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    Trouble As Wife To Media Center Boss Petitions M7 Over Husband’s Illegal CMI Detention, Pins Gen. Muhoozi, CMI Boss Birungi And Rwanda’s Kagame…

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    Land Forces Commander Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba (R), CMI boss Maj. Gen. James Birungi (L) and Obed Katureebe (C)

    Wife to the detained Media Center boss Obed Katureebe has petitioned President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni accusing President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, the First Son and also the Commander Land Forces, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba and Maj. Gen. James Birungi, the Commander of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), of being behind the illegal detention of her husband.

    According to Daily Monitor, Phiona Kanuuna petitioned Museveni on 3rd of July 2022 claiming that her husband was abducted from their home in Kyanja, Kawempe Division, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on 2nd May 2022, and since then, he has never been arrained in any Court to be charged if he had committed any crime.

    Kanuuna insists that her husband was abducted by CMI operatives on Gen. Muhoozi’s orders claiming that he has been among the people fighting President Kagame’s leadership through a social media account in the name of Gakwerere.

    “It is now becoming clear that Gen. Kainerugaba is above the law and most worryingly ready to do anything Rwanda asks him to do without hesitation,” Monitor quotes Kanuuna’s letter.

    She further alleges that after the kidnaping of her husband, acting on orders of Lt. Gen. Muhoozi, his laptop and mobile phone were taken to Kigali for more search and investigation.

    “This is not only shameful, but it is also illegal because the devices were taken without a court order and as a family, we intend to take the matter to Court,” Kanuuna stated in her letter. She accuses Lt. Gen, Muhoozi of taking himself like a person who is above the laws of the country and wonders what will happen to common Ugandans when Katureebe is a government worker at the president’s office.

    “But assuming the allegations were indeed true, why would allegations by another country (Rwanda) lead to a Ugandan citizen and an employee of the president’s Office to be abducted and held incommunicado for over two months? Is Uganda still a Sovereign country? Is Uganda still governed by laws? Are we now a colony of Rwanda?” she wondered.

    Sources at the Media Center revealed that before Katureebe’s arrest, President Museveni talked to him on phone and questioned him over the allegation of fighting President Kagame. He strongly denied the allegations.

    Sources further stated that Katureebe was on the list given to Lt. Gen. Muhoozi when he flew to Kigali for talks with president Kagame over the standoff between the two countries.

    Sources said that president Kagame asked Lt. Gen. Muhoozi to take serious action against Katureebe and other government officials who he accused of attacking him on social media.

    It is alleged that even the transfer of Maj. Gen. Abel Kandiho from Commander of the Chieftaincy for Military Intelligence (CMI) to police was a result of Kagame, Muhoozi meetings in Kigali.

    Before his arrest, Katureebe, a celebrated veteran journalist, published a news article where he strongly distanced himself from fighting Kagame and thanked Lt. Gen. Muhoozi for restoring back the good relationship of Uganda and Rwanda.

    Media Center boss Ofwono Opondo, who is Katureebe’s boss admitted that he was misled by CMI operations on Katureebe which he said was unfortunate and unacceptable.

    MAJ. GEN. BIRUNGI SPEAKS OUT

    Maj. Gen. Birungi confirmed to Daily Monitor that Katureebe is with them under CMI custody and he is under investigations.

    “It was not a kidnap, even the wife is always given the opportunity to go and see him every time she wants as we now try to investigate the allegations and then we see whether to continue with prosecution of the husband or we leave him,” Maj. Gen. Birungi told Daily Monitor.

    Last week, Uganda Human Rights Commission issued a statement warning CMI against involving themselves in illegality of detaining Katureebe for two months.

    Neither Lt. Gen. Muhoozi nor President Kagame were reached for the comment.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Why M7 Appointed Trusted Brother Gen. Saleh To Command Fight Against Gunmen Attacks On Security Forces …

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    President Museveni and his brother Gen. Salim Saleh

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the Commander in Chief has assigned his young trusted brother and special senior presidential advisor Gen. Salim Saleh to supervise the fight against gunmen who are attacking security installations and forces.

    Credible security sources have intimated to theGrapevine that Museveni was briefed by his confidant intelligence team that security agencies have failed to defeat the armed men who attack police posts and military barracks.

    Internal Affairs State Minister Gen. David Muhoozi briefed parliament that 22 suspects including UPDF soldiers and two police officers were charged before the court martial on offences related to the recent attacks on police stations and military barracks. The minister said that within a period of 12 months, 13 attacks have been reported, 15 guns were stolen and 6 of these have not yet been recovered.

    “According to available intelligence, the motives for these actions are acquisition of arms for subversive activities, as well as for other criminal ends other than subversion,” the minister said.

    However, the minister explained that some of the attacks were as a result of laxity in the security forces and sources have said that it is this laxity that has forced President Museveni to bring back Gen. Saleh after establishing that his security forces were carrying out uncoordinated operations against the said gunmen.

    Sources added that the big man was very bitter with some security bosses for giving uncoordinated statements, he gave an example of the statement issued by police identifying the gunmen as rebels which the army rubbished and insisted that the attackers are criminal gangs.

    Sources said that Museveni directed all security bosses that before an operation is carried out, Gen. Saleh has to be informed and if it is an emergency, he has to be briefed not beyond five hours after the operation.

    “You know these gangs have started using tactics which President Museveni’s NRA rebels used especially when they started attacking security installation with the aim of stealing guns, didn’t you hear that the attackers at Gaddafi barracks in Jinja first strangled the UPDF soldier before firing bullets on his dead body?” a source said.

    He added that Museveni wants Gen. Saleh to use the same tactics they have previously used to fight gunmen.

    Another source said that there is a sharp division within security agencies and the president wants Gen. Saleh to fix it and save the situation.

    Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the special presidential senior advisor on operation, has been the supervisor of all the operations in the country.

     

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    Has Bobi Wine Finally Made Up His Mind To Replace Mpuuga With Zaake? Battle For LOP Position Rages On, NUP Speaks out…

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    L-R: Mityana municipality MP Zaake, LOP Mpuuga and NUP boss Bobi Wine

    David Lewis Rubongoya, the National Unity Platform (NUP) Secretary General has rubbished allegations that his party president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has written to Annet Anita Among, the Speaker of Parliament, appointing Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) Francis Zaake as the Leader of Opposition in Parliament replacing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba.

    Rubongoya said that the aim of people who are circulating allegations that Bobi Wine has fired Mpuuga is to disorganise opposition legislators and NUP members at large which they cannot accept as NUP leadership.

    The allegation come at a time when Bobi Wine has just blasted some of his party MPs and opposition at large for not supporting Zaake when he was protesting on the floor of parliament over the kidnapping of opposition supporters especially in Buganda.

    Thomas Tayebwa, the deputy speaker of parliament early this week sent Zaake to the parliament’s disciplinary committee for violating his orders when he insisted on commenting on the ongoing kidnaps in the country even after advising him on the right procedure to follow.

    However, Bobi Wine claims that it was wrong for Tayebwa to frustrate Zaake and praised Makindye West legislator Derrick Nyeko, Kasanda South’s Frank Kabuye, Nakaseke Central’s Allan Mayanja and Kilak South’s Gilbert Olanyah who stood with Zaake when he was protesting.

    Sources inside NUP revealed that Bobi Wine is very determined to drop all the opposition leadership in parliament because they are not respecting his orders and are in bed with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party which he says is betrayal.

    Sources added that apart from Zaake, other people who are being vetted to replace Mpuuga include Busiro East’s Medard Lubega Ssegona and Kasanda North’s Patrick Oshabe Nsamba.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Buganda Premier Mayiga In Panic Over City Businessman Who Wants To Finish Him…

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    Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga

    Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango has revealed that detectives from Old Kampala police station have kicked off investigation against a controversial city businessman for inciting Kisekka market youths against Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga.

    In an exclusive interview with theGrapevine, Onyango said that on Monday morning, Old Kampala police received information about angry Buganda youths who were threatening to cause insecurity at Bulange building which houses Buganda Kingdom headquarters.

    Onyango said that his police quickly saved the situation and arrested some of the youths who led the attack.

    He explained that preliminary investigation show that there might be a big man behind the goons who were hired from Kisekka market to bring tension and panic at Bulange building and against the person of Mayiga.

    “They are going to be charged with the offences of criminal trespass and inciting violence. However, investigations are ongoing and we might charge them with other offences because we are still looking for that person who is behind them,” Onyango said.

    Detectives at Old Kampala police told theGrapevine that they suspect that there is a top city tycoon who facilitated these youths to attack Buganda Kingdom.

    He added that they might be the ones who forged the signature of the Buganda Kingdom King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi that was put on the letter suspending all works at all Kingdom institutions including clans headquarters, his palaces and at the Kingdom headquarters.

    In the forged letter, there were instructions directing UPDF and Uganda Police with immediate effect to stop providing security at the said Kingdom headquarters.

    Detectives added that the youths identified themselves as Kabaka Munyango and are the ones who normally escort Kabaka Mutebi when he is travelling internally.

    It is alleged the suspects wanted to stage a deadly protest against Kabaka as a way of provoking his security to fire bullets at them which would have resulted in bloodshed.

    The suspects were found with machetes and placards with writings pleading to Kabaka Mutebi to fire Mayiga over incompetence and corruption.

    Buganda Kingdom disowned the said letter insisting that it was not signed by Kabaka.

    However, sources within Mengo revealed that the letter was authored within Bulange by Mayiga’s enemies.

    Efforts to get a comment from Buganda Kingdom were futile as Noor Kiyimba, the Kingdom’s information and cabinet minister was not picking our calls by press time.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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