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TROUBLE IN BUGISU: I Won’t Leave Power Now, M7 Has Got My Back – Bugisu Cultural Leader Vows To Hold Onto The Throne As Infighting Escalates…

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Bugisu cultural leader, Dr. Bob Mushikoori and President Museveni

Bugisu cultural leader, Dr. Bob Mushikoori, has disdained numerous calls to relinquish the Bamasaaba Cultural Institution (Inzu Ya Masaaba) throne.

Mr. Mushikori ascertained that he will hold on to the throne for as long as there are in-fights within the institution.

Mr. Mushikori was elected in 2015, replacing Mr. Wilson Wamimbi, who was the first cultural head in 2010, but his term has expired and he is supposed to hand over power before November 28.

“They are giving me more time to stay on as Umukukha. Good enough, President Museveni also thinks I should not go,” Mr. Mushikori said in an interview over the weekend.

Mr. Mushikori’s backers have reportedly advised him not to hand over power to Mr. Mike Jude Mudoma, claiming he was allegedly elected in what they termed as ‘kangaroo style’.

“They are imposing on us the Bamasaba a new Umukuuka, who was elected in the bush despite a court order restraining the same,” one of the ministers, who preferred anonymity, said.

Mr. Mudoma, a scientist, who is from the Buyobo clan, was reportedly elected by the general assembly, which was held at Mutoto Cultural Ground on October 6.

The speaker of the institution, Mr. Nelson Wadaila, said Mr. Mudoma had been duly elected as the new Umukukha to succeed Mr. Mushikori.

“The outgoing Umukukha’s term ended but he had tried to fail all the attempts to elect his successor,” Mr. Wadaila said.

It is alleged that the general assembly constituted 33 clan heads out of 49. This was refuted by some leaders, who say there was no quorum.

Sources say elections took place in the house belonging to one of the delegates near Mutoto Cultural Ground for fear of police disrupting the exercise.

The elections for the previous cultural heads were held at the institution’s headquarters at Malukhu but organisers say they changed the venue due to security reasons.

Mr. Geoffrey Wepondi, Mr Mushikori’s right hand man, who also doubles as secretary general of the institution, dismissed allegations that the new Umukukha had been elected.

“The rumour that they elected the new Umukukha should be treated as the most dishonest act shown by these individuals,” Mr. Wepondi said.

Mr. Wepondi said the election of the new Umukukha was suspended by the August 24 restraint order issued by the Resident Judge of the High court at Mbale, Justice Jesse Byaruhanga.

“The High Court issued a restraint order holding status quo and suspending any Umukukha III election activities until the matter is concluded,” he said.

Mr. Wepondi, among others, were elected during the Mabanga-Bungoma general assembly in Kenya on April 1, 2019 in an alleged attempt by Mr Mushikori to shield his seat.

The others included Ms. Rose Nelima, the speaker of the general assembly and Mr. Omar Njofu, the chairperson of the culture council. They replaced Mr. James Kangala, former secretary general, Mr. Wadaila, who was the speaker and chairperson of culture council, Mr. Christopher Bunoti.

The State Minister of Gender and Culture, Ms. Peace Mutuuzo, in her May 27 letter said the decisions taken by the general assembly in Kenya were null and void.

Mr. Wepondi blames the current confusion in the institution on the minister’s letter.  “She is behind the cause of confusion in the institution. Her authority to deploy administrators and officers is not backed by any law,” he said.

Mr. Kangala said they have already forwarded the name of the newly elected Umukukha to the Ministry of Gender to be gazetted.  “We want government to cooperate with the cultural council to withdraw all privileges including the bodyguards, vehicle, and salary from Mr. Mushikori,” he said.

The chairperson of the institution’s governing board, Mr. Stephen Mungoma, said he was not aware of the election of the new Umukukha.

However, Mr. Mathius Nabutele, the first deputy prime minister, said the institution’s organs led by Mr Wepondi will conduct the election for the new Umukuuka.

“They carried out a coup and we are running after whoever was involved. It was a clandestine move to overthrow the Umukuuka,” he said, adding that transparent elections will be conducted.

Mr. Nabutele said transparent elections dictate that all aspirants attend the general assembly but in this case only  one candidate attended yet the race had attracted four candidates.

The other candidates were Mr. Gregory Gidagui Mafabi from Sulani clan, Mr. Patrick Womakuya from Lago clan and Amran Wagabyalire from Halasi clan.

Mr. Gidaguyi, one of the candidates, said there was no election because if there was, as a candidate, we would have attended by all means.

“We need fair and transparent elections. Short of that, it remains a sham and I believe no election took place,” he said.

In 2013, another cultural leader, Mr. Wash Joseph Kanyanya, going by the title Umukhungu Bukusu, was installed in Bududa District. Mr. Kanyanya’s installation has remained a thorn in the unity of the Bamasaba.

 

By Baron Kironde

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Traffic Police Boss Musinga Challenges Divorced Wife’s Caveat On His New Marriage, Father-In Law, Former Worker Swear Affidavit Accusing Musinga Of Stealing Divorced Wife’s Wealth…

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Musinga and former wife Esther Kyinkuhaire (inset)

Kampala Metropolitan traffic police commander Norman Musinga has challenged the caveat filed by his divorced wife before the Church of Uganda protesting his new marriage.

On Friday evening, Esther Kyinkuhaire, the former wife to Musinga, through her lawyers of Ojok and Company Advocates, filed a marriage caveat at All Saints Church Nakasero, Kampala challenging the set officialization of Musinga’s new marriage with his new wife.

In his caveat, Kyinkuhaire told the church that she is still officially married to Musinga citing a notice of  Appeal she filed in the Court of Appeal challenging Justice Joseph Mulangira’s decision confirming the magistrate court’s judgement which authorizes their divorce.

However, Musinga through his lawyers of Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA) challenged the said caveat, branded it false, malicious, full of jealousy, ill willed and  made in bad faith and needed correction from the court records.

The lawyers stated that Musinga’s marriage with Kyinkuhaire was dissolved in 2019 by his worship Allan Gakyalo basing on the evidence of the applicant Musinga that his divorced wife was very cruel to him and a practitioner of witchcraft.

“On 16th of August 2019, the bonds of matrimony were legally and absolutely dissolved. No appeal has ever been preferred,” KAA’s letter to the church reads. They further explained to court that Musinga solemnized his fresh marriage before the Registrar of marriages and is legally married.

Lawyers noted that the reason why they decided to go to church was to celebrate his already existing marriage in accordance to the church norms and seek the blessings of God.

The lawyers further insisted that when the divorced wife learnt that her former husband was going to celebrate his marriage in church, she filed an application at the High Court Family Division for revision of his worship Gakyalo’s decision which they termed as incompetent, court dismissed it.

They insisted that revision of the judgement does not amount to an appeal since they claimed that the magistrate did not have powers to hear and determine the matter.

“The incompetent application was dismissed by the High Court Judge Justice Joseph Murangira who found that the magistrate acted properly in freeing our client from the bonds of the marriage with Esther Kyinkuhaire,” the lawyers noted.

They said that there is no right to appeal from a revised order, the appeal can only be made with a permission from the court which the divorced wife didn’t do.

However, this website has learnt that Kyinkuhaire is determined to fight for her marriage and she is set to file another civil suit in the High Court protesting Court’s decision of not looking into the wealth she made with her former husband during their good times.

She based on the affidavit of her father who told court that he gave the couple 25 cows when they are getting marriage and he wanted Musinga to return half of it to her daughter since they are separating.

She also based on the affidavit of  Stephen Kamanzi, a former farm manager of Musinga who told court that Musinga took the 25 cows to his farm in Luwero.

Kamanzi added that by the time Musinga fired him, for supporting Kyinkuhaire, the cows had produced over 180 cows.

Kyinkuhaire also challenged Court’s decision of directing Musinga to stay with their three children including their last born.

Musinga is set to publicly weed her new wife today.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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If You Don’t Conform, We Will Force You Like We Made You Abandon The Red Reret – OO Stings NUP’s Rubongoya, As Opposition Shuns EC’s Program To Witness Ballot Printing…

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Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo. Inset is Rubongoya with Bobi Wine

Uganda Media Center (UMC) boss, Ofwono Opondo has asserted that the opposition in Uganda will eventually give up their fight to oust Museveni, he says they are so indisciplined, lack the commitment and are so unfocussed to hit their target.

He also mentioned that the opposition are running away from witnessing the ballot printing because they can’t meet the bill. He further submitted if at all the EC was meeting the bill for them, even presidential candidates would have gone.

“I have been listening to the manifestos of the candidates to see whether they are worth listening to, but the opposition doesn’t have an alternative policy. What is the conduct of some of these candidates,” Opondo stated.

“In some instances, police have not restrained from overreaction. There are instances where the candidates have mobilized and insisted on moving with their crowd. Even where we think the police orders and actions are arbitrary, there is no reason why we should assault a police officer on duty. You can go to their supervisor, to the IGP, or the courts of law,” the government spokesperson further advised.

Ofwono Opondo also noted that with modernity and technology, candidates can now reach massive numbers of people without physical contact.

He also added that the EC shouldn’t be talking about allegations but facts, reffering to the letter issued by the EC is a shy letter.

On witnessing ballot printing abroad, National Unity Platform (NUP) SG David Rubongoya stated that the EC is calling participants to witness the ballot printing to sanitize the process and give it legitimacy.

He mentioned that if need be, they (NUP) shall send representatives in the diaspora to go and witness.

“We were told to send representatives to witness the ballot printing in Dubai. We sent the names, but we heard that the delegation had already gone. We didn’t think it was wise to follow them,” Candidate Henry Tumukunde’s campaign manager, Beatrice Kiraso said.

The other candidates, specifically have highly ignored EC’s call to facilitate a program that would see their agents travel abroad to witness the printing of ballot papers.

 

By Baron Kironde

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I’m A Muganda Proudly Married To A Munyankole – Bobi Wine Warns Foolish People Promoting Tribalism…

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Barbie asking Kyankwanzi voters to vote Bobi Wine

National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has warned people trying to toe the tribalism line.

Kyagulanyi said that he is a Muganda who is proudly married to a Munyankole beauty.

“There are people now trading the foolish line of tribalism, I am a proud Muganda which is not a crime and my wife is from the West, how can I be tribalistic?” Bobi Wine told the people of Kyankwanzi.

When he was travelling to Kyankwanzi via Hoima, the road was blocked by police claiming it was still under construction and therefore unaccessible.

Bobi and his crew members were left with no option but to spend the night in Migeera, Police under the command of DPC Patience Namara and the OC, Byaruhanga allegedly ordered all hotels not to host them.

“We’re now stuck and spending the night on the roadside. The DPC is telling us she will only allow us to stay in her district until 6:00 a.m in the morning.  You can imagine being treated like this in our own country,” Bobi Wine reported.

The youthful presidential aspirant still mantained that the pain he’s going through since he joined active politics less than five years ago is just making him stronger.

He said, “No matter the pain we are going through on a daily,the love and support we get from the people helps us to keep the hope alive . Thank you Kiryandogo.”

Bobi had earlier on been blocked from accessing his scheduled campaign venue in Masindi.

This, just a few hours after Bobi Wine had been blocked from appearing at Spice FM radio station in Hoima District after paying.

“As soon as we got to the station and started introducing ourselves, the police and military cordoned off the building and forcefully ejected us out of the radio station. We asked why they were doing this, and their answer was “orders from above”. We have been blocked from addressing Ugandans on thirteen radio stations across the country before elections, and ever since the campaigns started, we have been blocked from accessing six radio stations,” Bobi Wine reported.

“Mr. Byabakama and the Electoral Commission must tell us what the meaning of a digital campaign is, when we are not allowed on radio stations. Above all, Mr. Tibuhaburwa and his friends are right to be scared. Ugandans who wondered why we have been calling him the worst coward  in history can now see for themselves what we have been saying,” Bobi Wine stated.

NOTE: theGrapevine management and team is against Tribalism, we have decided as a platform to expose this vice and help those fighting it. We may speak different languages but we are all Ugandans, the people in the diaspora trying to create this hate speech will be exposed and fought. We are all Ugandans regardless of tribe.

 

By Baron Kironde

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