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    Saleh’s Girlfriend Burnt My House, She Warned Me that She Wields A Lot Of Power In The Army And Can Kill Me!

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    By Jamil Lutakome

    DAVID Owaya (39) a resident of Nauleng village in Norya district has pinned Harriet Abel a girlfriend to general Salim Saleh  who is also a brother to president Yoweri Museveni together with his mum Rose  Nyeko the NRM party chairperson Norya district for conniving with other UPDF commanders to steal their family land. (The Grapevine broke this story on 21 Oct).

    While testifying before Justice Catherine Bamugemereire probe of inquire into land matters, Okwaya said that immediately after the LRA war in 2007, he decided to come back to their home together with his family members after spending many years in Internally Displaced camps. On reaching their home, they found in other people headed by professor Okeyo Obongo. His father the late Livingstone Okello decided to take them to court and successfully won the case. They settle at their place without any inconvenience until last year when Harriet Abbel come together with her mother Rose Nyeko claiming that Okwaya and his family are sitting on their land.

    On 29-05-2016 she again come back together with his two brothers plus two vehicles full of armed UPDF soldiers plus others who were dressed in civilian clothes carrying guns and big sticks. They went to the area chairperson who convened a meeting and Abbel told them that she was going to use force to survey the land. She used a surveyor by the names of Julius Kidega who even demarcate their land with marking stones. Okwaya told the commission that they protested the eviction and reported the matter to police but they were not helped.

    Abbel in the middle in glass with the friends at the commission

    On 21-05- 2017, Abbel together with some UPDF soldiers came back and set fire on their nine houses and everything which was inside was destroyed.  Because they were overwhelmed, they reported the matter to the investigative officer 4th division UPDF who came to observe what had happen. He found two UPDF soldiers in uniform and he ordered them to go with him. Immediately, Abbel came with other soldiers and warned them that if they don’t leave the land, she was going to kill them because she wields a lot of power in the army due to her status. “Yes we know that she is a wife to general Salim Saleh that’s why she changes soldiers like clothes and we cannot do anything to her my Lord,” Okwaya told the commission.

    Okwaya further told the commission that one time he was in their garden with other family members harvesting cassava when a UPDF soldier come together with another man on a motorcycle and both were carrying guns. These officcers chased them from their garden. When they tried to resist, the UPDF officers shot leaving Okwaya and his famiy to run for their dear lives.

    Because they were stranded and didn’t have where to go, they remain on the land while staying in a small hut they had built. However, two soldiers   come with Abbel and told their elder brother that if they don’t leave the land that very night, they would be dead by morning.

    Okwaya said that they left went to Regon sub county where they stay up to now. They pleaded with the commission to assist them get their land bach which measured upto 500 acres and is currently occupied by Abbel who uses it as a grazing ground for her animals. The commission also learnt that Abbel, who is guarded like a general due to her status, also forcefully took peoples’ land in Maowera and in Amuru

    Sources told the Grapevine that Abbel has two kids with general Saleh and she stays in Ntinda. She is expected to testify before the some commission on Wednesday 25 October at Wandegeya where the commission seats.

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    NUP’s Bobi Wine And PFT’s Besigye To Observe Elections In Kenya…

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    L-R: NUP SG Rubongoya, Bobi Wine and Besigye in Kenya

    National Unity Platform (NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine and People’s Front for Transition (PFT) boss Dr. Kizza Besigye have been chosen among the 36 election observers ahead of Kenya’s elections.

    Former Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe is leading the Brenthurst Foundation’s upcoming election observer mission for the Kenyan national elections which are due to take place on 9th, August.

    Among the delegates selected from Uganda is Dr.Kizza Besigye, Robert Kyagulanyi, NUP General Secretary, Lewis Rubongoya and Ms. Elone Natumanya.

    Hailemariam noted that, “The 36 persons delegation, accredited by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) which includes political leaders and policy makers from around Africa, will be in Kenya from 5th-11th August and will be stationed in groups in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Uasin Gishu.”

    He added, “Democratic processes, participatory governance, peace and security on the African continent have come a long way in recent years but have also suffered a number of setbacks.”

    “Our hope is that in Kenya, we see the best democratic processes in action which are consistent with the objectives of Agenda 2036, the Africa we want, which speaks to “an Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law,” he maintained.

    The Brenthrust Foundation’s director, Dr.Greg Mills also contended that the Brenthrust foundation is committed to strengthening economic growth in Africa, in part through identifying and sharing best practice, given the continental correlation between democratic conditions and long-term development performance.

    “We look forward to playing our part in ensuring that kenya’s election election proceeds smoothly, fairly and free from upset.”

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Government To Rehabilitate And Revamp Railway Networks To Curb High Prices Of Fuel…

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    Government is set to revamp the railway networks across the country to help curb transportation challenges arising from increasing fuel prices.

    The state minister for works and transport, Fred Byamukama confirmed the report following the president’s speech on Friday regarding high fuel prices.

    During the president’s address, he noted Uganda’s real problem currently is fuel and the answer to it is electrical vehicles and the railway.

    Confirming the report, Byamukama said that the government is revamping different railways across the country with a purpose of reducing heavy traffic jam and transport fares.

    “From Kampala to Malaba which is 243km is the only line we have functioning at the moment,” he said.

    Byamukama re-echoed that Museveni reminded the country and gave a directive that he had earlier through the ministry of works and transport embarked on revamping the railway transport in Uganda.

    Byamukama analysed that the one from Malaba to Mukono then to Kampala and the one from Tororo to Gulu is 375 km.

    “Then we have Gulu to Pakwach which is 129km, Kampala to Kasese is 350km and also we have the one from Mukono to Kampala then Kyengera to Portbell which is about 55km.”

    Byamukama also revealed that the ministry is planning to introduce a modern standard gauge railway system in addition to the 1266km metre gauge railway volume with an agenda of improving relationship among the East African member countries.

    “The East African community members agreed, we have seen Kenya and Tanzania doing it and other countries. For us, we are delayed by that connection that Kenya must connect from Naivasha up to Malaba.”

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    FDC Boss Narrates How Former Kampala Legislator Nabilah Played 3 Top Politicians In 24 Hours…

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    Former Kampala woman MP Nabilah (L) and Kira Municipality MP Semujju Nganda (R)

    Maverick Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) spokesperson and also Kira Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has revealed how former Kampala Woman MP Nabilah Naggayi Ssempala played 3 top politicians within a period of 24 hours.

    Ssemujju narrated that Nabilah used her beauty very well to capture the three men’s attention to fulfill her goal of winning the 2016 parliamentary seat.

    “I’m telling you Nabilah is a superwoman, she met president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni early in the morning at State House Entebbe, later in the evening she was with John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, who by then was a political enemy to President Museveni, the next morning she was with Dr. Kizza Besigye who was a political enemy to Museveni and Mbabazi by then,” he said.

    He divulged that when Dr. Besigye appointed him to his select team that had to accompany him to Namboole stadium for his nomination as presidential candidate, Nabilah was not in his plans because he was briefed with evidence that she was with Museveni and Mbabazi.

    He was also told that Nabilah was an operative sent by Museveni’s camp.

    Ssemujju revealed that he was very surprised to meet Nabilah seated close to Dr. Besigye the next day.

    He said that he tried to forcefully evict her from sitting near Besigye but he was advised that he was brewing trouble for himself.

    He insisted that most of the politicians in Uganda are like prostitutes without principles to stand on.

    He added that it is the reason why in 2021, Nabilah was with NUP’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and she was fronted to contest against Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.

    He narrated that right now, he knows that there are a number of politicians who are fighting tooth and nail to make sure that there is no cooperation between Dr. Besigye and Bobi Wine because they think that that if these two opposition heavyweights cooperate, some MPs will lose their political seats.

    Nabilah was not reached for a comment because she did not pick our phone calls.

    Nabilah recently suprised court when he testified against her husband Isaac Ssempala Ssebagala before the High Court Commercial division over a debt she ate from Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba who wants to take their family house for failing to pay back his money.

    It is alleged Nabilah got the money without the consent of her husband but now wants her husband to pay or surrender the house to Baryamureeba.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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