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    UPDF Gen Otema Grilled For Demolishing Mosques, Churches And Schools

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    Uganda peoples defense Forces (UPDF) reserve force commander General Charles Otema Awanyi was grilled by the commission of inquiry into land matters over grabbing 3000,300 hectares of land in Nwoya and Amuru districts.

    Gen. Otema was also squeezed to explain why he used the army to harass people, demolish churches, mosques and schools. Otema was also asked by commissioner Joyce Habaasa what he did after he was accused of evicting and harassing over 800 families from their homes in Kasanaku trading center in Obira parish. Habaasa wondered why people are only accusing Otema when the region has other military officers in UPDF and rich neighborhoods.

    Otema told the commission that he is suspecting that there must be some people from Janam Community who are targeting his office as the commander of the Reserve Force UPDF because there has been a long term conflict between the Acholi and Janam.

    “Why me my lord? These people are targeting my office, I don’t know that man (Jatim). I got to know him yesterday when he was testifying here. I asked him are you Jatim. I have to investigate this thing more because I’m not the only person who owns land in that area, why me?” Otema asked. He told the commission that he owns 300 hectares of land in Pajengo which he bought from Samuel Odokonyero at Shs50 million and he has its title on block 4 plot 110.

    He testified that he bought the land in 2015 on a 5 years lease but in the agreement Odokonyero indicated that it can be extended to 49 years. He noted that by the time he bought the land, it was occupied by ten families and Odokonyero told him that he was the one who brought them to occupy the land. Otema said that he told Odokonyero to compensate so that they can leave his land because he wanted to use it. He attested that Odokonyero kept on playing hide and seek until he decided to compensate the people himself. Otema refuted Jatim’s testimony that he was arrested and harassed by Otema’s guards. He however pinned Jatim for trespassing on his land and threatening to kill him.

    Otema said Jatim is not a tenant on his land and it was his guard Ochan who called him and told him that they had arrested Jatim for threatening to burn their homes on the farm by mobilizing his fellow tribesmen. Otema said Jatim threatened to attack Otema and kill him saying if they didn’t kill him they will not get peace. Otema said that he told Ochan to take Jatim to police and he only got to know what happened to him on Thursday when he was testifying before the commission.

    Andrew Odit tasked Otema to reveal the properties he owned, Otema first revealed that he only owned 300 hectares of land in Obira. He denied owning land in Amuru and said that the land was sold to his son Oscar Omonyi, the Youth Member of Parliament Northern Uganda.

    Bamugemereire insisted that Otema reveals all his properties after telling him that they have information that he owns 20000 hectares of land in Amuru. Otema’s face turned red when the land probe boss asked him why he got land in Amuru when the Janam also owned land in the same area.

    ASP Daniel Okello the former District Police Commander (DPC) Nwoya District

    Bamugemereire ordered Otema to reveal to the commission all his properties with documents. The commission also grilled ASP Daniel Okello the former District Police Commander (DPC) Nwoya District who led security operatives who violently evicted over 800 families, demolish Churches, Mosques and schools in Otema’s favour.

    Bamugemereire tasked Okello to reveal his God father whom he was working for while harassing locals.

    Okello denied all the allegations. He said that its true court bailiff Moses Kirunda gave him a Court order from Gulu asking for security to exercise his duty of evicting the people.

    He said that the order showed that the land was owned by Fred Ola a Ugandan Doctor abroad. Okello testified that he first warned Kirunda and other security officers in the District that what they were going to do would lead to violence because he was aware that there were tribal conflicts in the area.

    He testified that his warning was ignored and the eviction went on.

    However, he said that when he withdrewn his officers from the scene at night, Kirunda went back with other people and demolished schools, churches and Mosques without his knowledge. He later apologised that some mistakes were made in this operation. Bamugemereire put him on notice that very soon, he will be summoned to testify because the commission has information that he was used by powerful officers in the force. The commission is still investigating the matter.

     

    By Jamil Lutakome

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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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