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    Unmasking Killer Gun Used To Assassinate Clan Head As More Buganda Kingdom Officials Face Investigation Over Bbosa’s Death…



    Brig. Gen. Christopher Ddamulira Sserunjogi the Crime Intelligence Director who is the leading commander in the ongoing operation to arrest fugitive Tabula Luggya Bbosa who allegedly masterminded the plan to assassinate Eng. Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa the fallen head of Endiga (Sheep) clan two weeks back and Maj. Dr. Tom Magambo the Director Uganda Criminal Investigation Department (CID) are expecting the ballistic analysis report on the killer gun.

    Sources at Wandegeya based government laboratory and ballistic analysis center revealed to the might Grapevine that the results from the examination of the killer gun powder and bullet cartridges picked at the crime scene at Lungujja in Lubaga Division Kampala city where Bbosa was gunned from are out.

    Sources assigned to investigate the shocking murder said that the report is going to help detectives to trace the owner of the gun and establish if it was ever used in committing any crimes around the country.

    Noah Derrick Luggya the prime suspect who pulled the trigger and showered Bbosa with bullets that killed him recorded a statement denying ownership of the killer gun.

    He confessed that it was Tabula who is currently on the run who gave him the gun.

    Luggya is still receiving medication from Mulago hospital and he is recovering from the injuries he suffered after he was badly beaten by the angry mob at Bulange who intercepted him together with his co-accused Emmanuel Sserunkuma who was killed on the spot.

    However, highly placed sources in the intelligence circles have told theGrapevine that the recovered killer gun is likely to be among the many which were smuggled into the country from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by serial criminals and business persons.

    “There are many illegal guns which are in the possession of private individuals, especially criminals and business people who are harvesting millions of shillings from hiring them out to fellow criminals,” a source said.

    He added that it was a blessing that Bbosa’s assassins were amateurs and they failed to protect their weapon.

    We have been told by sources that when such guns are used to execute deadly missions, they are returned to the owner who takes it back and hides it mostly in holes that they dig inside their houses or in compounds.

    A source revealed that there are two criminals in Luzira Upper Prison who smuggled two guns into the country and have been hiring it to fellow criminals to commit crimes.

    They pay them money which they use to survive in prison.

    “When you hear an inmate on the phone making statements like ‘ka machine’ just knows they are talking about a gun. And they only hire it out after they are satisfied that the mission is very sensitive and other weapons like pangas, axes, iron bars cannot be used in the said mission.”

    Sources divulged that this was the reason why security in prison, especially Upper Prison Luzira is now very strict when it comes to allowing inmates to make phone calls to friends and relatives.

    The procedure now is that the Officer in Charge has to first verify that the phone number the inmate is going to call is registered in that very person’s names and the inmate has to first put in writing his relationship with that person and why he wants to talk to them.

    The phone call then has to be made in the presence of the prison’s warden who verifies that the conversation is related to what the inmate put in writing.

    Security is still looking for the gun which was used in the murder of Joan Kagezi a senior prosecutor in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, Ibrahim Tusubira alias Jjajja Icuri and Muslim sheikhs like Sheikh Hassan Ibrahim Kirya, Sheikh Mustafah Bahiga, Sheikh Maj Muhammad Kiggundu and a number of others.

    Sources at Crime Intelligence said that the arrest of Tabula will help them establish where he hired the gun from and how he got in contact with the owner of the gun.

    Brig. Gen. Ddamulira has dispatched a number of deadly commandos to Kalangala island to look for Tabula who is expected to be hiding in Kalangala’s think forests.

    In the same development, Buganda Kingdom clan heads have pleaded with Brig. Gen. Ddamulira and Maj. Dr. Magambo to execute a special investigation on some members sitting on Buganda Kingdom Cultural Court (Kkooti yakisekwa).

    “You remember the Ngabi clan head Nsamba’s home was attacked at night and he narrowly survived. He has a case in kkooti ya kisekwa and those people are always threatening him,” one of the clan heads in Buganda told theGrapevine.

    He accused members of Kisekwa court of soliciting for bribes from parties who bring their matters before the local court since they are not on the payroll of the Kingdom administration.

    theGrapevine tried to reach out to Owekitiibwa Israel Kitooke Kazibwe the Kingdom Information and Mobilization minister for a comment but he did not respond to our frequent phone calls.

    Mubiru Njuuki, a Buganda Kingdom historian told theGrapevine that the local Kisekwa court lost credibility because it is now being used by mafias in the Kingdom to fight clan heads who are against their wishes.

    He said that over 10 clan heads are in fear of losing their offices and were advised that the only way to survive is to amend their relationship with big people sitting at Bulange the Kingdom headquarters.

    “We are praying to president Yoweri Museveni as the custodian of the country’s peace and law to establish a judicial committee to investigate members sitting on Kisekwa court and those sitting at Bulange because they are the ones responsible for Bbosa’s assassination and they are the ones threatening other clan heads,” Njuuki said.

    He asked Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi the Kabaka of Buganda to explain why it took him so long to dispose of the clan appeals from ‘kkooti ya kisekwa’ as the supreme person on Buganda Kingdom cultural matters.

    He noted that if Museveni doesn’t intervene, clan heads are still going to be killed because of the ongoing fights inside clan members who think that people sitting at Bulange want to forcefully install their people as heads of clans.

    Security arrested Milly Naluwenda a clerk to Kisekwa court in connection with Bbosa’s murder and she is waiting for Justice Jane Frances Abodo the Director Public Prosecution (DPP) to seal her fate whether she is added on those to be formally charged.

    Police spokesperson Fred Enanga confirmed that Bbosa’s suspected killers’ investigation file was forwarded to Justice Abodo for advice.

    He stated that Tabula masterminded the murder of Bbosa because he was competing with him for the office of the Endiga clan head.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki



    Buganda Kingdom Clan Heads Council Speaker Mutumba In Trouble Over Accusations Of Shielding Kingdom Officials Cited In Planned Assassination Of Their Colleague Lwomwa…



    Kabaka Mutebi with Omutaka Mutumba (R). On the left is the late Bbosa Lwomwa

    Omutaka Ssalongo Augustine Kizito Mutumba the head of Kkobe clan who also doubles as the Speaker of Buganda Kingdom clan heads council is in huge trouble over the accusation of shielding Kingdom officials cited in the gruesome assassination of Ndiga (sheep) clan head Eng. Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa.

    Highly placed sources in the clan heads Council have told theGrapevine that a section of clan heads have already placed Mutumba on notice and threatened to file a complaint with Brig. Gen. Christopher Ddamulira Sserunjogi’s Commandant of Police’s Directorate of Crime Intelligence and Maj. Dr. Tom Magambo’s Commandant of Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) who are leading the investigations concerning Bossa’s assassination accusing him of obstructing justice.

    One of the clan heads said that they passed a resolution in their meeting directing their council executive chaired by Mutumba to write to Ronald Muwenda Mutebi the Kabaka of Buganda asking for an emergency meeting with them to privately discuss the matters concerning Bossa’s assassination so that he can guide them on the way forward but he intentionally refused to execute the directive.

    This clan head explained that they wanted to meet Kabaka Mutebi to reveal to him their fears which if not handled carefully could lead to their death since a number of people who they are complaining against are untouchables in Buganda Kingdom administration.

    “We gave him together with his executive committee two weeks to write to Kabaka and he was supposed to brief us on the developments during last month’s meeting but when we tried to remind him, he just told us to be patient. He explained that our issue is being handled properly and asked us to first welcome Omuttaka Eria Lwasi Buzaabo the new Ndiga clan head to the council which we did. Since then, he has not responded to us whether via our WhatsApp group or in any other form,” a clan head said.

    He added that they wanted to report to Kabaka Mutebi how Mengo administration under the leadership of Premier Charles Peter Mayiga are using Kingdom cultural court (Kkooti ya kisekwa) to harass and torment them.

    He added that there is a lot of corruption in Kisekwa kkooti. He narrated how members sitting on it use their clerks like a one Milly Naluwenda to intimidate them and solicit for bribe from them as a condition to help them win cases slapped on them on grounds that they are not legally the heads their clans.

    Naluwenda is among the five suspects were who joined Noah Derrick Lugya who is suspected to have pulled the trigger during the killing of Lwomwa.  They were charged and remanded to Luzira prison.

    The suspected master planner of the entire assassination Tabula Bossa Lugya is on run and is expected to be hiding in the think forests on lake Victoria shores in Kalangala island. Police has already placed a Shs20m bounty on his head as a reward to any person who will help them to arrest him so that he is charged in courts of law.

    As the fight to arrest Tabula continues, clan heads led by those who are battling with cases before Kisekwa kkooti include: Ffumbe clan head, Nsenene clan, Ngabi clan, Nkima clan, Enyonyi Nakisinge, Mamba and others. The clan heads also want to get an explanation from Kabaka himself why the appeals made before him as the Supreme court when it comes to cultural issues in Buganda are delaying.

    He added that chances were there to meet Kabaka before he traveled abroad in March because he spent a lot of time in his Mengo palace meeting a number of people.

    However, when contacted, Mutumba denied having any knowledge concerning the said resolution to write a letter to Kabaka.

    He explained that the matter they wanted to drag him into is criminal in nature and is still under investigation.

    “All of us were hurt by our colleague’s assassination but we should not use his death to solve our problems and grievances. Let them show you the minutes which we based on to pass such a resolution,” Mutumba said.

    He asked his colleagues to be patient, noting that the Kabaka will meet them at the right time.

    He added that they cannot force the king to meet them because he knows whatever is going on in their council given that minutes and resolutions for every meeting are always given to him.

    It should be noted that Mayiga reported to Kabaka’s subject that their King is out of the country. He traveled to Europe to see his medical doctors.

    Sources divulged that the Kabaka is expected into the country in May and it is the reason why he is not going to attend his birthday party on 15th of May 2024. Kabaka also missed his 69th birthday run last week and was represented by his sister Agnes Nabaloga Lubuga.

    Since 2019, Kabaka Mutebi has been receiving treatment abroad and highly placed sources claim that he is suffering from cancer even though Mayiga informed his subject that he is suffering from Allergy.


    By Hadijjah Namagembe


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    Equity Bank Shs6.5bn Fraud Case Deepens As More Suspects Are Charged, Remanded To Prison…



    Equity Bank fraud suspects Mukwaya, Mugumya and Kato appearing in court

    Three more suspects from Equity bank multimillion fraud case have been arraigned before the Magistrates Court of the Anti-corruption Division on charges of Conspiracy to defraud and remanded to Luzira prison.

    The accused persons are; Godfrey Mukwaya and Robert Mugumya, all former employees of Airtel Uganda and Fred Kato a former head of Small and Medium Enterprises at Equity Bank.

    Prosecution alleges that Mukwaya, a former sales manager at Airtel Uganda used different people to open up bank accounts through which the bank was defrauded of more than Shs10bn.

    State further alleges that Mugumya is linked to 179 fictitious companies that were created to defraud Equity bank and he used different persons to obtain more than Shs35 billion.

    The presiding Magistrate Abert Asiimwe did not allow the accused persons to plead to the charges reasoning that they are joined on the case file involving money laundering which is triable by the High Court.

    “While this court has powers to handle the case of conspiracy, this one is emanating from money laundering. I advise that you will plead to the charges in the High Court which has powers to entertain all the cases,” Asiimwe said.

    The three suspects charged brings the charged number to eight.

    On March 20, 2024, five people among them employees of Equity Bank were charged over accusations of money laundering in regard to disbursement of Shs62bn of unsecured loans to unqualified persons.

    The first suspects were arraigned before the Anti-corruption Magistrates Court on charges of obtaining credit by false pretense, money laundering and conspiracy to defraud.

    The remanded suspects are; the head of Agency Banking at Equity Bank Julius Musiime, Erina Nabisubi a relationship manager for telecom, Fred Semwogerere (Banker), Tumuhimbise Crescent Tibarwesereka (relationship officer) and Wycliff Asiimwe a distribution and marketing consultant with a microfinance facility.

    State alleges that between the 2021 and 2024 at Equity Bank in Kampala City, Nabisubi being a person employed as a relationship manager in charge of Telecom incurred a debt of Shs6.55bn from Equity bank falsely representing that the loans were being applied for by Najjemba Gladys who she fronted as having fulfilled the bank requirements to access the loans whereas not.

    State added that Nabisubi also incurred a debt of Shs300m from Equity Bank falsely representing that the loans were being applied for by Nagawa Latiffa who she fronted as having fulfilled the bank requirements to access the loans whereas not.

    It is alleged that between 2021 and 2024 at Equity Bank headquarters situated at Church House in Kampala, Nabisubi intentionally impeded the establishment of the true ownership of Shs6.5bn which she fraudulently obtained from Equity Bank as loan through account number 1032100370335 in the name of Najjemba Gladys purporting that the said funds were applied for by Najjemba Gladys as a loan whereas not knowing that the said funds were a proceed of crime.

    State further alleges that Musiime intentionally concealed the true ownership of Shs18 million which he received as gratification from Mutuuza Stella for having fraudulently processed a loan of Shs700m from Equity Bank by requiring her to deposit the said gratification on account number 1013101211316 in the name of Gilbert Rwaiheru Kiiza knowing that the said deposits were a proceed of crime.

    According to the charge sheet, in the year 2021 and 2024 at different places in Kampala and Wakiso districts; Musiime, Nabisubi, Ssemwogerere, Tumuhimbise , Asiimwe, Kato, Mugumya and Mukwaya conspired together to defraud Equity Bank of Shs62bn by fraudulently causing the disbursement of unsecured loans to unqualified people.


    By Grapevine Reporter


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    Prisoner Escape Scare Forces Dr. Byabashaija To Deploy PSSU Commandos At Jinja Prison…



    The inmates who tried to escape from Jinja Court. On the right is prisons boss Dr. Johnson Byabashaija

    Uganda Prisons Services under the Command of Prisons Commissioner General Dr. Johnson Byabashaija has deployed Prisons deadly Prison’s Special Service Unit (PSSU) to take charge of inmates at Jinja government prison.

    The deadly PSSU soldiers are currently in charge of the prison’s tower where sharp shooters are stationed 24 hours to supervise the entire movements of inmates and are allowed to shoot and kill any inmates who try to escape from prison.

    PSSU Commandos are also responsible for escorting prisoners from both Jinja Main prison where deadly criminals like terrorists, murderers, armed robberies are detained from and those of Jinja Remmand where inmates with minor offences are detained from.

    Highly placed sources in prison service told theGrapevine that PSSU are highly trained commandos compared to SFC Commandos who protect President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, his family members and other State privileged installations.

    He added that the PSSU Commandos are the ones in control of Luzira Upper prison security, especially the tower and that of Murchison bay.

    The development to deploy PSSU at Jinja prisons comes months after inmates tried to escape from a prison officer who escorted them to Jinja court.

    Abel Muwanika Abel alias Abusale (27) was shot several times while escaping, he was rushed to hospital where he died from.

    Ashiraf Senora alias Vampire (25) who was with him when trying to escape survived with bullet injuries and was slapped with other criminal charges related to escaping from prison.

    Both were facing charges of aggravated robbery and prisons spokesperson Afande Frank Baine praised the prison’s officers for preventing the escape.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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