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    We Are Not Giving M7 Any Chance – Muntu Vows Not To Field Any ANT Candidates In Key Positions Held By Other Opposition Parties In Kasese…

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    Muntu campaigning in Bundibugyo

    Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) presidential candidate Mugisha Muntu has decided to walk the talk of opposition unity in Kasese.

    Muntu emphasized that alot has been said about working together as the opposition, and his party has decided to walk the talk.

    “Even though we parted ways with FDC, we as ANT decided that since Kasese is already under opposition, we would not field any candidates for LC3, LC5 and MP so that Kasese stays under opposition, and NRM doesn’t get any chance to take ground,” Muntu stated.

    The ANT National Campaign Manager, Hon. Winnie Kiiza and Muntu laid a wreath on the grave of one of the victims in Kitswamba subcounty, Kasese, where 4 years ago, the Rwenzururu Palace was attacked and scores were massacred.

    Muntu stressed that it is unfortunate how many of those who were arrested have been denied justice and 7 have died in custody without a fair hearing.

    “If by God’s Grace you trust us with the leadership of this country, the Alliance for National Transformation government will set the King free, as well as the others who were arrested, and restore the pride of the Banyarwenzururu,” Muntu added.

    Muntu campaigned in Ntoroko and Bundibugyo. On the way to Bundibugyo Muntu and his team passed by the home of the late Robert Ngonzi Tweheyo who was the Alliance for National Transformation-Uganda Coordinator for Bundibugyo. Robert passed away 2 weeks ago, They commiserated with his mother, widow and children, and the rest of the community.

    Muntu’s party accused the current regime of colluding with middle men who buy cocoa from Bundibugyo at low prices. He promised to put in place mechanisms to help farmers from the area to meet their immediate needs without selling their cocoa at low prices. He promised to establish a network of storage facilities.

    He also promised that his government shall put in place mechanisms of price stability but also ensure that locally, cocoa can be processed, packed and exported so that farmers get great dividends from their produce and youth who are skilled and those semi-skilled get jobs.

    He said, “We shall re-establish cooperative Unions in Uganda to help small scale farmers to gain from their produce. We know that when peasants prosper, the country prospers”

    “We cannot have stability when a country is said to be prospering but out of 100 people, only 10 have money. Such financial injustices will be reversed with our progressive financial policies that will priorities inclusivity,” the former army general added.

     

    By Baron Kironde

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    Inside LOP Ssenyonyi Talks With Court Martial Boss Brig. Gen. Mugabe To Rescue Bobi Wine Political Prisoners…

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    Court martial boss Brig. Gen. Robert Freeman Mugabe (R) and LOP Joel Ssenyonyi (L)

    The mighty Grapevine has exclusively landed on information detailing how on Monday morning Brig. Gen. Robert Freeman Mugabe the chairperson of the Makindye based Court Martial held a secret meeting with the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Joel Ssenyonyi.

    Highly placed sources both in the Office of the Leader of Opposition in Parliament and at the Court martial revealed that the meeting was held immediately after the court sitting.

    Ssenyonyi was accompanied by a team of legislators who were directed to escort their boss to Court to stand surety for the 28 supporters of Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s National Unity Platform(NUP) who were charged before the court martial.

    When we contacted Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro the party deputy spokesperson on Tuesday to confirm whether Bobi Wine and the party secretariat had any knowledge about the development, Mufumbiro distanced himself from the said meeting explaining that he was not at court.

    He advised us to contact Ssenyonyi or the legislators who were at Court on Monday.

    theGrapevine made several phone calls to Ssenyonyi but he did not pick our calls.

    When this reporter contacted two of the legislators who accompanied the NUP mouthpiece for a comment on the matter, they told us to look for Ssenyonyi adding that they are not in position to comment on that matter.

    Both legislators from Buganda region did neither confirmed nor denied the meeting, but only asked us to look for Ssenyonyi.

    On Monday, an order was issued not to allow members of the public inside court martial premises including journalists.

    It was only Ssenyonyi, the legislators, Makindye Division mayor Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama and lawyers George Musisi and Benjamin Katana who is also the NUP treasury general who were allowed inside.

    Immediately after the in-camera case hearing, Ssenyonyi briefed journalists confirming that the bail application for the accused persons was entertained.

    Unfortunately, the State asked for more time to respond to the grounds and submissions made by the accused lawyers but informed court that they were going to object to the bail application.

    The accused persons are; Olivia Lutaaya, Rashid Seguya, Yasin Sekitoleko, Robert Rugumayo, Muhydin Kakooza, Patrick Mwase, Simon Kijjambo, Abdul Matovu, Ronald Kijambo, Sharif Kalanzi, Joseph Muwonge, Mesach Kiwanuka, Abdallah Kintu, Umar Kato, Musa Kavuma, Ibrahim Wandera, Asbert Nagwere, Steven Masakulu, Jimmy Galukande, Paul Muwanguzi, Sharif Matovu, Devis Matabi, Abdallah Gibusiwa, Livinston Katushabe, Swaib Katabi, Siraje Mudebo, Joseph Muganza and Steven Lwanga.

    All the accused persons denied the charges related to being in possession of military store and terrorism.

    Recently, Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye was quoted saying that they reason why UPDF didn’t take action against Lilian Aber the Kitgum district woman legislator for slaying in military uniform was because she apologied for putting it on when she is not a military personel.

    Kulayugye added that NUP supporters before military court refused to apologise because if they had apologised, the army was willing to forgive them.

    Highly placed sources close to Ssenyonyi told theGrapevine that one of maiden plans is to make sure that political prisoners before court martial are released.

    “I was surprised when he told me that he had to work with Anita, she was working with Mathias Mpuuga. I told him that he was brought in that office to change the narrative but he just ignored me and asked me to meet him on another day because he was having other assignments awaits him,” a staunch Senyonyi supporter who frequently publically attacked Mpuuga when he was still a Leader of Opposition in Parliament told theGrapevine.

    On Tuesday, Speaker Among made a surprise visit to Ssenyonyi’s office and sources disclosed that a number of issues including the release of NUP supporters were discussed.

    Sources added that Speaker Among was very instrumental in helping Mpuuga secure court bail for Kawempe North legislator Muhammad Ssegirinya and his Makindye West comrade Allan Ssewanyana who were in detention on murder, attempted murder and terrorism charges.

    Bobi Wine put Mpuuga’s name in the book of traitors and since then.

    He even distanced himself from Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana accusing them of negotiating with president Museveni’s people to be released.

    Ssewanyana denied involving himself in any negotiations and challenged his accusers.

    Sources in parliament told theGrapevine that by the time Ssenyonyi was appointed LOP, Among had drawn up a plan on how to handle him after realizing that legally she cannot stop Mpuuga’s removal.

    “She asked her personal legal assistant to guide him on whether there was any loophole which she can exploit to have Mpuuga stay as LOP for five years. She was advised that it was not possible,” a source said.

    Sources added that when Mpuuga was removed from the Office of the LOP and appointed a commissioner of parliament, Among directed that he should be given a big office.

    It is alleged Mpuuga told her that he has many people who come to parliament from greater Masaka, Buganda and Catholic church to see him.

    A former staff at parliament told theGrapevine that Ssenyonyi is using the same script Mpuuga used when was fighting for Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana’s release, to have NUP supporters released.

    Last week, Ssenyonyi and the legislators who were taken to court to stand surety for the accused persons were with him at Kitalya and Luzira prison where most supporters are kept.

    However, a senior military officer told theGrapevine that the release of NUP supporters is not going to be as easy as it was for Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana because Museveni was given reports detailing how the accused persons were organizing a deadly plan to put Kampala on fire a few days to the 2021 general election.

    “They were given code names, the only thing that saved Kyagulanyi was he was not personally involved at the final stage. The boys through their commander asked him for Shs20m and his people only released Shs1m,” a senior military officer claims.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Bobi Wine’s Brother Nyanzi In Talks With City Tycoons As Fight For Lord Mayor Lukwago’s Seat Deepens…

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    Chairman Nyanzi (R) and Ssalongo Erias Lukwago (L)

    Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu (Chairman Nyanzi), the elder brother to Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) has intensified his fight to oust Ssalongo Erias Lukwago from the Office of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Lord Mayor seat.

    Two weeks back, Nyanzi met his core campaigners in one of the hotels in Lubaga Division Kampala city and confirmed to them that he will win the battle with Lukwago and assured them not worry about the money he will use come 2026.

    Sources close to Nyanzi told theGrapevine that Nyanzi told his people that he is in talks with a number of city tycoons who have assured him of full support.

    “Our struggle is going to be international. Last year, I met business men from Dubai and I sold to them my plans for Kampala and how I will help them invest their money in Kampala and they were positive. So it is up to us to deliver the victory to rescue our city,” Nyanzi was quoted telling his people.

    It is not surprising that city tycoons are supporting Nyanzi against Lukwago because for a long time, Lukwago has been fighting some of them claiming that they are mistreating people doing business in their buildings. He has also accused others of grabbing public land.

    Businessmen Drake Lubega and Mansoor Yanga threatened to imprison Lukwago after accusing him of inciting people doing business in their building to drag them to court.

    Insiders in NUP told theGrapevine that it is going to be very difficult for Bobi Wine to stop Nyanzi from contesting against Lukwago even though he wants to cooperate with Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Katonga faction where Lukwago is president.

    But before facing off with Lukwago, Nyanzi has to contest for NUP ticket for Lord mayorship with other NUP members like; Makindye Division mayor Kasirye Mulyanyama, Kawempe Division’s Emmanuel Sserunjogi and David Lewis Rubongoya the party Secretary General.

     

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    Top RCC Warned By Former ISO Spy On Executing Mayiga’s Request To Ask M7 For Buganda Kingdom Properties…

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    Charles Rwomushana (L) and Ahmed Kateregga Musaazi (R)

    Former Internal Security Organisation (ISO) Operative and also Constitutional Assembly Delegates member Charles Rwomushana has challenged Ahmed Kateregga Musaazi the Masaka City Deputy Resident City Commissioner (D/RCC) that if he is man enough, let him execute Buganda Kingdom Premier Charles Peter Mayiga’s request to deliver to his request to his boss President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

    Kateregga admitted during this weekend’s popular ‘Gasimbaganne ne bannamawulire’ talk show on Radio Simba that he interacted with Mayiga when he was in Masaka city to officiate the reopening of the  Buddukiro building on Saza Hill in Masaka city which is also going to house the Buddu county chief’s office.

    “As a journalist, I have known Katikkiro Mayiga for a longtime. He also knows my capacity very well that’s why he asked me to help Buganda ask for “Ebyaffe” (properties Buganda Kingdom is demanding from Central government). I will help in my capacity,” a soft spoken Kateregga said.

    Mayiga allegedly told Kateregga to use his writing skills through his newspaper and magazine articles, radio talk shows to educate the public about “Ebyaffe”  and plead with the Central Government to release the remaining Buganda properties.

    However, Rwomushana warned Kateregga not to be excited over Mayiga’s proposal and cautioned him on writing articles demanding for “Ebyaffe”.

    Rwomushana warned his elderly colleague that he will lose his job and return to the streets grassing like he was before he was appointed Deputy Resident City Commissioner.

    “You Kateregga to convince Museveni to return “Ebyaffe”? You try and deliver the message as Katikkiro asked you” Rwomushana dared him.

    Senior journalist Peter Kibazo who was the moderator of the talk show also guided Kateregga by narrating to him how a strong minister lost his ministerial job because of being a secretary in one of Kabaka Ronald Mutebi’s agencies.

    Kibazo said that a furious Museveni placed the minister who was a lady on the spot to explain to him how she demoted herself and undermined his ministerial job by working as a secretary at Mengo, the Buganda kingdom administration center.

    Kibazo disclosed that the lady thought that Museveni was joking, she told the President that even before appointing her a minister, she was working with Kabaka, Museveni rested his case.

    Few weeks later, Museveni reshuffled his cabinet and fired the woman from his cabinet.

    It is alleged Mayiga trusts Kateregga since he is one of the few remaining journalists who understands the relationship between Uganda and Buganda throughout the annals of history and he can help to guide the young generation.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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