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STANDOFF: We Are Going No Where, We Are Also Ugandans, It’s Museveni Who Can Stop Us – Tuku Tuku Drivers Warn Tax Drivers And Police

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TukuTuku drivers working along Nakawuka Kasanje road have vowed not to leave the road after receiving threats from Taxi drivers and police.

Taxi drivers asked TukuTuku drivers to leave the road because they are killing their business yet according to the law, they are not licensed to do the business of transporting Ugandans as they do but are supposed to carry luggage.

Today, police and the army fired tear gas and live bullets in air to disperse tax drivers who had decided to close the Nakawuka Kasanje road saying that they are no longer in business because of these TukuTuku, which are operating outside of the law.

“We had a meeting with the commandant of traffic police in Kampala Metropolitan about the TukuTuku issue and he told us that the they are not allowed to do public transport. They don’t even pay taxes and they are not licensed. Norman Musiinga gave them fourteen days to work but up now they are still on road, we want Dr. Kasiima to intervene, if these TukuTuku are allowed transport people, let them do it on other roads,” the taxi drivers cried out.

When the Grapevine spoke to the chairman of Tuku Tuku drivers, Arinaitwe Denis, he told us that they are not going anywhere because they are also Ugandans.

“President Museveni launched TukuTuku, no one can stop us from working, we are all looking for what to put on the table, it’s only the president who can stop us from working, we are resuming work tomorrow morning because today we agreed with police not to cause commotion,” Arinaitwe said.

Arinaitwe added that they have always contacted the authorities to give them PSV licenses but the authorities and government have turned a deaf hear.

However, the Officer in Charge of Natete police station Byansi Mohammed, who was pinned by the taxi drivers for being behind these TukuTukus said that it was the president who gave them a go ahead to operate. He added that there is no problem for a person to operate business in Kampala like others and tasked the commandants of different stations within Natete and the surrounding that for TukuTuku drivers to stop working, an order has to come from the president himself.

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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UPDF Arrests 5 Highway Robbers And Killers, One SMG Gun Recovered: Killers Confess

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A team of armed Senior Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) officers commanded by Major Daniel Atwine, the in charge Brigade Intelligence Officer, on orders of the armoured Brigade commander, Brig Joseph Ssemwanga together with police officers attached to CPS Masaka have arrested and detained at least five people and recovered one SMG AK 47 riffle in connection to the rampant gun attacks in this area.

Security sources told the Grapevine on Wednesday that some of the names of the suspects are Rwandan born Muize Ssemivumbi (38), a resident of Bujja village in Nyendo, who come to Uganda during the genocide and has been a cleaner at Kitovu Hospital, Muombamungu Ndumiwe from Congo, who has been a cook at Good foundation Primary School in Nyendo, a suburb in Masaka municipality and others who had not yet been identified yet by the press time.

Security sources further revealed that the suspects raided Kasana Kinobera trading center via Bukakata road, shot and robbed traders. They later escaped via Kitovu road but fortunately, the CCTV cameras in the region captured them in the act .

When the security operatives reviewed the CCTV camera footage, they started hunting for the people whose faces could easily be recognized, this led to the arrest of some of the suspects.

Security sources further told the Grapevine that upon arrest and interrogation, the suspects revealed that they are the ones who have been killing and robbing locals in this area. They also directed them where they have been keeping the gun after robbing.

Senior officers managed to recover SMG gun with some bullets inside the termite hill where the suspects have been hiding it .

The suspects also told the security operatives that some of the areas they robbed and killed innocent people include Kirumba near the RDCs home where they killed one trader and robbed huge sums of money, Bulaayi village via Bukakata Road where they killed a teacher, Mukudde zone where they robbed two mobile money agents and shot one person who was later rushed to Kitovu hospital for medication.

UPDF appealed to all locals especially the head teachers and other institutions who are recruiting worker to be very careful because some of them are wrongdoers.

By Ahmad Junior, Masaka

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NRM Party Is Full of Hypocrites – Captain Mike Mukula

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The deputy National Resident Movement (NRM) boss Eastern Region, Captain Mike Mukulu has attacked his party colleagues for being hypocrites.

Mukula made these remarks at Masaka Liberation square when NRM was celebrating party achievements in the Sub Region.

Mukula, who was the guest of honour told NRM cadres who gathered at the venue that he has moved different district and he has enough evidence of some of the developmental government projects which are supposed to benefit locals in different areas.

Ambassador Alintuma Nsambu [L], MP Muyomba Kasozi, Hajat Brovad (standing), Youth MP Babirye and MP Kakooza at the function

Mukula also asked all NRM members from different districts to follow his example by telling other people stuck in the opposition the tremendous things that NRM has done for this country and stop the hypocritical habit of attacking their own party and party members.

The Deputy Mayor Masaka municipality Sarah Nakyanzi, who also doubles as NRM top mobilizer in greater Masaka warned all youth in the country to be careful with some leaders more especially those from the opposition because their main aim is to use them like condoms then later dump them.

Nakyanzi thanked Masaka tycoons for supporting NRM activities and making sure that the party wins most of the vital position during elections at all levels.

Top NRM Cadres at the venue

Some of the Masaka tycoons who are strong NRM supporters include Hajat Sarah Kiyimba aka Hajat Brovad, Tycoon Emmanuel Lwasa Kaweesi the managing director Lwasa Gardens, Lwasa Events, Club Tavern Kick, Eng. Benon Mugarura of Zebra Hotel, Hajat Madinah Matovu, and many others.

Nakyanzi also said that before the meeting, the organizing committee documented aimed at improving the livelihoods of the locals in the Sub–region during president Museveni’s reign, among them include piggery, Poultry Farming, Infrastructural development, Palm growing, Water transport system in Kalangala district and many others.

Ssegawa Katumba, the deputy NRM boss Masaka municipality revealed that NRM government has managed to constrict some good roads like Alex Ssebowa, Nyendo Market, among others which has helped women and men to be liberated from poverty and famine.

RDC Herman Ssentong (R), Minister SSempijja (L) and other NRM cadres

Capt. Birimumaaso Mulindwa, the Lwengo NRM boss also read a statement endorsing Museveni to lead the party for another term in 2021 because he is the only leader who can take this country to another level. He warned that those competing against Museveni are wasting their time.

The function was attended by Ambassador Alintuma Nsambu from Canada, Agriculture Minister  Vincent Ssempijja , MP Muyomba Kasozi, Religious leaders, people from Central government and Mengo government.

 

By Aslam Kabugu, Masaka




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Police Net 3 Who Killed Reverend, Cut Off His Head And Hid It

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Police in Bukwo district have arrested three suspects who participated in the controversial murder of Rev. Neto Augustine aged 43 years on October, 29, 2018 in East Elgon Forest, Grapevine has learnt.

It’s alleged that four residents of Kapukorosoi village in Bukwo District have been sending their cattle to East Elgon Forest to freely graze without anybody attending to them and on the fateful day, the four including Rev. Neto Augustine aged 43 years had information that there

are people who are stealing their cattle from the forest and selling them.

The four decided to go to the forest to verify the allegations whether it’s true or not. When they reached the forest they ran into cattle thieves and three of Rev. Augustine’s colleagues started chasing them while making an alarm. So, the Reverend opted to drive the animals back home. The alarm his colleagues made attracted nine local residents armed with machetes who responded and on entering the forest; they met the Reverend driving the cattle and mistook him to be a cattle thief.

They beat him, striped him naked, cut off his head and hid it.

When the Reverend’s colleagues returned, they met the nine and explained to them what had happened and they inquired whether they had seen him.

The nine expressed ignorance of the Reverend’s whereabouts. The three decided to go up to the trading center where they held a meeting and when the nine realized that they had killed an innocent person, they started disappearing one by one.

The Locals accepted to work with the Police to arrest the nine who murdered the Reverend and so far three suspects have been arrested and confessed to the murder. The three suspects took Police to where they had hidden the head of the Reverend and it was recovered. Yesterday (31/10/2018), the headless body was brought from Kitalein Kenya where it was in mortuary and joined together with the head. The three suspects that have been arrested are Chelop Alfred, Chesur Andrew, Kiplungant Peter.Police is still tracing for the six suspects who are on the run.

 

By Remmy Atugonza




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