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    Muntu Is Staying Put For Now, Asks FDC To ‘Sort Out The Undeniable, Irreconcilable Differences’

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    By Jamil Lutakome

     

    Gen. Mugisha Muntu has warned the new party leadership to sort out the party’s irreconcilable difference that have held the party back and were evident in the just concluded party elections.

    While addressing journalist at Hotel Africana, Muntu, accompanied by Leader Of Opposition Winnie Kizza, opposition Chief Whip Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, Alice Alaso, Makindye Eat MP Ibrahim Kasozi Makindye and other Members of Parliament assured FDC members who were worried that he was leaving the party that for now he is staying put.

    Muntu said that his long term stay in the party will be determined by both internal and external discussions he is going to carry out with the newly elected FDC leadership and other grass root party leaders. On forming a new political party, Muntu stated that it will not be the first time to form a new party. Muntu warned that creating more parties will not change anything, because the dynamics within those parties would be no different from the parties currently in place.

    “All actors within these parties are products of our culture since 1962. The only difference is if there is a party with the capability to manage internal contradictions and create stability for sustained period of time,” he said.

    Muntu said that he is going to start national wide consultations and it’s from these consultations that he will base his final decision about his future in FDC. ”Many people believe in immediate things to remove a dictator. I dont know how they are going to handle it  by going to trenches, for us we are going back to sensitize the masses on how to take back their country from the dictatorial regime,” Muntu stated.

    Below is a verbatim of his statement.

    PRESS STATEMENT
    Fellow Ugandans, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the support you showed our campaign over the last three months.

    We travelled to all the regions of the country and were overwhelmed by the amount of passion and determination Ugandans have to change the political fortunes of our country.
    During the course of the campaigns, it became very clear to all of us that the political culture that has been established by the regime is not only detrimental to our development as a nation, but also very unpopular. People are tired of politicians lying, cheating, pretending and selling to them hot air. Ugandans are ready for change, and with a little more organisation and grassroot mobilization, we can all be a part of that change.

    As I speak to you today, doctors have just called off a strike because of horrible working conditions, public prosecutors are on strike because of poor working conditions, the number of decent jobs available are declining, crime is rising and Ugandans are being plunged deeper and deeper into desperation. In the midst of these challenges, the only thing General Museveni is interested in is changing article 102(b) of the constitution to allow him to stand in 2021 and changing the land laws to disadvantage the already disadvantaged Ugandans.

    In light of these facts, I would like to announce today that starting next week, we will be going back to doing what we were doing before the campaigns began: joining hands with all like minded Ugandans and partners in building the structures and networks necessary to resist General Museveni’s attempts to change our constitution and to empower Ugandans to take back their country. Specifically, we are going to be doing the following:
    1. Mobilizing all Ugandans to participate in the election of LC1 chairpersons and women councils as and when these elections take place
    2. Encourage, support and mentor pro-change Ugandans across party lines to offer themselves as candidates in these elections as and when they take place
    3. Mobilize Ugandans across party lines to pressure government to drop their efforts of changing the provisions of our constitutional provisions on presidential age-limits and land

    Lastly, I know that there are many among you that have been asking me about the recently concluded party elections. As I stated on Saturday morning, I fully respect the outcome of our party’s elections and congratulate the new party president. It is also clear that there are significant, undeniable issues and differences that exist within the party. Some emerged during the campaigns while others have been long-standing. There are some who feel these differences are irreconcilable while there are others that feel they can be resolved. The only way to know what is true is for us to have a frank, open and exhaustive discussion about this not just with the newly elected FDC leadership, but with other stakeholders right from the grassroots to national level. We intend to pursue this consultative process and will have an opportunity to start it on Friday this week (1st December) when I officially hand over office at Najjanankumbi.

    Regardless of the outcome of these consultations, I would like to reiterate this to Ugandans: let us all put the interests of the country ahead of personal or even party interests. Let us focus our efforts on doing whatever we can to build a Uganda we can all be proud of. A country that truly offers each of her citizens the opportunity to prosper, access justices and be united in our diversity and just. This is a vision I have worked towards ever since I was 23 years old and by God’s grace, it will be the vision I work towards for all my waking days. God bless you and God bless this beautiful nation we all call home.

    Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Mugisha Muntu

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    State House Exclusive: What M7 Told Buganda Kingdom Clan Heads Concerning Kabaka Mutebi’s Sickness…

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    Buganda King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Saturday met a section of Buganda Kingdom clan heads and discussed a number of issues with them including Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s sickness.

    Exclusively speaking to theGrapevine, Omutaka Woyo the clan head of Amazzi g’ekisasi confirmed that in the meeting, the President guided them on how to approach the issues which they discussed.

    Owekitiibwa Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo led the delegation and one of the clan heads said that Kabaka’s sickness was on top of the agenda and it took a big part of the discussion after the clan heads asked Museveni whether he knew the whereabouts of Kabaka Mutebi.

    “Your excellency, being the head of the country and Commander in Chief of the armed forces, we know very well that you know exactly where your young brother Kabaka Mutebi is. We were told that Kabaka is in Namibia resting but now we are getting information that Kabaka is receiving medication in one of his palaces inside the country,” one of the clan heads told Museveni.

    In response, Museveni informed the delegation that recently, one of his people told him that people on social media were demanding to see Kabaka and that’s when he got to know that Kabaka was sick.

    He added that because the issue at hand was not threatening his government or sabotaging the country’s economy, he left it to people at the Mengo administration and since then, he has not been following it.

    Sources said that clan heads told the president that they passed a resolution in their council to travel to Namibia and physically meet the Kabaka so that they come back with firsthand information and brief their grandchildren.

    He added that clan heads pleaded with the president to help them with transport and accommodation in Namibia which the big man accepted. He assigned one of his assistants to follow up with their issue of traveling to Namibia.

    However, theGrapevine has established that the Kingdom cabinet chaired by Premier Charles Peter Mayiga has not yet discussed whether to allow them to go or not.

    Omutaka Augustine Kizito Mutumba the Kkobe clan head and also speaker of the Kingdom clan heads council confirmed that they passed a resolution to send three clan heads to Namibia including himself to check on Kabaka Mutebi.

    He added that the process of mobilizing funds had started and every clan was directed to mobilize one million shillings to facilitate their grandfather’s travel to Namibia to see the King.

    Buganda Kingdom has 52 clans and in one month, clan heads need Shs52m from each clan but the Royal clan has protested the move insisting that Mengo administration should facilitate the travel because they are collecting billions of shillings from Kingdom properties especially from land.

    Even though the clan heads are determined to travel to Namibia, there are ongoing social media reports that the process of transferring Kabaka to another African country has started and it is being done to protect his privacy.

    If stopped from traveling abroad to see the King, the Clan heads will join professor Badru Kateregga a representative in the Kingdom parliament whose prayers to allow those with money to go and see Kabaka in the hospital were rejected by Mayiga.

    While seeking for permission, Kateregga explained that if the King sees his people from Buganda, especially those he always stays with, would help him to recover very first.

    He also added that they can even give him the known local medicine collected from Buganda bushes to be added on the medication he is receiving.

    While pouring cold water on his prayers, Mayiga told Kateregga that they will see the King at the right time once they get proper authorisation from his medical doctors for him to appear in public.

    Former Buganda Kingdom premier Joseph Ssemogerere reported to Baganda that their King was recovering.

    He further revealed that he talked to him via zoom and he assured him that he was following whatever was going on in his kingdom. He even promised to comment on everything at the right time.

    Since 2019, Kabaka has been in and out of the hospital locally and internationally and initially Mayiga told Baganda that their Kabaka was suffering from an allergy.

    Sources further said that Museveni and clan heads also discussed the issue of land eviction in Buganda. They told the President that his government officials are fueling the land grabbing and bibanja owners are the most affected persons.

    They also discusses how they are going to develop the piece of land he bought for them and he promised to help them construct a commercial building like they had planned.

    Sources said that the President also promise to put Shs200m in their SACCO which will help them to fight poverty and advised them to encourage their grandchildren to utilize the government projects like Parish Development Model and Emyooga to fight poverty.

    When contacted, Owekitiibwa Israel Kitooke Kazibwe the Kingdom spokesperson and also the minister in charge of mobilization confirmed that the Kingdom is not aware of the meeting because clan heads were expected on Saturday to be at Wankulukuku stadium attending the Buganda Kingdom clans football tournament finals not in State House.

    “May be I will give the elaborate statement after receiving their side of the story but what I can assure you, the Kingdom is not aware of the said meeting,” Kitooke said.

    Mutumba the speaker of the clan heads council also told theGrapevine that he was not aware of the meeting and he didn’t attend it.

    He however explained that the Kingdom clan council has no problem with their members meeting the President.

    “You know we don’t have offices, when our friends met the President and he accepted to build offices for us, we were very appreciative of the president and we shall support him in all his program to fight poverty in Buganda,” Mutumba said.

    In 2023, Mayiga was very bitter with clan heads for meeting Museveni without his permission or that of Kabaka and a resolution was passed by the Kingdom parliament condemning the meeting. The clan heads were even asked to apologise.

    Mayiga claimed that the meeting was aimed at dividing Buganda.

    The clan heads declined to apologise and a committee chaired by owekitiibwa David Mpanga the Kingdom Lands minister and also a celebrated commercial lawyer was established to mediate both parties.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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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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    Minister Kabanda Panics As Traders Plan To Front Ssekitto To Battle Her For Kampala Central MP Seat…

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    KACITA'S Issa Ssekitto and Minister Minsa Kabanda

    Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) spokesperson Issa Ssekitto has confirmed that come 2026, he is pondering contesting for the position of Kampala Central Division Member of Parliament as an independent.

    Ssekitto revealed that his decision was based on the number of requests he has received from desperate traders who think that the only way to fight bad policies and laws made against them is to have their own in the parliament to argue their case.

    It should be noted that when traders met President Museveni in May 2024 at Kololo independence ground, they warned legislators in parliament who have been passing laws against them that they are going to sponsor their own candidates against them come 2026.

    They claimed that the legislators and other leaders who they showered with votes in the previous elections have betrayed them and it is high time they take over the country’s leadership.

    Sources inside KACITA told theGrapevine that Nagenda Musoke their chairperson also plans to stand for a Member of Parliament in one of the constituents in Mukono district.

    John Kabanda also plans to stand as councilor representing Kampala Central Division on the Lord Mayor’s Council.

    The traders insist that Kampala city and Metropolitan senior minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda has not helped them as a minister and accuse her of sidelining with their tormentors, especially the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).

    Since 2023, Minister Kabanda has been conducting clandestine political mobilization to replace Muhammad Nsereko who declared that he is not going to contest in 2026.

    Because of Kabanda’s declaration, Bobi Wine’s elder brother Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu shifted his interest from contesting for Kampala Central MP Seat to Lord Mayor fearing that chances are high that Kabanda will defeat him.

    Traders want parliament to remove EFRIS and reduce taxes on commodities especially imported items.

    However, President Museveni assured them that his government will not accept their prayers because they are against the country’s development.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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