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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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Shocking Things You Missed At NRM Delegates Conference: Lumumba Woes, How Kifeesi Beat Up Delegates And Stole Their Money, NRM Diehard Balaam Blasts Delegates Who Accused Him Of Giving Them Little, Poor Quality Food…

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Events guru and National Resistance Movement (NRM) diehard Balaam Baruhagare has blasted the party’s delegates who accused him of giving them little and poor-quality food during the national Delegates conference which was recently held at Mandela National stadium.

On Friday night, a number of delegates who gathered at Kololo airstrip to collect their accreditation cards to participate in the party’s delegates conference complained that they were served with little and poor-quality food.

The delegates, especially those who came from the Karamoja region were seen stranded in the line after being told that the food is done.

“In the previous delegates conferences, the organizing team delayed to give us our allowances but the food and drinks were there but with these new Lumumba boys, the likes of Balaam, their service is really poor and the party administration must work on it,” one of the delegates exclusively told this website.

Delegates also accused Special Forces Command (SFC) commandos and ISO operatives who were guarding them at Kololo airstrip of stopping them from getting out of the facility to look for what to eat because Balaam’s food was done.

However, when contacted for comment, Balaam refuted the accusation saying that he was not responsible for food as the delegates claims.

He told the Grapevine that his role was to provide seats and tents not food. He also revealed that the food section was handled by NRM’s treasurer Rose Namayanja and state house officials. Balaam insists that the food providers did their best and all the delegates were served.

“The problem with some of those people complaining is that they wanted to pack food and take it to their villages and after blame us that we gave them poisoned food, because by the time they reach their villages, that food would be rotten,” Balaam said. Balaam condemned the delegates who heckled the party Secretary General (SG) Kasule Lumumba.

He told us that ISO operatives were the ones responsible for the giving out cards and Lumumba’s role was just to sign on them.

“That woman overworked. I am telling you. But as usual, some delegates, especially those from the North came with their agenda of embarrassing her before the president and other dignitaries invited from abroad,” Balaam said. He said that that delegates from North have a thinking that their own son must be in the party SG.

Delegates accussed Lumumba of eating their allowance money claiming that they were supposed to receive Shs.1,000,000million each but they were ordered to sign for Shs. 600,000 which they said was too little. The Grapevine also established that most of the delegates slept on the floor at Kololo airstrip because they received their money between 2-3am on Saturday morning and could not get a place to sleep at that time.

Some delegates made frantic phone calls to their legislators who stay in Kampala and the suburbs to come and pick them so that they can sleep at their residentials. For example, those who came from Rakai slept at Minister Haruna Kasolo’s home. This website also established that delegates who insisted on moving at night with their money especially those from Karamoja who tried to look for accomodation in Nakawa were beaten by ‘kifeesi’ and robbed clean.

Other sources at the NRM secretariat who spoke to the Grapevine on condition of anonymity told us that apart from food and accreditations problems, there other issues which made delegates heckle Lumumba.

“Some claim that since she is not voted by delegates, she does not respect them like previous SG’s like Amama Mbabazi who were voted by delegates and were answerable to the electorate,” one of the NRM delegates told this website.

Other political analysts who spoke to this website cited the Busoga factor in the heckling of Lumumba. The Basoga accuse Lumumba of dumping them the day she took over the office of the SG. They claim that she is now lobbying to return to active politics because she is going to compete in Bugiri Municipality which is currently occupied by JEEMA’s Hajji Asumani Basalirwa.

Other NRM promoters like Kabula county legislator James Kakooza told us that Lumumba is not the first person to be heckled before the chairperson. He cited a number of delegates conferences where Amama Mbabazi was humiliated.

“That’s politics and I don’t see any big thing my sister Lumumba did. Delegates were supposed to receive sh600, 000 but the problem was when they saw NEC members receiving shs1.2m, they thought that they were cheated which was wrong,” Kakooza noted. Ahmed Katerega Musazi, the head of communication at the NRM chairperson’s office said that there were a number of issues which the organizing committee has to ratify to avoid further embarrassments. He said that the organization was poor and many delegates were not happy.

By Alirabaki Ssengooba

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IGP Ochola Should Explain To Ugandans Why Police Is Still Detaining People In Nalufenya Yet He Told The Public After Kayihura Firing That It Was Shut Down – FDC…

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Last week, Besigye (L) was allegedly detained at Nalufenya which Ochola (R) closed

Forum for Democratic Change Party (FDC) deputy spokesperson John Kikonyogo has revealed that the party is planning to sue all the police officers who were involved in the brutal and torture of Ugandans in Jinja and Soroti during the FDC party anniversary celebrations.

While addressing the press today at the party headquarters in Najjanankubi, Kikonyogo said that the party has staged five senior lawyers who will challenge police in courts of law.

“We don’t trust police reports; they keep on twisting reports in their favors. Therefore, as FDC, we have contacted five senior lawyers to stand on behalf of all those victims tortured in Eastern Uganda as we were holding our celebrations,” Kikonyogo said. 

On Monday 20th January 2020, Many FDC supporters and leaders including Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye were intercepted at the new Jinja Nile Bridge, arrested and detained at Nalufenya police.

This created a battle between police and FDC supporters. Some police officers were seen in a recorded video brutally arresting an FDC supporter. Other FDC party leaders including the party president Mr. Oboi Amuriat were also arrested in Soroti and later released. They were accused of holding illegal activities without seeking police authorization from the police force.

However, according to FDC, the party informed police and they were given a green light. They say that they even followed all the terms and condition given to them but what surprised them is being brutally arrested.

Kikonyogo further urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola to explain why Nalufenya police is still open yet he told to the public that the place is closed.

“Ochola shamelessly told Ugandans that he closed Nalufenya police but to our surprise, it is where Besigye was detained from. Should we assume that he said it because he was so excited with the new job or he was orders to say that?” Kikonyogo asked.

By Josephine Kauma

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You Are Very Selfish, You Have Turned Your Brother Into A Commodity, How Can You Start Fundraising For An Extravagant Wedding In The Middle Of The Struggle? Mirundi Blasts Bobi Wine’s Brother Nyanzi…

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The presidential adviser on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi has declared Kyandondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine’s family as the most selfish family in Uganda. Mirundi revealed that most of Kyagulanyi’s family members look at him as a commodity and they are using him to accumulate wealth and achieve their long-term goals.

“I earlier on thought that Bobi Wine will one time be president of this country but he has failed to handle the process of achieving presidency in countries like Uganda. How can you mobilize people to organize a very expensive wedding for your brother in the middle of the struggle? Bobi Wine miscalculated when he attended Fred Nyanzi’s wedding meeting and it has decreased his chances of becoming the next president,” Mirundi said.

The self-claimed media consultant revealed that since day one, when Bobi Wine entered politics, the lives of his family members especially Nyanzi have changed from celebrating birthdays to now organizing historical weddings and they are using their brother’s name to get money. They don’t know that they are sacrificing their brother’s chances of becoming the head of state.

The Kalagala born noted that experienced politicians like president Yoweri Museveni and Kizza Besigye cannot be caught in such traps, he gave an example that during the 1986 rebel struggle, Museveni warned his fighters both in the bush and those who were tasked with mobilising for funds for the struggle not to engage in any expensive activities like weddings and parties because they would demoralize their symphasizers who would think that they are fighting for themselves.

“ He (Nyanzi) has been with that woman for over 15 years why has he decided to officially wed her now?

This is a bad signal to other people in the struggle because it shows them that if they attain power, they will be extravagant,” Mirundi said.

He said that if he was an adviser to Bobi Wine he would have told him to delegate someone to attend Nyanzi’s wedding meeting instead of being there himself.

By Alirabaki Ssengooba

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