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    Sex Isn’t Uganda’s Priority – Kadaga Tells Off UN



    Speaker Rebecca Kadaga


    The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has told off United Nations that Uganda has an avalanche of problems and gay sex is the least of the country’s priorities.

    The Woman from Kamuli made the remarks in a meeting with the delegations from the United Nations High Level Mission (UNDP, UNFP) who had paid a courtesy visit to the Speaker at Parliament.

    During the interactions, the UN officials raised a number of issues, with some officials tasking Kadaga to update the Global body on what Parliament is doing to protect rights of the sex minorities especially the gays.

    “Concerning Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender (LGBT), this is not our priority, I am sorry, so we aren’t looking at working on that issue. Our priority is food, education, water, life, not sex,” Kadaga said.

    It is not the first time that UN has been at loggerheads with Uganda on the subject of homosexuality.

    Following the passing and later signing into law of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, the then UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, through Dr. Richard Nduhuura the Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations Headquarters issued a statement on 25thFebruary 2014 raising concerns over the signing of the controversial law by President Yoweri Museveni.

    In his statement, Moon reiterated the fact that everyone is entitled to enjoy the same basic rights and live a life of worth and dignity without discrimination as per the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Ugandan Constitution.

    The Secretary-General warned Uganda against implementing the Anti-Homosexuality Law especially the proposal to impose sentences of life imprisonment for homosexuality, same-sex marriage and so-called “aggravated homosexuality”, saying the punishments could fuel prejudice as well as encourage harassment and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.

    Although the Law was later declared null and void by the Constitutional Court on grounds that Parliament passed the Bill without the necessary quorum as required by the constitution, several calls have been made to have the Bill re-tabled on the floor of Parliament.

    During the meeting, the UN delegation raised concerns over the ghost number of refugees with calls for Government to clean up the refugee register.

    Kadaga however told the High Level Mission that establishment of the actual number of refugees is hampered by the nature of the Ugandan borders where the people not only look alike, but speak the same language and cited the example of the DRC where refugees prefer living in communities instead of camps.

    The questions follow reports that revealed that top officials from the Office of the Prime Minister have been cooking up refugee figures so as to extort money from the donors.

    The Speaker informed the Mission that plans are underway by Government to register the refugees biometrically and called on UN to support the initiative.

    She also revealed that Parliament within a month’s time will debate on the issue surrounding refugees and make recommendations that will be forwarded to the Global body.

    The Speaker also called for the change in the curriculum and have studies on combating Gender Based violence incorporated in the curriculum.

    “I think I agree with you that we need to change approach for instance, the curriculum needs to be changed so that right from school, boys and girls are trained to respect one another,” Kadaga explained


    By Stella Mugoya



    OPINION: Busoga’s Rare Earth Elements (REEs) To Kick Poverty Out Of The Sub-region…



    A map of Busoga sub-region. Iset is the writer Mr. Faruk Kirunda

    Busoga sub-region is at the verge of achieving rapid socioeconomic transformation following the discovery of Rare Earth Elements (REE) on an unprecedented scale. The discovery has caused excitement and raised the spirits of everyone here. This could be the time for Busoga to shake off the tag of poverty and backwardness.

    With the discovery, a private company, Rwenzori Rare Metals Limited was subsequently granted a licence to extract the REEs. The local population is eager to know how Busoga is to benefit from the mining operations just as the Bunyoro Sub-Region region is benefiting from the oil project, even before the first oil is out of the ground.

    On another hand, optimistic opinion leaders are also wondering as to whether there could be other minerals in the sub-region other than the REEs to look to, for sustainable development of the region which is currently entrapped in sugarcane growing, thereby leaving many people in poverty, and hunger stricken.

    Aware of these issues, I recently mobilized different stakeholders for a baraza (community or public discussion forum) involving Busoga Sub-Region local leaders, officials from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD), Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) of the region and the Commissioner/Urban Authorities at 87.7 BABA FM radio premises in Bugembe, Jinja City North Division. The interaction was relayed live on BaBa Radio and TV for the concerned local communities to follow and participate in the discussions.

    From the side of transparency in light of this God-sent natural resource windfall, this is a good starting point to lay bare all the facts regarding the discovery and admit ideas on how best to prevent a mineral curse from manifesting.

    These are two categories of minerals that have been identified; minerals that are currently known and are being (or are soon to be) exploited, and minerals whose potential has been documented for further investigations.

    REE resources have been confirmed in Bugweri, Mayuge and Bugiri and consequently, a Large-Scale Mining Licence (LML00334) granted to Rwenzori Metals to extract REE. Additional exploration in the surrounding areas is still ongoing by the company. The discovery has attracted many other mining and exploration companies to lodge License applications to explore for more undiscovered REE resources.

    Gold associated with the Archaean greenstone belt environment occurs around Lake Victoria in Uganda Kenya and Tanzania. In the Ugandan belt, gold occurs in Bugiri and Namayingo districts. Evidence is gold rushes at Nakudi in Namayingo as well as Simase and Sigulu Islands. This is the same gold type in Busia areas.

    Another “mineral” is clay. The clay deposits occur at Kagulu – Nsomba and the large swampy rivers draining into Lake Kyoga area may yield abundant deposits to support a large clay industry to produce clay products like those of the Uganda Clays Ltd at Kajjansi.

    Granites; these are many within the sub-region. Granite and gneiss rock resources occur at many isolated hills in Busoga e.g. at Baitambogwe (Mayuge), Iganga (Iganga) Mawembe (Luuka), Namaira (Kamuli), Kasolwe (Kamuli), Ikanda and Kasato (Buyende) districts and Nsavu – Irimbi granite hills in Bugiri District. It should, however, be noted that some, for example, at Kagulu – Nsomba hill have cultural and historical significance and preference is to conserve them for those purposes.

    Between 2005 and 2012, MEMD undertook mineral resource assessment in selected areas of Uganda and identified a number of new potential mineral targets. These include Quartz-vein-hosted gold in Ivukula. There is high potential for discovery of economic deposits of base metals (Copper, Nickel and Cobalt) within the gabbro rock bodies which were discovered during a recent geological mapping and mineral resources assessment exercise. The prospects include: Kasokwe (Kaliro), Namunyumya (Bugweri), Butamakita (Iganga) , Bukanga & Naigobya (Luuka), Nabukalu & Bugiri (Bugiri).

    Kimberlites, the source rocks for Diamond, have been pinpointed in the entire Busoga, the most prominent one being documented at Kidera in Buyende District.

    Iron ore potential was estimated on Namugongo and Nambogwe peninsulas in Mayuge District along the shores of Lake Victoria. Peat, a heterogeneous mixture of more or less decomposed plant (humus) material, has also been discovered.

    Peat deposits exist along the river valley swamps in central, east and southwestern parts of Uganda. In Busoga, peat deposits occur mainly along the lower shoreline of Lake Kyoga. Peat is mainly used as a source of energy and in urban agriculture as soil for horticulture in the backyards. If this resource is harnessed in substantial amounts, it has the potential to turn around our energy and small space farming needs.

    Therefore, apart from direct benefits to land owners, the sub counties and districts where mining is taking place, Busoga sub-region is set to benefit from the ongoing prospective and mining projects in a number of ways. These include: employment for locals, market for locally produced goods and services, revenue from accommodation (rental houses) for workers in the projects, revenue from royalty share on government revenue from the project’s mineral production (Central Government receives 70%, District 15%, Sub County 10% and Land owner 5% of the total royalties from the productions) and improvement on infrastructure and social service overheads (electricity supply, water, roads, health care) in the region.

    As leaders of and from the sub-region, this is an opportunity to embrace with both hands. The plan of the Government to socioeconomically transform Ugandans has received a big boost of nature which we must optimise and leave a legacy. The Basoga should be sensitised more on the meaning of this grand discovery which has come when we needed it most and can overturn Busoga’s current poor economic landscape. When God blesses us, who can say “no”!

    Everywhere, Project Affected Persons (PAPs) should calm down as nobody will be sent off their land without consultation, amicable agreements and fair compensation. And in line with H.E the President’s directives, no minerals mined should be exported in raw form as that will be equivalent to throwing away jobs for Basoga.

    However, the discovery of these minerals shouldn’t in any way distract the people from engaging in agricultural production because not everyone will fit in the mining sector. Moreso, lots of food products will be needed to feed miners and to keep away inflation arising from short supply of food amidst a flourishing mineral industry.

    The sub-region is also endowed with a latent tourism potential which requires proper packaging and investment to bring about groundbreaking economic returns. This is Busoga’s time, as part of the bigger National Development Plans!


    Mr. Faruk Kirunda is the Deputy Press Secretary of the President of Uganda




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    State House Boss Narrates How Lt. Gen. Elwelu’s Stay On Top Of UPDF Command Threatened M7’s Stay In Power…



    Joseph Tamale Mirundi (C), Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu (L) and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (R)

    Maverick Senior Presidential Advisor in Charge of Media who also doubles as the spokesperson of the Patriotic League of Uganda (PLU) for Buganda region Joseph Tamale Mirundi has narrated how Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu’s being on the top command of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) have been a threat to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s stay in power.

    Last month, Museveni exercised his powers as the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed forces and dropped Lt. Gen. Elwelu as the Deputy Chief of Defense Forces and replaced him with Lt. Gen. Sam Okiding. Elwelu was appointed the Senior Presidential Advisor.

    While speaking on youth and children affairs minister Balaam Bagaruhare’s Radio 4, Mirundi celebrated Lt. Gen. Elwelu’s dismissal adding that he nearly caused trouble for president Museveni and the entire country.

    “Whenever I look at that man, I see him in the image of Idi Amin and I always get a thinking that what Amin did to President Milton Obote in 1971, he can do it to President Museveni,” Mirundi said.

    He added that he was very scared with the way Lt. Gen. Elwelu exposed himself after commanding the deadly attack on the palace of Omusinga wa Rwenzururu Charles Weasly Mumbere in 2017 and after boasted that he had killed criminals yet his boss by then, Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala was denying having knowledge about the attack.

    Mirundi explained that Gen. Katumba, as an exposed and intelligent army officer realised the trouble ahead especially the looming sanctions from the international community as a result of the attack, and this is the reason why he denied the attack much as Lt. Gen. Elwelu kept boasting thinking that he had scored before the president.

    He narrated that currently, Lt. Gen. Elwelu cannot fly out of the country because he was slapped with international sanctions and any country has the obligation to arrest him and parade him before the International Criminal Court.

    He noted that because of his being overly ambitioous, he was not surprised when Lt. Gen. Elwelu sharply disagreeg with Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba the current Chief of Defense Forces on the issue of Standby Class One order issued in 2022 when President Museveni was away in Rwanda.

    Mirundi revealed that Gen. Muhoozi who was then the Commander of Land Forces challenged Lt. Gen. Elwelu on the issuing of the order insisting that it was not necessary. However, the controversial General from Teso just boasted and issued threats thinking that he was untouchable and was in good books with President Museveni.

    “I laughed because in Uganda, I know we are few people who understand Museveni very well and carefully follow his political and security calculations. Really how can you believe that Museveni can trust Lt. Gen. Elwelu more than his son when it comes to the issue of power and his survival!” Mirundi exclaimed.

    Army sources who spoke to theGrapevine in 2022 confirmed that Standby Class One order was issued because there was a coup de-tat threat, the president was out of the country, his vice president Jessica Alupo was bedridden, the Chief of Defense Forces then Gen. Wilson Mbadi was also was out of the country.

    The matter caused a misunderstanding between Lt. Gen. Elwelu and Gen. Muhoozi which resulted into Museveni summoning the UPDF High Command for a meeting in Ntungamo.

    However, when commenting on the matter by then, UPDF spokesperson Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye told theGrapevine that the order was issued because the army wanted to clean some rot on their walls including counting the number of soldiers and weapons.

    But even though he was dropped, Lt. Gen. Elwelu recently said that he is grateful for President Museveni for trusting him and appointing him to several powerful offices in the army.

    Concerning his new appointment, Elwelu said that being a Senior Presidential Advisor is going to help him to give the big man advice.

    In the same development, Mirundi, the longest serving Senior Press Secretary warned government officials to be careful and avoid being excited when dealing with President Museveni because he is hard to understand.

    He explained that he warned PLU movement leadership especially junior Finance Planning and Economic Development minister in charge of microfinance Harunah Kasolo who is the Chief Coordinator for Greater Masaka Region to be careful with the statements he made against Museveni while praising Gen. Muhoozi their supreme leader.

    “I told Kasolo and other people, let us tell people that we are supporting Museveni and mobilizing for his 2026 presidential bid but also let us inform them that we have our standby generator if anything bad happens to our senior leader Museveni, but they were over excited and started making statements asking Museveni when is he giving Muhoozi power. That is why he made strange decisions against our thing,” Mirundi said.

    He noted that because Muhoozi knows his father very well, when he appointed him Chief of Defense Forces, he did not comment even though he still wanted to enjoy the political ride.

    He revealed that apart from Muhoozi, it is himself, Al-Hajji Moses Kigongo the NRM National Vice president and Museveni’s young brother and also Coordinator of the Operation Wealth Creation Gen. Salim Saleh who understand Museveni’s calculations.

    He said that Gen. Saleh once told him that because he understands his brother, when he summons him, he appears before him as an army officer, salutes him, talks to him, salutes him again and leaves.

    He rarely familiarizes himself with him even though they are brothers.

    Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said that one thing Museveni never jokes with is power.

    However, Ssalongo Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi the NRM National Vice president in charge of Buganda insists that political transition has started and very soon Museveni is going to surrender power to the new generation. He pleaded with youths to prepare to take the country’s political power.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    Bobi Wine Sends Warning Message To IGP Maj. Gen. Katsigazi With His Countrywide Tour Kicking Off In Mpuuga’s Masaka Backyard…



    Maj. Gen. Kasitgazi (L) and Bobi Wine (R)

    The mighty Grapevine can exclusively report that Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) is set to kick off his political countrywide tour early in May 2024.

    Highly placed sources at Makerere Kavule where the headquarters of the National Unity Platform (NUP) are located revealed that all strategies and plans have been concluded and David Lewis Rubongoya the party Secretary General was directed to inform the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi about their programme in writing.

    Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro the Deputy Party spokesperson confirmed the development and asked Maj. Gen. Katsigazi to be careful when dealing with their political tours this time because people are very angry with police’s selective implementation of law and order especially when it comes to issues concerning Bobi Wine.

    “The other time, he wrote a letter stopping our countrywide tour but I’m warning him this time to be very careful and to accept to cooperate with us because we are law abiding citizens,” Mufumbiro said.

    It should be remembered that in 2023, Maj. Gen. Katsigazi stopped Bobi Wine’s countrywide tour with immediate effect explaining that he was inciting violence through his tribalistic statements and violating road transport law and order which led to death of some people.

    Bobi Wine was in Luwero district when he made serious allegation against the person of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, his son Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba and other members of the First Family.

    Criminal files were opened at Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters against Bobi Wine and other members of his party and sources told theGrapevine on Thursday morning that investigations into the matter are still ongoing.

    Sources in NUP said that Bobi Wine’s countrywide tour is going to start immediately when he returns from the United Kingdom where he is expected to hold a music show on 20th of April 2024.

    Sources further revealed that Bobi Wine’s plan is to kick off his political countrywide tour in Greater Masaka and his first political rally is going to be held in the constituency of the former Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba and he will politically respond to him and his blue eyed boy the Kimanya-Kabonera legislator Dr. Abed Bwanika.

    “We want to prove a point that both Mpuuga and Muhoozi Patriotic League of Uganda are nothing. We are not going to give out money to transport people to attend our rallies but we are going to double those who attended Muhoozi’s rally in Masaka,” one of the organisers of Bobi Wine’s countrywide tour revealed.

    Bobi Wine’s countrywide tour comes at a time when four time presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye is also on the countrywide political tour with his Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Katonga faction group members.

    Besigye said that the move is about consulting their party members on the next move after they disagreed with FDC Najjanankumbi group led by Patrick Amuriat Oboi and Nathan Nandala Mafabi.


    By Hadijjah Namagembe


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