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



    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




    Buganda Caucus MPs Blocked From Visiting Kabaka Mutebi In Namibia As Mayiga Summons Clan Heads Over M7 Deals, King Visit…



    Buganda Kingdom King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi (L) in Namibia

    The management of Okonguarri Psychotherapeutic Center in Namibia has blocked three Members of Parliament from accessing the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi.

    Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga confirmed that Kabaka Mutebi is in Namibia resting following the advice of his doctor in Europe.

    However, there are ongoing allegation that Kabaka is in the said medical facility receiving medication not resting.

    Based on the ongoing contradiction, legislators who are members of the Buganda caucus in parliament secretly decided to travel to Namibia to confirm the development.

    theGrapevine has exclusively established that the three male legislators are members of the National Unity Platform and they sneaked into Namibia without the knowledge of the Ugandan embassy in Namibia or their chairperson Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi.

    When contacted, one of the legislators confirmed the development but pleaded with theGrapevine not to reveal his identity because it was going to create a war with Buganda Kingdom leadership.

    “It is true we were blocked from accessing the Kabaka and we are the ones who advised the Buganda Kingdom clan heads who also plan on visitinf the Kabaka to first seek permission from Mayiga, Prince David Kintu Wasajja or Agness Nabalogo because they are the ones to give permission to any person who wants to access Kabaka,” a soft spoken legislator from greater Masaka said.

    He added that they tried to reach out to Prince Joseph Ndawula, the Ugandan ambassador to Namibia but he also didn’t help them, so they decided to return back to Uganda.

    The development comes at a time when Mayiga has just issued summons to the executive members of Buganda Kingdom clan heads council.

    According to highly placed sources in the clan council, the meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday next week at Bulange building the headquarters of Buganda Kingdom.

    Even though Mayiga didn’t give the reasons why he has summoned the clan council leadership, sources claim that top on the agenda is their planned visit to Namibia to visit Kabaka and last week’s State House meeting with president Museveni.

    “When we passed a resolution in our meeting to go to Namibia to visit Kabaka, our council speaker (omutaka Austine Kizito Mutumba) pleaded with us to reverse the resolution explaining that it was going to place him in bad light before Mayiga and it is going to deepen the misunderstanding between him and his administration, but we rubbished his prayers,” a clan head said.

    He boasted that at this time, Mayiga has nothing to do because President Museveni has given them the green light and promised to coordinate the visit.

    He revealed that there are only two people who haven’t yet finalized their travel documents because they did not have passports.

    “By Thursday morning, we will be on the plane going to check on our beloved chairperson (Kabaka). Who is Mayiga to stop us from visiting Kabaka, even the president told us that he doesn’t like him and his ministers, and in Buganda kingdom, he only recognizes Kabaka, us the abataka and even informed the Nnabagereka when he met her recently,” a clan head said.

    It is not clear what mechanism Mayiga and Mutumba are going to deploy to stop clan heads from visiting Kabaka because they have been trying to frustrate them from meeting President Museveni but they overrun them.

    In the last Buganda Kingdom parliamentary session, Mayiga declined to allow the prayer made by one of the representative Professor Badru Katerega who wanted the Kingdom administration to guide those with money so that they can be allowed to go and visit Kabaka.

    Mutumba told theGrapevine that he is just a speaker of the council of Buganda Kingdom clan heads and has no power to stop them from doing whatever they think is good for their clans and Buganda Kingdom at large.

    He confirmed that he was not informed of last week’s State House meeting and he was very happy with the results of the meeting because the President agreed to help the kingdom clan heads to fight poverty among themselves and their grandchildren.

    President Museveni also promised to deploy UPDF engineering experts to help in the building of a commercial building on the land he bought for them in 2023 which is situated opposite the Bulange building.

    The president also promised to deposit Shs200m in the bataka Mutindo SACCO which they can use to fight poverty.

    However, when clan heads visited Museveni in 2023, Mayiga declared that he will not accept any person to mislead any member of the Kingdom organs with the aim of dividing Kabaka’s subjects.

    A resolution was passed in Buganda Kingdom parliament condemning the clan heads’ visit to Museveni and they were advised to apologize which they declined to do arguing that Mayiga and the Kingdom parliament don’t have such powers.

    The Clan heads insist that they are an independent organ in Buganda kingdom culture and they are the ones responsible for electing the Kabaka, thus they cannot be forced by Mayiga and his people to apologize.

    A committee chaired by Kingdom lands minister and also city commercial lawyer David Kisitu Mpanga was established by Mayiga to mediate talks between him with clan heads.

    However Isreal Kitooke Kazibwe the Kingdom spokesperson and also the minister in charge of mobilization rubbished the narrative of clan heads being independent explaining that all leadership in Buganda Kingdom are under Kabaka Mutebi and there is not independence.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    How Boyfriend, Pressure For Wedding Money Forced MP Nanyondo To Withdraw Her Signature From Censure Motion Against Mpuuga And Company…



    Bukomansimbi woman legislator Veronica Nanyondo

    Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has explained that the actions of Bukomansimbi woman legislator Veronica Nanyondo to withdraw in writing her signature from the censure motion against the four parliamentary commissioners over corruption allegations was showed that legislators don’t read.

    He revealed that the reason why he always overshadows fellow legislators on the floor of parliament and even during media talk shows is because they don’t read but just sign documents, especially when they are told that they will get allowances after signing.

    “How can a member of parliament withdraw her signature claiming that you were misled to sign, now how can you convince your voters that you are not misled to take decisions that affect them!” Ssemujju wondered.

    In her defense, Nanyondo said that the movers of the motion to impeach the commissioners used her signature from the opposition cabinet meeting and put it on the censure motion papers.

    Ssemujju noted that once a legislator appends their signature on a censure paper, he or she cannot withdraw it and Nanyondo is still taken as one of the legislators who signed the censure motion against the legislators.

    However, theGrapevine established that Nanyondo was forced by her boyfriend to withdraw the signature.

    Sources claim that Nyanyondo’s boyfriend, a one Kateregga who was a councilor for Bukomansimbi district, pleaded with Nanyondo to withdraw her signature because Mpuuga is one of their own and it will shame them to betray him.

    He alleges that Nyanyondo and her boyfriend are set to legalize their marriage in church before the end of this year and Mpuuga has already contributed Shs20m to help in the preparations of their wedding.

    Others who contributed include Annet Anita Among the speaker of parliament who contributed Shs10m.

    Sources divulged that Kateregga nowadays spendsmuch of his time in the United States of America because the couple plans on relocating to the US once this political term ends and after they legalize their marriage.

    Sources added that Nanyondo is not going to defend her position in the coming 2026 elections after realizing that the ground no longer favors her.

    Before joining politics, Nanyondo and Kateregga were running a printing business on Nasser Road in Kampala city.

    When Nanyondo contested for the first time as MP to replace her sister Suzan Namaganda, the former wife to former East African Assembly Uganda representative Fred Mukasa Mbidde, Kateregga was in charge of pinning her posters.

    theGrapevine made several phone calls to Nanyondo’s known phone numbers for a comment on the story but they all went unanswered.

    Nanyondo is among the poor performing legislators in Buganda.

    The four commissioners who in trouble are; Mathias Mpuuga the Member of Parliament for Nyendo-Mukungwe, Prossy Mbabazi Akampulira the Rubanda district legislator, Solomon Silwanyi the Bukooli Central legislator and Esther Afayochan of Zombo district woman legislator.


    By Hadijjah Namagembe


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    Stanbic Bank In Trouble, Client Petitions Court After She Was Defrauded Of Shs68m Via Flexi Pay…



    Stanbic Bank CEO Anne Jjuuko whose bank is under fire

    Nakku Joweria a resident of Kyebando has sued Stanbic Bank Uganda limited for failing in its duty of protecting her saving account leading to defrauding her of shillings 68 million which was withdrawn from her account in a period of 24 hours through Flexi pay an application she had never registered for.

    In a court case filed before the Commercial division of the High Court of Uganda and coming up for directions in the registrar Christa Namutebi’s chambers, on the 24th June, 2024 at 9:40am, Nakku Joweria through his lawyers of Kimanje Nsibambi Advocates contends that between 7th and 8th February, 2023, there was unauthorized withdrawal of 68 million shillings from her savings account No. 903000026244 via the Flexi Pay Banking, a platform of Stanbic Bank and a total of 28 unauthorized transactions were conducted by fraudsters who fraudulently accessed her account undetected by the bank.

    She questions how a savings account which had a transaction limit was significantly exceeded during the unauthorized and undetected fraudulent transactions which led to her losing her’ money.

    “Our client has been a loyal client of Stanbic bank since 2001 way before the implementation of the FlexiPay system and at no point did she sign up for or activate the flexi pay on her savings account. The 28 unauthorized withdrawals from our clients account using four unknown Airtel lines raises serious questions and/ or lapses on the part of the bank for which we hold the bank specifically liable for the loss since it was in a better position to detect and prevent this fraud had it exercised reasonable care to detect these suspicious 28 unauthorized transactions that took place within 24 hours on a savings account that was rarely operated by our client,” reads the documents in parts.

    She also questions the effectiveness of the bank’s authentication protocols with their flexi pay system, effectiveness of the transaction monitoring to the extent of allowing 28 unauthorized transactions within 24 hours using four unknown Airtel lines and significantly exceeding the account limit.

    Nakku wants court to direct Stanbic Bank to reimburse 68 million to her account that was fraudulently withdrawn and pay her the costs and damages.

    On 6th February 2023, Nakku Joweria lost her phones to the robbers on her way to work at around 9pm. She reported the incident to police at 9am and to the telecom companies on the 7th February 2023.

    However, the telecom companies MTN and Airtel couldn’t process the new simcards because she had misplaced her original National Identity card.

    The robbers used her MTN number to open up a wallet on the Flexi pay which number had four other Airtel numbers that don’t belong to her which they used to make 28 unauthorized withdraws of 68 million shillings from her Stanbic bank saving account on the 7th and 8th February in a space of only 24 hours.

    When she went to withdraw some money from her account on the 6th, March 2023 that’s when she realized that her money was fraudulently withdrawn from her account.

    She wrote to the bank manager complaining about the matter and the bank promised to do thorough investigations to reveal how the money was withdrawn by the fraudsters.

    Through her lawyers of Kimanje Nsibambi Advocates, she wrote a demand notice to Stanbic Bank manager to reimburse her money since it was their weakness and fault for failure to efficiently protect her account.

    The bank through Twine Arnold, the senior legal advisor, Risk and Dispute Management wrote back with an out of court settlement request.

    However, the bank had proposed to reimburse only 34 million out of the 68 million on the premise that the settlement shall not be taken as admission of liability by any of the parties, a proposal she rejected and instead thought for legal redress in the commercial court.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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