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    UNTOLD STORY: Inside The State House Meeting That Resolved To Fire, Arrest And Prosecute Top URA Bosses Including Akol, M7 Wants Army To Help Clean Up URA…..

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    L-R: Former URA boss Doris Akol, her successor Musinguzi and Kateshumbwa who resigned recently

    Multiple credible sources in the State House have told the Grapevine that two weeks back, there was an emergency meeting chaired by president Yoweri Museveni on how to clean the national tax body Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).

    The meeting was attended by David Bahati, the State Minister for Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Lt Col Edith Nakalema, the commandant of the state house anti-corruption unit, AIGP Grace Akullo, the Director Criminal Investigation Department of the Uganda police, Chief of Defense Forces Gen. David Muhoozi, Deputy Inspector General of Police Major General Sabiiti Muzeyi and the newly appointed URA Commissioner General John Musinguzi.

    A source privy to the details of the meeting disclosed that a furious Museveni told the members in the meeting that he had received intelligence report that there is a lot of corruption among the top URA leadership.

    Museveni told the meeting that all corrupt officials must be weeded out and the issue urgently resolved.

    Museveni stated that there was a lot of fraud among the top URA honchos with some officials pocketing millions of shillings in bribe every week.

    Sources at State House disclosed that before this meeting, Museveni met Musinguzi who reported to him that he is not willing to work with some of the commissioners because they were already proving to be stumbling blocks in his administration, they agreed that all of them be fired.

    They also agreed that all the top URA officers be replaced with military men like it was done in Uganda police.

    It should be remembered that when Museveni appointed Maj. Muzeeyi Sabiiti to help the Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola clean Uganda Police, he faced a lot of resistance from some of the top police officers who were defiant in implementing his orders claiming that they were illegal.

    Sabiiti reported the matter to the appointing authority and it was resolved that some of the important offices be filled with UPDF officers.

    Once the UPDF officers were deployed in Uganda police, they helped Sabiiti clean up police. This is what Museveni wants Musinguzi to do at URA.

    A Furious Museveni said that some top URA managers have been conniving with business men and foreigners to frustrate the country’s taxation system for their personal benefit which is un acceptable.

    The source told this website that URA bosses embarrassed Museveni when he recently met Tanzanian president John Magufuli to explain why he was refusing Ugandans to sell their sugar in Tanzania when both countries are members of the East African community.

    Museveni disclosed that the soft spoken Magufuli told him that his officials are corrupt, they export sugar from Brazil and other South American countries to Uganda, repack it and rebrand it to show that it’s from Ugandan companies and export it to Tanzania.

    Museveni said that Magufuli gave him evidence to prove his allegation of the repacked sugar.

    The old man with hat from Rwakitura said that when he told Akol to clean her house, the only thing she did was to transfer some of the implicated officers to different departments but left them within the system.

    Akol transferred Hebert Rusoke from CCC to CIAC, Patrick Mukiiibi was transferred from CTI to CCS, Henry Saka was transferred from CDT to CTI, Dickson Kateshumbwa transferred from CCD to CDT, Patience Rubagumya was transferred from CLSBA to CLSBA and Abel Kagumire was transferred from ACCA to Ag CCD.

    According to insiders in URA, the changes were supposed to take effect on 1st April 2020.

    Museveni was very bitter with the way Akol handled the matter and it was one of the reasons why he fired her and appointed Musinguzi.

    The source said that before firing Akol, Museveni’s lawyers advised him to wait for the URA board to carryout interviews to get her replacement and send the name to the Minister of Finance for approval.

    Museveni told them that he no longer had trust in the URA system that is why he wanted a replacement quickly especially if the country is to survive the looming COVID19 economic crisis.

    Museveni instructed his lawyers and the Attorney General to handle the legal gymnastics while Musinguzi is in office.

    Sources inside URA told this website that Musinguzi was not well received at URA head offices because they looked at him as an alien in the system.

    Some senior staff expected Akol to be replaced by Kateshumbwa as the new Commissioner General.

    Sources revealed that because of the heat and uncertainty at the tax body headquarters, Musinguzi did not use the security which was protecting Akol, instead, his security detail comprises of Special Forces Commanders (SFC) who protect the First Family because the president is aware of the troubles ahead of him.

    Musinguzi is very obedient to Museveni because he facilitated his education abroad and helped him when mafias wanted him dead for helping former Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura fight illegal smuggling of goods to Uganda under the Special Revenue Protection Services (SRPS).

    Insiders in URA have told this website that early this week, Musinguzi summoned top URA commissioners and directed them to resign because he had orders from the appointing authority to fire them.

    State House sources further revealed that Museveni also directed Lt. Col. Nakalema and AIGP Akullo to kick off investigation into the embattled commissioners including their boss Akol.

    By the press time, Hebert Rusoke, commissioner Internal Audit and compliance department had been placed under investigations.

    However, Kateshumbwa is still insisting that he was not fired but resigned willingly and his contract was still running.

    He told Muhereza Kyamutetera of CEO magazine that, “I resigned on my own. My contract was still running.”

    By the time of his resignation, Kateshumbwa was the head of World Customs Organization. Akol also congratulated Kateshumbwa for the good work done in the transformation of URA.

    URA STATEMENT ON STAFF RESIGNATION

     

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    ANALYSIS: How Chief Justice Dollo Helped Seal M7/Mao Deal, NUP Advised To Cease Opportunity And Secure Segirinya, Ssewanyana Release; Will He Guide Transition From M7 To Muhoozi?…

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    Minister Norbert Mao

    Buikwe South Member of Parliament, Dr. Phillip Lulume Bayiga has revealed that president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has appointed Democratic Party (DP) boss Norbert Mao because he desperately wants serious people to fix his government after loosing former Speaker of parliament late Jacob Oulanyah.

    Lulume explained that Museveni had banked on Oulanyah to help him to fix parliament and consolidate his support in Lango and Acholi, unfortunately he died a few months after occupying the office of the Speaker of parliament.

    Oulanyah was also the NRM vice chairperson Northern Uganda, the vacuum which has not yet been filled up.

    He admitted that Mao is the winner in the signed cooperation deal between DP and NRM.

    “He has been given a powerful Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs,  he has been given a state minister, promised that his people will get juicy parliamentary committees, he has been promised that his candidate Gerald Siranda, the DP Secretary General will be supported in the coming EALA elections and he has been promised that DP members will be allocated top jobs in government agencies and Authorities,” he said.

    Lulume was supported by Kampala Central Member of Parliament (MP) Muhammad Nsereko Zaake who explained that the deal which was signed on Wednesday involved a number of stakeholders especially from the Northern part of the country.

    “What I know about my friends from Northern Uganda is they know what power means. They once enjoyed power, so they want to be next to power unlike us here in Buganda who are just taking everything that comes,” Nsereko said.

    Sources in State House revealed that the negotiations between Mao and President Museveni’s government started in 2016 when he tried to contest as Gulu Municipality MP but was disqualified from the race since he did not have a National Identity Card.

    Sources revealed that since then, President Museveni has been using Oulanyah to sweettalk Mao to join him.

    “I think he was overwhelmed with financial problems, you know he was being helped by Oulanyah who is no more,” a source added.

    Sources close to the DP boss told theGrapevine that even though Mao and Siranda have been receiving a monthly salary from the DP secretariat, they have been struggling financially to the extent that they have been making phone calls especially during weekends to friends for financial help.

    theGrapevine has established that when Oulanyah died, serious negotiations ensued which involved the Chief Justice Owiny Dollo who is a close friend to Mao and president Museveni.

    The source added that Mao established that Museveni was very vulnerable after Oulanyah’s death and he made very heavy demands.

    The DP boss demanded to be appointed as a deputy prime minister, he also wanted three DP members to be appointed cabinet ministers which president Museveni declined.

    Sources said that Justice Dollo played a very important role to convince Mao to take Museveni’s proposed Justice and Constitutional affairs ministry and the state minister’s jobs for his DP members.

    Sources revealed that Museveni instructed NRM’s Secretary General Richard Todwong, Kiryowa Kiwanuka, the Attorney General and Edwin Karugire his son-in-law and personal lawyer to lead the negotiations and draft the agreement which he went through before signing.

    Sources said that Justice Dollo, a former senior counsel to LRA rebel leader Joseph Kony, was very instrumental in drafting the signed agreement and he was the chief legal advisor to Mao.

    On the other hand, Nsereko revealed that after the death of Oulanyah and Lokech, the Acholi had to quickly look for the replacements so that they remain close to power.

    ” Look the people of Acholi lost Lt. Gen. Paul Lokech who was the deputy Inspector General of Police, he was their hope in the army, and like you know, here in Africa, whoever has the army wields power, so they had to strategise again. In the legislature, God had also blessed them with the position of the speaker of parliament in Oulanyah, but shockingly he also died, so by all means Mao had to come in close to power so that they remain in the calculations for transition because Museveni is going,” Nsereko explained.

    He noted that it was a well calculated move for Mao not to tell his colleagues in DP because they would have failed the deal by spreading rumours, even though it was necessary to explain to them the logic behind his decision.

    He explained that Mao is going to be the brain behind the expected amendments in the national constitution which are aimed at streamlining and preparing the country for a political transition from president Museveni to another generation.

    Mao admitted when he appeared on NBS TV’s Frontline talk show that one of the assignments given to him was to strategies and streamline how transition is going to be handled legally through constitutional amendments.

    Kampala Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago said that Mao was brought on board by President Museveni to help him to transfer power from him to his son Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the commander land forces.

    “I think Mao is going to be the Vice President in Muhoozi’s government, he has been brought in to help to mature the Muhoozi project” Lukwago said.

    On 3rd February, 2022, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi tweeted, “My big brother Norbert Mao is the most brilliant opposition leader in Uganda today. He has Presidential skills.”

    Nsereko orated that in his new position, Mao is going to supervise the judiciary and he will be the one to advise President Museveni on who to appoint in the judiciary.

    He added that Mao is going to supervise the Electoral Commission and he will be advising President Museveni and Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama on transfer of Electoral Commission registers, recruiting of new electoral officers and the preparations of all the coming elections in the country.

    Nsereko revealed that Museveni plans to give Mao powers to strategies on how the new government without him will be structured and Ugandans should put a clear eye on him.

    Nsereko warned, “You people are playing but I’m telling you without Mao’s signature, Buganda will not be paid their demands by the Central government because he is the one responsible for clearing such payment from the ministry of finance,” he noted.

    Museveni also brought Mao on board to help him solve the East African question because he knows very well that Mao is a very close friend to Raila Odinga who has a lot of chances to become the next president of Kenya.

    Nsereko opined that in Uganda, Odinga trusts only two politicians, Mao and Capt. Mike Mukula, the NRM vice chairperson Eastern Uganda.

    He said that Odinga thinks that Museveni supports his rival William Ruto who has minimum chances of becoming the next president of Kenya.

    He added that Mao also has a number of friends in South Sudan government.

    He advised NUP’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine to use Mao’s office to secure the release of the legislators, Muhammad Ssegirinya (Kawempe North), Allan Ssewanyana (Makindye West) and other political prisoners.

    “Mao is the one who can legally advise the President on the prerogative of mercy to prisoners, he is the one who supervises Courts so he is very instrumental in releasing or not releasing all political prisoners,” Nsereko noted.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    M7 Did Not Survive Coup, We Are Cleaning Our House – UPDF Explains Why Gen. Elwelu Put Army On Standby Class One Order…

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    The Commander in Chief (CiC), President Museveni (C), CDF Gen. Wilson Mbadi (R), and the D/CDF Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu (L)

    Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has refuted allegations that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni survived a Coup when he was away in Rwanda attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

    Early this week, Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu, the Deputy Commander of UPDF, through a radio call, put the entire army on Standby Class One, the highest order given to the army before the war.

    Lt. Gen. Elwelu issued the order when the Commander in Chief (CiC) President Museveni and Gen. Wilson Mbadi, the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) were out of the country.

    This created anxiety among netizens with some speculating that the big man survived a coup while he was away.

    However, in a phone conversation with theGrapevine, Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye, the UPDF spokesperson rubbished the allegations.

    “It is not true, the order was given to give us time to clean our house. If it was a coup, we would have declared a curfew but you people are still moving even deep at night, enjoying night discos and drinking your beer, there was no coup please tell the people to calm down,” Kulayigye said.

    He explained that the order still stands because it’s intended purpose is still on.

    He divulged that they are also trying to examine how the army’s equipment are kept, how soldiers are stationed. He emphasised that the country is on high alert and the army will remain on Standby Class One for now.

    “You people, you don’t know what is going on in our region. Do you know what is expected to come out of Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where people are fighting? Our army should be on standby to protect our sovereignty,” he explained.

    This week, land forces commander Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba warned of a coming battle.

    In one of his tweets, Muhoozi warned, “In the coming battle, let the people of Uganda and Rwanda support me… like I have fought for them. Let us deal with the traitors once and for all!”

    The First Son added, ““Those who try to come between my father and me will learn a very bitter lesson. Where were they when we were refugees? Tutawona wale Mungu anapenda!”

    Celebrated investigative journalist, Timothy Kalyegira opined that there is a sharp division in the army over the behaviour of certain commanders.

    “I don’t know if we should worry, but what I can tell you is that inside the army, the mood/morale is like what it was in UNLA around early 1984. Not yet an all-out crisis, but certainly no longer the familiar, calm normal. You can quote me on that,” Kalyegira said.

    Sources inside the army revealed that because of the divisionism, it is the reason why president Museveni has summoned the army’s top command today for an emergency meeting at Irenga Barracks in Western  Uganda.

    Sources disclosed that the big man is still camped in Western Uganda and he is expected to return to Kampala on Monday morning.

    Sources further disclosed that the president is expected to tell the army top leadership that he is going to continue moving in all army barracks around the country.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Medipal Hospital In Trouble: Female Doctor Narrates How Male Boss Harassed And Discriminated Her….

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    Medipal Hospital's chief Medical Director, Dr. Adnan Khan

    Kololo based Medipal International Hospital Kampala is in trouble over harassing, discriminating and failing to pay a female medical doctor.

    On 22nd June, 2022, Dr. Asiimwe Kemigisha petitioned the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Labour Office accusing the management of the Medipal of discriminating her, maligning and mistreating her.

    Kemigisha filed her complaint through her lawyers of Bluebell Legal Advocates.
    She particularly singled out Dr. Adnan Khan, the Hospital’s Medical Director, as the second respondent and the hospital management as the first respondent.
    According to the documents seen by the mighty Grapevine, Dr. Kemigisha claims that Dr. Khan, a Pakistan native has bias against women and it is the reason why she has been discriminated against.

    She said that at one point, he castigated her simply for hugging male colleagues while running up the stairs. Dr. Kemigisha explained in her complaint that she sensed insincerity and foul play when none of the male Colleagues she hugged were tasked to explain.

    “The male colleagues I hugged were never apprehended which flagged early signs of discrimination and bias against women by the 2nd Respondent (Dr. Khan).

    “ I requested for a fair hearing and asked for the warning letter together with the evidence related thereto from the 1st Respondent’s Human Resource Manager but shockingly, she informed me that the same could not be availed,” Kemigisha’s statement reads.

    She revealed to Court that in November 2019, she commenced employment at the facility as a Medical Officer.

    However, she was never given a formal contract of Employment.
    In February 2022, she was promoted to Senior House Officer (SHO.). This did not go well with Dr. Adnan who refused to acknowledge her promotion to date.

    Unfortunately, the promotion was not in writing but it is buttressed by the switch in her log-ins and the duty rota. Dr. Kemigisha said that she attempted to seek Dr. Khan’s audience to find a lasting solution but he was dismissive.

    “I approached the 2nd Respondent (Dr. Khan) in his office for a discussion about the issue but he shrugged it off and angrily shouted at me” she said.

    She emphasised that despite the non-stop harassment, she acted professionally and executed her duties as assigned on the duty rota.
    But that the persecution from Dr. Khan was relentless.

    “The harassment and discrimination from the 2nd Respondent didn’t stop after my promotion as Senior House Officer because circumstantial evidence shows that the 2nd Respondent refused to acknowledge my promotion and made sure that I neither gets a written contract nor payment for my services as SHO and yet my peers had written contracts and have at all material times received payment,” she added in her statement.

    She claims that after being promoted, she was not paid until when she requested for a conflict resolution meeting. Dr. Kemigisha asserts that whenever she would seek clarification from the HR manager about her pay, the response was that Dr. Khan was still processing her documents.

    She laments that her incessant troubles compelled her to professionally opt for a conflict resolution meeting with Dr. Khan on 29th April 2022 as a first step towards conflict management. Subsequently, Dr Khan convened a meeting on 13th May 2022.

    The attendees were Dr. Khan, Dr. Kemigisha, Dr. Lisa Numusiima (Supervisor Medical Officer), Dr. Richard Lukandwa (Medical Director), Ms. Hussein Alishba (the HR manager) and a gentleman who identified himself as Henry, a lawyer for the hospital.

    She explains that in the meeting, the hospital lawyer stated that he was a neutral party who heads the facility’s harassment committee. But she later discovered that his name is Henry Nyegenye, an advocate attached to the law firm of Arcadia Advocates, which represents the facility.

    Dr. Kemigisha notes that during the meeting, blame was placed on different departments, mainly the HR department for not having formalised her SHO contract.

    She notes that Dr Khan, who is the facility’s accounting officer, vehemently feigned ignorance of the anomalies. Dr. Kemigisha adds that the Respondents insisted that her promotion to SHO was never a promotion, and that it was not within the facility’s employment structure. The Respondents termed her relationship with the facility as a consultancy engagement.

    She says that she never received any written communication for the terms before transitioning into the SHO role and that it is not her duty to presume her terms of engagement.

    She explains that in any case, she should have availed the terms of the engagement instead of forcing her to resign from employment. Dr. Kemigisha says several futile maneuvers were made to persuade her to retract the letter containing her grievances of harassment by Dr. Khan.

    She claims that she was even rebuked for requesting for a direct conflict resolution meeting with Dr. Khan instead of following a harassment policy by the hospital which has never been disclosed to her.

    Dr. Kemigisha believes that Dr. Khan’s action of inviting a lawyer to the conflict resolution meeting without giving her notice to invite her own lawyer and having the lawyer interrogating her in the said meeting in itself was harassment.

    She claims Nyegenye has since then played an integral role in covering up the harassment on behalf of the Respondents.

    Dr. Kemigisha says in due course, she will provide a transcript of the audio recording of the conflict resolution meeting. She states that on 17th May 2022, the HR Manager Alishba asked her to write a letter clarifying her harassment claims so that the SHO contract could be processed. She says she declined to do so because it was wrong since the two were mutually exclusive.

    She says more misery was piled on her, and in an email sent by Dr. Lukandwa on 25th May, she was inform that since she had not subjected herself to a formal recruitment process to transition to SHO, she could no longer execute the duties of SHO.

    She noted that subsequently, she was struck off the SHO duty rota. She said that the hospital’s lawyers asked her to resign from her position of Medical Officer, to enable formalisation of her promotion to SHO.
    She declined to do so, as she believed it was irregular.

    On 10th June 2022, another meeting was held at the hospital’s office, which was attended by Dr. Kemigisha’s lawyer, Mr. Isaac Ssali Mugerwa.
    However, the Respondents were adamant, and claimed they were unable to pay her salary arrears because they were gripped with financial strife.
    The petition further reveals that Nyegenye made a phone call to Dr. Kemigisha’s lawyer, and conceded that she had pertinent grievances.

    Documents seen by the mighty Grapevine show that on 13th June 2022, Nyegenye communicated to Mr. Mugerwa and reiterated the Hospital’s position that the Complainant should provide both an Application letter for the SHO appointment and a resignation letter as MO so that the Respondents could process the transition from M.O to SHO.

    Dr. Kemigisha says the incessant persecution, compelled her to write a letter dated 15th June 2022, informing the Respondents that she had been constructively dismissed from her employment.
    She emphasised that interestingly on 16th June 2022, after the Respondents had achieved their objective of terminating her, they remitted her two months salary as medical officer on her account.

    Dr. Kemigisha notes that on 20th day June 2022, the Respondents sent an email, asking her to apply for the position of SHO in which she had already served for over 4 months.
    “As a result of the aforementioned wrongful, discriminative actions of the Respondents, I have suffered unemployment, psychological stress and strain, financial constraints for which I shall seek recompose in general, aggravated and punitive damages” she prayed to Court.

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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