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Men Of God Fight Over Land: Court Saves Bro. Ronnie Makabai From Being evicted by His Sworn Enemy Pastor Ssenyonga…

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Brother Ronnie Makabai (L) and Pastor Senyonga (R)

High Court Civil Division in Kampala has saved brother Ronnie Makabai  of the Evangelical Truth Ministries international (ETM) from being evicted by hi nemesis Pastor Jackson Ssenyonga of the Christian life church Bwaise Kampala.

Makabai ran to court seeking an interim court order restraining Ssenyonga from evicting his church until his case where he challenged the fraudulent manner in which the land on which his church seats is determined.

The interim order was issued by Sarah Langa the Assistant registrar High Court civil division.

“That an interim injunction doth issue maintain the caveats registered by the applicant on the property comprised in block; 262;plots 1292,1294,1295,and 1296 land at Kibuye, Makindye Division and baring the respondents, their agents, beneficiaries or any other person from entering or executing any transactions over the described land or the registration of any such interests over the said land,” the order reads in part.

The disputed land located along Salama road in Makindye division, a Kampala suburb, measures approximately 0.356 hectares where a section of ETM church premises are established.

Langa noted in her ruling that it’s illegal for one to transfer ownership of land on which he has no powers.

In his suit, Makabai accuses Ssenyonga of conspiring with some of the grandchildren of the late Semeon Muswangali to destabilize his church. Muswangali owned this estate in the early 1930s.

Ssenyonga is sued together with Margret Nnalongo Nabweteme, Rose Nambijja, Jane Nanju, Adam Mulwana, Godfrey Mulwana Mmweregulwa, Samuel Kiku, Francis Bunjo, and George William Nyika who are all descendants of the late Muswangali who Ssenyonga has been dealing with.

Makabai accuses the defendants for disregarding his interest on the land as an occupant and executing an agreement for the sale and transfer of the land to Pr. Senyonga’s Christian Life Ministries who is publicly known to be his enemy.

Makabai insists that on Feburary 2009, he purchased the land from Margaret Nabiwata, who was also the beneficiary to the legal interest from the estate of the late Semion Muswangali.

He further stated that in July 2009, he entered an agreement to purchase the land with the knowledge and consent of the defendants.

He added that during the signing of the agreement, it was agreed that he would own and be entitled to occupy and run a church on the land in perpetuity. He told court that he paid for the land after agreeing with the defendants to transfer the certificate of title and hand it over to him at his cost, which he paid.

“The purchase price was further intended to help the estate finance the administrator process, survey and create certificates of title to the land. All agreements were entered with the knowledge and consent of the trustees,” Makabai’s affidavit reads in part.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

 

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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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