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    Why Most People Hate Red Pepper: From Ministers, Religious Leaders, Judges, Business Men And Their Own Staff…



    By Grapevine Snoops
    Red Pepper is still closed and at the same time not many people look like they are concerned or are missing it almost two full months after the day it was closed for writing the Rwanda story that annoyed the gov’t.

    This behavior by the public to ignore Red Pepper at its hour of need is not by accident but one explaining what has been happening for such a long time, given that they have stepped on very many toes knowingly and partly innocently. We bring you the toes that have not survived the big Redpepper foot. We show you the big people it annoyed and why, to the extent that many of the big people are not bothered about red pepper being closed.

    First on the list is Minister of Justice and Constitutional affairs Kahinda Otafiire who must be happy with his supporters because he fell out with red pepper when they wrote that he had beaten KCCA Mayor Sebaggala Seya over a deal concerning Gaza land building. Otafiire was the ministry of local gov’t and was Seya’s supervisor.
    The Namanve guys annoyed him and he reported them to court and was given more than 600m by the judge as compensation.  The other big person they annoyed is Rebecca Kadaga, by writing that she was struggling with debts in their Sunday pepper. They also wrote that she was being funded by Arab tycoons from Dubai to overthrow M7. Kadaga reported to court and was given 120m which red pepper is yet to pay.
    Another big man was ex-Chief Justice Wambuzi who they wrote about that he was struggling to pay debts for his Green Hill School. It turned out false and Justice Basaza of the High Court awarded him 500m in compensation which the red pepper bishops have not yet paid. The other big person they annoyed without fear or favor is the first lady Janet M7 whom they reported that she was very powerful and had taken over gov’t powers. She told them to apologize and they stubbornly refused.

    Her lawyer Kiwanuka Kiryowa reported them to court and they will have to give Janet billions. They also have a battle with Abid Alarm of Alarm Group and Casements Ltd who sold to them aluminum
    products for their new building and he says they never paid. The same applies to Sekankya of Hardware world who reported to court for building materials that were taken on credit. There is also Kanyeihamba who reported them for writing that he was smoked out in Germany having fun with his female zungu friends. Kanyeihamba sued them straight away and they gave him 90m to withdraw the case. Lord Mayor Lukwago also reported them to court for their stories about him.

    Their story showed his new house in Wakaliga was built for him by Gen. Salim Saleh. Lukwago sued both red pepper and Kamunye and his court cases are still pending.  Male Mabirizi also must be happy because he reported them for writing he was a mole of the state put there to fight the Kabaka in court. There is also the Transpaper bosses in Luzira who took Redpepper to court. Transpaper claim they sold newsprint to them and they failed to pay them. Their matter was reported to commercial court where it’s still pending. The court papers show that Transpaper wants them to pay 1.3billion. Sam Kutesa is another powerful man who took them to court after they reported that he was the payroll of Sudhir the owner of Crane Bank. Sudhir himself was unhappy with them when they wrote many negative stories about him concerning his bank.

    The Redpaper blade did not spare herbalist Maama Fiina. Elly Karuhanga the top lawyer from Nyabushozi reported them to court for writing that he fought with Mr. Ejalu over a woman while on the luxury holiday in Seychelles.  Other cases against Red pepper were reported by Adoko Nekyon of Mbale who says they defamed him. In Mbale, there is a man called Deus Matsanga who also reported to court saying Red pepper was spoiling his name. There is also the Queen mother of Toro Best Kemigisha who says red pepper defamed him.

    Kemigisha instructed her lawyers based at Kisozi house to take them to court. Red Pepper also annoyed many Baganda when it wrote in Hello stories about Kabaka on sex matters and the Byanyima family. Kabaka didn’t report them but his people were unhappy. Haji Habib Kagimu is also unhappy with Red pepper for writing bad stories about him and women. Gen Kayihura was also sad like Tumukunde when they wrote stories that he was very sick. On Kayihura, the stories were many because they also wrote that he was trying to remove M7 like Mbabazi and that he was too sick in Turkey after falling out with the first family.

    In their paper Hello paper, they wrote many stories about Ingrid Turinawe and her sex life. These stories annoyed people in FDC up to this day. They also wrote a terrible story with photos calling Dr. Nkamuhayo Kiyihura Nkuba the owner of TV Africa calling him a top conman in the city. In Hello they also wrote a long story which annoyed the Catholic Church because they listed bishops and top religious leaders who they said are sick and were going to die any time soon.

    They also had many stories showing that Bishop Cyprian Lwanga wasn’t a perfect celibate and that Fr. Musala was right to resist the Archbishop. In their Luganda paper of Kamunye, they wrote many stories on pastors who they said were satanic, sexually promiscuous, conmen and those they said were HIV positive. They also listed what they said were pastors who thrive on witchcraft and many of these articles have forced the pastors to run to court and many such victims are now celebrating.

    Redpepper did not make enemies outside it’s premises only but also inside. Unlike other coporate companies, at the stature of Redpepepper, that respect staff contracts and pay them once they leave honourably for greener pastures, Redpepper will never pay you arears even when you leave honourably, actually when you leave demanding money from them, they become the happiest men on planet earth. Many of their staff have left 3-6 months worth of salary arrears.

    There is also a court case filed by some of the former workers like Jovita Mirembe, Ddamba Kisuze, Cirius Tabu and others who are all former workers, against the Redpepper bishops for refusing to pay them the salary they worked for. This is also coupled by the company’s failure to pay staff NSSF and commissions.


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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…



    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…



    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…



    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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