is contesting were issued by the Ministry of Lands where he is a minister and BLB on behalf of Kabaka Mutebi only signed on the transfer papers as the owner of the land.

    “Mayanja is free to proceed to court because he will not be the first person to sue the Kabaka. He should however know that he will be defeated like we have been doing to other people. Let him sue all the thousands of people who own land titles from BLB,” Bugaya said.

    He pleaded with president Museveni and other government officials to tame Mayanja and stop him from attacking land titles from BLB because it sabotages the country’s economy, especially the banking sector.

    He said that many people use these titles from BLB to secure loans from banks and are developing themselves but when he starts making such statements, they affect other people who want to secure loans using BLB titles.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki



    Tearful Mirundi Narrates How He Sat With M7 To Write Apology To Calm Down First Lady Janet Over Mwenda’s Fabricated Recorded Tapes…



    President Museveni (R) and his adviser Jospeh Tamale Mirundi (L)

    Former State House Spokesperson Joseph Tamale Mirundi broke down in tears while narrating how President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni saved him from the First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni over fabricated recorded tapes.

    Mirundi, the Senior presidential advisor on media revealed that in 2015, when he developed a misunderstanding with State House staff who included; Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, Lt. Gen. Proscovia Nalweyiso and some members of the first family, he decided to stop reporting to Okello House where his office was.

    Mirundi narrated that while at his home, he received a phone call from State House informing him that the President wanted to see him immediately.

    While he was still preparing himself, military vehicles sealed off his gate under the command of Maj. Gen. Stephen Sabiiti Muzeeyi, the former Deputy Inspector General of Police who told him that the President directed him to take him to State House.

    Sabiiti gave Mirundi time to take a bath and dress up in his good suits and after drove him straight to Entebbe State House.

    He was ordered to enter the room where he found veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda, Lt. Col. Nakalema, Lt. Gen. Nalweyiso and other people.

    Hours passed without each talking to the other until the president entered the room.

    “Mirundi, are you in your normal understanding, I am told you have run mad, and you are always drunk,” Mirundi quoted a furious Museveni.

    While he was still denying the allegations, Mwenda started pinning him.

    Mwenda told the meeting that Mirundi is an abusive person and is placing State House and the President in bad light.

    Mwenda asked the president to grant them permission to play recorded tapes when Mirundi is abusing him, his wife, first family members and other government officials.

    While listening to the recorded tapes, Mirundi narrated that Museveni closed his eyes while listening to Mirundi’s voice abusing him, his wife with strong words including using words like ‘stupid’.

    “When I looked at Museveni and saw him closing his eyes, I saw his face change. I realised that I’m going to be killed or imprisoned for all my entire life,” Mirundi stated.

    He added that when the tapes were done, Museveni asked Mirundi whether the voices on the tape are his, which he accepted but pleaded to the President explaining that the voices on the tapes were fabricated.

    The president again ordered the tapes to be played again and at the end asked Mwenda why the voices of the moderator of the talk shows which Mirundi used to abuse him and wife were not on the tape.

    “The President told me that he used to listen to my programs and moderators guided me. That is why he was asking, why I was alone in the tapes this time.”

    As Mirundi was defending himself, Lt. Gen. Nalweyiso raised his hand and told the president that Mirundi not only abused him but he also abuses religious leaders and cultural leaders like Ronald Muwenda Mutebi the Kabaka of Buganda.

    “I was humiliated to the bone marrow. Museveni told me that; ‘Mirundi you are gone, and squirrels have eaten you, even though you thought that you are a huge snake’,” Mirundi narrated.

    Mirundi recounted that Museveni asked him who he is in State House. Before he answered, he asked him whether he knows how to write and Mirundi responded to him that he knows that’s why he appointed him his press secretary.

    He then told him that he has been fired from his job as senior press secretary but he gave him the opportunity to recommend the person to replace him. That is how he recommended his deputy Linda Nabusaayi.

    Museveni then ordered Mwenda and his group to move out of the room. Museveni then told Mirundi that the First Lady was very bitter with him.

    He immediately got a plain paper and asked him to draw close. He then asked him to write an apology letter to the First Lady in his hand writing.

    “We drafted the apology letter together while he was guiding me on which words to use,” Mirundi said.

    Mirundi added that after agreeing on the final letter, Museveni told him to wait for him so that he takes the apology letter to the First Lady.

    Mirundi related that Museveni spent an hour before coming back with the good news that the First Lady had forgiven him.

    However, the President told him that he had to plead with the First Lady to accept his apology and the condition was that he had to take it for publication in the next day’s New Vision which Mirundi accepted.

    Unfortunately, Robert Kabushenga, the then Chief Executive Officer at the New Vision refused to publish the apology letter.

    He added that the next day, he received a phone call from the president asking him why the apology was not in the papers. Mirundi told the President that Kabushenga had refused to publish it.

    The President comforted him and told him that it was ok he was going to talk to the First Lady.

    However, Mirundi confirmed that he has forgiven Mwenda because he was used to fight wars he did not understanding.

    He however swore never to forgive Lt. Col. Nakalema and Lt. Gen. Nalweyiso insisting that they frustrated his career as a person and his family suffered when he was fired.


    By Grapevine Reporter


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    Mafabi, Amuriat Survive Another Coup; Besigye Camp Accused Of Tempering With Files At The Electoral Commission To De-register FDC…



    Dr. Kizza Besigye (L) with Nandala Mafabi (R)

    Last week, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leadership sitting at the party headquarters Najjanakumbi rushed to Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama’s Uganda Independent Electoral Commission Offices at Bugolobi a Kampala suburb to stop a clandestine process aimed at deregistering their party.

    Highly placed sources at Electoral Commission revealed to theGrapevine that among the FDC leaders who stormed the Electoral Commission Offices include; Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the party Secretary General and Yusuf Nsibambi, one of the founders of the FDC and a seasoned lawyer.

    At the Electoral Commission offices, Mafabi and team establish that the tip they had received about some strangers who were conniving with some Electoral Commission staff to temper with their file was very true.

    Sources claim that a number of essential documents including the file containing the list of newly elected leaders from the grass root was pulled out and was missing from the file.

    Sources said that Mafabi had to rush back to their Najjanankumbi office to get the new list of the leaders and put it back into the file.

    Last week, after being nominated to contest for the position of the party national vice president in charge of Buganda, Nsibambi told party members at Najjanankumbi that all efforts by Dr. Kizza Besigye’s Katonga faction to register their passed resolution at their illegal extra-delegates conference failed because they are not recognised by the Electoral Commission which is the supreme supervisor of all political parties in the country.

    He explained that it is only the Najjanankumbi faction that is recognised by the Electoral Commission because it has the party stamp.

    He guided that all people who wish to stand on FDC ticket in the coming 2026 general elections have to get recommendation from Najjanakumbi not Katonga.

    FDC insiders told theGrapevine that the reason why Dr. Besigye’s Katonga team were fighting hard to make sure that Birigwa’s extraordinary delegates conference is held was they wanted to get resolutions to deregister FDC in order to frustrate Mafabi’s faction.

    The move was kept secret and not publicly announced like other resolutions that were passed and announced by Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the party spokesperson.

    Besigye faction held their delegates conference in the presence of the Court Order issued by the Civil Division of the High Court stopping it.

    Sources claim that the list of names pulled out of the FDC file at the Electoral Commission was set to be replaced with the names of people who attended Birigwa’s extra-ordinary delegates’ conference.

    The FDC Constitution allows that the party can be deregistered if a resolution is passed by the party’s top organ.

    This is what Besigye’s group wanted to successfully execute so that they make Mafabi’s coming delegates conference illegal.

    Nsibambi confirmed that the only delegates conference that is going to elect the new party leadership will be held on 6th October, 2023.

    However, Mubarak Munyagwa, the former Kawempe South legislator who is also Dr. Kizza Besigye’s diehard denied the allegations that the Electoral Commission declined to receive the resolutions made at Birigwa’s delegates conference insisting that there is no way their resolutions can be denied.

    He explained that their acting Secretary General, appointed at Birigwa’s meeting Harold Kaija will file their resolutions with the Electoral Commission before the end of this week.

    When contacted, Paul Bukenya the spokesperson of the Electoral Commission declined to comment on the matter. He advised FDC members to clean their house internally instead of using the Electoral Commission to fight their battles.

    Last week, Justice Byabakama pleaded with both parties fighting over FDC leadership to follow the country’s laws and laws that govern political parties.

    He explained that the Electoral Commission has not yet been officially informed about the ongoing wars apart from seeing correspondence from both parties on social media.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    How Bad Economy, Politics Forced Monitor Publications MD Glencross To Seek Early Retirement, New Vision’s Don Wanyama Warns Shareholders…



    NMG Managing Director Tony Glencross

    Professor Samuel Sejjaaka, the chairman Board of Directors Nation Media Group (NGM), the publishers of Daily monitor newspaper revealed that the search for the company’s Managing Director has kicked off after Tony Glencross tendered in his early retirement prayer and it was allowed.

    In the Statement, Sejjaaka stated that effective from 31st December, 2023, Glencross will be officially retiring and as per now, the board is undertaking a competitive recruitment process to identify a suitable replacement.

    South African born Glencross joined Monitor Publication in 2015 and has spearheaded its transformation from print media company to a multimedia company.

    Highly placed sources at Nation Media told theGrapevine that politics and the bad economy forced Glenscross, a former Commercial Officer at Vission Group, to retire. A source said that the company has failed to recover from the economic shock that many companies are currently suffering from as a result of the Covid-19 long lockdowns and the Russia-Ukraine war.

    The monitor paper circulation has since declined because the pockets of most readers are yawning due to the bad economy.

    There is also the issue of bad politics. Insiders allege that Glencross has been working under pressure especially from top government officials who are always attacking the company for working against the government.

    On several occasions, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni declared Monitor a ‘bad paper’ to the extent of suing the publication over defamation.

    In Monitor’s legal battle with Museveni, Justice Musa Ssekaana of the Civil Division of the High Court ordered them to pay Shs300m as damages to the President.

    Museveni always alleges that Monitor publication is working for bad foreign agents.

    A source at Monitor further revealed that the newspaper’s private advertisement has dropped yet government is also taking long to pay for their adverts.

    Glencross’ early retirement comes days after New Vision Managing Director Don Wanyama warned the company’s current and prospective shareholders of an impending loss for the year 2022/2023.

    Wanyama based his announcement on the “preliminary assessment” of the company’s performance by the Board of Directors, which is expected to return a loss for the year.

    He explained that the company’s bad performance is as a result of the recent price hikes of inputs like; newsprint and other raw material inputs resulting from global supply chain disruptions.

    He added that the company’s revenues are dominated by printing which accounts for almost half, followed by broadcasting (radio and television) outlets, commercial printing and others.

    “The main contributor to this performance is the challenging business environment due to slow business recovery from the COVID-19 impact on newspaper sales and advertising revenue spent across the different platforms,”  Wanyama stated.

    Highly placed sources at both Monitor and New Vision intimated to theGrapevine that plans are underway to cut on the number of staff and costs of operations.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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