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THE BATTLE FOR THE NEXT PRINCIPAL JUDGE: Chibita, Wangutusi, Kwesiga, Gaswaga Tipped To Replace Bamwine For Top Judicial Job As Race Heats Up…

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Bamwine (L), Chibita (top L), Wangutusi (top R), Gaswaga (bottom L) and Kwesiga (bottom R)

Elites from the Eastern part of Uganda are smiling from ear to ear after learning that the sons of their land are leading the race in the battle for the next Principle Judge to replace aging justice Yolokam Bamwine.

It should be noted that Bamwine replaced Justice James Ogola who was born from Busia District, Ogola replaced justice Herbert Ntabagoba who also hails from the Eastern part of the country.

Sources from the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) told the Grapevine that among over 20 applicants, the commission has zeroed out on five as potential successors to Bamwine and these are  Mike Chibita the current Director of Public Prosecution, David Wangutusi, the current head of the High Court commercial division,  High Court Judge Duncan Gaswaga, Wilson Kwesiga, the head of the High Court criminal division and Dr. Andrew Bashaija, the head of High Court civil division.

Multiple sources in the judiciary told this website that Chibita has high chances of replacing Bamwine because he is a tested leader who has been heading a very delicate constituency of prosecuting capital offenders.

Sources further revealed that Chibita is a darling to president Yoweri Museveni compare to justice Wangutsi.

Sources in the office of Judicial Service Commission chair Benjamin Kabiito revealed that Justice Chibita has been moving door to door asking for favor from the commission members who include heads of judiciary like the Chief Justice Bart Magunda Katurebe and his deputy justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo to recommend him.

However other sources from the office of the DPP intimated to this website that justice Chibita is living in fear of losing his office in the constitutional petition filed against him by incarcerated city lawyer Bob Kasango.

Kasango petitioned court seeking a constitution interpretation claiming that it’s illegal to Chibita to occupy the office of the DPP because he was a High Court judge and cannot be at the same level with judges who hear the cases he prosecutes before them.  When  contacted for the confirmation, Maria Nabulya the communications officer in the office of the judicial service commission said, “Yes its true we are in the final stages of recommending the new Principal Judge but we have not yet zeroed on the right person to be recommended. When we do, we shall communicate at the right time,”  Nabulya said. The principle judge is the head of all High Court judges.

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2021 ELECTIONS MAY BREAK RECORD, 20 PEOPLE SO FAR WANT TO OUST M7: We Are Not Going To Block Anyone Because Of Tax Clearance Certificate – EC Boss Byabakama: EC To Display All Registered Voters Across The Country Starting Wednesday…

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The Electoral commission (EC) chairperson Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama has said that all aspirants on different elective political positions will be welcomed by EC regardless of whether their tax payment status is poor.

It should be remembered that on 7th February 2020, the URA Commissioner General Doris Akol, while addressing journalists said that all 2021 aspirants will have to first clear with URA if they are to contest for any political position.

Akol added that whoever clears with them will be given a tax clearance certificate which will confirm that he/she is compliant with their tax obligations and hence eligible to stand.

However, according to the EC boss Byabakama, the Electoral Commission is not an agent of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) but an independent commission specifically for elections.

“We welcome all aspirants who are eyeing to become the next leaders in Uganda at different positions. I would like to make it clear that the EC is not connected to URA. We deal with the elections but not taxes, we cannot block an aspirant from aspiring because he or she did not pay tax, that is not our role our role is to organize a free and fair elections,” Byabakama said.

“If the law is amended then we shall introduce it but as per now we don’t have that element,” he said.

Byabakama made these remarks while launching the commencement of Display of the National Voters’ Register and Registers for Special Interest Groups (SIGs) at the Electoral commission head offices along Jinja road in Kampala.

He revealed that the Electoral Communication in preparation for the 2021 General Elections has appointed a period of 21 days (from 19th February to 10th March) as a period for the display of the National Voters’ register. The exercise is set to be conducted from Monday to Monday (8:00am – 6:00pm) at all polling stations throughout Uganda.

The commission further appointed 19th – 28th February 2020 as a period for display of the voters’ Registers for Special Interest People (SIGs) including the youth, People With Disabilities and the old persons saying that this will enable persons comprising the special Interest Groups to check for the correctness of their particulars on their respective Voters’ Register.

Byabakama added that the Display exercise will cost a total sum of 24.5 billion shillings to be carried out throughout the country at 34,344 polling stations in 135 districts. He further said that the Ministry of Finance has agreed to work together and facilitate the exercise.

He said that over twenty presidential aspirants have approached the commission with interests of becoming the next president.

“2020 presidential nominations may break the records with over twenty presidential aspirants. We have over twenty now and more are coming in day and night,” Byabakama said.

He further urged all political aspirants to submit in their academic Qualification to the electoral commission at least two Months before the nomination day. He noted that the nomination period for various elective positions is indicated in a roadmap at the commission site www.ec.or.ug.

He concluded by calling upon all stakeholders in the electoral process to participate in the exercise.

BELOW IS THE FULL COMMUNICATION FROM EC:

Commencement of Display of the National Voters’ Register and Registers for Special Interest Groups (SIGs), 19th February – 10th March 2020

In preparation for the 2020-2021 General Elections, and in accordance with Section 25 of the Electoral Commission Act (Cap 140), the Electoral Commission has appointed 19th February – 10th March 2020 as the period for the Display of the National Voters’ Register.

The display of the Voters’ Register shall begin at 8:00 am and end at 6:00 pm on each of the appointed dates including weekends, at all polling stations throughout Uganda.

The Commission has further appointed 19th – 28th February 2020 as the period for display of the Voters’ Registers for the following Special Interest Groups (SIGs) at the village level: the Youths, Persons with Disability (PWD) and Older Persons.

The purpose of this display exercise is to enable voters to:

1. Check for the correctness of their particulars on the Voters’ Register;

2. Confirm that their photographs appear against correct particulars on the Register;

3. Raise objections to the inclusion and/or removal of a voter’s particulars from the Register;

4. Report to the Display Officer, the following categories of persons (if they appear on the Register) for removal:

a) Those who have died;

b) Those who are under 18 years of age;

c) Those who reside or originate from a parish other than the one they are registered in; and,

d) Those who appear more than once on the Voters’ Register.

5. In the case of Special Interest Groups, the Display at the village level is scheduled to take place from 19th to 28th February 2020. This will enable persons comprising the Special Interest Groups to check for the correctness of their particulars on their respective Voters’ Register: 

a) In the case of Registers for Youths, the voters will be able to verify that the date of birth is correct. Eligible persons on the Registers for Youths must be aged 18 years and above but less than 30 years as defined by law;

b) In the case of Registers for Persons with Disability (PWDs), the voters will be able to confirm that their particulars (nature of disability) were correctly captured on the Voters’ Register;

c) In the case of Older Persons, voters will be able to verify that the date of birth is correct. Eligible persons on the Registers for Older Persons must be aged 60 years and above at the time of cut-off of registration of voters, that is, 23rd December 2019.

During this exercise, the Electoral Commission will display lists of persons who were recommended for deletion from the National Voters’ Register during the Verification Exercise which was conducted at village level in October 2019.

Please note that any eligible voter who applied for registration but whose particulars are missing on the Voters’ Register, will be able to present his/her case and seek to be included on the Register.

After the display exercise, the lists of all persons recommended for deletion from the National Voters’ Register, shall also be displayed for a period of ten (10) days, that is, from 11th to 20th March 2020 at the respective Parish/Ward Headquarters.

The purpose of this supplementary display exercise is to enable any person who may have been wrongly recommended for deletion to raise an objection to the Parish/Ward Tribunal.

The Parish/Ward Tribunal shall consider and make the final decision concerning recommendations for inclusion, deletion, or correction made by the public.

For avoidance of doubt, the Parish/Ward Tribunal is appointed by the Magistrate of the area, and is comprised of two elders (of 60 years and above) one male and one female, and three other members appointed in consultation with political parties and organisations participating in the elections in the area.

At the end of the entire exercise, all returns will be retrieved from the field and recommendations effected by the Electoral Commission. A final National Voters’ Register for the 2020/2021 General Elections will then be produced.

The general public should carefully note the following:

1. This is a very important exercise, which could determine whether you vote on polling day or not;

2. Fresh application for registration as a voter or application for transfer to another voting location shall not be accepted during this Display exercise;

3. Persons who have applied and changed their particulars on the National Identification Register, for example, the names and/or date of birth, are required to notify the Electoral Commission in writing about the changes. Such persons will be required to provide relevant supporting documents to our Display Officers so that the changes are effected on the Voters’ Register.

4. The display officers shall be physically stationed at the respective polling station, throughout the entire display period. This is to enable voters conveniently locate their polling station, especially those which might have been affected by the exercise of re-organisation of polling stations.

5. In the case of display of SIGs Registers, Display Officers shall be physically stationed at a display centre in each Village, throughout the entire display period, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on each of the appointed dates, including weekends.

6. The Registers for Special Interest Groups will be displayed for a shorter period because the elections for Older Persons, Youth and PWDs Committees will be conducted earlier than the others.

7. The Display of Voters’ Registers shall be conducted with utmost impartiality and officials should allow any interested member of the public, including agents of political parties, to witness the exercise.

8. As part of our awareness and mobilisation campaign, the Electoral Commission conducted stakeholder workshops in each of the twelve electoral regions of Uganda and met with respective district leaders to underscore the importance of participating in this exercise.

The Commission is further conducting an extensive public awareness and mobilization campaign through print, electronic and digital media, as well as other public engagement initiatives to achieve high stakeholder participation in the cleaning of the National Voters’ Register and Registers for Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

9. All complaints arising from the Display Exercise of the National Voters Register shall be addressed to the Returning Officers of the respective Electoral Districts and shall be handled in accordance with Article 61(1)(f) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and Section 15 of the Electoral Commission Act, Cap 140.

As at the commencement of the Display exercise, the electoral statistics stand as follows:

1. Number of Districts in Uganda: 135

2. Number of Counties: 257

3. Number of Constituencies: 296

4. No. of Sub Counties/Towns/Municipal Divisions: 2,062

5. Number of Parishes: 10,029

6. Number of Villages: 68,733

7. Number of Polling Stations: 34,344

8. Number of Registered Voters: 17,782,594

A clean Voters’ Register is a cornerstone for conducting peaceful, free, fair and credible elections. The Display exercise gives the electorate an opportunity to particiapte in the cleaning of the National Voters’ Register.

The Commission, therefore, calls on all stakeholders in the electoral process to participate in this exercise. Voters are particularly urged to go to their respective polling stations during this period and check for the correctness of voter particulars on the Register.

Justice Byabakama Mugenyi Simon

Chairperson, Electoral Commission

18th February 2020

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Rwanda Has Sent Beautiful Women To Poison Me 3 Times – Mulago Doctor Reveals Shocking Secrets Why Kagame’s Men Want To Kill Him…

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Finally, Dr Gideon Rukundo Rugari, a senior surgeon and head of Department of Minimum Access Surgery at Mulago Hospital has spoken out on how he survived being killed by Rwanda intelligence operatives.

In an exclusive interview with the mighty Grapevine, Rukundo said that he has survived Rwanda’s deadly DMI operatives three times including baits of beautiful Rwandese women.

Rukundo, who was among the Uganda Medical Association (UMA) doctors who fought hard to make sure that the welfare of the doctors and nurses at Mulago hospital improves, during their strike in 2018 together with UMA boss Dr. Obuku Ekwaro has said that Rwandan agents started hunting for him in 2017 when he operated on a patient who had escaped from Rwanda.

 “They brought to me a patient who was badly beaten, I tried to save his life not knowing that I was putting my life in danger,” he explained. He revealed that as a medic who pleasures in saving people’s lives, he worked hard and with the help of God saved the patient’s life.

However, when the patient gained consciousness, he told him horrible things.

He said that the patient told him that his names was Pasco Manikiza, a Rwandese national who came to Uganda as a refugee but he was kidnapped by a known people who took him to a certain safe house in Namugongo.

He said that Manikiza told him that when he was in the safe house, a group of people recognized him because he was with them in the camp and started torturing him.

Rukundo revealed that his patient told him that he tried to escape from the safe house but he was re-arrested and driven to another place where he was seriously beaten, his tormentors thought that they had killed him.

He narrated that the patient pleaded with him to find ways of hiding him because dangerous people from Rwanda government were looking for him.

“I thought of discharging him since he was recovering but when he told that touching story, I told the security guards and nurses not to allow anybody to access him. I sensed that it was a serious matter. Later, the security guards and nurses told me that some unknown people always came to the hospital asking to see him,” Rukundo said.

Rukundo said that he worked with the Mulago hospital management and they secured a secret room for Manikiza until he fully recovered.

When we tasked him to tell us who paid the hospital bills because he said that he was kept in private room at the hospital.

Rukundo told us that the hospital bills were paid by the office of the prime minister. He added that when his patient was discharged, unknown people started following him from the hospital up to his home.

He decided to report the matter to police after realizing that people had started following him.

He reported the matter to Old Kampala police and gave the a business card that the patient had given him so that they kick of their investigations from there.

“The business card was for a one Bonabana. One of the police detectives was very scared when I mentioned Banabana’s name, he told me that he knows her very well and she cannot be a criminal. He convinced me and we met her. Bonabana told me that she was an activist who was fighting for lives of Rwandese who were being hunted by unknown Rwandan government agents. Banabana admitted that she was the one who gave Manikiza her business card after explaining to her what he was going through and the people who were hunting him,” Rukundo said.

Rukundo said that he was not contented with the way Old Kampala was handling his matter because people were still following him and, on several occasions, tried to kill him at his home.

He said that to save his life, he ran out the country and went into hiding.

RWANDA COME UP WITH A NEW TACTIC TO FINISH HIM OFF USING BEAUTIFUL WOMEN

He said that the situation in exile was not good so he decided to come back to Uganda.

When he came back home, he was approached by a beautiful woman who tried to convince him to enter into a relationship.

“At first, she came as a patient but when I realised that she was a Rwandese, from her name Jolly Mutesi, I was scared because it was clear now that Rwanda government wanted to finish me with this woman and I started avoiding her,” Rukundo said.

He said that later, detectives from Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) approached him and warned him that the government of Rwanda wanted to kill him.

He said that detectives told him that CMI is going to put him under 24/7 surveillance because some people in the Kigali administration think that the patient he worked on gave him important information.

He said that when CMI started guarding him, he gave them Mutesi’s number. They tried to call her for 2 weeks but all her numbers were switched off. He warned Uganda men to be careful because the Rwanda administration has deployed a lot of beautiful women with a mission to kill important Ugandans so that they create chaos here.

Efforts to speak to the army were futile since army spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire was not picking his known phone numbers.

KAGAME WANTED TO MAKE KAYIHURA THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF UGANDA

When we asked him to tell us what his patient told him, Rukundo told us that he cannot tell us everything but the patiently partly told him that president Paul Kagame’s men wanted to make embattled former Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura the next president of Uganda. He insisted that according to the patient’s confession, there was a well-planned move by Kayihura and Kagame to destabilize Uganda.

“Kagame’s tactic was to destabilize the country’s security and make natives hate their leaders. This is what he did to Rwanda’s former president Juvénal Habyarimana, many people including politicians who were challenging Habyarimana lost their lives which annoyed the natives,” he said.

He revealed that when the security situation worsened, Kagame’s men and his RPF rebels declared war on Rwanda. He insisted that Kagame’s men had a hand in the murder of fallen police spokesperson AIGP Felix Kaweesi and a number of women murders in Entebbe, Wakiso district. He further revealed that Kagame’s men were using Kayihura’s men like the incarcerated flying squad commander Nixon Agasirwe to kidnap and take Rwandans back to Rwanda in the hands of the sitting government.

He told us that right now, Kagame is very desperate after Museveni got wind of their agenda and arrested Kayihura and his men and he is now looking for politicians to help him implement his mission to oust Museveni.

He warned Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine that some people may soon infiltrate his camp and try to use him.

“I warned that boy Bobi Wine because for me I survived, he should be suspicious of some people who may use him they used Kayihura and kill his future. I sent him a text message and I am sure he received it even though he didn’t reply it,” Rukundo added.

KAYIHURA’S LAWYERS RUBBISH RUKUNDO’S ACCUSATIONS

When contacted, counsel Edson Karuhanga from the famous Kampala Associated Advocate (KAA), who represented Kayihura in court rubbished Rukundo’s claims. The soft spoken Karuhanga said Rukundo is peddling falsehoods against his client.

Karuhanga pleaded to the likes of Rukundo to leave his client to rest and run his private businesses instead of spoiling his name.

“Those allegations against General Kale Kayihura were raised before and found to be totally without merit. It’s an old and discredited rumor that has no basis and won’t become true simply because malicious efforts are made to repeat it numerous times,” Karuhanga told this website.

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INSIDE M7’S MEETING WITH NETANYAHU: Govt. Hires Top Israel IT Experts To Hack Into Whatsapp As Elections Draw Near, Israel PM Asks M7 To Open Embassy In Jerusalem And Allow Direct Flights Between Uganda And Israel…

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The Indian Ocean Newsletter has revealed shocking secrets why Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Uganda today.

The newsletter has claimed that Uganda government through President Yoweri Museveni has hired an Israel Cyber Intelligence IT firm to provide the country with modern technology to detect characters of espionage especially in security organs.

It has further revealed that Israel based NSO group of company has subsidiary contracted Q cyber Technologies to supply Uganda with Pegasus software which is used to back door to hack the WhatsApp applications which is mostly used by operatives in third world countries to communicate with their bosses.

It adds that the firm has also teamed up with their Kenyan peers to oversee a data analysis and see how it can be used as a political strategy to develop a digital campaigning tool for Museveni and NRM in the coming 2021 general elections. The newsletter however doesn’t reveal the cost of the technology.

When contacted on the matter, government deputy spokesperson Col Shaban Batariza rubbished the claims saying that Uganda has enough IT experts to do whatever it needs.

“You go to the ministry of IT and Uganda police cyber-crime unit and see the experts we have there, they are young brilliant Ugandans. Now, why should we hire those non-Ugandans?” Batariza asked.

OPEN AN EMBASSY IN JERUSALEM AND I’LL OPEN AN EMBASSY IN KAMPALA – NETANYAHU ASKS M7

In the meeting, President Yoweri Museveni affirmed that Uganda is seriously considering the proposal of building its embassy in Jerusalem.

The President said in a joint Press Conference with Netanyahu at State House Entebbe, that the sour relations between Israel and Palestine would not affect Uganda’s plans.

“The issue of the embassy, we are discussing it. The good thing with all the controversies is that there is a part on Jerusalem which under the partition plan was in Israel. At least that is not part of the argument,” Museveni said.

Museveni was responding to PM Netanyahu, who directly asked the president at the press conference to build an embassy in Jerusalem

“I have a simple suggestion that you’ll have to consider Mr President my friend. You open an embassy in Jerusalem and I’ll open an embassy in Kampala,” Natenyahu  said.

Netanyahu asked Museveni to consider having direct flights between Uganda and Israel.

If Uganda, follows through on President Museveni’s promise, it will be following in the footsteps of the United States under President Donald Trump, who in 2018 moved the US embassy from the Israeli capital Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, amid international backlash.

DR. KALIISA WEIGHS IN ON NATENYAHU VISIT

Dr. Anas Kaliisa, a Top Researcher said that Museveni’s meeting with
Netanyahu is going to benefit the Israel president more because his political career is on a standstill after allegations of corruption against him arose.

“Netanyahu knows how to play his political cards right. He is facing a lot of problems at home and very soon he is going to be imprisoned. Now he is looking for allies that’s why you see him running to Donald Trump to endorse Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. He wants Museveni to endorse the same so as to impress his people at home to exonerate him on a sympathy vote on the corruption charges which he is battling,” he said. 

He also explained that Netanyahu has come to Uganda to remind his countrymen that his family sacrificed a lot for Isreal. Natenyahu’s brother was killed by Idi Amin while trying to rescue Israelites who were held hostage by Amin.

He said that Netanyahu understands how good Museveni is when it comes to mobilization of fellow African leaders.

BUJJINGO PLEADS WITH CHRISTIANS TO PRAY FOR ISRAEL

On Sunday, Makerere Kikoni based House of Prayer Ministries International senior pastor Alouysius Bujjingo asked his followers to pray to God to give wisdom to president Museveni so that he allows the transfer of Uganda’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Bujjingo revealed that Israel has played a big part in the growth of Christians in Uganda.

The ‘Sabasaba’ pastor insisted that Jerusalem should be confirmed as the capital city of Israel because of its historical to Christianity. 

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