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Bushenyi: NRM Members Petition Museveni to Reign in on Chairman Basajjabalaba



A cross-section of National Resistance Movement (NRM) party members in Bushenyi district have petitioned the party National Chairperson, Yoweri Museveni asking him to reign in on their district party chairperson, Al Hajji Hassan Bassajjabalaba

In a meeting held at Bettina Hotel in Bushenyi, the angry members who were holding anti-Basajjabalaba placards signed a petition in which they accused the latter of threatening to tear up the party.

In the petition titled ‘The Unbecoming Behavior Of The District NRM Chairperson’  members accused Basajjabalaba of failure to play an impartial role during the recent party elections, disrespecting party leaders and candidates, openly involving himself in voter bribery while supporting a section of candidates against others, conducting open rallies in different areas with massive gatherings that flout the presidential directives and Standard operating procedures as laid out by the ministry of health concerning the COVID 19 pandemic, financing illegal activities and undermining elected leaders, dividing the Muslim community, among others.

“These actions and conduct are detrimental to unity and continuity of our party and threatens our highly projected performance of our National Party Presidential Flag bearer and the NRM party in general,” the petition reads in part.

Basajjabalaba is further accused of promoting electoral violence against party candidates which left about five people seriously injured and admitted in different hospitals on the verge of losing their lives.

“The chairman has recruited a group of hooligans he has sponsored to engage in violent activities that has left four people badly injured and currently hospitalized at Mbarara regional referral hospital in critical conditions” says Yassin Kyota, the NRM chairperson Ishaka Division

It is from this that the NRM stakeholders appealed the president to refrain Bassajjabalaba from partial and selective participation in NRM primary elections before district NRM members defect to opposition political parties.

“We wish to retaliate our commitment towards building a strong party because we are committed to remain solid and building our party” Kyakuwa Adam Bakunda adds

The members also want the security agencies in Bushenyi district to “apprehend the criminal gangs under the District Chairman’s sponsorship.”

Apollo Kakonge, the Executive Director Western Ankole Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) said the Bushenyi situation warrants immediate action against the NRM district chairperson.

“We are looking forward for your timely response to save our people because the party chairperson is taking sides that divide the candidates within NRM yet he is supposed to be impartial making sure that all the candidates are participating fairly” says Kakonge

He suspects that by the end of NRM primaries, most candidates will have thought of standing on independent tickets because of the rough political terrain in the district.

In response however, the accused (Hassan Bassajjabalaba) dismissed all the allegations against him calling for peaceful and fair elections among all party candidates in Bushenyi district.

“That’s not true, I condemn violence and I will never support that violence. My interest is to have a fair election and for the people to vote for capable leaders” says Bassajjabalaba

He instead accused some of the aspiring party candidates of attempting to tarnish his name after failing to fulfill all the credentials to represent the district.

“Is Annet educated? Let her produce her O’level certificate and even show us where she studied from.

On voter bribery, Mr. Bassajjabalaba claimed he was only fulfilling the 2016 pledge he promised to sub county NRM party chairpersons after massively voting for President Museveni.

“I had initially pledged that if we win the 2016 presidential and NRM flag bearers I will give money to some of those sub counties and that’s the money that I was handing in” he says


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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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