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MP Who Told Ugandans Who Don’t Want To Pay Mobile Money Tax To Die Chased From Burial By Angry Mourners

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Bunyole West MP Hon. James Waluswaka

Members of Parliament have started facing the wrath from their voters for supporting the passing of Mobile Money tax.

On Monday, Bunyole West MP Hon. James Waluswaka was chased away from the burial ceremony of one of the locals by angry mourners for supporting the tax.

The lawmaker had turned up at Mugulu-Busolwe Sub-County headquarters, where mourners were paying their last respects to Yokonan Were, the father to Butaleja District Planner, Sam Taata.

Before Mr. Waluswaka could get out of his vehicle, mourners swarmed on him accusing him of supporting the tax without consulting them.

“We expected him to vote against the tax but he betrayed us; we no longer want him to address us,” the mourners chorused. They also accused him of ‘lying’ when he said on the floor of Parliament that his constituents support the tax.

Mr. Waluswaka is infamously remembered for advising Ugandans to ‘die’ if they don’t want to pay Mobile Money and social media taxes.

 

By Remmy Atugonza

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Why Should They Serve Me The President’s Letter Through Social Media? –  Sakwa Speaks Out On M7 Letter Directing Him To Leave Office….

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Embattled Jinja Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Eric Sakwa has asked why they had to serve him a letter from the president directing him to leave office through social media.

In a phone conversation with the Grapevine, Sakwa, who told us that the mafias have indeed finished him off said, “I don’t know how true it is because I have not yet received the letter and right now I am going for a meeting but surely, why should they serve me the letter through social media?”

He added that he thought that the president was going to save him but it seems the lies the mafias told the President traveled faster than his truth.

In a letter dated 15th May 2020, President Museveni directed Sakwa to leave office with immediate effect for two months.

Museveni told Sakwa that his issue is not a political matter that needs dialogue but a serious criminal issue which should be handled by the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) and courts.

“A Ugandan dying is very serious. It is in the interest of, first and foremost Sakwa for the fact to come out establishing the Truth. Was Sakwa on the scene when the LDUs were beating a mwanainchi? That would be bad enough even if the mwanainchi did not die. Violence by security forces should only be in self-defense, if a suspect is violent. Even then it should only be violence to subdue the suspect and arrest him not anything else,” M7 said.

He added that he was also informed that Sakwa was not at the scene when the Mwanainchi was beaten and that a section of people in Jinja have framed him because of the good work he has been doing, he however advised Sakwa that this will be ascertained from the evidence which will be presented in court.

Yesterday, the deputy registrar Fred Waninda issued a directive stopping anybody from interfering with Sakwa’s work as the Jinja RDC until his judicial review application which he filed at the high court in Jinja challenging the way he was interdicted from the office of the RDC is heard.

Sakwa ran to the High Court challenging the way he was interdicted. He said that Hajji Yusuf Kakande, the State House secretary does not have powers to write a letter interdicting him because he is not his supervisor. He noted that his supervisor is the Minister for presidency on behalf of the president.

Sakwa is still battling with criminal charges of manslaughter and theft in Jinja magistrate’s court.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

 

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I Was Illegally Interdicted – Embattled Jinja RDC Sakwa Runs To High Court…

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Controversial interdicted Jinja District Resident Commissioner (RDC) Eric Sakwa has petitioned the High Court in Jinja challenging the process followed to interdict him from office.

Through his lawyers Caleb Alaka and Evans Ochieng, Sakwa protests that the letter interdicting him was illegally issued.

He says that the letter was not signed by his supervisor but rather a secretary to the office of the president. He says that Hajji Yunus Kakande’s letter was violating the public service standing orders and thus was against the law.

Sakwa insists that the only supervisor he knows, who should be responsible for his interdiction in law is Esther Mbayo, the Minister for Presidency not Kakande.

He notes that as an RDC, his office is under the supervision of Mbayo on behalf of the president not Kakande. He wants court to declare that he was illegally interdicted and that the process was against the public service standing orders.

He also wants court to order that he remains in the office as the Jinja RDC until his trial in court is completed.

It should be noted that Kakande directed Sakwa to handover office to Jinja District Internal Security Officer and he is supposed to get half pay of his salary until his case is determined.

Kakande also told Sakwa that his salary balance will be refunded once he is acquitted by court.

However, Sakwa still insists that the charges put against him were fabricated by mafias who want him out of the RDCs office.

When contacted by the Grapevine, Sakwa said that he challenges his interdiction because it was illegal. He further explained that he wants court to save him from mafias who want him dead.

He however referred us to his lawyers for more information on his applications. Efforts to speak to lawyer Alaka and Evans were futile since their phones were off.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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Did KCCA Mayors Eat Money Given To Them To Buy Prostitutes Food During Covid19 Crisis? – Division Speakers Implore Nakalema To Investigate…

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Prostitutes who were arrested recently by police (Courtesy photo)

Musa Mbazira, the Lubaga Division speaker who doubles as the chairperson of Kampala Division speakers has asked Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema’s state house anti-corruption unit to investigate the circumstances under which over Shs.300m was used by Kampala City Division Mayors.

In the short phone interview with this website, Mbazira said that at the start of the Covid19 crisis, Plan International, through their branch in Uganda gave Shs.30m to each of the five city division mayors to buy food for prostitutes working in their respective divisions.

The divisions and Mayors who were allegedly given this money include: Kampala Central Division under Mayor Charles Sserunjogi Ssalongo, Kawempe Division under Dr. Emmanuel Serunjogi, Lubaga Division under Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo, Makindye division under Kasirye Nganda Mulyanyama and Nakawa Division under Ronald Nsubuga Balimwezo.

“Immediately when the prostitutes petitioned my office, I instituted a committee chaired by Moses Mubiru, the Nakawa Division Speaker to investigate the matter and by Thursday this week their report will be ready but we also want Lt. Col. Nakalema to intervene in this scum,” Mbazira stated.

He said that the division mayors are now hiding under the different division taskforces which are fighting COVID19 to distribute food to the vulnerable communities in Kampala without touching on the Shs.30m given to them.

However, other sources within Kampala central division told the Grapevine that the reason why the Division speakers and councilors want Nakalema to investigate the scum is because the division mayors decided to eat all the money without giving them their cut.

When contacted, Ronald Balimwezo, the Nakawa Division mayor, who told us that he was with the COVID19 taskforce distributing food denied knowledge of the said money.

“I heard people talking about that money today morning when I was at the Division but as a person, I have never received any coin to buy food for the prostitutes. My people know me as a transparent person, I can never eat money given to the vulnerable people in my division,” Balimwezo said.

However, Balimwezo wondered how a lower ranking officer like a speaker can investigate them.

He said that there is a group of people who wanted to soil their names since the country is nearing the election period.

He welcomed the move to be investigated by Lt. Col. Nakalema.

Other mayors like Emmanuel Sserunjogi, the mayor of Kawempe Division and Charles Sserujogi of Kampala Central did not pick our calls.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki 

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