The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has rejected an invitation to attend the Third Ordinary IPOD Summit meeting that will be chaired by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, this Friday, at Kololo Independence Grounds.
The Interparty Parliamentary Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD), brings together all leaders of member political parties in Uganda for dialogue in a bid to foster democratic governance and discuss matters prevailing in the country.
This week’s meeting, according to the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Secretary General, Justine Kasule Lumumba, is aimed at bringing together all political players for dialogue and to find solutions for the post-election problems that arose following the January 14th election,
“It is expected that a number of issues relating to expanding democratic space, promoting rule of law, protecting human rights of the Ugandans citizens and all citizens, enhancing electrical integration and the role of security forces during the electoral process, among others shall be discussed,” Lumumba said.
She added that; “The Summit is also expected to review the agreed upon IPOD resolutions including but not limited to the implementation of the Public Order Management Act.”
Besides NRM, other parties that sent representatives to the pre-meeting sitting held Monday included Democratic Party, which was represented by Dr. Gerald Siranda, Uganda Peoples Congress, represented by Fred Ebil and Jeema.
However, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leadership contend that will they will not attend and cannot be part of the Museveni-chaired IPOD meeting.
Kira Municipality MP-elect Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, who is the FDC spokesperson, said that as FDC , they cannot and shall not partake in any meeting organized by the National Resistance Movement (NRM) or a meeting chaired by President Museveni.
“We begrudge nobody. We know there are some of our colleagues who want to sit with our tormentor. We received the invitation but we declined this meeting,” Ssemujju said.
He added that the FDC cannot have dialogue with Museveni when there are so many human rights abuses in the country, endless abductions and illegal detention of Ugandans and that the party will give a formal response about the said meeting at an appropriate time.
However, on their part, the National Unity Platform (NUP) said that although they are not part of the IPOD, they don’t want Museveni to chair it.
Joel Ssenyonyi, who is the NUP spokesperson said that “While we haven’t joined IPOD yet we don’t want to see under the control of Museveni, the state or anyone in government. All political parties are supposed to be in charge.”
The current IPOD Chairman is MP Asuman Basalirwa, who is however very close to NUP principal Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
IPOD has been active in Uganda for several years, offering parliamentary parties a common forum for discussions, training, and collaboration. It oversees an interparty dialogue process which aims to provide a safe space for every parliamentary party – no matter its size – to participate in dialogue as equals. Following this principle of equality, the Chair position of IPOD rotates alphabetically between its members on a 6-monthly basis, ensuring each party gets a chance to shape the IPOD agenda.
By Grapevine Reporter
What Killed Simbamanyo Tycoon Kamya? How Top Lawyer Tried To Use Justice Byabakama’s Electoral Commission Deal To Save His Empire…
In one of the meetings where the agenda was to strategise on how to save the business empire of the late Peter Kamya, the proprietor of Simbamanyo Estate limited, one of his friends, who is also a seasoned commercial lawyer proposed a multibillion Electoral Commission deal which he was very sure would save the fallen tycoon’s empire.
Multiple credible sources have revealed to the mighty Grapevine that this happened in 2018 when Equity bank had started threatening to auction Kamya’s properties which he used as security when securing a loan.
The buildings were Ssimbamanyo House behind Central Police Station in Kampala city and Afrique Suites situated in Mutungo.
Kamya, who is a brother-in-law to former deputy Prime Minister Muganwa Kajura allowed one of his senior lawyers to negotiate the deal which involved looking for a new home for the Electoral Commission.
“The lawyer’s idea was for Kamya to rent the entire building to the Electoral Commission and the money collected as rent be used to service the loan which the bank was very comfortable with but out of the blue, when the deal was almost concluded, the old man changed his mind claiming that his friend was working with the bank to impoverish him and that’s how the deal flopped,” a source said.
He added that the deal was waiting for the greenlight from president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who was a good friend to Kamya.
The source added that even the Ministry of Gender was ready to shift to another building.
Another source said that the Electoral Commission was giving Kamya a big deal compared to what he was receiving from the Ministry of Gender and within 3 to 4 years, the bank’s loan would be fully paid.
The source said that Kamya changed his mind after getting another opinion from another shrewd young city lawyer who convinced him that the loan he got from Equity bank was not favourable and it can be challenged in Court.
Sources said that when the bank learnt about Kamya’s plan to challenge them in court, they hastily auctioned both securities to controversial city businessman Sudhir Ruperelia’s Meera Investments Limited and Ronald Luwangula’s Luwaluwa Investments Limited, a move that frustrated Kamya’s entire plan to save his empire.
He tried to save his empire through courts of law by filing an application seeking a temporary injuction stopping the selling of the said property but he lost the application with costs.
He further petitioned president Museveni to save his empire arguing that it was illegally sold.
Unfortunately, after making wide consultations, especially from the Attorney General and Bank of Uganda, the big man advised Kamya to challenge the sale of his properties in courts of law.
He explained to him that he has no alternative to save him since he was advised that his properties were legally sold.
Without losing hope, Kamya instructed his new lawyers led by Fred Muwema to institute a suit in the High Court Commercial Division against Crane Bank, Meera Investment Limited, Luwaluwa Investment, and lawyers of Katende Ssempebwa Company Advocates were also joined in the suit.
The matter was allocated to Justice Stephen Mubiru, the head of the Division.
Kamya hired Kihika Byenkya and Company Advocates to join his legal team which successfully secured an order for discovery against the respondents.
Justice Mubiru ordered the respondents to allow the petitioner to inspect their email exchange, bank accounts and phone call logs which were made in the period when his properties were sold, an order which raised dust at the commercial court.
Lawyers from Katende Ssempebwa Advocates petitioned Justice Rubby Opio Aweri, the Chief Inspector of Courts claiming that justice Mubiru was biased and he has to be investigated over the matter.
He was ordered to refer the entire Ssimbamanyo file to justice Opio which Mubiru refused to do.
Mubiru insisted that Justice Opio didn’t have powers to ask for the said file from him and guided that the matter has to proceed but lawyers challenged his action at the Court of Appeal.
In October 2022, Justice Cheborion Barishaki of the Court of Appeal issued an order stopping Justice Mubiru from proceeding with the matter until three justices of the Court of Appeal determine the respondent’s grievances.
Sources who have been close to Kamya revealed that Justice Cheborion’s ruling shocked Kamya and from that time, his life changed and it worsened last month and was rushed to Nairobi where he died on Friday morning.
Sources said that other Simbamanyo Directors are set to continue with the legal fight to rescue their empire.
By Sengooba Alirabaki
I Want My Child; Mother Cries Out To Majambere To Release His Son Who He Abducted, NRM Diehard Denies Allegation, Vows To Drag NUP To Court…
A mother has cried out to National Resistance Movement (NRM) supporter Kamuntu Majembere to fight with fellow old men and bring back her child.
Nambazira Sauda, the mother to Godfrey Kirumira, 17, wept while asking Sam Majembere alias Empologoma ya NRM to bring back her child who he kidnapped.
Appearing at National Unity Platform (NUP) headquarters in Kamwokya Kampala, Sauda, with tears rolling down her eyes disclosed that on 5th, November, 2022, her child was kidnapped in a drone and taken away by Majambere.
“The kids he was playing with that day came running to me and saying ‘mummy mummy’ Majambere came with other men and slapped Godfrey. He fell to the ground and they carried him away to a waiting drone and took him,” Sauda narrated as she cried.
She added, “Majembere, you killed my child, you killed my 17-year-old child, you should have fought with your agemates and left my child.
“I don’t even know how exactly he killed my son. Majambere give me my son at least I bury him myself. But why don’t you fight those who fought you not my little boy. Please give me my child, I’m in a lot of pain.”
Embattled Sauda adduced that Majembere picked her son at 8:30 pm in a lot of pain.
“At least you would have just slapped him and told him to sit down and asked him whatever you wanted, he would have obeyed but you shouldn’t have taken my son in that kind of bitterness.”
She cursed, “May God do the worst to you Majembere that you will also die badly just like you killed my son but please give him to me so I can bury him. I no longer eat or even drink because of my child.
“But you are a big man, how do you not know the people to fight with. What exactly did you want with my son. I will never forgive you.”
MAJAMBERE VOWS TO DRAG NUP TO COURT
When theGrapevine spoke to Majambere concerning the allegations, he denied them insisting that at the time they claim that Godfrey was abducted, he was in hospital receiving treatment after succumbing to injuries from angry mob at the burial of late Jakana Nadduli.
“I am even at my home right now but I want you to know that I’m not a police officer neither am I an army officer. We have already seen the intentions of NUP. Recently they got accident victims and took them to Kenya and claimed they were tortured by government,” he told theGrapevine.
Majambere however vowed to drag the deceased’s mother and the whole NUP leadership to court for accusing him of what he has no clue about adding that his lawyers are already working on it.
He added that NUP just wants to kill him that is why they are now falsely accusing him.
Majambere also denied allegations that he had a gun at the burial of late Jakana Nadduli noting that there is no way he would have had a gun and not shot at those who beat him up that day.
“They have managed to fail me here in Uganda and so am going to go (to another country) and leave them that’s if they don’t kill me before I leave. Uganda has become a bush let me first run away and find protection.”
Asked if he has managed to talk to his boss, President Museveni concerning the threats on his life before he runs out of the country, Majambere contended that President Museveni has never been his boss because he (Majambere) doesn’t work in security.
“I just support NRM and I will never betray it even when NUP comes and attacks me and kills me, let them do so but as for me, I can never denounce NRM. And I’m not ready to do what they (NUP) want me to do for them.”
Majambere revealed to theGrapevine that there is something Bobi Wine asked him to do and he refused.
He however refused to elaborate more on their chemistry and what separated them.
This comes at a time when a number of opposition members have been abducted and taken by unknown men in drones, the recent being Sheikh Yahaya Mwanje and former presidential candidate, Joseph Kabuleta.
By Kalamira Hope and Sengooba Alirabaki
NRM HOUSE ON FIRE! Speaker Among Directs Minister Otafiire To Beef Up MP Begumisa Security Over Minister Kawooya Death Threats…
Annet Anita Among, the Speaker of Parliament has directed Internal Affairs Minister Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire to beef up the security of Mary Begumisa, the Ssembabule district woman Member of Parliament (MP) and her family over several death threats from health junior minister Anifa Kawooya Bangirana.
Among told parliament that on several occasions, Begumisa has been in her office kneeling and pleading with her to give her an opportunity to raise her matter on the floor of parliament against Minister Kawooya until Thursday morning when she blamed her for being compromised to deny her the opportunity to raise her matter.
“She cried and also said that I was also compromised not to allow her to speak, I said no this house is yours, you come and speak whatever you want to speak.
Last week I thought that this issue will be resolved when I told the government chief whip and the Leader of the Opposition to resolve the issue of Hon. Namugga because it is the same issue but nothing has been resolved,” Among said.
Among was responding to Begumisa’s submission during which she accused minister Kawooya of harassing her, her family members and her supporters because they are against her move to subdivide Ssembabule district to create another district.
Begumisa told parliament that Kawooya told her supporters that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni directed cabinet to divide Ssembabule into two districts in the interest of implementing the ongoing Parish Development model as a tool to fight poverty in the region.
She explained that those who protested her move are being imprisoned while others are on the run including Begumisa’s husband who is always hiding in her car.
However, Among told parliament that minister Kawooya doesn’t have powers to create new districts because even the local government minister does not have such powers.
She added that it was resolved to halt the creation of new administrative units like the one Minister Kawooya is fighting for.
She directed with immediate effect the minister of lands to go to Ssembabule district to stop the demarcation of the boundaries which is allegedly going on because it is illegal.
Justine Kasule Lumumba, the Minister for General Duties in the Prime Minister’s office, on behalf of the government promised that Begumisa’s security will be beefed it up. She advised women leaders to stop fighting in public because it is shameful.
She promised to talk to Minister Kawooya.
Lumumba asked the speaker to also give Kawooya the opportunity to defend herself concerning the allegations brought against her.
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