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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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    Minister Mao In Trouble As Lawyers Threaten To Petition Law Council Over Contempt Of Court Order…

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    Seasoned Kampala lawyer who also doubles as Mityana South legislator Richard Kizito Lumu has threatened to lead a team of lawyers to petitioned Uganda Law Council contesting the actions of Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Norbert Mao of violating legally issued court orders.

    Lumu claimed that Mao intentionally violated a Court Order issued by High Court Registrar Fasial Mulalira stopping Democratic Party (DP) National Executive Committee meeting which was held in Mbale city.

    Lumu explained that the Court Order resulted from a recent High Court judgment declaring Mao’s election as the DP presidential general illegal.

    However Mao insists that the said Court Order is fake and that it was forged by his competitors in the party who are challenging his political marriage with president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s government.

    Mao boasted that he is a highly trained lawyer who has been in legal practice since 1994 and he has enough experience to differentiate a fake Court Order and a real one.

    However, Counsel Lumu gave Mao only 24 hours from Sunday evening to report to police the complaint of forging a Court Order or they petition the Law Council.

    “Mao used his office as a minister in Museveni’s government to report the complaint to police and cause the arrest of the lawyer who extracted the Court Order. We are taking him to the Law Council for disciplinary action,” Lumu said.

    He claims that all the resolutions passed in the DP NEC meeting in Mbale are illegal and they are going to challenge them before the Courts of law.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    Buganda Kingdom Clan Heads Council Speaker Mutumba In Trouble Over Accusations Of Shielding Kingdom Officials Cited In Planned Assassination Of Their Colleague Lwomwa…

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    Kabaka Mutebi with Omutaka Mutumba (R). On the left is the late Bbosa Lwomwa

    Omutaka Ssalongo Augustine Kizito Mutumba the head of Kkobe clan who also doubles as the Speaker of Buganda Kingdom clan heads council is in huge trouble over the accusation of shielding Kingdom officials cited in the gruesome assassination of Ndiga (sheep) clan head Eng. Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa.

    Highly placed sources in the clan heads Council have told theGrapevine that a section of clan heads have already placed Mutumba on notice and threatened to file a complaint with Brig. Gen. Christopher Ddamulira Sserunjogi’s Commandant of Police’s Directorate of Crime Intelligence and Maj. Dr. Tom Magambo’s Commandant of Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) who are leading the investigations concerning Bossa’s assassination accusing him of obstructing justice.

    One of the clan heads said that they passed a resolution in their meeting directing their council executive chaired by Mutumba to write to Ronald Muwenda Mutebi the Kabaka of Buganda asking for an emergency meeting with them to privately discuss the matters concerning Bossa’s assassination so that he can guide them on the way forward but he intentionally refused to execute the directive.

    This clan head explained that they wanted to meet Kabaka Mutebi to reveal to him their fears which if not handled carefully could lead to their death since a number of people who they are complaining against are untouchables in Buganda Kingdom administration.

    “We gave him together with his executive committee two weeks to write to Kabaka and he was supposed to brief us on the developments during last month’s meeting but when we tried to remind him, he just told us to be patient. He explained that our issue is being handled properly and asked us to first welcome Omuttaka Eria Lwasi Buzaabo the new Ndiga clan head to the council which we did. Since then, he has not responded to us whether via our WhatsApp group or in any other form,” a clan head said.

    He added that they wanted to report to Kabaka Mutebi how Mengo administration under the leadership of Premier Charles Peter Mayiga are using Kingdom cultural court (Kkooti ya kisekwa) to harass and torment them.

    He added that there is a lot of corruption in Kisekwa kkooti. He narrated how members sitting on it use their clerks like a one Milly Naluwenda to intimidate them and solicit for bribe from them as a condition to help them win cases slapped on them on grounds that they are not legally the heads their clans.

    Naluwenda is among the five suspects were who joined Noah Derrick Lugya who is suspected to have pulled the trigger during the killing of Lwomwa.  They were charged and remanded to Luzira prison.

    The suspected master planner of the entire assassination Tabula Bossa Lugya is on run and is expected to be hiding in the think forests on lake Victoria shores in Kalangala island. Police has already placed a Shs20m bounty on his head as a reward to any person who will help them to arrest him so that he is charged in courts of law.

    As the fight to arrest Tabula continues, clan heads led by those who are battling with cases before Kisekwa kkooti include: Ffumbe clan head, Nsenene clan, Ngabi clan, Nkima clan, Enyonyi Nakisinge, Mamba and others. The clan heads also want to get an explanation from Kabaka himself why the appeals made before him as the Supreme court when it comes to cultural issues in Buganda are delaying.

    He added that chances were there to meet Kabaka before he traveled abroad in March because he spent a lot of time in his Mengo palace meeting a number of people.

    However, when contacted, Mutumba denied having any knowledge concerning the said resolution to write a letter to Kabaka.

    He explained that the matter they wanted to drag him into is criminal in nature and is still under investigation.

    “All of us were hurt by our colleague’s assassination but we should not use his death to solve our problems and grievances. Let them show you the minutes which we based on to pass such a resolution,” Mutumba said.

    He asked his colleagues to be patient, noting that the Kabaka will meet them at the right time.

    He added that they cannot force the king to meet them because he knows whatever is going on in their council given that minutes and resolutions for every meeting are always given to him.

    It should be noted that Mayiga reported to Kabaka’s subject that their King is out of the country. He traveled to Europe to see his medical doctors.

    Sources divulged that the Kabaka is expected into the country in May and it is the reason why he is not going to attend his birthday party on 15th of May 2024. Kabaka also missed his 69th birthday run last week and was represented by his sister Agnes Nabaloga Lubuga.

    Since 2019, Kabaka Mutebi has been receiving treatment abroad and highly placed sources claim that he is suffering from cancer even though Mayiga informed his subject that he is suffering from Allergy.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    Equity Bank Shs6.5bn Fraud Case Deepens As More Suspects Are Charged, Remanded To Prison…

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    Equity Bank fraud suspects Mukwaya, Mugumya and Kato appearing in court

    Three more suspects from Equity bank multimillion fraud case have been arraigned before the Magistrates Court of the Anti-corruption Division on charges of Conspiracy to defraud and remanded to Luzira prison.

    The accused persons are; Godfrey Mukwaya and Robert Mugumya, all former employees of Airtel Uganda and Fred Kato a former head of Small and Medium Enterprises at Equity Bank.

    Prosecution alleges that Mukwaya, a former sales manager at Airtel Uganda used different people to open up bank accounts through which the bank was defrauded of more than Shs10bn.

    State further alleges that Mugumya is linked to 179 fictitious companies that were created to defraud Equity bank and he used different persons to obtain more than Shs35 billion.

    The presiding Magistrate Abert Asiimwe did not allow the accused persons to plead to the charges reasoning that they are joined on the case file involving money laundering which is triable by the High Court.

    “While this court has powers to handle the case of conspiracy, this one is emanating from money laundering. I advise that you will plead to the charges in the High Court which has powers to entertain all the cases,” Asiimwe said.

    The three suspects charged brings the charged number to eight.

    On March 20, 2024, five people among them employees of Equity Bank were charged over accusations of money laundering in regard to disbursement of Shs62bn of unsecured loans to unqualified persons.

    The first suspects were arraigned before the Anti-corruption Magistrates Court on charges of obtaining credit by false pretense, money laundering and conspiracy to defraud.

    The remanded suspects are; the head of Agency Banking at Equity Bank Julius Musiime, Erina Nabisubi a relationship manager for telecom, Fred Semwogerere (Banker), Tumuhimbise Crescent Tibarwesereka (relationship officer) and Wycliff Asiimwe a distribution and marketing consultant with a microfinance facility.

    State alleges that between the 2021 and 2024 at Equity Bank in Kampala City, Nabisubi being a person employed as a relationship manager in charge of Telecom incurred a debt of Shs6.55bn from Equity bank falsely representing that the loans were being applied for by Najjemba Gladys who she fronted as having fulfilled the bank requirements to access the loans whereas not.

    State added that Nabisubi also incurred a debt of Shs300m from Equity Bank falsely representing that the loans were being applied for by Nagawa Latiffa who she fronted as having fulfilled the bank requirements to access the loans whereas not.

    It is alleged that between 2021 and 2024 at Equity Bank headquarters situated at Church House in Kampala, Nabisubi intentionally impeded the establishment of the true ownership of Shs6.5bn which she fraudulently obtained from Equity Bank as loan through account number 1032100370335 in the name of Najjemba Gladys purporting that the said funds were applied for by Najjemba Gladys as a loan whereas not knowing that the said funds were a proceed of crime.

    State further alleges that Musiime intentionally concealed the true ownership of Shs18 million which he received as gratification from Mutuuza Stella for having fraudulently processed a loan of Shs700m from Equity Bank by requiring her to deposit the said gratification on account number 1013101211316 in the name of Gilbert Rwaiheru Kiiza knowing that the said deposits were a proceed of crime.

    According to the charge sheet, in the year 2021 and 2024 at different places in Kampala and Wakiso districts; Musiime, Nabisubi, Ssemwogerere, Tumuhimbise , Asiimwe, Kato, Mugumya and Mukwaya conspired together to defraud Equity Bank of Shs62bn by fraudulently causing the disbursement of unsecured loans to unqualified people.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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