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MTN WOES: Furious M7 Orders CMI, ESO To Kick Off Investigations Into The Relationship Between MTN GM Katamba And Jailed Police Boss Nixon Agasirwe

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Former MTN General Manager Anthony Katamba

President Museveni has ordered the Chieftaincy for Military Intelligence (CMI) and the External Security Organisation (ESO) to investigate the relationship between Former MTN General Manager
Anthony Katamba and jailed police boss Nixon Agasirwe.

Katamba fled the country to seek asylum in Scandinavian countries after receiving several security tip offs from some of his colleagues in security that he was going to be arrested for giving wrong information to security.

Multiple sources in CMI and Special Forces Command (SFC) have told the Grapevine that the president has relied on those reports to exonerate the deported MTN Chief Executive officer Wim Vanhelleputte.

“The president was very furious because he established from different security reports that he was fooled on the MTN matter. The president was very furious and instructed CMI commander Col. Abel Kanduho to immediately start investigating Katamba,” our source revealed.

The highly respected security operative told this website that Katamba, the former General Manager for Corporate Services at MTN was the one misinforming security agencies by giving them wrong information concerning some of his colleagues for his personal gain.

Our sources disclosed that when Katamba developed misunderstandings with top MTN management over some internal issues, he decided to malice and marline them before government and security officials that they were carrying out activities that were going to jeopardize national security. Katamba told these officials that MTN was being used to spy for one of the hostile neighbouring country. 

“That man Katamba thought that he is the big man in MTN because of his closeness to the MTN board chairman Charles Mbiire. He learnt of his dismissal from MTN and he vowed to fight and make sure all expatriates at the facility are deported. He boasted before his friends at Kampala club that he is the only top local employee in MTN,” another source added.

Security operatives told the Grapevine that Katamba even fed security with wrong information that led to the storming of MTN’s center in Mutundwe, a Kampala suburb.

Vanhelleputte was deported with three other senior managers who included; Chief Marketing Officer, Olivier Prentout, the Mobile Money General Manager Elsa Mussolini and General Manager for sales and distribution Annie Tabura. Vanhelleputta challenged his illegal deportation at the High Court civil Division.

KATAMBA PLACED IN AGASIRWE’S RACKET

Our sources further revealed that after reading various security reports on the MTN saga, the president established that there was a good relationship between General Kale Kayihura’s blue eyed boy SSP Nixon Agasirwe and Katamba. One of the well elaborated report to the president indicated that there were a lot of suspicious dealings which were going on between Katamba and Agasirwe. The investigators also based reports on the judgment of High Court anti-corruption Division judge Lawrence Gidudu, in the 2015 case of Richard Mwami and others, concerning the embezzlement of over 6 billion shillings. 

Sentongo (who was Mwami’s witness) testified that after arresting him, he was taken to a room at the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) in Kireka. Minutes later Agasirwe entered the room in company of Katamba. Sentongo testified that Agasirwe and Katamba told him to pin Mwami that he stole the Shs6bn, when he refused, he was brutally tortured.

Both Katamba and Agasirwe were later accused of torturing Sentongo.  Currently, Agasirwe is detained with other top police officers at Makindye barracks after being charged by the Court martial on espionage and kidnap charges. The president has tasked CMI to dig deeper into the dealings between Katamba and Agasirwe.

KATAMBA PINNED FOR STAGING AN ASSASINATION

Sources further told this website that one and half month’s back, Katamba reported to police that some people wanted him dead.

Katamba alleged that unknown gunmen attacked him at his Kiwatule home at around 3:00am. He stated that he escaped through the gate at the back of his house and narrowly survived being killed. Museveni also ordered the investigators to find out whether Katamba was attacked, who the attackers were plus their motive.

A source revealed that the president was briefed in the MTN security report that Katamba staged the alleged assassination to avoid being charged with espionage. He also wanted to use the alleged attack to seek asylum because he got information from his security friends that he was under investigation.

KATAMBA FLEES THE COUNTRY

Credible sources further told this website that two weeks ago, Katamba fled to Scandinavian countries. We were informed that Katamba is currently seeking asylum from one of the Scandinavian countries. We talked to Katamba’s friends who he usually spends time with at Kampala Club and Golf Course, they revealed that they have spent two weeks without seeing him.

“I have spent a week without seeing my friend Katamba, I don’t know whether he left the country,” one of Katamba’s friends, who we found at the Golf Course playground told us.

We tried to talk Katamba’s girlfriend but he refused to tell us the whereabouts of her hubby. We also tried to call Katamba’s known phone number but it was not going through.

By Jamil Lutakome

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Battle For Supremacy At Vision Group As Bukedde News Editor Fires His Deputy’s ‘Diehard’ Reporters

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All is not well at Robert Kabushenga’s Vision Group premises especially Bukedde Newspaper newsroom.

According to multiple sources from the industrial area based printing and publishing house, the war is between Bukedde news editor Ssalongo Richard Kayira and his deputy Semei Wesaali.

Sources told the Grapevine that the silent war erupted when Kayira, the head of the news room published an internal memo with a list of news reporters fired from Bukedde newspaper.  According to sources, Kayira also ordered the security at the gate not to allow the journalists on the list to enter the company premises.

“The list was published but they did not inform us that we were going to be fired,” one of the journalists on the list complained.

The affected journalists petitioned their boss Godfrey Kulubya the head of all the local newspapers at Vision Group.  In their petition, the over 50 reporters told Kulubya that the list is discriminative.

‘The list targeted some individuals because they are diehards to editor Semei Wesaali. Kayira thinks that they are helping him take his position,” one of the reporters who petitioned Kulubya stated. They further explained to Kulubya that there are names of people which were left out yet they are poor performers when compared to some of the people on the list, they even cited some names.

Kulubya was told that most of the journalists left out were working under Kayira in his new DGF project.

On Monday this week, Kulubya called an emergency meeting in Bukedde new room and asked for a written explanation from Kayira why he fired staff without his knowledge or that of the Chief Executive Officer Robert Kabushenga.  Kulubya denounced the list and asked the journalists in the meeting to tell their friends who were fired to come back and work with immediate effect.

“For your information the competition is high so you cannot start firing staff, if it is necessary, let us follow the necessary procedures,” Kulubya was quoted telling the newsroom.

Kulubya further told the meeting that they have plans of laying off a number of reporters so that they can remain with a few competitive ones.

Sources told this website that Vision group bosses are trying to set up new rules where journalists multi task for the various platforms.

According to the new plan, a journalist, when assigned to cover a story, is supposed to file it for New Vision newspaper, Bukedde newspaper, Bukedde radio and Bukedde TV.

When the news about the new plan fell in the ears of reporters, some panicked and bought video cameras and recorders to quickly adapt to the new rules.

When the Grapevine talked to some of the reporters who were not on the list, they disclosed that the journalists who were fired are lazy and don’t want to work. They are just using Bukedde newspaper as an address to extort money from the public.  

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There Is No Justice In Ugandan Courts, Judges Have A Mafia Cell That Plays Syndicate And Diverts Cases: You Have To Turn To Witchcraft – Mirundi Advises Senana Building Owner

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President Museveni’s Adviser on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi has advised Senana building owner Frida Nabirongo to try witchcraft if she is to fight the mafia who want to take her property because courts will not help her.

During his weekly one on one with Tamale Mirundi talk show on NBS TV, Mirundi told Nabirongo that, “You are dealing with a group of thieves, they are stealing from everywhere and have captured the state. What was their intention of pulling Crane Bank down? They wanted to steal from it. That is why that woman was selling it (Crane Bank) via phone.”

“Let her make an agreement with those lawyers (Standard Chartered bank) and give it to me, we shall see how those lawyers will touch it. I wrote a book titled the role of witchcraft in a malicious society. You cannot go to court, they will steal your building because the judges also have a mafia cell. They can play syndicate and divert the case, there is no justice in court,” Mirundi advised Senana to use witchcraft.

According to media reports Nabirongo initially acquired a 20.5b loan from Crane Bank to develop her property on Buganda Road. However, as the project went on, she realized she needed more money and approached Standard Chartered Bank who agreed to settle the Crane Bank loan and advance her more money to complete her project.

Reports add that she had been given 10 years to clear her loan with Crane Bank. However, she was shocked when the Standard Chartered loan documents indicated she had to pay Shs6.5b in just five months.

The businesswoman says that she used the Buganda Road title to acquire the Crane Bank loan and it was moved to Stanchart when they took over the loan.

“In the whole world, once the mafia get money, the president who helped them get that money becomes a liability. By the time those men took Sudhir’s bank, did they transfer his debts and loans that Crane Bank heard on the conditions that were given to the borowers by Crane bank or the conditions changed?” Mirundi said.

Last week, Standard Chartered bank through their lawyers of Sebalu and Lule advocates advertised Nabirongo’s Senana Building located along Buganda road over failure to pay the Shs6.5Bn loan acquired  from the bank.

The newspaper advert read that Standard Chartered Bank’s lawyers, Sebalu & Lule Advocates had instructed Century Associates to auction the building. “Duly instructed by Sebalu & Lule Advocates on behalf of their client the register mortgage, we shall proceed to sale by public auction the property mentioned below unless the debt pays all monies owing plus lawyer fees, our fees, costs and disbursements before date of sale,” the newspaper notice read.

According to the notice, transactions of the sale of properties will be held after 30days from date of notice at Sebalu and Lule Advocates offices in Kampala and all current occupants have been asked to cross check their tenancy status within 14days.

By Doreen Menezer

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I’m Going To Start A Bank Where We Lend People Without Asking For Land Titles Or Security – Pr. Bujjingo

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House of Prayers Ministries International (HPMI) senior Pastor Aloysious Bujjingo has told his congregation that he is soon going to start a bank where people can borrow freely without collateral.

During his ‘chapter 2’ sermon on Thursday, Bujjingo said that after the construction of 38,000 Pentagon seater church, he is going to start the battle to fight poverty by empowering Ugandans financially.

“I strongly believe that after the construction of Pentagon a 38,000-seater church, there is no reason why anyone among us should be poor,” Pr. Bujjingo Said.

Pr. Bujjingo declared that despite facing many detractors, who are trying hard to soil his name, he is ready to bless others because God has also blessed him. He said that he doesn’t want much from the world apart from fulfilling his calling of making sure that people are delivered both spiritually and physically.

He said that there are many educated people who are suffering because they lack opportunities to exercise their expertise.

“God has blessed us and many are educated among us, that’s why I have plans to establish a financial institution like a bank. Because so many here are accountants and you are teaching your children to be. I do not need to be an accountant but I need you who are accountants. I have declared it, those who want to fight against it, you can go head but God will establish it. We need to have a system of lending money to people without requiring land titles or any sort of security,” said Pr. Bujjingo who already employs hundreds of journalist, engineers, marketers and accountants under his Salt Media company.

He emphasized to the believers to avoid relying on gossip but work hard and listen to God if they want to triumph.

Bujjingo also dismissed social media allegations that he owns Canaan soda.

He Commended all the people who have stood with the ministry amidst the storm it has faced recently and the Salt Media audience who have persistently followed the message of the good news of the word of God.

By Doreen Menezer

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