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    Why I Camped In Masaka: Nobody Will Take Power By Stabbing Innocent Ugandans…

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    Last week, I was in the Masaka area to oversee and contribute effort to modalities of government to stamp out the criminal acts of evil-hearted individuals who are sponsored by the enemies of peace and order. Their actions are aimed at blocking the way to securing our future which the NRM Government pledges and even spelled out in the Manifesto.

    Tragically, we lost many people to the assailants who work at night like “night dancers”. This shows that they are elements of darkness and the underworld. I commiserate with those who have lost their loved ones in the senseless killings, and pray that the souls of the departed rest in eternal peace!

    When I tweeted that I would be in the area to “oversee” efforts, I got sharp reactions from those who follow me. They were asking “What are you going to do there? Are you a soldier or policewoman? Leave security personnel to do their work” Others suggested that a minister is office-bound and should have nothing to do with being “at the scene of crime”. That as a civilian, I had no cause being on the ground, while others claimed that I was politicising the matter.

    Well…that is public feedback and I thank Ugandans for raising their concerns. Similar ideas exist in the minds of many people offline as well.
    My operational style is more field-oriented. I am a mobiliser by calling and I don’t do this only during political campaigns. I promise not to abdicate any duty for the comfort of the Kampala office.

    When assuming my duties, I promised to offer people-centered service, and that’s what I am fulfilling. In line with the criminality in Buddu, I urge RDCs to be in touch with the people so as to make them partners in development and in administration and, indeed, in fighting criminality and insecurity. They shouldn’t just sit at the district headquarters waiting for reports. Real work is in the field.
    I went to Masaka because, as Minister for the Presidency, I supervise Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and Resident City Commissioners (RCCs). RDCs/RCCs are the heads of District Security Committees. Any matter of a security nature happening within a district is the responsibility of the presiding RDC to supervise and manage, and RDCs have done quite well in many places. Under extraordinary circumstances as in Masaka, as minister I have to put in extra effort to see that the situation returns to normal very fast. I had to be on the ground to build the capacity of the security committee(s) and liaise with security commanders and officers pursuing the assailants. I was also lending confidence to the populace that as a government we are with them and want to see them safe and rid of the bad elements.
    The NRM Government has always advised parents to discourage their children from associating with unprincipled characters and political actors whose objective is to fulfill the agenda of our foreign enemies. Security has been picking intelligence and much of these evil plans are thankfully being dismantled.

    The strategy of violent murders of our people using guns has progressively reduced, thanks to the approach of using forensic techniques where murderers can be easily identified on the basis of fingerprints and gun details. This may be the reason why the criminals have resorted to stabbing knives and pangas. However, the NRM government under the leadership of General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will not be defeated using this rudimentary strategy.

    I need to remind all of us that in the Uganda of today you cannot gain power by stabbing to death innocent civilians. One has to follow all the democratic steps including convincing the masses of your good ideas and selling your manifesto. They are targeting innocent Ugandans for rejecting their schemes in order to force them to betray NRM.

    The current situation in Greater Masaka may not end in Masaka. The actors are thinking beyond Masaka. Therefore, I challenge all our leaders; be they religious or cultural, to stand against these threats and vigorously mobilize the people to defend themselves.

    You may think that the evil plan is only targeting the President yet those being killed are your very sisters and brothers.

    Local residents are the nucleus of a strong security system. They should, by no chance, cooperate with the bad elements. You should shun anybody who tries to lure you in joining their bloody campaigns and report them to the authorities! Politicians should forget their differences and work with security agencies to bring the situation under control.

    We serve living people, not the dead. It is also upon us to inculcate a message of peaceful co-existence so as to safeguard our much cherished security record, which some actors are bent on overturning.
    I have been interacting with leaders across the divide and the ideas raised will be applied not only in Masaka but across the board since we don’t want a recurrence of these incidents in other districts. I thank those leaders for agreeing to work with us.

    Within the community, we should plug shortcomings that may give the thugs an upper hand such as intelligence gaps in our security circles especially at the grassroots, the ‘I don’t care’ attitude of our leaders, lazy security personnel who choose to sleep on the job, local Councils that are not vigilant and bad politics influenced and financed by external forces. Other strategies are classified and have been communicated to the relevant authorities.

    Masaka is the same area where the Kiddawalime group, which the president usually refers to, operated. They were defeated. For the ones causing problems now, I can assure Ugandans that NRM will wipe them out without much trouble and they must pay for their sins.
    The author is the Minister for the Presidency

    By Milly B. Babalanda
    the writer is Minister in charge of the Presidency

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    Mwenda Narrates How Intelligence Advised M7 To Fire Kagame Girl Who Prepares His Bedroom….

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    Veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda (L) and President Museveni (R)

    Celebrated veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda has narrated how intelligence advised President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to fire president Paul Kagame’s girl to save his life.

    Mwenda revealed that when the misunderstanding between Rwanda and Uganda was at its peak, with each nation accusing the other of espionage, intelligence operatives advised President Museveni to fire all his assistants of Rwandan descent.

    Mwenda said that among the people that intelligence wanted to be removed from the state house was the beautiful Munyarwanda woman who has been in charge of President Museveni’s bedroom for a long time.

    He added that after reading a strongly worded intelligence report, Museveni took his time to interrogate the dossier and he took a strong decision which hurt his intelligence team by refusing to fire his assistants.

    While moderating ‘The hot seat’ talk show on KFM radio on Friday, Mwenda explained that Museveni trusts Rwandese more than Ugandans that’s why all the people surrounding him are Banyarwanda.

    It is on this note that Mwenda wondered why the President does not come out to rescue Rwandans from the ongoing harassment from country’s immigration department.

    He revealed that he has investigated and established that these people are facing a lot of hardships to get passports and National identity cards.

    He said that many of the people who have Rwanda like name are stateless because Uganda refused to give them passports and National Identity cards yet they cannot go to Rwanda because they were born in Uganda and all are parents have lived, died and have been buried in Uganda.

    Mwenda gave an example of Ritah Kanya, a news anchor with NTV Uganda and wife to senior investigative journalist Raymond Mujuni who is currently stateless because both her National Identity card and passports were canceled at the Immigration over her Rwandan roots.

    He insisted that Kanya was born in Uganda in Kisoro district and his grandfather was a sub county chief, so it is wrong to declare her stateless.

    He pleaded with President Museveni to intervene in the matter because National Unity Platform(NUP) supporters are also threatening Banyarwanda that when they take power, they will be sent back to their country.

    Land forces commander and also first son, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba led the Uganda-Rwanda negotiations which resulted in the reopening of the Katuna border which was closed by president Kagame in 2017 on allegations of mistreating Rwandese in Uganda.

    Lt. Gen. Muhoozi revealed through twitter that very soon, he is going to travel to Rwanda to meet his loving uncle.

    Efforts to reach Simon Peter Mundeyi, the immigration spokesperson, were fruitless because his known phone numbers were not going through.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Chief Justice Dollo Is Sleeping On Job, He Has Failed To Bring Errant Judicial Officers To Order – Minister Mayanja; Top Herbalist Runs Into Hiding Fearing Arrest…

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    Chief Justice Owiny Dollo (R) and Minister Sam Mayanja (L)

    State Minister for Lands Dr. Sam Mayanja has threatened to report Pius Bigirimana, the Judiciary Permanent Secretary to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni over allegation of abuse of office.

    Mayanja insists that it is high time President Museveni takes action against Chief Justice Owiny Dollo who has slept on the job which has resulted into the Judiciary, a very important organ of the state, becoming a place where deals are cut.

    He explained that judicial officers no longer follow the Constitution because right now, everyone does what he wants because they know that Chief Justice, who is their head is not active and he cannot bring them to order.

    Mayanja wondered how a Chief Justice can keep quiet when low standard staff in Judiciary are humiliating senior judicial officers who would advise and guide the judiciary.

    He gave an example of Bigirimana who issued a statement against Supreme Court Justice Dr. Esther Kisakye Mayambala.

    Mayanja said that he was shocked to read in the papers that Bigirimana directed Justice Kisakye, the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court to return all the money which was paid to her for the nine months when she was absent.

    “All of us senior lawyers were shocked to see that man Bigirimana’s letter to a senior Judge like Kisakye. How can a mere Permanent Secretary to the judiciary humiliate a senior judge and you keep quite as a Chief Justice? He would have issued a strong statement condemning that man Bigirimana and even petitioning the president to take disciplinary action against him,” Mayanja insisted.

    However, Bigirimana recently said that he pulled out of Justice Kisakye’s scandal and referred the matter to Chief Justice Dollo because he is her supervisor not him.

    He added that as a senior lawyer, he cannot keep quiet when the judiciary is rotting.

    He cited a situation where Judges are imprisoning innocent Ugandans to show superiority.

    He gave an example of High Court Judge Musa Ssekaana who sentenced controversial city lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi to 18 months in prison on fabricated contempt of Court charges.

    He wondered if a judicial officer can give justice when they are the complainant, the investigator, the witness and the judge.

    Mayanja revealed that judicial officials connive to punish those who annoy them, and this is exactly what they did to Mabirizi, denied him bail and dismissed all his Appeals.

    He noted that such impunity has been used by Masaka judicial officers against Bibanja holders which has resulted in frequent land evictions.

    He explained that such corrupt judicial officers are the ones who helped land grabbers like renowned herbalist David Senfuka who based on forged documents to threaten evicting bonafide bibanja owners.

    He revealed that residents of Budda Village, Kijonjo parish Kibinge Sub County in Bukomansombi district brought to him evidence which he verified and established that Senfuka forged documents to acquire over 2 square miles of land.

    “He is a wanted man; he has to go to police and record a statement over criminal charges. His friends were telling me that I am interfering with a Court matter and as a lawyer I advised them that there is a difference between a criminal matter and a civil matter,” Mayanja said.

    He added that the same Masaka Judicial officers are the ones helping Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s Buganda Land Board to grab and evict people’s bibanja in greater Masaka.

    He gave an example of the piece of Kibanja on which the State Minister for Health Anifah Kawooya was supposed to build a nursing school.

    He disclosed that the minister was stopped by BLB who accused her of trespassing on Kabaka Mutebi’s land.

    However, Siraje Lubwama, the press secretary to Senfuka revealed that minister Mayanja is spreading falsehoods.

    He added that they are preparing to institute criminal and civil charges against him accusing him of defamation.

    Lubwama maintained that Senfuka was shocked when Mayanja and his boss Judith Nabakooba and declared him a fraudster.

    Minister Mayanja recently told the Grapevine that President Museveni has received a detailed intelligence report profiling the corrupt judicial officials and how they receive bribes.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    IGG Kamya Drags Ssenyonyi’s COSASE To Court Over On Shs10.6bn Fraud, Wants Awards Of Shs6.5bn For Humiliation…

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    IGG Betty Kamya

    Controversial Inspector General of Government (IGG) Beti Namisango Kamya has petitioned the High Court Civil Division challenging the findings and recommendations made against her by the parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE).

    In her suit through her lawyers of ASB Advocates, Kamya insists that the COSASE report which convicted her and senior Finance Minister Matia Kasaija of fraudulently mismanaging the Shs.10.6bn which was allocated to compensate landlords for their land which was sold to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s government was aimed at humiliating and killing her personal reputation.

    She told Court that she never asked for a supplementary budget as COSASE claimed in their report which was adopted by parliament in August 2022.

    She added that she only requested the Finance ministry to give funds to the Uganda Land Commission which is responsible for managing government land including compensating landlords who sell land to government.

    She explained that before the Shs10.6bn was released and distributed, parliament established an ad-hoc committee which verified and assessed the beneficiaries and approved those who were paid.

    However, a number of witnesses who testified before COSASE committee chaired by Joel Ssenyonyi denied receiving the money.

    Government through the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka has not yet responded to IGG Kamya’s petition.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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