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    State House Boss Killed My Uncle: City Engineer Pins Museveni Adviser

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    Galabuzi testifying before the commission

     

    City engineer James Galabuzi Mukasa the proprietor of Gala construction company limited pinned president Yoweri Museveni’s adviser Resty Nakayenga Kigguli on killing his uncle.

    Galabuzi testified before Bamugemereire’s commission of inquiry into land matters that in 2004, his uncle Albert Mackay Kalula Mukasa was murdered under unclear circumstances.

    While narrating his story, Galabuzi said that it all started in 2004 when he received a phone call from Nakayenga who introduced herself as a presidential adviser.

    Nakayenga told Galabuzi that she wanted to get his defence because Samson Kibuuka Mukasa, John Ssessanga, Wilberforce Mayengo and Nakasaga Namakula had reported to her that Galabuzi had allegedly kidnapped their father Kalula.

    Galabuzi said that he asked Nakayenga to give his defence in her office at state house but Nakayenga refused and asked him to get another place. They decided to meet at Peter Mulira’s chambers because Mulira is a relative to Kalula and Galabuzi and also a lawyer to the Ham Mukasa family.

    Galabuzi testified that he met Nakayenga together with other family members and explained to her that they have secured a court order and a medical report signed by Dr James Walugembe from Mulago hospital to take Kalula to Butabiika hospital.

    They further explained to her that the medical report indicated that Kalula was mentally disturbed. Galabuzi said that they also told Nakayenga that the people who had earlier reported to her that they are children of Kalula were lying. They told her that Ssessanga and his friends were doing all this to steal his big chunk of land which he got from his father Ham Mukasa who was a chief in Kyaggwe.

    Kalula received over 2000 acres of land in Nabuti Mukono, Ttakajjunge, Kabembe, Nakabugo, Ndeeba and Mengo.

    Galabuzi told Nakayenga that Ssessanga was using the opportunity of Kalula’s mental illness to steal his land titles and transfer them to their names.

    Galabuzi said that one day, he drove directly to Butabiika hospital where Kalula was admitted to see him but unfortunately, they were denied access. The junior officers at Butabika told them that they have received orders from state house not to allow any body to see Kalula because some people wanted to kill him over land.

    Galabuzi said that Nakayenga explain to them that she was the one who issued those orders restraining anybody to see Kalula.

    Galabuzi later agreed to meet Nakayenga at a certain restaurant in Kampala and have a breakfast meeting to explain to him what she wants to discuss with Kalula before proceeding to Butabiika.

    Unfortunately, he received a call from Nakayenga telling him that she had canceled the meeting because she had got an emergency issue to deal with.

    Galabuzi said a few minutes later, he received another call from one of the officials at Butabiika hospital telling him that Nakayenga was at the hospital forcing her way through to meet Kalula with papers she wants him to sign.

    Galabuzi quickly drove to Butabiika hospital together with other relatives and found Nakayenga fighting with Butabiika officials with armed men.

    Galabuzi decided to leave without interfering, Nakayenga and her men where overpowered and she didn’t see Kalula.

    A few days later, Galabuzi said he received a call from Butabiika officials telling him to go and pick Kalula because he had recovered.

    The hospital officials however advised him not take Kalula home but first hide him somewhere where he will be safe because they had realized that some evil minded people wanted to harm him.

    Galabuzi took Kalula to the home of one of his friends Jaby Kironde where he spent three days. Kironde called Galabuzi to come and pick Kalula because he was home sick.

    Galabuzi took Kalula to his home in Mukono. A few days later, he received a call from one of the Kalula neighbours who informed him that Kalula was kidnapped by armed men who were moving in a white vehicle with state house number plates.

    Galabuzi told the commission that upon receiving this disturbing news, he immediately reported a kidnap case on file number SD/REF/25/28/08/04 at Mukono police station and on SD/153/30/08/04 at CPS Kampala.

    However, after three weeks, he received another call from Kalula’s neighbours telling him that Kalula was brought back guarded by armed men.

    Galabuzi drove to Kalula’s home and tried to ask him where he had gone but he refused to tell him because while he was talking to him, a certain armed man came with a phone and told Kalula to talk to the woman who was on phone.

    The woman warned Kalula not to reveal to Galabuzi where he was.

    Galabuzi testified that while he was still talking to Kalula, a certain Lady who introduced herself as Mary Nakafeero came and told them that he wants Kalula to sign his land papers to legalize his tenancy.

    Nakafeero also told galabuzi that Kalula was staying with Nakayenga at his home in Kyaliwajala, a Kampala suburb.

    Nakafeero also told Galabuzi that Kalula signed many land transfers while in Kyaliwajjala. Galabuzi stopped Kalula from signing any more papers and informed Nakafeero that Kalula is mentally disturbed.

    Galabuzi later received a call from a Lady who told her that she was called Birungi and told him that Kalula was dead and his body was taken to Kadic hospital.

    Galabuzi drove to Kadic hospital but he didn’t find Kalula’s body there. The management of Kadic told him that Kalula’s body was taken to Mulago because by the time they brought him, he was already dead.

    He drove to Mulago mortuary but still Kalula’s body was not there. Galabuzi called the late Lawrence Kaggwa who was the director of Mulago hospital.

    Kaggwa advised him to go to KCCA city mortuary because that is where some bodies are kept.

    Galabuzi drove to KCCA mortuary but surprisingly, he found Nakayenga there with many armed men.

    He moved directly to the mortuary authorities asked for the body of Kalula.

    Dr. Moses Byaruhanga told him that they are working on it and that Nakayenga had already signed his postmortem report as the next of kin.

    Galabuzi said that he told the doctors that Nakayenga is a masquerader and is not in any way related to Kalula.

    When doctors called Nakayenga and informed her about Galabuzi’s claim, she shouted at Dr. Byaruhanga and drove off with her armed men.

    Galabuzi told Bamugemereire’s commission that the postmortem report indicated that Kalula died of a heart attack.

    He said that the mortuary, one of the lady who was with Nakayenga told him that Kalula first ate breakfast before signing certain papers.

    The lady further told Galabuzi that after breakfast, Kalula developed stomach complications and pain. He was rushed to Kadic hospital but died on the way.

    After burial, the Kalula family decided to appoint Michael Galabuzi, Zakaliya Mukasa, James Galabuzi and Edward Kasedde as adinistrators to Kalula’s estate.

    They secured powers of attorney granted by justice Remmy Kasule but they also got information that Sessaenga and Kibuuka were also securing powers of attorney from justice Moses Mukiibi to manage Kalula’s estate.

    Galabuzi decided to run to court and court ordered that all transfer forms signed by Kalula be examined.

    A writing expert discovered that the will which Ssessanga and Mukiibi took to court to secure powers of attorney was forged.

    Court also ordered DNA test from Ssessanga, Mukiibi and relatives of Kalula especially Edward Kasede was the biological brother to Kalula. They all refused at first but later Ssessanga accepted to be tested, the results indicated that they were not related to the late Kalula.

    When court ordered Mukiibi to be tested, he took off and went into hiding.

    Galabuzi asked the commission to save them from Christian Namirembe, the Mukono district land titles registrar because she denied them an opportunity to acccess documents of Kalula’s properties.

    Bamugemereire promised that very soon Nakayenga will be summoned because she has already made her statement on the matter.

     

    By Jamil Lutakome

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    Panic In UPDF As Furious M7 Gives Gen Okidi’s Team Two Weeks To Give Him Detailed Report On Why Army Helicopters Are Crashing…

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    One of the army helicopters that crashed recently

    A furious President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who is the Commander-In-Chief has ordered Maj. Gen. Charles Okidi’s team to present to him a detailed report on why Uganda People’s Defense Forces(UPDF) helicopter crashed in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) and killed the country’s soldiers including a Ukrainian national who was the pilot.

    Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye, the UPDF spokesperson confirmed the incident explaining that as usual when such incidents happen, the president orders for investigations.

    According to Reuters, more than 22 UPDF soldiers have died in two separate helicopter crash incidents inside DRC where the country’s commandos are fighting the deadly Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) terrorists who have been frequently killing Ugandan and Congolese nationals.

    However, Gen. Kulayigye rubbished Reuters reporting on the number of UPDF soldiers who have died in the incident but confirmed that Yury Vyshykvy, the Ukrainian national who was the pilot of the Russian made Mi-17 died on spot and together with two Congolese nationals.

    Sources in UPDF have revealed that president Museveni has directed that the concerned persons should inform the deceased’s next of kin over the death of their people.

    Mi-17 crashed few minutes after delivering food and medicine consignment to the UPDF commandos who are fighting ADF terrorists in Eastern DRC and a number of causalities were rushed to Bombo Military hospital for further medical attention.

    Sources in UPDF disclosed that the president wants to establish why the forces’ newly acquired military helicopters are crashing.

    The DRC accident happened a day after another Mi-24 also crashed in Fort Portal.

    Fortunately, no person died in that particular accident.

    Sources noted that like other military helicopter accidents, Gen Okidi’s report will not be made public but will be given to the assigning officer.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    We Don’t Want A Country Where People Are Being Picked Up By Drones And No One Is Held Accountable – Muntu Warns On Rampant Broad Day Light Kidnaps…

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    Mugisha Muntu

    Former presidential candidate, Gen. Mugisha Muntu has warned on the rampant abductions that have taken lead in the country.

    Muntu statement was premised on the rising cases of gunmen picking civilians off the streets or their homes in drones.

    Muntu emphasized that they don’t want a country where people are being picked up by drones and no one is held accountable, and the government doesn’t speak out even when issues are raised.

    “What we see currently on the surface of things seems to be calmness, but beneath is a situation that we all need to focus on.”

    He explained, “We have two forms of fear. One is the fear that is deeply engraved in the minds of those people in power. They fear relinquishing power, and therefore, it drives them to do the things they do.

    “Unfortunately, in this country, we have never had a peaceful transition, which is abnormal, and therefore, we need to focus on where we are heading. It is not too late.”

    Muntu insisted that they need to use the platforms where they can speak and break the culture of impunity that keeps growing.

    “The principle of separation of powers in institutions is not working. Parliament is just a shadow of what Parliament is supposed to be. On the surface you might think that there is peace but below, the situation is worrisome,” he intimated.

    He added that sectarianism is a symptom of a larger problem.

    “If we want to have fairness, we have to ensure that whatever we practise, is rooted in these values of fairness, justice and equity, among others.”

    Muntu made the remarks at Golf Course hotel today during a Public Dialogue under the theme ‘Ending Secretarianism and Tribalism.’

    Today, a man in civilian attire accompanied by the three men wearing military fatigue and armed with assault rifles kidnapped Mr. Rafik Khan, a car dealer at Kireka C in Kira Municipality, Wakiso District at 5pm.

    Residents and Mr. Khan’s colleagues looked on helplessly as the armed men dragged the businessman into a waiting Toyota Probox car.

    This is on the heels of over 15 NUP supporters who have recently been arrested from various parts of the country by men moving in drones.

    Democratic Party president, Nobert Mao, who also doubles as the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs hailed Muntu for taking a strong stand against extra-judicial killings by those who wanted to take the law into their own hands.

    He argued that as they discuss the framework for the truth and reconciliation process, they must agree on what truth and reconciliation are not.

    “I have to give credit to Gen. Mugisha Muntu because of his militant and strong stand against extra-judicial killings by those who wanted to take the law into their own hands,” he adduced.

    He maintained, “Let me state what the truth and reconciliation process is not. It is not good to be confused about the aims of the truth and reconciliation process.

    “The truth and reconciliation process should not conduct a formal legal process and should not duplicate the work of criminal investigations, initiate court actions, among others, on matters already covered by other organs.”

    Mao noted that however, there are some trends that will lead them to conclude that colonialism played an important role in the false start that Uganda made as they headed towards independence and the years after, adding that he doesn’t believe that all the blame goes to the colonialists.

    “The North is seen as the “underprivileged backyard”. As Uganda went to independence, historical accidents disarmed the north of their fears that they had a position in an independent Uganda.”

    He propounded, ” Therefore, even a Munyankole that has made money is seen to have been corrupt. An Acholi who hasn’t killed anybody when they go to Luwero will be a suspect.

    “There was perceived dominance of the North, Baganda, and western Uganda. This was looked at as a problem that should be seen through sectarian lenses.”

    Mao therefore emphasized that a national truth and reconciliation process is the only thing that can salvage this country.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Fights In Bobi Wine’s NUP: KCCA Councillor Cited In Kyagulanyi, MP Kagabo Disturbing Leaked Audio Recording…

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    Hakim Kizza, the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Secretary for engineering and technical services, who is also the Lubya Parish representative in Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago’s city council has cleared the air on the allegations that he has a hand in the leaked disturbing audio recording where embattled Bukoto South Member of Parliament Twaha Kagabo is revealing secrets about NUP party and his principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine).

    In the leaked audio, Kagabo is heard confessing to a friend via phone that he is not in NUP because he loves the party so much but he is there because of the political wave.

    He added that many NUP legislators are not happy with Bobi Wine’s leadership style but they have nothing to do because he is popular.

    The recording was leaked a few days ago when Bobi Wine had just praised Kagabo for being a patriotic legislator and very loyal to the party after he accepted his mistake and returned the controversial Shs.40m bribe.

    It should be remembered that Bobi Wine ordered his party legislators to return the Shs.40m bribe which he alleged was given to MPs at the speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among’s home in Nakasero, a Kampala suburb.

    Dr. Kagabo returned the money and accused speaker Among of giving it to him. Suprisingly, he later refuted his early statements against Among and apologised to her.

    Days after apologising and being forgiven by the Speaker, an audio leaked of him blasting Bobi Wine and NUP.

    Kagabo supporters now accuse councillor Kizza of playing on Kagabo’s intelligence and releasing the shocking audio of him blasting his party boss.

    Sources in Bukoto South told theGrapevine that Kizza had intentions to contest for the area parliamentary seat but he was frustrated by NUP leadership in Kamwokya who gave the party ticket to Kagabo.

    Sources added that when Kiiza decided to contest on an independent ticket, he was advised to try another time because it was going to be hard for him to defeat Kagabo who was already armed with a NUP ticket and money.

    He later accepted defeat and stood for KCCA councillor representing the people of Lubya Parish.

    Sources further narrated that Kagabo used a lot of money to get the NUP ticket after first battling for it with Dr. Abed Bwanika who was later forced to shift to Kimanya-Kabonera.

    Sources said that from then, Kiiza has been on ground, which he admitted when contacted.

    “I’m not new in that constituency, he found me there but he used money, but I remained with my people,” Kiiza said.

    He however denied allegations that he was behind the leaked audio recording.

    Kagabo and Kizza’s political fight is one of the many political fights in Bobi Wine’s NUP party.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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