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    What Makes Gen. Kale Kayihura The Worst IGP

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    By Otim Nape
    On Sunday politician Henry Lubowa the Secretary General of SDP party, posted on his facebook page a message that showed that policing standards have declined in Uganda Police under Gen Kayihura as IGP. He attached the handwritten chit the Afande Kayihura sent out recalling a number of DPCs including the one of Rukungiri who commanded on the day Besigye and his supporters were shot at resulting into the death of Edison Nasasira. Many posted comments supporting Lubowa’s conclusion that Kayihura was indeed a very bad IGP. 

    We agree many things have gone wrong under him as IGP but we also want to submit that there is context in which all these things have happened. It’s our submission that under Gen M7 there has been general decay and erosion of institutions. What we see today being done by police would still happen even if the IGP was Katumba Wamala, the Kabaka of Buganda or any other person as long as the appointing authority giving those instructions is still M7. You either do as he wants or risk losing your job or end up in the military court martial with whatever charge. We have forgotten that in 2005 a lot of brutality was unleashed in broad day light on a group of Buganda clan leaders (abataka abakulu b’obusolya) as they matched to Parliament to present their Federo petition to Speaker Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi.  The IGP then was Katumba Wamala, their own grandchild (omuzukulu wabwe) and the police assault on these very respected Buganda leaders was politically very sensitive. But the timing perfectly served what the CiC M7 wanted-he was at war with Buganda establishment after Kabaka refused his regional tier deal. What ought to be understood is that Kayihura is IGP at a time when M7 faces much more political pressure than ever before and to remain in power, police must keep brutalizing citizens to prevent them from staging the Arab Spring-like uprising.

    To effectively do that M7 needs a cadre of unmatched loyalist and on that one nobody beats Kayihura, a man who fears M7 like a Tsunami. To many generals, Kayihura’s problem is having too much fear for the president as opposed to respect. He takes orders without question. For that you can blame him but not for the general state of affairs regarding police. Having IGPs who are almost figure heads ever waiting for orders from Entebbe will remain the case as long as M7 is president regardless of who is IGP. Kayihura’s other problem, which is deliberate and strategic for his continued survival beyond just appeasing M7, is striving to excessively please other political leaders in strategic positions. He is doing this sometimes at the expense of funding basic police work e.g. logistical facilitation, fueling the patrol trucks. Take the example of the police helicopter fleet. For purposes of being on good terms with strategically placed leaders like Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, Matia Kasaijja, Ronald Kibule and a few others, Kayihura freely surrenders the police helicopter to them to be able to fly to different parts of the country in minimum time. This is prudent given these leaders’ busy schedule and the traffic jams on our roads. The problem with this is these leaders are made to use police resources yet this is never provided for in the Force’s budget. For instance there is no proof to show the day Kadaga or Kasaijja uses the police helicopter, the fuel comes from Parliament or Finance Ministry.

    The pilots too are diverted from being available to do police work to doing things that have nothing to do with policing. Beatrice Anywar, whom Kayihura used for long to spy and exterminate many opposition FDC violent plans, has also often enjoyed the police helicopter. M7 is aware of all this and Kayihura must have sought his consent before surrendering it to Anywar. To some, such diversions make Kayihura a very bad IGP but he is being pragmatic because, being a political IGP, he needs those partnerships to reduce on the would-be enemies and pressure around him. Kadaga heads Parliament which approves Kayihura’s contract and appropriates his budget. Kasaijja controls the money directly and you don’t want him to delay your classified expenditures as ordered by the President. He has also been accused of doing politics instead of doing police work like eliminating crime. For that reason he has endured criticism from leaders like Ofwono Opondo who says police shouldn’t get involved in political contestations between NRM-M7 and opposition.  NRM Secretary General Lumumba hates Kayihura for exactly the same reasons. She feels he sometimes involves himself in political work which is for NRM Secretariat.

    But if you are Kayihura, being a disciplined loyal officer, and your CiC calls you saying go do the following political errands for me. What would you do? Call Lumumba or Ofwono Opondo and seek their permission before executing the CiC’s express orders? These are questions we don’t have to answer here but any reasonable IGP will have to act pragmatically when faced with such a dilemma. M7 has publicly stated several times he likes Kayihura because he is a good loyal NRM cadre. Period. So to the appointing authority a good IGP is one who does political assignments or otherwise without questions and the CiC has his numbers in Parliament which determines Kayihura’s budget and appointment as we all know. The IGP often spends on doing what he calls dialogue by fueling private vehicles for many opposition MPs who are good at making noise on Togikwatako and the like. Being the pragmatist he is; this is another way Kayihura buys the silence of some of these opposition MPs on certain things. The thing is he has been around long enough, made many mistakes and learnt from them. He for instance rightly knows it’s safer and more face-saving to spend money pampering opposition MPs and fueling their cars than waiting to confront them with their crowds on the street with teargas and live bullets resulting in mass deaths in which case Uganda becomes discredited and the IGP ends up at The Hague. As Otunnu onetime said, Uganda’s current problem is political and not merely policing or lack of professionalism in the Police. Whereas the opposition leaders run to court trying to solve what is clearly a political problem, M7 resorts to Kayihura each time he feels politically threatened. And this is the point Olara Otunnu precisely made when he said “I can’t challenge you politically and instead of answering me politically, you send police to teargas me.” Police had summoned Otunnu to Kibuli to explain why he made comments on a Lango radio station disputing Museveni’s nationality. To him, M7 should have politically responded rather than sending police to shut him up. This exactly is what we see in places like MUK where lecturers or students strike and police is sent to shut them up. This is the reason strikes never end at MUK. For M7 it appears it’s cheaper and better to unleash Afande Teargas rather than wasting time in long meetings with striking lecturers who will end up demanding billions which you don’t even readily have. So the disappointments citizens see and associate to Kayihura’s mismanagement of the Uganda Police Force is simply a symptom of a much bigger Ugandan problem. Editor’s note-Morning Briefing will be a daily section analyzing and contextualizing the topic issues in news and in the country at large.

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    CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    Shock As Kabaka Mutebi Sidelines Wife Nagginda When Choosing His 3 Next Of Kins, Chief Prosecutor Tasks Mayiga On King’s Gifts…

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    The Buganda Kingdom clan heads were shocked to learn that Sylivia Nagginda Luswata the Queen mother of Buganda is not among the individuals Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi chose as his next of kin.

    In their planning meeting on the trip to Namibia to meet Kabaka Mutebi, clan heads were advised that before leaving the country, they should first know the people registered as next of kin to Kabaka because they will need their approval to access the king.

    Many rubbished their friend who made the said submissions boasting that with the help of Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo the former Buganda Kingdom minister and also the junior minister in charge of technology and information in President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, they cannot fail to access Kabaka.

    They claimed that Nabbosa is a close friend to Kabaka Mutebi but also a relative and friend to Nagginda who has the final say on accessing her husband.

    The planning meeting was held at Mengo in a place opposite Bulange building the headquarters of Buganda Kingdom. A decision was taken to first consult and confirm that Nagginda is among the next of kin to Kabaka Mutebi.

    However, they were shocked that she is not among them.

    Their investigations established that Kabaka registered his young brother Prince David Kintu Wasajja, Buganda Kingdom Premier Charles Peter Mayiga and his sister Nnaalinya Agnes Nabaloga Lubuga as his next of kin.

    One of the clan heads told theGrapevine that last week when they met President Museveni, he promised to facilitate their travel to Namibia where Kabaka Mutebi is allegedly receiving treatment from but advised them to first agree with his immediate family.

    Sources said that before the end of this week, clan heads are going to meet clan council speaker and also the Kkobe clan head omutaka Ssalongo Augustine Kizito Mutumba on the way forward, and they are proposing to lead a delegation to go and meet Mayiga over the matter.

    Mutumba confirmed to Grapevine that a resolution was passed in their council to send a delegation to Namibia to visit Kabaka so as to check on his health status.

    Another clan head told theGrapevine that President Museveni confirmed that he is ready to help them to talk to Namibian authorities so that they have a save passage there.

    He divulged that the President however insisted that they should first secure the approval from Kabaka’s immediate family members.

    A section of clan heads have started processing their travel documents and are very excited.

    “We were told that even Nagginda or Kabaka’s children have to first seek approval from the next of kin to see him. But, I don’t think Mayiga will allow us to access Kabaka in Namibia,” a clan head said.

    Kabaka Mutebi, members of the royal family and Mengo administration officials missed Nagginda’s book launch at Sheraton hotel in 2022 sending a big statement of the misunderstanding in the palace.

    Since 2019, Kabaka Mutebi has been in and out of hospitals locally and internationally and Mayiga.

    On a related development, Buganda Kingdom chief prosecutor and also the clan head of Empeewo omuttaka Nadduli Kibale Mayiga has threatened to storm Mayiga’s office to get an explanation from him on who is eating gifts donated to Kabaka by his subjects.

    Nadduli explained that he has been receiving a lot of complaints from people that they are collecting gifts and sending them to Bulange but they don’t know who is eating and benefiting from the gifts because Kabaka is abroad receiving medication.

    According to Mubiru Njuuki, a Buganda Kingdom historian, Nadduli culturally is the one responsible for mediating Kabaka when he gets into any misunderstanding with his wives.

    Nadduli made the threatening statement in a meeting with Church of Uganda Bishops led by the Archbishop of the church of Uganda Dr. Stephen Kazimba Mugalu at his home in Wakiso district.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    CRIME

    INSIDE STORY: How Top Legislators Shared $5m Vitol Oil Deal Bribe; Intelligence Warns M7 On How Corrupt Officials Can Cause Downfall Of His Gov’t…

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    Yusuf Mutembuli (Bunyole East), Paul Akamba (Busiki county) and Cissy Namujju (Lwengo Woman MP) who were charged with corruption

    During the State of Nation Address, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni revealed that he is very careful when dealing with corrupt government officials.

    Museveni however explained that if he fires or imprisons all of them, who will he work with in his government.

    Highly placed sources in one of the highly feared intelligence agency told theGrapevine that Museveni made the said statement after reading a well detailed dossier on how government officials especially those from the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development connive with senior Members of Parliament and heads of government agencies to fuel corruption in the country.

    Through the said report, Museveni established that his government officials and MPs own multibillion properties locally and internationally and most of them are registered in shudder companies and names of their relatives.

    Details in the report authored by the said intelligence agency matched with the details in the private report authored by Museveni’s trusted seasoned diplomat who revealed the particulars of the properties and companies owned by government officials abroad.

    Museveni instructed his trusted diplomat to author for him the said report after the United Kingdom sanctioned the Speaker of Parliament Annet Anita Among maintaining that he owns fat bank accounts, owns a house abroad and is a big spender.

    It was also revealed that Among has children who are studying from good schools in their country insisting that investigations made by United Kingdom intelligence established that all the money Among used to purchase, buy and educate her children is as a result of corruption.

    However, in his letter to speaker Among, Museveni asked the speaker to confirm to him whether the house in the United Kingdom is owned by her or she is just renting it.

    Among publicly disowned the said house and properties insisting that Rishi Sunak’s government was giving forged documents to President Museveni to cement their allegations that she owns properties in their country.

    She maintained that she doesn’t even own a pussycat in their country.

    Because of the sanctions against the speaker, Museveni directed further investigation in alleged corruption in parliament and more rot was discovered which included $5m Vitol Oil Company bribe.

    Highly placed sources claim that when the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka started the process of legalizing the monopoly of selling oil in Uganda and all the powers be given to Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC), Swiss based Vitol Oil Company also kicked off the process of taking the deal.

    Sources claim that a number of senior legislators especially lawyers and those sitting on the parliamentary legal committee were approached and they accepted the deal of fighting for the interest of their company to be chosen as the only oil company to sell fuel to UNOC.

    “When the president was in Kenya recently, President Ruto complained that Kenyan companies lost the deal to supply fuel to UNOC because of corruption. The President was preaching the cooperation of the East Africa countries and was shocked because Ruto had all the evidence implicating top government officials and legislators. What the President is doing is to punish those greedy people who placed him in bad light,” a source said.

    Museveni struggled to convince President William Ruto to accept the issuing of the operation license to UNOC because Kenyans were very bitter with the way they lost the multibillion oil deal in Uganda.

    Museveni government and that of Ruto also signed other deals in agriculture and trade and with immediate effect Museveni direct Kiryowa Kiwanuka to withdraw the case Uganda had filed in the East African Court of Justice against the government of Kenya.

    Sources claim that $5m bribe was paid to legislators in installments and legislators especially those on parliamentary committees received their share in installments.

    It should be noted that among the legislators who are currently in detention include; Yusuf Mutembuli, the Bunyole East Member of Parliament and also the vice chairperson of the parliamentary legal committee; Cissy Namujju Donozio the Lwengo district woman legislator and Paul Akamba the Busiki County legislator.

    The trio were yesterday charged have with corruption and they pleaded not guilty. Court records indicate they solicited a percentage share of the Uganda Human Rights Commission’s 2024/25 budget, promising to influence its increase.

    However, just like legislators, top government officials are also panicking over the ongoing investigation against them plus Museveni himself.

    Sources disclosed that because of the scare, it is the reason why Museveni has summoned the National Resistance Movement (NRM) top party organ the Central Executive Committee (CEC) for an emergency meeting on Friday.

    Emmauael Lumala Ddombo the NRM Director for Communication and Information confirmed the said meeting noting that there was a serious decision which was not taken during the Monday meeting which was chaired by Al-Hajji Moses Kigongo the National Vice chairperson.

    Ddombo declined to reveal the decision which was not taken and why they need the guidance of their chairperson.

    Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi the NRM vice chairperson in charge of Buganda told theGrapevine that the president has started biting the corrupt and they will all support him in this struggle.

    He added Museveni has to act on corruption very seriously because it is going to be a strong factor in the coming elections.

    Sources allege that Museveni is going to use the said meeting to share evidence he has received on the huge corruption in parliament with CEC members and a decision will be taken on how to handle the situation.

    Sources said that the decision which is going to be taken is likely going to affect Speaker Among and Adolf Mwesigye the Clark to parliament since they have slept on the job as legislators used their positions to place the country in bad light.

    Museveni is also expected to brief CEC concerning the advice he received from intelligence who warned him that if he doesn’t properly handle the issue of corruption, it can cause the downfall of his government since these government officials can facilitate and sponsor candidates against NRM in the 2026 general elections, sponsor rioters and demonstrators hence creating insecurity in the country.

    But other sources said that CEC members cannot advise Museveni on corruption related issues, because they are also under probe.

    However, seasoned political commentator and also senior presidential advisor on media, Joseph Tamale Mirundi insists that there is no government official who can threaten Museveni because he is the one who made them and has the alternative to weaken them.

    He gave the example of how he weakened John Patrick Amama Mbabazi the former Prime minister and NRM Secretary General who was once branded as the engine that runs Museveni’s government.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    How Mafias Fought For Gen. Salim Saleh’s Bag After He Fell Very Ill…

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    Gen. Salim Saleh

    It has been revealed that several emergency meetings were summoned by people termed as mafias strategizing on their next move after a strange disease attack celebrated 1986 war veteran and also President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s most trusted and beloved brother Gen. Salim Saleh.

    Joseph Tamale Mirundi, a long term friend of Gen. Saleh and also the Senior presidential advisor in charge of the media, confirmed the development.

    “When I saw people I know as mafias fighting to take over power after President Museveni’s government panicked, I got scared and I picked interest to establish what was going on because I know them, they can overthrow the government without our knowledge,” Mirundi said.

    He added that his sources in the corridors of power informed him that they were panicking because they want to use the opportunity of Gen. Saleh’s sickness to steal his money.

    He claimed that in one of the meetings, they were planning on how to access the bag where Saleh kept billions of money in cash.

    Mirundi revealed that with immediate effect, he contacted Gen. Saleh’s assistants to confirm what was told to him and they confirmed that the General is sick.

    “I pray for his quick recovery, you know our people thought that big people like Gen. Saleh I don’t get sick, we also get sick because we are human beings, but my brother Gen Saleh is recovering,” Mirundi said.

    He said that after the Mafia’s failed to steal Gen Saleh’s money, they are now spreading malicious propaganda that he mismanaged the money given to him through the Operation Wealth Creation.

    Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda noted that Gen. Saleh is the next powerful person in the country after president Museveni and it is the reason why whoever is given a top government job, they first seek appointment with Gen. Saleh to appreciate and confirm that he or she will follow his instructions.

    This is not the first time the General is falling sick. Recently, he got very ill that bad people announced him dead.

    According to late Lt. Gen. Pecos Kutesa’s book, ‘Uganda’s Revolution 1979-1986 How I saw it’, he explains how Gen Saleh survived the Bukalambi battle against the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA) in 1982 during the NRA rebel war.

    He describes Gen. Saleh as a loving commander noting that fighters always wanted him to command the operation against the enemy because under his command, they won.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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