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    PANIC AT NUP: MPs Who Crossed To Bobi Wine’s NUP Panicking Over Kibalama Case, Hold Secret Meeting Without The Principal…

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    NUP Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu

    Members of Parliament who crossed from Democratic Party (DP) and Suubi to Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu’s National Unity Platform (NUP) are panicking after getting information that the Kibalama case might be a dead end.

    Out of this fear, the MPs over the weekend met at the office of Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi at Kabuusu, a Kampala suburb and tasked Busiro East MP Medard Sseggona to tell them the chances of NUP winning the Kibalama case.

    In the meeting which was also attended by a senior FDC member (who is a lawyer and an MP), Sseggona told the members that the reality is the case they are dealing with has no precedence. Since the case has no precedence, the judge can do anything based on the evidence before him.

    The lawyer from FDC told the members in attendance that looking at the nature of their case, their only hope is Kibalama.

    He gave them two scenarios of how this case might be judged.

    “The judge may say that the change of the party name from NURP to NUP was ok but the change of the leadership of the party from Kibalama to Kyagulanyi was not properly done,” he told them.

    He told members that once the judge rules that the leadership of NUP was wrongly changed, it will mean that Bobi Wine will have to give the leadership of the party back to Kibalama.

    In such a scenario, Kibalama may (if he so wishes) tell the Electoral Commission that NUP will not be participating in the elections. This will mean that all candidates who registered under NUP will have no party. They will have to quickly look for a party if they still have time or run as independents.

    As the meeting was ending, the FDC lawyer told the legislators that anything can happen in this case that is why they have to go back home and think of an alternative solution considering both sides of the case.

    “Currently as I tell you this most of these members are now pondering getting a backup tickets from DP. They have plan A as Kamwokya and Plan B as DP or standing as independents,” the source said.

    STAMP HIDDEN, BOBI TO REVIEW FLAG BEARERS

    Top NUP party bosses yesterday held a crisis meeting after several complaints from members who were denied the party flag in Kampala and the divisions.

    A group of party members from different areas stormed NUP headquarters claiming that the vetting committee chaired Mercy Walukamba was not fair when choosing the party flag bearers.

    In the heat of the chaos, someone hid the party stamp.

    NUP flag bearers who were supposed to hand in their papers for nomination to the Electoral Commission yesterday were left frustrated since this didn’t take place.

    However, some insiders intimated to theGrapevine that the party top leadership want to delay the nomination process until close of Friday when their case with Kibalama is heard especially on whether the party should go on with nominations.

    Sources at Kamwokya have told theGrapevine that after yesterday’s chaos, a bitter Kyagulanyi directed the Electoral Management Committee to give him the final list of the party flag bearers after getting complaints that his brother Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu alias Chairman Nyanzi was dictating to the Committee on who to give the party flag.

     

    By Temuseewo Mpoza

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    Bobi Wine Summons NUP Legislators To Strategise On How To Save MP Zaake…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine (L) and Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake

    National Unity Platform (NUP) Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has summoned his party legislators to strategise on how to save Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Butebi Zaake from angry parliamentary leadership.

    According to credible sources in NUP, the meeting is expected to take place next week at their party headquarters in Kamwokya.

    Last week, Bobi Wine blasted his legislators for not giving enough support to their own (Zaake) when he was protesting deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa’s ruling stopping him from debating the ongoing abduction of people especially in Buganda.

    “I want to salute Hon. Francis Zaake and tell him that as an individual, I am very proud of him. NUP is very proud of you and Ugandans that were abducted are very proud of you. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of parliament, thank you for not shutting up, thank you for doing exactly what you were elected to do,” he said.

    Even though Bobi Wine praised Zaake, Tayebwa referred him to the parliamentary disciplinary committee and the hearing of his matter kicked off on Tuesday.

    However, sources in NUP revealed that Bobi Wine wants his legislators to put up a spirited fight to frustrate the move of disciplining Zaake.

    These were days after the Speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among warned Zaake that parliament will take criminal action against him to recover the institution’s properties he declined to return after being removed from the position of the parliamentary commissioner.

    Among told parliament that Zaake declined to return the parliamentary car even though he has been informed in writing to return it

    Former Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa advised Bobi Wine to investigate Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona who was acting as the Leader of Opposition on the day Zaake protested because he was the one who stopped other opposition legislators from joining Zaake and telling him to move out of the plenary.

    One of Bobi Wine’s Personal Assistant Julius Katongole said that the motive of the meeting that Bobi Wine summoned is not to condemn or attack anyone but it is about guiding them on how to work together and use parliament to fight president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s bad acts against poor Ugandans.

    He rubbished allegations making rounds that Bobi Wine summoned the legislators to introduce to them their new parliamentary leadership after firing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba from the position of Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic At KCCA As M7 Directs Minister Magyezi To Investigate RCC Burora Claim On Misuse Of PDM Cash…

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    Lubaga deputy RCC Burora (L) and Minister Magyezi (R)

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed in writing the local government minister Raphael Magyezi to investigate the allegation made by Lubaga Division Deputy Resident City Commissioner(RCC) Anderson Burora against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on mismanagement of the government Parish Development Modal cash.

    Minister Magyezi confirmed the development and said that the president directed him to present his findings to cabinet by the coming Monday so that the ministers discuss the matter.

    He said that the president was very concerned with the allegation made by Burora and praised him for standing his ground and speaksoff to the alleged government officials.

    Magyezi told theGrapevine that the president wants other Resident District Commissioners (RDC) to do what Burora did to inspect government projects for the good of the country.

    Last week, Burora suspended the operations of Parish Development Model citing irregularities in implementing the program by allocating the funds to people who are not supposed to benefit from it.

    “We have seen lists bearing names of people who are well off, who own cars, are salary earners and those who own big shops being fronted for Parish Development Model. The project was intended for the 39% population that lives hand-to-mouth, not those who surpassed that level,” Burora said.

    However, Aisha Nabisere, the KCCA Parish Development Model coordinator rubbished Burora’s allegations insisting that he was spreading falsehoods.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Lord Mayor Lukwago Reveals How KCCA Bosses are Conniving With City Tycoons To Swindle USD100M Hiding Under President’s Directive On Markets…

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    Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago has narrated how top Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) bosses are conniving with city tycoons to swiddle USD100M under the guise of implementing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s directives on city markets.

    Lukwago said that he has landed on clandestine plans designed by KCCA technical wing bosses and ministers to procure 10 acres of land in Kampala Central Division at a price of USD100m which is very high.

    He revealed that the said land that is situated in Kisenyi parish belongs to John Bosco Muwonge, a city businessman who they want to front to built a public market as Museveni directed.

    Last month, Museveni met KCCA bosses and directed them to build at least two public markets in all the five Divisions that make up Kampala city.

    Lukwago said that without following the legal procedures, some fraudulent city businessmen have started approaching KCCA to offer their land to be purchased for the market with big commission offers to some KCCA bosses.

    Lukwago insists these businessmen want to sell their land to KCCA at a high price without following the legal requirements and it is the reason why he has summoned the city council meeting to discuss the matter next week.

    When contacted, Joseph Kabuye Kyofatogabye, the KCCA State Minister rubbished the accusation, and asked Lukwago to prove his allegations with evidence.

    “For me, I don’t know how to execute deals but I know Lord Mayor Lukwago is an expert in making deals,” Kabuye said.

    Businessman Muwonge was not reached for a comment.

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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