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    State House Boss Narrates How Mufti Mubajje, KIU Tycoon Basajjabalaba Defrauded M7 Of Shs3.5bn Using Prince Nakibinge’s Name As Court Of Appeal Allows Auctioning Of Muslim Properties…

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    Mufti Mubajje (R) and businessman Basajjabalaba (inset)

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s former Press Secretary Joseph Tamale Mirundi has revealed shocking secrets how embattled Sheikh Ramathan Shaban Mubajje the Mufti of Uganda together with Kampala International University proprietor Al-Hajj Hassan Basajjabalaba defrauded his boss of Shs3.5bn using Prince Kassim Nakibinge Kakungulu the titular Muslim leader.

    Mirundi narrated that while still working closely to his boss, he trusted him a lot and at many times he allowed him to attend sensitive meetings including those where the president met religious and cultural leaders.

    He established that they were just using their positions to look for money.

    He disclosed that one day, he attended a meeting with former State House controller Lucy Nakyobe chaired by President Museveni himself and other members in attendance was Mubajje and Basajjabalaba.

    He said that in the meeting, a seemingly panicky Mubajje told Museveni that bailiffs were on his neck and they wanted to embarrass him by arresting him over a huge debt.

    He explained to the president that he together with Basajjabalaba who was then the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) chairperson used Muslim money to campaign for him in 2011 and it is the reason why anti Museveni Muslim leaders are fighting him.

    Mirundi alleges that Mubajje told Museveni that prince Nakibinge is leading the people fighting him because he was supporting the opposition.

    “I used my journalistic senses and established that Mubajje was lying to Museveni but I kept quiet and Museveni ordered Nakyobe to give Mubajje Shs3.5bn and they left State House with Basajjabalaba celebrating. I’m not surprised to see the man in the same situation. I know he again wants money from Museveni,” Mirundi said.

    He was supported by Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda who revealed that he was the first journalist while practicing with Daily Monitor newspaper to write stories exposing Mubajje’s fraudulent dealings.

    He said that when Mubajje was appointed the Mufti, as a Tabliq, he was very happy and was among the young Muslims who welcomed him at Old Kampala mosque.

    In his open statement, Mubajje said that he was going to be a Muslim leader for only two years because he is a tabliq and he wanted to go back to the university to teach.

    However, he started making friends with known city fraudsters and started hunting for Muslim properties to sell. One of them was the William Street mosque which was donated to Muslims by an Indian who was among the many expelled by president Idi Amin.

    Ssemujju narrated that the Indian man’s family was living in Canada and there was a known Indian mafia in Kampala who turned up and claimed to have secured the powers of attorney to reclaim the three buildings including William Street mosque which was donated to Muslims in Uganda.

    He said that the Indian’s son in Canada swore an affidavit disowning the Indian mafia in Kampala insisting that his father donated the buildings to Muslims and he even travelled from Canada to Kampala to give more evidence.

    He said that unfortunately, Mubajje and lawyers entered a deal and shared the building, the Indian mafia took one building, Mubajje on behalf of the Muslim took William Street mosque and they agreed to sell the third building and share the money.

    “I have evidence, I was a very serious journalist, I am telling you, when the money came, they wanted to deposit it to the bank account but Mubajje openly told them that they should give him his share in cash because he wanted to pay his people at the Old Kampala mosque. They counted the money and gave it to Mubajje, I swear Mubajje pocketed the money in his Muslim sheikhs attire and jumped into his car. The late Sheikh Muzatta Batte was talking about these things, he was not lying,” Ssemujju said.

    He however explained that Mubajje is not the first Muslim leader to sell Muslim properties. Many Muslim leaders who have been serving at the Muslim headquarters have sold Muslim properties but Mubajje has sold the majority of these properties and he still wants to sell all of them.

    He warned Muslims have peace in their hearts that they own nothing in this country.

    On the issue of Muslim coming out to fight for their properties physically, Ssemujju said that many of the radical Muslims were killed, others imprisoned on terrorism charges and the remaining few fear for their lives; and it is the reason they left Mubajje and his friends to steal their properties but Allah will pay them badly.

    theGrapevine made several phone calls to Mubajje for a comment but he was making out calls busy.

    This comes days after Court of Appeal single Justice Christopher Gashirabake dismissed an application by UMSC lawyers to stay the execution of auctioning Muslim properties as ordered by the Commercial Division of the High Court over Shs19bn debt.

    Among the properties listed to be auctioned include; Land in Leasehold Register Volume KCCA 149 Folio 16 land at Kampala City William Street which houses tabliq mosque.

    Others are Land are; Lease Register Volume 2771 Folio 2, Old Kampala Plot 23-25 which houses the national Muslim mosque and the Muslim headquarters; Kyadondo Block 195 plot 5463 Land at Kyanja Kampala City; one square miles of land at Bukwe Hoima district, one acre of land located at Lumbas, Jinja city; plot of land at Mbale city; shares in Uganda Rancheers Ltd & Commercial Holdings Ltd; Subsidiaries to Uganda Moslem Supreme Council that own 2 square miles land at Migyera-Buluri; plot of land at Entebbe Municipality opposite Victoria Mall.

    City businessman Justus Kyabahwa secured a court order after defeating Mubajje in Court.

    There are Muslim personalities who are planning to institute private criminal charges against Mubajje and Sheikh Ramathan Mugalu the former UMSC Secretary General over the accusations of fraudulently selling Muslim properties.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Mirundi Narrates How He Survived Bullets After Allegedly Urinating On Pastor Ssenyonga’s Building…

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    Tamale Mirundi

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s Senior Presidential Advisor on Media has narrated how he survived bullets while urinating on the building belonging to Pastor Jackson Ssenyonga of Christian Life Church in Bwaise a Kampala suburb.

    Joseph Tamale Mirundi revealed that one day, during the days when he was still being hosted at Pastor Ssenyonga’s top radio every Monday, he was approached by a Local Defense Unity (LDU) Soldier who accused him of dirtening their place of work. The LDU officer told Mirundi that his action were likely to cause deadly diseases to those who attend the church.

    Mirundi said that when he denied committing any crime, the LDU officer started pointing at the zip of his trousers claiming that it was open. He carefully observed him coaching his gun.

    He boasted that his senses informed him that the LDU man wanted to shoot him. He jumped in the air like an SFC Command and kicked the LDU soldier in the chest sending him tumbling down.

    He added that he stepped on his neck and the LDU officer was saved by Mirundi’s SFC Commandos who were given to him by Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba who pleaded with him not to kill a government soldier.

    “For me I fear those LDU people and I don’t want to come close to them because they are naive and they always want to show the public that they know how to use a gun. They don’t normally get the opportunity to fire bullets like other soldiers who go to war. So I don’t want them to make me their shooting target,” Mirundi said.

    He further revealed that he made investigations through his Mirundi Internal Security Organisation (MISO) and established that there was a senior pastor who was behind the LDU soldier who wanted him dead because of his loyalty and support to House of Prayer Ministries International senior pastor Alosious Bujjingo.

    He claimed that the said pastor had a misunderstanding with Bujjingo and was the one behind Teddy Bujjingo Naluswa who is fighting Bijjingo’s divorce case at the Family Division of the High Court.

     

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    Top RCC Warned By Former ISO Spy On Executing Mayiga’s Request To Ask M7 For Buganda Kingdom Properties…

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    Charles Rwomushana (L) and Ahmed Kateregga Musaazi (R)

    Former Internal Security Organisation (ISO) Operative and also Constitutional Assembly Delegates member Charles Rwomushana has challenged Ahmed Kateregga Musaazi the Masaka City Deputy Resident City Commissioner (D/RCC) that if he is man enough, let him execute Buganda Kingdom Premier Charles Peter Mayiga’s request to deliver to his request to his boss President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

    Kateregga admitted during this weekend’s popular ‘Gasimbaganne ne bannamawulire’ talk show on Radio Simba that he interacted with Mayiga when he was in Masaka city to officiate the reopening of the  Buddukiro building on Saza Hill in Masaka city which is also going to house the Buddu county chief’s office.

    “As a journalist, I have known Katikkiro Mayiga for a longtime. He also knows my capacity very well that’s why he asked me to help Buganda ask for “Ebyaffe” (properties Buganda Kingdom is demanding from Central government). I will help in my capacity,” a soft spoken Kateregga said.

    Mayiga allegedly told Kateregga to use his writing skills through his newspaper and magazine articles, radio talk shows to educate the public about “Ebyaffe”  and plead with the Central Government to release the remaining Buganda properties.

    However, Rwomushana warned Kateregga not to be excited over Mayiga’s proposal and cautioned him on writing articles demanding for “Ebyaffe”.

    Rwomushana warned his elderly colleague that he will lose his job and return to the streets grassing like he was before he was appointed Deputy Resident City Commissioner.

    “You Kateregga to convince Museveni to return “Ebyaffe”? You try and deliver the message as Katikkiro asked you” Rwomushana dared him.

    Senior journalist Peter Kibazo who was the moderator of the talk show also guided Kateregga by narrating to him how a strong minister lost his ministerial job because of being a secretary in one of Kabaka Ronald Mutebi’s agencies.

    Kibazo said that a furious Museveni placed the minister who was a lady on the spot to explain to him how she demoted herself and undermined his ministerial job by working as a secretary at Mengo, the Buganda kingdom administration center.

    Kibazo disclosed that the lady thought that Museveni was joking, she told the President that even before appointing her a minister, she was working with Kabaka, Museveni rested his case.

    Few weeks later, Museveni reshuffled his cabinet and fired the woman from his cabinet.

    It is alleged Mayiga trusts Kateregga since he is one of the few remaining journalists who understands the relationship between Uganda and Buganda throughout the annals of history and he can help to guide the young generation.

     

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    Panic Again In Judiciary After Justice Gaswaga’s Driver Is Transferred Over Allegations Of Becoming A Threat To His Life, City Magistrates’ Security Beefed Up…

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    Judge Duncan Gaswaga

    It was not easy for the Judiciary top leadership to convince Lira Resident Judge Duncan Gaswaga that his driver is a threat to his life.

    Highly placed sources in Judiciary have exclusively told theGrapevine that since Justice Geoffrey Namundi’s driver Stanley Kisambira protested on social media threatening to intentionally cause the death of his principal and the bodyguard on grounds of poor working condition, the judiciary has been following the behaviour and actions of the entire institution’s drivers.

    In a 5 minutes and 24 seconds recording, Kisambira revealed that all judiciary staff including judges’ pay was increased based on the grounds that judges are not allowed to do business and go to bars to enjoy life.

    He added that surprisingly, their drivers were the only one of all judiciary staff whose salaries were not increased. He complained that they are not going to live on Shs.200,000 which is given to them per month because it is too little compared to the current cost of living.

    “Sincerely speaking I am very annoyed. I joined the judiciary in 2008 but up to now, I’m still getting Shs.200,000. What am I working for when I have children in schools and renting? How do I survive? What do you people want us to do? Quote me well, I’m mentally stable but in pain. Judiciary please. I’m working for you, all those listening to me should know that I’m not mad but because of the tough situation we go through, people make prophecies before they die,” he said.

    He added, “You are talking about that security guard who killed a minister but I’m telling you I can kill both the judge and his security guard including myself by intentionally running into a trailer. How can people get Shs3m, Shs4m, yet for me (as a driver) I’m getting Shs200,000?”

    However, Judiciary Permanent Secretary and Secretary to Judiciary Pius Bigirimans rubbished Kisambira’s allegations noting that disciplinary action were going to be taken against him.

    He was formally charged and is currently battling with criminal charges at Buganda Road Court.

    Sources disclosed that since that incident, all judiciary drivers and bodyguards were put under strict monitoring.

    It is through this monitoring that it was recently established that Justice Gaswaga’s driver was in frequent communication with Kisambira and was very vocal on the drivers’ WhatsApp group.

    He is always posting messages encouraging his colleagues to fight for Kisambira claiming that he is their hero who publicly without fear cames out and spoke the truth to their bosses.

    The said driver is also accused of mobilizing fellow drivers to support their own Kisambira financially because he was interdicted immediately when he was charged at Buganda Road Court.

    Judiciary insiders told theGrapevine that when this intelligence information reached one of the top judiciary bosses, he contacted Justice Gaswaga and pleaded with him to be very careful because it seems his driver is a threat to his life.

    By that time (last year), Justice Gaswaga’s bodyguard was on leave and his driver was also working as his bodyguard, especially in the morning when he moved out of his home to do physical exercises.

    “The judge told everything to his driver and asked him whether he has a gun. The man denied everything and told him that may be the gun they are talking about is the one which the judge has. The judge communicated back to the person who cautioned him and told him that the man is very innocent,” the insider said.

    He added that the driver was very open to the judge and told him that he always speaks to Kisambira because he is a longtime friend and he sacrificed to speak to the authorities about their plight.

    Insiders divulged that a week later, the driver was served with a transfer letter in which he was given two days to report to Eastern Uganda to drive one of the magistrates, a move he protested.

    “He told Justice Gaswaga that at his level, he cannot drive a magistrate. He told him that holds a degree in accountancy and is pursuing a masters at Makerere University. He refused to go to Eastern Uganda and has informed his bosses,” the insider disclosed.

    When contacted, His Worship James Ereemye the Judiciary spokesperson said that he is not aware of the development and promised to return back to us after consulting the concerned bosses.

    We waited and at the time of publishing this story, he has not yet given us feedback.

    The development comes after a directive was issued to beef up security to city magistrates who feel that their life is under threat.

    Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Ronald Kayizzi’s security was recently beefed up. Kayizzi is a brother to a top National Resistance Movement (NRM) boss.

    The security of Gladys Kamasanyu also a Magistrate at Buganda Road Court security was beefed up after former Makerere University senior lecturer Stella Nyanzi attacked her and threw an empty water bottle at her.

    Also, the security of Entebbe Chief Magistrate Stella Maris Amabilis who is also a relative to Constitutional and Justice Minister Norbert Mao was beefed up.

    At Buganda Road Court, Court users were stopped from entering Court premises with food and eats.

    The move was supported by Justice Benjamin Kabiito the head of the Judicial Service Commission who noted that they have powers to make decisions to protect the lives of judicial officers and other court users.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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