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    Trump Is Right About Shithole Africa – Museveni

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    By Stella Mugoya

    President Yoweri Museveni has professed his undying love for his counterpart Donald Trump of the United States, saying there was nothing wrong with his shithole remarks about Africa.

    The President made the remarks while addressing the 2nd Meeting of the 1st Session of the 4th East Africa Legislative Assembly in Kampala on the need for Africa’s Integration.

    Museveni said; “I love Trump. Americans have the best President ever. I love Trump because he tells Africans frankly. The Africans need to solve their problems, they need to be strong. Africa is weak and it’s their fault.”

    Museveni’s remarks follow reports from the international media, in which Trump was quoted, on 12th January 2018, in a meeting with representatives from congress to discuss a bipartisan immigration deal, saying, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”

    Trump was protesting the proposal to protect immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. Many diplomats and African leaders called for an apology from Trump for his remarks.

    Museveni says he didn’t find the need for Trump to apologise, saying that it was time Africa admitted being weak and should devise means of how to make the continent strong among the global scene.

    “In the world, you can’t survive when you are not strong. If you aren’t strong and somebody tells you are weak I love that person because he is doing my work. I have been telling Africans these things, but from another angle,” Museveni said.

    President Museveni also lashed out at the EALA members for engaging in meaningless fights over speakership calling them on to work for the prosperity of the people of the community as well as the integration of the region.

    He explained; “When you talk about integration, know that you are fighting for prosperity, don’t go there to fight for speakership. Rumours aren’t marketed, they can’t sale. If those people are there (EALA), they should be there to facilitate not fight, otherwise, they should come back to look after their goats.”

    MUSEVENI’S FULL SPEECH:

    I congratulate the new EALA Speaker, Martin Ngoga, upon his election. I had been briefed about the disagreements preceding the election but I am glad that you finally agreed and conducted elections. I am happy that all the legislators are here.

    About integration, our first aim is prosperity. We integrate to build markets and ensure our people’s prosperity. I have heard people talking of hunger in the region yet Uganda is producing 5 million tonnes of maize annually and we consume only one million tonnes.

    The Ugandans in Arusha should not be fighting for Speakership of EALA, they should be fighting to find market for these products like maize, and fighting for their people’s prosperity. Work for unity of markets. Fight for East Africans involved in production.

    In 1965, Kenyans liberated me from Coca-Cola. The beverage was the only decent drink one would find then. One day, I came across packed milk, KCC, from Kenya. I stopped drinking Coca-Cola but also began contributing to the prosperity of Kenyan farmers by consuming their milk. That’s why we need markets.

    The Germany case study is important here. Until 1871, Germany was not one country. They were Germans by culture and race but in 39 Kingdoms. What sparked the Pan-German movement were the big farmers in Prussia, the Junkers. They were producing but could not sell in the whole of Germany. Led by Bismarck, they fought borders which were interfering with their prosperity.

    The second case for integration is fraternity (undugu). The Speaker’s name, Ngoga, means “strength” in Kinyarwanda but in Kinyankole it means both “strength and speed”.

    My minister for EAC Affairs here, Julius Maganda, is most likely a Kenyan. One time Kenya had a Vice President called Moody Awori yet his brother was taking me on in a presidential election here. What all this shows is that our people are linked. We’re talking of people either similar or linked by language, culture or history.

    The third purpose for integration is strategic security. America has one of best presidents ever. Donald Trump speaks to Africans frankly. The Africans need to solve their problems. In the world, you can’t survive if you are weak. It is the Africans fault that they are weak. We are12 times the size of India, with growing population, but why are we not strong?

    We also integrate so that we can manage shared resources effectively. Take the example of Lake Victoria. It cannot be managed in isolation. It must be managed on an East African basis. If we say there should be 500m of vegetation around the lake, we should all do it.

    River Kagera water used to be blue, it’s now brown due to erosion happening upstream. It means its bringing all soil from Burundi, Rwanda, to Lake Victoria, which is silting up and will gradually shrink. The same soil affects the fish stock in the lake.

    The collapse of the first EAC caused missed opportunities. We would never have had an Idi Amin in Uganda. The Rwanda genocide would never have happened. The RPF ended the genocide but I could only support them covertly.

    In a nutshell, integration is about the future of our people. It’s not about positions. When I hear you quarrel about positions, I feel sorry.

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    Stanbic Bank In Trouble, Client Petitions Court After She Was Defrauded Of Shs68m Via Flexi Pay…

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    Stanbic Bank CEO Anne Jjuuko whose bank is under fire

    Nakku Joweria a resident of Kyebando has sued Stanbic Bank Uganda limited for failing in its duty of protecting her saving account leading to defrauding her of shillings 68 million which was withdrawn from her account in a period of 24 hours through Flexi pay an application she had never registered for.

    In a court case filed before the Commercial division of the High Court of Uganda and coming up for directions in the registrar Christa Namutebi’s chambers, on the 24th June, 2024 at 9:40am, Nakku Joweria through his lawyers of Kimanje Nsibambi Advocates contends that between 7th and 8th February, 2023, there was unauthorized withdrawal of 68 million shillings from her savings account No. 903000026244 via the Flexi Pay Banking, a platform of Stanbic Bank and a total of 28 unauthorized transactions were conducted by fraudsters who fraudulently accessed her account undetected by the bank.

    She questions how a savings account which had a transaction limit was significantly exceeded during the unauthorized and undetected fraudulent transactions which led to her losing her’ money.

    “Our client has been a loyal client of Stanbic bank since 2001 way before the implementation of the FlexiPay system and at no point did she sign up for or activate the flexi pay on her savings account. The 28 unauthorized withdrawals from our clients account using four unknown Airtel lines raises serious questions and/ or lapses on the part of the bank for which we hold the bank specifically liable for the loss since it was in a better position to detect and prevent this fraud had it exercised reasonable care to detect these suspicious 28 unauthorized transactions that took place within 24 hours on a savings account that was rarely operated by our client,” reads the documents in parts.

    She also questions the effectiveness of the bank’s authentication protocols with their flexi pay system, effectiveness of the transaction monitoring to the extent of allowing 28 unauthorized transactions within 24 hours using four unknown Airtel lines and significantly exceeding the account limit.

    Nakku wants court to direct Stanbic Bank to reimburse 68 million to her account that was fraudulently withdrawn and pay her the costs and damages.

    On 6th February 2023, Nakku Joweria lost her phones to the robbers on her way to work at around 9pm. She reported the incident to police at 9am and to the telecom companies on the 7th February 2023.

    However, the telecom companies MTN and Airtel couldn’t process the new simcards because she had misplaced her original National Identity card.

    The robbers used her MTN number to open up a wallet on the Flexi pay which number had four other Airtel numbers that don’t belong to her which they used to make 28 unauthorized withdraws of 68 million shillings from her Stanbic bank saving account on the 7th and 8th February in a space of only 24 hours.

    When she went to withdraw some money from her account on the 6th, March 2023 that’s when she realized that her money was fraudulently withdrawn from her account.

    She wrote to the bank manager complaining about the matter and the bank promised to do thorough investigations to reveal how the money was withdrawn by the fraudsters.

    Through her lawyers of Kimanje Nsibambi Advocates, she wrote a demand notice to Stanbic Bank manager to reimburse her money since it was their weakness and fault for failure to efficiently protect her account.

    The bank through Twine Arnold, the senior legal advisor, Risk and Dispute Management wrote back with an out of court settlement request.

    However, the bank had proposed to reimburse only 34 million out of the 68 million on the premise that the settlement shall not be taken as admission of liability by any of the parties, a proposal she rejected and instead thought for legal redress in the commercial court.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Minister Kabanda Panics As Traders Plan To Front Ssekitto To Battle Her For Kampala Central MP Seat…

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    KACITA'S Issa Ssekitto and Minister Minsa Kabanda

    Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) spokesperson Issa Ssekitto has confirmed that come 2026, he is pondering contesting for the position of Kampala Central Division Member of Parliament as an independent.

    Ssekitto revealed that his decision was based on the number of requests he has received from desperate traders who think that the only way to fight bad policies and laws made against them is to have their own in the parliament to argue their case.

    It should be noted that when traders met President Museveni in May 2024 at Kololo independence ground, they warned legislators in parliament who have been passing laws against them that they are going to sponsor their own candidates against them come 2026.

    They claimed that the legislators and other leaders who they showered with votes in the previous elections have betrayed them and it is high time they take over the country’s leadership.

    Sources inside KACITA told theGrapevine that Nagenda Musoke their chairperson also plans to stand for a Member of Parliament in one of the constituents in Mukono district.

    John Kabanda also plans to stand as councilor representing Kampala Central Division on the Lord Mayor’s Council.

    The traders insist that Kampala city and Metropolitan senior minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda has not helped them as a minister and accuse her of sidelining with their tormentors, especially the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).

    Since 2023, Minister Kabanda has been conducting clandestine political mobilization to replace Muhammad Nsereko who declared that he is not going to contest in 2026.

    Because of Kabanda’s declaration, Bobi Wine’s elder brother Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu shifted his interest from contesting for Kampala Central MP Seat to Lord Mayor fearing that chances are high that Kabanda will defeat him.

    Traders want parliament to remove EFRIS and reduce taxes on commodities especially imported items.

    However, President Museveni assured them that his government will not accept their prayers because they are against the country’s development.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    Bank Bosses In Trouble For Allowing Sanctioned M7 Gov’t Official To Access Money On Her Account..

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    L-R: Agnes Nandutu, Goretti Kitutu and Speaker Anita Among were all recently sanctioned

    The Western powers have kicked off investigation into allegations that bank bosses in Kampala allowed President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s sanctioned government officials to access and use their financial services.

    Sources in one of the top banks intimated to theGrapevine that their boss has been summoned at their bank headquarters in the United Kingdom to record a statement detailing how the incident happened and why.

    Sources claim that this senior government official was informed early that President Museveni was briefed about her sanctions and when she asked her lawyers what the sanctions meant, they quickly advised her with immediate effect to rush to the bank and withdraw her money which she did.

    “She came herself and withdrew her money and went with it, but we don’t know whether our bosses were already informed about the sanctions,” a source said.

    This bank source narrated to us a scenario where the former Inspector General of Police Gen. Edward Kale Kayihura’s close relative was denied the opportunity to open a bank account in their bank on grounds that his father was sanctioned and their bank was not allowed to do any financial business with him.

    Recently, the State Minister for Lands Dr. Sam Mayanja revealed that retired High Court Judge Moses Mukiibi told him that because of the sanctions, he could no longer access his money in the banks.

    He added that they asked President Museveni to intervene.

    However, the judiciary last week issued a statement noting that Justice Mukiibi is receiving his retirement benefits as a retired judge.

    Veteran journalist Joseph Tamale Mirundi explained that western powers give a sanctioned official six months to clear whatever they have in their respective countries including repatriating their relatives from their countries.

    But Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro, the National Unity Platform (NUP) deputy spokesperson said that the sanctions take immediate effect and all the money on bank accounts and properties of the sanctioned persons in foreign countries is frozen immediately when the sanctions are announced.

    Mufumbiro’s explanation was supported by a powerful security officer who told theGrapevine that recently, President Museveni posted one of his sanctioned security chief to one of the neighbouring countries; however this officer failed to access his bank account and when he tried to fix his ATM card into the ATM machine, it was swallowed by the machine and he immediately called Museveni pleading with him to withdraw him from the said country.

    Recently, the United Kingdom sanctioned Annet Anita Among the speakers of parliament, Agnes Nandutu the former State Minister for Karamoja affairs and Mary Goretti Kitutu the former senior minister for Karamoja affairs.

    Other government officials who were sanctioned include; Gen. Kayihura, Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu, Maj. Gen. Abel Kandiho, Maj. Gen. Sabiiti Muzeyi, Maj. Gen. Don Nabasa and a number of others including members of parliament.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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