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    PICTURES: What Happened When Crysto Panda, Big Tril Headlined 2nd Leg Friday Night Lights IX…



    Kampala, December 23, 2023: The 2nd leg of Friday Night Lights’ (FNL) Season 9, was as electric as the organizers had promised.

    It all started with the setting.

    The venue set-up at the Lugogo Hockey Grounds on Friday December 22nd 2023 was probably the best witnessed in Uganda sports and many revellers confessed as much.

    Crysto Panda (in purple) guarding BigTril

    Right from the entrance the high impact walk-in tunnel and photo wall – which the fans later turned into their own court – made a statement for devotees to reset their expectations of what Basketball in Uganda could look and feel like.

    Upon entry, the Castle Lite branding, lighting, audio visuals (AV), sound and pyrotechnic gerbs (fireworks) were of a quality and glitz only seen at concerts and such festivals.

    Incoming City Oilers coach, Andrew Tendo (L) and the outgoing one, Mandy Juruni (R)

    Without a doubt the event team at Qi Sports Management and its production partners at ATS had established a new benchmark.

    And true to its tradition of mashing up basketball with showbiz, the stars came out for FNL in force.

    Ritah Imanishimwe, Team Iman captain

    Iman’s opponent, Team Afande more than matched their entrance with perhaps the most memorable walkout in local sports, where the captain Henry Okoth – a serving UPDF officer – led his troops out in an amazing lightshow and pyrotechnics, flanked by bodyguards in full combat uniform. Let’s just say the UPDF gets major PR points for looking this cool in a fun, relaxed environment.

    The icing on the cake was the rare presence of BigTril of the ‘Parte After Parte’ fame on Team Afande, who got the fans on their feet with his hit ‘My Guy’ – a collaboration with Fik Fameica.

    It was fantastic to see him back up Crysto Panda on the mic and then play against him afterwards in the true spirit of FNL. No slouch once the game started either, a fan was soon overheard to comment, “That guy (Big Tril) is a hooper!”

    Meanwhile NRG radio brought all the heat with DJ Beats, the NRG dance crew and host Sheila Saltofte aka Sheila Salta joining perennial FNL fan favourite Allan Musoke to maintain the vibe throughout the evening.

    On court, it was dribbles, shimmies and dunks keeping fans on their toes – more of the same please.

    In the 1st Leg on December 8, Team Melo beat Team Soro and Team Ekon saw off Team Drileba in Pool A. In Pool B, Team Iman overcame Team Wazee while Team Afande beat Team Comfort.

    Melo and Iman picked up their second wins in the 2nd Leg over Drileba and Afande respectively while Ekon beat Soro as Comfort subjected Wazee to its second loss, this Season.

    The semifinals will pit Ekon against Melo (Pool A) and the other will see Iman taking on Afande (Pool B). Both the semis and final will be played on the same day.

    However, with FNL being more about showbiz and basketball, the results are just a footnote, according to Tom Ocamringa, the event’s Team Leader.

    “At FNL, whoever participates is a winner because it is all about fun, engagement and interaction between league players, entertainers and their fans,” he said.

    With the last full season of the event having taken place in 2019, Ocamringa was positive that the energy was picking up again.

    “The enthusiasm from the fans of FNL is noticeable and yet this was only the 2nd Leg of Season 9. I believe even more will come through when we resume next month, after these December festivities,” he said.

    Qi Sports Management, the current stewards of FNL, promised a greater experience for fans and even more razzmatazz at the Season 9 Grand Finale in early January.

    On his part, Crysto Panda had this to say: “I honestly had a good time playing and engaging with the players and fans. FNL is going to be a big thing again. I encourage more artistes and entertainers to come through and showcase their basketball skills.”

    While Sheila Salta noted: “FNL is hip and cool; the kind of space I feel comfortable in as I hangout and catch up with my friends. It’s definitely a must attend for anyone who just wants to have a good time.”

    With a Castle Lite bucket containing five (5) bottles going for as low as UGX 15,000 and a single bottle selling for only UGX 3,500, fun was guaranteed whether one was there for the basketball, the music, the people or the nyama choma.

    Mountain Dew kept the players refreshed, while giving away goodies to the fans as well.

    Castle Lite beer is the headline sponsor under its new Unlock, Refresh and Enjoy tagline. NRG, the leading youth-centric radio in Uganda and FNL’s vibes partner plus Mountain Dew, are the other partners.

    The grand finale of FNL Season 9 is scheduled for Friday 5th January, pending confirmation.




    Tamale Mirundi, Lawyer Mabirizi On Standby To Stand Surety For TikToker Presure 24-7 Who Is Battling Charges Of Insulting Kabaka Mutebi…



    L-R: Tik Toker Ibrahim Musana, Tamale Mirundi and lawyer Mabirizi

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s Senior Presidential Advisor in charge of media Joseph Tamale Mirundi and maverick city lawyer Kassim Male Mabirizi are set to stand surety for Ibrahim Musana (27) alias “Pressure 247,” who was remanded to Luzira prison on charges of promoting hate speech and spreading malicious information.

    Last week, Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Ronald Kayizzi remanded Musana alias Pressure Pressure 24/7 to prison until 7th March 2024 when he will return for the mention of his cases.

    The trial Magistrate gave the accused person the opportunity to apply for bail but the sureties he presented to Court were not satisfactory because they did not have the necessary documents including a National Identity Card.

    As relatives and friends are still strategising on how to rescue Musana from prison, Mirundi confirmed that he is available to stand surety for him.

    Mirundi claims that the charges slapped on Musana are a threat to freedom of speech and expression and all Ugandans should come out and stand with him.

    “I have to stand with that boy, Mayiga and his people at Mengo gave money to a one Dr. T. Amala to appear on their Kingdom television and radio and he made comedy out of me. They gave him packets of waragi and drugs to show the public that I always drank and I use drugs. But they used him and after dumped him,” Mirundi said.

    He added that in Uganda, it is only President Museveni and First Lady Janet Kaguta Museveni who can win a defamatory case but the reputation of many big wigs is already damaged by no oner other than themselves.

    He added that they don’t have any moral authority to drag other people to courts of law claiming that they were defamed.

    He warned Buganda Kingdom officials to be very careful on proceeding with the case against Musana noting that he will guide him and expose them in court because he knows their dirty dealings which include stealing gifts donated by Baganda to their King.

    “I know some Royals fighting for Kingship are the ones behind the charging of this boy because he calls himself a King with proof that he belongs to the royal bloodline. They know that anytime he can ask for a DNA test,” Mirundi said.

    Lawyer Mabirizi also confirmed his readiness to fight for Musana’s right explaining that he didn’t commit any offence by insulting a person holding a public office and surviving on taxes paid by Ugandans.

    Mabirizi warned that if Kabaka Mutebi proceeds with imprisoning people because they have talked about him, Baganda would become angry and support the abolition of cultural leadership in Uganda as they did in 1966 because his father Sir Edward Mutesa was also threatening people’s free speech.

    Mabirizi gave a scenario when King Mutesa commanded Buganda police to storm Lubaga Cathedral to arrest Archbishop Nsubuga because he was supporting Ben Kiwanuka of Democratic Party and he survived because he was not found at the premises of the church.

    However, Israel Kitooke Kazibwe the Buganda Kingdom information and mobilization minister warned that the Kingdom will take all legal means available to punish those threatening and insulting the person of Ronald Muwenda Mutebi and his Office as the Kabaka of Buganda.

    He added that they will further take action including imprisoning those who take Kabaka Mutebi to Court on what he termed as stupid cases.


    By Hadijah Nakazibwe


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    Mirundi Narrates How He Survived Bullets After Allegedly Urinating On Pastor Ssenyonga’s Building…



    Tamale Mirundi

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s Senior Presidential Advisor on Media has narrated how he survived bullets while urinating on the building belonging to Pastor Jackson Ssenyonga of Christian Life Church in Bwaise a Kampala suburb.

    Joseph Tamale Mirundi revealed that one day, during the days when he was still being hosted at Pastor Ssenyonga’s top radio every Monday, he was approached by a Local Defense Unity (LDU) Soldier who accused him of dirtening their place of work. The LDU officer told Mirundi that his action were likely to cause deadly diseases to those who attend the church.

    Mirundi said that when he denied committing any crime, the LDU officer started pointing at the zip of his trousers claiming that it was open. He carefully observed him coaching his gun.

    He boasted that his senses informed him that the LDU man wanted to shoot him. He jumped in the air like an SFC Command and kicked the LDU soldier in the chest sending him tumbling down.

    He added that he stepped on his neck and the LDU officer was saved by Mirundi’s SFC Commandos who were given to him by Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba who pleaded with him not to kill a government soldier.

    “For me I fear those LDU people and I don’t want to come close to them because they are naive and they always want to show the public that they know how to use a gun. They don’t normally get the opportunity to fire bullets like other soldiers who go to war. So I don’t want them to make me their shooting target,” Mirundi said.

    He further revealed that he made investigations through his Mirundi Internal Security Organisation (MISO) and established that there was a senior pastor who was behind the LDU soldier who wanted him dead because of his loyalty and support to House of Prayer Ministries International senior pastor Alosious Bujjingo.

    He claimed that the said pastor had a misunderstanding with Bujjingo and was the one behind Teddy Bujjingo Naluswa who is fighting Bijjingo’s divorce case at the Family Division of the High Court.


    By Hadijjah Namagembe


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    TROUBLE: How Top Magistrate Fueled City Businessman’s Divorce To Chew His Wife…



    Drama ensued recently when a Master of Ceremony (MC) was forced to withdraw a microphone from a city businessman who attacked a male magistrate accusing him of fueling the collapse of his marriage.

    The incident happened at a public engagement meeting that was held at a playground in one of the five Divisions that form Kampala city where the Division leadership and the magistrate (names withheld) were invited by the Division Deputy Resident City Commission to advise the public on how to prevent and fight crime and to assess the public’s views towards the Court’s performance in the area

    When the invited guest had finished making their speeches, the MC invited those with questions to ask for the microphone.

    Among the attendees was a businessman (names withheld) who is popular in the Division.

    When he raised his hand, the MC quickly gave him the microphone.

    “I thank all our leaders here for organising such a wonderful meeting to air out our grievances and problems. I have a serious issue with our magistrate who is here with us, I’m very sure that he knows me very well because I appeared before him defending my marriage but he used the law to make sure that I lose my wife,” the businessman said before the microphone was grabbed from him.

    The crowd started shouting on top of their voices asking the MC why he removed the microphone from their man. The crowd wondered why he was being silenced yet the meeting was called to give them the opportunity to air out their grievances.

    The MC advised the businessman to talk to his lawyers and advised him on how to get justice, insisting that he cannot allow a full magistrate to be humiliated without evidence.

    theGrapevine sat the businessman down quietly after the meeting and he narrated how the said magistrate stole his wife.

    The businessman claimed that it all started when he appeared before the said magistrate to defend the divorce case his wife had filed against him.

    He disclosed that throughout the whole case, the Magistrate was harsh towards him and he did not know why.

    “I pleaded with him to give me six months to sort out my issues with my wife because I was still in love with her given that her issue was very small but the man just directed me to come back the next week for the hearing of the case,” the businessman said.

    He claims that he was surprised one day when after the hearing, he waited at the court premises to talk to his wife, who spent almost an hour inside court.

    When he went back inside court to ask the clerk about the whereabouts of his wife, the clerk told him that she was still inside the magistrate’s chambers.

    He said that within one month after the incident, the magistrate had already finished the case, dissolved the marriage and while delivering his judgment warned him to stop playing with people’s daughters because in the end they kill their future.

    He claims that he did not respond to him but just moved out of the courtroom since he had lost his wife, and his properties.

    He said that the next time he saw his wife moving with the magistrate in the same car and he was told that they are in love which confirmed allegations that he was the one fueling their divorce to speed up the process because he was interested in her even though she was legally married.

    He was advised by his friend who is a lawyer to petition Judicial Service Commission for help.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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