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    OPINION: BUSOGA QUESTION COME 2026; Bobi Wine Should Be Ready To Weep, Museveni To Reclaim Busoga…

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    L-R: President Museveni, NUP boss Kyagulanyi and the writer George Mubiru

    The year 2024 sets into motion activities for the 2026 elections for the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).

    It will start with the election of the NRM structures according to the recently released NRM election roadmap. This implies that real politics kicks off ahead of 2026 .

    Since he came to power in 1986, President Museveni lost his traditional stronghold of Busoga to the inexperienced Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine in 2021 elections. Museveni got 404,862 votes slightly lower than Kyagulanyi who polled 437,059 votes, implying that there was a small margin of 32,197 to separate the two.

    However, much as Museveni lost, it doesn’t mean that NRM lost too. NRM remained strong and won 98% from local government to parliamentary level. NUP secured only one slot for Jinja City woman Member of Parliament equivalent to JEEMA in Bugiri Municipality who were joined by FDC’s two slots of Jinja North and Jinja South West constituencies. This shows that NRM is still very popular but people had their issues which they expressed by denying the tactically experienced president votes specifically to deliver a message to him.

     What went wrong?

    A number of issues caused the legendary president problems but the major one was the floating and greatly flactuating prices of sugar cane yet it’s now the major cash crop of Busoga. This was worsened by the chronic poverty, failure to deliver the promise of the ferry at Lake Kyoga in Bukungu to open up northern Busoga to Lango and Teso, internal bickering in NRM big wigs, etc. Busoga wanted to deliver their message to the president with a protest vote and indeed it reached.

     What has changed the cards to favour the slick well oiled general?

    The thing that fascinates me about General Museveni is his ability to spot his mistakes, study the opponent and relaunch an attack. He has gone on to rectify most of the pressing issues to the satisfaction of the majority in Busoga.

    Firstly, the major challenge of sugar cane, which escalated the hate was solved. Since 2021 after elections, the prices of sugar cane has skyrocketed from UGX 90.000 to now UGX 240. 000 per tonne. Additionally, there is no more pleading for permits at the sugar cane factories and payments are prompt. This has left wide smiles on the faces of sugar cane farmers in Busoga.

    The issue of installing a ferry on lake kyoga at Bukungu fish landing site has been solved too. Work is at 90% completion and with out doubt it will be commissioned in 2024. This will open up a variety of business opportunities for the people of Busoga by easing transport and access to the north and far east.

    Bickering within the NRM  big wigs in Busoga has greatly reduced and I can happily say that there is some sigh of relief. There has been some Unity forged and this was visible during the Busoga Royal wedding.

    Notably, I want to commend Hon Justine Kasule Lumumba for the maturity and heart of unity she exhibited. Lumumba demonstrated that she is a linch pin in the NRM government. She exhibited exceptional mobilisation, leadership and communication skills with in an umbrella of the spirit of brotherhood. Her name should be among the first on the president’s list of ministers.

     Education sector; After realizing that our communities are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought, there has been well calculated efforts to revamp in the sector.

    I can authoritatively say that each student under the new lower secondary curriculum in all government and government aided schools has a reference text book in  each subject, laboratory equipment supplied to facilitate the learning of practicals, more teachers have been recruited, etc. Government is only left with on task of dealing with Crafty headteachers who are sabotaging the education system.

    Other minor challenges are being tackled slowly. With President Museveni, patience is the companion of wisdom.

    Where have things gone wrong for Kyagulanyi?

    The Busoga Royal wedding exposed him and the entire NUP on how they feel about Busoga. Through Bigirwa, Basoga were able to know the real hatred Bobi Wine has on Busoga.

    From the stunt of delivering a 10 million contribution for PR reasons, through the abuses, insults and rediculing Basoga after the royal wedding by NUP supporters headed by Bajjo to Bigirwa’s revelation that all the NUP leadership communicated with and supported the mysterious woman who attempted to sabotage the Kyabazinga wedding. NUP leadership have never come out to de-associate themselves from that group. Basoga have realized that NUP is their number one enemy to Busoga.

    Secondly, Ugandans for long have dispelled rumours about Bobi Wine’s connection to homosexuality agendas; however, he admitted having no problem with homosexuals.

    Bobi Wine’s revelation that he has no problem with homosexuality during the recent BBC interview in London where he accussed Museveni of signing the bill to protect the culture of Ugandans left many Basoga who cherish a man to woman marriage in great shock.

    People of Busoga, like many other regions, can’t support a pro homosexuality western stooge. Yet with President Museveni, we adapt or perish. Now as ever, is Nature’s inexorable imperative, he has stuck to his guns and refused to bow to Western pressure. He is indeed a hero. The best Leader is that one who teaches people to govern themselves than running to the neighbours with anti social behaviors.

    Lastly, his reshuffle in leadership/ Shadow cabinet which left Busoga with almost nothing, yet it’s the only region he won outside Buganda opened the eyes of the majority. All key positions were filled by his tribesmen from central, a testament that Bobi Wine is a true believer in Politics of identity.

    To Bobi Wine; “There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one’s self on lies and fables.” Chinua Achebe.

    The writer, George Mubiru, is a Jinja based researcher and NRM mobiliser

    Tel: 0754877595

    Email: georgemubiru93@gmail.com

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    DID BOBI WINE SURVIVE COUP! The Untold Story Of How Kyagulanyi Outsmarted Mpuuga’s Attempted Takeover: NUP Boss Blasts Baganda Leaders For Being Greedy And Selfish…

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    ENEMIES! NUP boss Bobi Wine (R) and MP Mathias Mpuuga (L)

    Maverick National Unity Platform (NUP) boss Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) has exposed Buganda Kingdom Officials who are using Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi as a license to seal dirty deals that are costing Baganda.

    Without mincing his words and in the presence of Buganda Kingdom Officials who included; Buganda Kingdom’s first deputy premier professor Al-Hajji Twaha Kawaase Kigongo; Buganda Kingdom Security, tourism and culture minister Owekitiibwa Dr Anthony Wamala; Dr. Augustine Ssalongo Kizito Mutumba the Speaker of Buganda Kingdom clan heads council and others, Bobi Wine prophecied that if nothing is done, Baganda is in the future are going to be the only people in Uganda without a place they can call home and this will happen because of the greed for money being shown by some Baganda leaders in positions of power.

    A furious Bobi Wine made the shocking revelation during the burial of his assassinated uncle Eng. Danial Bbosa Lwomwa who was the clan head of Endiga (Sheep) clan at Mbale village in Mpigi district.

    “I’ve listened carefully to all speeches made and no one came out to tell the public that my uncle Bbosa was assassinated by people with the names of the Endiga clan who should be his grandchildren. We should stop being shy when speaking the truth to ourselves,” Bobi Wine said.

    Bobi Wine at the burial of Ndiga Clan head Eng. Lwomwa

    He loudly told Baganda that wherever he goes, the other people in Uganda view Baganda as hypocrites who are not reliable and only think about themselves, their families and are determined to sell fellow Baganda for money.

    He gave the example that when colonialists came to Uganda, they used people like Sir Apollo Kaggwa who was the prime minister to King Mwanga to command the fight against his King and force him into exile abroad where he died.

    The colonialists used Kaggwa and Semei Kakungulu a Muganda to spread colonialism in Uganda because they were promised goods like land and because of their betrayal, other regions took their actions as betrayal of the entire Uganda.

    Bobi Wine added that when the time cames for Uganda to be given independence, Dr. Milton Obote used Baganda to fight Bendicto Kiwanuka a Muganda from the Democratic Party and he was defeated because former Buganda King Sir Edward Mutesa through his Kabaka Yekka political party (KY) formed an alliance with Obote’s Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) and Baganda missed the opportunity of producing the first executive Prime Minister of independent Uganda.

    Bobi Wine without fearing the presence of Owekitiibwa Juliet Nabbosa Ssebugwawo a former minister in Kabaka Mutebi’s government revealed that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni used her to seal the deal which has finally divided the opposition’s Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) where she was the national vice president in charge of Buganda.

    A bitter Bobi Wine from Embogo (Buffalo) Clan further revealed that the same Museveni is also using Owekitiibwa Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba who was also a minister in Kabaka Mutebi’s government to divide and weaken NUP where he is a national deputy president in charge of Buganda.

    “Next day I will tell you why we did not take power in 2021 even though you people in Buganda voted for us overwhelmingly,” Bobi Wine promised.

    He pleaded with Eria Lwasi Buzaabo the new Endiga clan head not to avoid him and chase him because of his status as an opposition leader. He asked him to be like the late Bbosa who was very accommodative to him.

    Highly placed sources at Makerere Kavule where the NUP headquarters are have revealed that Bobi Wine is very bitter with Mengo establishment after establishing that they were behind Mpuuga’s plans to overthrow him from his party’s top leadership position.

    NUP insiders narrated to theGrapevine that Bobi Wine was told that since 2023, meetings have been held in different places to plan on how to overthrow him on grounds that he is not fit to represent Buganda in the succession battle especially at this time when Museveni is nearing retirement.

    “At first they were planning to form another political party but one of the lawyers in NUP told them that according to the new amended party constitution, Bobi Wine can be easily overthrown through a party national delegates’ conference and what they have to do is to capture and control the party structures,” a source said.

    The spource added that this is the reason why Kira Municipality Lagislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda accepted to join NUP even though his god father Dr. Kizza Besigye was insisting on forming a political pressure group which they can used to force Patrick Amuriat Oboi and Nathan Nandala Mafabi out of Najjanankumbi FDC headquarters.

    Sources claim that Ssemujju was very sure that Mpuuga was going to take over NUP leadership come 2025 and the strategy was to use money which they have accumulated in the years they have spent in politics.

    “When former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi and Professor Gilbert Bukenya were fighting to succeed Museveni, they both accumulated a lot of money knowing that money will be the deciding factor on who will take power. Many Ugandan politicians up to now still hold this belief and it is the reason why the SUUBI group in NUP are undermining Bobi Wine,” Joseph Tamale Mirundi, a celebrated veteran political journalist said.

    NUP insiders told theGrapevine that for a longtime, Bobi Wine has been looking for the opportunity to exposes Mpuuga and his group until at last when the opportunity came during the ongoing social media parliament exhibition.

    “He has used it as a weapon to expose and soil Mpuuga and his cahoots to the extent that even if they left NUP, they will not be respected by the public as it has been,” the NUP insider supposed.

    Last week at Makerere Kavule, Joel Ssenyonyi the Leader of Opposition in Parliament and David Lewis Rubongoya pleaded with Bobi Wine inside the tent they were seated during the meeting with party local councilors from Wakiso district to leave Mpuuga’s issues out in his speech but he was fueled by his elder brother Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu who showed him Mpuuga’s statement on his phone where he was responding to his early party statement asking him to resign from the position of the parliamentary commissioner and apologise to the country over the Shs500m alleged gift from parliament.

    “The man lost his temper and asked Ssenyonyi why Mpuuga was dragging his family in these issues,” a NUP source ionside the tent quoted Bobi Wine.

    “Mpuuga’s scandal has exposed his hypocrisy and his former DP members who have been making deals secretly with president Museveni’s government and hoodwinking the people of Buganda that they are in parliament fighting for Buganda Federal status and ebyaffe (Buganda demands from central government),” another NUP source told theGrapevine.

    During Gen’ Kale Kayihura’s tenure as Inspector General of Police, many of Mpuuga’s political friends like Kawempe North legislator Muhammad Ssegirinya, Butambala county legislator Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi were cited in the police fuel scandal.

    They were secretly receiving free fuel from the police force yet they were telling the public during day time that they are fighting Kayihura and his boss Museveni.

    A source withing the opposition told theGrapevine how in 2016, one of the legislators who is a friend to Mpuuga lost a parliamentary election and decided to petition challenging the victory of the NRM candidate, but he lost the petition both at the High Court and at the Court of Appeal and was slapped with court costs.

    When the NRM legislator secured warrant of arrest against him over his money in costs, he rushed to one of the top UPDF generals from Buganda to help his talk to the NRM legislator not to imprison him, the General told him that he has no power to stop the legislator from imprisoning him even though they are born from the same district.

    He gave him only one option, to take him to president Museveni because he is the only person in Uganda with a lot of money.

    The desperate legislator asked him to give him time to first consult some of his colleagues.

    Among the people he consulted was one of the leaders in DP Block who openly told him that he is the one under threat not other members of their political group so he should think about himself first.

    He advised him to take the deal but make sure that it doesn’t leak in public.

    The youthful legislator finally met Museveni, and in the next of 2021, he stood on FDC ticket and won the election.

    Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro, NUP’s deputy spokesperson confirmed that if Mpuuga declines to honour the conditions the party gave to him over the Shs500m scandal, the party leadership is likely to take other disciplinary action against him.

    Sources claim that Bobi Wine is set to summon the top party leadership to discuss Mpuuga’s defiance and it is highly likely that a resolution will be passed directing Bobi Wine to fire Mpuuga from the office of the party president in charge of Buganda.

    Mercy Walukamba the chairperson of the party disciplinary committee is likely to take action against Mpuuga which includes expelling him from their party because they allege that corruption, to them is a taboo.

    Other sources said that NUP led by Bobi Wine are set to petition Beti Namisango Kamya the Inspector General of Government (IGG) to pick interest in the corruption and abuse of office allegation against Mpuuga and other parliament bosses including the speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among and her Deputy Thomas Tayebwa.

    However, when contacted, Marvin Saasi one of the legal officers at NUP said that he is not aware of the new conditions the party was likely to slap on Mpuuga over the Shs500m scandal.

    However, Mpuuga is still defiant that the said scandal is planned to assassinate his personality and boasts that he will die fighting to save his personality, that of Kabaka Mutebi and Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga who are also frequently attacked by NUP supporters on social media.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    How Tabula Who Is Being Accused Of Masterminding Assassination Of Ndiga Clan Head Survived Being Arrested By Brig. Gen. Ddamulira’s Commandos As He Attempted To Seek Help From Buganda Spirits…

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    The late Eng. Daniel Lwomwa (R) and his nemesis Tabula Luggya Bbosa (L) who is currently on the run

    Police spokesperson Senior Commissioner of Police Fred Enanga has narrated how Tabula Luggya Bbosa survived being arrested by Brig. Gen. Christopher Sserunjogi Ddamulira’s commandos of the Police’s Crime Intelligence (CI).

    CP Enanga revealed that commandos stormed Kabango village, Kakoola Sub County in Mpigi district to arrest Tabula who is alleged to have masterminded the plan to assassinate Eng. Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa the fallen head of Endiga (Sheep) clan last week.

    Enanga said that Tabula narrowly survived arrest and detectives only found a motorcycle at the place where he was expected to be.

    He revealed that security anticipated that Tabula was hiding in one of the islands in Mpigi district and pleaded with citizens to help police to arrest him.

    Police put an award of Shs10m which will be given to any person who will give information that will help lead to the arrest of Tabula.

    Enanga further said that intelligence has received information that Tabula is moving from one shrine to another seeking for the intervention of his grandparents’ spirit to frustrate the investigations.

    He warned witch doctors that anyone who will be found hiding Tabula will also be arrested and added to the file of those who participated in the murder of Bbosa.

    Enanga further disclosed that seven suspects have been arrested including Noah Derrick Luggya who allegedly pulled the triger and was intercepted by the angry mob who badly beat him up while trying to lynch him and he narrowly survived and is receiving medication at Mulago hospital.

    Emmanual Sserunkuma, his co-accused who was driving him on the motorcycle was killed by the mob on the spot.

    Milly Naluwenda a clerk to Buganda Kingdom cultural Court (Kkooti yakisekwa) was also arrested and highly placed sources in security confirmed that she communicated with Luggya a few hours before the offence was committed.

    Sources added that Luggya’s phone helped detectives to trace the suspects and Enanga assured the people of Buganda, members of the Endiga clan and Bbosa’s family that the suspects arrested are the right ones and very soon they are going to be arraigned in Court.

    In 2022, Kkooti ya kisekwa declared that Bbosa was illegally occupying the office of Endiga clan head and a section of the clan members installed Tabula the petitioner against Bbosa as the rightful clan head.

    However, David Kiwalabye Male the then culture and security minister in Buganda Kingdom rubbished the installation of Tabula insisting that Bbosa is still the rightful Endiga clan head.

    Kiwalabye made the statements a few hours after Bbosa appealed to Ronald Muwenda Mutebi the Kabaka of Buganda who is the Supreme Court on cultural matters in Buganda.

    By the time of Bbosa’s death, Kabaka had not yet delivered his judgment on the matter and there has been a sharp divisionism between Tabula’s supporters and those of Bbosa. When Bbosa was assassinated, Tabula ran into hiding and switched off all his known phone numbers.

    At the burial of Bbosa Mbale village in Mawokota county, Mpigi district, Kabaka Mutebi directed security in the message read by Professor Twaha Kawaase Kigongo to arrest all those who participated in his official’s murder.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    How KCCA Deputy ED Luyimbazi Survived A Punch From City Cleaner After His Boss Kisaka Ran Into Hiding…

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    KCCA cleaners protesting for their pay. Inset is D/ED Emg. Luyimbazi (L) and his boss Dorothy Kisaka (R)

    Hakim Kizza the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Councilor has narrated how city cleaners on Monday caught the City Hall city leadership off guard during their deadly demonstration.

    The cleaners are demanding KCCA to pay them their salaries for five months.

    Kizza says that security first stopped them from entering City Hall where they wanted to meet Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago, Executive Director Dr. Dorothy Kisaka and other leaders over their salaries.

    Lukwago found them demonstrating with placards outside City Hall gate and when security cleared the way for him to enter, he refused insisting that the cleaners should also be allowed to enter so that their matter is settled from inside with the leaders.

    Lukwago was finally allowed to enter with the cleaners who were singing his name ‘Omuloodi abeewo’.

    When he entered, they moved directly to the City Hall Council hall.

    Lukwago immediately summoned Eng. David Luyimbazi, the Deputy Executive Director to talk to the cleaners because he was told that the Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka was not in her office.

    Other sources claim that when Kisaka got information that the livid cleaners had raided City Hall to demand for their pay, she ran into hiding.

    Sources allege that since President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni renewed Kisaka’s contract, she spends very little time in office.

    She is always in Busoga attending Kyabazinga’s functions.

    Others allege that she is looking for a constituency in her home area in Busoga.

    When Luyimbazi was given the opportunity to talk to the angry cleaners, he told them to register with 7 hills, a limited company which was given the tender to clean all the five Divisions making up Kampala city.

    Luyimbazi told them that they will only be paid after accepting to join 7 hills.

    The angry cleaners started shouting on top of their voices with some women crying accusing Luyimbazi and Kisaka of plotting to eat their money.

    They started throwing empty water bottles at Luyimbazi and his bodyguard immediately forced him to move out of the room through the back door as some peeved cleaners tried to jump to beat him up.

    In one of the ugly incidents, the police bodyguard intercepted a body built cleaner who threw a punch at Luyimbazi when he pushed the KCCA D/ED down to dodge the blow.

    When theGrapevine contacted Eng. Luyimbazi, he confirmed whatever happened but advised the cleaners to take his advice if they still need to work with KCCA.

    He confirmed that by next week, they will be have paid all those demanding from KCCA.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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