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    Suspects Should Be Held For 90 Days Not 48 Hours: Kayihura Begs Parliament

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    The Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura has urged Parliament to consider a debate of increasing the time terrorism suspects are held before being arraigned in courts of law.

    Appearing before the parliamentary committee on defence and Internal Affairs, Kayihura said that police has tried to do its work of fighting crime but those arrested are released due to laws that state that a person should be arraigned in court or released after 48 hours.

    Kayihura advised that such laws should be revised because even the British, where the law came from, in this terrorism era, revised the law and gave police powers to detain a terror suspects for 90 days without trial.

    On the issue of women killings that happened in Nansana last year and in Bukomansimbi, Kayihura said that police are progressing well and the arrested suspects have helped police to investigate the matter leading to decline in such crimes.

    Shadow Minister for Internal Affairs and also Butambala county MP, Muwanga Kivumbi pinned Kayihura on police’s failure to curb killings in areas of greater Masaka. He tasked Kayihura to explain his relationship with Abdu Kitata of Boda boda 2010 and Kifesi gangsters who recently confessed to their crimes at a press conference.

    Kayihura told the committee that Kitata and his Boda Boda 2010 have helped security so much to maintain law and order.

    Still at parliament, Uganda Police Force says they require 1.2 trillion shillings in the next financial year 2018/19 to curb crimes, increase capacity of police officers and improve public image of the force.

    The Undersecretary of the police force Rogers Muhirwa said that the force has been allocated 514 billion shillings, a shortfall of 721 billion shillings which will impede the police services programmes which are mainly operational activities.

    These include utility arrears worth 34 billion shillings for 9,000 personnel with a shortfall of over 7 billion shillings and the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence that has been allocated 9 billion shillings yet it requires 114 billion shillings therefore CIID can only investigate and conclude 3% of the 50,000 estimated capital cases annually.

    The director for finance Edward Ochom said that the police force has so far realised reduction in crime rates in the past three years from 298 crimes committed in 1,000 people in 2014/15 to 292 crimes in 2016/17 and hope to achieve a target of 200 crimes in 2020/21.

    He however says the force has challenges in responding to calls for help in cases of fire outbreaks among others.

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    Fired Buganda Ministers In Trouble As Concerned Baganda Petition that They Be Investigated Over Mismanaging King Ronnie’s Money For Treatment…

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    Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi

    The Dust has not yet settled concerning Buganda ministers who mismanaged King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s money for treatment.

    Baganda under their umbrella body the Olukiiko lw’Abazzukulu Buganda International (Buganda Kingdom Grandchildren Council) have petitioned owekitiibwa Patrick Luwaga Mugumbule, the Kingdom parliament speaker to establish a select committee to investigate some of the fired Kingdom ministers and Kingdom Premier Charles Peter Mayiga for looking on over allegation of mismanaging billions of shillings which were supposed to cater for King Mutebi’s treatment.

    In their letter dated 30th August, 2023, Mubiru Njuuki the Secretary General of the association informed the Kingdom speaker that as members of the grass root organisations, they are being ridiculed and publically embarrassed by other members of the public who are accusing them of being hypocrites when they criticize President Yoweri Kaguta Musevenni government officials who are named in corruption and other scandals but keep a blind eye and deaf ear when it comes to their own leaders in Buganda Kingdom who they instead cover up for.

    He explained that since 2021, when Kabaka Mutebi traveled to Germany for treatment, they have been hearing rumors that there is infighting among Kingdom leadership over the money from the Central government which was supposed to cater for Kabaka’s treatment.

    Exclusively speaking to theGrapevine in a phone interview, Njuuki insisted that president Museveni was touched and very worried with the health condition of his longtime friend Kabaka Mutebi and he directed his handlers with immediate effect to make sure that State House releases funds to facilitate his treatment abroad.

    He added that arrangements were made and Kabaka traveled to Germany and a few days later, funds were released from State House and deposited on the Kingdom Bank Accounts to facilitate Kabaka Mutebi’s treatment in German.

    He alleges that when the money reached the Kingdom bank accounts, a decision was taken by top Kingdom leaders, some of who were fired in the recent kingdom cabinet reshuffle, that they share the said deposited money because the Kingdom’s treasury had footed Kabaka’s medical bills.

    Njuuki claims that it was because of the said money that infighting occurred among some of Kabaka’s who thought that they were cheated.

    In his letter, Njuuki claims that at Bulange, there are leaders who are facilitating and fueling youths on social media to make insulting statements against elderly Buganda leaders telling them that they have nothing to tell them because they have expired.

    He explained that this is a very bad move which adds nothing to the Kingdom’s growth. He thus pleaded with Mugumbule to establish a committee to investigate the allegation.

    When contacted for a comment, Owekitiibwa Israel Kitooke Kazibwe, the Kingdom’s information minister explained that the issue of mismanaging money which was supposed to cater for Kabaka’s treatment is very technical and he needs guidance from his bosses above.

    He pleaded with youths to stop insulting people of old age that is why the kingdom Premier Mayiga is always pleading with youths not to use social media in a bad way but use it positively.

    Kazibwe promised to engage the Kingdom speaker on how he was going to handle the petition and brief the Kingdom on any development.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    REVEALED: 30-year-old Investor Injects Billions In First Ever International School In Masaka…

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    On the Matanga hill in Masaka city is seated a 10-acre world class Hill View primary school Matanga with international standards and educational services despite teaching a local curriculum.

    The school which is yet to celebrate its one year anniversary has been an academic hub in Greater Masaka and the country at large due to its balanced curriculum which offers all-round well balanced education to children from different backgrounds.

    Our in depth research has proven that in just a space of a few months, the school proprietor has invested over 2 billion Shillings in the school in terms of educational services and infrastructure.

    Who is behind this mega project?

    Our investigations have revealed that 30-year-old Ssentongo Fredrick Lugonvu alias Mwana wa Taata, a Buganda based journalist, life coach and business man who mainly deals in hardware stores, all the way from Busubi Village Lwengo District is the proprietor of Hill View Primary school Matanga.

    Our team contacted the proprietor Ssentongo Fredrick Lugonvu, a humble and down to earth soft speaking gentleman and throughout our eight minutes conversation with him, he remained lip tight on whether he owns the multibillion school.

    However this was not shocking due to his nature of being a reserved person whose strength and weak points are hard to determine.

    We made an impromptu visit to the school and the first impression at the gate gives you a clear picture of how an international school must be. With unmatched conducive environment and well set up infrastructures, the school is seated on Matanga hills with a cool breeze from Lake Birinzi.

    After introducing ourselves we were directed to the office of the public relations officer of the school who took us through what makes the school stand out among other schools in the area and the country at large.

    A humble and jolly but equally principled PRO Nambaziira Mariam told us that the school is systematically run starting from the School management committee, head teacher and his deputies, heads of departments, Heads of section, non-teaching staff and the pupils’ leaders.

    She told us that the question of ownersip doesn’t arise since he is not involved in the day to day running of the school.

    She however revealed that at the grand opening of the school on 30th November 2023, the owner will be made known to the public.

    What makes Hill View Primary school Matanga unique?

    Pupils are only required to clear school fees and their personal necessities because other requirements like; school uniform, mattresses, basins, jerry cans among others are provided for by the school.

    We noticed that Hill View Primary School Matanga provides a balanced nutritious diet to the pupils. It also offers co-curricular activities especially; games, sports, aerobics, music, dance and drama with each item having its independent facility.

    As we toured the school, we found a new three stored flat building being erected.

    What is its capacity?

    According to Nambaziira, more structures are to be set up and once completed, the school will accommodate about 3000 boarding ambassadors as they are referred to in their school language.

    To have a virtual view of this impressive paradise, you can visit; website at www.hillviewmatanga.com

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    War On Kyabazinga’s Queen Intensifies After Gabula’s London Based Woman Blasts Mutesi For Snatching Father Of Her Kids…

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    Inebantu (Queen of Busoga) Jovia Mutesi (R) and King William Gabula Nadiope IV, the Kyabazinga of Busoga Kingdom

    A Ugandan medic based in London has blasted the newly unveiled Inebantu (Queen of Busoga) Jovia Mutesi for snatching the father of her kids King William Gabula Nadiope IV, the Kyabazinga of Busoga Kingdom.

    According to the video posted by TikToker Sky Soljah Uganda that is making rounds on social media, a woman claims that she has been in a love relationship with Nadiope since 2015 and they have children.

    She claimed that she has been sending money to Kyabazinga and taking care of him.

    She alleged that it is a pity that Gabula used part of her money to enjoy life with Mutesi in Dubai and other cities.

    She added that Kyabazinga told him that elders and other leaders in Busoga Kingdom are pressuring him to get married to Mutesi and she gave him the green light because as an African woman, she knows very well that the King always marries many wives.

    She said that she has been silent for a longtime even though she knew everything that was going on.

    However, she disclosed she was provoked by Mutesi who sent her people to insult and abuse her.

    She revealed that Gabula has a number of wives including the one in Canada but all of them respect her because they know what she means in his life.

    She challenged Gabula’s close relatives to come out and give light on her love relationship with their king since they have also been receiving expensive items and money from her.

    She boasted that Mutesi is going to be a housewife because their husband will always to fly to London to enjoy life with her and their children.

    She insisted that Mutesi and Busoga Kingdom cannot maintain Gabula’s life given that every week he uses Shs500k for saloon, Shs600k for massage, Shs600k for special medical treatment and she has been giving him this money since 2015.

    She advised Mutesi to respect her and recognise her as Gabula’s first wife.

    She warned her and other people who are threatening her life that they cannot scare her because she is a British citizen and has already reported the threatening messages they are sending to her.

    She also threatened to spoil the coming wedding between the two which is expected to take place in November 2023.

    She blasted Nadiope for being a smart wire who uses women.

    When contacted over the matter, Andrew Ntange the spokesperson of Obwakyabazinga told theGrapevine that a decision was taken not to comment on the matter to preserve the institution.

    “We don’t want to appear to be on the defensive. It’s negative energy!” Ntange stated.

    Last week, a delegation from Busoga Kingdom led by Princes Arnold Nadiope and Joseph Muvawala the Katukiiro (Prime Minister) of Busoga officially received Mutesi from her parents Stanley Bayole, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Bulambuli and Rebecca Nakisita Bayole at the function which took place at Mutesi’s home in St. Mulumba Village, Kyebando parish in Mayuge district.

    Mutesi is an Old girl of Mt. St. Mary’s College Namagunga before joining Makerere University where she pursued a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics.

    At Makerere, she slept in Olympia hostel in Makerere Kikoni.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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