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Your Father Was Stinking Poverty In UK – Ben Kiwanuka’s Son Blasts Prince Wasajja Pins Obote On Killing Kabaka Mutebi’s Father Muteesa II

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Maurice Kagimu Kiwanuka, a son to the first Chief Justice Bendicto Kiwanuka has blasted Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s young brother Prince David Wasajja over Mutungo land.

Kagimu testified before the Commission of inquiry into land matters that he has kept his cool for a long time while studying the ongoing fight between the Buganda Royal family and city businessman Dr. Muhammad Kasasa on the ownership of the 634 acres of land at Mutungo Wakiso district.

“My Lord, I was thinking of what to do. Whether to drag Kasasa to court or to leave the land. I can’t consider Wasajja as the owner of this land because his father sold the land long time ago. Now I have to deal with Dr Kasasa who fraudulently purchased my father’s land. But my Lord, Wasajja pushed me in these dirty water which are full of deadly crocodiles. How can you call my father a thief? You Wasajja with all the integrity he was. No no no my Lord Wasajja must apologize for uttering such reckless statements towards the diginity of my father who refused to be compromised by President Milton Obote and Amin. Wasajja is a respectable person, he is a prince but what he said against my father means a lot and some people think that he might be speaking for someone,” an angry Kagimu noted.

He told the Commission that after Obote attacked the palace and forced Kabaka Muteesa II into exile in United kingdom, his father and other Baganda got concerned about the poor financial situation that their king was going through in UK. He said that in 1968, he traveled to United Kingdom with princess Victoria Mpologoma to see how they can save the king who was doing badly financially. Kagimu told the commission that while in the UK, Muteesa agreed to sign powers of attorney to Mpologoma to administer his properties in Uganda including selling the property to facilitate his stay abroad.

Kagimu gave the Commission a letter which was signed by the solicitor General confirming that the powers of attorney were registered in the names of Mpologoma. He said that when they come back to Uganda, Kiwanuka failed to raise 50,000 pounds to take to the king. He said that he talked to some of his friends who included Joseph Mubiru the former Bank of Uganda governor, lawyer Lawrence Sebalu, Charles Semanda, Joseph Kiwanuka and others to help him with some contributions.

Kagimu told the commission that the money was passed through Lake View Properties LTD which was owned by Kiwanuka and friends. He said that the land transaction deal of Muteesa’s Mutungo land on Kyadondo block 235 plot 56, 64, 59 was signed between Lake View Properties Ltd and Mpologoma. Mpologoma signed the transfer of the land to Lake View Properties Ltd. He told the commission that his father deposited the money on the Lake View Properties Ltd account. He said that this time Kiwanuka personally travel to UK and gave the cheque to Muteesa who was very happy and even gave him four extra acres of land. He told the Commission that when Kiwanuka came back, some of his friends got jealous especially Sebalu because Muteesa had given Kiwanuka four more acres of land on the top of Mutungo land which Sebalu was interested in. He said that Sebalu even reported Kiwanuka and Mpologoma to Obote who called Kiwanuka and grilled him for financially supporting Muteesa in exiled.

He said that Kiwanuka denied but Sebalu further pinned him that he even allowed Muteesa to come to Uganda and sign the powers of attorney which further annoyed Obote. He said that it was the late Godfrey Lukongwa Binaisa, the former attorney General who saved Kiwanuka when he explained to Obote that that Muteesa signed the powers of attorney in UK trough her sister Victoria Mpologoma.

Kagimu testified that Obote changed his decision of killing Kiwanuka and Mpologoma and imprisoned them for supporting Muteesa in exile. He said that it was president Amin who released all political prisoners including his father Kiwanuka.

Commissioner Fred Ruhindi tasked Kagimu to tell the Commission about a one Paul Andrew Kwemalamala who according to papers the commission has sold the Mutungo land to Lake View Properties Ltd in 1968.

Ruhindi also said that the commission has many questions that need to be answered on the way Kwemalamala bought the land from Mpologoma on behalf of Muteesa.

Kagimu concurred with Prince Wasajja that Kwemalamala was not around and his name was just used to hide the deal from Obote and cover Kiwanuka’s name as the buyer of Muteesa’s land. He said that Obote hated Muteesa to the extent that it was a crime for anyone to talk about Muteesa and a number of people were imprisoned.

He said that Obote even reached to the extent of sending spies to United Kingdom to spy on Muteesa and confirmed that it was Obote who killed Muteesa. However, Byenkya warned him from uttering statements which he cannot defend in courts of law like the one of Obote killing Muteesa. Commissioner Robert Sebunya told Kagimu that it might have been true that his father paid money to Muteesa but he doesn’t have evidence to prove his case.

Sebunya added that Kiwanuka traveled to UK and  when he reached London he phoned Muteesa and they meet somewhere in London and he gave him the money. Commissioner Rose Nakayi further revealed that the Commission has a statement made by one of Kagimu’s brother stating that he was with his father Kiwanuka when he gave money to Muteesa in London. Kagimu said that he doesn’t think that his brother went to London with Kiwanuka because they were too young. Sebunya further told the commission that Kwemalamala was around and the commission has evidence that Kwemalamala was a businessman in Kyabakuza, Masaka who was very close to the Buganda royal family. Kagimu testified that he is even thinking of sueing Kasasa for fraudulently purchasing his father’s land after conniving with Sebalu.  The Commission is still investigating the matter.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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Ugandans Are Tired Of Your Impunity, Very Soon You Will Cause Anarchy In This Country – Minister Kutesa’s Son- In- Law Grilled

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Muganga (in spects) before the land probe

City tycoon Albert Muganga, the son-in-law to the Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kahamba Kutesa is still shaking his head and thinking about the prophetic statements made against him by land probe commissioners.

Muganga, the proprietor of Kenlloyd Logistics Uganda Limited, who married Ishta Kutesa, a daughter to Kutesa and co-owns Pioneer Bus Company was informed that Ugandans are bitter and tired of the way they use their connections to carryout impunity against them with a mission to enrich themselves.

“Mr. Muganga, get it from me that Ugandans are bitter against you people who take yourself to be so special and run every business in this country. You must stop that arrogancy. You claim that you help the government to provide public transport to Ugandans, you mean you are the only ones who are in this business of transporting Ugandans? What we can tell Ugandans is that you are providing riches for yourselves not Ugandans.  Ok, if you think that Ugandans love you and your company (Pioneer easy bus company) let us organize a referendum, that’s when you will discover that Ugandans are tired of you people,” soft-spoken commissioner George Tikamanyire Bagonza said. 

Bagonza further warned Muganga that one day, their group will pay for the impunity they are doing today to Ugandans by grabbing public properties for free and later demanding for billions in compensation because they are connected to powerful people in government offices. He said that such impunity is creating tribalism in this country which will soon result into anarchy and lead to the death of innocent people.

The soft-spoken man from Bunyoro was supported by justice Catherine Bamugemereire the chairperson of the commission who asked Muganga to tip other Ugandans how he gets opportunities to be awarded juicy government contracts in a controversial manner. She cited the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway. Bamugemereire further revealed that there is a click of youthful people who think that they have to illegally occupy public properties and space like swamps and forest reserves with a hidden motive of asking for compensation. She warned him that in other countries, people like him would be in jail for grabbing public land which the government obtained using tax payer’s money.

The tough Bamugemereire pinned Muganga that he gave NRM party diehard, who is also the commissioner Uganda Land Commission, Hajjat Madinah Nsereko money to corrupt other commissioners who sit on the commission to fraudulently award his company a Namboole stadium lease at a cheap.

Bamugemereire wondered how bags of money blinded an old man like Baguma Isoke’s to the extent of him awarding government land to Pioneer without the consent of the Namboole stadium management. She revealed that Muganga and company first used a one Norah Nabagesera who was compensated by government in 1989 when the government was acquiring Namboole stadium land to establish the stadium to come back and claim for the same land.

The court of Appeal justice told Muganga that he facilitated Nabagesera by paying all her legal fees to drag the stadium management and the Attorney General to court well knowing that the land which shewas fighting for was not hers.

Commissioner Robert Sebunya tasked Muganga to explain how Pioneer Easy Bus was transferred from former minister Mathew Rukikaire’s hands to him. He warned Muganga to stop boosting that he provids public transport to Ugandans, something that was supposed to be done by the government.

The former Buganda kingdom health minister stated that many Ugandans are crying after losing jobs because of Pioneer Easy Buses.

He cited other companies which are providing the same services like Pioneer Easy Buses like Awakula Ennume bus company, taxis and bodabodas but were not given government incentives like they did to Pioneer Buses company. Commissioner Joyce Habaasa tasked Muganga to explain why he is not paying ground rent to the government yet he was using its land.

Muganga defended himself that he is not paying ground rent to government because he is not using the land. He blamed the commission of inquiry into land matters for stopping him from opening the boundaries of the land.

Lead counsel Ebert Byenkya tasked Muganga to explain to the commission why he only paid Shs598m for the lease on the 30 acres of land for five years with a condition to extend it to 49 years yet an acre in Bweyogerere where Namboole land is located, costs over shs200m (which means Muganga was supposed to pay Shs1.6billion), he said that this could be the reason why Muganga sidelined Namboole stadium when purchasing the land.

MUGANGA DEFENDS HIMSELF

Muganga testified that in 2016, together with his partner James Yafero, they applied for a lease in Uganda land commission because they wanted to establish a bus terminal. He boosted that they paid a lot of money in that transaction even though they signed an agreement with the government to be given the contested land to help ease public transport in the country. He told the commission that he was first defrauded of shs150m by Nabagesera who misled him that he was the owner of the land. 

The commission is still investigating the matter.

By Jamil Lutakome

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PICTURES: We Have Agreed: M7, Kagame Shake Hands, Sign Agreement To End Tension

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President Museveni has signed an agreement with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame to improve the political and economic relations between the two countries.

According to president Museveni, the signing of the agreement was witnessed by Dennis Sassou Nguesso, the Chairman of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region in the presence of Angolan President Joao Lourenco and DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi.

“Today, I joined my counterparts from Angola, DR Congo, Rwanda and Congo Brazzaville in Luanda, as together with President Paul Kagame, we signed an agreement to improve the political and economic relations between our countries.

We have agreed on a raft of issues that will be implemented between our two countries, largely meant to improve our security, trade, and political relations. Uganda is fully committed to enforcing this agreement.

I thank Presidents; Joao Lourenco of Angola and Felix Tshisekedi of DR Congo for overseeing this process. I also thank His Excellency Dennis Sassou Nguesso for witnessing the signing as Chair of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region,” Museveni confirmed.

Tension mounted in March this year when Rwanda’s security at Gatuna border barred Ugandan trucks from crossing to either side of the border. Rwandan authorities blocked vehicles or Ugandans from entering or exiting the country.

Both presidents later made remarks which were seen as threatening to each other, with Museveni warning that “those who try to destabilize our country do not know our capacity” and Kagame countering that “nobody anywhere can bring me to my knees.”

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SYSTEM VOLONGOTO: UTL Saga Deepens, IGG Petitioned To Investigate Anite Tormentors, Rukutana And Muhakanizi Over Their Huge Wealth Worth Trillions

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L-R: Rukutana, Anite and Muhakanizi

The Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL) saga has taken a new twist after David Ssemwanga, a concerned Ugandan petitioned the office of the Inspector General of Government (IGG) Irene Mulyagonja to investigate the massive wealth owned by Attorney General (AG) William Byaruhanga, his deputy Mwesigwa Rukutana and Permanent Secretary (PS) to finance Keith Muhakanizi.

According to Ssemwanga’s petition, he alleges that top government officials have accumulated a lot of wealth through corruption and abuse of their offices because the huge wealth worth trillions of shillings that they own does now reflect the monthly salaries they receive from government.

“The mentioned public officials have been on record disagreeing to the audit into Uganda Telecom Communication limited,” Ssemwanga stated. In his letter, Ssemwanga alleges that, “”Infact, Mr. Rukutana owns 5 arcades, 6 storied apartments in Zana and 2 houses in Kololo. Keith Muhakanizi owns 5 storied apartments in Bukoto, 4 in Naguru and 3 houses in Germany where he stays as he was staying as he got treatment recently and 2 houses in Mbarara. Also Keith Muhakanizi owns in total 50 square miles of land/farm. William Byaruhanga has bought land infront of rwenzori courts buildings. He wants his law firm to manage UTL affairs.”

Last week, a whistleblower petitioned the IGG seeking an investigation into the huge wealth accumulated by state minister for investment and privatization Evelyn Anite. He claimed that Anite received a bribe from Mauritius Telecom limited to award them the deal to run UTL. He insisted that it was because of the bribe that Anite decided to go against the cabinet recommendations that UTL should be given to Teleology Holdings Limited.This week, Anite told journalists that her life is in danger over UTL. When contacted to confirm whether the IGG has received Ssemwanga’s petition, Ali Munira, the Public Relations Officer in the office of the IGG confirmed receipt of the petition. Munira told the Grapevine that the IGG will soon kick off with the investigation into the petition.

By Jamil Lutakome

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