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    Ministers Kasaija, Kasolo In Trouble. Museveni Looking At Replacing One Of Them Is NSSF’s Ssali



    By Jamil Lutakome


    MINISTER of finance Matia Kasaija and his comrade Harunah Kasolo the State Minister for Microfinance are in panic. State House sources tell the Grapevine that president Museveni is in the final stages of replacing one of them with Geraldine Ssali the knifed deputy Executive director of National Social Security Fund(NSSF) in an impending reshuffle.

    According to sources, Museveni ranks  Ssali highly and looks at her in the ranks of former finance minister Maria Kiwanuka. Sources further told us that Museveni sees Ssali as an intelligent, straight, hardworking and very principled lady who will push the finance ministry. A minister told the Grapevine on condition of anonymity that the president recently read a report about the intrigue and fightings in NSSF and how one of the big managers in NSSF used the media and some finance ministry officials to kick Ssali out because they couldn’t stand a principled person among their ranks. “The big man can’t just look on when such intelligent people like Ssali are being pushed out. He wants to fix her situation as soon as possible,” the senior minister said.

    Museveni, according to this minister is especially not happy with the way Kasaija is performing in the finance ministry, comments regarding the country’s current economic situation and his reaction to the current endless strikes by public servants over payments.

    “How can you say that the government doesn’t have money to pay medical workers and prosecutors who are on strike, the president told them that the government has money but the problem is the government officials who are occupying the decision-making positions are letting him down. They don’t know how to prioritise government spending. That is why the big man is looking at Ssali as the best option since her years with NSSF despite the intrigue and fights have been fruitful,” the minister added.


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    BBS TV Top Boss To Faceoff With Fired Kabaka Minister For Busiro South MP Seat To Oust NUP’s Matovu…



    L-R: Dunstan Busuulwa, Ssekabembe and MP Charles Matovu

    Buganda Broadcasting Service (BBS) Chief Operations Officer Dunstan Busulwa is set to faceoff with National Unity Platform’s Charles Matovu the current Busiro South legislator come 2026.

    Busulwa confirmed that he is going to contest for the said parliamentary seat with sources close to him revealing to theGrapevine that he is going to contest on National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket.

    In 2016 parliamentary election, Peter Ssematimba defeated Busulwa to win the NRM ticket, Busulwa stood as an independent and was defeated.

    In 2021, he declined to contest even though he was asked by his supporters to stand.

    However, sources close to him told this website that what scared him was Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s NUP political wave which swept the entire Buganda region.

    Sources disclosed that Busulwa’s decision to stand again is as a result of the political base he has built in the constituency using his ‘Amaaso ku Ggwanga’ weekly political talk show on BBS where he hosts panelists including the master of social, political and economic artificial theories Charles Rwomushana.

    Busulwa has also accumulated some money which he hopes will help him during the political campaigns and he is expecting a lot of support from his god mother Lt. Gen. Proscovia Nalweyiso, the senior presidential advisor on defense and security.

    Busulwa is also a close friend to Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga and was nearly set to be deployed to Kabaka’s Central Broadcasting Service (CBS) radio to host the popular talk show ‘Kiriza oba gana’ and ‘palamenti yaffe’ every Saturday which is currently being hosted by celebrated journalist Meddie Nsereko Ssebuliba.

    Ssebuliba was saved by his godfather Gen. Salim Saleh, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s young brother and also the head of Operation Wealth Creation.

    Busulwa is also expected to use his closeness to president Museveni’s blue eyed girl Hajjat Hadijja Namyalo, the head of the NRM Office of National Chairperson.

    Sources in the constituency told theGrapevine that Busulwa has to be prepared because he is going to face off with owekitiibwa Moses Kiberu Ssekabembe, Kabaka’s former minister in charge of sports and youths.

    Ssekabembe is expected to contest on NUP ticket even though he is said to be in bed with top NRM handlers like Namyalo and has friends in Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba’s MK Movement.

    Sources confirmed to theGrapevine that the incumbent legislator Matovu has few chances of retaining the said seat and a number of voters are regretting why they voted him because he has done nothing to help his voter since he went to parliament.

    Matovu is also accused of not being in good books with NUP’s principal Bobi Wine and is always having confrontations with Bobi Wine’s barking dogs, the foot soldiers.

    It is not clear whether Ssematimba the proprietor of radio Super is coming back to reclaim his seat after being defeated in 2021.


    By Grapevine Reporters


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    High Court Judge Nambayo In Trouble, Dr. Besigye Camp Threatens To Report Her To Principal Judge Over Biased Ruling In FDC Fights …



    High Court judge Esta Nambayo (L) and MP Ssemujju (R)

    Civil Division of the High Court judge Esta Nambayo is in trouble after Dr. Kizza Besigye’s camp threatened to drag her to her boss Dr. Flavian Zeija, the Principal Judge (PJ) over her biased ruling in the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) fights.

    Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda the controversial FDC spokesperson and also the Kira Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) has confirmed that he is going to write to the PJ pleading with him to take disciplinary action against Nambayo claiming that her actions embarrass the status of a High Court judge.

    Ssemujju claims that Nambayo showed biasness when she denied their lawyer Ssalongo Erias Lukwago audience to challenge the interim order she issued last week stopping the Extra-Delegates Conference summoned by the party’s Chairperson Wasswa Birigwa.

    Justice Nambayo agreed with FDC lawyers led by Julius Galisonga that Birigwa is not a party in the suit because he was not sued.

    Galisonga explained to the court that FDC was sued together with their party President Patrick Amuriat Oboi and Nathan Nandala Mafabi the party Secretary General.

    Justice Nambayo extended her order stopping Birigwa’s Extra-Delegates Conference until otherwise but Ssemujju protested the ruling boasting that their Extra-Delegates Conference will take place at all costs.

    The controversial ruling resulted from a court petition filed by FDC members led by Arafat Ntale Mwanje, Jamal Wante and Marlick Ssazi.

    Fights in FDC started when Dr. Besigye accused Amuriat and Mafabi of receiving billions of shillings from President Museveni during the 2021 general elections to weaken the opposition in the country.

    However, a select committee of elders in FDC chaired by Dr. Frank Nabwiso appointed to investigate the matter exonerated the accused persons.

    Ssemujju’s camp rubbished the report and declared a war to force Mafabi and Amuriat out of FDC.


    By Grapevine reporter


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    OPINION: Bobi Wine’s Potential To Lead Change In Uganda: A Call for Strategic Unity…



    As one of the many concerned Ugandans who is yearning for a peaceful transition of power from one president to another, I believe it is essential for us to tread carefully and not allow our desperation for change to drive our nation into the perilous territory of identity politics, sectarianism, and hate speech.

    While the desire for a new leader is valid, we must remember that the path we choose to follow matters just as much as the destination.

    Uganda, like many nations, faces a myriad of pressing issues that affect all its citizens irrespective of their ethnicity. Problems such as unemployment, corruption, inadequate healthcare facilities, substandard educational institutions, and high taxes are widespread and transcend tribal boundaries. Focusing solely on ethnic divisions will not solve these issues; instead, it risks exacerbating them.

    It is imperative that we engage in a constructive dialogue and debate regarding the future of our nation. If President Museveni is perceived as favoring his tribesmen, it is our duty, as responsible citizens and as opponents, to propose better alternatives and sound policies. Resorting to ruthless and divisive rhetoric not only hinders productive discussions but can also have dangerous consequences.

    One of the gravest dangers we face is the propagation of hate speech. Such rhetoric has the potential to ignite violence and even lead to genocide, as we tragically witnessed in Rwanda in 1994. Uganda must not follow this dark path. The government bears a significant responsibility in curbing hate speech and incitement. Swift and decisive action is necessary to prevent the situation from escalating further.

    Failure to address these issues promptly could push Uganda to the brink of a catastrophe. Our young generation, if not guided towards constructive avenues, may be swayed by radicalism and extremism. We must not allow history to repeat itself, and the lessons from neighboring Rwanda serve as a stark reminder of the consequences of unchecked hatred and division.

    Uganda has seen a long-standing reign under President Yoweri Museveni’s regime, sparking a desire for change among many Ugandans. Bobi Wine, a charismatic musician turned politician, has emerged as a prominent figure in the quest for a new era in Ugandan politics. While Bobi Wine’s popularity and potential are undeniable, his strategies and approaches have faced criticism for being divisive, ethnically charged, and lacking the non-violent essence that has successfully ousted dictators in the past.

    It is crucial to acknowledge that Ugandans yearn for political change. President Museveni’s lengthy tenure has been marred by allegations of corruption, nepotism, social injustice, and violence. The police and army have consistently supported his regime, making the path to change a formidable challenge.

    Bobi Wine’s rise in popularity has positioned him as a messianic figure in Ugandan politics. He has the potential to unite the people, but his strategies must evolve to reflect the ideals of non-violence, unity, and inclusivity.

    History has shown that dictators, no matter how brutal their regimes, can be toppled through non-violent means. Hosni Mubarak, Slobodan Milosevic, and Augusto Pinochet are prime examples of leaders who were peacefully removed from power despite having oppressive police forces. These examples illustrate the power of peaceful resistance and the ability to sway public opinion.

    Bobi Wine’s strategies have faced criticism for their divisive nature. Hate speech, malice, propaganda, and appeals to ethnicity can be counterproductive in the pursuit of a united front against a long-standing regime. These tactics risk alienating potential allies and undermining the movement’s credibility.

    The time is ripe for Bobi Wine to reevaluate his strategies and focus on unity among Ugandans. Starting with achievable goals, such as addressing the price of fuel, can bring diverse groups together. By prioritizing issues that affect all citizens, regardless of ethnicity or background, Bobi Wine can foster a sense of common purpose.

    It is important to note that many leaders who have successfully orchestrated political change through non-violent means did not hail from elite backgrounds. They connected with the grassroots and understood the struggles of ordinary people. Bobi Wine, too, can benefit from adopting a more inclusive approach that resonates with the everyday concerns of Ugandans.

    Bobi Wine undoubtedly represents the desire for change in Uganda. However, for his movement to succeed, it is imperative that he revisits his strategies, steering away from divisive tactics and embracing a unifying, non-violent approach. History has shown that change is possible through peaceful means, and by uniting Ugandans around common goals, he can lead the country towards a brighter future.


    The writer is Godfrey Mbagira,a political analyst and a petroleum engineer


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