Connect with us
  • INVESTIGATION

    THE UNTOLD STORY: Secrets Why Parliament Bosses Want Obore Out

    Published

    on

    It’s official now that Chris Obore is facing trouble concerning his job of the PR Director for Parliament. He has lost the favor of big people who matter like Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker. The Speaker at first wanted Daniel Kalinaki or Peter Kibazo, the veteran radio journalist from Mukono. Obore was recruited at a time when Parliament was facing a very bad image, with MPs saying there was need for a fighter like Ofwono Opondo to clean their image. Among those who were lobbying for the job or were head hunted include: Simon Kasyate, Mwangusa Mpagi of NTV, Kibazo and Onapito Ekomoloit of NBS.

    The position was that of director and it needed a candidate with a masters’ degree which Obore was still studying at the Uganda Management Institute. Hellen Kaweesi from Makerere should have taken the job but people were saying she can’t be promoted to the post of Director level because she lacked the fire of a fighter Parliament now wanted.

    Meanwhile, Obore had good connections and many of them helped him lobby Kadaga to shift her favor from Kibazo to him even though she didn’t like him at first because he constantly attacked Parliament on the KFM morning show. Some of the MP lobbying for Obore met him at Café Javas and gave him tips to soften Kadaga. Obore finally got the job but shortly thereafter someone reported to the IGG saying he wasn’t the best candidate for the job. The IGG’ PRO Ali Munira confirmed they have been investigating Obore’s recruitment and the report is almost ready.

    How Obore lost support 

    When he got information that his job was being queried, Obore started behaving like he was a very big man. He would intimidate other Parliament bosses who are more senior and have been at parliament for a long time. Of the 12 directors as per now, he doesn’t have any friendhip with any of them because they don’t like his ways especially the act of barking at them.

    When the directors tried to oppose his threats, Obore accused them of sabotaging Kadaga who was okay with him in his first days in office. He knew very well of Kadaga’s differences with Mbabazi and that’s what his supporters would later use to scare directors who opposed him. Some directors would be reported to Kadaga and be accused of working with Mbabazi to fight her. Bakwega is one of the directors Obore disrespected and his juniors in the PR department did the same.

    He would use the CCTV cameras of Parliament to find out which staff members spoke to Bakwega, once he got information that they were working with Bakwega, he would call them and bark at them, he would use the excuse that  they were undermining the Speaker. In the departmental meetings, Obore would bark at his team members including old employees he found in the department. He would speak to Hellen Kaweesi harshly, this didn’t go down well with other people who started seeing him as a bad person. When they saw that some of the directors were very strong, Obore’s supporters became whistle blowers and reported to the speaker that there was fraud going on in the way air tickets were being bought for the MPs and other bosses at Parliament.

    The investigation caused many innocent people in the finance department to be victimized and those who were innocent were made to look bad before the Speaker by being blackmailed that they working for Mbabazi to fail her. It was then that Obore’s opponents regrouped and gave him his medicine. They got good info and gave it to Kadaga.

    They also tried to show links between him and Mbabazi and moreover with photographs. Obore’s supporters were also accused of recording some people and taking the info to Kadaga as proof of those fighting her. The other problem was that Obore had also talked to some of the MPs and pointed out some of the weaknesses in Kadaga. She got all this info and cut wires on Obore. She became annoyed especially to hear some MPs say that without Obore she would be nothing, these MPs would tell her that they got such info from Obore directly. Kadaga became annoyed and started regretting why she did not stick with her original plan of giving the job to Kibazo.

    She even called a Parliamentary Commission meeting to chase Obore from the job but Obore’s people lobbied  Bukedea MP Anite Among and Elijah Okupa of Serere County. They asked Kadaga to forgive him which she initially accepted but became angry later when reports kept reaching her from other MPs that Obore’s people told them he was the one making Kadaga powerful and that she fears him because of that.

    His people would even say that Kadaga backed off the move to chase him because she realized without him she would fail. This kept Kadaga’s anger up and the Parliament Commission meeting was called to knife Obore. Before that meeting, Obore had mobilized supporters like Moses Ali, Cecilia Ogwal, Ogwang Peter and others to save him. These legislators opposed Kadaga’s move to chase him which annoyed Kadaga even the more because it humiliated her as the Speaker. Obore’s supporters started threatening to spill Kadaga’s secrets which they said are very many. All this made Kadaga even more annoyed, it became worse during the ongoing disagreement between her and president Museveni.

    Kadaga is unsure if she can count on Obore’s loyalty in her new battle with Museveni on the issue of Kyadondo East legislator Robert  Kyagulanyi.

    Kadaga’s anger increased when she discovered that some of her own body guards were spying on her for Obore to know if she ever talks to Parliament officials who are at war with him.

    The Speaker’s security detail decided to keep some bodyguards at some distance and fired others. The PR Director also started having unhealthy beef with senior news reporters at Parliament who are very supportive of Kadaga. Some left Parliament after Obore created too much heat for them. When the IGG investigations refused to stop, Obore’s supporters started thinking its Kadaga’s PPS in the names of Busike Peter who was behind it. This PPS thereafter became a big enemy of Obore yet Kadaga likes him very much.

    Kadaga became even more annoyed when she realized that she fell out with some people basing on wrong info given to her by Obore’s people whose plot was to leave her lonely without enough friends in Parliament.

    Obore also got some enemies blamed him for using the media budget to become very powerful but failed to protect them against scandalous stories.

    They started saying that he was using the media budget to benefit himself and not the house. They also looked at him as someone who took himself highly because he always  appeared on radio, TVs and wrote in newspapers. They also blamed him for not respecting their views even in meetings.

    He was also not respecting the Clerk Joan Kibirige who is supposed to sign the appointment letters of all Parliament employees. Some Parliament directors originally didn’t like Obore because as a new person at parliament, he was supposed to take time to run public service procedures but the problem was he wasn’t willing to listen to them. He took himself to be at the level of Speaker. Some of the people friendly to Obore also started attacking some people asking them whether being Basoga means they are very important in Parliament. Kadaga didn’t like all these things and now it’s very clear without her support, the IGG tough lady Irene Mulyagonja isn’t going to leave him standing.

    Bamugemereire saga;

    There is also the Bamugemereire saga. Obore attacked her that she just wanted to get publicity by being cruel on the land grabbing government officials in the commission. Bamugemereire wrote a very strong letter to Kadaga complaining about Obore and saying he must be punished for abusing a whole judge of the high court with a lot of favor from the President. Kadaga again called a meeting and Obore survived by just luck because that day commission members wanted him to be knifed. It’s not clear how Kadaga cooled down Bamugemereire’s anger on Obore but he in the end stopped his unnecessary attack against big people like judges. Obore was also advised by some friends to go slow on Kadaga and they gave him examples of men like Asuman Kiyingi who fought her and ended very badly off. At first his supporters were saying their man Obore can’t fear Kadaga but he kept quiet when MPs Anite and Okura who were saving him in Kadaga’s office backed off when they realized that the Kamuli MP was still very bitter. Some members are unhappy and waiting for the day Obore falls flat because they hate the way in which people close to him played the divide and rule strategy to weaken UPPA which unites news reporters working at Parliament.

    Some Parliament bosses wanted the well-polished Daniel Kalinaki, the big man of Monitor, to be the one to take that PR job because they think he is the exact opposite of Obore. In the meantime, many of senior news reporters like Agnes Nandutu, Francis Jjingo, Brig Henry Mulindwa and others are waiting to have a very big party on the day Obore is removed by the IGG.

    Obore also lacks much support of vocal MPs like Odonga Otto who were trying to fight him but decided to first wait because he was still at peace with Kadaga, now that she does not want him anymore, it’s going to be a walk over for these disgruntled MPs like Otto.

    The Grapevine strives for accuracy by providing in-depth, objective and non-partisan information if you have a hot story or scandal you would like to share with us, please reach us through 0752 227640, or grapevineug@gmail.com, info@thegrapevine.co.ug.

    Comments

    INVESTIGATION

    ANALYSIS: How Chief Justice Dollo Helped Seal M7/Mao Deal, NUP Advised To Cease Opportunity And Secure Segirinya, Ssewanyana Release; Will He Guide Transition From M7 To Muhoozi?…

    Published

    on

    Minister Norbert Mao

    Buikwe South Member of Parliament, Dr. Phillip Lulume Bayiga has revealed that president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has appointed Democratic Party (DP) boss Norbert Mao because he desperately wants serious people to fix his government after loosing former Speaker of parliament late Jacob Oulanyah.

    Lulume explained that Museveni had banked on Oulanyah to help him to fix parliament and consolidate his support in Lango and Acholi, unfortunately he died a few months after occupying the office of the Speaker of parliament.

    Oulanyah was also the NRM vice chairperson Northern Uganda, the vacuum which has not yet been filled up.

    He admitted that Mao is the winner in the signed cooperation deal between DP and NRM.

    “He has been given a powerful Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs,  he has been given a state minister, promised that his people will get juicy parliamentary committees, he has been promised that his candidate Gerald Siranda, the DP Secretary General will be supported in the coming EALA elections and he has been promised that DP members will be allocated top jobs in government agencies and Authorities,” he said.

    Lulume was supported by Kampala Central Member of Parliament (MP) Muhammad Nsereko Zaake who explained that the deal which was signed on Wednesday involved a number of stakeholders especially from the Northern part of the country.

    “What I know about my friends from Northern Uganda is they know what power means. They once enjoyed power, so they want to be next to power unlike us here in Buganda who are just taking everything that comes,” Nsereko said.

    Sources in State House revealed that the negotiations between Mao and President Museveni’s government started in 2016 when he tried to contest as Gulu Municipality MP but was disqualified from the race since he did not have a National Identity Card.

    Sources revealed that since then, President Museveni has been using Oulanyah to sweettalk Mao to join him.

    “I think he was overwhelmed with financial problems, you know he was being helped by Oulanyah who is no more,” a source added.

    Sources close to the DP boss told theGrapevine that even though Mao and Siranda have been receiving a monthly salary from the DP secretariat, they have been struggling financially to the extent that they have been making phone calls especially during weekends to friends for financial help.

    theGrapevine has established that when Oulanyah died, serious negotiations ensued which involved the Chief Justice Owiny Dollo who is a close friend to Mao and president Museveni.

    The source added that Mao established that Museveni was very vulnerable after Oulanyah’s death and he made very heavy demands.

    The DP boss demanded to be appointed as a deputy prime minister, he also wanted three DP members to be appointed cabinet ministers which president Museveni declined.

    Sources said that Justice Dollo played a very important role to convince Mao to take Museveni’s proposed Justice and Constitutional affairs ministry and the state minister’s jobs for his DP members.

    Sources revealed that Museveni instructed NRM’s Secretary General Richard Todwong, Kiryowa Kiwanuka, the Attorney General and Edwin Karugire his son-in-law and personal lawyer to lead the negotiations and draft the agreement which he went through before signing.

    Sources said that Justice Dollo, a former senior counsel to LRA rebel leader Joseph Kony, was very instrumental in drafting the signed agreement and he was the chief legal advisor to Mao.

    On the other hand, Nsereko revealed that after the death of Oulanyah and Lokech, the Acholi had to quickly look for the replacements so that they remain close to power.

    ” Look the people of Acholi lost Lt. Gen. Paul Lokech who was the deputy Inspector General of Police, he was their hope in the army, and like you know, here in Africa, whoever has the army wields power, so they had to strategise again. In the legislature, God had also blessed them with the position of the speaker of parliament in Oulanyah, but shockingly he also died, so by all means Mao had to come in close to power so that they remain in the calculations for transition because Museveni is going,” Nsereko explained.

    He noted that it was a well calculated move for Mao not to tell his colleagues in DP because they would have failed the deal by spreading rumours, even though it was necessary to explain to them the logic behind his decision.

    He explained that Mao is going to be the brain behind the expected amendments in the national constitution which are aimed at streamlining and preparing the country for a political transition from president Museveni to another generation.

    Mao admitted when he appeared on NBS TV’s Frontline talk show that one of the assignments given to him was to strategies and streamline how transition is going to be handled legally through constitutional amendments.

    Kampala Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago said that Mao was brought on board by President Museveni to help him to transfer power from him to his son Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the commander land forces.

    “I think Mao is going to be the Vice President in Muhoozi’s government, he has been brought in to help to mature the Muhoozi project” Lukwago said.

    On 3rd February, 2022, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi tweeted, “My big brother Norbert Mao is the most brilliant opposition leader in Uganda today. He has Presidential skills.”

    Nsereko orated that in his new position, Mao is going to supervise the judiciary and he will be the one to advise President Museveni on who to appoint in the judiciary.

    He added that Mao is going to supervise the Electoral Commission and he will be advising President Museveni and Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama on transfer of Electoral Commission registers, recruiting of new electoral officers and the preparations of all the coming elections in the country.

    Nsereko revealed that Museveni plans to give Mao powers to strategies on how the new government without him will be structured and Ugandans should put a clear eye on him.

    Nsereko warned, “You people are playing but I’m telling you without Mao’s signature, Buganda will not be paid their demands by the Central government because he is the one responsible for clearing such payment from the ministry of finance,” he noted.

    Museveni also brought Mao on board to help him solve the East African question because he knows very well that Mao is a very close friend to Raila Odinga who has a lot of chances to become the next president of Kenya.

    Nsereko opined that in Uganda, Odinga trusts only two politicians, Mao and Capt. Mike Mukula, the NRM vice chairperson Eastern Uganda.

    He said that Odinga thinks that Museveni supports his rival William Ruto who has minimum chances of becoming the next president of Kenya.

    He added that Mao also has a number of friends in South Sudan government.

    He advised NUP’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine to use Mao’s office to secure the release of the legislators, Muhammad Ssegirinya (Kawempe North), Allan Ssewanyana (Makindye West) and other political prisoners.

    “Mao is the one who can legally advise the President on the prerogative of mercy to prisoners, he is the one who supervises Courts so he is very instrumental in releasing or not releasing all political prisoners,” Nsereko noted.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

    Comments

    Continue Reading

    INVESTIGATION

    M7 Did Not Survive Coup, We Are Cleaning Our House – UPDF Explains Why Gen. Elwelu Put Army On Standby Class One Order…

    Published

    on

    The Commander in Chief (CiC), President Museveni (C), CDF Gen. Wilson Mbadi (R), and the D/CDF Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu (L)

    Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has refuted allegations that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni survived a Coup when he was away in Rwanda attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

    Early this week, Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu, the Deputy Commander of UPDF, through a radio call, put the entire army on Standby Class One, the highest order given to the army before the war.

    Lt. Gen. Elwelu issued the order when the Commander in Chief (CiC) President Museveni and Gen. Wilson Mbadi, the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) were out of the country.

    This created anxiety among netizens with some speculating that the big man survived a coup while he was away.

    However, in a phone conversation with theGrapevine, Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye, the UPDF spokesperson rubbished the allegations.

    “It is not true, the order was given to give us time to clean our house. If it was a coup, we would have declared a curfew but you people are still moving even deep at night, enjoying night discos and drinking your beer, there was no coup please tell the people to calm down,” Kulayigye said.

    He explained that the order still stands because it’s intended purpose is still on.

    He divulged that they are also trying to examine how the army’s equipment are kept, how soldiers are stationed. He emphasised that the country is on high alert and the army will remain on Standby Class One for now.

    “You people, you don’t know what is going on in our region. Do you know what is expected to come out of Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where people are fighting? Our army should be on standby to protect our sovereignty,” he explained.

    This week, land forces commander Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba warned of a coming battle.

    In one of his tweets, Muhoozi warned, “In the coming battle, let the people of Uganda and Rwanda support me… like I have fought for them. Let us deal with the traitors once and for all!”

    The First Son added, ““Those who try to come between my father and me will learn a very bitter lesson. Where were they when we were refugees? Tutawona wale Mungu anapenda!”

    Celebrated investigative journalist, Timothy Kalyegira opined that there is a sharp division in the army over the behaviour of certain commanders.

    “I don’t know if we should worry, but what I can tell you is that inside the army, the mood/morale is like what it was in UNLA around early 1984. Not yet an all-out crisis, but certainly no longer the familiar, calm normal. You can quote me on that,” Kalyegira said.

    Sources inside the army revealed that because of the divisionism, it is the reason why president Museveni has summoned the army’s top command today for an emergency meeting at Irenga Barracks in Western  Uganda.

    Sources disclosed that the big man is still camped in Western Uganda and he is expected to return to Kampala on Monday morning.

    Sources further disclosed that the president is expected to tell the army top leadership that he is going to continue moving in all army barracks around the country.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

    Comments

    Continue Reading

    INVESTIGATION

    Medipal Hospital In Trouble: Female Doctor Narrates How Male Boss Harassed And Discriminated Her….

    Published

    on

    Medipal Hospital's chief Medical Director, Dr. Adnan Khan

    Kololo based Medipal International Hospital Kampala is in trouble over harassing, discriminating and failing to pay a female medical doctor.

    On 22nd June, 2022, Dr. Asiimwe Kemigisha petitioned the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Labour Office accusing the management of the Medipal of discriminating her, maligning and mistreating her.

    Kemigisha filed her complaint through her lawyers of Bluebell Legal Advocates.
    She particularly singled out Dr. Adnan Khan, the Hospital’s Medical Director, as the second respondent and the hospital management as the first respondent.
    According to the documents seen by the mighty Grapevine, Dr. Kemigisha claims that Dr. Khan, a Pakistan native has bias against women and it is the reason why she has been discriminated against.

    She said that at one point, he castigated her simply for hugging male colleagues while running up the stairs. Dr. Kemigisha explained in her complaint that she sensed insincerity and foul play when none of the male Colleagues she hugged were tasked to explain.

    “The male colleagues I hugged were never apprehended which flagged early signs of discrimination and bias against women by the 2nd Respondent (Dr. Khan).

    “ I requested for a fair hearing and asked for the warning letter together with the evidence related thereto from the 1st Respondent’s Human Resource Manager but shockingly, she informed me that the same could not be availed,” Kemigisha’s statement reads.

    She revealed to Court that in November 2019, she commenced employment at the facility as a Medical Officer.

    However, she was never given a formal contract of Employment.
    In February 2022, she was promoted to Senior House Officer (SHO.). This did not go well with Dr. Adnan who refused to acknowledge her promotion to date.

    Unfortunately, the promotion was not in writing but it is buttressed by the switch in her log-ins and the duty rota. Dr. Kemigisha said that she attempted to seek Dr. Khan’s audience to find a lasting solution but he was dismissive.

    “I approached the 2nd Respondent (Dr. Khan) in his office for a discussion about the issue but he shrugged it off and angrily shouted at me” she said.

    She emphasised that despite the non-stop harassment, she acted professionally and executed her duties as assigned on the duty rota.
    But that the persecution from Dr. Khan was relentless.

    “The harassment and discrimination from the 2nd Respondent didn’t stop after my promotion as Senior House Officer because circumstantial evidence shows that the 2nd Respondent refused to acknowledge my promotion and made sure that I neither gets a written contract nor payment for my services as SHO and yet my peers had written contracts and have at all material times received payment,” she added in her statement.

    She claims that after being promoted, she was not paid until when she requested for a conflict resolution meeting. Dr. Kemigisha asserts that whenever she would seek clarification from the HR manager about her pay, the response was that Dr. Khan was still processing her documents.

    She laments that her incessant troubles compelled her to professionally opt for a conflict resolution meeting with Dr. Khan on 29th April 2022 as a first step towards conflict management. Subsequently, Dr Khan convened a meeting on 13th May 2022.

    The attendees were Dr. Khan, Dr. Kemigisha, Dr. Lisa Numusiima (Supervisor Medical Officer), Dr. Richard Lukandwa (Medical Director), Ms. Hussein Alishba (the HR manager) and a gentleman who identified himself as Henry, a lawyer for the hospital.

    She explains that in the meeting, the hospital lawyer stated that he was a neutral party who heads the facility’s harassment committee. But she later discovered that his name is Henry Nyegenye, an advocate attached to the law firm of Arcadia Advocates, which represents the facility.

    Dr. Kemigisha notes that during the meeting, blame was placed on different departments, mainly the HR department for not having formalised her SHO contract.

    She notes that Dr Khan, who is the facility’s accounting officer, vehemently feigned ignorance of the anomalies. Dr. Kemigisha adds that the Respondents insisted that her promotion to SHO was never a promotion, and that it was not within the facility’s employment structure. The Respondents termed her relationship with the facility as a consultancy engagement.

    She says that she never received any written communication for the terms before transitioning into the SHO role and that it is not her duty to presume her terms of engagement.

    She explains that in any case, she should have availed the terms of the engagement instead of forcing her to resign from employment. Dr. Kemigisha says several futile maneuvers were made to persuade her to retract the letter containing her grievances of harassment by Dr. Khan.

    She claims that she was even rebuked for requesting for a direct conflict resolution meeting with Dr. Khan instead of following a harassment policy by the hospital which has never been disclosed to her.

    Dr. Kemigisha believes that Dr. Khan’s action of inviting a lawyer to the conflict resolution meeting without giving her notice to invite her own lawyer and having the lawyer interrogating her in the said meeting in itself was harassment.

    She claims Nyegenye has since then played an integral role in covering up the harassment on behalf of the Respondents.

    Dr. Kemigisha says in due course, she will provide a transcript of the audio recording of the conflict resolution meeting. She states that on 17th May 2022, the HR Manager Alishba asked her to write a letter clarifying her harassment claims so that the SHO contract could be processed. She says she declined to do so because it was wrong since the two were mutually exclusive.

    She says more misery was piled on her, and in an email sent by Dr. Lukandwa on 25th May, she was inform that since she had not subjected herself to a formal recruitment process to transition to SHO, she could no longer execute the duties of SHO.

    She noted that subsequently, she was struck off the SHO duty rota. She said that the hospital’s lawyers asked her to resign from her position of Medical Officer, to enable formalisation of her promotion to SHO.
    She declined to do so, as she believed it was irregular.

    On 10th June 2022, another meeting was held at the hospital’s office, which was attended by Dr. Kemigisha’s lawyer, Mr. Isaac Ssali Mugerwa.
    However, the Respondents were adamant, and claimed they were unable to pay her salary arrears because they were gripped with financial strife.
    The petition further reveals that Nyegenye made a phone call to Dr. Kemigisha’s lawyer, and conceded that she had pertinent grievances.

    Documents seen by the mighty Grapevine show that on 13th June 2022, Nyegenye communicated to Mr. Mugerwa and reiterated the Hospital’s position that the Complainant should provide both an Application letter for the SHO appointment and a resignation letter as MO so that the Respondents could process the transition from M.O to SHO.

    Dr. Kemigisha says the incessant persecution, compelled her to write a letter dated 15th June 2022, informing the Respondents that she had been constructively dismissed from her employment.
    She emphasised that interestingly on 16th June 2022, after the Respondents had achieved their objective of terminating her, they remitted her two months salary as medical officer on her account.

    Dr. Kemigisha notes that on 20th day June 2022, the Respondents sent an email, asking her to apply for the position of SHO in which she had already served for over 4 months.
    “As a result of the aforementioned wrongful, discriminative actions of the Respondents, I have suffered unemployment, psychological stress and strain, financial constraints for which I shall seek recompose in general, aggravated and punitive damages” she prayed to Court.

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

    Comments

    Continue Reading

    like us

    TRENDING

    theGrapevine is a subsidiary of Newco Publications Limited, a Ugandan multimedia group.
    We keep you posted on the latest from Uganda and the World. COPYRIGHT © 2022
    P.O Box 5511, Kampala - Uganda Tel: +256-752 227640 Email: info@thegrapevine.co.ug
    theGrapevine is licenced by Uganda Communications Commission (UCC)