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    Parliament Eulogises Abiriga: Threatening Messages Sent To MPs In May That Abiriga Will Die In First Week Of June – Kadaga

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    Members of the 10th parliament have eulogized their fallen comrade Ibrahim Abiriga with many calling for a radical transformation in security organs and urging government to avail more funds to investigation and security organs so that they can do their job well.

    MP’s gave examples of the laxity in security and intelligence organs, Tororo County MP Frederick Angura said that it is alleged that Abiriga’s assassins visited the area three times and even took sodas, Kiboga East MP, Keefa Kiwanuka said that Abiriga complained of people who were trailing him, while Gomba West County MP Robina Gureme Rwakoojo said that some MPs received messages warning Abiriga that he was going to die in the first week of June, this was also confirmed by the speaker Rebecca Kadaga who added that the message to kill Abiriga in the first week of June was sent on 24th of May.

    The MPs cautioned that if Security and intelligence organs were well facilitated, these leads would be followed and Abiriga’s brutal murder would maybe be averted.

    The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, and Kasese woman Member of Parliament, Winnie Kiiza lashed out at government for their pathetic failure at curbing the current spate of crimes in the country.

    “When they started killing religious leaders, government said it was religious, when they started killing women, they said it was illuminati, when they started on children they said it was sacrifice, when kidnaps on women started, they said it is prostitution, they killed Kaweesi and they said we are going to get CCTV cameras, now they have killed their own,” Kiiza said.

    “We are supposed to ensure that we take care of each other, but the sole responsibility of security lies in the confines of government. Killings have no shame, no colour, no status, that is why they have gone for children, women, religious leaders and now they are on MPs,” the LOP  added.

    Kiiza called for accountability of the guns in hands of public and the mushrooming private security companies.

    Assassins who were moving on two motorcycles showered Arua Municipality Member of Parliament, Ibrahim Abiriga’s car with bullets on Friday Evening at around 6:30 near Energo fuel station Kawanda Wakiso District killing him and his brother who doubled his bodyguard Saidi Butele instantly.

    Ruhakana Rugunda (Prime Minister): Abiriga has been a diligent leader and legislator who served Uganda with dedication and patriotism. The brutal and senseless murder of Abiriga and his younger brother on Friday 8th June was an act of cowardice carried out by evil people. The killer of Abiriga will be hunted down and brought to justice. We must ensure such killings are fought and defeated.

    All of us should be vigilant at this crusade, the agents of these evil acts want to instill fear but we want to assure Ugandans that they will not succeed. Abiriga was a man who easily got along with many people, respecting the diversity of views, he was a tolerant man, he didn’t deserve the kind of brutal death that he met.

    He was easily approachable and reached out to people, he wouldn’t hold back his concern whenever he had issues. Our brother was bold and stood firmly, he openly professed and talked about his love for NRM. His trademark was one way he demonstrated his love for NRM.

    Janet Museveni (First Lady and Minister of Education: What sign is this? That serving a country with passion and dedication is a crime. What is this message? Abiriga spread love, understanding and good will right from Arua to Kampala. His actions, speeches, his work always portrayed love, the jokes and laughter even with children. Therefore, indeed all Ugandans loved him as others have said, across the whole country and now, all are in shock and in mourning.

    But that among the same people that there are those who could have the capacity to hate Abiriga so much to the extent of mercilessly murdering in cold blood clearly shows us that the direction we are taking is regrettable. And I can’t stop hoping that his death really becomes the mirror that all of us will now hold to ourselves, to search our hearts and ask ourselves questions whether our daily work, speech in any way could have contributed anything to this hatred that is bringing these merciless murders in our country.

    While Abiriga spread love and understanding, there are many of us who spread hatred and poisonous stories that truly poison large sections of the society. In time, that poison goes and spills over as lava from a volcano and it runs through communities, destroying everything in its way. That is how we get people who may not have known Abiriga as a person, but they knew him in yellow, his desires to serve his country, the party he serves with dedication and become just inspired to kill him in such a way because of that, to willingly serve his people with patriotism.

    Is it possible that that is why our country has remained so backward for such a long time for generations? Do we inspire hatred so much that there is no room for making a critical departure from the past? Would we rather destroy the attempt to develop our backward communities so we go back to square one so that our children find the same chaos we found?

    I pray that this evil act raises of murder of Abiriga really causes these critical questions for all of us at this time we get answers. We can’t and shouldn’t ignore that this murder causes to the family but also the extended family of Ugandans who loved him across the country because he had a unique character who loved Ugandans, it doesn’t matter whether they loved him or not.

    While it may be easy and it is okay to blame Government, because they have the responsibility to protect people, we can blame it for what it may and might not have done, but we must remember all of us that we all have a responsibility of building this country and leading our people in the direction we ought to go.

    Andrew Aja Kabale Municipality: Some of us might have disagreed him regards the future of this country, but I also believe there must be tolerance of all diverse opinions.  Gov’t must produce reports and give accountability to Ugandans who have left this country, we must stop rhetoric that everything is under control. Security of every Ugandan is a must. Government must produce reports of murdered Ugandans, whether famous or otherwise. Ugandans are demanding for answers. No one is safe in this country. Kidnaps, murders, rapes have become routine. The security of every Ugandan must be guaranteed

    Hood Katuramu: Humility, calmness are rare attributes, he practiced what he believed in.

    Elijah Okupa Kasiro County: Colleagues, Abiriga was honest and true to his party. During the amendment, there were people who were shy, and they continue to be shy, I think even in his grave he will be true to his character. That was the level of simplicity of Abiriga. I had just watched on You Tube about his graduation, everything whether chair was yellow, who of you can reach that extent? Can we be there for each other? Others were just calling. Can we step up our security to ensure each and every Ugandan is safe? Why would one want to kill Abiriga?

    Mario Obiga Kania: Abiriga lived his life, his life spoke for itself. I don’t think I should talk about Abiriga to say who he was. He talked eloquently and open handed. The Abiriga you saw held many positions from a humble position, he wasn’t highly educated, but he believed in himself and believed even withput so much education, he had talents that he would use to propel himself.

    Inspite of the positions he held as RDC, the Abiriga who has died has died a poor man. He merely talked about the house with the loan he acquired from Parliament. He could have been corrupt, use his position to get wealth but he didn’t. Arua Municipality is a very complicated constituency, but he managed that constituency. He didn’t get votes only from NRM, but all parties. Abiriga may have died poor but you as a family, you are given a legacy to be proud of as a family.

    Chris Baryomunsi: Many people in Kanungu used to approach me to ask Abiriga to come to Kanungu. The people used Abiriga scale to gauge your loyalty to NRM party. The key question running is why was Abiriga killed? An innocent honest person. If you take a decision as a political person Prisons, exile death. We shall not be scared as MPs we shall take decisions for this country.

    David Mutebi: Even at the point of death, people are still sending messages that are derogatory.

    Francis Mwijukye: The big numbers show two things, the love for Abiriga. I hope the children are going to benefit from his patriotism. If we are going to be killed by idiots and cowards, then we are not serious. We must stop this political comedy these can’t be cowards.

     

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    What Killed Simbamanyo Tycoon Kamya? How Top Lawyer Tried To Use Justice Byabakama’s Electoral Commission Deal To Save His Empire…

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    In one of the meetings where the agenda was to strategise on how to save the business empire of the late Peter Kamya, the proprietor of Simbamanyo Estate limited, one of his friends, who is also a seasoned commercial lawyer proposed a multibillion Electoral Commission deal which he was very sure would save the fallen tycoon’s empire.

    Multiple credible sources have revealed to the mighty Grapevine that this happened in 2018 when Equity bank had started threatening to auction Kamya’s properties which he used as security when securing a loan.

    The buildings were Ssimbamanyo House behind Central Police Station in Kampala city and Afrique Suites situated in Mutungo.

    Kamya, who is a brother-in-law to former deputy Prime Minister Muganwa Kajura allowed one of his senior lawyers to negotiate the deal which involved looking for a new home for the Electoral Commission.

    “The lawyer’s idea was for Kamya to rent the entire building to the Electoral Commission and the money collected as rent be used to service the loan which the bank was very comfortable with but out of the blue, when the deal was almost concluded, the old man changed his mind claiming that his friend was working with the bank to impoverish him and that’s how the deal flopped,” a source said.

    He added that the deal was waiting for the greenlight from president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who was a good friend to Kamya.

    The source added that even the Ministry of Gender was ready to shift to another building.

    Another source said that the Electoral Commission was giving Kamya a big deal compared to what he was receiving from the Ministry of Gender and within 3 to 4 years, the bank’s loan would be fully paid.

    The source said that Kamya changed his mind after getting another opinion from another shrewd young city lawyer who convinced him that the loan he got from Equity bank was not favourable and it can be challenged in Court.

    Sources said that when the bank learnt about Kamya’s plan to challenge them in court, they hastily auctioned both securities to controversial city businessman Sudhir Ruperelia’s Meera Investments Limited and Ronald Luwangula’s Luwaluwa Investments Limited, a move that frustrated Kamya’s entire plan to save his empire.

    He tried to save his empire through courts of law by filing an application seeking a temporary injuction stopping the selling of the said property but he lost the application with costs.

    He further petitioned president Museveni to save his empire arguing that it was illegally sold.

    Unfortunately, after making wide consultations, especially from the Attorney General and Bank of Uganda, the big man advised Kamya to challenge the sale of his properties in courts of law.

    He explained to him that he has no alternative to save him since he was advised that his properties were legally sold.

    Without losing hope, Kamya instructed his new lawyers led by Fred Muwema to institute a suit in the High Court Commercial Division against Crane Bank, Meera Investment Limited, Luwaluwa Investment, and lawyers of Katende Ssempebwa Company Advocates were also joined in the suit.

    The matter was allocated to Justice Stephen Mubiru, the head of the Division.

    Kamya hired Kihika Byenkya and Company Advocates to join his legal team which successfully secured an order for discovery against the respondents.

    Justice Mubiru ordered the respondents to allow the petitioner to inspect their email exchange, bank accounts and phone call logs which were made in the period when his properties were sold, an order which raised dust at the commercial court.

    Lawyers from Katende Ssempebwa Advocates petitioned Justice Rubby Opio Aweri, the Chief Inspector of Courts claiming that justice Mubiru was biased and he has to be investigated over the matter.

    He was ordered to refer the entire Ssimbamanyo file to justice Opio which Mubiru refused to do.

    Mubiru insisted that Justice Opio didn’t have powers to ask for the said file from him and guided that the matter has to proceed but lawyers challenged his action at the Court of Appeal.

    In October 2022, Justice Cheborion Barishaki of the Court of Appeal issued an order stopping Justice Mubiru from proceeding with the matter until three justices of the Court of Appeal determine the respondent’s grievances.

    Sources who have been close to Kamya revealed that Justice Cheborion’s ruling shocked Kamya and from that time, his life changed and it worsened last month and was rushed to Nairobi where he died on Friday morning.

    Sources said that other Simbamanyo Directors are set to continue with the legal fight to rescue their empire.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Criminal Gang Nabbed Over Robbery Using Motorcycles…

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    The territorial Police at Katwe have arrested members of a criminal gang that has been robbing people of properties using motorcycles.

    According to Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy spokesperson, ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, the suspects were arrested during an operation that took place yesterday 1st December 2022.

    “They have allegedly been snatching bags from Pedestrians, and phones from both motorists and pedestrians before fleeing on motorcycles which were identified by our CCTV cameras,” he said.

    He added that the suspects include; Semakula Sadiq 23, a resident of Ndejje Kanaba, Baguma Wise 19, a resident of Kisenyi social centre, Tumusiime John alias Mutoro a resident of social centre in Kisenyi and Lubega Mustafa alias Ade a resident of Makerere Kivvulu.

    “Our task teams have also established that the suspects got motorcycles on loan in the guise of using them for Boda Boda business, but instead, they ended up using them to rob the Public,” he revealed.

    Owoyesigyire adduced that they have also established where they sell the stolen items and efforts are on to have the promoters arrested.

    “Our efforts to pacify the city from criminals with intelligence-led operations continue.”

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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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.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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