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    Police Bosses Quizzed Over Kidnapps/Murders: Kidnappers Beating Us With New Tactics – MPs Told



    Police Chief Martin Okoth Ochola (L) with his deputy Muzeeyi Sabiti recently


    Uganda Police Chief Martin Okoth Ochola has admitted that Police failed to track phones of Susan Magara killers for 21days, attributing the failure on the use of outdated equipment.

    Ochola made the admission today while appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, where the Force had appeared to provide responses to issues raised in the 19thannual report by the Uganda Human Rights Commission.

    In his submission, the Inspector General of Police revealed plans by Uganda Police Force to make amendments to the Police Act, to scrap off the 48hour mandatory rule within which to release suspects.

    Ochola told Parliament that whereas there is no reason why a chicken thief should be kept in the Police cells for more than 48hours, some crimes are heinous, and if suspects are released within the constitutional time, this would likely jeopardize investigations.

    Ochola explained: “Why should a chicken thief be arrested and kept for more than 48hours? There is absolutely no reason. Why should a person be arrested on a crime that can be bonded by the Police stay beyond 48hours? Just as you express fears, Government also has fears. There are crimes which you can’t in anyway resolve or investigate before you make an arrest, sometimes that arrest is part of the investigation process.”

    The Police boss cited an example of slain accountant Susan Magara who was kidnapped and later killed by her abductors, despite paying ransom, saying if Police had good equipment in place at the time, the deceased’s life could have been saved.

    “We failed for 21 days to trace the suspects, we agree this is a big failure on our part, it may not be necessarily because of the personnel, but because of the tools and methods that we were using. Our failure as Police is a failure as a country maybe if Police had better equipment, better proportion for the population, maybe we would have traced that person and found him earlier,” Okoth said.

    In its report to Parliament, the Commission called on both the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Police to invest in the use of forensic investigations, equip and train Police in the Use of modern investigative mechanisms including setting up a specialized unit to investigate crimes of torture.

    Police told the Committee that the issue has been undertaken with plans to acquire the state of the art software called the Integrated Ballistic Information System to allow Police experts develop a database for all firearms in the country.

    Okoth also said that plans are underway to acquire 136 Scenes of Crime kits and various consumables; master crime scene kits, sexual assault kit as well as train officers in the same field, where 200 are undergoing training out of the required 2000.

    The decay in Police’s investigation skills was further brought to light by newly appointed Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Moses Kafeero, who blamed the increase in kidnaps across the country on the new tactics acquired by the kidnappers who are now using phones of the victims.

    Kafeero confessed that the technology in Police’s possession doesn’t enable the Force track the kidnappers once the phone is switched off as the mast cannot detect these phones.

    He cited the example of the recent kidnap-murder case of Rose Nakiseeka whose phone was used by the kidnappers and each moment the phone was switched off, Police lost track of the kidnappers’ whereabouts.

    “This system of tracking works when the phone is on so you keep tracking the mast and when is off you can travel anywhere and the mast can’t detect. However, they could switch it on ask for ransom and when the ransom is sent they switch it off again,” Kafeero said.

    However, the Metropolitan boss’ remarks attracted angry harsh rebuke and angry stares from his boss, Deputy IGP Muzeeyi Sabiiti, whose message was received clearly, forcing Kafeero to shut up on the matter.

    The Human Rights report also blamed Police for continued use of the bucket waste disposal system in its Police station, a practice the Force bosses admitted still exists.

    The Force however revealed that elaborate steps have been taken to phase out this system with the new requirements put in place to ensure that all police stations built in the last several years have toilet facilities clearly provided to ensure that the bucket system becomes history.


    By Stella Mugoya



    FDC’s Amuriat Narrates How Besigye Forced Him To Meet Bobi Wine At Minister Ssebugwawo’s Home Before 2021 Elections…



    NUP boss Bobi Wine (L) withDr.Kizza Besigye (R).Inset is Eng. Patrick Amuriat the FDC Najjanankumbi faction boss

    The president of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Najjanankumbi function Patrick Amuriat Oboi has narrated how four times presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye threatened him hence forcing him to meet National Unity Platform(NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) before the 2021 general elections.

    Amuriat revealed that Besigye summoned him together with Nathan Nandala Mafabi the party Secretary General and Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo the former party vice president in charge of Buganda for an emergency meeting and because of the respect they have for him, they all attended the meeting.

    In the meeting, Amuriat claims that Besigye told them that he had made a political calculation by then and discovered that the only person who can bring political change in Uganda and overthrow Museveni’s government is Bobi Wine.

    He added that Besigye told them that FDC has to work with Bobi Wine and use his political base which is full of youths to force Museveni out of power.

    Amuriat disclosed that he did not allow them to give their side of the story.

    “Let me speak about this for the first time, Dr. Besigye told us that his proposal is not negotiable and we should follow what he was telling us to do. My friend Nandala Mafabi protested but Besigye told him that he does not care about his protest and if he declines to meet Bobi Wine, it is going to be the end of his cooperation with him,” Amuriat said.

    He further revealed that the meeting took place at Nabbosa’s home.

    Amuriat added that he pleaded with a furious Nandala to join themand they meet Bobi Wine as Besigye had asked them but he refused arguing that Besigye wanted to sell their party to Bobi Wine.

    Amuriat said that because of the respect he had for Besigye, he decided to meet Bobi Wine who also came at Nabbosa’s home.

    During the meeting, Besigye repeated his political calculations asking Bobi Wine to feel free and work with FDC which Bobi Wine accepted.

    However, he asked Amuriat why he was silent for the entire one and half hours without submitting anything or telling them whether he and his party were ready to work together.

    He told them that since he is just a president of the party, he needs time to consult his party leadership.

    He said that when he told other party members of what had happened in the meeting, they all advised him to concentrate on planning for his party because they were going to field a presidential candidate in the 2021 presidential race.

    “I was not surprised when Besigye, the person I campaigned for all the four times he stood for presidency and even lost my parliamentary seat refused to campaign for me in 2021,” Amuriat said.

    When I went to campaign in Kira municipality, our former party spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda hid from me. Kampala Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago also did the same thing. I was told that they hid because they feared to associate with me to annoy Bobi Wine,” Amuriat added.

    He confirmed that he felt betrayed by his party members who decided to hide from him at the time when he needed them most.

    He further said that they openly welcomed Lukwago with open hands after he assured them that he was coming to their party with over 100,000 supporters from Kampala city and Buganda region and it was on this basis that they appointed him the national vice chairperson in charge of Buganda replacing Nabbosa who had joined NRM government as a minister.

    “Some of our members were scared with Lukwago’s coming to our party. They warned me that he was bringing trouble. But I don’t listen to them because it was a small issue. Little did I know that the man was coming to weaken our party,” Amuriat said.

    However, in defence, Ssemujju said that Amuriat threatened his political victory when he decided to drive him to the nomination place at Kyambogo knowing well that his voters were supporting Bobi Wine and didn’t vote for any candidate associated with other presidential candidates.

    “People all the way were laughing at me asking what thing I was driving but I stood my ground for the good of my people. Even at the polling station, only me and my wife Faridah were the only ones who voted for Amuriat,” Ssemujju said.

    He added that all their troubles with Amuriat and Nandala started from the dirty money he claims they picked from President Museveni to fight Bobi Wine in the 2021 general elections which Amuriat denied.

    Ssemujju and other FDC members at Katonga faction are currently on countrywide tours consulting their party members on the way forward after disagreeing with Amuriat’s Najjanankumbi faction.

    Chances are very high that Katonga function is going to establish a new political party which they plan to use as a vehicle during the coming 2026 general elections.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    Lands Minister Nabakooba Dragged In Mayiga, Buganda Kingdom Clan Heads Fresh Fight Over M7’s Shs10bn Land Gift …



    Minister Judith Nabakooba (R) and Buganda Kingdom Premier Charles Peter Mayiga (L)

    The mighty Grapevine can exclusively report that Owekitiibwa Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo the junior Minister in Charge of Technology in the Ministry of Information Communication, Information and National guidance has started the process of helping Buganda Kingdom clans leaders to meet President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni over the contestation surrounding the multibillion land he bought for them in 2023.

    The development comes after officials in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development declined to start on the process of transferring the Clan leaders land title from the names of Dr. John Kakembo who sold it to their association company of Abataka trust.

    One of the clan heads claims that every time they tried to transfer their land title, officials in the Ministry of Lands referred them to their senior minister Judith Nabakooba.

    He says that when they met Nabakooba, she openly told them that Charles Peter Mayiga the Buganda Kingdom premier is the only person who can give the ministry the green light to kick off the process of transferring their land into the names of the company of their choice.

    “We tried to explain to the minister that we are an independent organ in the kingdom and can handle our matter without getting permission from Mayiga or any other person. She asked for a file where she kept a letter and she told us that Mayiga in writing warned her to be very careful when dealing with our issue. She advised us to go back to Mayiga and sort out our issues before going back to her office,” he said.

    When contacted for a comment, Owekitiibwa Israel Kitooke Kazibwe the Kingdom information and mobilization minister confirmed the development and advised the aggrieved clan heads to work with Owekitiibwa Christopher Bwanika the Kingdom Attorney General to sort out their issues legally.

    “What I can tell you, here in Buganda Kingdom, we don’t have independent organs now. All of us are working under King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi who is a corporation sole. By the way, the premier is just helping those people (clan heads) to save their land from fraudsters who can use the land laws to grab it from them,” Kitooke said.

    He revealed that Mayiga never dragged himself into their issues. He explained that it was the clan heads themselves who went into his office seeking advice on how to deal with the registration of their land and he assigned Bwanika to help them.

    He added that the Mengo administration cannot allow any person or organisation to register any entity which is familiar or related to Buganda Kingdom without the knowledge and authorization of the Kingdom leadership.

    “They wanted to register Abataka Trust Company which is carrying a name relating to Buganda. So this meant that they had to first get authorization from the Kingdom administration, and what I can assure them is that no one is interested in grabbing their land and whatever is being done is in good faith and for their benefit,” Kitooke said.

    However, the clan heads admitted that without their authority as Buganda Kingdom clan heads council, their executive committee led by Omuttaka Ssalongo Augustine Kizito Mutumba their speaker took all the documents prepared by their lawyers to re-register their Abataka trust company to Mayiga but since then, they have not yet reported back to them. When they ask for the progress of the process, lawyers they become elusive.

    theGrapevine has established that the Kingdom clan heads council is sharply divided with a section of clan heads led by Ffumbe clan head Yusuf Mbirozankya bitter over Mayiga’s involvement in their land issues.

    The clan heads have also disagreed on the proposal by Mutumba’s team to sell the said land and instead use the funds to buy another piece of land in another place explaining that it is the only thing that can resolve their misunderstanding between their council and the Mayiga led administration.

    “They told us that they cannot step on land which Museveni purchased for us, because we didn’t get permission from Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi or Mayiga. We know they have issues with President Museveni but for us he is our savior and we will not betray him by following their ill intentions,” a clan head said.

    theGrapevine also established that Mbirozankya’s team and their lawyers have also failed to re-register their Abattaka trust company on grounds that Buganda Kingdom Attorney General  Bwanika wrote to Uganda Registration Service Bureau (URSB) asking them not to re-register the company without the authorisation of Buganda Kingdom or their original directors who include: Allan Waligo Nakirembeka, Suleiman Mayige Kinnalwa, Emmanuel Kafumu Ddamulira Sebitabo, Deus Maweesano Kyeyune Kukeera and David Mayanja Wooya, who are all clan heads.

    The company was deregistered in 2023 for failing to implement the requirement by URSB showing that it is still in operation.

    In 2023, Mayiga declared before Buganda Kingdom parliament that he will not allow any person to divide Buganda and a resolution was passed by the parliament condemning the clan heads meeting wih Museveni without the authorization of Kabaka Mutebi or Mayiga.

    However, the negotiations led by city lawyer and also Kingdom lands Minister David Mpanga Kisitu have been going on to solve the misunderstanding between Mayiga and a section of clan heads.

    The issue of Mayiga’s administration taking control of registration of their land has divided clan heads with some claiming that Mayiga wants their land to be put under Buganda Land Board, the kingdom agency which is responsible for managing all Kingdom land.

    They insist that they cannot allow Buganda Land Board to manage their land, given that it is the very agency that illegally sold their clan headquarters and other important Kingdom culture sites.

    “The reason why we asked President Museveni not to give us money but to directly pay the owner of the land was because we feared that the funds may be mismanaged.

    Kabaka gave us the land at Mengo near the official home of the Kingdom premier but Buganda Land Board frustrated us we failed to get it until President Museveni saved us and bought for us another piece of land. I assure Mutumba that we are going to physically fight to save our land,” one clan head vowed.

    Museveni paid over Shs10bn and promised to help the clan heads to develop their land.

    Another clan head told theGrapevine that they had started on the process of looking for investors to help them to develop their land but they all ask them to first show them the certificate of the land title registered into their names.

    He confirmed to us that the land title is safe and in custody of one of the minister’s in President Museveni’s government who has tight security.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    Panic At Rujoki’s URA And Chief Justice Dollo’s Judiciary As Auditor General Muwanga Kicks Off Investigation Into A Multibillion ECCMIS Fraud…



    URA's Rujoki Musinguzi (R) and Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo (L)

    The mighty Grapevine can exclusively report that the Auditor General John Muwanga is undertaking a forensic investigation into a multibillion fraud which involves staff from John Rujoki Musinguzi’s Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo’s judiciary and a number of prominent law firms around the country.

    On 12th April 2024, James Bantu on behalf of the Auditor General wrote to URA, the Judiciary and law firms asking for cooperation in ongoing investigations into the Non Tax Revenue (NTR) collection using the Electronic Court Case Management Information System (ECCMIS) for the period starting 1st March 2022 to 31st march 2023.

    “Pursuant to the above and in line with Section 24 of the National Audit Act 2008, this is to request you to avail us with evidence of payment of all and any court fees for all documents filed in the cases listed in the appendix,” Bantu told one of the city law firms.

    The Auditor General assigned Ivan Kibirango to lead the collection of the evidence and all law firms, judiciary and URA have to file their evidence with the Auditor General before the end of this week.

    Sources in the Auditor General’s office revealed that as their staff were compiling and auditing the judiciary and URA’s 2022-23 financial year books of records, they established that one receipt was used to file several court cases.

    “We wanted to establish the rightful suspects because we think there was connivance in committing this financial crime especially between lawyers, judiciary staff may be and some URA staff may have also been involved. The government lost money in the billions,” a source said.

    He added that the judiciary leadership is already informed about the development and one of their staff who was working with the Commercial Division of the High Court has been suspended as the investigation continue.

    Sources in the judiciary divulged that panic is high among court clerks especially those who have been in the practice of getting money in cash from lawyers and other court users promising them help to file their cases.

    Court clerks were using a single receipt to enter several cases into the court system through ECCMIS.

    Recently, Justice Benjamin Kabito the chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission directed all court staff including cleaners and court clerks to be registered with judiciary so that they can be supervised by the Judicial Service Commission.

    Before the said staff were put under the supervision of the Public Service Commission and Judicial Service Commission did not have any say over them even though a number of them have been implicated in influencing corruption in the judiciary.

    The Judicial Service Commission established that staff like Court Clerks and cleaners are the ones who pick bribes on behalf of the Judicial Officers including judges and Justices but they cannot take disciplinary action against them because they are under Public Service Commission.

    A number of Court Clerks and cleaners protested the move but Justice Kabito warned that they would lose their jobs.


    By Hadijjah Namagembe


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