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State House Boss Lt. Col. Nakalema’s State House Anti-Corruption Unit Dragged To Court

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Incarcerated Mbarara District Chief Administrating Officer Felix Cuthert Esoku, Godlive Nayebale, Rosalia Karuhanga, Aggrey Atukwasa and Emmanuel Himbisa have dragged the newly created State House anti-corruption unit headed by Lt Col Edith Nakalema, Mike Chibita, the Director Public Prosecution, Grace Akullo the Director CID and William Byaruhanga the Attorney General to court.

In an affidavit sworn by Nicholas Ecimu, the young brother to Esoku and a lawyer by profession, he states that on 22rd February 2019, he received a WhatsApp massage from his friends informing him that his brother was arrested on orders of Nakalema. He stated that as a lawyer, he knows that the police was going to investigate the allegation put against his brother, he added that  they were going to be invited by  police to make a statement or go to their offices, ask for relevant documents and be given an opportunity to defend themselves.

He however states that this was not the case because a meeting was called where Esoku and his entire civil service team were treated from the word go with disdain as criminals.

He explains that it was a media stunt that Nakalema planned to strike terror in the hearts of Ugandan civil servants but without due regard to its implications on the suspects, their rights under the law, their career, their families and their standing in the society. “I finally established that Lt. Col. Nakalema had bundled my brother and his subordinates onto a pickup and ordered that they drive straight to Kabalagala police station, where they kept them in a very dire condition.

Esimu states that he pleaded with the police officer who was handling his brother’s case to give him police bond on health grounds but it was denied. Esimu added that he was told by police officers that  Nakalema ordered for Esoku’s arrest and she should be the one to order his release. He adds that when he tried to talk to Nakalema, someone else picked up and said that she had travelled up country to bury Allen Kagina’s father.

“It was clear to me at this stage, that these suspects were actually arrested for a Public Relations stunt,” Esimu noted.

When he insisted that police release the suspects, the police on orders of Nakalema transferred them to Kibuli CID police headquarters, at Kibuli, they were told that their superior was at State House in an emergency meeting with Nakalema and she was the one to authorize their release.   He states that unfortunately, they were told at Kibuli police that Nakalema had already instructed the police to give the suspects police bond and they were driven back to Kabalagala police station. He noted that as a lawyer, he learnt that it was an act of impunity to jail the suspects for all that period. He hired Frank Kandaho a city lawyer to draft court documents forcing the police to release them unconditionally. However, when the lawyer was still handling the matter, he received a phone call from a top police officer advising him to talk to Grace Akullo over the release of the suspects.  He said that when he went to Akullo’s office, he was told to write what he wanted to tell Akullo.

When he explained to Akullo in writing, she wrote back saying that she was busy in a meeting, she advised him to talk to the deputy commissioner of police Joseph Obwana. He said that when he explained to Obwana that his brother was dying in police cells and that it was Nakalema who ordered his arrest, Obwana was very scared, he advised him to go with him to Akullo’s office. He states that when they reached Akullo’s office, her secretary told them that her boss had a very busy day and he doesn’t have time to see them. She advised him to talk to the body guard. The guard only advised them to wait in front of Akullo’s car if they want to see her because she was going to the hospital to see her sick friend. He states that he sat near Akullo’s vehicle and when she come out of the meeting, they finally got the opportunity to explain to her their situation.

He said that Akullo advised him to go direct to Nakalema and serve her the court documents. The court documents further read that Akullo slowly entered her car and drove off leaving them stranded at Kibuli police.  “It’s my hope that may be the judiciary will not be scared of Lt. Col. Nakalema and that it will apply the law without fear or favor, ill will or affection as per judicial oath,” the documents reads.  He   prays that court queries the actions of State House anti-corruption unit, whether it is delivering its constitutional mandate, whether they are actually a law unto themselves and whether this state of affairs is punishable in a just and democratic society.  He states that the inspector General of Government has the constitutional powers to investigate, arrest and prosecute public servants but not Nakalema. The defendants were given 14 days to defend themselves.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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Ugandans Are Tired Of Your Impunity, Very Soon You Will Cause Anarchy In This Country – Minister Kutesa’s Son- In- Law Grilled

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Muganga (in spects) before the land probe

City tycoon Albert Muganga, the son-in-law to the Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kahamba Kutesa is still shaking his head and thinking about the prophetic statements made against him by land probe commissioners.

Muganga, the proprietor of Kenlloyd Logistics Uganda Limited, who married Ishta Kutesa, a daughter to Kutesa and co-owns Pioneer Bus Company was informed that Ugandans are bitter and tired of the way they use their connections to carryout impunity against them with a mission to enrich themselves.

“Mr. Muganga, get it from me that Ugandans are bitter against you people who take yourself to be so special and run every business in this country. You must stop that arrogancy. You claim that you help the government to provide public transport to Ugandans, you mean you are the only ones who are in this business of transporting Ugandans? What we can tell Ugandans is that you are providing riches for yourselves not Ugandans.  Ok, if you think that Ugandans love you and your company (Pioneer easy bus company) let us organize a referendum, that’s when you will discover that Ugandans are tired of you people,” soft-spoken commissioner George Tikamanyire Bagonza said. 

Bagonza further warned Muganga that one day, their group will pay for the impunity they are doing today to Ugandans by grabbing public properties for free and later demanding for billions in compensation because they are connected to powerful people in government offices. He said that such impunity is creating tribalism in this country which will soon result into anarchy and lead to the death of innocent people.

The soft-spoken man from Bunyoro was supported by justice Catherine Bamugemereire the chairperson of the commission who asked Muganga to tip other Ugandans how he gets opportunities to be awarded juicy government contracts in a controversial manner. She cited the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway. Bamugemereire further revealed that there is a click of youthful people who think that they have to illegally occupy public properties and space like swamps and forest reserves with a hidden motive of asking for compensation. She warned him that in other countries, people like him would be in jail for grabbing public land which the government obtained using tax payer’s money.

The tough Bamugemereire pinned Muganga that he gave NRM party diehard, who is also the commissioner Uganda Land Commission, Hajjat Madinah Nsereko money to corrupt other commissioners who sit on the commission to fraudulently award his company a Namboole stadium lease at a cheap.

Bamugemereire wondered how bags of money blinded an old man like Baguma Isoke’s to the extent of him awarding government land to Pioneer without the consent of the Namboole stadium management. She revealed that Muganga and company first used a one Norah Nabagesera who was compensated by government in 1989 when the government was acquiring Namboole stadium land to establish the stadium to come back and claim for the same land.

The court of Appeal justice told Muganga that he facilitated Nabagesera by paying all her legal fees to drag the stadium management and the Attorney General to court well knowing that the land which shewas fighting for was not hers.

Commissioner Robert Sebunya tasked Muganga to explain how Pioneer Easy Bus was transferred from former minister Mathew Rukikaire’s hands to him. He warned Muganga to stop boosting that he provids public transport to Ugandans, something that was supposed to be done by the government.

The former Buganda kingdom health minister stated that many Ugandans are crying after losing jobs because of Pioneer Easy Buses.

He cited other companies which are providing the same services like Pioneer Easy Buses like Awakula Ennume bus company, taxis and bodabodas but were not given government incentives like they did to Pioneer Buses company. Commissioner Joyce Habaasa tasked Muganga to explain why he is not paying ground rent to the government yet he was using its land.

Muganga defended himself that he is not paying ground rent to government because he is not using the land. He blamed the commission of inquiry into land matters for stopping him from opening the boundaries of the land.

Lead counsel Ebert Byenkya tasked Muganga to explain to the commission why he only paid Shs598m for the lease on the 30 acres of land for five years with a condition to extend it to 49 years yet an acre in Bweyogerere where Namboole land is located, costs over shs200m (which means Muganga was supposed to pay Shs1.6billion), he said that this could be the reason why Muganga sidelined Namboole stadium when purchasing the land.

MUGANGA DEFENDS HIMSELF

Muganga testified that in 2016, together with his partner James Yafero, they applied for a lease in Uganda land commission because they wanted to establish a bus terminal. He boosted that they paid a lot of money in that transaction even though they signed an agreement with the government to be given the contested land to help ease public transport in the country. He told the commission that he was first defrauded of shs150m by Nabagesera who misled him that he was the owner of the land. 

The commission is still investigating the matter.

By Jamil Lutakome

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PICTURES: We Have Agreed: M7, Kagame Shake Hands, Sign Agreement To End Tension

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President Museveni has signed an agreement with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame to improve the political and economic relations between the two countries.

According to president Museveni, the signing of the agreement was witnessed by Dennis Sassou Nguesso, the Chairman of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region in the presence of Angolan President Joao Lourenco and DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi.

“Today, I joined my counterparts from Angola, DR Congo, Rwanda and Congo Brazzaville in Luanda, as together with President Paul Kagame, we signed an agreement to improve the political and economic relations between our countries.

We have agreed on a raft of issues that will be implemented between our two countries, largely meant to improve our security, trade, and political relations. Uganda is fully committed to enforcing this agreement.

I thank Presidents; Joao Lourenco of Angola and Felix Tshisekedi of DR Congo for overseeing this process. I also thank His Excellency Dennis Sassou Nguesso for witnessing the signing as Chair of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region,” Museveni confirmed.

Tension mounted in March this year when Rwanda’s security at Gatuna border barred Ugandan trucks from crossing to either side of the border. Rwandan authorities blocked vehicles or Ugandans from entering or exiting the country.

Both presidents later made remarks which were seen as threatening to each other, with Museveni warning that “those who try to destabilize our country do not know our capacity” and Kagame countering that “nobody anywhere can bring me to my knees.”

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SYSTEM VOLONGOTO: UTL Saga Deepens, IGG Petitioned To Investigate Anite Tormentors, Rukutana And Muhakanizi Over Their Huge Wealth Worth Trillions

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L-R: Rukutana, Anite and Muhakanizi

The Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL) saga has taken a new twist after David Ssemwanga, a concerned Ugandan petitioned the office of the Inspector General of Government (IGG) Irene Mulyagonja to investigate the massive wealth owned by Attorney General (AG) William Byaruhanga, his deputy Mwesigwa Rukutana and Permanent Secretary (PS) to finance Keith Muhakanizi.

According to Ssemwanga’s petition, he alleges that top government officials have accumulated a lot of wealth through corruption and abuse of their offices because the huge wealth worth trillions of shillings that they own does now reflect the monthly salaries they receive from government.

“The mentioned public officials have been on record disagreeing to the audit into Uganda Telecom Communication limited,” Ssemwanga stated. In his letter, Ssemwanga alleges that, “”Infact, Mr. Rukutana owns 5 arcades, 6 storied apartments in Zana and 2 houses in Kololo. Keith Muhakanizi owns 5 storied apartments in Bukoto, 4 in Naguru and 3 houses in Germany where he stays as he was staying as he got treatment recently and 2 houses in Mbarara. Also Keith Muhakanizi owns in total 50 square miles of land/farm. William Byaruhanga has bought land infront of rwenzori courts buildings. He wants his law firm to manage UTL affairs.”

Last week, a whistleblower petitioned the IGG seeking an investigation into the huge wealth accumulated by state minister for investment and privatization Evelyn Anite. He claimed that Anite received a bribe from Mauritius Telecom limited to award them the deal to run UTL. He insisted that it was because of the bribe that Anite decided to go against the cabinet recommendations that UTL should be given to Teleology Holdings Limited.This week, Anite told journalists that her life is in danger over UTL. When contacted to confirm whether the IGG has received Ssemwanga’s petition, Ali Munira, the Public Relations Officer in the office of the IGG confirmed receipt of the petition. Munira told the Grapevine that the IGG will soon kick off with the investigation into the petition.

By Jamil Lutakome

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