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    People Are Going To Die Of Heart Attack: MPs In Hiding As Money Lenders Chase Them Down For Arrest Over Delayed Loan Servicing….

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    Speaker of Parliament Anita Among (R) and Kilak North MP Gilbert Olanyah (top L) who warned that some MPs may soon die of heart attack

    When you find your area Member of Parliament (MP) hiding in the bush or in one of the public toilets around town don’t be surprised.

    Gilbert Olanyah, the Kilak North MP has revealed that many of his colleagues are in hiding in fear for being arrested by tough money lenders.

    Exclusively speaking to theGrapevine, Olanyah said legislators no longer want to come to parliament or sit in their offices because money lenders have planted their agents around the House to tip them whenever they see any legislator or parliamentary staff who owes them.

    “Something urgent should be done to save our friends who ate loans from money lenders. People are going to die of heart attack. Getting a loan is not a crime, and it is the norm. But Members of Parliament should be saved,” Olanyah said.

    Olanyah said that in other parliaments, legislators used to get allowances on both local and international travels but these trips were stopped without any explanation. Now they are surviving on monthly salaries only.

    He added that legislators used to receive their monthly salaries between 1st – 5th  but now they receive their monthly salaries beyond 15th which is killing the loan repayment schedules for most MPs and attracting penalties.

    He was joined by Kalungu West MP Joseph Ssewungu who pleaded on the floor of parliament during plenary for a secret emergency meeting with the speaker Annet Anita Among to tell her their problems before some of their colleagues are arrested and jailed.

    Ssewungu said that members of parliament have a lot of problems and don’t have anyone to save them.

    He added that the reason why they are looking for the speaker of parliament is because in the other parliaments, they used to take their problems to the commissioners of parliament but the current commissioners are not helping in solving their problems.

    Responding to Ssewungu’s request for a secret emergency meeting, Speaker Among said that the said meeting will be held after the reading of the 2022-23 National Budget.

    She said that she is ready for a meeting with MPs even if it means sitting outside parliamentary premises. She promised not to allow the media in their secret meeting.

    However, when contacted, Chris Obore the parliamentary Director for Communication said that the problem is in the Ministry of Finance which is supposed to pay all government workers including Members of Parliament.

    He added that parliament leadership has not yet received money to pay Members of Parliament from the Ministry of Finance but efforts are underway to see that their people are paid in time.

    It should be noted that immediately after swearing in, MPs are given Shs200m for a car, they receive other allowances, data and laptops to access parliamentary information.

    When Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga was Speaker, she warned new legislators on the dangers of getting huge sums of money from money lenders.

    Kadaga cautioned them that it is a trap that will land them into problems and sometimes death.

    She made the statement after money lenders and banks started a policy of advertising their business around parliament and pleaded to the new legislators to open up accounts in their different banks.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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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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