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    You Are A Disgrace To The People Of Tooro – King Oyo’s Uncle Blasts Best Kemigisa

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    Gilbert Atwooki Mujogye (70), the uncle to King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru, the Omukama of Tooro kingdom has blasted Best Kemigisha the Queen Mother of Tooro, over grabbing their family heritage land.

    While testifying before the commission of inquiry into land matters, Atwooki said that Kemigisha fraudulently grabbed land which was under her late husband, king Patrick Kabooyo’s custody. He said that when their father king David Rukidi Kamulaasi died in 1965, he left a will dividing his land and property among his 27 children,15 boys and 12 girls.

    The guardian left decided to give the titles to all children who were above 18 years.

    Atwooki testifying before the commission

    “My Lord, when Milton Obote, who was the president by then attacked Mengo palace and chased king Muteesa, all kingships were in panic because Obote was threatening to abolish them. All the kingdom properties were registered in the names of the king to keep them as a trustee. My Lord, all our land titles who were below 18 years were registered in the names of king Kaboyo,” Atwooki said.

    Atwooki said that many of the kingdom officials and princes went into exile including Atwooki. When president Yoweri Museveni captured power in 1986, some the princes came back to Uganda and others stayed in abroad. Atwooki was one of those who remained abroad, in Zambia.

    Atwooki told the commission that by the time he came back, he found king Kaboyo appointed as the Uganda’s ambassador to Tanzania and later to Russia, so he didn’t get time to sign transfer forms for the remaining children.

    “My brother died under suspicious circumstances with all the knowledge of our properties which he had in his custody,” Atwooki said.

    After the death king Kabooyo in 1995, in 1996, the Queen Mother Best Kemigisha applied for powers of attorney in Kabarole High Court as the recognised widow to the late king. The powers of attorney were grated to her.

    “Our elder Meble Komuntale tried to block the application to give the Queen Mother the powers of attorney because she had smelt a rotten rat regarding the Queen mother’s intentions. Unfortunately, her case was dismissed in favour of the Queen Mother and the powers of attorney were granted to the queen mother,” Atwooki said.

    In 2003, they asked to see the Queen Mother to explain to her that some of the titles she got were not for her husband. But for almost a year, the Queen mother refused to meet them. They then tried to seek for assistance from the kingdom elders. Jimmy Mugyenyi, a brother to king Kamuraasi together with her sister Brazious Mirembe wrote to Queen Mother informing her that part of the land which she got when she was given powers of attorney was not for her late husband but he was just keeping it in trust of his young siblings.

    Kemigisha then accepted to meet Atwooki, Damalie Kaakya Kamukyaaya and other elders in Tooro. They showed her all the documents including the will of their father Kamuraasi indicating that king Kabooyo was just a trustee on some of the land. She ignored them and from then, she never talked to them again.

    “My Lord, what we heard next about our land was that that woman was negotiating with the government and some Asians to whom she sold our land. We put a caveat on the land title but the land registry in Kabalore refused to register our caveat on the title and she sold the land,” Atwooki said.

    Atwooki says that in 2015, they reported their complaints to president Yoweri Museveni who establish a committee of Bishops from Tooro kingdom to investigate the matter. Later, they met the president when the Bishops were submitting their report. The president promised to meet them in February this year but first met the Bishops alone.

    “My Lord, we need your assistance, this lady violated our culture, she thought that when she married our brother, he didn’t have any relatives. She is a disgrace to people of Tooro, all of them are tired of her actions. She sold the land to government and after went and collected taxes from tenantes, ashaming the kingdom,”Atwooki said.

    He added that they want compensation of 4.5b from the government. This is because before government bought this land in Rukami, Kitogyo, Ruzima, Rutebwa all located in Kabalore and Kyenjojo district.

    Catherine Bamugemereire promised the Tooro princes the Queen mother will appear before the commission to defend herself.

     

     

    By Jamil Lutakome

     

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    Mayor Mulyanyama Takes His Fight Against Bobi Wine’s Brother Nyanzi For NUP Ticket To CBS Radio…

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    Makindye Division Mayor Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama

    Fight within National Unity Platform (NUP) for Kampala City Lord Mayor ticket has deepened as maverick Makindye Division Mayor Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama declared war on Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu, the elder brother to Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine).

    Both Nyanzi and Mulyanyama have declared interest to contest against the current Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago and they are clandestinely mobilizing for internal party support.

    theGrapevine haa established that Mulyanyama has entered a deal with Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s CBS radio to popularise his political ambitions for Lord Mayor seat and he has already started using the platform to fight Nyanzi.

    Last week, he accused Nyanzi of using reckless statements which placed their boss Bobi Wine and their party in bad light.

    Mulyanyama was responding to the statement made by Nyanzi on the misunderstanding between NUP leadership and Masaka region journalists who accused Bobi Wine security of insulting them.

    Nyanzi told CBS radio that the said journalists are making these malicious allegations because they are working for Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba’s group to fight Bobi Wine .

    Nyanzi and other NUP leaders particularly accuse CBS radio’s Masaka city news reporter Tomusange Kayinja of masterminding the drive of attacking and giving false news against Bobi Wine which Mulyanyama rubbished.

    Mulyanyama asserted that CBS is a radio with professional journalists and presenters and they should not be dragged in petty internal party fights.

    He disclosed that he cannot look on as Nyanzi and other people use their positions in the party to fight Kabaka’s radio which has always given many opposition politicians the platform that has helped them win elections against President Museveni’s NRM party.

    It should be noted that there is ongoing bad blood between the Mengo administration led by Premier Charles Peter Mayiga and NUP leadership.

    The bitter verbal exchanges have come from both sides.

    However, insiders at CBS radio told theGrapevine that Mulyanyama wanted to use CBS as his political mobilization weapon to weaken Lukwago.

    Sources said that he is desperate, frustrated and confused after learning that there are ongoing talks spearheaded by Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireke for Lukwago to join NUP and one of the conditions involves giving him the Lord Mayor ticket come 2026.

    Recently, Bobi Wine stopped Nyanzi from campaigning for the office of the Lord Mayor and even threatened to take disciplinary action against him.

    Nyanzi accused NUP Secretary General David Lewis Rubongoya of compromising Bobi Wine to humiliate him because he is also interested in the position.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    MP Bagala Warns Bobi Wine Supporters To Stop Attacking Her For Shielding Mpuuga …

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine with MP Joyce Bagala

    Mityana district woman legislator Joyce Bagala Ntwatwa has warned supporters of the National Unity Platform (NUP) principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) to stop attacking her because she has a good relationship with troubled former Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) Mathias Mpuuga.

    A furious Bagala admitted that she has been receiving a number of phone calls from her voters pleading with her to dump Mpuuga to save her position come 2026.

    She explained that she cannot isolate Mpuuga because he accepted a service award of Shs500m for being a good Leader of Opposition in Parliament which she says was passed by Members of Parliament legally.

    Bagala added that she has been a friend to Mpuuga even before joining politics and she cannot accept to be dragged in the internal fights he has with Bobi Wine.

    She further noted that she cannot be threatened over the party card come 2026 parliamentary elections because she is loyal to her party and very sure that she will be given the party card again.

    On the issue of not escorting Bobi Wine to Masaka during NUP’s political mobilization tour, Bagala said that she was busy in her constituency preparing for Bobi Wine’s visit in Mityana and not accompanying him is not a sign of disloyalty to the party.

    Bagala admitted that she is very proud of being on the committee that is organizing Mpuuga’s thanks giving ceremony which is expected to take place on 21st June, 2024 in Masaka where Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga is expected as the Chief Guest.

    She further rubbished allegation that Mpuuga is set to announce his next move during the ceremony.

    According to sources close to the Nyendo-Mukungwe legislator, there are allegations that he is going to form a new political party which his henchmen will use as a political vehicle in 2026 general elections.

    Bagala made the rebuttal on Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s CBS radio after being pressurized by NUP’s Deputy Spokesperson Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro who mentioned her as one of the legislators the country is waiting for to sign the impeachment motion against the four parliamentary commissioners.

    Mufumbiro said that Bobi Wine is set to publically read the names of all legislators who signed the impeachment motion against the four commissioners for illegally receiving Shs1.7bn.

    Bagala joined Kira Municipality’s Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, Kampala Central’s Muhammad Nsereko and others who declared that they will not sign the impeachment papers.

    Ssemujju said that he cannot be threatened that by not signing the impeachment papers, he will be voted out of parliament come 2026 noting that even if he goes out of parliament, he will remain in a good life because even before joining parliament, he was in a good life.

    He said that in one of the elections, he was threatened by one of the voters that he will be voted out of parliament in the next elections but by the time elections came, the said voter was dead and he even gave the mourners the car they used to transport his dead body.

    He noted that what should be done is to educate leaders to know their role instead of being threatened by voters.

    He predicted that what happened in his Forum for Democratic Change is going to happen to NUP and many leaders and supporters are going to leave before the 2026 general elections.

    He was supported by Bagala who said that leaders should be trained especially in the Buganda region if Baganda want to compete nationally.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    Journalist Mwenda, Top Military Bosses Face Sanctions As American Spies Place Them On CIA Radar Over M-23 Rebels Dealings….

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    Veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda

    Veteran celebrated journalist Andrew Mwenda and top military intelligence bosses are on the brink of being sanctioned after United States of America (USA) spies placed them on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) radar over their dealings with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rebel movement the M-23.

    Mwenda confirmed that he received summons from the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning a report authored by American pinning him on being in bed with M-23 commanders who are accused of having the agenda of destabilizing the East and Central African region starting with overthrowing President Felix Tshisekedi of DRC.

    The mighty Grapevine understands that before the Americans wrote to Gen. Jeje Odongo’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the matter was first discussed, facts collected against the suspects and verified by CIA top operatives and after which they forwarded their findings to the United Nations ‘s Security Council.

    A final decision on the fate of Mwenda and a section of military bosses will soon be taken.

    Mwenda admitted that he was contacted by M-23 Commanders and he is very sure that CIA and other international intelligence operatives who have interest in DRC were spying on their conversation.

    He admitted that he received a phone call from M-23 Commanders who told him that they need his service to help them talk to US officials to lift the sanctions they placed on them.

    He added that when he talked to his contacts in President Joe Biden’s administration, they told him that what he wanted them to do was difficult since only their bosses at the Pentagon and Washington could handle his issue.

    Sources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed that the American government officials accuse Mwenda of being a broker between M-23 rebel commanders and military bosses in some of the countries in the East African Community.

    Mwenda is further accused of always dealing with sanctioned tycoons, especially those dealing in gold and other minerals obtained from the DRC.

    He admitted that he is very aware that Americans are planning to sanction him but he is not scared.

    The development comes days after United States of America sanctioned Ugandan Speaker of Parliament Annet Anita Among, her husband and also football association president Moses Magogo, junior Minister of Finance in Charge of Economic Planning Amos Lugolobi and his wife, former Minister of Karamoja Affairs Mary Gorreti Kitutu and her husband and her former junior minister Agnes Nandutu on the allegation of corruption.

    Former Deputy Chief of Defense Forces Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu was also sanctioned on the allegation of committing crimes against humanity.

    Minister Gen. Jeje Odongo said that the effect of the sanctions took immediate effect and the sanctioned government officials are not allowed in the United States and their properties and bank accounts were frozen.

    The United Kingdom in April 2024 also sanctioned Speaker Among and Ministers Nandutu and Kitutu.

    Sources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that during the several meetings held between officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomats from the British High Commission in Uganda and at the American Embassy, it was agreed that the sanctions issue does not affect the public offices but the persons occupying those offices.

    “In simple explanation, the sanction placed on Among don’t affect the office of the Speaker of Uganda. This means that the Uganda government will continue dealing with both the United Kingdom government and the American government,” a senior diplomat in the ministry of foreign affairs said.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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