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You Succeeded In Removing Age Limit But You Will Not Cheat Death – Mao Stings President Museveni

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The Democratic Party president who also doubles as the chairman of the Inter Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD), Nobert Mao has stung president Museveni over the amendment of article 102(b) of the constitution.

While addressing the press at the DP headquarters at City House in Kampala, the DP boss said, “according to article 126, Judicial power is derived from people and shall be exercised by the courts established under this constitution in the name of the people and in conformity with the law and the values, norms and aspirations of people.”

“The colonization of the Supreme Court reflects the colonization of Uganda and the division in the country which was evident in the supreme court. The supreme court has now put the last nail in the coffin of the 1995 constitution, one of the main problems we have here in Uganda now will be the peaceful transfer of power,” Mao said.

He said that him and the likes of Abed Bwaniika were young during Idi Amin’s regime and that they have never seen peaceful change of power.

Mao told president Museveni that he might have succeeded in lifting the age limit cap off the constitution but one thing he (Mao) is sure of is that he will not escape death.

“We grew up seeing wars following the disputed 1980 elections, then we witnessed 20 years of war in northern Uganda which drained Uganda’s economy, billions of dollars were spent on that war, services to other parts of Uganda couldn’t be given and Uganda paid the price as a whole,” he added.

“We had all our hopes on term limits which we thought would allow a peaceful transition but we lost that in 2005 and we remained hopeful that we had the age limit which also was recently removed. Naturally, we don’t want to take up arms but that doesn’t mean we can’t but all this is based on choice,” he said.

He further said that in the various meetings they have held, the talk about taking power through the use of arms usually ends with question marks.

“If we take power by force, why would we listen to anybody? There would be no reason, that’s why we want Ugandans to be part of the struggle so that we don’t black mail them. When people are involved, we will not start saying that we liberated them and asking questions like where were they during the liberation. Our struggle is about breaking the cycle of unconstitutional changes of government,” Mao said.

He said following the supreme court ruling, citizens now have no protection against a life presidency.

“We have not lost hope we are now going to appeal to the people’s court and Museveni this time won’t bride or intimidate us. We are encouraging the determined youth whom we meet in different societies who are ready to shape their own future. And that if we stand in their way, they will push us aside which I think is in their rights. Why does Museveni want to be a life time president? What does he fear?” Mao asked.

He added that he once heard president Museveni saying that after the age of 75, someone starts to diminish and becomes confused, why then does he want to sink with the country. Mao said that as DP, they are determined to put alternatives which Ugandans can trust who will take the country forward.

“We want to present an alternative team which Ugandans can trust. NRM is not a party but an eating house and all those who are there don’t believe in what is going on, they are all with us and we blame the opposition for not uniting and by appearing extremely disorganized.

Museveni’s power is based on gun power and ours is based on people power, let us see which is more powerful between gun power and people power. Guns were invented by the people and Ugandans should stop fearing them but believe in themselves, I urge leaders to unite,” he added.

By Evalyne Musiimenta

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I Have Been Forging Documents Since My Childhood: Former URA Staff Boasts Before Bamugemereire

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Semanda before the land probe

Former Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) staff Steven Semanda boasted before Justice Catherine Bamugemereire’s land probe that he has been a forgery expert since his childhood.

Semanda testified that he has on several occasions been charged in different courts and recorded a number of police statements on uttering forged documents.

“Yes, it’s true I have been making a lot of forgeries but much of the time it’s my friends who ask me to forge documents for them. My Lord, I also don’t want be named to be in such things,” Semanda said. He told the commission that the evil of uttering forged documents started when he was still a young man.

“It was foolish but I forged my father’s signature and withdrew his money from his bank account,” Semanda added. Justice Bamugemereire the chairperson of the commission asked him whether he was the one behind the forging of documents indicating that the 28 acres of land in Kitezi were owned by his brother Charles Mulinde.

Bamugemereire cited the testimony of Mulinde who told the commission that he never owned the contested land but one day, he received a phone call from Semanda asking him to meet and sign certain documents for him. Mulinde said that it was his other brother Apollo Lumu who stopped him from signing the said documents because he (Semanda) was targeting their father’s estate.  Mulinde further told the commission that Semanda was fired from URA after forging documents and embezzling a lot of money.

Semanda admitted that he forged the said documents but clarified that he did it under pressure from his brother Lumu who wanted to own their father’s land saying their elder brothers were not serious.  He denied proceeding with the process because his elder brother Dr. Fred Kambugu warned him to stop forging documents with the aim of stealing their family’s land.

Dr. Kambugu, the Kampala skin clinic boss ran to the commission claiming that there are people who fraudulently grabbed their father’s estate including their family members.

The commission is still investigating the matter.

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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Mafias Chased Us From Government, They Are Now Killing Themselves With Their Guns Over Money And Power – Mirundi…

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President Museveni’s former press secretary Joseph Tamale Mirundi has revealed that there are many signs showing that the mafias in president Museveni’s government are fighting each other over money and power.

“You know we intellectuals have information that mafias are fighting each other that is why dead bodies are now being thrown on the streets. Mafias here are very deadly and I’m telling you Uganda will end up like Somalia, they are going to kill themselves,” Mirundi, who was hosted on Pearl FM radio on Saturday said.

He noted that the mafias in Museveni’s government first fought and chased all the people who were loyal to Museveni under the guise of preventing them from stealing tax payers money. Mirundi said that by the time Museveni supporters like him, Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary Asuman Lukwago were kicked out, the mafias were working together.

Mirundi however said that their tormenters have now developed misunderstanding over money and power that’s why they are fighting each other.

The self-claimed media consultant and private investigator further revealed that the mafias in government have guns which they are using now to kill themselves, he gave an example of the gruesome murder of Joshua Nteyireho Ruhegyera and Mary Tumukunde who were gunned down on Entebbe express highway. Mirundi rubbished the arrests made by Uganda police and other security agencies over the current string of murders and kidnaps adding that the arrested suspects never committed these crimes.

By Jamil Lutakome

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I WANT HER TO VOMIT MY LAND: Mulago Hospital Doctor Drags Former Minister Maria Kiwanuka To Land Probe For Grabbing Her 9 Acres Of Land In Munyonyo…

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L-R: Nabukeera and former minister Maria Kiwanuka

The troubles befalling former finance minister who is also the general manager of Radio one, Akaboozi kubiiri Maria Rhoda Nabasirye Kiwanuka keep pilling each day.

A senior Mulago hospital doctor has now dragged her to the commission of inquiry into land matters for grabbing their 9 acres of land in Munyonyo Kampala.  Rhone Irene Lubega Nabukeera testified before the commission of inquiry into land matters that her father the late Solomon Lubega Byatike Matovu (60) bought 9 acres of land on Kyadondo Block 257 plot 5 from prince Alfred Kigaala, a son to fallen Buganda King, Sir Daudi Chwa in 1964.

“According to the agreement we found at the department of mapping and surveying in Entebbe, our father fully paid the money for the land and lodged a caveat on it to stop unscrupulous people from selling it again, unfortunately, he died before transferring the land into his names,” Nabukeera said.

She told the commission that as a family, they knew that their father left land in Munyonyo but they did not have the documentations until 2006 when a one Yusuf Mukasa, a friend to their late father brought to them the documents.

She said that they went to the registrar of land titles in the Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development to find out the status of their late father’s land. She narrated that at the ministry of lands, they were told that the ministry cannot locate their land because it was still in folios even though it was still caveated. They further advised them to consult Entebbe department of mapping and surveying.

She testified that at Entebbe, they carried out an investigation and found out that their land was subdivided was currently on Kyadondo Block 257 plot 5 and 433. Their findings further revealed that the land was registered in the names of Ambrose Wafumba in 1975.

Nabukeera with her lawyer before the commission

They further discovered that the land was transferred from Wafumba and registered in Alima investments Uganda limited which is owned by Maria Nabasirye Kiwana  Kiwanuka, Margate Kiwana, Nakato Mbekeka, Margate Ndibalekera and Janet Nkabidwa, the shareholders of Alima investments. She revealed that efforts to speak to the owners of Alima investments limited were futile and they decided to use legal means. However, every lawyer they approach for assistance abandoned them. Nabukeera revealed that they discovered that there was an invisible hand influencing lawyers to abandon them.

However, Nabukeera found a tough time when commissioner Dr. Rose Nakayi, a Makerere University law don tasked her to present evidence that the land in question was sold to her father.

Nakayi, basing on the documents before the commission told Nabukeera that the land was owned by King Daudi Chwa on behalf of Buganda so his son Kigaala had no powers to sell it.

In response, Nabukeera insisted that the land was given to Kigaala by Chwa so he owned the land in his personal capacity.  She further testified that even her late mother Dorothy Nasolo benefitted from that land as a daughter to king Chwa.

Former Buganda minister Robert Sebunya supported Nabukeera that the said land was owned by King Chwa in his personal capacity not a king. 

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire the chairperson of the commission promised Nabukeera that very soon, Maria Kiwanuka and others will be summoned to explain how they got the contested land.

Maria Nabasirye Kiwanuka is still battling with her husband’s son Sebuliba Kiwanuka who dragged her to the high court civil division accusing her of fraudulently changing the administration of their father’s companies including Oscar industries limited. Sebuliba asked High Court judge Musa Sekana to issue an order to have his father Mohan Kiwanuka’s mental status examined claiming that her step mother Nabasirye is using him to sign strange documents giving her powers to administer his properties.

By Jamil Lutakome

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