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Kyagulanyi Warns ‘Opportunists’ as NUP Launches Fundraising Campaign



Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, the president of the National Unity Platform party (NUP) has ridiculed a section of party members who he referred to as ‘opportunists’ for working tirelessly in frustrating the party efforts.

“There are some members who joined us not with the intention of ousting dictatorship and that alone sends us a signal that we must open our eyes wide,” Kyagulanyi said.

He emphasized that among the frustrators are the politicians who joined the party but still serve their old parties.

“As we earlier stated, you are either with us or not with us. Even the national laws that govern political parties are very clear, no one can belong to two political parties,” he added.

He made these remarks while officiating three combined functions at NUP party headquarters in Kamwokya; launching the fundraising campaign, unveiling the new NUP Election Management Committee and unveiling new party members from the Motor Sport Championship.

“We launched NUP to avoid this fracas but it seems there are people who still want to disorganize us. It is not a force to belong to NUP though we are open to anyone. Someone is free to belong to another political party and we still work together as it has been because we have worked with political parties like JEEMA and others,” he noted.

Adding his voice to the president, Joel Ssenyonyi, the party spokesperson, warned anybody who has a special mission of killing NUP to stop before their acts expose them.

“They come here we give them NUP cards and they go outside there to frustrate the efforts of the party. By virtue that you decide to be a member of our party, you are expected to do things that promote it not demote it,” he noted.

Without mentioning specific individuals, the party leaders revealed that the so called ‘moles’ played a big role in frustrating them in the recently concluded elections of the youth committees.

“It is even seen by a breastfeeding baby that Bassaja Mivule is part of them. Imagine after getting the card, he is the one abusing us and our president,” one supporter said.

The party also launched the fundraising campaign dubbed ‘Muda ku Muda’ (meaning Shs 10,000 each) which seeks to collect over Shs 1.5 trillion to support Mr. Kyagulanyi in his 2021 presidential bid.

“We know many people outside there would wish to do what we are doing but they don’t have time and others fear government frustrations. Through this campaign we can all achieve and we call upon everyone to give in the name of the struggle,” Aishah Kabanda, the Chairperson of the Fundraising Committee said.

Meanwhile, the party also unveiled the Elections Management Committee led by Mr. Masiwa Lukamba as its chairperson and it shall be in charge of all the NUP electoral activities.

“Please avoid corruption one of the things why we are fighting this war is because of corruption that has dominated the government officials. We shall deal with any corrupt official the way we shall deal with them when we take power,” Kyagulanyi cautioned the election committee members.

“Don’t discriminate candidates basing on their race, financial ability, age or political positions. We want to set an example which will be followed by the rest,” he added.

The party, in addition, also unveiled over 30 motorsport champions led by their leader Shafiki Lumbuye.

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Another blow as Judge throws out Kiggundu’s lawyer Muwema



When court sat on Friday to hear the Kiggundu’s application to stop independent audit, he did not have a written application, and Justice Henry Adonyo instead ordered the plaintiff’s lawyer Fred Muwema to go make a written application seeking court to dismiss the audit and return to court on September 30 for a hearing of the application. But this adds more pressure on Kiggundu who is choking with the loans.

On 31 August, the judge ordered the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) to carry out and independent audit into the accounts of the businessman and financial statements exchanged between the two parties, and present a report to court.

When asked by journalists why he has filed for an application seeking dismissal of the audit, Fred Muwema had this to say. “We are saying that let the validity and legality of those credit facilities (loans) be decided first before you can audit” He said.

The ruling on the application of the main suit to determine whether the businessman owes loan arrears to the bank is set for 5th October 2020, after which a date for hearing of the case will be set.


Hamis Kiggundu through his companies Ham enterprises and Kiggs International (U) ltd sued DTB branches in Kenya and Uganda for deducting money from his accounts something which the bank contends and said they only acted as per the loan agreement of deducting 30% from Kiggundu’s accounts to recover the credit facilities rendered to him between February 2011 and September 2016

But Court documents filed by the bank in their defense shows that Kiggundu, between February 2011 and September 2016, was granted various credit facilities by the said DTB Banks.

First, via Ham Enterprises Limited, Kiggundu obtained a loan of $6,663,453 and another Sh2.5bn from the DTB (U) to finance his projects in the real estate business.

Later, according to New Vision, he got a facility worth $4.5m through Kiggs International (U) Limited from DTB (K) and mortgaged his properties, which include Plot 328 located at Kawuku on Block 248 Kyadondo, three plots that include 36, 37 and 38 on Folio 1533 Victoria Crescent II situated in Kyadondo and land on Makerere Hill Road on LRV 3716 Folio 10 Plot 923 Block 9.

Documents show that as of January 21, 2020, Kiggundu was in default on payment obligations of $6.298m on the loan facility of $6.663m, as well as sh2.885b on the demand overdraft facility of sh1.5b and the temporary demand overdraft facility of sh1b.

The banks say that Kiggundu was in default on the payment of another $3.662m out of a total loan facility of $4m and another $458,604 on a loan facility of $500,000, as of January 21, 2020.

The DTB consequently served him with a demand notice to either pay up or lose the assets that he submitted as collateral security. The bank threatened to attach a plot on Makerere Hill Road and other prime commercial properties.

Analysts says that Kiggundu’s lawyer is playing delaying tactics aimed at stopping the independent audit as ordered by the court earlier. Kiggundu had wanted court to believe his own audit of loan transactions, but that would amount to injustice to the banks that gave him money-DTB Uganda and DTB Kenya.

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Minister Rukutana charged with attempted murder, remanded




The state minister for Labour, Gender and Economic Development Mwesigwa Rukutana has been remanded to Kyamugorani prison in Mbarara district.

Rukutana appeared before Ntungamo Grade One magistrate Nazifah Namayanja this afternoon from where he was charged with seven offences related to attempted murder, assault, malicious damage, and threatening violence.

Rukutana was captured in a video that went viral on social media showing him grabbing a gun from one of his bodyguards and started shooting at a vehicle belonging to supporters of his political rival Naome Kabasharira. At the time of the incident, Rukutana had just lost the Rushenyi country NRM flag to Kabasharira.

The prosecution alleges that on September 5, 2020, at Kagugu village in Ntungamo district, Rukutana and others still at large assaulted Julius Niwamanya and threatened to kill or injure him together with three others. The others are Stuart Kamukama, Dan Rwibirungi, and Moses Kamukama. 

It is also alleged that Rukutana also willfully and unlawfully damaged a motor vehicle registration number UAR 840X Toyota Rav 4 type which belongs to Moses Muhumuza.

According to the Judiciary public relations officer, Jameson Karemani, Rukutana has not taken a plea of these charges against him since they can only be tried by the chief magistrate who was not in court today.

As a result, the magistrate decided to send him to Kyamugorani, awaiting his return to court on Tuesday.      

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Lira district headquarters closed over COVID-19




Lira district headquarters have been closed after one staff tested positive for COVID-19 last week. 

On Monday morning, district staff were blocked at the gate with only the deputy chief administrative officer, his secretary and the receptionist allowed access to their offices. 

Paul Samuel Mbiiwa, the deputy chief administrative officer says that only heads of department will be allowed at the headquarters while the rest will work from home. He adds that the restriction will help to curb the spread of the virus.

“You see corona is not a joke. We have taken a step at fighting it and that is why you are seeing the staff outside. Even in my office here I do not want people to come if there is anything we can discuss on the phone.”

Francis Okello Olwa, a senior community development officer who doubles as the district spokesperson says that the entire district offices will be fumigated and closed for two days.

Health authorities in the district are planning to take samples from all the staff because they could have interacted with the one who tested positive. Currently, there are 19 COVID-19 patients under treatment at Lira regional referral hospital.     

On Sunday four health workers at the hospital tested positive for COVID-19. Dr Patrick Odongo, a senior medical officer at the hospital also succumbed to the virus.  

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