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WHEN TWO ELEPHANTS CLASH: Defiant Namuganza Warns Bamugemereire To Stop Humiliating Government Officials In Public

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The state minister for lands who also doubles as Bukono constituency Member of Parliament princess Persis Namuganza has today been grilled by justice Bamugemereire’s commission of inquiry into land matters.

Namuganza was summoned by the commission on allegations of trying to con Shs 4 billion from president Museveni in a botched land deal.

During her submission, Namuganza kept mentioning the name Museveni in every statement she made which forced Commissioner Joyce Habaasa to question her level of education.

“Please Honorable minister, can you tell us your Academic background?” Habaasa asked Namuganza. The minister took five minutes without speaking a word until Justice Catherine Bamugemereire asked her to answer the commissioner’s question

“My lord I sat my primary Leaving Examination (PLE) in 1997 at Hifula primary School, I went to Elgon High School Mbale were I sat my UCE in 1999 and my lord I got an accident which forced me to go to Luwero district to stay with my auntie. She took care of me and it’s where I sat my UACE exams from in 2003,” Namuganza stated.

A Few minutes later, another commissioner Mary Oduka Ochan asked Namuganza,” I am sorry Honorable Minister, did I quote you properly, that you sat your PLE in 1999?” A frustrated Namuganza looked down again and started making some calculation in her note book. When Bamugemereire told her to answer Oduuka’s question, she took a deep breath and said, “My lord I’m sorry it was a mistake I sat my PLE in 1995 at Bukono Primary School then I went to Elgon High Mbale where I sat for my UCE in 1999, I went to Luwero where I sat my UACE, I did my Diploma in accountancy at Makerere Business Institute in 2003. I also did a degree in Social work and Public Administration from Kyambogo University before doing a master’s degree in International Relations at Cavendish University Kampala branch in 2018,” Namuganza stated.

Bamugemereire also put Namuganza to task to explain why she was using President Yoweri Museveni’s name in her testimony. “Honorable, I have counted; you have mentioned the president’s name 20 times. Are you his spokesperson because what I know the president has his spokesperson? May be you hold a secret office for the president. Do you hold any private office to the president?” Bamugemereire asked.

Namuganza this time wore a smile told Bamugemereire that she doesn’t hold any private office but she is a minister appointed by the president and as a minister, she does a lot of assignments given to her by the president.

Bamugemereire challenged the minister to clearly state whether her office is advising the president. Bamugemereire wondered how she (Namuganza) took land grabbers from Mubende led by a one Milly Naava Namutebi, Henry Kaaya and Brasio Lule Musoke to the president. Bamugemereire pinned Namuganza that she thought that the president was going to rely on her investigation to make a presidential directive for the government to buy Naava’s claimed one square mile of land at Shs 4bn.

Namuganza was further grilled by Commissioner Robert Ssebunya who said that the minister is not helping the president but misleading him. He said that as a minister, she was supposed to carry out a good investigation before taking people to the president. “For your information honorable minister, I am a senior adviser to the president on Buganda matters. Every week, I brief the president but I remember his former private secretary Honourable Amelia Kyambadde once told me that I shouldn’t advise the president on a matter I hadn’t investigated. Why do you advise the president on matters you havenot investigated?” Ssebunya fumed.

Ssebunya’s questions rubbed Namuganza the wrong way and she also charged. She told the commission to stop humiliating government officials before the public.

She gave an example of the temangalo land scandal. Namuganza said that the commission decided to investigate the matter after realizing that former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was going to give away her daughter to South Africa’s first son.

Namuganza said that the commission wanted to humiliate Mbabazi before his guests because her lands ministry had already investigated the matter.

Namuganza’s allegation forced Bamugemereire to give her a copy of the commission’s act to read. “My lord l’m not a lawyer l’m a lay person,” Namuganza said. Bamugemereire then ordered her to answer questions asked by Ssebunya.

She also ordered her to sit properly and stop talking back to the commissioners when they are asking questions; she told her that the commission has powers like those of the high court. Bamugemereire also told the minister that the commission is not answerable to her as a minister and according to the law, the commission is answerable to the president. She warned her to stop insulting the commission that they are answerable to her as the minister.

Bamugemereire also told Namuganza that she is going to write to the prime minister demanding an explanation as to why his cabinet ministers are attacking the commission.

Later, when Namuganza got out of the commission chamber, she told the media that the Bamugemereire commission should be disbanded because they have no use.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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Music Promoters Plan To Petition Speaker Over Bobiwine – Police Harrasmentent

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Music promoters are set to petition the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga protesting the move by police to block all Bobi Wine’s concerts during the festive season

According to Kyadondo East MP also known as Bobi Wine, police banned all his planned concert without a clear explanation. Promoters under their umbrella Uganda Music Promoters and Venue Owners’ Network notified the speaker about the petition to be presented tomorrow.
Speaking to media, the association’s coordinator Tony Ssempijja said they are meeting today to finalize their arrangements.

Ssempijja further add as that police’s ban on Bobi concerts is likely to force promoters, venue owners and musicians out of the business and this comes after police blocked Bobi Wine’s concert in Jinja over the weekend.

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Three Killed In Mukono Robbery Shoot-Out

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Three suspected robbers have been killed in a shoot-out with security guards at Biyinzika Poultry farm in Mukono District, the Grapevine has learnt.

About 10 men armed with one riffle raided Biyinzika Poultry farm at on 16th December 2018 at about 0200 hours and attempted to steal chicken.

In the process of the robbery, there was exchange of fire with the guards at the farm hence killing three suspected robbers. One has been identified as James Adrey of Ngora District.

The Spokesperson Kampala Metropolitan Police Luke Owoyesigyire said that other two bodies have not been identified and were therefore taken to Mulago National Referral Hospital for postmortem.

“We also recovered chicken in sacks at the scene of crime and the hunt is still on for the rest of the team that is suspected to have been involved in this foiled robbery,” he said.

Investigations are ongoing via Mukono Police vide SD 02/16/12/2018.

By Remmy Atugonza

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BodaBoda 2010 Patron Kitata Has A case To Answer.

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BodaBoda 2010 patron Abudallah Kitata (in yellow) listen to court proceedings in Makindye

 

Boda Boda 2010 Association Patron Mr. Abudallah Kitatta and 9 of his co-accused have this afternoon been requested to prepare their defence against charges of unlawful possession of firearms and military equipment, the Grapevine has learnt

Mr. Kitatta and his co-accused appeared before a seven-member panel led by Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti this afternoon and were told that testimonies from different witnesses had pinned them and therefore had a case to answer. However, three of Kitatta’s co-accused who included Jonathan Kayondo, Hassan Ssengoba and Sunday Ssemogerere were acquitted because none of them was found at Boda Boda 2010 association offices in Nateete at the time of their arrest and Court further said Ngobi Sowali and Ibrahim Sekajja were in the car that had firearms at Vine Hotel while Amon Twinomujuni, Matia Ssenfuka, Hassan Sebatta, John Sebandeke, Hussein Mugema, Fred Bwanika have a case to answer because they were found at Boda Boda 2010 association offices in Nateete during arrest, according to the testimonies of the witnesses.

Bodaboda 2010 boss Mr Abdulah Kitata was arrested on Saturday 20th of January 2018, after two of his members confessed to CMI that they had participated in the gruesome killing of Case Clinic Accountant, Francis Ekalungar. However the security agency CMI delayed to reveal Kitata whereabout until on the 29th of January when he was first tried in the General Court martial

By Remmy Atugonza

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