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    You Cannot Welcome Enemies To Table Where Food Is Served While Loyal Party Members Are Starving – NRM Cadres Protest Against M7, Mao Deal; Kiwanda Set To Petition CEC…

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    President Museveni (L) with former minister Kiwanda (R). Inset is DP's Mao

    National Resistance Movement (NRM) cadres have protested against the political cooperation deal signed between President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, on behalf of the NRM and Nobert Mao, the president general of the Democratic Party (DP).

    As a result of the controversial agreement, Mao was appointed Minister of Justice and Constitutional affairs, and some of his DP members were promised juicy appointments.

    Richard Todwong, the NRM Secretary General welcomed the agreement noting that it is a sign of political maturity and it is good for the country’s future.

    However, in a twist of events, NRM cadres are blasting the agreement accusing their party boss president Museveni of betraying them by dumping them at the time when they thought the time was ripe for them to eat from their thing, and welcoming those who were fighting him to the table where food is served from.

    Godfrey Kiwanda, the NRM vice chairperson Buganda region has exclusively told theGrapevine that he has received a number of complaints from NRM cadres since Mao’s appointment as minister.

    “I have received a number of complaints from our local mobilizers against Mr. Mao’s appointment as a minister. They think that they were betrayed by their leader who gave posts to those who have been fighting him, and left them to starve,” Kiwanda said.

    He added that he has tried to explain to them that the NRM government welcomes every Ugandan because the president wants to form a national government, but they looked dissatisfied with his explanation.

    Kiwanda said that he advised the aggrieved NRM supporters to be patient with the President and utilize the developmental projects which the government established to fight poverty like the Parish Development Model instead of fighting for government jobs.

    However, Kiwanda told us that he is going to petition the top party organ, the Central Executive Committee (CEC) so that this matter is discussed because it affects their party.

    It should be noted that recently, when the President was in Northern Uganda, he advised NRM cadres to give an olive branch to members from opposition and stop fighting them.

    Museveni told the northerners to emulate him and gave an example of former FDC member Beatrice Anywar who is currently working with him as minister after giving him a hard time.

    Kiwanda also revealed that in the coming CEC meeting, he will task their chairperson President Museveni to explain to him why he no longer appoints Baganda in top government offices.

    Kiwanda added, “Look, the Vice President, Speaker of Parliament, Chief Justice, Deputy Speaker of parliament, Deputy chief Justice, Prime Minister, Deputies to the Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and other top ministers, there is no Muganda. Until you reach to the Attorney General, my brother Kiryowa Kiwanuka.

    “The President should tell us whether he disowned us because our people in Buganda did not overwhelmingly vote for his government in the recent general elections.”

    He admitted that the people of Buganda majorly voted for NUP’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine but this did not mean that all Baganda are in opposition and should be denied top government jobs.

    He pleaded to his boss to change his mind on Buganda and strategise on how they can convince them to love NRM again.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Bobi Wine Summons NUP Legislators To Strategise On How To Save MP Zaake…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine (L) and Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake

    National Unity Platform (NUP) Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has summoned his party legislators to strategise on how to save Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Butebi Zaake from angry parliamentary leadership.

    According to credible sources in NUP, the meeting is expected to take place next week at their party headquarters in Kamwokya.

    Last week, Bobi Wine blasted his legislators for not giving enough support to their own (Zaake) when he was protesting deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa’s ruling stopping him from debating the ongoing abduction of people especially in Buganda.

    “I want to salute Hon. Francis Zaake and tell him that as an individual, I am very proud of him. NUP is very proud of you and Ugandans that were abducted are very proud of you. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of parliament, thank you for not shutting up, thank you for doing exactly what you were elected to do,” he said.

    Even though Bobi Wine praised Zaake, Tayebwa referred him to the parliamentary disciplinary committee and the hearing of his matter kicked off on Tuesday.

    However, sources in NUP revealed that Bobi Wine wants his legislators to put up a spirited fight to frustrate the move of disciplining Zaake.

    These were days after the Speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among warned Zaake that parliament will take criminal action against him to recover the institution’s properties he declined to return after being removed from the position of the parliamentary commissioner.

    Among told parliament that Zaake declined to return the parliamentary car even though he has been informed in writing to return it

    Former Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa advised Bobi Wine to investigate Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona who was acting as the Leader of Opposition on the day Zaake protested because he was the one who stopped other opposition legislators from joining Zaake and telling him to move out of the plenary.

    One of Bobi Wine’s Personal Assistant Julius Katongole said that the motive of the meeting that Bobi Wine summoned is not to condemn or attack anyone but it is about guiding them on how to work together and use parliament to fight president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s bad acts against poor Ugandans.

    He rubbished allegations making rounds that Bobi Wine summoned the legislators to introduce to them their new parliamentary leadership after firing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba from the position of Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic At KCCA As M7 Directs Minister Magyezi To Investigate RCC Burora Claim On Misuse Of PDM Cash…

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    Lubaga deputy RCC Burora (L) and Minister Magyezi (R)

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed in writing the local government minister Raphael Magyezi to investigate the allegation made by Lubaga Division Deputy Resident City Commissioner(RCC) Anderson Burora against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on mismanagement of the government Parish Development Modal cash.

    Minister Magyezi confirmed the development and said that the president directed him to present his findings to cabinet by the coming Monday so that the ministers discuss the matter.

    He said that the president was very concerned with the allegation made by Burora and praised him for standing his ground and speaksoff to the alleged government officials.

    Magyezi told theGrapevine that the president wants other Resident District Commissioners (RDC) to do what Burora did to inspect government projects for the good of the country.

    Last week, Burora suspended the operations of Parish Development Model citing irregularities in implementing the program by allocating the funds to people who are not supposed to benefit from it.

    “We have seen lists bearing names of people who are well off, who own cars, are salary earners and those who own big shops being fronted for Parish Development Model. The project was intended for the 39% population that lives hand-to-mouth, not those who surpassed that level,” Burora said.

    However, Aisha Nabisere, the KCCA Parish Development Model coordinator rubbished Burora’s allegations insisting that he was spreading falsehoods.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Lord Mayor Lukwago Reveals How KCCA Bosses are Conniving With City Tycoons To Swindle USD100M Hiding Under President’s Directive On Markets…

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    Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago has narrated how top Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) bosses are conniving with city tycoons to swiddle USD100M under the guise of implementing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s directives on city markets.

    Lukwago said that he has landed on clandestine plans designed by KCCA technical wing bosses and ministers to procure 10 acres of land in Kampala Central Division at a price of USD100m which is very high.

    He revealed that the said land that is situated in Kisenyi parish belongs to John Bosco Muwonge, a city businessman who they want to front to built a public market as Museveni directed.

    Last month, Museveni met KCCA bosses and directed them to build at least two public markets in all the five Divisions that make up Kampala city.

    Lukwago said that without following the legal procedures, some fraudulent city businessmen have started approaching KCCA to offer their land to be purchased for the market with big commission offers to some KCCA bosses.

    Lukwago insists these businessmen want to sell their land to KCCA at a high price without following the legal requirements and it is the reason why he has summoned the city council meeting to discuss the matter next week.

    When contacted, Joseph Kabuye Kyofatogabye, the KCCA State Minister rubbished the accusation, and asked Lukwago to prove his allegations with evidence.

    “For me, I don’t know how to execute deals but I know Lord Mayor Lukwago is an expert in making deals,” Kabuye said.

    Businessman Muwonge was not reached for a comment.

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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