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    They Mixed Up VVIPs With Mzee’s Rowdy Ghetto Friends – Minister Mbayo, Lt Col Ankunda In Trouble Over “Dis-Organising” M7’s Shs10bn Inauguration Ceremony…

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    US ambassador to to Uganda, Natalie Brown sitting on a plastic chair at Lololol for President Yoweri Museveni's swearing-in

    Top diplomats in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, officers in Uganda Investment Authority and top leaders in the National Resistance Movement (NRM) are set to petition President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni regarding the “disorganized” way Luuka Woman Member of Parliament (MP) Esther Mbayo who is also the Minister for presidency and Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda messed up the swearing ceremony at Kololo Independence grounds on Wednesday.

    Multiple credible sources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the Uganda Investment Authority have disclosed to theGrapevine that they have received negative response and complaint from dignitaries and investors on the way they were attended to at the ceremony.

    “Also the organisers failed to give comfortable Seats to our esteemed guests, it’s a shame and we have to put the issue before the president so as the organisers look at their mistakes and avoid such blunders and consider protocol,” a source said.

    He wondered how diplomats and top rich investors had to stand for hours before being attended to by the organizers until State Minister for investments Evelyne Anite rescued them by getting them seats.

    A top diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign affairs further said that it was shameful seeing diplomats like U.S. Ambassador Natalie E. Brown sitting on a plastic chair without a cover cloth.

    One of the NRM senior cadres also wants Foreign Affairs junior Minister, Henry Okello Oryem to explain why he kept on pleading with Mbayo to allow State minister for Children Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi’s alleged daughter to present a speech as a poem which took almost 10 minutes that was wholly detached from the function.

    The official accuses Okello of using Nakiwala’s alleged daughter to praise Museveni for “pampering” relatives of the former presidents in an attempt to catch his eye in the new cabinet which very soon is going to be announced.

    Sources at the NRM secretariat were also unhappy with Mbayo because members of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) led by party’s Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba reached at Kololo and there were no seats and had to stand until Richard Todwong, the party’s Deputy Secretary General and Emmanueal Lumala Dombo, the party’s Director of Communication and Public Relations pleaded for seats.

    Top officials at the NRM secretariat want Mbayo to explain to the president the alleged hatred she portrayed against the Catholic Community and the Orthodox Church because she deliberately refused to recognize them. Bishop Anthony Zziwa of Mityana and the acting Kampala Archbishop Paul Ssemwogerere were hidden and after the ceremony they both complained to Minister Nakiwala.

    Cultural leaders were also not happy with Mbayo’s organisation. “I was asked  to represent my King and the Kingdom, looking at the Cultural leaders tent honestly, I only imagined if my King was in the Country, how could we have sat him on such chairs? And this time round, we were thrown so far away” a top cultural leader of one of the respected Kingdoms in Uganda said.

    Senior presidential advisors also raised complaints in reference to the way they were treated at Kololo which made a certain government official to remove Maama Theresa Mbire, the mother to tycoon Charles Mbire to another  well organised tent.

    “Let me tell you, I was embarrassed to see top ministers fighting for chairs to sit in the same tent with Full Figure, she grabbed one of the Ministers from Northern Uganda and they exchange bitter words, she was not paying attention to the Minister’s english, and neither was the Minister understanding her vernacular,” a senior diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed.

    Newly elected Members of Parliament and a few old others who were invited also blasted Mbayo’s poor organisation; “The organisation was very poor, we fumbled infront for a chance to witness the president inspect the parade because those people placed our tent so far away l we were not even able to see what was going on,” Dan Kimosho Atwijukire, the MP-elect Kazo Constituency said.

    Other MPS said that they were made to seat in a wet far away place with no screen, a reason they gave for living the ceremony very early.

    Mbayo is further accused together with her co-master of ceremony, the former army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda of embarrassing the country by continuously mistaking the titles of the dignitaries at the ceremony.

    Mbayo introduced Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi as “Right Honourable His Excellence the President” before addressing Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) president Jimmy Akena Obote as the leader of opposition.

    Lt Col Ankunda is accused of introducing the First lady and senior Minister of Education and Sports as “Her Excellency Mama Janet Museveni infront of senior diplomats.”

    “Afande Tibuhaburwa was busy ranting on how he will be fighting corruption in his new term. But everything around him including what he was using to address the nation was actually corruption. Approximately Shs10bn spent? Mbayo won’t see heaven! an official who attended the event exclaimed.

    The NRM cadres at the secretariat also accuse Mbayo of not properly distributing food to the guests because it was given to only a few visitors. They were more than the seats.

    Not only officials, but other ordinary  NRM diehards too faulted Mbayo for “dis-organising” Museveni’s event.

    Events organiser and City tycoon, Balaam Bagaruhara Ateenyi faulted the the Kololo event planners, denying being a part of it. The event was managed by Digida Event.

    “Government officials should learn from the Wednesday experience and plan well next time to avoid humiliation to our great and very important invited guests. A nice plastic chair is hired at the cost of Shs3000 from Fotegenix, its cover hired at a cost of Shs350 each,” Balaam lamented.

    Hajji Yunus Kakande, one of the top organizers of the presidential swearing-in ceremony made our calls to him were left unattended to.

    However, sources close to Kakande told this reporter that the old man’s power to plan and organize the event was taken over by Mbayo and he was only left to spectate.

    “She (Mbayo) thought that she was very powerful because of the time she has spent in that office, she uses the ceremony to get revenge on whoever annoys her,” an official on the organizing committee who preferred anonymity told theGrapevine.

    Efforts to reach Minister Mbayo were futile as both her known daytime telephone numbers were not going through.

    By Alirabaki Sengooba

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    Gen. Museveni’s Statements Spell Doom For Our Nation: NUP Boss Bobi Wine Attacks President For Promising To, “Employ Sons And Daughters Of His Cronies To Strategic Government Positions!”…

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    President Yoweri Museveni (R)and NUP boss Robert Kyagulanyi (L)

    National Unity Platform (NUP) boss Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine has attacked President Tibuhaburwa Museveni over statements he made during the State of The Nations Address where he promised to employ sons and daughters of his cronies to strategic government positions!

    While responding to the President, Kyagulanyi rebuked Museveni for being arrogant and warned that if the President goes on with this plan, it will spell doom for Uganda.

    Below is his full statement:

    GEN. MUSEVENI ON THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS

    On account of old age and increased arrogance, Gen. Museveni of late speaks the truth about his evil schemes, or rather the truth escapes from his lips. That was the case last week when he took to the podium to deliver the State of the Nation address, which he should not be delivering in the first place.

    Before I go to that, other incidents where he has spoken the blunt truth about his evil schemes include when he acknowledged condoning and ordering mine and other opposition leaders’ torture in Arua by his guards in 2018. In the immediate aftermath of the 2021 rigged election, he purportedly told an NRM caucus meeting that he while Ugandans were shouting “Bobi Wine” and “People Power” everywhere, he ignored them because he knew he had ‘his army’ and the ‘Electoral Commission’ to do his bidding. Most recently during the election of the Speaker of Parliament, he showered praises on Mr. Owiny-Dollo and went as far as saying that during the campaign season, he was executing duties on his behalf- the same man we had filed a Presidential Election Petition before, shortly before he discredited himself. It was clear from Gen. Museveni’s statements that the Chief Justice is firmly in his grip. Before then,  Museveni had publicly admitted that his guards, the Special Forces Command were responsible for the kidnap and murder of so many citizens. What more? He spoke of how his people were responsible for the murder of our comrade boxer, Zebra Ssenyange Mando.

    Therefore it was not surprising to me and most citizens when last week he spoke of his new strategy to employ sons and daughters of his cronies to strategic government positions! In fact, this is what has been going on for a very long time. Gen. Museveni has for long personalised our country and runs it as though it were his personal home or property!

    He promised to deploy in public offices his clique’s descendants and “children of the rich” to curb corruption. In his wisdom, the rich are incorruptible: wealth connotes virtue; poverty connotes vice. What a shame!

    Gen. Museveni’s revelation is a fact already well-known to the public. For decades under his rule, nepotism has been the unwritten criteria upon which citizens are hired or appointed to public offices. Out of public resources, Gen. Museveni and his inner circle have built a private empire to enrich themselves at the expense of ordinary citizens — the vast majority of whom are poor. Most of the “descendants” he intends to deploy in public offices come from those families that have gained wealth through corruption or through opportunities denied to the rest of the citizens.

    He feigns ignorance about the fact that corruption is rampant today largely because of his leadership’s policy of patting on the back government officials implicated in corruption scandals. After all, it is usually his relatives and associates implicated as we saw in the 1997 junk choppers’ saga. And recently at the height of the COVID19 pandemic when his daughter-in-law mysteriously received UGX 6.5b to supply 2 oxygen plants to national hospitals but did not deliver by the contractual deadline. Nevermind that the same amount could have purchased at least 13 such plants!

    Using the army to brutalize local fishermen, the fishing industry is now firmly controlled by Gen. Museveni’s family and business associates. His relatives are running a monopoly of sorts in the most profitable businesses. They have amassed wealth, grabbed poor people’s land, and are now in an advanced stage of establishing an empire! Key offices in ministries and public bodies are populated by his inner circle. We all saw during elections how Gen. Museveni outdid himself by bribing some of our supporters to turn against me in exchange for material gain, and in almost no minute mock them for not having a back.

    This is what happens when a ruler gathers absolute power around himself. Gen. Museveni and the people he is describing now came here as paupers without anything. They were a ragtag group of people with torn shirts and pants, lice dropping off their clothes. Ordinary citizens gave them cows. They raided our fathers’ and grand fathers’ gardens and took whatever was in there. Today, he has the guts to revile the poor people and call them corrupt and needy, because he has made them so.

    Our task is not yet complete. Gen. Museveni’s statements spell doom for our nation. The poor people who are the vast majority must rise up and defend themselves from a small, unpopular clique that is overfed and wealthy at the expense of all citizens.

    The National Unity Platform believes that all Ugandans must be given a chance. The saying that to those who have more will be added, must not be the driving force in nation building. Countrymen and women, let us all work for a future where you or your child will not be denied an opportunity to contribute to their nation simply because of their tribe or origin.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    Gen. Otafiire Trashes Gen. Kayihura’s Statement That God Is Of Greater Protection Than Guns As He Links Gen Katumba’s Assassination Attempt To Fight For Cabinet Slots In…

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    Gen. Kahinda Otafiire, inset is Gen. Kale Kayihura

    The outgoing minister for East African Affairs Rtd Maj Gen Kahinda has attacked his 1986 Liberation war comrade General Edward Kale Kayihura on praising God for protection over guns.

    Speaking to Buganda’s CBS radio, Gen Otafiire insisted that he cannot be taken by Gen Kayihura’s narrative that God is everything when it comes to protection because he is the same God who again protects the killers.

    “Don’t tell me those things, it’s the same God who protected those Katumba assailants and saved them from being shot dead by his bodyguard. So as for me, don’t tell me those Kayihura things concerning God because he is the same God protecting both bad and good people,” furious Otafiire expressed.

    Last week when he was attending the burial of his grandmother, the late Ancila Bucyana Ruhimbi, Gen Kayihura revealed that God is more ultimate than any amount of guns when it comes to a source of protection for anyone. He added that when president Yoweri Museveni fired him from the office of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), many of his friends deserted him and only remained with God and his lawyers from Kampala Associated Advocates(KAA) led by counsel Elson Karuhanga who represent him for free in the Makindye based Court martial he is still battling with treason related charges.

    Gen Kayihura insists that he is still a strong cadre of the UPDF and a supporter of president Museveni and never thinks of betraying him. However when Gen Otafiire was asked as a General what motivated assailants to attack loving outgoing works minister General Edward Katumba Wamala on Tuesday at Kisasi where his daughter Brenda Nantongo Katumba and driver Sgt Haruna Kayondo were killed, Gen Otafiire said that he is also still puzzled with the motive behind the attack because Gen Katumba because he doesn’t have any quarrel with anybody.

    “He doesn’t fight with people and doesn’t go to bars. He added that the only person he knows who recently had problem with Gen Katumba was the youthful Mityana Municipality legislator Francis Zaake Butebi who he believe doesn’t have the capacity to command the assassination against the soft spoken army General.

    He however declined commit himself that Gen Katumba’s assailants were from the hostile neighbouring country as president Museveni stated in the recent address to the nation after the 2021 general elections.

    “If you say it’s what the President said sometime back, that’s your business. I don’t know I’m not President and I’m not even a Minister anymore. I can’t pin a neighbouring country when I don’t have any evidence,” he said.

    He predicted that the attackers might be those powerful people fearing that Gen Katumba might be appointed in the coming cabinet as a Vice president or a Prime Minister. Gen Otafiire insisted that as UPDF Generals they are not scared about what happens to Gen Katumba because they know very well that anytime they can die from anywhere.

    When asked about the ten point president Museveni presented to the nation to solve the frequent assassination of the top government officials and what happened to it, Gen Otafiire advised CBS senior Investigative journalist Alex Nsubuga to go and ask Museveni himself because for him he is nolonger in his government and he is only preparing to serve in the coming Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s government not that of Yoweri Museveni.

    He trashed statements made by security expert David Pulkol, the former Director of External security Organisation(ESO) and Charles Rwomushana the former head of intelligence at State House that the country’s security is very bad. The flamboyant Gen laughed loudly that both claimed security experts don’t have authority to speak on the country’s security because they know nothing.

    By Alirabaki Sengooba

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    How Gen Katumba Saved Nambooze From A Deadly Assassin Sent By Clergyman Bakaluba Over Mukono Politics – Ssegona Narrates…

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    Betty Nambooze (L), Gen. Katumba and Rev. Peter Bakaluba Mukasa

    Outspoken Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona has narrated how soft spoken former works Minister Gen Edward Katumba Wamala saved Mukono Municipality member of Parliament Betty Nambooze Bakireke from being assassinated by a gunman in the middle of Kampala city.

    Commenting about Gen Katumba who survived an attempted assassination on Tuesday in Kisasi, a Kampala Suburb where his daughter Brenda Nantongo Katumba and his driver Sgt Haruna Kayondo were killed, Ssegona saluted the four star army general as a nationalist who fought for peace in the country.

    The flamboyant lawyer revealed that in 2005 while at a political rally at City Square in the middle of Kampala City a certain man came out of the crowd and testified that he was sent to assassinate MP Nambooze.

    “The gentleman came out and told us that he was sent to kill Nambooze but he sympathized with her and decided to leave her,” Ssegona said. Appearing on NBS TV’s Frontline Political show moderated by celebrated youthful journalist Joseph Sabiiti, Ssegona said that with fear he pleaded with the alleged assassin to go with him to their offices at London Chambers where he revealed more secrets about the mission.

    The former information minister in Kabaka’s government said that the alleged assassin told them that he was sent by former Mukono North legislator, currently the Mukono district chairperson Rev Peter Bakaluba Mukasa to assassinate Nambooze. By that time there was a heated political contest between Nambooze and Bakaluba which forced Gen Katumba to intervene.

    Ssegona revealed that Gen Katumba summoned both Nambooze and Bakaluba to his office in Kibuli when he was still the Inspector General of Government (IGP) and pleaded with them to stop fighting. He explained that it was Gen Katumba’s effort that made Nambooze and Bakaluba to sit together in the same boardroom as members of the National Unity Platform (NUP).

    The no nonsense legislator this time round is sympathetic and hopes that Gen Katumba is comforted having been traumatized by witnessing his own beloved daughter and bodyguard shot dead.

    By Alirabaki Sengooba

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