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Mayiga Speaks Out On Next Move If The Kabaka Fires Him, Says He Is Thinking Of Taking Legal Action Against Mirundi And Gashumba…..

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Mayiga (R) receiving the instrument of power (Ddamula) from the Kabaka (L)

Buganda Premier (Katikkiro) Charles Peter Mayiga has revealed that he is going back into legal practice if he is fired from Katikkiroship by his boss Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II the Kabaka of Buganda.

In an interview with Seruga Matovu from his posh home in Lweza, Mayiga said that he is prepared to return the ‘ddamula’ (instrument of power) given to him by the Kabaka at any time.

He said that once he retires from the office of Katikkiro, he will go back to legal practice as a lawyer since he is still a young established lawyer.

“Don’t you think that one would be happy to be represented in court by the former Buganda Premier and don’t you think that my chances of winning cases will be high!” a joyful Mayiga jokingly told veteran journalist Seruga.

He said that he is very happy that his law firm of Buwule, Mayiga and company Advocates is doing well in legal practice that is why they recently celebrated 25 years in legal practice.

Mayiga added that he is also thinking of going into writing books and farming.

He emphasised that he is not shaken by words from a small section of people who are criticizing him, calling him corrupt and a non-performer.

“Let me tell you, I would be worried if people like Bishop Joseph Anthony Zziwa, His Grace Steven Kazimba Mugalu, Hajji Mutaasa Kafeero,  Professor Badru Katerega, Kiyimba Freeman were negatively talking about me and distancing themselves from me but these people (Mordecai) whose employment is not known, I just ignore them,” Mayiga said.

When asked whether he is considering taking legal action against the Mordecai, Mayiga said that he is still thinking about it although he thinks that they have already been disciplined by the public.

He said that people are critizing him over the delayed completion of Kasubi tombs which were burnt in 2010, but at the time of his appointment as Katikkiro in 2013, nothing was in place.

He said that he started from the foundation and now everything looks promising. He revealed that by the end of this year, the people of Buganda will be happy.

He explained that the delay was as a result of the many traditional steps that had to be followed during the rebuilding the tombs.

He admitted that he always talks to president Museveni but denied receiving money from him and government to run the daily Kingdom work.

He explained that the reason why Kabaka agreed to his proposal to scale down on the number of Ministers at Mengo was to make them full time staff so that the kingdom starts paying them.

He said that as one of the longest serving ministers in Mengo, he discovered that the kingdom work cannot be done fast when people are working part time.

He gave an example that when he was still working for free at Mengo, he used to come to office very late because he was supposed to first do his personal work at his law firm.

He revealed that right now, since the kingdom started paying the ministers, their performance has greatly improved compared to when they were working without pay.

On the issue of Kingdom’s land at Mulungu landing site where thousands of people were evicted, he said that the kingdom did not evict anyone. It was NEEMA that evicted locals to save them from the rising waters from Lake Victoria.

Mayiga emphasized that people should recognize that even if they are using and staying on the kingdom’s land, they have to pay rent and other dues to run the kingdom’s work.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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NRM CEC VETTING:  Babu Finally Pulls Out Of Race For Kigongo…

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Like we told you yesterday, former Kampala Central legislator Capt. Francis Babu has pulled out the race for National Resistance Movement (NRM) 1st Vice Chairperson leaving incumbent Hajji Moses Kigongo unopposed.

According to the party chairman President Museveni, Babu pulled out of the race in good faith for the interest of the party.

“Over the last few days, I have chaired the vetting meetings by the Central Executive Committee (CEC) to draft a shortlist that will be forwarded to the National Executive Committee for voting,” Museveni said.

He added, “As we conclude the process, Captain Francis Babu, one of our own long-standing cadres and a worthy contender, having expressed interest in the position of 1st Vice Chairperson and being seconded by CEC, has pulled out of the race in good faith, for the benefit of the party.”

“While I commend Capt. Babu’s exhibition of comradeship and solidarity, I congratulate all the participants in ongoing party activities. It is my pleasure to witness the hive of activity and the number of people involved in building cohesion and continuity. Long Live the National Resistance Movement,” he said.

 

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Demolishing A Church Is A Curse – Museveni Vows To Help Ndeeba Church Retain Their Land….

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On his way to work today, His Excellency, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the president of Uganda for the very first time visited the site of the recently demolished St Peter’s Church in Ndeeba.
The President expressed his sorrow triggered by the ugly incident, and gave the church assurances that whoever is responsible will pay a hefty price.
Museveni stressed that the resolution to order the demolition of a church was extreme, he suggested that dialogue amongst the stakeholders would have been most appropriate to resolve the matter, however much the church could have been caught on the wrong side of the law.
“Judges should have limits and understand public interest. Demolishing a church is a curse,” the president said, warning the general public against believing any false reports that the government is responsible for demolishing the said church.
Museveni revealed that he will very soon invite the Namirembe Diocese Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, and engage with all parties involved in this conflict to find a lasting solution.
He gave assurance that the Church will retain the disputed land at all costs, and an even better church shall be erected in the same place, publicly declaring that he has now personally involved himself in the bitter land wrangle.

 

By Baron Kironde

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Our Mass Defection Was A Collective Decision – MP Nambooze…

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Democratic Party (DP) president, Norbert Mao has assured party members that they are still standing strong even after many of their senior members defected to Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine’s National Unity Party (NUP).

The studious politician likened DP’s current situation to a farmer who loses his crops, but remains with the seeds, hinting on replanting.

While appearing on the Frontline, a political talk show on NBS, Mao said the DP will utilise this uncertainty that has befallen their party to not only heal, but also renew and rebuild their DP house.

“DP will have to look inside itself and look for the reason as to why it has been resilient for 65 years. It is time for strategic reorientation, to look at our strengths rather than our weaknesses,” Mao said, emphasizing that they (DP) are so capable of rebuilding the party.

Mao stressed that trying times like now call for calmness, and that DP will now focus on its strengths and what has remained rather than lament on its weaknesses.

The lawyer also admitted that the MPs who defected might leave political wounds to the party, but added that they will heal and so will DP.

“They might leave scars, but they eventually heal. And gaps can always be filled. Every organization must have an inbuilt capacity to heal and renew itself.

Some people have lost both hands, but life doesn’t end there. Infact, you can find your purpose from there,” Mao said.

Betty Nambooze, one of the former key members who defected to NUP insinuated that they conveniently made the healthiest decision for them and their former party where they have been the trouble causers, adding that the transfer will now also give them an opportunity to go where they shall be utilized, because they are appreciated.

The Mukono Municipality lawmaker also revealed that their resolution to massively withdraw from DP to NUP was more collective than personal.

The outspoken journalist cum politician revealed that she could not follow her close colleague Erias Lukwago the Kampala Lord Mayor to Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) because she has never fancied being a member of the Najjanankumbi based party.

She however said that she will support Lukwago for the Kampala mayoral seat, and not NUP’s Joseph Mayanja aka Chameleon.

 

By Baron Kironde

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