Highlights and Lead Stories from the Red Pepper Uganda's first Tabloid.
Wednesday, 28 February 2007
A plot to link the former premier of Buganda, Dan Muliika to People's Redemption Army(PRA) has leaked.Some enemies of Muliika have arranged contacts with individuals in the security agencies that would pass on the allegations and subsequently lead to the arrest of Muliika for treason and may be terrorism.On Thursday an official from Mengo met two members of security and briefed them on what he termed as Muliika's previous links with PRA.The three were seated in a car for a meeting that lasted close to three hours.The Mengo man kept on removing documents from his briefcase and these documents were related to Muliika's long dealing with PRA.The two security men asked him why he had kept such sensitive information and only to release it after the sacking.However they need time to go through the information.
- MPs plan another walk out today
- Kibaale Men shun HIV Tests
- MUBS to introduce own Tourism Course
Monday, 26 February 2007
As the Buganda Palace Crisis deepens the Eldest son to Buganda's King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi,II Prince Jjunju is going around telling friends of how he is preparing himself to attend a military course at Sandhurst Academy and become the next king of Buganda.Critics who have landed on the information are preparing a seven page document denouncing the plans
- Hakim knifed from Radio One
Hakim Buzza has been knifed from Radio One.The Company policy does not allow married couples to work there and Hakim and the Radio One Editor, Lillian Ageno were an Item.The two have a child and have been staying together as man and wife for close to three years.
After the success of the Last King of Scotland,more Hollywood stars are eager t shoot more movies in Africa.The next in line is Will Smith heading to Kenya for the Illinois senator Barack Hussein Obama.The movie is titles ''Tonight He Comes'' depicting Obama's journey from Kenya to the American Senate and probably to White House.
Sunday, 25 February 2007
Senior Mengo Officials have claimed that aides to the sacked premier received over 400 Million from the land deals at the KK Land agency. An idea was floated for all those that live on the Buganda land Board to register a move the Kabaka indeed approved. He also approved a business proposal from KK land agents to carry out a tenant registration exercise and issue out certificates. Each tenant that registered had to pay 82,000 out of which 40,000 was remitted to Mengo.The tenants complained of the high fees but later had to pay. Conservative estimates put those who registered to about 30,000 with 2.4Bn in collections. However what has raised tenants fears is the recent message from the new Buganda Land Board calling on people not to continue registering with the company that its contract had expired.
Top government and State House officials read out the riot act to the owners of the station, who are the Nation Media Group. The riot act states that the NTV would not be switched on again unless its sister outlets, the Daily Monitor and the KFM Radio show satisfactory evidence of fair and balanced coverage of government and its organs
Members of Parliament are on the verge of heading to the showrooms to shop for their long awaited and much talked about cars. Ministry of Finance has issued out Cheques to 169 MPs with a figure of 35Million each. The 169 are in order of alphabet as per the parliament register. Balance there of will be catered for on March 10.Meanwhile each MP is to get 60 Million so the balance which is 25 Million will be despatched next financial year.
Senior members of DP are in shock after an insider in government formerly of DP intimated to them a verbal agreement, which Seya entered into with Y.KMuseveni.In this agreement Seya would not antagonize Museveni no wonder Seya has never been cited in any political rally of the opposition.
Saturday, 24 February 2007
It has been intimated that the Queen of Buganda was opposed to the sacking of the premier.Muliika sympathizers say he was a man with the guts to challenge government on the key issues concerning Buganda but his stand and openness to the FDC made him a liability with central government.Meanwhile the Nabagereka who is close to Muliika's wife did not take the sacking lightly and advised the Kabaka that it would be wrong to sack the premier now as it would provoke public rage in Buganda.
- 60 Police Officers for Military Training
60 Senior Police Officers will under go the Officers Basic Course (OBC) probably at the Senior Staff College in Kimaka,Jinja.Sources say the Police needed more hardened cadres and constables to deal with the increasingly sophisticated society and crime.This is after the exemplary performance of two top soldiers who have headed the force namely Lt.Gen.Katumba Wamala and Maj.Gen.Kale Kayihura.
Thursday, 22 February 2007
The Political crisis in the Buganda Kingdom Administration has continued to escalate after the Justice Minister and Attorney General Lule resigned.While no reason for sacking Muliika was given he said he was a victim of mafia gang at Mengo.The gang was involved in fraudulent dealings, corruption and embezzlement of the kingdom monies.
- City woman "kills" Husband for Rich Mzungu
A Kampala businessman identified as Kakooza had his wife who ran away in 1998 but later he discovered in 2005 that she had got married to an American after forging Kakooza's death certificate. The American Husband has been identified as Tidiane.The man who discovered that the wife had declared him dead wants the American Authorities to hand her back to him;while the American on discovering that Josephine had faked the death of her husband to marry him for US Citizenship is desperate to get rid of her but because of the law the American has in the meantime got to stay with her to iron out a few legal aspects.
- Sebaggala wants to Travel to USA
Kampala Mayor,Nasser Ntege Ssebagala is in talks with government of Uganda to sweet talk the United States government to allow him travel to the US before or after CHOGM.In 1998 seya was arrested and imprisoned on charges of fraud in Boston tha led to the loosing of his seat as Kampala Mayor.This led him to be banned on stepping on US soil.
Wednesday, 21 February 2007
Security has intercepted a highly orchestrated plot to shoot Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi when he appears at Bulange Mengo on Monday to officially open the Lukiiko.The plot is being hatched by some elements who were angered by the Kabaka's sacking of Katikkiro Dan Muliika,a Federo die hard and arch critic of the President Museveni's government.This will be the first public appearance since the sacking of the Katikkiro.Plain clothes security will deployed heavily in and around Mengo after learning of this.If the shooting is to take place it will not be the first time this would have happened.Prime Minister Martin Nsibirwa was shot dead by some Baganda die hards after he allegedly supported Mutessa II 's mother to remarry contrary to the norms.
- Government opens war on Media
About 57 cases have been listed of which 39 are from Red Pepper.These cases portray the State negatively since August 2006.Others implicated in this development are the Uganda Observer,The Monitor.The New Nation TV has also been caught up and of the 57 cases New Vision has only one case.
Other sources have it that as long as Conrad Nkutu is still charge at the Monitor its unlikely that Nation TV will be switched on.
"The Reason the State is launching a crack down on the Red Pepper is because intelligence is aware that we have information of a high profile scandal involving a very important couple,which we are not planning to publish.But they fear that one day we can wake up on the wrong side of our beds and publish it",said the editors
First it was the Congolese Music being shown the exit off the music scene and now its the Ki Nigeria Craze.The Last King of Scotland has inspired Ugandans to come up with their own production.The movie titled "Once Upon a Home" of which the shooting is underway.The Bakayimbira, Afri - Talent,Eagles Production,Jose Chameleon, Bebe Cool and Bobi Wine are the main characters.
Tuesday, 20 February 2007
In yet another revelation of the sacked Buganda Katikkiro Dan Muliika saga,Its also established that Dan had stopped the Kabaka from giving out a huge chunk of land to Edith Byanyima sister to outspoken Mbarara politician, Winnie Byanyima.Apparently Edith is a long time friend of Kabaka Mutebi.The said land neighbours with that of Dr.Aggrey Kiyingi who was on remand in Luzira some time last year.
Its at this point that Muliika's troubles escalated as he did not take the land wrangle lightly.
- Opposition MPs wanted Cash not Cars
One NRM woman MP smelt a rat in the opposition and alerted the President that the reason all opposition MPs had not opposed the idea of cash was to get the cash and not buy cars but instead rush to their constituencies to counter Saleh's delayed Bonnabagagawale scheme.In this way they would tell their constituents that the NRM's Bonnabagagawale was a big lie as it has already delayed for a year thus eating into Museveni's village support.
- Umeme's free energy saver bulbs giving kicks off today.
- Earthquake Hits Uganda making many leave houses naked and half naked in fear of premises falling on them
- UPDF Leaves today for Somalia Peace Mission
- Pike to Start Capital TV
The Capital FM Boss and Former New Vision CEO William Pike is in the final stages of setting up a Television station which will be called Capital TV and located at Kisementi.
Monday, 19 February 2007
More details continue to emerge on the sacking of Dan Muliika.A source revealed that a clique in Mengo got a 20Bn bribe from seven businessmen in order to influence the leasing of the of the five square miles of Lubiri Palace.This in turn would necessitate them to develop commercial buildings.
Muliika was opposed to the leasing of this land and indeed perceived to be an obstacle to the bribed mengo officials,that's why they continued fighting him after the businessmen complained that his (Muliika) continued presence would jeopardize their deal
- Besigye Ready to Sacrifice his life
The FDC Boss says he is ready to lay down his life to ensure that Ugandans are liberated from 'repression occasioned on us by President Museveni 'This was when he was addressing thousands of supporters from Ggaba.
- Bukenya fires PGB for Spying
After a series of stories about his sacking from cabinet Vice President Gilbert Bukenya has fired one of the Presidential Guard Brigade) PGB one Lt.Magezi.He was accused of interviewing people who met with Bukenya at length and later transmit all the information to State House.
- Whitaker in Northern Uganda
Forest Whitaker ,the major character in the movie 'The Last King of Scotland' did not only come for the premiere of the movie but also he will be traveling to Gulu to distribute various items like books,clothes,drugs etc to the IDPs.This is courtesy of Celtel and World Food Programme.
Sunday, 18 February 2007
The Vice President from his home in Kakiri told a group of friends how his efforts contribute greatly to the continued stay of President Museveni in power.This group of friends wanted a briefing on the continued press reports about his being sacked from cabinet come the next reshuffle.He cited his role in the global fund scandal which was hitting hard that a few tips he gave were able to exonerate them.
The Vice President said that most of his colleagues have been dented with corruption scandals and he is the only one who can talk to foreign governments and they listen.A case in point is China and Italy who are close friends of Uganda courtesy of him.
Friday, 16 February 2007
The Third Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Information Hon.Kirunda Kivenjinja has challenged the Red Pepper to produce the evidence of the USD 1 Million that was given to the Kabaka to dismiss Muliika.The story is false, unfounded and baseless.
- Valentine's Condoms in Parliament
A huge Packet of Engabo condoms was placed at Parliament to supplement the Valentine celebrations.In the morning of 14 February the condoms were half way gone.The box which contained the condoms had these wordings on it "Hey Pal,Happy Valentines day.Remember true love waits,but if you must please use me"
CBS Presenter Sheila Nvanungi is suing Dembe FM for defarmation a suit in which she is claiming for 55 Million in damages and compensation.The Dembe FM Evening show presenters DJ Mese and Bills Butodene read out a letter on air for singles searching and at the bottom was a phone number that belonged to Sheila Nvanungi.On this very show other letters were read.Horny guys responded positively by calling the number only to land on Sheila Nvanungi and were demanding what was due to them.This left the princess surprised and confused.Efforts of having the matter settled amicably landed on deaf ears.Dembe FM lawyers are preparing a defence for the court battle.
Thursday, 15 February 2007
A few weeks ago an emissary claiming to be from State House went to the Kabaka with a briefcase which had US $ 1 Million and this he claimed was for the Kabaka's personal use.In addition the emissary said that government was also finding it hard to work with the Kabaka because of a hostile Katikiro Dan Muliika...
- UN in talks with Government over PRA suspects
The Local United Nations Office is in talks with government over the treason suspects.However the UN Country Director Maarit Kohonen has challenged Dr.Besigye and other politicians to talk about the plight of prisoners in general,other than his co treason suspects.
- Arua Man Fears AIDS,Shafts Cow
A 22 year old man was nabbed mounting a cow and promptly paraded before the elders and this is what he had to say "Iam not yet married so I was running away from Aids".
DJ Shiru was to be in the UK on Valentines day spinning discs on the opening of Volts UK but he could not make it due to visa problems.
On quitting Angenoir the latest is that Bangi is to open up his discotheque called the Roots Club this Friday.The interior of the discotheque was done by a Kenyan designer and its not in anyway similar to the other discotheques.Based in Wandegeya,would be a blessing to Mak Students who could walk all the way to industrial area.
- Ragga Dee shops Chevrolet Car in the US
Wednesday, 14 February 2007
The Vice President is furious after learning that some members of his security are behind the compilation of reports about him which in most cases ends up to the President.He was very annoyed to learn that it was the guards who told the President which Baganda senior military officers he was meeting in the night forcing the President to stop him from meeting them without his permission.
Unconfirmed reports have it that LRA's second in command Brig.Vincent Otti is reported to be dead.Its however not clear whether he was shot while fighting or died of a natural disease.Internal affairs Minister Ruhakana Rugunda and Army spokesman denied any knowledge of the news.
- Blu 3 in Ghana over Easter
The girls are set to travel to Accra Ghana where they will be performing two shows with one in the Capital.Rehearsals are underway.The deal worth millions of shillings is courtesy of a top music promoter in Ghana.
- Katikkiro Muliika sacked by Kabaka
- M7 Loyals take over top Police Posts
- Artistes in Save Nabukeera Drive
- Nkumba Lecturer Ballons Varsity Babe
Tuesday, 13 February 2007
More secrets continue to emerge on the cabinet reshuffle that will see Ministers dropped including the Vice President, Gilbert Balibasekka Bukenya.The latest is that the President is considering naming Engineer Hillary Onek the current Minister of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries to bring the Acholi on Board.Onek and Mutagamba are running neck to neck in the opinion of king makers.Its now a matter of cost benefit analysis between the two and the winner would take it all.
- Besigye witnesses missing
Two state witnesses in the Besigye Trial have gone missing.Jennifer Aryem who was seen in Korner Kilak last week and her colleague and prosecution witness, Odong are no where to be seen.Security officials expressed fears that she could have been abducted and probably murdered.Aryem's evidence is so vital in winning the case against the FDC Leader Dr.K.Besigye and the 22 suspects.
On getting an eye correction,the General does not want anything that reminds him of the past.After two years of a rocky relationship with his long time girl friend, the General finally gave in and called it quits.
Monday, 12 February 2007
The majority of the Catholic Church leaders have dropped their support and now want a new Vice President.They feel he has not lived up to their expectations and that he also failed to claim to Presidency in 2006 as earlier agreed by those who seconded him.There is credible intelligence information that he could be dropped in the forthcoming reshuffle.There will be a new VP and Maria Mutagamba might be the person to hook that seat and a new Prime Minister perhaps former EAC Secretary General Nuwe Amanya Mushega.Meanwhile Amanya Mushega has began on his mission of wooing back former NRM loyalists who fell out following the disagreements on the 3rd term.
- Sengo's Accounts frozen in London
London Based Ugandan Music Promoter Yunus Sengo's bank accounts have been frozen due to a connection with alleged dubious posh car dealings in London.
- Abdu Mulaasi ,Ragga Dee for Sweden
They will be performing at Norgboun Stockholm on 2nd and 3rd March at events organized by Mama Africa Entertainment.
Sunday, 11 February 2007
State House is investigating various high offices for leaking important state secrets. State House is concerned with the rate at which sensitive information gets to the Media and the Opposition. Offices of six Ministers plus the Vice President's office are being investigated for the same. The offices of Syda Bumba and Stephen Mallinga are among those being investigated for information leakages.
Most Ankole Men are opting for girls from other regions as opposed to girls from Ankole.Research has it that 75% of Ankole women initiate divorce. The NRM revolution in away contributes to this. The most privileged and money class in Uganda is from the west forcing these girls to demand so much and in the process extravagant. This is what a group of divorced men had to say as responsible for the failed marriages Married on loans, Unreliable, Arrogant, Materialistic, Drunkards, Lazy.Inspite of all that guys will rush for them for the following reasons Beautiful, Educated, Generous, Smart, and sex sirens.
- Ankole Babes and failed Marriages
Friday, 09 February 2007
General Salim Saleh and General Aronda Nyakairima plus Amama Mbabazi went for the Tarehe Sita celebrations aboard a helicopter gunship.As the Chopper was nearing Kampala it swerved several times leaving those on board in a panicky state.The pilot noticed the passengers were not comfortable with the situation so he sent them a soothing note telling them that he was dodging a bird.It was after this that they gained consciousness.
Ugandan Singer based in France Iryn Namubiru will be in the US come this valentines day.She is shooting various videos
- Chameleon Lands Telecom Deal
to sell his music through ringtones Images and video tones to cell phones in Tanzania with Vodacom nad Vodacom South Africa.
Thursday, 08 February 2007
A senior officer at the CMI is stranded with an intelligence report gathered by his juniors pinning President Museveni's wife as harboring strong intentions of vying for the top job sooner than later.The report is dated 3rd of August,2006 and titled "Janet Museveni another Besigye in the Making".The report shows how the first lady was excited at winning the Ruhaama Parliamentary seat in 2006 and it is the same trust propelling her to think she can win the presidency as well.
Libyan African Portfolio is the new majority shareholder in Uganda Telecom.Many changes are expected around August and among them is downsizing of staff.This will also see its corporate colours changing.The new team is to concentrate on upcountry and rural areas where Celtel has registered tremendous expansion after its one network across Africa
- DP Orders for Tear Gas Masks
The DP President General Sebaana Kizito says they will continue carrying out rallies and since rallies attract tear gas they will buy tear gas masks to out smart the police.
- Chameleon,Juliana to fundraise for Nabukeera
Juliana Kanyomozi kicks off her shows on the 14/Feb/2007 after a long holiday.She has a new album.Meanwhile on 2nd March,2007 Jalia Kanyomozi and Jose Chameleon will have a joint show to fundraise for Aisha Nabukeera who was badly burnt by her step mum last year.The venue might be Sheraton Kampala or Serena Hotel
Wednesday, 07 February 2007
Lords Resistance Army Leader Joseph Kony and his deputy have planned to take hostage Minister Okello Oryemu and Dr.Ruhakana Rugunda to use them to negotiate a break away from the republic of Uganda.The LRA are waiting for an opportune moment to land on a high government official so they can use them to force gov't to surrender.LRA second in command has already given instructions to his fighters to start attacking soldiers and not civilians.Plans are underway to launch a full fledged war in July this year.
There is also some new talk that it appears the Acholi and the Southern Sudanese are determined to divide up Uganda and merge Southern Sudan and Northern Uganda into one country
Tuesday, 06 February 2007
Vice President Now denied Cash,Begs Friends Officials for Fuel.
More details have emerged on the Vice President's frustration.Since he is under no Ministry and he is catered for by the President's office and State House.Vouchers are sent to the President's office and in some cases they are even delayed by the accounts staff.In another development Bukenya is the head of the sub committee on the commonwealth summit (CHOGM 07) implying that he should be monitoring all that is going on in that line of CHOGM but to his surprise colleagues are acting independently and some tenders are given out un advertised.
- Posta MD to be knifed for forging Contract
The Managing Director of Posta Uganda is in big trouble after a report revealed that he spent over 100 Million in a month on his children.A legal opinion by a Kampala legal firm also reveals that he is operating on a doctored contract and different by the one agreed upon by the board of directors.These discoveries come to the limelight after the IGG instituted an investigation into the appointment of Kenyan born Collins Oneko amidst numerous complaints that he was not qualified.
- Bobi beats up Jingo sho
- PRA men must stay in jail
Monday, 05 February 2007
Foreign Minister Sam Kuteesa has confided in some close friends that he is constantly in touch with Dr.Besigye President of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).Kuteesa has been trying to woo Muntu and Besigye back to movement but Muntu has particularly turned down all the invitations.A case in point is when he was selling his land in Mukono and on NRM operatives learning of it ,they instead wanted to give him free money so he could spare his land. He turned down the offer.
- Jinja hit by new Breed of robbers
- Lakwena Buried
Lakwena was buried as a great healer at Bungatila in Gulu Municipality in Saturday.Of the many things she healed was healing men of impotence.The local church denied it a funeral service under the pretext that it had several weddings on that day.President Museveni was to appear on a nearby radio which also delayed the burial by security operatives.Walter Ochola who is the Resident District Commissioner was among the mourners.
Saturday, 03 February 2007
The details of the Wednesday cabinet meeting which discussed the continued detention of PRA suspects have emerged.Cabinet has supported the continued detention of PRA suspects after a briefing by the Attorney General Khiddu Makubuya.Cabinet was shocked by the testimonies of the three suspects that were released under the amnesty law with details of sponsors and plans behind the PRA rebellion.Cabinet was shocked on learning that when the suspects were captured two UPDF officers lost their lives in the process.Makubuya also noted that the constitutional court was to interprete justice Rugayiza's ruling that granted the suspects bail as opposed to directing their immediate release.
- Koffi Olomidde in Kampala for Easter
The Congolese singer based in France is to hold two shows over Easter.One will be at the Rugby grounds and the otheer will be in Arua
Friday, 02 February 2007
Chieftancy of Military intelligence (CMI) Commander Col.Leo Kyanda has said the People's Redemption Army (PRA) rebels are still a threat to the security of Uganda.Much as some have been arrested they still have the capacity to cause war which remains a threat to government.This was revealed at a press briefing on the forth coming Feb 6 2007 Tarehe site celebrations.The event commemorates the day in 1981 when the NRA launched the guerilla war on UNLA government.The very war ended on January 26 1986 with Y.K.Museveni being President.
- Juliana secretly meets Rally Ace Lumala
- Boda Boda Dealer buys Hummer
- Da Twinz' Dennis to be Deported
Dennis Mugaga on Wednesday went to the Home office to have his asylum status renewed and it was rejected citing reasons like Uganda is a free country and Dennis is old enough to take care of himself.If he is not already in Kampala he should be jetting in anytime.
Chameleon's Ex has fallen sick from a UK jail.She is serving a 14 year sentence after she was found with 5.5 Kgs of cocaine last year at Norwich International Airport.Griet Onsea a former UN employee had a child with Jose Chameleon by the name of Ayla,who is slated to be sent back to Uganda for proper parental guidance
- Oyagala Cash Babe Joins singing
Sara Naava,the babe who featured in the Oyagala Cash Video is set to join singing
Thursday, 01 February 2007
There is growing talk in State House that Vice President Gilbert Bukenya is about to be dropped and he is aware of the development.This is seen from his not being present at the 21st Anniversary NRM Celebrations on 26/Jan/06 and his not attending the NEC meeting in Munyonyo.Bukenya has held this job since 2003 after he took over from Dr.Wandira Specioza Kazibwe.Presidential advisors say he has failed to deliver on the role of Vice President and he is also not a team player.The President is under pressure to name a new Vice President who will steer the team to the realization of the Manifesto instead of Bukenya.The president recently gave substantive powers to his right hand men in politics and military and no new powers were delegated to Bukenya..
- Besigye weeps for PRA suspects
- Kanyeihamba,Tsekooko ruled against Museveni
- Aga Khan to jet in for NTV switch off