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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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Stop Playing Childish Politics, Work For Your People – KCCA ED Musisi Tells Politicians

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The Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Jennifer Musisi Ssemakula has urged politicians to stop talking too much but rather copy other people who are not Ugandans but are doing good work for the general public.

Jennifer Musisi has been commissioning a maternity ward at Kitebi Health Centre lll in Rubaga Division built by the Indian Association of Uganda. The Indian Association has spent one hundred sixty million shillings on the Maternity ward and it will be working on about one hundred women per day.

Dr. Okello, the acting director of health in KCCA says that before the Indian Women Association came to their rescue, many women have been delivering on the floor.

“More than 460 deliveries are done at Kitebi Health Centre lll. It’s one of the biggest hospitals that the people in this area use because it’s equivalent to a referral hospital like Mulago. Many people are now running away from the private hospitals to KCCA hospitals because they are now conducive and have all items that are needed by the patients,” Jennifer said.

The high commissioner for the Indian community in the country assured the Musisi that they are going to continue working together with KCCA to see that the health sector develops and they have a plan of constructing a theater to reduce the distance that women move to Mulago .

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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Bobi Wine Was Found With A Gun, He Is Going To Face Military Court Martial – Gen. Moses Ali

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Government through the First Deputy Prime Minister, Gen. Moses Ali has revealed that Kyadondo East Member of Parliament (MP), Robert Kyagulanyi will be aligned before the Gulu Court Martial tomorrow.

Addressing Parliament on Wednesday, Gen. Moses Ali said that Kyagulanyi was found in possession of a fire arm and will thus be aligned before the Court martial. Gen. Ali’s response came after the house was suspended for an hour following demand by legislators on a clear state and whereabouts of their fellow legislators.

“Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu was flown to Gulu Military Hospital for medical care but he is now okay; he was found with a gun and will be found aligned before the General Court martial in Gulu tomorrow,” Gen. Ali said. Moses Ali refuted allegations that the MPs were tortured adding that they are all in good shape.

The other four MPs will appear before the Chief Magistrate Court in Gulu tomorrow and their files are being processed by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

KADAGA SUSPENDED HOUSE

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga first suspended the House over what she described as the illegal detention of Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, Gerald Karuhanga, Francis Zaake and Paul Mwiru. The Speaker suspended the House for one hour as she waited for an explanation from the responsible ministry. Meanwhile, reliable sources had revealed that Hon Robert Kyagulanyi in bad state.

Reports indicated that his situation had worsened and that his body was lying lifeless! On the other hand, Hon. Zaake is also not doing well. But unlike Kyagulanyi, he can speak and can understand what is going on. The MPs were arrested alongside Kassiano Wadri after the Arua fracas on Monday in which Bobi Wine’s driver Kawuma Yasin was killed.

MP Zaake displays his wounds

 

By Stella Mugoya

 

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I Want My Husband Dead Or Alive – Barbie Gives Government 48-Hour Ultimatum

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Barbie Itungo Kyagulanyi, the wife to incarcerated Kyandondo east member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine has given the government a 48-hour ultimatum to produce
her husband dead or alive.

Addressing a joint news conference with family relatives and Bugiri municipality MP Asuman Basaalirwa this morning, The soft spoken Barbie Itungo says that they will announce the next course of action if her Hubby is not released within 48 hours.

“The honorable member of parliament, representative of Kyadondo East, is missing, the latest we have as a family and his wife is a New Vision headline reading; ‘Bobi Wine held in military barracks’. My husband is not and has never been in the military, he has no military experience, does not even know how to use a gun and he can’t even differentiate the different guns out there. I wonder why he is held in a barracks, what has he done to deserve this?” Barbie said.

Barbie (C) with Asuman Basaalirwa (L)

Kyagulanyi’s elder brother Eddie Yawe also added that Bobi’s family needs to know his where abouts since some reports indicate that he is being held at Pondo barracks in Arua while other media reports show that he is at Bombo barracks.

Kyagulanyi is among the four MPs arrested on Monday over chaos that ensued on the last day of the campaigns for Arua Municipality that left his driver Kawuma Yasin dead. Other MP’s in custody are Francis Zaake, Gerald Karuhanga and Paul Mwiru.

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