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    Under Whose Orders Was That Man Shot Dead! Nantaba Gives Her Side Of The Story, Gives A Blow By Blow Account Of What Happened

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    Minister Nantaba

    State Minister for ICT, Aidah Nantaba has given a blow by blow account of what happened on Sunday and refuted allegations that she ordered the shooting of Ronald Sebulime, her alleged attacker.

    On Sunday, Police released statement saying two men dressed in black leather suits and riding a silver grey Suzuki sports motorcycle Registration Number UDL 822A, allegedly trailed Nantaba in a “threatening” manner for over 40 kilometres from Sezibwa bridge up to Naggalama trading centre with hidden motives.

    Below is Nantaba’s account:

    Hon. Nantaba Idah Erios

    Accounts of my recent attempted assassination 

    On the 12th of March, I suspended my son and driver Isaac who had been reported by residents of Kayunga  that he was in company of people I had suspended from my political Camp…. I then requested the PS to allow Yasin one of the drivers at the  Ministry to drive me to Kyankwanzi. But before the retreat ended, I had to leave for Kayunga to mobilize the residents to attend the Isimba HHP Dam commissioning and by last Friday, Yasin was evidently tired. He then requested to go home which I allowed because Saturday is a SABBATH/Resting DAY. On Sunday morning at around 10am I asked my bodyguard to drive me back to Kampala….so we set off….

    ……The assassination incident/attempt ……..

    The fact is they attempted to finish us from a road side grocery where I usually stop to buy my groceries and if God had not helped me to see the assassin fast enough  before he got close to us ….we would have been murdered……good enough I quickly shouted on seeing a Sports bike riding from Kabimbiri towards us and  my body guard quickly  cocked the gun and jumped out of the car very fast ….then the assassin pretended as if he was heading to Kayunga/ Sezibwa Bridge,  but then made a Uturn in a few meters this time riding on the left side towards my vehicle  I think to try his luck again ….. at this time Tugume was on Standby with his gun ready to shoot. The assassin by passed me and parked right infront of my official car. Tugume moved very fast and stood just behind his bike… I quickly asked the woman/ attendant at the grocery to go and ask this suspect what he wanted….. she then reached out to this man and asked him ….”oyagala ki”…..he replied….”where is Kambimbiri town”? ……the woman responded ….”yeyo town mwoyise ssebo, he then looked back only to see that my bodyguard was right behind him with a gun in his hands. He then started the bike and rode off heading to Kampala. Tugume then asked me to drive and follow the bike Which I did. I drove off also and shortly when I reached him, Tugume waved his left hand and asked him to stop. He slowed down pretending as though he was parking by the road side but again, he took off at a very high speed. I then asked my body guard to shoot him or in the air or his tyres. He replied that, “let’s wait to see whether he stops at Kabimbiri.” To our surprise, the man just continued past Kabimbiri…..and that’s when Tugume advised that we follow him to Naggalama as he started calling his SFC counter parts to contact Naggalama Police Station to cut off/ to mount a road block……as we continued following this man from a  distance because we had to keep our eyes in all directions without losing track of this man. After Nakifuma, he slowed down and branched off to the left just before Naggalama Police Station. Indeed I had taken a decision to follow him all through but Tugume shouted and stopped me saying we may end up in their ambush.  I stopped immediately and reversed to the main road and drove to Naggalama Police Station where indeed the DPC responded very fast by sending out Police Patrols to cut off all the routes. I was then advised to go back to the Police Station. After two hours, the O.C station got information that they had arrested them. I then informed him that it was only one man who was riding the sports bike. The O.C then replied. “Hon. It’s true but he was later on joined by another person. It seems his accomplices were waiting for him from that same route. So they are two but one has escaped and they are coming back with the other,” he said. I then asked my bodyguard to rush to the scene to verify and either confirm the O.C station’s report. Unfortunately, they found the suspect/assassin was shot dead and they communicated accordingly.

    But before all this, we had stopped right before Sezibwa Bridge to greet Hon. Mutebi  who was also heading to Kampala. As I was talking to him, a boda boda carrying two men riding towards Sezibwa bridge first passed by us and the two men waved at me. Three minutes later, the same Boda  came back and stopped right next to us. The people on it jumped off and greeted me and one of them asked me to visit Buyobe Village. Then they again took the direction of Kayunga but we did not mind about them…..but , as  Tugume was standing behind this suspected assassin at Sinda market, the boda boda resurfaces again with the very  two men and stopped a few meters ahead. As we were about to approach Kabimbiri town, we saw them again one on the Boda boda the other standing on the road side but did not get to see them again…..

    Questions

    1. If he was an innocent man…. why didn’t he stop the bike when we first stopped him?

    2. If he was going to visit his children to a school located in  Kabimbiri, then how come he passed Kabimbiri and proceeded to Sinda where I had parked to buy my groceries?

    3. Why did he again make  a U turn after passing by my vehicle at a very low speed as we suspected that he wanted to  make another attempt?

    4. Why run all the way to Naggalama from Sinda and then to Naggojje if he had reached his first destination?

    5. Why did he run away from Police Patrol vehicles as they pursued him. Why didn’t he stop and declare he was harmlessness or innocent?

    6. When their bike hit a hump and he fell off. Why again did they run to the Bush as the Patrol approached them? Why not stop and declare your innocence?

    7. Then finally, under whose Orders was this man shot dead, as the eye witnesses broadcasted on NTV  yesterday narrated?

    8. May the name of the Lord be praised for saving my life

    Hon. Nantaba Idah Erios

    Maama Kayunga and

    Minister of State ICT and National Guidance

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    Justice Minister Mao To Meet Security Council Over Drone Abductions And Kidnaps…

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    Minister Norbert Mao

    Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Nobert Mao revealed that he was appointed as Chairperson of cabinet committee on human rights.

    Mao made these remarks today while appearing at the 27th joint Government of Uganda-Development Access to Justice Annual review at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

    Speaking at the event, Mao revealed that he has been tasked with his committee to look into the recent rise in cases of alleged kidnaps and abductions of people, mostly those leaning on the political opposition.

    He said, “Myself and the Attorney General have been asked to meet the security council over the increased reports of abductions and kidnaps.”

    Mao vowed to reach out on all people with missing relatives or friends to give them more information about the disappearance of their people.

    “Once we have got the details, we shall be presenting them before the Security Council.”

    He added that the committee will institute a human rights desk where all complainants of missing persons will be reported for response.

    Mao adduced that once it comes to their attention, they have the capacity to trace that person using their cameras.

    “The issue shouldn’t be politicized because it is sensitive and touches people’s lives. If it’s true they are abductions, these may be conducted by disgruntled people within government with the view of tainting its good image.”

    Mao contended that they will ensure that they do better so that when they come back for the 28th time they give themselves marks.

    According to Attorney General, Kiryowa Kiwanuka, this year’s review is being held against the background of a challenging year. The aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had probably challenging phenomenon, socially, economically and politically.

    He said, “Most specifically, the pandemic created unprecedented challenges and demands on access to justice community, but also tested the resilience and resolve of our coordination and collaboration model.

    “Our theme of the day is aligned with the national vision 2040 that seeks to consolidate the principles of governance, including constitutional democracy, protection of human rights, the rule of law, govt effectiveness and citizens participation in development processes.

    “President Eisenhower once said, peace and justice are two sides of the same coin. Let’s remember the need for both peace and justice, not just one of them.”

    Kiryowa further emphasized that all people with missing persons should report to them for a proper follow-up because they can’t act on allegations without facts and that he can’t follow up a case basing on rumours posted on social media.

    By Kalamira Hope

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    THE ACCIDENT IS FISHY: Lord Mayor Lukwago Orders Serious Investigations Into Why Subaru Driver Rammed Into His House…

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    Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago has ordered for serious investigations into an accident that occurred at his home in Wakaligga, Lubaga division.

    Lukwago has called on the police to investigate the motive behind the driver who rammed into his house, which caused alot of anxiety among members of his family in the night hours of 4th, December, 2022.

    His stand follows an accident by the driver of a Subaru which crushed into the gate and hit one of the pillars of the house.

    “A short while ago, an overhasty and reckless driver of Subaru car registration number UAJ 704K rammed through the main entrance to my house, the gate forcefully flung open and badly damaged it, and the over speeding car then rammed into the pillar at the entrance to the sitting room,” Lukwago said.

    He added that following the accident, everybody was left into disarray since they didn’t know what was happening.

    He adduced, “The driver was either high on something which had intoxicated him or he was on a different mission, that is the reason we want this matter to be investigated.”

    The Subaru driver however defended himself noting that the car lost control and could not brake.

    “I tried to park against the wall but it kept going. I didn’t intend to cause any harm,” he apologized.

    Lukwago was however not convinced with the explanation insisting that if the car was moving by gravitational force, the distance from the gate to the pillar where the car landed is very small.

    “That impact you see on the pole, suggests something ‘fishy’ could have been intended and so that is where we have a problem and that is why we want the matter to be investigated.”

    The regional traffic Officer of Kampala Metropolitan Police North, Bruce Onibye, said that investigations are ongoing but the vehicle seems to have been in poor mechanical condition.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    What Killed Simbamanyo Tycoon Kamya? How Top Lawyer Tried To Use Justice Byabakama’s Electoral Commission Deal To Save His Empire…

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    In one of the meetings where the agenda was to strategise on how to save the business empire of the late Peter Kamya, the proprietor of Simbamanyo Estate limited, one of his friends, who is also a seasoned commercial lawyer proposed a multibillion Electoral Commission deal which he was very sure would save the fallen tycoon’s empire.

    Multiple credible sources have revealed to the mighty Grapevine that this happened in 2018 when Equity bank had started threatening to auction Kamya’s properties which he used as security when securing a loan.

    The buildings were Ssimbamanyo House behind Central Police Station in Kampala city and Afrique Suites situated in Mutungo.

    Kamya, who is a brother-in-law to former deputy Prime Minister Muganwa Kajura allowed one of his senior lawyers to negotiate the deal which involved looking for a new home for the Electoral Commission.

    “The lawyer’s idea was for Kamya to rent the entire building to the Electoral Commission and the money collected as rent be used to service the loan which the bank was very comfortable with but out of the blue, when the deal was almost concluded, the old man changed his mind claiming that his friend was working with the bank to impoverish him and that’s how the deal flopped,” a source said.

    He added that the deal was waiting for the greenlight from president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who was a good friend to Kamya.

    The source added that even the Ministry of Gender was ready to shift to another building.

    Another source said that the Electoral Commission was giving Kamya a big deal compared to what he was receiving from the Ministry of Gender and within 3 to 4 years, the bank’s loan would be fully paid.

    The source said that Kamya changed his mind after getting another opinion from another shrewd young city lawyer who convinced him that the loan he got from Equity bank was not favourable and it can be challenged in Court.

    Sources said that when the bank learnt about Kamya’s plan to challenge them in court, they hastily auctioned both securities to controversial city businessman Sudhir Ruperelia’s Meera Investments Limited and Ronald Luwangula’s Luwaluwa Investments Limited, a move that frustrated Kamya’s entire plan to save his empire.

    He tried to save his empire through courts of law by filing an application seeking a temporary injuction stopping the selling of the said property but he lost the application with costs.

    He further petitioned president Museveni to save his empire arguing that it was illegally sold.

    Unfortunately, after making wide consultations, especially from the Attorney General and Bank of Uganda, the big man advised Kamya to challenge the sale of his properties in courts of law.

    He explained to him that he has no alternative to save him since he was advised that his properties were legally sold.

    Without losing hope, Kamya instructed his new lawyers led by Fred Muwema to institute a suit in the High Court Commercial Division against Crane Bank, Meera Investment Limited, Luwaluwa Investment, and lawyers of Katende Ssempebwa Company Advocates were also joined in the suit.

    The matter was allocated to Justice Stephen Mubiru, the head of the Division.

    Kamya hired Kihika Byenkya and Company Advocates to join his legal team which successfully secured an order for discovery against the respondents.

    Justice Mubiru ordered the respondents to allow the petitioner to inspect their email exchange, bank accounts and phone call logs which were made in the period when his properties were sold, an order which raised dust at the commercial court.

    Lawyers from Katende Ssempebwa Advocates petitioned Justice Rubby Opio Aweri, the Chief Inspector of Courts claiming that justice Mubiru was biased and he has to be investigated over the matter.

    He was ordered to refer the entire Ssimbamanyo file to justice Opio which Mubiru refused to do.

    Mubiru insisted that Justice Opio didn’t have powers to ask for the said file from him and guided that the matter has to proceed but lawyers challenged his action at the Court of Appeal.

    In October 2022, Justice Cheborion Barishaki of the Court of Appeal issued an order stopping Justice Mubiru from proceeding with the matter until three justices of the Court of Appeal determine the respondent’s grievances.

    Sources who have been close to Kamya revealed that Justice Cheborion’s ruling shocked Kamya and from that time, his life changed and it worsened last month and was rushed to Nairobi where he died on Friday morning.

    Sources said that other Simbamanyo Directors are set to continue with the legal fight to rescue their empire.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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