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    MPs Spitting Fire Over Today’s Sitting: If You Beat Us, We Shall Also Beat You – Gikwateko MPs Warn

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    As both the Minority and Majority reports from the consultations on whether Article 102(b) should be amended or not, are being presented today, on the floor of parliament, The Grapevine talked to some MPs both for and against the amendment, to get their views on today’s sitting and here they are:

     

    Ibrahim Semujju Nganda (Kira Municipality): A lot of questions hang around that report. We want the legal committee members to tell us, why did they first go to state house before writing the report. Secondly why did they first receive money for the report to be presented in parliament. We are ready to ask them questions each step we move. Police should also be careful not to enter political affairs. Let them stick to security affairs. He is ready to vote NO.

    Godfrey Kiwanda (Mityana North): He told us that he spent the whole weekend exercising and making a lot of physicals and pressure-ups to fight who ever will cross his way. He is ready to vote YES.

    Ann Adeke Ebaju (Female National Youth MP and signatory to the minority report): My views are fully embodied in the minority report and I will speak in that line. I rubbish the rumor that is going on spreading that the opposition has been bribed by president Museveni so that we shut our mouth during this debate. It is not true that we have been bribed with millions.

    Atiku Bernad (Ayivu County): We have consulted our people and we have been waiting to report back the views of our electorate. We expect the speaker to give each member ample time to report. I don’t expect fights and exchange of blows only maybe after failing to follow the rules of procedure.

    Jonam county Pakwach district: I’m well prepared after thorough consultation to presents the views of my constituency, and they are the same as mine.

    Kasibante Moses (Rubaga North): We have technicalities to put across and some have been put across by the speaker her self. We cannot proceed with something that is illegal with parliament. We are sure nothing will take place and if it so happens, it will take place by force and we shall also be prompted to use the force we can to stop it. This time we are prepared enough and ready to defend the nation against the interests of one man Museveni.

    Watenga Godfrey (Bududa Lutshetshe county, Independent but leaning on NRM): I am just prepared to deliver the views of my voters towards the amendment .I consulted them and they gave me their opinions and that’s my stand.

    Angella Fred NRM  ( Moroto Municipality):  I am going to vote YES , I know the opposition are coming to fight but we are going to show them that we are ready for them, honestly why shouldn’t we debate and  listen to each other. The people of Moroto said yes and am ready to present their views. Whoever will try to stop me from presenting the views of my people will see my wrath because am ready to defend the people of Moroto. If they plan to stand on tables we shall also do it this time, they are not the only ones meant to stand on table. I only pray that the speaker should be sober. I’m  in my KAWUNDA suite ready to fight.

    Robert Ntende  (Bunya East constituency, Independent NRM leaning): We don’t expect to get much resistance this time like it happened in September because I assume that the opposition has learnt something out of the last experience. All parties have been warned to use some maturity, to use the brain and the mouth. We hope not to see people throwing stones and chairs at each other. I’m not basing my argument on president Museveni’s statements, and I don’t want to dwell on the past but the future. I want to believe that the honorable members have learnt a good lesson from the last experience and that this time, parliament will again not be put to shame like last time.

    Francis Mwijukye  FDC (Buhweju county ): First, we shall agree on how to proceed before doing any thing. We get assurance that parliament is safe, that the hooligans are not going to intrude again. Speaker wrote to parliament and we expect her to first tell us who those hooligans were, if she knows them we then cant risk any chances .We shall only proceed after ensuring that parliament is safe.

    Assuming that all that is sorted out and we can’t proceed with a bill that is illegal. All members of parliament who carried out consultation must debate and there is no need to hurry us .No time lines, whether it takes us a week or month every body must debate.

    The attempt to hurry us is void and we shall definitely we shall not allow. Once both reports are tabled, we expect that those reports are debated and this shall not take us one day.

    We know the NRM MPs don’t want to debate, they are just coming to pass the bill to keep their boss in power for the rest of his life but even those of us who want to debate are also a big number. All those procedural matters can’t be debated in one day.

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    Mayor Mulyanyama Takes His Fight Against Bobi Wine’s Brother Nyanzi For NUP Ticket To CBS Radio…

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    Makindye Division Mayor Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama

    Fight within National Unity Platform (NUP) for Kampala City Lord Mayor ticket has deepened as maverick Makindye Division Mayor Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama declared war on Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu, the elder brother to Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine).

    Both Nyanzi and Mulyanyama have declared interest to contest against the current Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago and they are clandestinely mobilizing for internal party support.

    theGrapevine haa established that Mulyanyama has entered a deal with Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s CBS radio to popularise his political ambitions for Lord Mayor seat and he has already started using the platform to fight Nyanzi.

    Last week, he accused Nyanzi of using reckless statements which placed their boss Bobi Wine and their party in bad light.

    Mulyanyama was responding to the statement made by Nyanzi on the misunderstanding between NUP leadership and Masaka region journalists who accused Bobi Wine security of insulting them.

    Nyanzi told CBS radio that the said journalists are making these malicious allegations because they are working for Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba’s group to fight Bobi Wine .

    Nyanzi and other NUP leaders particularly accuse CBS radio’s Masaka city news reporter Tomusange Kayinja of masterminding the drive of attacking and giving false news against Bobi Wine which Mulyanyama rubbished.

    Mulyanyama asserted that CBS is a radio with professional journalists and presenters and they should not be dragged in petty internal party fights.

    He disclosed that he cannot look on as Nyanzi and other people use their positions in the party to fight Kabaka’s radio which has always given many opposition politicians the platform that has helped them win elections against President Museveni’s NRM party.

    It should be noted that there is ongoing bad blood between the Mengo administration led by Premier Charles Peter Mayiga and NUP leadership.

    The bitter verbal exchanges have come from both sides.

    However, insiders at CBS radio told theGrapevine that Mulyanyama wanted to use CBS as his political mobilization weapon to weaken Lukwago.

    Sources said that he is desperate, frustrated and confused after learning that there are ongoing talks spearheaded by Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireke for Lukwago to join NUP and one of the conditions involves giving him the Lord Mayor ticket come 2026.

    Recently, Bobi Wine stopped Nyanzi from campaigning for the office of the Lord Mayor and even threatened to take disciplinary action against him.

    Nyanzi accused NUP Secretary General David Lewis Rubongoya of compromising Bobi Wine to humiliate him because he is also interested in the position.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    MP Bagala Warns Bobi Wine Supporters To Stop Attacking Her For Shielding Mpuuga …

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine with MP Joyce Bagala

    Mityana district woman legislator Joyce Bagala Ntwatwa has warned supporters of the National Unity Platform (NUP) principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) to stop attacking her because she has a good relationship with troubled former Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) Mathias Mpuuga.

    A furious Bagala admitted that she has been receiving a number of phone calls from her voters pleading with her to dump Mpuuga to save her position come 2026.

    She explained that she cannot isolate Mpuuga because he accepted a service award of Shs500m for being a good Leader of Opposition in Parliament which she says was passed by Members of Parliament legally.

    Bagala added that she has been a friend to Mpuuga even before joining politics and she cannot accept to be dragged in the internal fights he has with Bobi Wine.

    She further noted that she cannot be threatened over the party card come 2026 parliamentary elections because she is loyal to her party and very sure that she will be given the party card again.

    On the issue of not escorting Bobi Wine to Masaka during NUP’s political mobilization tour, Bagala said that she was busy in her constituency preparing for Bobi Wine’s visit in Mityana and not accompanying him is not a sign of disloyalty to the party.

    Bagala admitted that she is very proud of being on the committee that is organizing Mpuuga’s thanks giving ceremony which is expected to take place on 21st June, 2024 in Masaka where Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga is expected as the Chief Guest.

    She further rubbished allegation that Mpuuga is set to announce his next move during the ceremony.

    According to sources close to the Nyendo-Mukungwe legislator, there are allegations that he is going to form a new political party which his henchmen will use as a political vehicle in 2026 general elections.

    Bagala made the rebuttal on Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s CBS radio after being pressurized by NUP’s Deputy Spokesperson Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro who mentioned her as one of the legislators the country is waiting for to sign the impeachment motion against the four parliamentary commissioners.

    Mufumbiro said that Bobi Wine is set to publically read the names of all legislators who signed the impeachment motion against the four commissioners for illegally receiving Shs1.7bn.

    Bagala joined Kira Municipality’s Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, Kampala Central’s Muhammad Nsereko and others who declared that they will not sign the impeachment papers.

    Ssemujju said that he cannot be threatened that by not signing the impeachment papers, he will be voted out of parliament come 2026 noting that even if he goes out of parliament, he will remain in a good life because even before joining parliament, he was in a good life.

    He said that in one of the elections, he was threatened by one of the voters that he will be voted out of parliament in the next elections but by the time elections came, the said voter was dead and he even gave the mourners the car they used to transport his dead body.

    He noted that what should be done is to educate leaders to know their role instead of being threatened by voters.

    He predicted that what happened in his Forum for Democratic Change is going to happen to NUP and many leaders and supporters are going to leave before the 2026 general elections.

    He was supported by Bagala who said that leaders should be trained especially in the Buganda region if Baganda want to compete nationally.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    Journalist Mwenda, Top Military Bosses Face Sanctions As American Spies Place Them On CIA Radar Over M-23 Rebels Dealings….

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    Veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda

    Veteran celebrated journalist Andrew Mwenda and top military intelligence bosses are on the brink of being sanctioned after United States of America (USA) spies placed them on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) radar over their dealings with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rebel movement the M-23.

    Mwenda confirmed that he received summons from the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning a report authored by American pinning him on being in bed with M-23 commanders who are accused of having the agenda of destabilizing the East and Central African region starting with overthrowing President Felix Tshisekedi of DRC.

    The mighty Grapevine understands that before the Americans wrote to Gen. Jeje Odongo’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the matter was first discussed, facts collected against the suspects and verified by CIA top operatives and after which they forwarded their findings to the United Nations ‘s Security Council.

    A final decision on the fate of Mwenda and a section of military bosses will soon be taken.

    Mwenda admitted that he was contacted by M-23 Commanders and he is very sure that CIA and other international intelligence operatives who have interest in DRC were spying on their conversation.

    He admitted that he received a phone call from M-23 Commanders who told him that they need his service to help them talk to US officials to lift the sanctions they placed on them.

    He added that when he talked to his contacts in President Joe Biden’s administration, they told him that what he wanted them to do was difficult since only their bosses at the Pentagon and Washington could handle his issue.

    Sources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed that the American government officials accuse Mwenda of being a broker between M-23 rebel commanders and military bosses in some of the countries in the East African Community.

    Mwenda is further accused of always dealing with sanctioned tycoons, especially those dealing in gold and other minerals obtained from the DRC.

    He admitted that he is very aware that Americans are planning to sanction him but he is not scared.

    The development comes days after United States of America sanctioned Ugandan Speaker of Parliament Annet Anita Among, her husband and also football association president Moses Magogo, junior Minister of Finance in Charge of Economic Planning Amos Lugolobi and his wife, former Minister of Karamoja Affairs Mary Gorreti Kitutu and her husband and her former junior minister Agnes Nandutu on the allegation of corruption.

    Former Deputy Chief of Defense Forces Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu was also sanctioned on the allegation of committing crimes against humanity.

    Minister Gen. Jeje Odongo said that the effect of the sanctions took immediate effect and the sanctioned government officials are not allowed in the United States and their properties and bank accounts were frozen.

    The United Kingdom in April 2024 also sanctioned Speaker Among and Ministers Nandutu and Kitutu.

    Sources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that during the several meetings held between officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomats from the British High Commission in Uganda and at the American Embassy, it was agreed that the sanctions issue does not affect the public offices but the persons occupying those offices.

    “In simple explanation, the sanction placed on Among don’t affect the office of the Speaker of Uganda. This means that the Uganda government will continue dealing with both the United Kingdom government and the American government,” a senior diplomat in the ministry of foreign affairs said.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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