By Serestino Tusingwire
The government of Uganda has extended deadline on which the sim card registration and validation exercise would stop.
Last week, officials from UCC and security officers met with telecom companies’ officials and decided that all subscribers of telecommunications services must update their SIM card registration details using their National Identification Card number.
They also decided that all SIM cards whose details would not updated and verified by Thursday 20th April 2017 would be deactivated.
However, according to the directive that has been issued by the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda; after reviewing all these UCC directives, the government has decided to extend the deadline to next month.
“The government has reviewed the said timelines and taken a decision that the ongoing SIM card verification exercise should be extended to the 19th May 2017.
This contradicts Rugunda’s yesterday statement saying the exercise deadline won’t be extended because it is a security concern and is much needed.
Members of Parliament under the Teso parliamentary Forum have halted their planned demonstration against delays by government to distribute enough food to their areas.
The deadline for an ultimatum given to government elapsed on Tuesday but the lawmakers instead called for a dialogue meeting. Kumi Woman MP Monica Amoding said the planned demo would have to wait for the outcome of the dialogue.
“The deadline is now over and we are only waiting for what government is going to tell us in the Wednesday meeting,” she said.
Amoding also said that they will not give up their pressure because their voters are losing life to the clawed teeth of famine. “The situation is very terrible, our people have no food and those who can afford can only eat porridge for survival,” said Amoding.
The Tuesday ultimatum was issued by the lawmakers including Ngora County’s David Abala (NRM), Kumi Woman MP Monica Amoding (NRM) as well as Silas Aogon (Ind) and Cosmas Elotu (NRM) of Kumi Municipality and Dakabela County respectively last week on Thursday.
The members accused government of dilly dallying as people were locked in famine, and threatened that they would take to the streets at the end of the deadline.
Mr Abala who is currently out of the country on official duties threatened that they would even take to casual labor activities alongside fundraising drives to help raise funds for their dying population.
“We shall ask for available opportunities including car washes, toilet cleaning and anything that can give us money,” said Abala.
Mr Musa Ecweru, the minister of State for Disaster preparedness confirmed the meeting between government and the leaders.
The Prime Minister of Uganda, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has said there will be no extension of the April 20th deadline for the registration and validation of sim-cards.
Rugunda issued the directive at a meeting with cabinet ministers and officials of the Uganda Communications Commission.
The directive by the leader of government business comes amid numerous calls from the public to extend the deadline.
The officials in the meeting that was chaired by the prime minister himself reviewed the simcard registration process and agreed to maintain the April 20th deadline.
“Whether the days are going to be extended or not, this matter has been reviewed and you will be informed. The key point is that lets now stick to the seven days,” Rugunda remarked.
When asked about the plans the government has for mobile money users, Rugunda had this to say; “the government is doing this in order to ensure that the business environment/security improves so that Ugandans and telecom companies can make more money safely.
Meanwhile court is sitting this afternoon to decide on whether to order for deadline extension or allow government to cut off unregistered simcards.
We shall keep you posted
Budget constraints could affect Uganda’s plans to host the East African Community heads of state summit this year as the line ministry grapples with financial challenges.
For Uganda to host the summit, it needs more than Shs1 bilion but the ministry of East African Community Affairs’ budget stands at Sh1.3 billion shillings for the entire year.
According to Julius Maganda, the State Minister for East African Community Affairs, his ministry after completing all the necessary payments, remains with only Shs1.3 billion that is meant for administration and wages.
“We cannot do our mandate to host the EAC heads of state summit based on the budget that we have, the money is small, we are trying within our best,” Maganda said.
This was revealed on Tuesday when the ministry officials were appearing before the parliamentary committee on East Africa to give a report on how well they are prepared for the summit.
Meanwhile, Tonny Onyoo, the committee chairperson advised the government to terminate that ministry if it can support its activities to steer the integration process in the country.
Many Ugandans are on verge of being cut off air for lack of National IDs as NIRA says some are just registering.
Ugandans who applied for National Identification Cards this week should not expect to get National ID numbers immediately.
This is according to Gilbert Kadilo the National Identification and Registration Authority’s manager public relations and corporate affairs.
He however adds that for those who previously genuinely registered and applied for national IDs and have not received them yet, they can request for the National Identification Number as they wait for the cards.
He also notes that most Ugandans have received their National Identification Cards after the Uganda Communications Commission issued a 7-day ultimatum to have all sim-card registration validated using National IDs.
According to Kadilo, they have produced over 16m National IDs all together since they first embarked on the registration exercise in 2014.
Out of this over 14 million cards have so far been issued to their owners while over 1.5million are yet to be collected.
Singer Jose Chameleone has been given two weeks to respond to a divorce petition filed by his wife Daniella Atim.
Atim filed a divorce case against Joseph Mayanja aka Jose Chameleone at the Chief Magistrates Court at Nakawa alleging that her husband is a drunk and cruel man who physically assaults her and her children.
She wants court to nullify their marriage and issue a restraining order against Chameleone. They have been married since 2008.
Her divorce petition is number 72 of 2017 and was filed on April 18, 2017 by her lawyers Okurut and Company Advocates and has been assigned to Margaret Aanyu. The couple have four children and she wants full custom of the children.
The children are: Abba Mayanja, 11, Alfa Mayanja, 8, Alba Mayanja, 4 and Amama Mayanja, 3.
Atim says in the petition that Chameleone is an alcoholic who returns home inebriated and tortures her and the children for no apparent reason.
She says that the situation got out of hand in 2013 and she fled home and hid at friends homes and sought counseling from religious leaders who have tried to intervene to no avail. She says she is currently not sharing a bed with the musician fearing that he could kill her.
“Your petitioner’s life is in danger. The respondent has severally threatened to kill her and has been mistreating her a lot,” stated the petition.
She has asked court to dissolve her marriage and put a permanent injunction restraining Chameleone from ever coming close to her.
She wants Chameleone to pay for the costs of the suit and child support.
By John V Sserwaniko
Modestly educated Hajjat Rehema Watongola is back as Kamuli Municipality MP having decisively defeated archrival Salaam Musumba with a margin of over 3,000 votes in the last week by-elections.
But what many are wondering is the reason why President Museveni, who had previously worked with Musumba, unleashed so much military might to subdue the FDC candidate. As LC5 chairperson for Kamuli, Salaam had through NRM SG Kasule Lumumba cultivated good rapport with the President and even accompanied him to Rome during the Papal visit.
This development sparked anxiety in FDC with members concluding their iron lady was defecting to NRM. Salaam also reduced her militant rhetoric against the system. Yet that wasn’t all. Unconfirmed reports show that a few months ago, Museveni financially intervened with Shs500m when a city bank was on the verge of taking the Nakasero residence belonging to Salaam and Isaac Musumba.
Reliable sources say that Museveni’s generous gesture was prompted by Lumumba who is friendlier to Salaam than Minister Isaac Musumba. The two-Salaam and Lumumba-share a lot including being devout Catholics who went to school together.
They also go to the same salon (Lords & Kings Parliamentary Avenue) and co-founded PAFO to oppose the lifting of term limits along with others. Its alleged when Salaam agreed, as LC5 chair, to scale down her criticisms of the system, Museveni tasked Lumumba to follow up the modalities including defecting back to NRM and be made a minister.
Apparently this is where Salaam reneged justifying the viciousness with which Museveni acted last week as seen in the heavy deployments. “She has been playing hide and seek yet Mzee expected Lumumba to report back that she has finally agreed,” said knowledgeable sources.
The other thing that happened last week and greatly perturbed Museveni, was the big Salaam crowds that gathered in Kamuli town to taunt and humiliate him as he drove back from Watongola rally at Kamuli district headquarters.
Donned in FDC colors, the Salaam crowd violently heckled as Museveni passedby, a thing that showed Museveni Salaam hadn’t changed as Lumumba had promised she would. Her supporters were, throughout the campaign period defiant, violent and very provocative towards NRM to the extent of stopping police trucks to check suspected ballot stuffing and other election offences.
There was something called the Arrow Brigade whose commanders were Besigye FDC diehards from mostly Kasese and Kampala. Museveni had previously protested to Lumumba about Salaam’s continued closeness to Col Kiiza Besigye including agreeing to serve in his People’s Government Network as Prime Minister.
“Museveni is more comfortable with people allied to Muntu but Salaam has remained a Besigyeist not willing even to make that little shift of denouncing KB for Muntu like the Katuntus have done,” said a Museveni assistant.
The other thing angering Museveni was the message the FDCs-Nandala Mafabi, Semujju Nganda, Harod Kaija, Kassiano Wadri and others-gave to Kamuli residents while marketing Salaam. They consistently told people the party badly needs Salaam back to Parliament at a time Museveni is pondering lifting age limits.
“This messaging made Mzee realize that this was about him politically. That is why he put more efforts than he originally intended to. He spent a whole day in Kamuli and also stayed in nearby Mayuge from where he supervised the elections to ensure that the unrepentant Salaam is politically neutralized,” sources said.MP Rehema Watongola
The lukewarm attitude would-be kingmakers Rebecca Kadaga and Lumumba exhibited towards Watongola also prompted Museveni not to take things for granted. Whereas Lumumba came mainly on the day Museveni visited and didn’t stay long, Kadaga was totally absent. In her place came Mike Mukula. The two powerful ladies are close Musumba allies. Museveni couldn’t take chances having seen the political humiliation such intrigue caused him in Abdul Katuntu’s Bugweri County where his man Kivejinja was annihilated during the December 2008 by-elections.
The last week defeat notwithstanding, Kamuli watchers insist Salaam can’t be written off so easily. “She is a multi-tasking politician with a following just imagine getting 5,000 votes in such a small town. She is still relevant and the Salaam I know isn’t yet done. She is going to build on those votes and can upstage NRM in 2021 about 4 years from now. The incumbent will no doubt make mistakes and will have to pay debts first and to also use this period to catch up on personal things having been in battle since 2015.
This is what Salaam is going to capitalize on. The Hajjat Watongola myth of a people’s person is going to be demystified: the 2m per zone, the chairs and tents she has been donating will be no more and voters will begin grumbling,” remarked an influential Busoga radio personality ever keenly following political trends in Kamuli.
Yet to fully understand the last week results, there are other factors one has to look into including the role played by ex-Minister Asuman Kiyingi who is also former Bugabula South MP famous for thrice overcoming Salaam.
Kiyingi was originally supposed to run in the by-election having mostly been urged to do so by supporters in Namisambya and Basata parishes (consensus is Muslims should rule this Municipality and it had to be Kiyingi in absence of Watongola). These are rural parishes that were added onto the other 8 to make Kamuli Municipality.
They were cut from Kiyingi’s Bugabula South and, whereas she was neck to neck with Salaam in the urban parishes, Watongola got block vote here because of Kiyingi’s influence. Along with LC5 Chairman Thormas Kategere, Kiyingi epitomized the Kaugu camp which always opposed the Kadaga camp.
Watongola, who once contested with Kadaga for woman MP Seat, also belongs to Kaugu camp and Kiyingi and Kategere provided the nucleus around which other hitherto disgruntled camp members coalesced to fail Salaam. There were fears the 6 others she competed with in NRM primaries would gang up and split the NRM vote and diminish Watongola’s chances.
This was very much expected after Masitula Namatovu originally of the Kadaga camp in the primaries, kept hostility to Watongola even after primaries. The camp was originally in disarray but the Kiyingi/Kategere solidarity provided glue on which Watongola built. Many including Isaac Musumba, Moses Kizige and others had originally shunned Watongola fearing she had been discredited too much (as ebichupuli politician) to win.
The Salaam propaganda had been too much and the fear was the population would morally shun her. The Kiyingi solidarity delivered something unexpected on nominations day-with a crowd of over 7,000 people joining the Watongola entourage which also comprised of many cars. This pomp was completed with Kiyingi’s posh car in which Watongola rode from nominations. Isaac Musumba had previously vowed never to support anybody from the Watongola because an impression had been created it produces only ebichupuli politicians.
This characterization gained currency after Watongola was disqualified for having fake qualifications and her husband detained for alleged dishonest dealings. Led by Kiyingi, the Kaugu camp influence further manifested in the role DJ Ronald Mengoli played. He is Kamuli’s leading celebrity and has the best disco system in the town.
He is a pace-setter of sorts and was initially hostile to the Watongolas. His candidate all along was Kiyingi who bowed out arguing Hajjat was popular enough to win for the NRM party. Kiyingi tactfully recapitalized Mengoli’s disco business with Shs27m that was used to ship in brand new machines and Public Address System.
This gave him a say in this influential celebrity’s life and business decisions. “He has the best public address system and once he switches it on, the entire town is brought to its knees. This is what was used to drown the Musumba procession on nominations day as people at Salaam’s rally couldn’t even hear the speeches because the entire town was drowned in Watongola music,” remarked Suleiman Ikoba, a Boda-Boda rider in Kamuli.
The following day the Musumba camp approached Mengoli and offered Shs0.4m per day but still the DJ couldn’t abandon Watongola who was giving only Shs150,000 per day because of the new equipment Kiyingi had contributed.
Ability to monopolize Kamuli’s best music address system ensured Watongola’s campaign momentum kept growing daily and by the time Salaam brought in the Besigye’s and others from Kampala, it was too late to tame the momentum Watongola’s bid had generated.
Highly placed sources say when celebrated researcher Semujju Nganda entered Kamuli he spent much of his time talking to ordinary people on the streets and his clear conclusion was it was too late to reverse the Watongola momentum. He left days after and didn’t come back.
Reliable sources say this irreversible momentum is the reason even Isaac Musumba, who had previously denounced Watongola, had to join her the Sunday before Museveni came on Monday. Salaam supporters had all along claimed Isaac was with them as evidenced by logistics like hoes that were being given to voters in the FDC candidate’s stronghold areas.
This momentum resulting from the Kaugu solidarity also emboldened Museveni, who had previously given up, to invest more efforts in Watongola. He had previously been convinced to be low profile on grounds the Watongolas had morally been too soiled for the liking of Kamuli people.
However, the intelligence reports he got showing clearly Watongola was strong (because of the Kaugu solidarity, campaign organization, the Salaam character problem of abusing people and the voter sympathy) greatly emboldened Museveni not only to drive to Kamuli and spend a whole day there but to also camp in nearby Mayuge to ensure the FDC iron lady is politically uprooted once and for all.
In fact Museveni’s presence, which Kiyingi and Kategere spent 2 hours rationalizing on election eve on Sebo FM, prompted hitherto fence-sitting cadres like Bugabula South MP Kibalya Maurice to become part of the last minute efforts leading to Salaam’s political misery.
Shocking details emerging about Makerere University Medical student, who on Saturday allegedly raped a fellow student identified as Brenda Nakyejju, before she jumped out of his room on third floor at Mitchel hall, indicate that he could be a serial rapist.
Jeremiah Mukyemu, a fourth year medical student has been accused by a former employee of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) of allegedly defiling his daughter.
Yeko Bwana, a resident of Lumuli Village in Mukono, says that Mukyemu raped his daughter identified as Agnes Nadia in 2015 when she was still a first year student at MUK, but his efforts to get justice from Wandegeya police were fruitless.
Bwana says Mukyemu was dragged to Wandegeya police and charged with rape vide file number SD REF 22/10/10/2015, but later the Resident State Attorney and police foiled investigations, before dropping the case.Bwana Yeko who accuses Mukyemu of raping his daughter
When asked about the matter, Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Emiliano Kayima said “That case was reported but the State Attorney had a lot of queries with it and the family failed to provide necessary evidence to cause the arrest of the suspect, so we pushed it aside.”
Bwana however says that “The police frustrated our efforts to get justice. How can the State Attorney say there was no evidence yet there was a lot of blood? The girl was taken to hospital, how can they say that there was no evidence when there was a medical report? Mukyemu even wrote an apology letter admitting to have committed the crime and asking for my forgiveness but the police still say there was no evidence?”
Bwana, who was speaking amidst tears, said that “After being raped, my daughter fled from home. Since then I have never seen her. Mukyemu should be put in jail and let the law take its own course. And you my daughter Agnes Nadia, I beg you wherever you are to return home please.”
Mukyemu is currently in detention at Wandegeya police station where cops are investigating him over two charges of the attempted rape and attempted murder of another student.
West Nile coaches Swaib Sabasaba Waku and Bosco Dudu have released a list of 25 players to face the National soccer team-Uganda Cranes on Sunday 23rd April, 2017 in Paidha.
Uganda cranes is playing Airtel and Nile Breweries sponsored Regional Tour matches, the second happening this year after a successful tour in the East, played at Kamuli Park Municipal Stadium in March 2017.
The main purpose of such tours among others is to take the national team brand closer to the fans in the respective localities.
Uganda Cranes last regional tour match was a 3-1 result against Eastern Region select team in Kamuli last month.
West Nile Squad:
Goal keepers: Data Saidi (Paidha Black Angels), Sijsli Safi (Doves All Stars), Tella Stephen (Rising Stars FC)
Defenders: Jakisa Jerry (Nebbi Central), Uyirwoth Erick (Paidha Black Angels), Andima Abdulrahuman (Doves All Stars), Ococha Rashid (Nebbi Central), Odagiu Khalidi (Paidha Black Angeks), Sabir Nesta (Paidha Black Angels), Ngomesende Colbert (Hot Springs FC), Siraji Ambrose (Alpha), Aniku Oso Dejong (Doves All Stars), Data Baa (Vurra FC), Mahad Swali (HFL Adjumani), Franco Deguzman (Rising Stars Koboko),
Midfielders: Akbar Khemis (Hot Springs FC), Abang Creamio (Paidha Black Angels), Choka Julius (Nebbi Central), Jagyembe Joel (Hot Springs), Ovoyo Solomon (Nkumba University),
Strikers: Olega Brian (Doves All Stars), Amaku Fred ( Paidha Black Angels), Ezama Yusuf (Doves All Stars), Drici Peter Biyaya (Adjumani), Adaa Vardy (Soccer Academy Arua).
Meanwhile, Micho is yet to name his team that will battle it out with West Nile team.
By Emmanuel Sekago
This year (2017), Masaka district is one of the blessed. Next month it will be hosting the 24thEdition of the Copa Cola schools games, and now the Buganda region has give a node to Masaka to host Buganda Regional League play offs which kicks off on 6th May 2017 at Nyendo-Kasana.
The winner in Sezibwa group will play 2nd from Katonga group and the first from Katonga group will play against the 2nd from Sezibwa group and the finals will be played on 20th May, 2017. The winner will represent Buganda Region in FUFA Big League next season 2017/2018.
Meanwhile Kiboga young is the only team that has booked the play off place after topping Katonga group with two games to go.
Other teams fighting for the second and final slots in Katonga group are Nangabo green valley, Nsaggu and Kakiri Tc. In Sezibwa group all the three teams have chance of making to the playoffs namely: Kyetume, Luwero, and Kampala University with three points separating them.
The Region league resumes this weekend with five games.
Fixtures Saturday 22rd
Nangabo vs Lufuka
Kakiri fc vs Lukaya fc
Young simba fc vs Kasenge
Zirobwe young vs Mpigi Utd
Kiboga Yng FC vs Nsaggu fc
It is on record that betting has become one of the most popular commercial games across ages. In the past, the order of the day for betting has been lining up. However, some people can never feel comfortable queuing up. This is why betting companies introduced online betting. Red Pepper(RP)’s Joshua Besigye interviewed Yona Mutawe (Y.M), the Manager of Kagwirawo e-gaming platform on how one can better use online betting. Below is the Q and A;
RP: What is kagwirawo, what is it all about?
YM: KAGWIRAWO is an electronic gaming platform that enables its users to engage in Sports Betting. The Kagwirawo brand and range of products is owned and run by Blue Cube Limited, a company incorporated and registered in Uganda and in business since 2007. Blue Cube Limited is duly lincensed by the National Lotteries Boad (NLB), under the Ministry of Finance Planning and Econonmic Development. It is the mobile betting platform where by betters can use mobile phones to place their bets and then after winning they get their winnings via mobile money, alternatively they can also bet online via www.kagwirawo.co.ugon computer.
RP: How do I place a bet and what steps do I follow?
Y.M: You must be registered on mobile money. For MTN subscribers, Dial *289*1#, Airtel, Dial *185#, Select 5 (Payments), Then 3 (Kagwirawo) Online; www.kagwirawo.co.ug
Step 1: Log into Kagwirawo account.You need to be logged into the Kagwirawo website before you can Bet. Registrations for new visitors are a simple process that requires your email and phone number. First time betters get UGX 500/= to start with
Step 2: Start Betting. Once logged in, you’ll be able to place your bets on any of the fixtures presented. You’ll have to place your bets on atleast 2 games. With every bet you make, you can see it in the result slip section to the right of the fixtures.
Step 3: Enter your Stake. Enter your stake. Your phone number would be listed with your Kagwirawo account Balance. It’s from this money that you add to your stake.
Step 4: Submit your Slip. After making the bets and entering your stake, you can now submit your betting slip
Step 5: Your receipt. After submitting your Betting slip in the step above, you’ll be taken to view your reciept. You’ll also get an SMS confirming the same.
RP: How much can I stake on a bet?
Minimum stake is UGX 500/=. (FiveHundred Uganda Shillings Only). The more you stake, the higher your winnings will be.When you select bet they will bring you various classes that is, ECONOMY class which has 8 games and the minimum stake for this class is UGX UGX 500/= ORDINARY class has 6 games and the minimum stake is 1000/= VIP class has 4games at a minimum stake of UGX 5000/= VVIP class has 2 games and the minimum stake is UGX 10000/=
RP: You have a number of terminologies that may confuse an amateur bet gamer, explain them
Y.M: Odds or Price means the return on the money staked should the prediction recorded in a Bet be correct. The prices paid are those at the time the bet is placed and no other. MR means Match Result after 90 minutes, MR1 means the home team will win. MR2 means win. MRX means the teams will draw. HT means Half Time, HT1 means that the home team will lead at half time, HT2 means the visiting team will be leading at half time. HTX means a draw at half time. Over and Under: Over is O2.5 it means the overall result will be more than 3 goals after 90 minutes. Under is U2.5 and it means less than 3 goals result after 90 minutes. Odd and Even: Odd means the total goals after 90 means should be an odd number for example if the match result is 2:3, the total is 5 which is an odd number. Even means the total goals after 90 means should be an even number for example if the match result is 2:2, the total is 4 which is an even number.
RP: What is meant by ’90-minute Betting’, ‘Full Time’ and ‘Normal Time’?
Y.M: Adult football matches are played over a 90 minute period, and this period can be called ’90-minutes’ ‘Full Time’ or ‘Normal Time’. All bets will be settled on the result after Normal Time except if they specifically state they qualify for Extra Time or Penalties markets. Full Time and Normal Time are terms for the full 90-minute period, plus any ‘Injury Time’ that the referee chooses to add. Full Time and Normal Time do not include Extra Time.
R.P: Who is legible to play this game?
Y.M: You must be an adult. I mean, the Law prohibits under 25 year olds from betting. Thereafter, our betting is open as long as you are registered on mobile money and you have an account with us and agree to our terms and conditions.
R.P: Under what terms and conditions do I play?
Y.M: You must not have more than one active Kagwirawo account. Bets close at kick off unless otherwise indicated and you cannot cancel a bet after it has been accepted. Bets apply to the entire 90 minutes, injury time and extra time. The Penalty shoot-out will only be considered in perfect score category. The cost and the rewards are all on your Kagwirawo account.
R.P: What happens to my bet incase the matches I placed my bet on are abandoned, Postponed or re-arranged?
Y.M: If a match is abandoned after it has commenced, all bets on that match will be made void except where settlement has already been determined. For example, where the first goal has been scored by a named player the First Goal scorer and Time of First Goal markets, amongst others, will stand. A postponed match is void unless it is re-scheduled to commence within 24 hours of the original start time and this is confirmed within 12 hours of the original start time.
R.P: What makes kagwirawo different from other betting companies in Uganda?
Y.M: Kagirwawo was the first of its kind. We offer the best service and have many followers. It is convenient and time saving, you don’t have to leave your home, bed, office, shamba or church and walk to the betting office to place bets, no beauraucracy and it is easy to feed in information on your phone. We deliver receipts and details of the transactions. No middle men, no mistakes because you do all operations by yourself. So nobody will change the teams unlike kadilisa. It is private and the best for people who shy away from betting in public, being done on phone, whatever you do with your phone is your business. Instant payments.You will never get to hear instances where kagwirawo has failed to pay customers money, the communications companies we work with require us to have enough reserve to reward winners. We have the money and in any case have nowhere to run to because we are being monitored.
Word doing rounds is that longtime on-and-off pals Juliana Kanyomozi and Iryn Namubiru are in talks of a possible collabo.
Sources from both singers’ camps reveal that they recently met and discussed working together again. It should be noted that many decades ago, Juliana and Iryn were singing partners when they were starting their careers under I-Jay; an all-girl RNB group while still in school at Namasagali College.
They released a song which many music critics and enthusiasts can’t recall or have never listened to before separating. It was after parting ways that the two babes were reported to be feuding, although they denied any bad blood during interviews.
The two later reunited on the infamous Tubonga Naawe project. Many of Juliana and Iryn fans are crossing their fingers in anticipation of the supposed collabo.
John Segawa is as much celebrated as he is a Loverboy, thanks to the well documented history of babes he has hooked and dumped in the past.
However, it is ironic how he is getting over-protective for his sister. This comes after it was reported that singer Big Eye had hooked a new babe identified as Debbie Nantongo, who happens to be Segawa’s sister.
The dating rumours between the ‘Indicator’ singer and sexy Debbie circulated after the two were spotted together getting touchy-feely on several occasions.
Big Eye and Debbie became close after he ended his romance with Da Nu Eagles songbird Sasha Brighton last month.
Close pals to the singer reveal that he has been parading Debbie everywhere he goes, causing suspicion as to whether the two are romantically involved.
Reports emerging suggest that Big Eye’s closeness to Debbie has not gone well with Segawa. It is said that the actor has warned Big Eye to stay away from his sister.
By Serestino Tusingwire
A top State House official has this afternoon thrown in the towel and quit his job as one of President Yoweri Museveni’s advisers.
Morrison Rwakakamba, who was the Presidential Assistant on Research and Information, tendered in his resignation letter this afternoon, in which he revealed that he has resigned such that he can do personal works.
Rwakakmba’s letter dated Tuesday April 18th, 2017 states in part that “….Reference is made to directive by Your Excellency communicated in letter from Public Service (CP 100241) dated 18th July 2013 appointing me Special Presidential Assistant (Research and Information), for a period of 24 months and renewed for another 24 months….. I have made a decision to rejoin non-State sector and focus on agricultural production, public policy inquiry and international public interest consulting. With thankfulness, I am handing in my resignation henceforth as Special Presidential Assistant (Research and Information) secondment assignment at Government Citizen Interaction Centre (GCIC) in the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance. It was an honour….”
For some time now Ugandan socialite Zari Hassan has been involved in catfights with several babes rumoured to be side-dishes of her Tanzanian boyfriend Diamond Platinumz.
Among the most prominent was slender gorgeous Kenyan socialite Huddah Monroe and Tanzanian model Hamissa Mobeto. The latter has particularly been a pain in Zari’s aging but shapely behind.Huddah
The model has on several occasions made it so obvious by replying or commenting on Zari’s posts on social media directed at her (Mobeto). Latest from Tanzania is that the gorgeous Ugandan socialite could be in for more trouble after another babe believed to be the ‘Marry You’ singer’s side dish emerging.Tanzanian model Hamissa Mobeto
According to sources, the babe has only been identified as Lyynn. We are told that like Mobeto, Lyynn has no chills as well and has the guts to post pictures of Diamond’s kids with Zari.Diamond’s side dish Lynn
It is believed that Lyynn does this to probably get on Zari’s nerves. Lyynn, who is relatively younger than Mobeto and Zari, is a model and socialite.
After Zari gave birth to Daimond’s second child, Lyynn posted the exact picture the couple had posted, which pissed off Zari.
There has also been rumour that Diamond could have secretly fathered a baby with another babe, a model identified as Kimmy Santo. This was after Kimmy posted a picture of her daughter on social media.
Interestingly Kimmy’s daughter has a striking resemblance to Diamond’s daughter Tiffah Dangote. The comparisons have set the internet in Tanzania ablaze as many try to figure out if the two girls could be related.
It is believed that all this has left Zari more worried than ever although she tries to portray a picture of a perfect family on social media.
Media personality Anita Fabiola Kyarimpa’s star seems to shine brighter each day.
Latest is that the gorgeous babe is all smiles after landing a lucrative gig to feature in next edition of New York based Couture Press Magazine. Couture Press Magazine is an online platform for entrepreneurs in fashion, beauty and entertainment.
This website has established that the former Be My Date host was connected to the magazine by her management label; Creative Industry Group in Los Angeles (LA).
The light-skinned former Miss Uganda contestant announced the good news a few days back on social media, revealing how Couture Press Magazine team is the best she has worked with.
Close pals have since intimated that Fabiola is super excited about the gig and can’t wait for the issue to hit the market.
“Can’t wait for my spread in @couturepress magazine. All the images are so stunning. Worked with the best.” Fabiola posted on Instagram.
Youthful Energetic Crippled by Kyanjo-like illness
By Our Reporters
Museveni’s state minister in charge of works and transport Aggrey Bagiire (who is also Bunya County MP) has lost his speech abilities and is confined at home for bed rest having recently returned from hospital in South Africa.
Reliable family sources revealed to us last night that the energetic minister can hardly make any intelligible speech as his throat area and tongue are swollen leaving him in dire pain.
“He was diagnosed with something very complex around the neck area and doctors say his throat is blocked and has a big mass of flesh around it making talking and breathing almost impossible,” said reliable family sources.
Bagiire, who has many political enemies both at home and nationally in Kampala, is feared to have been a victim of enemy poisoning as he stepped on many toes in his previous positions. Bagiire has previously been State Minister of Agriculture and was also chairing the NAADS/OWC BOD until last year February when he was re-elected to Parliament.
In his current station, the workaholic minister has greatly been involved in the SGR project which will cost trillions of money from the tax payer. There are concerns Bagiire, in his patriotic style, has been very hard on the Chinese groups which are supposed to fund the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project with a loan to the GoU.
“He has been very strong in the negotiations insisting on the best value for money for the people of Uganda at every opportunity,” says a source close to him in the works sector.
His inquisitiveness has uncomforted many heavyweights in the SGR project management and at Finance Ministry who are used to negotiating bad deals for the country. One of the last tasks he carried out at office two weeks ago concerned a long media statement he authored clarifying on the SGR after MPs had raised dust claiming the cost had greatly been exaggerated to rip off the tax payer.
Bagiire had previously actively participated in investigations that resulted into the knifing of CAA MD Makuza. CAA is among the many sub dockets he directly supervises as State Minister for transport. In all these clean up exercises, fearless Bagiire is feared to have stepped on many toes hence his current predicament. Sources say, like ex-Makindye West MP Hussein Kyanjo who for years has suffered the same condition, Bagiire needs prayers.
HAM NOT WELL: In a related development, controversial city property developer Hamis Kiggundu is also not well health-wise. On Friday, snoops shared a lift with him as he retired from his Makerere Ham Tower offices.
“Guys I’m really dying. Some people have told me to try mama Fiina for some spiritual cleansing in case some of the Park Yard vendors have bewitched me but I have refused. I’m a Muslim and I will rather die than go to shrines,” Ham told two aides as he unknowingly shared the lift with a stranger who happened to be our snoop.
The aides asked him for more elaboration and he explained as follows: “Every other day I’m increasingly finding it hard to breathe or even swallow saliva. I have a strange inflammation. At first I thought it as allergy but I have carried out numerous tests in vain. Some doctors say its sinuses [ENT] for which I have taken medication for months to no avail. I think I’m going to seek better treatment in South Africa after this Easter break.”
Ham’s confession of ill health seemed to have broken his aides who looked very scared saying “we still need you boss and can’t lose you this soon.”
Clearly as he walked to his white Mark X car, Ham was evidently in pain as he kept bending and leaning onto his aides for physical support.
Shocking details about former Minister Gen. Jim Muhwezi and former Internal Affairs ministry Permanent Secretary Ambassador James Mugume’s children who were brutally attacked on Easter Sunday have emerged.
Nikko Mugume and Sandra Muhwezi were attacked on Easter Sunday as they returned home from a night club where they had gone to enjoy themselves. They were attacked by yet to be identified goons who smashed their car and clobbered them, before fleeing.
However, a police investigation report pertaining to the attack has leaked to our Snoops, detailing what exactly happened.
According to the said investigation report, Nikko Mugume and Sandra Muhwezi were attacked at around 5:00am by goons armed with big sticks. At the time of the attack, Mugume and Sandra were leaving Club Vegas, heading to the parking lot to get their vehicle and drive home.
The victims were badly assaulted, their properties that included mobile phones, money, stolen and vehicle glass smashed. A case of aggravated robbery was reported to Mbarara police station vide file number CRB 1110/2017 and investigations are already ongoing.
The victims were rushed to Mayanja Memorial Hospital in Mbarara and later transferred to IHK Hospital for specialized medical attention.
By Our Reporters
On Thursday, something unusual happened at the Finance Ministry headquarters near Parliament. The PSST Keith Muhakanizi called an impromptu crisis meeting to unsuccessfully re-assure anxiety-gripped staff all was well.
This was after some staff members threatened to quit the Ministry fearing for the unknown. The crippling staff departures follow a siege IGP Gen Kale Kayihura’s police laid at the ministry two weeks ago and for hours (up to 10pm) held staff incommunicado.Nobody would leave nor enter the Ministry, an encounter during which many nervously wet their pants.
Acting on President’s orders, Kayihura’s men that day arrested two junior but very influential technocrats (Geoffrey Turyamuhika & Charles Ogol) who had just received bribes (worth $60,000) from Chinese investors. The DPP has since commenced prosecution in the Anti-Corruption Court.
The duo’s predicament (especially Turyamuhika who always exhibited power and great political connections) cowed many at the ministry where consensus is that no one is safe anymore. Museveni, who last weekend personally connived to have Labor Minister Kabafunzaki nabbed taking a bribe, has made things even more complicated by publicly announcing this is just the start.
He says many technocrats and political leaders have sufficiently been investigated and will soon be gone after. This has, more than anything else, sparked panicky and anxiety at the all powerful ministry. We can reliably confirm that there is one very senior political leader and 4 finance ministry technocrats whose impending arrest Museveni has already sanctioned concerning bribes previously taken.
“Mzee’s biggest concern is the report he got recently detailing how top technocrats have been conniving to extort money via illegal commissions through orders of Mandamus which have lately been very common at Finance Ministry. It’s a syndicate involving crooks in the Attorney General’s chambers and some accomplices in the Finance Ministry. What happens is that the mafia agents are funded to sue government, win the case very quickly and government is ordered to pay lots of money in damages. It’s a complex syndicate involving even some judicial officers. Thereafter an order of Mandamus is served on the Finance Ministry directing them to pay and being a court directive, the payment is quickly made and the money is then shared,” said a reliable State House source maintaining that recently Museveni furiously learnt about all this recently and was very bitter.
“This information has also been corroborated by the two finance officials previously arrested and Mzee is really determined to clean the house once and for all.”
All these have combined to spark fear and unprecedented anxiety at the Ministry. The other area Museveni is focusing on concerns the process of loans’ negotiation whereby some powerful technocrats have mastered the art of negotiating poorly whereby Uganda is charged very high interest rates, especially on Chinese loans, and finance technocrats in return become stinking rich as they get billions in commissions each time periodic loan repayment is made.
“The president dully has all this information and it’s too late for anybody to alter anything. Heads are going to roll sooner than later besides some who are to rot in jail.” Sources maintained that in his investigations, Museveni has interacted with some disgruntled or anti-status quo technocrats in the Ministry who have given him lots of information regarding how Uganda as a country has been becoming poorer while a cartel of thieving technocrats at both finance and AG chambers become richer.
These are rumors that have refused to go away in the Finance Ministry and thereby sparking anxiety. Museveni is also investigating rumors that indicted Turyamuhika, a very arrogant technocrat, is actually a cousin to one of the big men in the ministry and that he has rapidly been promoted and thereby inadvertently facilitating his bribe-solicitation errands.
THE THURSDAY MEETING
It’s these rumors that the unusually very dictatorial Muhakanizi (never allowed people to speak much) called the Thursday meeting that was attended by over 600 members of staff. The venue was the conference hall in the Ministry’s basement and both political and technical staff attended along with the Ministers.
Muhakanizi chaired the meeting and did much of the talking rarely permitting others to talk. Members were told the man in the chair knew pretty well what many of them wanted to talk about-which is just rumors. Instead Muhakanizi preferred to array their fears indifferently saying:
“We have done very well as a team and that is why we shouldn’t get intimidated by anybody vowing to arrest many more people from amongst us. If anything we deserve praise and not such threats because we have served our country with distinction.”
Whereas the thick-skinned man from Rukungiri spoke generally, many in the audience (mis)construed his remark to be a veiled attack or response to President Museveni who on Thursday addressed a news conference in Mayuge and announced many more Ministers and Technocrats would, after Kabafunzaki, be arrested and publicly humiliated for bribe-solicitation.
“Those threats are meant to intimidate us by the wrong people so that we don’t do our work. Let’s concentrate on working and whatever comes should find us busy serving our country,” Muhakanizi was quoted to have said at the meeting.
Muhakanizi’s re-assurances notwithstanding, the convening of this very unusual meeting left many staff convinced all wasn’t well at the ministry anymore.
“Let me tell you we can put up appearances claiming to be okay but I’m telling you all of us are internally shaking and the earlier the big man moves in to overhaul the leadership at ministry the better. That will be bad for us but good for the country because there is no way any good decisions are going to be made and implemented with this anxiety gripping all of us here,” said one of the frank-talking technocrats at Finance.
The other cause of much alarm at the Ministry concerns the timing of the recent installation of CCTV cameras and spy in the whole of the finance ministry complex. Sources say the scary machines were installed by indifferent men who were sent by the President.
That the CCTV installers came and went about their business without talking to anybody or seeking permission from anybody.
This has fermented the atmosphere of fear and PSST Muhakanizi in the Thursday meeting made matters worse by gagging members from asking many questions which locked out those who had wanted to seek his comment specifically on this matter of the spy cameras which have scared the hell out of everybody at the larger than life ministry where many of the deals involving colossal sums of money are coordinated and concluded.
Sources say there is so much anxiety that even Muhakanizi, who is clearly serving his last term, hasn’t ruled out early exit because it’s no longer easy to lead such anxiety-gripped team of technocrats and staff.
Watch this space!
By Our Reporters
For the first time in as many years, President Museveni is taking his a month long leave. Reliable sources say the workaholic Museveni will for the whole month of June take off time to concentrate on private things-basically family and business.
It has been revealed to us that Museveni, who by his own admission has been freedom fighting for over 50 years, has never gone on leave since becoming President 31 years ago. Sources say he recently bowed to pressure and agreed to use the whole of June 2016 to meet and consult his close relatives, friends and influential opinion leaders in Ankore and other parts of Uganda on the sticky issue of succession.
“He has such a vast extended family and will be meeting and taking views of each of them in that period. He also likes playing kids’ games with his grandchildren who are very many-both biological and foster ones. He has already indicated he wants to take advantage of the May holiday when all of them will be back from Schools. He will be having a private moment with them and wants to listen to them to get first hand information regarding how millions of young people in Uganda genuinely think about his legacy. Is there something he can do to redeem his legacy or it’s too late? He will be assessing on all these,” said a source adding that Museveni believes these grandchildren access free information from their school peers since majority of them are low profile and classmates don’t even know their relationship to him.
“It will be a moment of frank discussions coming at a time many influential Ankore families are re-thinking their loyalty to him as a leader. Many feel he has done his part and will soon not be able to remain in power yet the rest of the country gangs up on them,” said a source adding that Museveni wants to reach out to even those Ankore families and elders whose heads feel he has been sidelining them.
One of things our sources couldn’t precisely tell concerned the exact venue where Museveni plans to have his one month long leave from. “It’s still open between Rwakitura, Kisozi, Entebbe or even Mweya,” said a knowledgeable family source.
The same source added that Museveni also wants to get views of many Ankore elders who feel his reconciliation with Col Besigye, Gen Muntu and Amama Mbabazi is long overdue.
“Many believe his fallout with Mbabazi was inevitable because the man was right to insist on his time [to become President] because he had clearly promised him to become the next president but he [M7] reneged on that after some powerful family members refused to accept Mbabazi as a perfect successor. Besigye has also suffered too much yet he made invaluable contribution to the war. Many of us believe many of these fallouts have been inflamed by some relatives who feed the President with falsehoods regarding these former comrades. We believe the best he can do is to reconcile with these comrades because these are worldly things,” said an influential Ankore elder privy to the planned June meetings during which Museveni will also gauge opinions on the impending scrapping of age limits in the constitution.
“There is of course a vacuum with all senior colleagues either dead or been sidelined. Kategaya used to tell him frankly and he is no more. The next best person was Mbabazi but he sidelined him and his relatives don’t want even reconciliation between them. This is the best time to retreat and obtain genuine advice before it’s too late,” added the elder involved in organizing delegations of influential people Museveni will be consulting.
By and large, this elder says, consensus is that Museveni shouldn’t risk what remains of his legacy by going tolerating proposals to scrap age limits as that will expose him to increased international scrutiny and push him into diplomatic wars and conflicts and battles which he may never win given Uganda’s ever worsening economic situation and the principal’s advancing age.