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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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    How Boyfriend, Pressure For Wedding Money Forced MP Nanyondo To Withdraw Her Signature From Censure Motion Against Mpuuga And Company…

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    Bukomansimbi woman legislator Veronica Nanyondo

    Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has explained that the actions of Bukomansimbi woman legislator Veronica Nanyondo to withdraw in writing her signature from the censure motion against the four parliamentary commissioners over corruption allegations was showed that legislators don’t read.

    He revealed that the reason why he always overshadows fellow legislators on the floor of parliament and even during media talk shows is because they don’t read but just sign documents, especially when they are told that they will get allowances after signing.

    “How can a member of parliament withdraw her signature claiming that you were misled to sign, now how can you convince your voters that you are not misled to take decisions that affect them!” Ssemujju wondered.

    In her defense, Nanyondo said that the movers of the motion to impeach the commissioners used her signature from the opposition cabinet meeting and put it on the censure motion papers.

    Ssemujju noted that once a legislator appends their signature on a censure paper, he or she cannot withdraw it and Nanyondo is still taken as one of the legislators who signed the censure motion against the legislators.

    However, theGrapevine established that Nanyondo was forced by her boyfriend to withdraw the signature.

    Sources claim that Nyanyondo’s boyfriend, a one Kateregga who was a councilor for Bukomansimbi district, pleaded with Nanyondo to withdraw her signature because Mpuuga is one of their own and it will shame them to betray him.

    He alleges that Nyanyondo and her boyfriend are set to legalize their marriage in church before the end of this year and Mpuuga has already contributed Shs20m to help in the preparations of their wedding.

    Others who contributed include Annet Anita Among the speaker of parliament who contributed Shs10m.

    Sources divulged that Kateregga nowadays spendsmuch of his time in the United States of America because the couple plans on relocating to the US once this political term ends and after they legalize their marriage.

    Sources added that Nanyondo is not going to defend her position in the coming 2026 elections after realizing that the ground no longer favors her.

    Before joining politics, Nanyondo and Kateregga were running a printing business on Nasser Road in Kampala city.

    When Nanyondo contested for the first time as MP to replace her sister Suzan Namaganda, the former wife to former East African Assembly Uganda representative Fred Mukasa Mbidde, Kateregga was in charge of pinning her posters.

    theGrapevine made several phone calls to Nanyondo’s known phone numbers for a comment on the story but they all went unanswered.

    Nanyondo is among the poor performing legislators in Buganda.

    The four commissioners who in trouble are; Mathias Mpuuga the Member of Parliament for Nyendo-Mukungwe, Prossy Mbabazi Akampulira the Rubanda district legislator, Solomon Silwanyi the Bukooli Central legislator and Esther Afayochan of Zombo district woman legislator.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    Gen. Bigirwa Deletes NUP From Busoga & Dumps It In Magere; Gen. Museveni Jubilating….

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    The legendary chinua Achebe stated that; “never test the depth of a river with both feet”.

    This is what Bobi Wine did through selective and apoplectic persecution of Bigirwa Moses, the self proclaimed general who of recent denounced the Un reliable National Unity Platform (NUP) and its entire lurch leadership.

    The self styled general has created a very big endless smile on the legendary president and the NRM after completely drowning and eventually killing NUP, burying it at Bobi Wine’s Magere.

    After all, What colorable reason could be assigned to Bigirwa in a party that feels comfortable on settling as the leaders of opposition for monetory gains?

    Recently, the suspicious and rancor Bigirwa launched his pressure group called the Eastern Revolutionary platform (ERP) and installed himself as the supreme leader. This is a very big blow to the already embattled Robert Kyagulanyi’s NUP, whose support in Busoga has been deteriorating day after day.

    Busoga lost trust in NUP because of it’s disrespect to the kingdom. This is after Various NUP herd mentality people abused and ridiculed the cultural institution and the king on several occasions.

    The startled subjects almost wept when the top NUP leadership failed to de-associate it’s self from such individuals.

    Coupled by the alleged support of homosexuality, the vexed people in the Busoga territory can’t bear NUP anymore. The ethnography of Basoga can’t give chance to such un cultured leaders to thrive. They realized President Museveni is the only person who can preserve their culture.

    Bigirwa read between the lines and opted not to assist an unjust administration by disobeying their unjust orders and decrees. To continue paying allegiance to NUP would mean partaking their evil. He chose the NRM’s noble cause of disobedience to evil to secure the future of our beautiful nation.

    Bigirwa has openly taken a bold decision and has castigated NUP’s top leadership for abandoning the struggle due to selfishness and parochial interests. He has demonstrated that it’s not right to think of oneself.

    He has emulated Gen. Museveni’s belief of sacrifice and service above self in a human spirit that will always survive and prevail.

    The alleged signs of parachoalism and chauvinism are barbaric and cannot drive our country anywhere apart from plunging us into turmoil yet we can no longer tolerate any dangers to the forward march of Uganda.

    President Museveni, NRM and Bigirwa wins. In Busoga, to resist radical evil means that you’re cultured. It’s a heroic character. It’s enduring a life that by all standards of the wider society is viewed as a success. The more Kyagulanyi runs to imperialists, the actors of the barbaric homosexuality to help him remove the tactical acumen from the most prestigious seat because of defending our culture, the more love and respect ugandans will accord gen. Museveni.

    Bigirwa has accepted that the dominant culture and NRM’s main pillars of social economic transformation, patriotism, democracy and Pan-Africanism is the way to go. There is no doubt he has opened the eyes of the remaining few people who have been blindly following the enemies of development.

    Compulsive liars are frightening and a great danger to society but the people of Busoga have rejected being compulsive believers. Believing would tantamount into liar’s enablers. NUP is finally buried in Magere and it will be extremely difficult to get any NUP elected leader from Busoga in the 2026 polls. NRM and president Museveni will be overwhelmingly voted.

     

    The writer, George Mubiru, is a researcher, political analyst and Ass. RCC Jinja City.

    Tel. 0754877595

    Email: georgemubiru93@gmail.com

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    Mayor Mulyanyama Takes His Fight Against Bobi Wine’s Brother Nyanzi For NUP Ticket To CBS Radio…

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    Makindye Division Mayor Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama

    Fight within National Unity Platform (NUP) for Kampala City Lord Mayor ticket has deepened as maverick Makindye Division Mayor Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama declared war on Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu, the elder brother to Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine).

    Both Nyanzi and Mulyanyama have declared interest to contest against the current Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago and they are clandestinely mobilizing for internal party support.

    theGrapevine haa established that Mulyanyama has entered a deal with Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s CBS radio to popularise his political ambitions for Lord Mayor seat and he has already started using the platform to fight Nyanzi.

    Last week, he accused Nyanzi of using reckless statements which placed their boss Bobi Wine and their party in bad light.

    Mulyanyama was responding to the statement made by Nyanzi on the misunderstanding between NUP leadership and Masaka region journalists who accused Bobi Wine security of insulting them.

    Nyanzi told CBS radio that the said journalists are making these malicious allegations because they are working for Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba’s group to fight Bobi Wine .

    Nyanzi and other NUP leaders particularly accuse CBS radio’s Masaka city news reporter Tomusange Kayinja of masterminding the drive of attacking and giving false news against Bobi Wine which Mulyanyama rubbished.

    Mulyanyama asserted that CBS is a radio with professional journalists and presenters and they should not be dragged in petty internal party fights.

    He disclosed that he cannot look on as Nyanzi and other people use their positions in the party to fight Kabaka’s radio which has always given many opposition politicians the platform that has helped them win elections against President Museveni’s NRM party.

    It should be noted that there is ongoing bad blood between the Mengo administration led by Premier Charles Peter Mayiga and NUP leadership.

    The bitter verbal exchanges have come from both sides.

    However, insiders at CBS radio told theGrapevine that Mulyanyama wanted to use CBS as his political mobilization weapon to weaken Lukwago.

    Sources said that he is desperate, frustrated and confused after learning that there are ongoing talks spearheaded by Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireke for Lukwago to join NUP and one of the conditions involves giving him the Lord Mayor ticket come 2026.

    Recently, Bobi Wine stopped Nyanzi from campaigning for the office of the Lord Mayor and even threatened to take disciplinary action against him.

    Nyanzi accused NUP Secretary General David Lewis Rubongoya of compromising Bobi Wine to humiliate him because he is also interested in the position.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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