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    SHOCKING: How Lwengo Police Bosses Connived With Security Operatives To Con M7 Of Shs10m Condolence Cash By Presenting Fake Relatives Of ‘Bijambiya’ Murder Victims…

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    President Museveni after meeting relatives of some of the victims who were killed

    Herman Ssentongo, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Lwengo has directed the arrest of a senior police officer of Lwengo district and two men on allegations of conning the President.

    The shocking revelation was exposed after George Mbonimpa, Rosemary Nyirabaseveni and Nfitumukiza Kwizera petitioned the office of the RDC claiming that they are the rightful relatives of the late Francis Ruhamyakaaka who was murdered on 19th of August 2021 from Kisekka Sub County in Lwengo district.

    RDC Ssentongo told the Grapevine on phone that the deceased, who hailed from Kisoro migrated to Lwengo where he was working as a casual labour and his relatives told him that he had no relatives in Lwengo.

    Sources in the RDC’s office disclosed that Ruhamyakaaka’s relatives first secured a Court Order from Masaka Court, after being frustrated by police.

    They narrated that when they went to police to report that the people who were paraded before the president and took Ruhamyakaaka’s condolences cash from the president were not his relatives, police refused to listen to them.

    Ssentongo told theGrapevine that he has directed the arrest of a one Mbabazi who is a senior police officer at Lwengo police station and Edward Ssentongo a resident of Kyamaganda Village who registered himself as the young brother to the deceased and a one Katikkiro.

    Primary investigations made by the office of the RDC indicate that when the suspects received the money from the president, they didn’t join their colleagues but rushed into a nearby hotel and shared the money.

    Sources in the RDC’s office revealed that they have information that Ssentongo was given Shs1m which he used to buy 25 pieces of Iron sheets to finish his house, Katikkiro was given Shs4m and the balance was taken by Mbabazi because he was the master planner of the deal.

    Sources further revealed that when Mbabazi reached Lwengo, he gave Shs500,000 to a senior operative in Lwengo district who is now a fugitive.

    The RDC further told theGrapevine that he advised the family to wait for the body to be exhumed to prove that they are the true relatives of the deceased and after the masqueraders will be arrested and forced to vomit the money they got from the president.

    It should be noted that early this month, ISO detained their own operative who briefed his superiors that he had a man who wanted to confess that he was the one behind the Masaka killings.

    However, upon interrogations at the ISO headquarters in Kampala, it was established that the man brought before senior detectives was a masquerader and the operative who brought him just wanted to extort money from his bosses.

    He was detained and charged in Courts of law for giving false information.

    Sources in Masaka want the RDC’s office to deepen its investigations because there are many people who benefited from Museveni’s condolences yet they are not the right relatives of the deceased.
    Residents also accuse former Lwengo district chairperson George Mutabazi of allowing wrong people to be put on the list of those taken to the president.

    theGrapevine tried to reach Mutabazi for a comment but his known phone numbers were not going through.

    In September 2021, Museveni commiserated with the victims who lost their relatives in the Masaka murders with Shs250m as condolences and assured them that government is going to fight to make sure that the victims get justice.

    Two National Unity Platform(NUP) legislators Muhammad Ssegirinya (Kawempe North) and Allan Ssewanyana (Makindye West) were charged over their alleged involvement in the Masaka murders

    The two legislators were remanded to Kigo prison.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Former Minister Mbayo Survives Arrest, Sneaks Into CID, Grilled Over Nepotism And Corruption…

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    Minister Esther Mbayo

    Former Minister for Presidency Esther Mbayo has survived arrest after secretly presenting herself to Kibuli based police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to answer charges related to corruption and nepotism.

    Last month, police threatened to arrest the Luuka district woman Member of Parliament for refusing to respect the criminal summons issued against her through the office of the Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah.

    Mbayo pleaded with the speaker for assistance claiming that the police detectives are being used by her political opponents to humiliate her and brand her a criminal.

    However, the speaker advised her to go to CID and record a statement since police have followed the necessary requirements to summon her as an MP.

    On Monday last week, Mbayo sneaked into CID together with her lawyers and she was grilled by detectives led by Julius Twinomujuni.

    Sources at the CID disclosed that Mbayo was grilled on allegations of influencing the Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation(UPPC) board to approve her sister Christine Mayengo as the Finance and Accounting manager yet she lacked the required qualifications.

    It is alleged that Mbayo used her influence as the former minister to put pressure on the chairperson Finance, Investment and marketing committee Dr. Patrick Ibembe and Managing Director Tom Wasswa to omit the capable  candidates for the job as advertised in mainstream media in favor of her sister.

    It is further alleged that Dr. Ibembe disclosed that they did not have to engage any external consultant for the said recruitment.

    Sources revealed that Mbayo was told that her sister emerged second in the interview but she was declared the best candidate.

    Sources state that as a token of appreciation to these officials, Mbayo increased their retainer fees from Shs2,500,000 to Shs3,500,000 and Shs2,000,000 to Shs3000,000 to Board chairperson and other members respectively.

    Mbayo was also grilled on allegations that she benefited from the Shs9bn cash which was paid to UPPC by the Electoral Commission to gazette the elected political leaders and polling stations in the recently concluded 2021 general elections.

    Investigators allege that Mbayo directed UPPC management to share the Shs9bn and she was given her share which was used in her 2021 political campaigns in Luuka district.

    Sources revealed that the former minister denied all the allegations and she was released on a police bond.

    The current minister for presidency Milly Babalanda suspended the UPPC board and the management on allegations of corruption, abuse of office and embezzlement.

    Police discover Shs600m in the course of investigation and it alleges that this was part of the Shs9bn paid by the Electoral Commission.

    The police are still investigating the matter.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    IGP Ochola Drops Charges Of A 17-Year Old Who Announced Him Dead On Facebook…

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    Police has arrested a 17-year old senior student for allegedly announcing the Inspector General of Police dead on Facebook.

    The Criminal Investigation Division Spokesperson, Charles Twiine explained that on September, 22, 2021 a one Brison Olwyl Oz on Facebook declared that Ochola had finally died and that he should “rest in peace.”

    “Our investigators from the cyber unit working together with UCC followed up the case and found that the facebook account had been opened using a number 0752813959 belonging to Fatumah Nakazibwe who was tracked and arrested,” Twine said.

    According to investigations, Fatumah who is the mother to the accused  denied having a facebook account but said she would always give her phone to her son who is Mubarak Mubiru (real name).

    Having interrogated Mubiru, he admitted that he is the owner of the Facebook page however claimed that he uses it with three of his colleagues so they could be behind the  post.

    Police later arrested Mubiru’s colleagues who also denied having made the post.

    Mubiru, the owner of the facebook account later confessed that he is the one behind the announcement.

    “After the investigations were completed, the Inspector General of Police as the complainant was informed and on realizing the person behind the offence was a 17 year old student, he advised that he should be forgiven since he is still a minor and the IGP has a parental heart,” Twiine noted.

    “The file was however forwarded to the Director of Public Persecutions to ensure the charges of offensive communication slapped against the senior two student are formally dropped in accordance with the law,” he added.

    The CID spokesperson however noted that they are waiting for a communication from DPP on dropping of charges but warned parents to always be careful with their children and monitor what they do.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    More Trouble For MP Ssegirinya As Court Summons Him For Inciting Genocide In Facebook Post…

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    MP Muhammad Ssegirinya

    The officer in charge Kigo prisons has been directed to produce embattled Kawempe North legislator Muhammad Ssegirinya in Court over charges related to inciting violence and genocide.

    In a production warrant signed by Buganda Road Grade one magistrate Doreen Karungi, the prison authorities have been told to produce Ssegirinya on 15th of October 2020 at 9:00am.

    According to the charge sheet sanctioned by Jane Frances Abodo, the Director Public Prosecution (DPP), the state alleges that between the months of August and September 2020 in Kampala district, the accused through his Facebook page in the names of Ssegirinya Muhammad Fans Page incited the public to participate in violence against some of Ugandan population.

    “I am warning those who are trying to assassinate Hon Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, what will happen will be forty times worse than the 1994 Rwanda genocide,” the charge sheet reads in part quoting one of Ssegirinya’s Facebook posts.

    Ssegirinya was remanded to Kigo prison on charges of murder, attempted murder, terrorism and abetting terrorism.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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