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    Opposition Still Confusing Public On Shs.40m Bribe – Some NUP MPs Refute Ssenyonyi’s Claims That They Returned The Money…

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    Top R-L: Bobi Wine, Joel Ssenyonyi, John Lukwago and Aisha Kabanda

    National Unity Platform (NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has been tasked by a sections of opposition legislators to produce evidence pinning them on taking Shs.40m from Anita Annet Among, the Speaker of parliament.

    Opposition Members of Parliament (MP) led by Kyotera County legislator John Lukwago insist that there is a group of people who hatched a move to put legislators in bad light by portraying them as extravagant and heartless.

    “They are just throwing out blanket statements that we were all being bribed without evidence. Now our enemies are already formulating lists on social media of people who have eaten that money. That is not good for all of us and the institution of the parliament,” Lukwago said.

    He added that some of their voters are even pressurizing them to give them a share of the money.

    They cannot believe any explanation from them that they didn’t receive any money.

    Last week, Bobi Wine gave his legislators 48 hours to return what he branded as bloody money which was given to them by President Museveni through parliament.

    He assigned opposition Chief Whip John Baptist Nambeshe to collect the money but credible sources in NUP have revealed that no legislator returned the money.

    However, Chris Obore, parliament’s Director of Communications released a statement refuting the allegations. Obore challenged whoever claims that legislators received the Shs.40m bribe to produce evidence.

    As the rumours on the money raged on, Nakawa West MP Joel Ssenyonyi yesterday disclosed that some NUP legislators who picked the controversial Shs40m admitted that it was wrong and returned it.

    However,  a senior legislator at  NUP has rubbished Ssenyonyi’s statement.

    “They return the money to who? Ok, supposing the MPs returned the money to Nambeshe, where does he (Nambeshe) return it? That’s just a joke,” he said.

    The source explained that the entire thing was spoiled by Bobi Wine when he quickly instructed the party deputy spokesperson Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro to issue a demeaning statement to the legislators to return the money which incited the public.

    However, Aisha Kabanda, the Butambala district woman legislator, who also doubles as NUP deputy Secretary General confirmed that a section of MPs from the ruling NRM party and in the opposition were given money.

    She revealed that during the heated NUP NEC meeting last week, a section of their legislators admitted before their president that they received the money through different channels.

    The MPs asserted that some of them were called via phone to go and pick money from the home of a big person in government and others were paid through banks.

    Kabanda divulged that the Shs. 40m has brought them problems in their constituencies.

    Kabanda narrated that, “One of my respected voters called and told me that he will hate me if I return the money but our president has already told us not to pick it.”

    She revealed that during the NEC meeting with Bobi Wine, Butambala legislator Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi told the meeting that he was briefed by one of his friends inside the corridors of power that Museveni was going to release billions of money to legislators to silence them on some matters.

    Kabanda said that Bobi Wine immediately warned opposition legislators not to take the money when it comes.

    She added that a section of the legislators told Kivumbi that they cannot refuse the money, and once they are called, they will gladly pocket it.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Why M7 Appointed Trusted Brother Gen. Saleh To Command Fight Against Gunmen Attacks On Security Forces …

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    President Museveni and his brother Gen. Salim Saleh

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the Commander in Chief has assigned his young trusted brother and special senior presidential advisor Gen. Salim Saleh to supervise the fight against gunmen who are attacking security installations and forces.

    Credible security sources have intimated to theGrapevine that Museveni was briefed by his confidant intelligence team that security agencies have failed to defeat the armed men who attack police posts and military barracks.

    Internal Affairs State Minister Gen. David Muhoozi briefed parliament that 22 suspects including UPDF soldiers and two police officers were charged before the court martial on offences related to the recent attacks on police stations and military barracks. The minister said that within a period of 12 months, 13 attacks have been reported, 15 guns were stolen and 6 of these have not yet been recovered.

    “According to available intelligence, the motives for these actions are acquisition of arms for subversive activities, as well as for other criminal ends other than subversion,” the minister said.

    However, the minister explained that some of the attacks were as a result of laxity in the security forces and sources have said that it is this laxity that has forced President Museveni to bring back Gen. Saleh after establishing that his security forces were carrying out uncoordinated operations against the said gunmen.

    Sources added that the big man was very bitter with some security bosses for giving uncoordinated statements, he gave an example of the statement issued by police identifying the gunmen as rebels which the army rubbished and insisted that the attackers are criminal gangs.

    Sources said that Museveni directed all security bosses that before an operation is carried out, Gen. Saleh has to be informed and if it is an emergency, he has to be briefed not beyond five hours after the operation.

    “You know these gangs have started using tactics which President Museveni’s NRA rebels used especially when they started attacking security installation with the aim of stealing guns, didn’t you hear that the attackers at Gaddafi barracks in Jinja first strangled the UPDF soldier before firing bullets on his dead body?” a source said.

    He added that Museveni wants Gen. Saleh to use the same tactics they have previously used to fight gunmen.

    Another source said that there is a sharp division within security agencies and the president wants Gen. Saleh to fix it and save the situation.

    Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the special presidential senior advisor on operation, has been the supervisor of all the operations in the country.

     

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    Has Bobi Wine Finally Made Up His Mind To Replace Mpuuga With Zaake? Battle For LOP Position Rages On, NUP Speaks out…

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    L-R: Mityana municipality MP Zaake, LOP Mpuuga and NUP boss Bobi Wine

    David Lewis Rubongoya, the National Unity Platform (NUP) Secretary General has rubbished allegations that his party president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has written to Annet Anita Among, the Speaker of Parliament, appointing Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) Francis Zaake as the Leader of Opposition in Parliament replacing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba.

    Rubongoya said that the aim of people who are circulating allegations that Bobi Wine has fired Mpuuga is to disorganise opposition legislators and NUP members at large which they cannot accept as NUP leadership.

    The allegation come at a time when Bobi Wine has just blasted some of his party MPs and opposition at large for not supporting Zaake when he was protesting on the floor of parliament over the kidnapping of opposition supporters especially in Buganda.

    Thomas Tayebwa, the deputy speaker of parliament early this week sent Zaake to the parliament’s disciplinary committee for violating his orders when he insisted on commenting on the ongoing kidnaps in the country even after advising him on the right procedure to follow.

    However, Bobi Wine claims that it was wrong for Tayebwa to frustrate Zaake and praised Makindye West legislator Derrick Nyeko, Kasanda South’s Frank Kabuye, Nakaseke Central’s Allan Mayanja and Kilak South’s Gilbert Olanyah who stood with Zaake when he was protesting.

    Sources inside NUP revealed that Bobi Wine is very determined to drop all the opposition leadership in parliament because they are not respecting his orders and are in bed with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party which he says is betrayal.

    Sources added that apart from Zaake, other people who are being vetted to replace Mpuuga include Busiro East’s Medard Lubega Ssegona and Kasanda North’s Patrick Oshabe Nsamba.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Buganda Premier Mayiga In Panic Over City Businessman Who Wants To Finish Him…

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    Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga

    Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango has revealed that detectives from Old Kampala police station have kicked off investigation against a controversial city businessman for inciting Kisekka market youths against Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga.

    In an exclusive interview with theGrapevine, Onyango said that on Monday morning, Old Kampala police received information about angry Buganda youths who were threatening to cause insecurity at Bulange building which houses Buganda Kingdom headquarters.

    Onyango said that his police quickly saved the situation and arrested some of the youths who led the attack.

    He explained that preliminary investigation show that there might be a big man behind the goons who were hired from Kisekka market to bring tension and panic at Bulange building and against the person of Mayiga.

    “They are going to be charged with the offences of criminal trespass and inciting violence. However, investigations are ongoing and we might charge them with other offences because we are still looking for that person who is behind them,” Onyango said.

    Detectives at Old Kampala police told theGrapevine that they suspect that there is a top city tycoon who facilitated these youths to attack Buganda Kingdom.

    He added that they might be the ones who forged the signature of the Buganda Kingdom King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi that was put on the letter suspending all works at all Kingdom institutions including clans headquarters, his palaces and at the Kingdom headquarters.

    In the forged letter, there were instructions directing UPDF and Uganda Police with immediate effect to stop providing security at the said Kingdom headquarters.

    Detectives added that the youths identified themselves as Kabaka Munyango and are the ones who normally escort Kabaka Mutebi when he is travelling internally.

    It is alleged the suspects wanted to stage a deadly protest against Kabaka as a way of provoking his security to fire bullets at them which would have resulted in bloodshed.

    The suspects were found with machetes and placards with writings pleading to Kabaka Mutebi to fire Mayiga over incompetence and corruption.

    Buganda Kingdom disowned the said letter insisting that it was not signed by Kabaka.

    However, sources within Mengo revealed that the letter was authored within Bulange by Mayiga’s enemies.

    Efforts to get a comment from Buganda Kingdom were futile as Noor Kiyimba, the Kingdom’s information and cabinet minister was not picking our calls by press time.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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