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    Update: Internal Affairs Min. Jeje Odong Presents Questionable List Of Abducted Ugandans To Parliament…

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    Internal Affairs Minister Gen. Jeje Odong

    The Internal Affairs Minister Gen. Jeje Odong has left parliamentarians asking many unanswered questions today after he presented a list of 177 persons he said are in detention, although he did not read out a single name from the list.

    Gen.  Odong appeared before parliament  that was presided over by Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, to present a list of Ugandans who were abducted by security forces, as was directed by the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga last week.

    However,  what shocked many legislators who were in the august House was that much as the Minister said he had gone to present a list of  the said abducted Ugandans, he did not read out any name or share the list with the MPs, although he confirmed that at least 177 people are in custody.

    “Today I’m presenting to you a list of 177 people who were arrested. The list indicates the name of the person who was arrested, where they were arrested from, why they were arrested, the date they were arrested and the case management history, indicating where the person is now,” Minister Odong told parliament.

    He added that; “Right Honourable Speaker therefore, I have the honour to lay on table the said list. Some of them were arrested for engaging in riots and others for holding meetings with an aim of staging protests.”

    He thereafter walked away from the floor of Parliament, leaving several MPs wondering what kind of list that was, that he did not share with them.

    Kiira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda tasked the Minister to read out the names but he refused.

    “Honourable Jeje should read for us those names one by one such that we know the reason of arrest and where they are,” Nganda said.

    He added that; “I’m afraid Parliament is being used as  clearing agent. Let him read one by one as I compare with the list I have.”

    However, Minister Odong was not in position to fulfil Nganda’s request since he had already walked away from the floor of Parliament.

    It should be noted that during his national address last month, President Yoweri Museveni tasked all security agencies that had abducted Ugandans to release a list of people they have in detention.

    Following the presidential directive, the army and police played ping-pong when it came to releasing the list of abducted Ugandans, whereby both security organs claimed they did not have the list and blamed each other for delaying to release it.

    However, although the Minister said security forces have 177 people in custody, according to National Unity Platform (NUP) principal Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, over 243 of their supporters have since been abducted and their whereabouts are unknown.

    But here below is a PDF of the list that the Minister tabled before parliament;

    Statement-by-Minister-of-Internal-Affairs-on-Missing-Persons.pdf

    However, it should be noted that although the minister released a list of 177 people, adding up the figures he gave in his statement indicates that the people in detention are 216.

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    Bobi Wine Summons NUP Legislators To Strategise On How To Save MP Zaake…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine (L) and Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake

    National Unity Platform (NUP) Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has summoned his party legislators to strategise on how to save Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Butebi Zaake from angry parliamentary leadership.

    According to credible sources in NUP, the meeting is expected to take place next week at their party headquarters in Kamwokya.

    Last week, Bobi Wine blasted his legislators for not giving enough support to their own (Zaake) when he was protesting deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa’s ruling stopping him from debating the ongoing abduction of people especially in Buganda.

    “I want to salute Hon. Francis Zaake and tell him that as an individual, I am very proud of him. NUP is very proud of you and Ugandans that were abducted are very proud of you. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of parliament, thank you for not shutting up, thank you for doing exactly what you were elected to do,” he said.

    Even though Bobi Wine praised Zaake, Tayebwa referred him to the parliamentary disciplinary committee and the hearing of his matter kicked off on Tuesday.

    However, sources in NUP revealed that Bobi Wine wants his legislators to put up a spirited fight to frustrate the move of disciplining Zaake.

    These were days after the Speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among warned Zaake that parliament will take criminal action against him to recover the institution’s properties he declined to return after being removed from the position of the parliamentary commissioner.

    Among told parliament that Zaake declined to return the parliamentary car even though he has been informed in writing to return it

    Former Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa advised Bobi Wine to investigate Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona who was acting as the Leader of Opposition on the day Zaake protested because he was the one who stopped other opposition legislators from joining Zaake and telling him to move out of the plenary.

    One of Bobi Wine’s Personal Assistant Julius Katongole said that the motive of the meeting that Bobi Wine summoned is not to condemn or attack anyone but it is about guiding them on how to work together and use parliament to fight president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s bad acts against poor Ugandans.

    He rubbished allegations making rounds that Bobi Wine summoned the legislators to introduce to them their new parliamentary leadership after firing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba from the position of Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic At KCCA As M7 Directs Minister Magyezi To Investigate RCC Burora Claim On Misuse Of PDM Cash…

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    Lubaga deputy RCC Burora (L) and Minister Magyezi (R)

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed in writing the local government minister Raphael Magyezi to investigate the allegation made by Lubaga Division Deputy Resident City Commissioner(RCC) Anderson Burora against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on mismanagement of the government Parish Development Modal cash.

    Minister Magyezi confirmed the development and said that the president directed him to present his findings to cabinet by the coming Monday so that the ministers discuss the matter.

    He said that the president was very concerned with the allegation made by Burora and praised him for standing his ground and speaksoff to the alleged government officials.

    Magyezi told theGrapevine that the president wants other Resident District Commissioners (RDC) to do what Burora did to inspect government projects for the good of the country.

    Last week, Burora suspended the operations of Parish Development Model citing irregularities in implementing the program by allocating the funds to people who are not supposed to benefit from it.

    “We have seen lists bearing names of people who are well off, who own cars, are salary earners and those who own big shops being fronted for Parish Development Model. The project was intended for the 39% population that lives hand-to-mouth, not those who surpassed that level,” Burora said.

    However, Aisha Nabisere, the KCCA Parish Development Model coordinator rubbished Burora’s allegations insisting that he was spreading falsehoods.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Lord Mayor Lukwago Reveals How KCCA Bosses are Conniving With City Tycoons To Swindle USD100M Hiding Under President’s Directive On Markets…

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    Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago has narrated how top Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) bosses are conniving with city tycoons to swiddle USD100M under the guise of implementing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s directives on city markets.

    Lukwago said that he has landed on clandestine plans designed by KCCA technical wing bosses and ministers to procure 10 acres of land in Kampala Central Division at a price of USD100m which is very high.

    He revealed that the said land that is situated in Kisenyi parish belongs to John Bosco Muwonge, a city businessman who they want to front to built a public market as Museveni directed.

    Last month, Museveni met KCCA bosses and directed them to build at least two public markets in all the five Divisions that make up Kampala city.

    Lukwago said that without following the legal procedures, some fraudulent city businessmen have started approaching KCCA to offer their land to be purchased for the market with big commission offers to some KCCA bosses.

    Lukwago insists these businessmen want to sell their land to KCCA at a high price without following the legal requirements and it is the reason why he has summoned the city council meeting to discuss the matter next week.

    When contacted, Joseph Kabuye Kyofatogabye, the KCCA State Minister rubbished the accusation, and asked Lukwago to prove his allegations with evidence.

    “For me, I don’t know how to execute deals but I know Lord Mayor Lukwago is an expert in making deals,” Kabuye said.

    Businessman Muwonge was not reached for a comment.

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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