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    UPL Clubs Chairmen Speak Out On How FUFA Wanted To Utilize Them In Nakiwala’s ‘Selection’ Process… 

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    Police FC chairman, AIGP Asan Kasingye (L) and FUFA 3rd Vice President, Hon Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi

    Uganda Premier League (UPL) clubs chairmen have finally spoken out on their decision to avoid FUFA elections in which their representative to the federation’s Executive Committee was elected.

    On Saturday, May 15, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) conducted elections to pick the person who represents Uganda Premier League (UPL) and FUFA Big League (FBL) clubs on the federation’s executive committee.

    Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi stood unopposed for the spot and predictably retained her position as the FUFA third Vice President for the period 2021-2025.

    Only three UPL clubs (Villa, Express, and URA) were represented, as up to 13 were absent, citing various reasons ranging from miscommunication to disrespect.

    For starters, the notice calling off the elective congregation was shared on Friday, and a change of venue was communicated later in the day at 5:40 PM, not even 24 hours before the Saturday morning election date.

    Police FC chairman Asan Kasingye affirmed that he did not vote for his club’s representative to FUFA because he could not attend an event that he was not invited to.

    “This election thing is news to me. I never got the invitation, otherwise, I would have loved to go and vote,” Kasingye explained.

    Not to differ so much from Kasingye, Diana Nyago, the Busoga United chairperson says she was infuriated by the whole arrangement.

    “In whose interest can only three out of 16 clubs elect a representative for the remaining thirteen? That is impunity,” Nyago strongly stressed her concern.

    She raged on; “It is clear they ring-fenced the position for a particular person but no one owns football in this country.”

    Nyago says she and other club chairmen are keeping a close watch over the federation to see how far they can go with their preferential treatment towards members.

    Ronnie Mutebi, the Bright Stars chairman does not dispute Nakiwala’s representation of his club among others, but advised accordingly;

    “Our representative Nakiwala has a very big task to unite all the clubs that have long been divided to be ruled by the federation.”

    “She should now tell us her programs because she never asked us to vote for her, so she never explained what she was going to do for us,” Mutebi said.

    “And besides, clubs are now too busy closing in on their season targets to engage in a sham election,” he added.

    Hassan Lule, the Wakiso Giants chairman says he made it to FUFA House – Mengo but did not participate because he was late.

    “I made an effort to reach on time, but the voting had already taken place, and within 30 minutes after 10:00 AM, the elections were done,” Lule narrated to Football 256, blaming FUFA for issuing out short and inconvenient notice.

    “We are not club chairmen because we are idle. We have other businesses to take care of,” Lule expressed his frustration further, arguing that things have got to be done professionally like FUFA always emphasizes.

    “First of all, the elections were just a formality. If elections are to happen, give people time, let the candidates convince the voters,” he added.

    Wakiso Giants patron Musa ‘Atagenda’ Ssebulime, like his chairman, feels that the federation greatly undermines clubs.

    “Some people just want to sit in Mengo and decide for us all, because how do you expect someone to honour without fail an invitation notice of fewer than 24 hours?” Ssebulime pondered before stating that he would not even attend a voting function where the winner has been decided.

    Many of them (clubs chairmen) were not even interested to discuss the topic; Onduparaka’s Benjamin Nkakuni, Mbarara City’s Mpaka Mwine, among others chose not to comment about the matter.

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    DTB Bank In Trouble For Selling Former Minister’s Contested Building To Masaka City Businessman…

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    Former Minister Muyanja Mbabali (R) at an NRM function

    Masaka city businessman Robert Ssekigye has threatened to take legal action against Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) if they fail to handover a building, he bought from them.

    Ssekigye told theGrapevine that he purchased Zamo building which is situated in Masaka city along Kampala Masaka Road from the bank after it was advertised in the newspapers.

    “I expect DTB to hand over the building to me. They should refund my money if they have failed to sort themselves out with Muyanja Mbabali,” Ssekigye threatened.

    Former state minister for investment Mbabali’s lawyer Patrick Mugisha admitted that he frustrated the move to sell off his client’s building explaining that the transaction was illegal.

    “We had initially secured a court order stopping them from proceeding with the entire transaction, but they remained adamant and sold the property,” Mugisha said.

    He explained that the building was wrongly attached by the bank because it was not part of the collateral which his client used to secure the loan which is in billions of shillings. He added that they have secured a caveat from the High Court stopping any transaction on the said building.

    This website has established that Mbabali lost a number of buildings including Nkozi Hotels in Mpigi district and other commercial buildings in Kampala and Masaka over loans that’s why he is fighting tooth and nail to save Zamo building which he claims was not on the list of the buildings which he used as security when securing the said loan.

    He further wants Court to force the bank to bring to court the accounts of all financial transactions and dealings belonging to his business firm MFK Corporation.

    On Thursday last week, Mastulah Naava, the Masaka City Deputy Resident City Commissioner in charge of Nyendo-Mukungwe Division saved Mbabali’s building when she stopped the attaching of the building.

    This comes after Charles Ssebambulide, the commissioner private security organisation and private firearms wrote to the Greater Masaka region police commander instructing him to supervise the deployment of HASH security company which was hired by the bank to provide security when the property was being attached.

    Banks through their agents first took over the building and changed the locks as they planned to hand it over to the new buyer.

    Naava told theGrapevine that they stopped the move because DTB bank didn’t follow the required procedure including providing a court order allowing the takeover of ownership of the building.

    DTB Bank was not reached for a comment.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Endless War Between IGG Betty Kamya And Uganda Land Commissions Boss Nyakaisiki; Museveni Summons Duo…

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    IGG Betty Kamya (L) and Byenkya (R)

    President Museveni has summoned the Inspector General of Government (IGG) Betty Kamya and Uganda Land Commissions (ULC) Boss, Beatrice Nyakaisiki Byenkya.

    This comes after a number of corruption allegations and finger pointing between Kamya and Byenkya.

    It should be remembered that President Kaguta Museveni issued a letter to Judith Nabakooba, the senior lands minister suspending Byenkya, as chairperson of the Uganda Lands Commission (ULC).

    In his letter dated 16th March, 2022, the president revealed that he had received a lot of complaints of theft, embezzlement of public funds, corruption, double payment to ghost claimants which needed to be seriously investigated when the suspects are out of their public offices.

    “I am directing the Inspector General of Government (IGG) and the State House Anti-Corruption Unit to investigate the above allegations and any other offences that could have been committed with a view of prosecuting the culprits,” Museveni’s letter reads in part.

    He further suspended Nyakaisiki with immediate effect and ordered her to leave office to pave way for investigations.

    In another letter dated October 15th, President Museveni noted that he would like to meet IGG and Ms. Nyakaisiki to discuss their battles.

    “I have received your letter of September 19, 2022, informing me of the battles with your sister, the Inspector General of Government Betty Kamya,” the letter read.

    “By copy of this letter, I direct my lawyer Flora Kiconco, to interact with you and Hon. Beti Kamya and, informally, give me a legal opinion. Thereafter, I would like to meet both of you and discuss this letter war.”

     

     By Kalamira Hope

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    If I Want Lumbuye, I Can Bring Him Tomorrow – Resurrected Saleh Warns Turkey Based Blogger Who Pronounced Him Dead…

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    OWC boss Salim Saleh (L) and blogger Lumbuye

    Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) boss, Gen. Salim Saleh yesterday disclosed that if he wanted to bring back Turkey based blogger Fred Lumbuye, he would do it in a blink of an eye.

    Gen. Saleh surfaced for the first time in a while at the giveaway ceremony of his daughter, Esteeri Mugulwa to her fiancé Ivan Muhoozi Kitaburaza at his home in Buziga, Kampala.

    Speaking to relatives and friends at the occasion, Saleh noted that the devil is a very big liar and sometimes very tricky.

    “The devil who has been around us is a liar, we are still alive,” he said.

    Saleh took time to warn those who have been spreading fake news that he died.

    Saleh giving away his daughter, Esteeri Mugulwa

    “If I want Lumbuye, I can bring him tomorrow, you know me. If I need Mumiransanafu today, I can pick him. Because for me my job is to be on the ground,” Saleh warned Bloggers Mumiransanafu and Lumbuye who have been spreading information that the president’s young brother died and government is hiding his body.

    Saleh added that the country needs harmony in every aspect so that people stop discriminating or hating each other on the basis of trivial matters such as tribes.

    He therefore urged people to do away with tribalism because it is a bad thing.

    “Tribalism is bad as you start looking at yourself as tribes then the whole society with collapse,” he noted.

    The occasion was attended by his friends and family who included; Sam Kavuma,  Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde, Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi and former CDF David Muhoozi.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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