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    Opposition Should Line Behind One  Candidate To Beat M7 – Semwogerere Tells Bobi Wine, Besigye, Mao…

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    Veteran politician Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere, has urged the opposition to jointly stich their efforts together, and push a single opposition candidate ahead of 2021 general elections.
    He also launched “Unity in Diversity” aimed at uniting the opposition ahead of the general polls.
    The 1996 presidential candidate said that opposition political players have clashed over unity, and single candidature proposals as some feel the idea is marred by selfishness, malice, and internal fights.
    The experienced politician made the remarks as he celebrated the Royal Award of the “Spear and Shield” that was bestowed upon him by the Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.

    Semwogerere, who was the leader of the Democratic Party in Uganda for 25 years and one of the main players in Ugandan politics until his retirement in 2005 recieved the meritorious award as offered to him in recognition of his exemplary political leadership nationally and in Buganda; and service with humility.

    Opposition big wigs like NUP’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, Dr. Kiiza Besigye, DP’s Norbert Mao and Cecilia Ogwal among other several dignitaries and religious leaders were in attendance of the scientific function.

    Ssemogerere dedicated the award towards unity within the forces of change proposing that this should be the underpinning emblem in a move to realize unity and fronting credible leaders.

    He cautioned opposition political parties that they stand to lose out in the upcoming elections unless they unite for a common cause for change.

    The recent process to pick flag-bearers for the different political parties has exposed deep fractures in the political parties.

    “Is it not shameful that we live in the same brotherhood but everyday we get a new a candidate for the Lord Mayor?” he queried, leaving everyone’s amusement.

    Former presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye, said the idea of coming together as the opposition has been frustrated by internal bickering within the parties.

    “We are competing among ourselves. Now NUP is competing with FDC, with DP with PP, how will they unite?” he asked.

    The DP party president general, Norbert Mao expressed concern that opposition politicians have failed to measure up to the likes of Ssemogerere.

    “We only have people who pretend to be selfless but when it comes to the issues of unity, you don’t see them. Some of us we have not only talked of unity in diversity but we have worked for unity,” he said.

    Semwogerere warned that with progress of such a trend, the opposition won’t be in position to take the leadership of this country without unity adding that struggling institutions must reflect how they organise.

     

    By Baron Kironde

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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 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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    INSIDE STORY: How Bobi Wine Threatened To Demote Defiant Elder Brother Nyanzi As Fight To Money, Power Deepens In NUP…

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    Bobi Wine (R) with his elder brother Fred Nyanzi (L)

    Tempers flared as Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) the Principal of the National Unity Platform (NUP) threatened to demote his elder brother and also the party Chief Mobilizer Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu (Chairman Nyanzi) as fight for money and power deepened.

    On Wednesday morning, a furious Bobi Wine abruptly summoned a high level meeting at his office at the party headquarters in Makerere Kavule.

    The meeting was attended by Joel Ssenyonyi the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Chairman Nyanzi, David Lewis Rubongoya the party Secretary General and other NUP select officials.

    Immediately when Bobi Wine entered the party headquarters, security was beefed up commanded by the foot soldiers who were joined by Habib Buwembo a celebrated political activist who recently crossed from Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) to NUP.

    Sources disclosed that Bobi Wine summoned the meeting after being briefed that Nyanzi had summoned a meeting of all NUP councilors in Kampala at all levels including those who lost in the 2021 local council elections in Kampala city.

    According to sources, the meeting was supposed to take place at the party headquarters and the main agenda was to strategise on how to win Kampala Lord Mayor Seat come 2026.

    Like we reported few days back, Nyanzi has started meeting city tycoons asking them to financially support his coming Lord Mayor bid.

    Bobi Wine was also given the entire report attached with evidence of tycoons his brother was meeting some of who are known NRM supporters and have been in Lukwago’s bad book.

    “What I can assure you is that the meeting took almost 5 hours and it seems Chairman Nyanzi stormed out of it after disagreeing with some of the decisions,” a highly placed source inside Bobi Wine’s office told theGrapevine.

    Sources claim that Bobi Wine directed Nyanzi with immediate effect to stop his clandestine mobilization for Lord Mayor slot explaining that his actions are putting the party in bad light and some party members have started early campaigns.

    Nyanzi first denied the accusations that he is campaigning. He argued that he is streamlining KUNGA and other party grassroots mobilization drives.

    He told his brother that he’s not ready to stop because their competitors like President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s NRM are already in the field.

    “I heard the Principal telling him that they can even remove him from that office of the Chief Mobilizer. Then after a few minutes, I saw Nyanzi storming out of the meeting,” a source said.

    While talking to his people, Nyanzi assured them that even if NUP denied him the Lord Mayor ticket, he will contest on an independent and win the slot because he has enough experience.

    He boasted that he is the one who nurtured and modeled Bobi Wine the politician.

    However Nyanzi is very sure that with his contacts in the NRM where he was once a member before 2021, will give him an upper hand to defeat Lukwago.

    Even though Nyanzi stormed out of the meeting, Bobi Wine, Rubongoya, Ssenyonyi remained in the meeting and they came out very late in the evening.

    When the meeting ended, they drove to Lungujja to comfort the family members of the late Daniel Bbosa Lwamwo, the Endiga clan head who was assassinated on Sunday.

    Sources said that after the meeting, Nyanzi briefed some of his people about what took place but assured them that come what may, he is going to be on the ballot for Kampala Lord Mayor come 2026.

    NUP insiders disclosed that Bobi Wine is under pressure from a section of the party leaders especially those from DP Block including the former Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga who are provoking him by making statements that he has turned their party into a family affair and his close family members are the ones making critical decisions for the party.

    “They are provoking Bobi Wine to order for disciplinary action against them by making public attacks on his personality. Unfortunately Nyanzi is only after money and power without understanding the situation his brother is going through,” a NUP source said.

    Bobi Wine was also briefed that early this week, Nyanzi held a private meeting with Florence Namayanja Mukasa the city mayor of Masaka city who is fighting to make sure that Mpuuga is defeated come 2026.

    Bobi Wine was told that Nyanzi and Namayanja are the ones behind Alice Nannungi who is already in the field de-campaigning Mpuuga.

    Sources divulged that because of the Namayanja/ Nyanzi meeting that took place at Kyebando a Kampala suburb, Mpuuga’s henchman Abed Bwanika was forced to come out publicly accusing Bobi Wine of building family rule in NUP like President Museveni is doing in NRM and in government.

    Mpuuga’s camp is very sure that the ongoing Uganda Parliament Exhibition on social media is targeting him as a person and his people in parliament and it is clandestinely facilitated by Bobi Wine himself and Ssenyonyi his henchman.

    In the same development, NUP announced that because of corruption in parliament, Mpuuga was dismissed from the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner after accepting that he pocketed over Shs500m which was given to him by the parliamentary leadership.

    The money was given to Mpuuga thanking him for being a good Leader of Opposition but Bobi Wine insists that the money was a bribe.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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