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    Secrets Why Immigration Boss Sasaga Wanzira Is In Big Danger

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    President Museveni is very furious with Director Immigration Sasaga Wanzira and recently protested to his superiors at the Internal Affairs Ministry. Museveni’s anger has a lot to do with the mistreatment of the Chinese expatriates working in Uganda on very crucial government projects. 

    Sasaga’s Directorate is charged with issuing work permits for these Chinese whereby each pays between $2,000 and $5,000 depending on one’s status. It also depends on how long one intends to stay and what they are doing in the country.

    Museveni feels that under Sasaga’s leadership, Immigration officials have been erratic in the way they treat these Chinese and wants disciplinary action taken so that someone more responsible becomes the Immigration boss. It all started a few months ago when the furious Chinese government back home in Beijing summoned the then Uganda Mission head Ambassador Charles Wagidoso and grilled him while protesting alleged mistreatment of their people working in Uganda. He was handed a strongly worded protest note which one of the big man’s office secretaries confirms reached the President and he was very furious.

    The Chinese foreign affairs Ministry protested after Immigration officials, pretending to be very hard working, stormed the Karuma Dam construction site and arrested a big number of Chinese workers accusing them of not having work permits. “They acted very unreasonably and the whole operation was brutal and characterized by bad faith and Mzee now feels those who sanctioned it at Immigration are opposition saboteurs undermining his government from within.

    The Chinese were arrested in a very dehumanizing way and a message was immediately sent to the Chinese Embassy in Kampala whose officials immediately wrote a diplomatic cable and expeditiously sent it to Beijing calling for protection,” said a State House source quoting from an intelligence brief Museveni got regarding this matter. “Some of them had permits but those Immigration brutes never allowed them to run to their hostel or dormitory to collect them.

    They were rounded up like terrorists who had just killed someone very important in this country. Many of them became nervous and even left the country saying they can’t continue working on the project.” Mind you this project is already behind schedule and Museveni even fired long serving Energy PS Kabagambe Kaliisa a few months ago partly because of failure to properly manage this Karuma dam project. We have reliably confirmed all this was captured in the cable the Chinese embassy in Kampala sent back home in Beijing. When summoned, Wagidoso was told of readiness by the Chinese government to withdraw from the $3bn Karuma project which is being funded on their money.

    Sinohydro, which is constructing Karuma, is a government owned firm in China and the $3bn was got after Museveni personally spoke to the Chinese leaders seeking financial assistance. Wagidoso, who back then used to have the President’s hotline because of the importance Museveni attaches to Beijing, immediately communicated to Museveni regarding the Chinese government displeasure for the way their men at Karuma site were being mistreated and harassed by Sasaga’s Immigration directorate. “The President was
    very furious and summoned Sasaga’s bosses, the political leaders at the Ministry and quarreled to them. He told them ‘who is that stupid man heading Immigration? Who is he to mess up with my Chinese? Is he not sensible at all? Why is he devoid of a good judgment? How do you harass our Chinese friends over petty things like work permits? These are people who have given us $3bn to build Karuma which no other funder, including World Bank, can ever give us. I don’t want this nonsense again. You are the Minister. You either sort this out or I fire that man right away.

    This is Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo and we can’t tolerate such saboteurs anymore,” reliable State House sources quoted Museveni as saying. Sources add that Museveni ordered that going forward the minister must ensure Immigration officials travel to the site and issue those Chinese the work permits and other required documentation rather than requiring them to come and queue up at Immigration offices to get visas and work permits. “I’m told that place [Immigration] is full of small gods who are good for nothing.
    This nonsense of theirs must stop because I can’t tolerate anybody frustrating our Chinese friends.

    We are even lucky that incident wasn’t captured in the newspapers. It would have been more embarrassing to our Chinese friends. I have given you just months if I continue hearing similar reports of that Kimberembere from that Immigration man [Sasaga] I will have him charged and tried for economic sabotage,” Museveni is quoted to have protested to the Internal Affairs Ministry political leaders. Reliable sources say part of the assignment M7 gave Eng Badru Kiggundu when he posted him in UEGCL to oversee Karuma was ensuring this nonsense by Sasaga’s Immigration Department doesn’t happen again.

    Each work permit for the Chinese at Karuma lasts 2 years and the Immigration bosses charge $5,000 for each Chinese workman at the site and this figure is protested as too much in the diplomatic protest note the Chinese government in Beijing sent to Museveni through then Ambassador Wagidoso. After two years, the permit ceases to be valid and one is required to either leave the country or apply and get a new one. At Karuma there are many Chinese workmen because much of the work can’t be done by Ugandans. It requires specific skills which are mostly possessed by Chinese workmen. We were unable to speak to Sasaga for his comment as he was reported to be out of town.

    After several days looking for a comment from Mr. Sasaga on the incident, The Grapevine team was referred to Mr. Jacob Siminyu the spokesperson of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Siminyu told us that the Chinese investors incident was not sanctioned by Sasaga. He further told us that since the rumours, Mr. Sasaga has had several meetings with the president but that issue has never been raised.

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    Stanbic Bank In Trouble, Client Petitions Court After She Was Defrauded Of Shs68m Via Flexi Pay…

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    Stanbic Bank CEO Anne Jjuuko whose bank is under fire

    Nakku Joweria a resident of Kyebando has sued Stanbic Bank Uganda limited for failing in its duty of protecting her saving account leading to defrauding her of shillings 68 million which was withdrawn from her account in a period of 24 hours through Flexi pay an application she had never registered for.

    In a court case filed before the Commercial division of the High Court of Uganda and coming up for directions in the registrar Christa Namutebi’s chambers, on the 24th June, 2024 at 9:40am, Nakku Joweria through his lawyers of Kimanje Nsibambi Advocates contends that between 7th and 8th February, 2023, there was unauthorized withdrawal of 68 million shillings from her savings account No. 903000026244 via the Flexi Pay Banking, a platform of Stanbic Bank and a total of 28 unauthorized transactions were conducted by fraudsters who fraudulently accessed her account undetected by the bank.

    She questions how a savings account which had a transaction limit was significantly exceeded during the unauthorized and undetected fraudulent transactions which led to her losing her’ money.

    “Our client has been a loyal client of Stanbic bank since 2001 way before the implementation of the FlexiPay system and at no point did she sign up for or activate the flexi pay on her savings account. The 28 unauthorized withdrawals from our clients account using four unknown Airtel lines raises serious questions and/ or lapses on the part of the bank for which we hold the bank specifically liable for the loss since it was in a better position to detect and prevent this fraud had it exercised reasonable care to detect these suspicious 28 unauthorized transactions that took place within 24 hours on a savings account that was rarely operated by our client,” reads the documents in parts.

    She also questions the effectiveness of the bank’s authentication protocols with their flexi pay system, effectiveness of the transaction monitoring to the extent of allowing 28 unauthorized transactions within 24 hours using four unknown Airtel lines and significantly exceeding the account limit.

    Nakku wants court to direct Stanbic Bank to reimburse 68 million to her account that was fraudulently withdrawn and pay her the costs and damages.

    On 6th February 2023, Nakku Joweria lost her phones to the robbers on her way to work at around 9pm. She reported the incident to police at 9am and to the telecom companies on the 7th February 2023.

    However, the telecom companies MTN and Airtel couldn’t process the new simcards because she had misplaced her original National Identity card.

    The robbers used her MTN number to open up a wallet on the Flexi pay which number had four other Airtel numbers that don’t belong to her which they used to make 28 unauthorized withdraws of 68 million shillings from her Stanbic bank saving account on the 7th and 8th February in a space of only 24 hours.

    When she went to withdraw some money from her account on the 6th, March 2023 that’s when she realized that her money was fraudulently withdrawn from her account.

    She wrote to the bank manager complaining about the matter and the bank promised to do thorough investigations to reveal how the money was withdrawn by the fraudsters.

    Through her lawyers of Kimanje Nsibambi Advocates, she wrote a demand notice to Stanbic Bank manager to reimburse her money since it was their weakness and fault for failure to efficiently protect her account.

    The bank through Twine Arnold, the senior legal advisor, Risk and Dispute Management wrote back with an out of court settlement request.

    However, the bank had proposed to reimburse only 34 million out of the 68 million on the premise that the settlement shall not be taken as admission of liability by any of the parties, a proposal she rejected and instead thought for legal redress in the commercial court.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Minister Kabanda Panics As Traders Plan To Front Ssekitto To Battle Her For Kampala Central MP Seat…

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    KACITA'S Issa Ssekitto and Minister Minsa Kabanda

    Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) spokesperson Issa Ssekitto has confirmed that come 2026, he is pondering contesting for the position of Kampala Central Division Member of Parliament as an independent.

    Ssekitto revealed that his decision was based on the number of requests he has received from desperate traders who think that the only way to fight bad policies and laws made against them is to have their own in the parliament to argue their case.

    It should be noted that when traders met President Museveni in May 2024 at Kololo independence ground, they warned legislators in parliament who have been passing laws against them that they are going to sponsor their own candidates against them come 2026.

    They claimed that the legislators and other leaders who they showered with votes in the previous elections have betrayed them and it is high time they take over the country’s leadership.

    Sources inside KACITA told theGrapevine that Nagenda Musoke their chairperson also plans to stand for a Member of Parliament in one of the constituents in Mukono district.

    John Kabanda also plans to stand as councilor representing Kampala Central Division on the Lord Mayor’s Council.

    The traders insist that Kampala city and Metropolitan senior minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda has not helped them as a minister and accuse her of sidelining with their tormentors, especially the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).

    Since 2023, Minister Kabanda has been conducting clandestine political mobilization to replace Muhammad Nsereko who declared that he is not going to contest in 2026.

    Because of Kabanda’s declaration, Bobi Wine’s elder brother Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu shifted his interest from contesting for Kampala Central MP Seat to Lord Mayor fearing that chances are high that Kabanda will defeat him.

    Traders want parliament to remove EFRIS and reduce taxes on commodities especially imported items.

    However, President Museveni assured them that his government will not accept their prayers because they are against the country’s development.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    Bank Bosses In Trouble For Allowing Sanctioned M7 Gov’t Official To Access Money On Her Account..

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    L-R: Agnes Nandutu, Goretti Kitutu and Speaker Anita Among were all recently sanctioned

    The Western powers have kicked off investigation into allegations that bank bosses in Kampala allowed President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s sanctioned government officials to access and use their financial services.

    Sources in one of the top banks intimated to theGrapevine that their boss has been summoned at their bank headquarters in the United Kingdom to record a statement detailing how the incident happened and why.

    Sources claim that this senior government official was informed early that President Museveni was briefed about her sanctions and when she asked her lawyers what the sanctions meant, they quickly advised her with immediate effect to rush to the bank and withdraw her money which she did.

    “She came herself and withdrew her money and went with it, but we don’t know whether our bosses were already informed about the sanctions,” a source said.

    This bank source narrated to us a scenario where the former Inspector General of Police Gen. Edward Kale Kayihura’s close relative was denied the opportunity to open a bank account in their bank on grounds that his father was sanctioned and their bank was not allowed to do any financial business with him.

    Recently, the State Minister for Lands Dr. Sam Mayanja revealed that retired High Court Judge Moses Mukiibi told him that because of the sanctions, he could no longer access his money in the banks.

    He added that they asked President Museveni to intervene.

    However, the judiciary last week issued a statement noting that Justice Mukiibi is receiving his retirement benefits as a retired judge.

    Veteran journalist Joseph Tamale Mirundi explained that western powers give a sanctioned official six months to clear whatever they have in their respective countries including repatriating their relatives from their countries.

    But Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro, the National Unity Platform (NUP) deputy spokesperson said that the sanctions take immediate effect and all the money on bank accounts and properties of the sanctioned persons in foreign countries is frozen immediately when the sanctions are announced.

    Mufumbiro’s explanation was supported by a powerful security officer who told theGrapevine that recently, President Museveni posted one of his sanctioned security chief to one of the neighbouring countries; however this officer failed to access his bank account and when he tried to fix his ATM card into the ATM machine, it was swallowed by the machine and he immediately called Museveni pleading with him to withdraw him from the said country.

    Recently, the United Kingdom sanctioned Annet Anita Among the speakers of parliament, Agnes Nandutu the former State Minister for Karamoja affairs and Mary Goretti Kitutu the former senior minister for Karamoja affairs.

    Other government officials who were sanctioned include; Gen. Kayihura, Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu, Maj. Gen. Abel Kandiho, Maj. Gen. Sabiiti Muzeyi, Maj. Gen. Don Nabasa and a number of others including members of parliament.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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