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The Untouchable Tormentor Kiconco Speaks Out: I Won’t Leave Lusanja Land Unless They Pay Me All The Money I’ve Spent

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Troubled businessman Medard Kiconco, who allegedly evicted over 350 families and demolished their homes in Lusanja  Kawempe Division has been unearthed.

Kiconco, who appeared before Bamugemereire’s land probe for grilling today told journalist at the commission offices in Wandegeya that, “I hear a lot of accusations put against my name, I am here, you have been telling people that am in hiding. Whatever happened at Lusanja, it was not my fault and don’t waste your time asking me that, you go and ask court, they are the ones who gave me my land back.”

He disclosed that he purchased the land on block 206 plot 671 Mutubba 11 Mpererwe, from Paul Katabazi

Bitabariho, the administrator of the late Katabariho. He said that before he bought the land, he first verified that he was buying the land from the rightful owner and discovered that the Late Bitabariho bought the land from Manjeri Lukuse Namasole in 1979.

He revealed that when he went to Buganda Land Board to verify whether the said land was owned by  Namasole, he was informed that the land was owned by Namasole but she sold it to Bitabariho.

The title that Kiconco showed as proof of ownership

Kiconco noted that after verifying the land, he bought it. He said that after buying the land, he discovered that it had encroachers.

He asked the area local leadership to advise him on how to deal with the encroachers, Henry Sejemba the chairperson of Ssekanyonyi village where the land located advised him to compensate the people who were residing on his land. Kiconco said that he paid over 100 people who were claiming that they own ‘bibanja’ on the land.

“Some of those people even cheated me, I compensated all of them, I gave everyone Shs 75m and above. Others left willingly, like that man Samuel Mayanja who I saw crying before the president when he visited Lusanja,” Kiconco noted.

He added that when the people refused to vacate his land, he decided to go to court, he was given an order by Baker Rwatooro the deputy Registrar Execution Division of the High Court Kampala to evict them from the land.

He said that after obtaining eviction orders, he hired Spear Leak Auctioneer to process the land and give it to him as court had ordered. He said that Moses Kirunda, a court Bailiff from Spear Leak Auctioneers did the eviction and he only received a report from Kirunda showing that the court order was implemented and the land was vacated. Kiconco put the blame for the Lusanja eviction on political leaders especially Wakiso District member of Parliament Rosemary Seninde and junior lands Minister Persis Namuganza who politicised the matter.

Kiconco speaking to the press

He said that Namuganza and Seninde lied to the president when he visited Lusanja that he evicted over 350 families from his land which was not true because he only owns 9.6 acres of land. He added that he didn’t evict people of Lusanja, the people he evicted are from Sekanyoni village in Kampala not in Wakiso as Seninde claims.

“I wonder what type of MP Seninde is who doesn’t even know the boundaries of her district. Maybe she wants to show the president that she is working hard,” Kiconco said.  He said the land in Lusanja belongs to

Paul Katabazi and it’s a lease mailo land on block 198 plot 55 Mpigi.

Kiconco further accused Namuganza and Seninde of defrauding the president and showing him fake people who they claim were evicted from the land. He said that the people who met the president were not among those evicted from his land.

He rubbished Justice Catherine Bamugemereire’s claim before the president that her commission has been investigating the land dispute in Lusanja. He revealed that from the day he bought the land, he has never seen any summons from the commission that they are investigating him.

He said that as per now, he is not ready to leave his land because he paid for it and he is not willing to just leave it to go because a politician has put him on pressure. Kiconco bragged that if Museveni wants him to leave the land, he should pay him all the money he spent buying it.

“I am not a thief, I have never stolen anybody’s property and I can’t just leave my property to go. I am just looking for survival like any other person,” Kiconco said.

When asked about his relationship with the first family, Kiconco, who first smiled said that it’s not true that he is working for the first family. He accused Namuganza and Sseninde of politicizing the matter to get something from the president. He revealed that he is planning to establish a juice factory on the land and he has already acquired money from equity bank.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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MP Kato Lubwama Rallies Musicians: We Will Only Support New Regulations If Some Rules Are Removed

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Rubaga South legislator Kato Lubwama, who also doubles as the shadow minister for culture and performing arts has warned that musicians and artists will only support the new proposed regulations by the Ministry of Gender if they remove a section of rules that will squeeze artistes.
“For the past two days, I’ve been reached by several media & people is seeking for my comment on the intended regulation of artists. To say this loud and clear, I don’t support it in its current form.
Artistes in Uganda have single-handedly managed to grow art in the country without any help from government. It is thus disturbing to learn that the only time government has come out, it is with such regulations which threaten the future of art in the country,” the comedian turned MP said.
He added, “Much as there are a few positive rules in it that I agree with, majority are against the future of art in Uganda. The good thing is it is still just a draft which can be changed subject to our contributions.
I urge all of my colleagues in the art industry to come out and contribute towards this law because it will be us who will be affected once it is enacted into law.”

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We Must Act Against This Foolery, Soon They Will Force Us To Sing Songs In Praise Of The Regime Or Throw Us In Jail: Bobi Wine Condemns New Regulations On Artistes

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Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known by his stage name as Bobi Wine has hit out at the new regulations on artistes.

Bobi Wine, who is currently in Kingston, Jamaica warned that, “music is under fresh attack. The cowardly regime is bringing up new laws and regulations to gag artistes in the hope that they can kill and stop the music. They are so scared of arts. They don’t know what else to do, except try to silence the hundreds of singers, producers, poets, comedians, cartoonists and other entertainers who are raising voices against the oppression, suppression and exploitation of the Ugandan, by a small clique of individuals who rule over us. I have said to them before and say this to them again- you cannot kill the music. Just address the injustices we are singing about. If you do not, you should expect another song of the same kind, from another artiste of the same mind.”

He added, “I have been speaking to my fellow artistes to speak up against the injustices before it is too late. I have told them to defend the entertainment industry before it is too weakened to defend them. I have told them time and again that an attack on Bobi Wine’s music is an attack on all of us because injustice again one is injustice against all! I have not tired to explain to them that when injustice is not fought when it is a seed, it will be harder to fight when it is a tree. Today, the injustice is growing and growing. They started by banning songs which they were uncomfortable with from playing on radios and TVs. Most artistes kept quiet! Then they bought off artists to sing for them, while intimidating those who did not. Most artistes kept quiet! Then they banned our shows and concerts because we sang songs of freedom. Most artistes kept quiet! Now they have brought stupid regulations which among others give powers to the government to decide what an artiste sings where and when. If artistes do not speak out with one voice now, it won’t take long before they are forced to sing only songs in praise of the regime or be jailed like it was under Mobutu in Zaire!”

He rallied his fellow artistes to, “act now.” Adding that, “even when I am away, I must commend all artistes who are already raising voices against the foolery. I am very proud of the artistes who are taking leadership and mobilizing others to resist this attack.

Seeing the freedom artistes have in Jamaica makes me long for that day when our country will be free from the shackles of oppression. On that day, music will be free. Ugandan artistes will be free to imagine, dream and create. On that day, when the struggle is over, Ugandan artistes will wear the victors’ crown in new Uganda. Instead of being fought by the government, they will be supported to create and perform. And for this reason, we do not give up the struggle.”

 

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In a 14 Page Document, Government of Uganda under the ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development are in the process of forming laws that are going to govern the Entertainment Industry. The regulations are aimed at guiding Uganda’s Entertainment Industry including how Artistes, Promoters and Venue owners do their Buisness. Among the proposed regulations include:

1- Every Artist shall need a License to operate in Uganda.

2-Its Illegal to Practice Public Entertainment when you have no License from the Ministry

3- No Artist shall shoot a Music Video without Permission from the ministry of Labor

4- An artist will not perform in more than one venue unless the next performance is 4hours after.

5- Artist performance time shall not be less than 60minutes and not more than 120minutes.

6-No Artist will perform abroad unless you have permission from the ministry.

7-No Indecently dressed Artist will be allowed on stage.

8-Every Event promoter must provide a hygiene kit to each performing Artist at an Event.

9- Any artist who uses Vulgar language on stage will have their license cancelled

10- An artist who takes drugs ( Marijuana cocain etc) before his performance commits an offense and will be punished

11- An artist found in un hygienic condition will not be allowed to perform on stage.

12- Any artist who performs abroad without a license shall be disqualified as an artist for a year.

13-There shall be a censorship board to filter Entertainment content and ensure discipline among the artists.( This shall have a disciplinary committee)

14- Every Artist will have to register their works with Ministry of Gender.

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Police Stops Today’s Kololo Juma Prayers

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Police has stopped today’s Juma prayers that were to be held at Kololo Airstrip.

In a letter signed by police public relations officer CP Fred Enanga, the organisers have been warned that the prayers will not take place because it was not cleared by the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC), the supreme Muslim body legally mandated to oversee all activities of the Muslim faith.

In the letter, Enanga advises the organisers to secure another date upon harmonising their request with UMSC.

Kawempe North legislator, Hajji Latif Ssebaggala, the Imam of Parliament organised the national religious activity to show the Muslim community’s displeasure over what they call mistreatment from police and security organs.

“Our Muslim brothers and sisters are arrested, detained, incarcerated and remanded in the police custody, military prisons and safe houses even after being proved innocent by the courts of Law,” Ssebaggala said.

Concerning the cancellation, Latif said that, “Our continued efforts to hold a National Jummah Day have been frustrated by the Uganda police as well as a few enemies of Unity amongst Ugandan Muslims.

In a letter dated 17th, January 2019, Uganda Police raises concern that the body which is Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (OLD KAMPALA) legally mandated to oversee the activities in relation to the Islamic Faith in Uganda IS NOT aware of this event despite the fact that we wrote several letters to them and they acknowledged having received all the letters informing them about this Prayer event.

So, in accordance to the above reason, there will be no National Jummah Day on Friday 18th Jan 2019 as we have been denied access again for the second time to access Kololo airstrip.

We being peace loving Ugandans decided to accept the decision by the security forces and abide by their resolution.

The struggle to fight for equality for Muslims is far from over. I have presented these issues on the floor of parliament and to various stakeholders…. We shall overcome one day!

The journey of uniting Ugandan Muslims won’t stop here! we shall continue pushing for Unity because it’s the wisest way towards major achievements among Ugandan Muslims.”

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