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    Secrets Why Pius Bigirimana, NSSF MD Don’t See Eye To Eye

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    Secrets why Ministry of gender PS Pius Bigirimana and NSSF MD Byarugaba Patrick Richard aren’t not the best of friends have leaked to Grapevine news exclusively. It has been revealed that sometime back, Matia Kasaija the finance Minister was advised by State House that the war between DMD Geraldine Ssali on one hand and MD Byarugaba Richard and BOD Chair Kaberenge Patrick on the other wasn’t good for the Fund.

    At that time Geraldine had just filed a case which forced court to order her re-instatement. Kasaijja ordered that the board creates a committee to spearhead reconciliation between Geraldine and Richard. Bigirimana was put on the subcommittee of the board.  The committee didn’t go far as Richard told belittled Bigirimana in that meeting. Bigirimana, on failing to make progress, told both Richard and Geraldine ‘if you don’t reconcile we shall chase both of you and get a new team’.
    He casually said he would talk to the president to have both of them out. Byarugaba asked Bigirimana why he thinks being MD NSSF was such a big deal. He assured him ‘you can take your job if you like’. Bigirimana assured him ‘I have my own way to access the president and get his approval’. The two shouted at one another and it took the intervention of board member Namata Mawejje to calm down things.  That was one area but then came the report on the stalled pension towers deal worth over 300bn in which the IGG recommended Richard must be reprimanded for misleading the board. The board in the end pardoned Richard and Bigirimana was understood to be among those who opposed this pardoning of the MD hence creating more bad blood.
    Then finally came the issue of UMEME board and who should sit there to represent NSSF. A number of names were considered e.g. Ivan Kyayonka, Geraldine, Henry Mukasa and Richard who was very much willing to sit there. In the end, Kyayonka died after a few sittings and in his absence, Richard and Bigirimana emerged the top contenders. When he learnt his archrival Richard had no problem sitting on the UMEME board, Bigirimana wrote a letter showing his loss of interest in the job which earns each board member a retainer of $10,000 (over 30million in Ugx) per month.  In the end, UMEME rejected Richard saying he may bring intrigue and divisions to UMEME. UMEME wrote a letter saying they want Namata Mawejje being a neutral person to represent NSSF on UMEME board. Richard’s fans reacted angrily thinking Bigirimana had
    de-campaigned their man Richard whereas not.

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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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