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    Who Is Ruby Kakonge: Besigye’s Tormentor Exposed

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    Last night Col. Kizza Besigye (aka the people’s president) appeared on NTV for a debate on his Tubalemese campaign. With him were three other panelists namely Onapito Ekomoloit, Ruby Kakonge and a young girl who was even fit to be moderator Charles Mpagi’s grand daughter.

    But going by the social media chats, Ruby Kakonge was the most outstanding in the very contemptuous way she repeatedly addressed KB. Whereas the presenter/moderator who heads the East African newspaper in Uganda intentionally deceptively introduced her as an independent analyst and social commentator based in Kampala, Ruby Kakonge (the light-skinned lady who was dressed in a long flowing blue kitenge) can’t be described as such. She can simply not be said to be neutral or a disinterested 3rd party in a dispute where KB is involved.

    This is mainly for two major reasons namely where she works and who she is related to. She works in the office of security minister Gen Henry Tumukunde as his PA mostly handling social media-related errands for the reconciled General from Rukungiri. She is also very close to renowned Besigye hater Beti Kamya who is also the Minister in charge of Kampala. That clearly puts Ruby Kakonge at the heart of the Museveni sensitive operations because the security ministry is part of the presidency that M7 heads. Its very impossible and foolhardy for anyone to be duped into thinking the NTV producer for the 4th Estate Program or moderator Mpagi didn’t know that aspect of the UK/British-trained Ruby Kakonge’s personality and profile. Mpagi the moderator knowingly or unknowingly deceived the listeners as regards Ruby’s identity. Its very unlikely that an influential actor in media landscape of Mpagi’s status doesn’t know Ruby and who she is and where she works. Its also impossible that he had never encountered her until the last night program.

    But he nevertheless introduced her as a social commentator as if he is unaware that she works in a government office. Sometime last year, Gen Tumukunde  organized a meeting at the new president’s office near Parliament during which he explained the relationship that ought to exist between media and the security apparatus. During the same meeting, he explained his perceived differences with the police leadership and blamed the media for exaggerating it while reporting very sensationally. This meeting was televised live and save for a few pro-establishmemt media personalities like Kin Kariisa, Robert Kabushenga, Sarah Kagingo and Simon Kaheru, the meeting was attended largely by security agency heads. And guess what? The major organizer/convener of this meeting who on Tumukunde’s behalf handled the invitations, accreditation, the logistics and the sitting of guests was Ruby Kakonge and she worked very closely with Don Wanyama who is M7’s Senior Press Secretary.

    Wanyama was actually the MC at that security meeting. Its actually not a secret that Ruby Kakonge works with Gen Tumukunde  and one wonders why Charles Mpagi the moderator would take his viewers for granted to the extent that he assumed nobody out there knows Ruby that much. The second aspect of Ruby is that she is a sister to Gen Mugisha Muntu’s wife and the striking physical resemblance is there for all to see. She is General Muntu’s in law and that is a fact. She is also closely related to Gen Leopold Kyanda, who M7 very recently re-appointed to a very influential command position in the UPDF. Now its a public secret regarding how much vendetta and animosity is there between Gen Muntu and KB, something that should explain the anger and contempt with which Ruby kept mocking KB throughout the NTV Sunday night show. Fellow Ugandans,this is the reason you should always read the Grapevine because we give you very exclusive stuff that nobody else can ever give you.

     

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    Leaders Of Traders Panicking After M7 Directs Investigation Over Allegations Of An Invisible Foreign Hand Fueling Their Strikes To Sabotage Economy…

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    L-R: Some of the leaders of traders: Godfrey Katongole, David Kabanda and Thadeus Musoke

    Kampala Metropolitan Senior Minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda has exclusively confirmed to theGrapevine that president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed the country’s intelligence organs and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to investigate the alleged invisible hand behind traders’ leadership.

    She explained that preliminary investigations have established that some leaders of traders who are advocating for endless strikes are biased in their decisions because there is an invisible hand pushing them with an agenda of sabotaging the country’s economy and creating an ungovernable situation.

    “We know whatever they are planning. Our people are on ground, so they should stand warned,” Kabanda said.

    She revealed that President Museveni was shocked to establish that in Kampala city alone, traders have more than 30 associations and each one of them has command.

    This has created suspicion and the need for an investigation to establish their true motives.

    The development comes at a time when traders are threatening to go into a two months strike without opening their shops in the city center if president Museveni doesn’t address their demands including the banning of the Electronic Receipting and Invoicing System (EFRIS).

    On 7th May 2024, Museveni directed Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to sit down with leaders of traders and sort out their differences.

    The President guided that once these leaders and URA agree, they should make a joint report which they should read to him and other traders on 20th of June 2024 at Kololo independence grounds.

    However, before that meeting, Minister Kabanda has disclosed that Museveni is set to meet leaders of traders in the State House to have some issues sorted out noting that government is doing everything in its power to make sure that what happened on 7th May 2024 never happens again.

    She explained that it was bad for traders to shout at the President and embarrass senior government officials to the extent of accusing some of corruption insisting that traders’ behavior sent a warning signal to government that there must be an invisible hand influencing and facilitating them.

    theGrapevine has established that the leadership of Kampala City Traders Association(KACITA) led by Thadeus Musoke Nagenda, Federation of Uganda Traders Association(FUTA), Katukazane Shoe Dealers, Kampala Arcaders Advocacy Forum, United Arcarders Traders Enterprenuers Association,  Uganda Needy and Squatters Association have resolved to join hands and strategise on how to come up with a common voice before the President.

    Highly placed sources in intelligence have revealed to theGrapevine that all eyes are on David Kabanda who is being investigated for working for some opposition bigwigs who promised him support in the coming elections.

    Sources said that Kabanda wants to become the city councilor on Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago’s council.

    However, veteran journalist and the Senior presidential advisor on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi advised Museveni not to take lightly statements made in the United Kingdom’s House of Lords that King Charles’s leadership should influence regime change in Uganda.

    He explained that the western powers are going to use all the available means to sabotage Museveni’s leadership insisting that there is invisible hand in traders’ frequent strikes.

    But a section of KACITA leadership told theGrapevine that there are people in President Museveni’s government who are facilitating the creation of endless traders associations with the aim of benefiting from them and fighting the unity among traders.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Mukono Municipality In Crisis After NUP Mayor Nkoyoyo Is Admitted To Mulago Hospital Without Money For Treatment…

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    Bedridden Mukono Municipality mayor Erisa Mukasa Nkoyoyo. Inset is the area MP Betty Nambooze

    Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireke has confirmed that the Municipality’s mayor Erisa Mukasa Nkoyoyo has been admitted to Mulago Specialised Hospital.

    Nambooze explained that last week, she went to hospital to check on him and discovered that his health condition was worsening.

    She said that Nkoyoyo needs very expensive medicine which he has to buy from one of the big pharmacies near the hospital because inside the hospital the medicine is not there.

    She added that because of the expensive medicine, Nkoyoyo is buying it in piecemeal which places his life in more danger.

    She disclosed that the Municipality has no money for his treatment.

    Few months back, theGrapevine reported how Mukono Municipality town clerk Majeran Luboyera and other technocrats rushed Nkoyoyo to Butabika mental hospital but he was later discharged.

    Friends and family members cited witchcraft in Nkoyoyo’s sickness claiming that his political competitors who want his office come 2026 are the ones who want him dead.

    Luboyera confirmed that Nkoyoyo’s absence has created a leadership crisis in the Municipality because currently, it is like the Municipality has no mayor.

    Since the day Nkoyoyo decided to attend the local government retreat at Kyankwanzi leadership training, National Unity Platform principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) him a betrayer.

    The party leadership stopped Nkoyoyo from attending the said retreat but he defied them and attended.

    Nkoyoyo later explained that his decision was based on his hunger to develop the Municipality and they could not achieve the development they wanted without working together with the ruling party.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    RDC Mbabazi, Sseninde In Secret Tug Of War Over NRM Ticket For Wakiso District Woman Legislator…

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    Rosemary Nansubuga Sseninde (R) and Justine Mbabazi (L)

    The mighty Grapevine can exclusively reveal that Rosemary Nansubuga Sseninde and Justine Mbabazi are in a secret fight over the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket for Wakiso District Woman Member of Parliament.

    In the 2021 parliamentary election, Sseninde was defeated little known Betty Naluyima who held the National Unity Platform (NUP) ticket.

    After the defeat, President Museveni dropped her as the junior Minister for Education.

    However, because of the good relationship Sseninde has with the first lady maama Janet Kataha Museveni, she was appointed as a Director at NRM Secretariat in charge of mobilization.

    When theGrapevine asked her whether she is coming back in elective politics, she only responded with “don’t wake them up”.

    We have established that she is making clandestine mobilization to contest for the same seat come 2026.

    But political observers in Wakiso told theGrapevine that Sseninde is going to find a hard task to secure the NRM ticket because Mbabazi is also interested in the same ticket and she is also doing clandestine mobilization.

    “Mbabazi is on the ground, she always stands with people when it comes to the situation of challenges, especially on the land issues. Minister Sam Mayanja has also helped her to popularize herself because whenever he goes for a land matter, he has to go with her and praise her before the public as a very hard working lady and an NRM cadre,” one of the political observers said.

    However, Sseninde is also not sleeping. She is using her position NRM director Mobilisation to hit two birds with one stone.

    She is popularizing President Museveni’s achievements across the whole country and at the same time doing ground mobilization among the locals in Wakiso district.

    Others interested in the seat are Rose Kirabira, Sylivia Namutyaba, Naluyimba is also coming back among others.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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