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    Terra Solar Energy Swiss Boss, Girlfriend Dragged To Court Over Shs19bn Fraudulent Land Deal …

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    Heimhofer's girlfriend Mariam Kajumba

    Swiss businessman David Ferdinand Heimhofer and his girlfriend Mariam Kajumba the properiator of Terra Solar Energy Limited together with the Commissioner Land Registration have been dragged to Court over a Shs19bn fraudulent land deal.

    City car dealer businessman Medad Osborn Twesigye, the proprietor of Testimony Motors Limited accuses the defendants and their company of fraudulently grabbing his land measuring 499.781 hectares comprised on Block 5 plots 623, 633 land at Kayera, Bugahya in Hoima district.

    In his suit filed at Hoima High Court, Twesigye through his lawyers led by Fred Muwema claim that in August of 2022, he was approached by a lawyer who introduced himself as Accram Luzinda and a land agent Jim Kibira who told him that they had a deal of selling his land to Ferdinand and his girlfriend.

    He later met the accused persons at Fairway Hotel Kampala where they confirmed to him that they were interested in his land since they had entered a deal with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s government to start a solar energy project in Hoima.

    In his affidavit, Twesigye claimed that the accused persons requested him to first allow them to carry out a site survey of the land to confirm its ownership, size, soil conditions and accessibility which was done and the final report from the investigation was issued in October 2022.

    He explained that the defendants told him that they are ready to purchase his land under the names of Terra Sola Energy Limited.

    Swiss businessman David Ferdinand Heimhofer

    They even signed a Memorandum of Understanding to purchase the land at the cost of UD$5m and both parties agreed that the agreement should be valid for a period of 10 months with a two months extension.

    Twesigye explained that the said period was supposed to be used by the defendants to carry out a feasibility study to determine the suitability of the land for a solar power project which was done and the results were positive.

    They agreed that the defendants deposit to the plaintiff’s bank account a non-refundable fee of UD$100,000 as down payment before the purchase of the land was done.

    The payment was supposed to be done within 10 days from the date of signing the solar power implementation Agreement with President Museveni’s government.

    Twesigye claimed that in December 2022, the accused persons used the Memorandum of Understanding they signed with him to lodge a caveat on his land before even depositing the UD$100,000 on his bank account.

    He made a written complaint against the defendants in March 2023.

    He explained that the defendants wrote back explaining that they lodged a caveat to protect their interest in the land even though the government had delayed the process of signing the agreement with them to deposit the agreeable amount of money.

    They added that they had instructed their local engineers to conduct further studies to identify the grid capacity in Hoima and get the government to agree to the said study so as to trigger payment.

    He added that in May 2023, he instructed his lawyers to demand the defendants to remove the caveat registered on his land but they insisted that they could not remove the caveat because if they do, they were going to lose the money they had already used since they had already entered the deal.

    Twesigye told Court that in December 2023, a serious Arab investor approached him and told him that he has interest in his land.

    He added that this investor wanted to establish a sugar project.

    Twesigye narrated that he asked the defendants to remove the caveat but they refused which forced him to carry out due diligence to establish the legality of the company he was dealing with.

    In December 2023, he found out that it had paltry capital of Shs10,000,000 with no registered office or assets in Uganda.

    He further established that the company never conducts any business in Uganda as alleged by the defendants but they were using it to veil corporate personality as a mask to defraud him.

    He pleaded with court to declare that the defendants have no caveat-able interest on his land and also asked court to direct the Commissioner Land Registration to lift the caveat placed on his land.

    He also asked court to order the defendants to pay monetary compensation for lodgment of the impugned caveat on his land, general damages for material distress and inconvenience caused, exemplary damages, interest on any pecuniary award at 23% from December 2022 till the payments in full.

    The defendants have not yet filed their defense.

     

    By Hadijah Namagembe

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    Buganda Kingdom Clan Heads Council Speaker Mutumba In Trouble Over Accusations Of Shielding Kingdom Officials Cited In Planned Assassination Of Their Colleague Lwomwa…

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    Kabaka Mutebi with Omutaka Mutumba (R). On the left is the late Bbosa Lwomwa

    Omutaka Ssalongo Augustine Kizito Mutumba the head of Kkobe clan who also doubles as the Speaker of Buganda Kingdom clan heads council is in huge trouble over the accusation of shielding Kingdom officials cited in the gruesome assassination of Ndiga (sheep) clan head Eng. Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa.

    Highly placed sources in the clan heads Council have told theGrapevine that a section of clan heads have already placed Mutumba on notice and threatened to file a complaint with Brig. Gen. Christopher Ddamulira Sserunjogi’s Commandant of Police’s Directorate of Crime Intelligence and Maj. Dr. Tom Magambo’s Commandant of Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) who are leading the investigations concerning Bossa’s assassination accusing him of obstructing justice.

    One of the clan heads said that they passed a resolution in their meeting directing their council executive chaired by Mutumba to write to Ronald Muwenda Mutebi the Kabaka of Buganda asking for an emergency meeting with them to privately discuss the matters concerning Bossa’s assassination so that he can guide them on the way forward but he intentionally refused to execute the directive.

    This clan head explained that they wanted to meet Kabaka Mutebi to reveal to him their fears which if not handled carefully could lead to their death since a number of people who they are complaining against are untouchables in Buganda Kingdom administration.

    “We gave him together with his executive committee two weeks to write to Kabaka and he was supposed to brief us on the developments during last month’s meeting but when we tried to remind him, he just told us to be patient. He explained that our issue is being handled properly and asked us to first welcome Omuttaka Eria Lwasi Buzaabo the new Ndiga clan head to the council which we did. Since then, he has not responded to us whether via our WhatsApp group or in any other form,” a clan head said.

    He added that they wanted to report to Kabaka Mutebi how Mengo administration under the leadership of Premier Charles Peter Mayiga are using Kingdom cultural court (Kkooti ya kisekwa) to harass and torment them.

    He added that there is a lot of corruption in Kisekwa kkooti. He narrated how members sitting on it use their clerks like a one Milly Naluwenda to intimidate them and solicit for bribe from them as a condition to help them win cases slapped on them on grounds that they are not legally the heads their clans.

    Naluwenda is among the five suspects were who joined Noah Derrick Lugya who is suspected to have pulled the trigger during the killing of Lwomwa.  They were charged and remanded to Luzira prison.

    The suspected master planner of the entire assassination Tabula Bossa Lugya is on run and is expected to be hiding in the think forests on lake Victoria shores in Kalangala island. Police has already placed a Shs20m bounty on his head as a reward to any person who will help them to arrest him so that he is charged in courts of law.

    As the fight to arrest Tabula continues, clan heads led by those who are battling with cases before Kisekwa kkooti include: Ffumbe clan head, Nsenene clan, Ngabi clan, Nkima clan, Enyonyi Nakisinge, Mamba and others. The clan heads also want to get an explanation from Kabaka himself why the appeals made before him as the Supreme court when it comes to cultural issues in Buganda are delaying.

    He added that chances were there to meet Kabaka before he traveled abroad in March because he spent a lot of time in his Mengo palace meeting a number of people.

    However, when contacted, Mutumba denied having any knowledge concerning the said resolution to write a letter to Kabaka.

    He explained that the matter they wanted to drag him into is criminal in nature and is still under investigation.

    “All of us were hurt by our colleague’s assassination but we should not use his death to solve our problems and grievances. Let them show you the minutes which we based on to pass such a resolution,” Mutumba said.

    He asked his colleagues to be patient, noting that the Kabaka will meet them at the right time.

    He added that they cannot force the king to meet them because he knows whatever is going on in their council given that minutes and resolutions for every meeting are always given to him.

    It should be noted that Mayiga reported to Kabaka’s subject that their King is out of the country. He traveled to Europe to see his medical doctors.

    Sources divulged that the Kabaka is expected into the country in May and it is the reason why he is not going to attend his birthday party on 15th of May 2024. Kabaka also missed his 69th birthday run last week and was represented by his sister Agnes Nabaloga Lubuga.

    Since 2019, Kabaka Mutebi has been receiving treatment abroad and highly placed sources claim that he is suffering from cancer even though Mayiga informed his subject that he is suffering from Allergy.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    Equity Bank Shs6.5bn Fraud Case Deepens As More Suspects Are Charged, Remanded To Prison…

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    Equity Bank fraud suspects Mukwaya, Mugumya and Kato appearing in court

    Three more suspects from Equity bank multimillion fraud case have been arraigned before the Magistrates Court of the Anti-corruption Division on charges of Conspiracy to defraud and remanded to Luzira prison.

    The accused persons are; Godfrey Mukwaya and Robert Mugumya, all former employees of Airtel Uganda and Fred Kato a former head of Small and Medium Enterprises at Equity Bank.

    Prosecution alleges that Mukwaya, a former sales manager at Airtel Uganda used different people to open up bank accounts through which the bank was defrauded of more than Shs10bn.

    State further alleges that Mugumya is linked to 179 fictitious companies that were created to defraud Equity bank and he used different persons to obtain more than Shs35 billion.

    The presiding Magistrate Abert Asiimwe did not allow the accused persons to plead to the charges reasoning that they are joined on the case file involving money laundering which is triable by the High Court.

    “While this court has powers to handle the case of conspiracy, this one is emanating from money laundering. I advise that you will plead to the charges in the High Court which has powers to entertain all the cases,” Asiimwe said.

    The three suspects charged brings the charged number to eight.

    On March 20, 2024, five people among them employees of Equity Bank were charged over accusations of money laundering in regard to disbursement of Shs62bn of unsecured loans to unqualified persons.

    The first suspects were arraigned before the Anti-corruption Magistrates Court on charges of obtaining credit by false pretense, money laundering and conspiracy to defraud.

    The remanded suspects are; the head of Agency Banking at Equity Bank Julius Musiime, Erina Nabisubi a relationship manager for telecom, Fred Semwogerere (Banker), Tumuhimbise Crescent Tibarwesereka (relationship officer) and Wycliff Asiimwe a distribution and marketing consultant with a microfinance facility.

    State alleges that between the 2021 and 2024 at Equity Bank in Kampala City, Nabisubi being a person employed as a relationship manager in charge of Telecom incurred a debt of Shs6.55bn from Equity bank falsely representing that the loans were being applied for by Najjemba Gladys who she fronted as having fulfilled the bank requirements to access the loans whereas not.

    State added that Nabisubi also incurred a debt of Shs300m from Equity Bank falsely representing that the loans were being applied for by Nagawa Latiffa who she fronted as having fulfilled the bank requirements to access the loans whereas not.

    It is alleged that between 2021 and 2024 at Equity Bank headquarters situated at Church House in Kampala, Nabisubi intentionally impeded the establishment of the true ownership of Shs6.5bn which she fraudulently obtained from Equity Bank as loan through account number 1032100370335 in the name of Najjemba Gladys purporting that the said funds were applied for by Najjemba Gladys as a loan whereas not knowing that the said funds were a proceed of crime.

    State further alleges that Musiime intentionally concealed the true ownership of Shs18 million which he received as gratification from Mutuuza Stella for having fraudulently processed a loan of Shs700m from Equity Bank by requiring her to deposit the said gratification on account number 1013101211316 in the name of Gilbert Rwaiheru Kiiza knowing that the said deposits were a proceed of crime.

    According to the charge sheet, in the year 2021 and 2024 at different places in Kampala and Wakiso districts; Musiime, Nabisubi, Ssemwogerere, Tumuhimbise , Asiimwe, Kato, Mugumya and Mukwaya conspired together to defraud Equity Bank of Shs62bn by fraudulently causing the disbursement of unsecured loans to unqualified people.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    Prisoner Escape Scare Forces Dr. Byabashaija To Deploy PSSU Commandos At Jinja Prison…

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    The inmates who tried to escape from Jinja Court. On the right is prisons boss Dr. Johnson Byabashaija

    Uganda Prisons Services under the Command of Prisons Commissioner General Dr. Johnson Byabashaija has deployed Prisons deadly Prison’s Special Service Unit (PSSU) to take charge of inmates at Jinja government prison.

    The deadly PSSU soldiers are currently in charge of the prison’s tower where sharp shooters are stationed 24 hours to supervise the entire movements of inmates and are allowed to shoot and kill any inmates who try to escape from prison.

    PSSU Commandos are also responsible for escorting prisoners from both Jinja Main prison where deadly criminals like terrorists, murderers, armed robberies are detained from and those of Jinja Remmand where inmates with minor offences are detained from.

    Highly placed sources in prison service told theGrapevine that PSSU are highly trained commandos compared to SFC Commandos who protect President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, his family members and other State privileged installations.

    He added that the PSSU Commandos are the ones in control of Luzira Upper prison security, especially the tower and that of Murchison bay.

    The development to deploy PSSU at Jinja prisons comes months after inmates tried to escape from a prison officer who escorted them to Jinja court.

    Abel Muwanika Abel alias Abusale (27) was shot several times while escaping, he was rushed to hospital where he died from.

    Ashiraf Senora alias Vampire (25) who was with him when trying to escape survived with bullet injuries and was slapped with other criminal charges related to escaping from prison.

    Both were facing charges of aggravated robbery and prisons spokesperson Afande Frank Baine praised the prison’s officers for preventing the escape.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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