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    Ministry Of Lands Boss’ Neutrality Questioned In Multibillion Land Scandal After He Throws Out Journalists In Public Hearing…

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    Ministry of Lands headquarters where the meeting took place

    Human Rights Lawyers have protested the orders from Victor Kafureeke, the Registrar in the Office of the Commissioner Land Registration in the Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development for gagging journalist who were covering a multibillion land scandal.

    On Tuesday, Kafureeke ordered journalists to move out of the room where he was conducting a public hearing in the matter between Nasser Kibaazo and Grace Kyokunda.

    Kafureeke told journalists that even though the hearing is public, they should not attend, noting that there are serious issues which they should hide from the public.

    Lawyers who were in the room waiting to hear their client’s case led by human rights law giant Derrick Bazekuketta of GEM Advocates protested the directive and put Kafureeke on the spot to cite the law he based on to stop journalists from covering the public hearing proceedings.

    “Go on record that this is not a public hearing. Your letter which invites us here is very clear, we are coming for a public hearing not a private issue because if it was a private matter, you would have handled it in your office,” a furious Bazekuketta said.

    He further asked Kafureeke to declare his interest in the matter and put it on record that he doesn’t want the issue to be known by the public.

    Kafureeke who looked to have lost his patience told Bazekuketta that he has overruled him and ordered journalists to move out but Bazekuketta insisted that Kafureeke cannot overrule him without any application.

    However, Kafureeke was supported by Kyokunda’s lawyer Anthony Bazira from Kihika Byenkya and Company Advocates who blasted Bazekuketta for supporting journalists who had come to cover a public hearing yet they are not an interested party.

    “I’m telling you, journalists will not cover this proceedings. I’m going to defend his (Kafureeke) decision even if you proceed to court,” Bazira stated.

    He added that he cannot accept journalists who cover his client’s matters when they are not an interested party.

    As lawyers were still arguing, Kafureeke called security to throw journalists with their cameras out, an order which was executed by a one Kamazi, a counter terrorist policeman.

    Sources which remained in the room, told this reporter that Kafureeke told the audience that he was not the one who was supposed to hear their complaint but was asked by his colleague, a one Moses Sekkitto.

    Sekkitto was contacted on phone to guide on the way forward on the matter and he called for an adjournment of the matter to a date that will be communicated to the parties involved.

    Eron Kizza, a human rights lawyer, explained that what Kafureeke did in turning a public hearing into a private one was wrong. He added that during public hearings, media presence should be encouraged or tolerated.

    Mathias Rukundo, the president of the Uganda Journalist Association (UJA) said that the association is going to protest the barbaric action of a government official legally and administratively.

    He explained that journalists cannot be denied access to cover public interest matters.

    Recently, the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka who is the chief legal advisor guided judges especially those at family court that it is not proper for them to stop journalists from covering family court matters particularly divorce cases because they are public matters since the parties failed to solve it in their beds.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    State House Boss Narrates How Lt. Gen. Elwelu’s Stay On Top Of UPDF Command Threatened M7’s Stay In Power…

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    Joseph Tamale Mirundi (C), Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu (L) and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (R)

    Maverick Senior Presidential Advisor in Charge of Media who also doubles as the spokesperson of the Patriotic League of Uganda (PLU) for Buganda region Joseph Tamale Mirundi has narrated how Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu’s being on the top command of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) have been a threat to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s stay in power.

    Last month, Museveni exercised his powers as the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed forces and dropped Lt. Gen. Elwelu as the Deputy Chief of Defense Forces and replaced him with Lt. Gen. Sam Okiding. Elwelu was appointed the Senior Presidential Advisor.

    While speaking on youth and children affairs minister Balaam Bagaruhare’s Radio 4, Mirundi celebrated Lt. Gen. Elwelu’s dismissal adding that he nearly caused trouble for president Museveni and the entire country.

    “Whenever I look at that man, I see him in the image of Idi Amin and I always get a thinking that what Amin did to President Milton Obote in 1971, he can do it to President Museveni,” Mirundi said.

    He added that he was very scared with the way Lt. Gen. Elwelu exposed himself after commanding the deadly attack on the palace of Omusinga wa Rwenzururu Charles Weasly Mumbere in 2017 and after boasted that he had killed criminals yet his boss by then, Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala was denying having knowledge about the attack.

    Mirundi explained that Gen. Katumba, as an exposed and intelligent army officer realised the trouble ahead especially the looming sanctions from the international community as a result of the attack, and this is the reason why he denied the attack much as Lt. Gen. Elwelu kept boasting thinking that he had scored before the president.

    He narrated that currently, Lt. Gen. Elwelu cannot fly out of the country because he was slapped with international sanctions and any country has the obligation to arrest him and parade him before the International Criminal Court.

    He noted that because of his being overly ambitioous, he was not surprised when Lt. Gen. Elwelu sharply disagreeg with Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba the current Chief of Defense Forces on the issue of Standby Class One order issued in 2022 when President Museveni was away in Rwanda.

    Mirundi revealed that Gen. Muhoozi who was then the Commander of Land Forces challenged Lt. Gen. Elwelu on the issuing of the order insisting that it was not necessary. However, the controversial General from Teso just boasted and issued threats thinking that he was untouchable and was in good books with President Museveni.

    “I laughed because in Uganda, I know we are few people who understand Museveni very well and carefully follow his political and security calculations. Really how can you believe that Museveni can trust Lt. Gen. Elwelu more than his son when it comes to the issue of power and his survival!” Mirundi exclaimed.

    Army sources who spoke to theGrapevine in 2022 confirmed that Standby Class One order was issued because there was a coup de-tat threat, the president was out of the country, his vice president Jessica Alupo was bedridden, the Chief of Defense Forces then Gen. Wilson Mbadi was also was out of the country.

    The matter caused a misunderstanding between Lt. Gen. Elwelu and Gen. Muhoozi which resulted into Museveni summoning the UPDF High Command for a meeting in Ntungamo.

    However, when commenting on the matter by then, UPDF spokesperson Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye told theGrapevine that the order was issued because the army wanted to clean some rot on their walls including counting the number of soldiers and weapons.

    But even though he was dropped, Lt. Gen. Elwelu recently said that he is grateful for President Museveni for trusting him and appointing him to several powerful offices in the army.

    Concerning his new appointment, Elwelu said that being a Senior Presidential Advisor is going to help him to give the big man advice.

    In the same development, Mirundi, the longest serving Senior Press Secretary warned government officials to be careful and avoid being excited when dealing with President Museveni because he is hard to understand.

    He explained that he warned PLU movement leadership especially junior Finance Planning and Economic Development minister in charge of microfinance Harunah Kasolo who is the Chief Coordinator for Greater Masaka Region to be careful with the statements he made against Museveni while praising Gen. Muhoozi their supreme leader.

    “I told Kasolo and other people, let us tell people that we are supporting Museveni and mobilizing for his 2026 presidential bid but also let us inform them that we have our standby generator if anything bad happens to our senior leader Museveni, but they were over excited and started making statements asking Museveni when is he giving Muhoozi power. That is why he made strange decisions against our thing,” Mirundi said.

    He noted that because Muhoozi knows his father very well, when he appointed him Chief of Defense Forces, he did not comment even though he still wanted to enjoy the political ride.

    He revealed that apart from Muhoozi, it is himself, Al-Hajji Moses Kigongo the NRM National Vice president and Museveni’s young brother and also Coordinator of the Operation Wealth Creation Gen. Salim Saleh who understand Museveni’s calculations.

    He said that Gen. Saleh once told him that because he understands his brother, when he summons him, he appears before him as an army officer, salutes him, talks to him, salutes him again and leaves.

    He rarely familiarizes himself with him even though they are brothers.

    Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said that one thing Museveni never jokes with is power.

    However, Ssalongo Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi the NRM National Vice president in charge of Buganda insists that political transition has started and very soon Museveni is going to surrender power to the new generation. He pleaded with youths to prepare to take the country’s political power.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Bobi Wine Sends Warning Message To IGP Maj. Gen. Katsigazi With His Countrywide Tour Kicking Off In Mpuuga’s Masaka Backyard…

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    Maj. Gen. Kasitgazi (L) and Bobi Wine (R)

    The mighty Grapevine can exclusively report that Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) is set to kick off his political countrywide tour early in May 2024.

    Highly placed sources at Makerere Kavule where the headquarters of the National Unity Platform (NUP) are located revealed that all strategies and plans have been concluded and David Lewis Rubongoya the party Secretary General was directed to inform the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi about their programme in writing.

    Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro the Deputy Party spokesperson confirmed the development and asked Maj. Gen. Katsigazi to be careful when dealing with their political tours this time because people are very angry with police’s selective implementation of law and order especially when it comes to issues concerning Bobi Wine.

    “The other time, he wrote a letter stopping our countrywide tour but I’m warning him this time to be very careful and to accept to cooperate with us because we are law abiding citizens,” Mufumbiro said.

    It should be remembered that in 2023, Maj. Gen. Katsigazi stopped Bobi Wine’s countrywide tour with immediate effect explaining that he was inciting violence through his tribalistic statements and violating road transport law and order which led to death of some people.

    Bobi Wine was in Luwero district when he made serious allegation against the person of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, his son Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba and other members of the First Family.

    Criminal files were opened at Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters against Bobi Wine and other members of his party and sources told theGrapevine on Thursday morning that investigations into the matter are still ongoing.

    Sources in NUP said that Bobi Wine’s countrywide tour is going to start immediately when he returns from the United Kingdom where he is expected to hold a music show on 20th of April 2024.

    Sources further revealed that Bobi Wine’s plan is to kick off his political countrywide tour in Greater Masaka and his first political rally is going to be held in the constituency of the former Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba and he will politically respond to him and his blue eyed boy the Kimanya-Kabonera legislator Dr. Abed Bwanika.

    “We want to prove a point that both Mpuuga and Muhoozi Patriotic League of Uganda are nothing. We are not going to give out money to transport people to attend our rallies but we are going to double those who attended Muhoozi’s rally in Masaka,” one of the organisers of Bobi Wine’s countrywide tour revealed.

    Bobi Wine’s countrywide tour comes at a time when four time presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye is also on the countrywide political tour with his Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Katonga faction group members.

    Besigye said that the move is about consulting their party members on the next move after they disagreed with FDC Najjanankumbi group led by Patrick Amuriat Oboi and Nathan Nandala Mafabi.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    Buganda Parliamentary Caucus Members Bitter With New Cabinet Reshuffle: Kivumbi claims, “At least They Would Have Appointed Gashumba and Kabanda…”

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    MP Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi

    The missing out of the maverick Kasambya county legislator David Kabanda and Patriotic League of Uganda (PLU) vice chairperson in charge of Buganda Frank Gashumba from President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s recent reshuffle has caused bitterness among Buganda Parliamentary caucus members.

    Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi the caucus chairperson revealed that very soon, he is going to kick off a tour around Buganda Kingdom exposing President Museveni’s biasness against Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s subjects in Buganda and why he sidelines them when it comes to sharing the national cake.

    Muwanga a celebrated economists explained that Buganda has been patient with Museveni since 2021 when in his cabinet, he appointed a Vice President, Prime Minister and all her deputies plus top ministers from outside of Buganda.

    He added that he was disappointed that he dropped the Defense and Veteran affairs Minister Vicent Ssempijja in the recent reshuffle.

    He alleged that Museveni did it intentionally to make sure that when time comes to sharing the national cake in cabinet, there is no minister from Buganda who can argue out the case for Buganda.

    He added that 80% of the taxes that run President Museveni’s government are collected from Buganda that is why their people have to sit on the table when the national cake is being shared.

    “Look at the many roads in Buganda, they are all in poor condition but they are squeezing our people to pay taxes to build roads in other parts of the country; our schools in Buganda are in poor conditions but you go to other parts of the country and see how public schools are looked after,” Muwanga said.

    “At least it would be a consolation if Frank Gashumba from Masaka or David Kabanda from Mubende, leaving other factors out, were appointed ministers. But the man also sideline them. It is high time we expose this biasness and tell our people to stand up and challenge Museveni on this issue otherwise Buganda is going to remain behind,” he said.

    He was supported by Bukoto Central legislator Richard Ssebamala who explained that it is high time for the people of Buganda to open their eyes and start asking for their share otherwise they will continue fueling other parts of the country to develop as they lag behind.

    He wondered how come the President is from Ankole, Vice President from Teso, Speaker of Parliament is from Teso, Chief Justice is from Acholi, Deputy Speaker from Ankole, Deputy Chief Justice from Ankole, Chief of Defense Forces is from Ankole, Prime Minister is from Bunyoro, 1st deputy Prime Minister is from Busoga yet there is no Muganda much as they are contribute a big share when it comes to tax collection.

    However, NRM National vice chairperson in charge of Buganda Ssalongo Godfrey Kiwanda protested Kivumbi and Ssebamala’s submission noting that the people of Buganda should blame themselves for being sidelined by Museveni because they are the very people who voted strong Baganda out of parliament in the 2021.

    He said that when one is a Member of Parliament, there is good bargaining power when the president is making his cabinet list.

    He pleaded with the people of Buganda that come 2026, they should be careful when electing their leaders especially Members of Parliament to avoid being used by the opposition to make decisions which will cost the entire region.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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