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    ‘We Shall Continue Arresting Your Children Until We Rid Uganda Of Criminals’-Brig. Gen. Byekwaso On Why Soldiers Are Abducting Bobi Wine Supporters

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    The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) have warned that they will continue arresting all Ugandans suspected to harbour criminal intentions and will detain them arbitrarily until they are all weeded out from the country.

    This was revealed Tuesday by the UPDF spokesperson Brig. Gen. Flavia Byekwaso, who was answering to questions from journalists about the continued abductions of National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s supporters.

    It should be noted that several Bobi Wine’s supporters have been abducted from their homes in various parts of the country in the past few months, many of who have turned up dead and others maimed by the torture they undergo while in detention.

    Although hundreds of Bobi  Wine supporters have gone missing without the trace, among them being former Ugandan boxer Justine Juuko  and others, the police and army had initially denied having knowledge of the abductions, which are locally known as Panda Gali.

    However, after being pressed on the wall to explain why the army and other security forces  are continuously raiding homes and abducting youths said to be Bobi Wine supporters, Brig. Gen. Byekwaso finally admitted that the abductions were sanctioned by the UPDF and  other state security agencies and will not stop until all those criminals (Bobi Wine supporters) are detained.

    “Some of you keep asking about those youth that are being abducted by the army and I keep receiving phone calls about the same issue.  I can assure you that those are criminals. They engage in criminal activities like staging demonstrations in which several people died recently and   shall not stop arresting them,” Brig. Gen. Byekwaso told the media during a press briefing at the Uganda Media Centre.

    She added that; “We have spent a long time warning these people that if they want to support their things they should do so without engaging in any criminality but they don’t listen. The country has to move on. People have to go back to their job but they fear. We are not here to arrest but to safeguard Ugandans.

    Brig. Gen. Byekwaso however insisted that the youth who are being arrested have committed various crimes and that the arrests are not politically motivated in any way.

    However, Julius Kateregga, who is one of the NUP youth mobilisers in Kampala and the Guild President, Makerere University, said that he narrowly survived arrest after the police raided his home and those of other NUP members on Monday  night.

    Kateregga said that security forces raided several homes of NUP supporters  in Makindye from where they abducted many youth, among them being David Musiri.

    “Last  night they raided my home and wanted to arrest us but fortunately I was not there so I survived. Thereafter they went to Makindye and abducted our brother Musiri David, bundled him into a Premio car and drove him to an unknown destination,” Kateregga said on phone.

    He added that; “Several other youth have been arrested from different parts of the country like Masaka, Mukono, Wakiso, Jinja, Kampala and other districts and the abductions have left us living in fear for our lives.”

     

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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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