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My Husband Was Wrongly Deported: MTN CEO’s Wife Explains How Husband Was Kicked Out Of Uganda, Vanhelleputte Takes Govt To Court

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Vanhelleputte Wim Joris, the deported MTN Chief Executive Officer, through his lawyers of Birungi and Company Advocates has petitioned court over illegal deportation to his home country Belgium. In an affidavit filed at the High Court, Vanhelleputte stated that he oversaw the operations of MTN company in Uganda and ensured proper management and functioning of the company.

He stated that on 14th February, he was roughly handcuffed without proper explanation, “I was told that I was going to be deported and within a few minutes I was put on the mobile security vehicle and driven to Entebbe airport.” He further explained that he tried to seek an explanation as to why he was deporting from the country he had spent over 10 years and had even gotten himself a wife. He said that he was told that he can seek explanation from hire officers in security circles.

“I tried to seek an explanation why I was being deported but I was only informed by the interrogating team that these were orders from above and if I wanted to seek audience for an explanation on who had given the order to deport me, such opportunity was not available for me,” Vanhelleputte noted.

He said that he was not given an opportunity to speak to his family, friends and lawyers before he was deported.  He stated that security personnel started taking his photos using their phones without his consent and approval and he did not know why he was treated in such a manner.  He stated that he was driven to Entebbe airport at a very high speed seated in between two security personnel who were guarding him.  He said that he was treated in a degrading and inhuman manner from the time of his arrest, interrogation, detention until his deportation without any lawful justification.

He stated that he was handed over to Entebbe Airport security and immigration officials and he was deported through an SN Brussels flight. He stated that he was given an opportunity to have a look on the deportation orders and he notes that it was the internal affairs minister who declared him as undersible person and ordered that he is deported immediately.

He stated that he was not informed of the actual crime he committed and the reason for his deportation. He wondered why he was not subjected to any criminal charge or conviction in any courts of law or other legal authority. “I believe that there was no lawful justification for the minister’s deportation orders and the said orders were informed by non-legal considerations.” He added that, “in the interest of justice, this honorable court should consider my application and quash the Minister’s deportation orders.”

In the supporting notice of Motion affidavit sworn by Babra Adoso Venhelleputte, the wife to Vanhelleputte, she indicated that her husband was illegally deported. “ I followed closely the arrest, detention and final  deportation of my husband which was not fair at all.  He was invited for an interview with security personnel at Special Investigations Unit in Kireka on 14th February 2019,” Adoso stated.  She noted that her husband was interrogated by security personnel who included one Abel Kandiho the head of CMI and another detective Elly Wamanya who later handed Vanhelleputte to other officers to record a statement. She revealed that the security personnel asked him why he continued to talk to deported MTN employees yet he knew they were deported from Uganda. She stated that her husband told them that they were senior employees of MTN Group and had left the country without any informal handover .

She said that the employees in question had issues to sort out to ensure continuity of operations in the departments they headed.   She said that the detectives informed him that it was not proper to talk to the deported employees and he was supposed to make a statement. She said that until his deportation, her husband was not allowed to talk to her and their 3 children.  She said that her husband was not given justice to defend himself before he was deported. The Attorney General was given 14 days to defend himself.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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Shocking Things You Missed At NRM Delegates Conference: Lumumba Woes, How Kifeesi Beat Up Delegates And Stole Their Money, NRM Diehard Balaam Blasts Delegates Who Accused Him Of Giving Them Little, Poor Quality Food…

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Events guru and National Resistance Movement (NRM) diehard Balaam Baruhagare has blasted the party’s delegates who accused him of giving them little and poor-quality food during the national Delegates conference which was recently held at Mandela National stadium.

On Friday night, a number of delegates who gathered at Kololo airstrip to collect their accreditation cards to participate in the party’s delegates conference complained that they were served with little and poor-quality food.

The delegates, especially those who came from the Karamoja region were seen stranded in the line after being told that the food is done.

“In the previous delegates conferences, the organizing team delayed to give us our allowances but the food and drinks were there but with these new Lumumba boys, the likes of Balaam, their service is really poor and the party administration must work on it,” one of the delegates exclusively told this website.

Delegates also accused Special Forces Command (SFC) commandos and ISO operatives who were guarding them at Kololo airstrip of stopping them from getting out of the facility to look for what to eat because Balaam’s food was done.

However, when contacted for comment, Balaam refuted the accusation saying that he was not responsible for food as the delegates claims.

He told the Grapevine that his role was to provide seats and tents not food. He also revealed that the food section was handled by NRM’s treasurer Rose Namayanja and state house officials. Balaam insists that the food providers did their best and all the delegates were served.

“The problem with some of those people complaining is that they wanted to pack food and take it to their villages and after blame us that we gave them poisoned food, because by the time they reach their villages, that food would be rotten,” Balaam said. Balaam condemned the delegates who heckled the party Secretary General (SG) Kasule Lumumba.

He told us that ISO operatives were the ones responsible for the giving out cards and Lumumba’s role was just to sign on them.

“That woman overworked. I am telling you. But as usual, some delegates, especially those from the North came with their agenda of embarrassing her before the president and other dignitaries invited from abroad,” Balaam said. He said that that delegates from North have a thinking that their own son must be in the party SG.

Delegates accussed Lumumba of eating their allowance money claiming that they were supposed to receive Shs.1,000,000million each but they were ordered to sign for Shs. 600,000 which they said was too little. The Grapevine also established that most of the delegates slept on the floor at Kololo airstrip because they received their money between 2-3am on Saturday morning and could not get a place to sleep at that time.

Some delegates made frantic phone calls to their legislators who stay in Kampala and the suburbs to come and pick them so that they can sleep at their residentials. For example, those who came from Rakai slept at Minister Haruna Kasolo’s home. This website also established that delegates who insisted on moving at night with their money especially those from Karamoja who tried to look for accomodation in Nakawa were beaten by ‘kifeesi’ and robbed clean.

Other sources at the NRM secretariat who spoke to the Grapevine on condition of anonymity told us that apart from food and accreditations problems, there other issues which made delegates heckle Lumumba.

“Some claim that since she is not voted by delegates, she does not respect them like previous SG’s like Amama Mbabazi who were voted by delegates and were answerable to the electorate,” one of the NRM delegates told this website.

Other political analysts who spoke to this website cited the Busoga factor in the heckling of Lumumba. The Basoga accuse Lumumba of dumping them the day she took over the office of the SG. They claim that she is now lobbying to return to active politics because she is going to compete in Bugiri Municipality which is currently occupied by JEEMA’s Hajji Asumani Basalirwa.

Other NRM promoters like Kabula county legislator James Kakooza told us that Lumumba is not the first person to be heckled before the chairperson. He cited a number of delegates conferences where Amama Mbabazi was humiliated.

“That’s politics and I don’t see any big thing my sister Lumumba did. Delegates were supposed to receive sh600, 000 but the problem was when they saw NEC members receiving shs1.2m, they thought that they were cheated which was wrong,” Kakooza noted. Ahmed Katerega Musazi, the head of communication at the NRM chairperson’s office said that there were a number of issues which the organizing committee has to ratify to avoid further embarrassments. He said that the organization was poor and many delegates were not happy.

By Alirabaki Ssengooba

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IGP Ochola Should Explain To Ugandans Why Police Is Still Detaining People In Nalufenya Yet He Told The Public After Kayihura Firing That It Was Shut Down – FDC…

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Last week, Besigye (L) was allegedly detained at Nalufenya which Ochola (R) closed

Forum for Democratic Change Party (FDC) deputy spokesperson John Kikonyogo has revealed that the party is planning to sue all the police officers who were involved in the brutal and torture of Ugandans in Jinja and Soroti during the FDC party anniversary celebrations.

While addressing the press today at the party headquarters in Najjanankubi, Kikonyogo said that the party has staged five senior lawyers who will challenge police in courts of law.

“We don’t trust police reports; they keep on twisting reports in their favors. Therefore, as FDC, we have contacted five senior lawyers to stand on behalf of all those victims tortured in Eastern Uganda as we were holding our celebrations,” Kikonyogo said. 

On Monday 20th January 2020, Many FDC supporters and leaders including Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye were intercepted at the new Jinja Nile Bridge, arrested and detained at Nalufenya police.

This created a battle between police and FDC supporters. Some police officers were seen in a recorded video brutally arresting an FDC supporter. Other FDC party leaders including the party president Mr. Oboi Amuriat were also arrested in Soroti and later released. They were accused of holding illegal activities without seeking police authorization from the police force.

However, according to FDC, the party informed police and they were given a green light. They say that they even followed all the terms and condition given to them but what surprised them is being brutally arrested.

Kikonyogo further urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola to explain why Nalufenya police is still open yet he told to the public that the place is closed.

“Ochola shamelessly told Ugandans that he closed Nalufenya police but to our surprise, it is where Besigye was detained from. Should we assume that he said it because he was so excited with the new job or he was orders to say that?” Kikonyogo asked.

By Josephine Kauma

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You Are Very Selfish, You Have Turned Your Brother Into A Commodity, How Can You Start Fundraising For An Extravagant Wedding In The Middle Of The Struggle? Mirundi Blasts Bobi Wine’s Brother Nyanzi…

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The presidential adviser on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi has declared Kyandondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine’s family as the most selfish family in Uganda. Mirundi revealed that most of Kyagulanyi’s family members look at him as a commodity and they are using him to accumulate wealth and achieve their long-term goals.

“I earlier on thought that Bobi Wine will one time be president of this country but he has failed to handle the process of achieving presidency in countries like Uganda. How can you mobilize people to organize a very expensive wedding for your brother in the middle of the struggle? Bobi Wine miscalculated when he attended Fred Nyanzi’s wedding meeting and it has decreased his chances of becoming the next president,” Mirundi said.

The self-claimed media consultant revealed that since day one, when Bobi Wine entered politics, the lives of his family members especially Nyanzi have changed from celebrating birthdays to now organizing historical weddings and they are using their brother’s name to get money. They don’t know that they are sacrificing their brother’s chances of becoming the head of state.

The Kalagala born noted that experienced politicians like president Yoweri Museveni and Kizza Besigye cannot be caught in such traps, he gave an example that during the 1986 rebel struggle, Museveni warned his fighters both in the bush and those who were tasked with mobilising for funds for the struggle not to engage in any expensive activities like weddings and parties because they would demoralize their symphasizers who would think that they are fighting for themselves.

“ He (Nyanzi) has been with that woman for over 15 years why has he decided to officially wed her now?

This is a bad signal to other people in the struggle because it shows them that if they attain power, they will be extravagant,” Mirundi said.

He said that if he was an adviser to Bobi Wine he would have told him to delegate someone to attend Nyanzi’s wedding meeting instead of being there himself.

By Alirabaki Ssengooba

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