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    Panicky Speaker Among Accuses VP Alupo Of Spying On Her Office As Clerk To Parliament Mwesige Summons Emergency Meeting Over Social Media Expo…

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    Speaker Anita Among (L) and VP Alupo (R)

    The Director for Communication and Corporate Affairs at Parliament Chris Obore has confirmed that his boss Adolf Mwesige the Clerk to parliament summoned an emergency meeting over the ongoing Uganda Parliament Exhibition on social media.

    Makerere University lecturer Dr. Spire Ssentongo and journalist Agather Atuhaire declared a social media expo on Parliament to expose the ongoing dirty deals which are costing the taxpayers heavily.

    The exhibition has exposed how the former Leader of Opposition in Parliament and also the National Unity Platform (NUP) deputy president in charge of Buganda Mathias Mpuuga was awarded Shs500m for being a good Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

    His party leadership led by Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) asked him to resign from the Office of the Parliamentary Commission, apologise to Ugandans and return the Shs500m which Bobi Wine claims was illegally awarded to him.

    Mpuuga declined to honour the conditions given to him by Bobi Wine and other party leaders insisting that the money was given to him legally.

    It was not only Mpuuga who was exposed, his boss the Speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among, her deputy Thomas Tayebwa and other parliamentary staff including Obore himself were uncovered.

    Appearing on NTV’s On the Spot talk show moderated by senior journalist Patrick Kamara, Obore revealed that Mwesige summoned him and other concerned bosses to strategise on how to counter the ongoing information that is being revealed to save parliament’s image.

    Obore said that he advised his boss to first wait to take action against the ongoing expo until the initiators declare its end, then they will collect all the information posted on social media, verify it before forwarding it to the auditor general John Muwanga and the government accounting general for further investigation.

    Obore welcomed the expo but insisted that there are a lot of forgeries which are all targeting the person of the speaker.

    He added that the speaker’s attackers are using the expo to malign her before well thinking members of the society.

    Obore boasted that parliament through the parliamentary commission has powers to allocate any amount of money to any person once it establishes that it is fitting to do.

    He also disclosed that the Shs500m was awarded to Mpuuga legally.

    He added that the issue of parliament’s budget and spending is decided by president Museveni since he is the only one who allows whatever they do because he is the chief finance minister of Uganda.

    However, highly placed State House sources told theGrapevine that the big man is not happy with what is going on in parliament and very soon he is going to come out and comment on the matter as he did when ministers distributed iron sheets meant for the vulnerable people in Karamoja among themselves.

    Even though Obore is boasting that they are in control of the situation in parliament, highly placed sources unveiled that his boss Among is at war with a section of her staff including those working on her media team who she is accusing of being spies.

    Sources claim that Among is accusing her staff including former journalists of working for her number one enemy, wgo is also the country’s vice President Jesicca Alupo and she is using them to leak her official information to people like Ssentongo and Atuhaire.

    “They lost morale. They have been over protecting her, but since she started accusing them of being spies, they are no longer responding to attackers against her on social media, they no longer want to appear on radio stations and television talk shows to defend her image and some are planning to resign,” a source said.

    Since 2018, Among and Alupo have been at loggerheads and sources close to Alupo claim that Among facilitated her loss in the NRM parliamentary primaries for Katakwi district woman legislator and she decided to stand on an independent ticket.

    In Bukedea, speaker Among, as Bukedea district woman legislator went through unopposed. Since then, she has built a strong political base in Teso region which is threatening Alupo’s political future.

    Both Among and Alupo are eyeing former Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga’s position as National Vice Chairperson for the NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) in charge of women and Teso is their base ground.

    The speaker’s team also accuses foreign affairs minister Gen. Jeje Odong, UPDF deputy Chief of Defense Forces Commander Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu of working with Alupo to put her down politically and they have made several allegations against her before the president.

    Apart from Alupo, Obore cited a foreign invisible hand in the fight against his boss claiming that the American embassy in Uganda and the European Union in Uganda are facilitating the social media expo to embarrass Among and kill her reputation before Ugandans.

    He claims that Americans and other foreigners were angered by Among when she spearheaded the passing of the Homosexuality bill.

    Obore bragged that Ugandans are not stupid, they know very well that Among is innocent and she is just being attacked because she fought for their African values and culture.

     

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    State House Boss Narrates How Lt. Gen. Elwelu’s Stay On Top Of UPDF Command Threatened M7’s Stay In Power…

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    Joseph Tamale Mirundi (C), Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu (L) and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (R)

    Maverick Senior Presidential Advisor in Charge of Media who also doubles as the spokesperson of the Patriotic League of Uganda (PLU) for Buganda region Joseph Tamale Mirundi has narrated how Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu’s being on the top command of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) have been a threat to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s stay in power.

    Last month, Museveni exercised his powers as the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed forces and dropped Lt. Gen. Elwelu as the Deputy Chief of Defense Forces and replaced him with Lt. Gen. Sam Okiding. Elwelu was appointed the Senior Presidential Advisor.

    While speaking on youth and children affairs minister Balaam Bagaruhare’s Radio 4, Mirundi celebrated Lt. Gen. Elwelu’s dismissal adding that he nearly caused trouble for president Museveni and the entire country.

    “Whenever I look at that man, I see him in the image of Idi Amin and I always get a thinking that what Amin did to President Milton Obote in 1971, he can do it to President Museveni,” Mirundi said.

    He added that he was very scared with the way Lt. Gen. Elwelu exposed himself after commanding the deadly attack on the palace of Omusinga wa Rwenzururu Charles Weasly Mumbere in 2017 and after boasted that he had killed criminals yet his boss by then, Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala was denying having knowledge about the attack.

    Mirundi explained that Gen. Katumba, as an exposed and intelligent army officer realised the trouble ahead especially the looming sanctions from the international community as a result of the attack, and this is the reason why he denied the attack much as Lt. Gen. Elwelu kept boasting thinking that he had scored before the president.

    He narrated that currently, Lt. Gen. Elwelu cannot fly out of the country because he was slapped with international sanctions and any country has the obligation to arrest him and parade him before the International Criminal Court.

    He noted that because of his being overly ambitioous, he was not surprised when Lt. Gen. Elwelu sharply disagreeg with Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba the current Chief of Defense Forces on the issue of Standby Class One order issued in 2022 when President Museveni was away in Rwanda.

    Mirundi revealed that Gen. Muhoozi who was then the Commander of Land Forces challenged Lt. Gen. Elwelu on the issuing of the order insisting that it was not necessary. However, the controversial General from Teso just boasted and issued threats thinking that he was untouchable and was in good books with President Museveni.

    “I laughed because in Uganda, I know we are few people who understand Museveni very well and carefully follow his political and security calculations. Really how can you believe that Museveni can trust Lt. Gen. Elwelu more than his son when it comes to the issue of power and his survival!” Mirundi exclaimed.

    Army sources who spoke to theGrapevine in 2022 confirmed that Standby Class One order was issued because there was a coup de-tat threat, the president was out of the country, his vice president Jessica Alupo was bedridden, the Chief of Defense Forces then Gen. Wilson Mbadi was also was out of the country.

    The matter caused a misunderstanding between Lt. Gen. Elwelu and Gen. Muhoozi which resulted into Museveni summoning the UPDF High Command for a meeting in Ntungamo.

    However, when commenting on the matter by then, UPDF spokesperson Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye told theGrapevine that the order was issued because the army wanted to clean some rot on their walls including counting the number of soldiers and weapons.

    But even though he was dropped, Lt. Gen. Elwelu recently said that he is grateful for President Museveni for trusting him and appointing him to several powerful offices in the army.

    Concerning his new appointment, Elwelu said that being a Senior Presidential Advisor is going to help him to give the big man advice.

    In the same development, Mirundi, the longest serving Senior Press Secretary warned government officials to be careful and avoid being excited when dealing with President Museveni because he is hard to understand.

    He explained that he warned PLU movement leadership especially junior Finance Planning and Economic Development minister in charge of microfinance Harunah Kasolo who is the Chief Coordinator for Greater Masaka Region to be careful with the statements he made against Museveni while praising Gen. Muhoozi their supreme leader.

    “I told Kasolo and other people, let us tell people that we are supporting Museveni and mobilizing for his 2026 presidential bid but also let us inform them that we have our standby generator if anything bad happens to our senior leader Museveni, but they were over excited and started making statements asking Museveni when is he giving Muhoozi power. That is why he made strange decisions against our thing,” Mirundi said.

    He noted that because Muhoozi knows his father very well, when he appointed him Chief of Defense Forces, he did not comment even though he still wanted to enjoy the political ride.

    He revealed that apart from Muhoozi, it is himself, Al-Hajji Moses Kigongo the NRM National Vice president and Museveni’s young brother and also Coordinator of the Operation Wealth Creation Gen. Salim Saleh who understand Museveni’s calculations.

    He said that Gen. Saleh once told him that because he understands his brother, when he summons him, he appears before him as an army officer, salutes him, talks to him, salutes him again and leaves.

    He rarely familiarizes himself with him even though they are brothers.

    Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said that one thing Museveni never jokes with is power.

    However, Ssalongo Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi the NRM National Vice president in charge of Buganda insists that political transition has started and very soon Museveni is going to surrender power to the new generation. He pleaded with youths to prepare to take the country’s political power.

     

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    Bobi Wine Sends Warning Message To IGP Maj. Gen. Katsigazi With His Countrywide Tour Kicking Off In Mpuuga’s Masaka Backyard…

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    Maj. Gen. Kasitgazi (L) and Bobi Wine (R)

    The mighty Grapevine can exclusively report that Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) is set to kick off his political countrywide tour early in May 2024.

    Highly placed sources at Makerere Kavule where the headquarters of the National Unity Platform (NUP) are located revealed that all strategies and plans have been concluded and David Lewis Rubongoya the party Secretary General was directed to inform the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi about their programme in writing.

    Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro the Deputy Party spokesperson confirmed the development and asked Maj. Gen. Katsigazi to be careful when dealing with their political tours this time because people are very angry with police’s selective implementation of law and order especially when it comes to issues concerning Bobi Wine.

    “The other time, he wrote a letter stopping our countrywide tour but I’m warning him this time to be very careful and to accept to cooperate with us because we are law abiding citizens,” Mufumbiro said.

    It should be remembered that in 2023, Maj. Gen. Katsigazi stopped Bobi Wine’s countrywide tour with immediate effect explaining that he was inciting violence through his tribalistic statements and violating road transport law and order which led to death of some people.

    Bobi Wine was in Luwero district when he made serious allegation against the person of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, his son Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba and other members of the First Family.

    Criminal files were opened at Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters against Bobi Wine and other members of his party and sources told theGrapevine on Thursday morning that investigations into the matter are still ongoing.

    Sources in NUP said that Bobi Wine’s countrywide tour is going to start immediately when he returns from the United Kingdom where he is expected to hold a music show on 20th of April 2024.

    Sources further revealed that Bobi Wine’s plan is to kick off his political countrywide tour in Greater Masaka and his first political rally is going to be held in the constituency of the former Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba and he will politically respond to him and his blue eyed boy the Kimanya-Kabonera legislator Dr. Abed Bwanika.

    “We want to prove a point that both Mpuuga and Muhoozi Patriotic League of Uganda are nothing. We are not going to give out money to transport people to attend our rallies but we are going to double those who attended Muhoozi’s rally in Masaka,” one of the organisers of Bobi Wine’s countrywide tour revealed.

    Bobi Wine’s countrywide tour comes at a time when four time presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye is also on the countrywide political tour with his Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Katonga faction group members.

    Besigye said that the move is about consulting their party members on the next move after they disagreed with FDC Najjanankumbi group led by Patrick Amuriat Oboi and Nathan Nandala Mafabi.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    Buganda Parliamentary Caucus Members Bitter With New Cabinet Reshuffle: Kivumbi claims, “At least They Would Have Appointed Gashumba and Kabanda…”

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    MP Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi

    The missing out of the maverick Kasambya county legislator David Kabanda and Patriotic League of Uganda (PLU) vice chairperson in charge of Buganda Frank Gashumba from President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s recent reshuffle has caused bitterness among Buganda Parliamentary caucus members.

    Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi the caucus chairperson revealed that very soon, he is going to kick off a tour around Buganda Kingdom exposing President Museveni’s biasness against Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s subjects in Buganda and why he sidelines them when it comes to sharing the national cake.

    Muwanga a celebrated economists explained that Buganda has been patient with Museveni since 2021 when in his cabinet, he appointed a Vice President, Prime Minister and all her deputies plus top ministers from outside of Buganda.

    He added that he was disappointed that he dropped the Defense and Veteran affairs Minister Vicent Ssempijja in the recent reshuffle.

    He alleged that Museveni did it intentionally to make sure that when time comes to sharing the national cake in cabinet, there is no minister from Buganda who can argue out the case for Buganda.

    He added that 80% of the taxes that run President Museveni’s government are collected from Buganda that is why their people have to sit on the table when the national cake is being shared.

    “Look at the many roads in Buganda, they are all in poor condition but they are squeezing our people to pay taxes to build roads in other parts of the country; our schools in Buganda are in poor conditions but you go to other parts of the country and see how public schools are looked after,” Muwanga said.

    “At least it would be a consolation if Frank Gashumba from Masaka or David Kabanda from Mubende, leaving other factors out, were appointed ministers. But the man also sideline them. It is high time we expose this biasness and tell our people to stand up and challenge Museveni on this issue otherwise Buganda is going to remain behind,” he said.

    He was supported by Bukoto Central legislator Richard Ssebamala who explained that it is high time for the people of Buganda to open their eyes and start asking for their share otherwise they will continue fueling other parts of the country to develop as they lag behind.

    He wondered how come the President is from Ankole, Vice President from Teso, Speaker of Parliament is from Teso, Chief Justice is from Acholi, Deputy Speaker from Ankole, Deputy Chief Justice from Ankole, Chief of Defense Forces is from Ankole, Prime Minister is from Bunyoro, 1st deputy Prime Minister is from Busoga yet there is no Muganda much as they are contribute a big share when it comes to tax collection.

    However, NRM National vice chairperson in charge of Buganda Ssalongo Godfrey Kiwanda protested Kivumbi and Ssebamala’s submission noting that the people of Buganda should blame themselves for being sidelined by Museveni because they are the very people who voted strong Baganda out of parliament in the 2021.

    He said that when one is a Member of Parliament, there is good bargaining power when the president is making his cabinet list.

    He pleaded with the people of Buganda that come 2026, they should be careful when electing their leaders especially Members of Parliament to avoid being used by the opposition to make decisions which will cost the entire region.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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