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Sunday, December 31 2006
President Museveni has taken a rare and fairly long holiday at his Rwakitura home,sending panic in the army ranks,and cabinet that the President is working on major reshuffles.The President went into holiday just before Christmas and he has been meeting different commanders alone & he is expected to announce either a mini cabinet reshuffle or a series of reshuffles including the army and permanent secretaries.
The exiled and renegade Ugandan Maj.Rabwoni Okwir is set to return home after six years of self imposed exile in the United Kingdom.Okwir according to Red Pepper sources is in final negotiations with the government of Uganda,and set to come back.He has already joined the ruling National Resistance Movement Party after leaving the Forum for Democratic Change(FDC).
Saturday, December 30 2006
A serious row has erupted in government over how to source goods and services for next year's commonwealth Heads of Government meeting due in Uganda in November 2007.Uganda Shillings 67Billion has been budgeted for the conference to host the Queen of England and other 53 heads of state.
This has led to unprecedented construction of hotels in and around Kampala.However sources say one group of influential politicians led by Hon.Sam Kuteesa the Minister in charge of Foreign Affairs wants many CHOGM tenders not advertised for security reasons.This group is of the view that if tenders follow the normal prequalification process it will result in unnecessary delays.The group wants CHOGM tender committees to use the method of preferred selection and identify the firms to supply specific goods and services..More in the Red Pepper.
Friday, December 29 2006
Americans wanted Kabila killed before Kinshasha fell
Uganda's delegation to the Great Lakes Conference in Nairobi mid this month was shocked to learn of a plot that had been hatched to blow up President Y.K.Museveni and the then Congolese rebel leader Laurent Desire Kabila.
The Dirty plot was hatched by persons linked to the American CIA and was to be executed on May 2,1997.The revelation to the Uganda Delegation was made as President Museveni was holding private talks with his Congolese counter part,President Joseph Kabila,son of the late Laurent at Gilgil in Nairobi ,Dec 15.
Military sources said yesterday that the expected fall of Mogadishu to Somalia government forces backed by Ethiopian troops might mark the start of an end to the reckless flow of the small arms nomadic peoples of Karamoja and Turkana in Uganda & Kenya respectively.
Parliament was yesterday sent on an unplanned and uncalled for recess yesterday after MPs refused to handle any business after being told that the government could not table motion seeking to award them cars worth Shs 60m each
Sunday, December 24 2006
Bush war Hero overtakes Minister Mbabazi & VP Bukenya in succession line
As the year 2006 winds up the politics of succession heats up.Four years are left till the next presidential and Parliamentary elections.The FDC President has already declared he will contest come 2011.Museveni is yet to but in the meantime the leading advisers are doing their homework vetting other candidates should Museveni choose not to run again.Of the many names that are being considered Gen.Caleb Akandwanaho aka Salim Saleh is taking a new early lead.The list has 40 names.More in the Red Pepper.
Saturday, December 23 2006
Bukenya,Nsibambi very furious,Consider resigning from Office
While the Uganda Government intensifies its preparations to host the CHOGM serious squabbles among top government officials are threatening this occasion slated for November 2007.The Vice President and the Prime Minister are not happy with the way the Minister for Foreign affairs has hijacked the CHOGM preparations.Kutesa is appointing various committees that are given different responsibilities for the CHOGM,something that should involve the Vice President and the Prime Minister.
Bukenya is also unhappy because when the President is unable to travel for important meetings he will send Kuteesa and yet protocol demands that Bukenya should step in like in the recently concluded UN General assembly Opening.
Kuteesa also heads the exploration of oil and is the only Minister well versed with the relations between China and the government of Uganda.Kuteesa became very powerful when he became President Museveni's in-law in 1999 becauase the Presiden'ts son Muhoozi Kainerugaba married kuteesa's daughter.
More of the story in the Red Pepper of Today !
Friday, December 22 2006
Tax body wants Tax to be included in Price for Fuel
Uganda Revenue Authority is to abolish road licenses and introduce a new system effective July '07.Experts have drafted a policy which is due for consideration by government technocrats and cabinet.URA wants to levy a small tax per litre of fuel used in vehicles to contribute to a new road fund that will take care of the losses.The proposed abolition is as a result in increased defaults and forgeries of license stickers.
With over 500,000 vehicles and motorcycles in Uganda,we cannot police all roads,neither police even the city roads 24 hours a day
The late Maj.Gen.Fred Rwigyema was informed about the threats were there much earlier than the rebel group he headed,Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), Gen.David Tinyefuza has said.He was reacting to yesterday's lead story of Red Pepper titled "Gen.Tinyefuza ,Maj Kazoora linked to Rwigyema murder plot"
Thursday, December 21 2006
An Intelligence brief by the Rwanda Patriotic Front pins down two prominent Ugandans General David Tinyefuza and Major(Rtd) Kazoora for having known about the plot to kill famed Rwandese General Fred Rwigyema.
Last week Chameleon was invited for a show in Colorado USA,and by the time he got there the hotel in which he was to be booked in was full leaving them with no option but to shift to the promoters house which Chameleon had no objection to.An argument broke up when the host played videos of other Ugandan Artistes something that did not go down well with him,he grabbed the remote control from her to change the insulting videos.In the process the promoter's household items were damaged.
Wednesday, December 20 2006
List of 100 Schools which cheated
Shock as large sums of money are discovered in O'Level answer sheets
As the O-Level marking comes to an end markers were discovering brand new notes of Ugx 50,000 shilling denomination inserted in answer sheets.On top of the 50,000 was a note asking for leniency to the person marking,the students left their phone contacts to.The examiners who landed on such just laughed it off and used the money to buy Airtime.With 80% of the O-Level exams marked it has been noted that hundreds of schools have been caught in the complicated web of cheating.Most of the schools are in Kampala and the surrounding districts.Masaka,Luwero,Busia and Gulu are other districts cited in the scam.
An MP from Gulu district has been accused of raping and impregnating his first cousin.The MP defiled a 14 year old girl made her pregnant in the process.Efforts in making the girl to abort failed.The girl has been traumatized by this that she threatens to commit suicide too.
Tuesday, December 19 2006
Pastor threatens to hit Pastor Male for Spilling Secrets
The crisis in the pentecostal churches reported earlier is worsening.Now Pastor Simeon Kayiwa is not happy with Moses Solomon Male who accuses him of preaching a false gospel.
Nile Bank one of the indigenous banks has been sold to the multinational Barclays Bank for USD 120Million about Ugx 216,000,000,000.The take over proceedings can be effected in one years time.Barclays will acquire Nile's 15 Branches and add it to its seven
Sunday, December 17 2006
General Tinyefuza ,Kayihura ordered to report to PGB
The President has authorized a major plan that shakes up the country's security system.In an unprecedented move, the Presidential Guard Brigade will plat center stage and force commanders & coordinators must first get the PGB approval for any operation & activities.This is dubbed the New Grand Christmas Security plan where the PGB will be in charge of Kampala.This also means that all heads of Police,the Prisons,ISO,ESO,CMI and all others must get clearance from the head of PGB.This will see the Coordinator of Intelligence services,the IGP reporting to the PGB this season.UPDF officers can be deployed at various police stations to beef up the regular constables.Mobile Police units and plain clothes security personnel will be beefed up this Christmas.Many private cars have been hired for security monitoring in different parts of Kampala this season.
The Grand CHRISTMAS security plan also provides extra security for fuel stations reorts the TABLOID.
Saturday, December 16 2006
Bereaved Relatives want billions in Compensation for Robinah's Death
The family of the murdered city lawyer Robinah Kiyingi is dragging her Husband Dr.Aggrey Kiyingi to court after he was acquitted.They want compensation from him for Robinah's murder.A civil case is being opened this time round spearheaded by Robinah's sister Eve Kasirye Alemu.While Justice Opio Aweri was convinced that Dr.Kiyingi may have had a hand in plotting the murder,he was not convinced beyond doubt that actually Kiyingi participated in the murder.In the nutshell the evidence brought against Kiyingi was not convincing enough to convict Dr.Kiyingi.In the civil suit Eva and the siblings hope to convince the judge that Kiyingi was liable for the murder of his wife based on his conducts and death threats.
If he loses the civil court he will be ordered to pay compensation to the relatives which can be in billions considering the fact that Robinah was a high profile person.This case is also compared to the 1994 O.J Simpson trial murder of his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her lover Ronald,O.J was acquitted too but he lost the civil case and ordered to pay the families of the deceased huge amounts..
Supermarkets like Uchumi,Shoprite ,Quality Supermarket and others will soon be joined by Kenya's leading and biggest supermarket chain Nakumatt Holdings.Nakumatt which dislodged Uchumi in Kenya is setting up shop in Kampala by next year and will be located next to Uchumi in between Garden City Shopping Mall and Lady Charlotte's Bridal Leisure Park on Yusuf Lule Road as you approach Jinja Road round about from Garden City area.Construction work has kicked off and this is said to be Uganda's biggest shopping complex.
Friday, December 15 2006
DPP,Police furious,plan to have Cardiologist Re-Arrested
Its less than a week after the heart surgeon,Dr Agrrey Kiyingi was acquitted of charges of murdering his wife Robinah,the surgeon faces re-arrest over other charges.The State has also filed a notice of appeal against the justice Opio Aweri rulling that acquitted Kiyingi and two others.Dr.Kiyingi's comments after his acquittal in which he blasted Police and other parties over his arrest have riled many officers in the Police and the Directorate of Public Prosecution.During a press conference Kiyingi said he had forgiven all those who caused him pain except the government for illegal detention.More in the Red Pepper.
Thursday, December 14 2006
Acquitted husband throws bash to celebrate
70 Million missing from Late Robinah's Bank Account
The mysteries surrounding the murder of Robinah Kiyingi will simply not go away.The family of Dr.Aggrey Kiyingi held a crisis meeting on Tuesday night on discovering that US $ 39,000 ABOUT Ugx 70 Million had vanished from one of Robinah's bank accounts.The meeting took place on the sideline of the major bash thrown by Dr.Kiyingi to celebrate the acquittal of the murder of his wife.Meanwhile Kiyingi has got a Ugandan Passport plus a visa to Australia after his Australian passport was cancelled.
Renowned song writer & producer Silver Kyagulanyi has bought a flat on Bridgeway Street in North London for his UK based babe Maria.This was to congratulate Maria for giving him a kid.
WBS TV presenter Straka Mwezi's neighbours were treated to free drama when Straka had a battle with Ex Boyfriend Semakula.Straka is moving out with a young first year student at Makerere University something that has not gone well with Semakula the guy that bought Straka the short chasis Pajero,Rented the Kiwatule house and opened up a shop on Wilson road.Last Wednesday Semakula stormed Straka's house to try and evict her and also get back some property but Straka given her size was able to put up a spirited resistance through blows and kicks.Items like Spoons ,Glasses,plates and stools were seen flying through the windows.Soon Straka called Police and on Semakula hearing the sirens he jumped over the wall leaving his Mark II behind.The police towed the Mark II to Jinja Road Police and by the time Red Pepper went to press the matter had been solved amicably.
Wednesday, December 13 2006
New Commando Unit Named 'Air Force One'
President Yoweri Museveni has formed a special force to protect himself and his family as threats to his security increase.The new force has been curved out of the Presidential Guard Brigade officers to formulate the Air Force One (AFO).An elite team of young officers is already,are already in the second phase on training in Russia after the first one with PGB and on return they will be in charge of the Presidential jet.This will see the traffic sign call of the jet changing too.The training of the new unit was coordinated by the President's son and the President's pilot Brigadier Ali Kiiza.The Red Pepper reported the President had survived five assassination plots in the last 10 years.
The Mayor was cited with Irene Kayonga at the Cece Winans Show at Serena Hotel .Its not the first time the Mayor is turning up with Irene at public functions because he did so at the launch of the Pioneer Bus Service.Snoops are yet to know what is going on between the two.
Tuesday, December 12 2006
International Heart Surgeon Aggrey Kiyingi yesterday broke down in tears of joy after high court judge Rubby Aweri Opio acquitted him of the murder of his wife,Robinah Kiyingi on July 11,at Buziga last year.The Judge agreed with the two assessors who advised him to acquit the three accused on the grounds that they had failed to produce enough evidence. According to the Judge the acquittal was on grounds of lack of incriminating evidence.After the ruling ,Dr.Kiyingi moved out of court to his car without shaking hands with excited relatives while the relatives to the late Robinah Kiyingi left in grief as they declined to make comments to the press.
14 Senior Academic staff at Makerere University have resigned their posts and headed for greener pastures.9 Staff including Professors ,Doctors,plus Senior Lecturers have already left the country while others plan to join Kampala International University for better pay.KIU pays professors 5m as compared to Makerere's 1.8m.
Amon Lukwago Juliana's ex watched Ouma's fight from his liquid discotheque in Masindi with his new catch Liz Kabagyenyi.While the whole country and almost every one in the club were in support of Ouma punching Taylor Amon and his babe were evidently in for Taylor.Amon and Liz were punching the air for every punch Taylor placed on Ouma's head and at the end of it all they were more than happy when Taylor defeated Ouma after a 12 round bout.As Jalia(Name change on Hooking Ouma) was weeping like a baby Amon and Liz were enjoying a bottle of Champagne
Monday, December 11 2006
President now fires anti terrorism (JATT) Boss
Jermain Taylor retained his WBC & WBO middle weight titles with unanimous points decision over over our own Kassim Ouma despite the presence of his fiancée songbird Juliana Kanyomozi and his 9 yr old son at the little rock,Arkansas,on Sunday Morning.Fans are very furious that Juliana's Presence at the ring side could have spelt bad luck for the Boxer.Many argue that circumstances under which Juliana split with her old time boyfriend and jumped into Ouma's bed could have angered he spirits which in turn cast a spell.
Former New Vision CEO ,William Pike is in discussions to buy into the Weekly Observer.Pike who owns Capital FM and Beat FM radio stations will be holding more talks with the directors this week..The talks are in advanced stages that the deal could be reached as early as before end of week.It will not be a complete take over,the current owners of the paper will smile all the way to the bank ,keep their jobs with increased salary on the sealing the deal.More money will be invested a printing press will be imported and this could see the weekly paper turning into a daily one reports the Tabloid.
Singer Bebe Cool is back after a two weeks holiday in the US.He chopped off his beard while in the US and this he has dubbed as a ''2007 better Image campaign''.On arrival though he survived being arrested for jumping bail over the beating of a police woman case as Movement diehard Mondo Mugisha was on site to protect the singer incase of any eventuality.
To prevent more confrontations and threats to his life,Ashraf Simwogerere the actor has hired two mean bodyguards who are by his side everywhere he goes including when answering natures call.These two mean looking bodyguards protect the actor 24 hours.
Dennis Matanda the flamboyant PR Man is all smiles after landing himself a job with renowned advertising agency TBWA of USA.He is slated to leave for the US on the 18/Dec/06 and this has seen him sell off all his belongings.It is a one year contract job.
Sunday, December 10 2006
An increasing number of donors and humanitarian NGOs are pressing President Museveni to replace the Inspector General o Police ,Maj.Gen.Kale Kayihura for allegedly militarising a section of police to harass the opposition.The want him replaced before the commonwealth conference scheduled for November next year.Sources close to the donors claim that Kayihura has a private unit of the military dressed as police,whose assignment is to frustrate and scatter opposition gatherings and activities.
About 100 corpses are buried every month by Kampala City Council says the Director of Kampala District Health services,Mesach Mubiru.Most of these bodies are recovered from accident scenes and Mulago hospital among other places.The bodies are buried at the KCC cemetery in Bukasa after all avenues of having them claimed are exhausted.
Saturday, December 09 2006
A bitter row that is now spiraling out of control in the Pentecostal Churches in Uganda has exposed some of the most sinister and criminal activities,including homosexuality which go on in some of the booming churches.Some pastors exploit women in the so called counseling rooms ,others sodomize young men ,some make women pregnant and encourage them to abort.That aside most of these pastors brag of expensive homes equipped with Jacuzzi's imported from Dubai...More in the Red Pepper.
Kadongo Kamu singer Abdu Mulaasi is no longer the Cassonava we all knew.The singer had a farm of four wives as he sings in his song "Ngenda Ku siba Farm" but the latest is that all three have left him for various reasons and he is now left with his original and first babe,Nakiboneka.
Friday, December 08 2006
Nabbed assassin meets President ,Spills Details of secret plot hatched in Kabalagala
The Man who attacked the Presidential Press Secretary Tamale Mirundi has revealed a sinister plot to assassinate the President.The man who has been arrested has also met the President and recounted the plot that was hatched last month in Kabalagala.The man has pleaded that he was not a wrong person but he was only desperate to save the life of the president for he was part of the meeting that carried out the plot.The names of the financiers who were sympathetic to FDC have been withheld for now.
On Monday night at National Theatre,the current artiste of the year,Bobi Wine took the weed and was visibly high that he started abusing who ever looked at him badly.Whoever shot back was kicked or boxed.The MC of the night Ras Ssali received a punch from the artiste of the year for refusing to let him perform when he wanted to.Guards were called in for reinforcement but no sooner had they left than Bobi ordered for a crate of guiness which he later smashed on the floor.This forced the security to throw him out and banned him from the National theatre.It is alleged he took five sticks of weed before heading to the theatre.
Shooting of another movie about the life of the late Ugandan Dictator,Idi Amin is just about to kick off.The movie will be based on the book ''State of Blood'' written by Amin's former Minister Henry Kyemba.Celebrated Ugandan actor Phillip Luswata now pursuing a Degree in acting at Leeds University will be featuring and for that reason he has asked for a dead year to embark on the movie shooting.
Thursday, December 07 2006
Ex-Minister Lands new 2.5Bn Deal
A local affiliate of an international franchise,where former Minister Jim Muhwezi and business tycoon Bob Kabonero have interests,is close to landing a lucrative deal to supply hundreds of rental cars for the 2007 Commonwealth Conference.The franchise ,Europcar is already doing business supplying rental cars to UTL,where Bob Kabonero is a director.
Busiro East MP Susan Nakawuki was being held in a London Jail last night after she was arrested for suspected drugs trafficking.She was slated to travel to Scotland on official duty only to be picked up by Police on finding that she had substances suspected to be illegal drugs, the Tabloid reports.
The Forum for Democratic Change President Col.Kizza Besigye has flouted the conditions under which his passport was given by court.The passport was to be returned by 30/November/2006 but Besigye is still in the USA and the passport not in court as expected.Meanwhile Besigye's Counsel ,Wandera Ogalo is frequenting the high court to explain why his client flouted the court order.
Uganda Peoples Congress President Miria Obote was on Wednesday held up in the lift for close to 30 minutes.Miria entered the lift heading to 8th floor to address the party's weekly press but the lift did not exceed the 6th floor due to technical problems.The fire brigade intervened minutes later only to find her sweating profusely.
Wednesday, December 06 2006
Uganda's President in trouble over 1994 Rwanda War
The French Judge who has caused a storm by calling the French prosecutor's office to cause indictment for Rwandese President Paul Kagame now wants Uganda's President also indicted.According to highly placed sources in the Rwanda Intelligence,the French Judge Jean Louis Bruguiere is now working with some Ugandans who are opposed to President Yoweri Museveni to indict him as well.They allege that Museveni,who was the President of Uganda at the time ,should take some blame for the eventual downing of the plane that killed former Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and as a result caused the 1990 Genocide.More in the Red Pepper
Ugandans have erased Lingala Music from their memories.Last Friday Kanda Bongoman currently a Minister in the Congolese Government was in Angenoir Discotheque but took several hours for the singer to be noticed.The first person to recognize him was Jose Chameleon who then introduced him to the rest.However before Kanda Bongoman could be surrounded by fans,he was whisked out to an unknown place by Katto,Angenoir Manager.
Tuesday, December 05 2006
M7's Press Secretary Survives Shooting
Intelligence sources have uncovered a well orchestrated plot to assassinate more of the key people close to President Y.K.Museveni.The plot aims at eliminating four people i.e. Gen.Salim Saleh,the President's brother and Minister for Microfinance,Major Muhoozi Kainerugaba who is Museveni's son and an officer in the PGB (Presidential Guard Brigade),Mrs Amelia Kyambadde,the powerful and influential private secretary to the president and Mr.Mbabazi Amama,the minister for Security.Intelligence sources said the four said persons are considered 'Presidential stabilizers' because it is they who can restrain the President from extreme action.
The Red Pepper has already reported that security Minister Amama Mbabazi who is moving closer to succeeding Museveni ,was the target of an assassin.Sources said last week that Mbabazi was being targeted because of the succession battles.But that seems to have changed now.Mbabazi is already traveling in one Museveni's armored Toyota Land Cruiser.
Singer Ragga Dee has snatched a lucrative deal with mobile phone company Motorola form the jaws of fellow singer Bebe Cool.This is the very deal Bebe Cool had signed a few months ago and he was to appear on all the billboards,compose promotion songs and ringtones coupled with selling the company countrywide.This is so because of Bebe Cool's case of beating a police woman ..The company could not have an artist who beats policemen representing them.
Zaidha Ramadhan Amin,a daughter of the infamous late dictator Idi Amin has joined record TV as a producer.Snoops at her work place say much as she is a good producer she has some brash character in her self ,just like her father.
Monday, December 04 2006
Anti-Museveni force gets 2 lorries of guns from neighboring country.
A new rebel group has been formed to fight the Museveni government.Security chiefs in Kampala are in panic after it emerged that the recent attacks in Karamoja inn which over 22 UPDF soldiers including a major were killed and the ongoing upheaval in the region are not the work of Karamajong cattle-rustlers but of well organized rebel force that intends to use the lawlessness in Karamoja to take root in the country.
Sunday, December 03 2006
Many Students' results to be cancelled
Just as the marking exercise is about to get underway,more schools have appeared on the UNEB blacklist of examination cheats.The new schools now on the list are:Kampala Citizens High School,Adult day and Evening School,Bwaise Parents Secondary School,Lugazi Mixed School,Zana Mixed school and Nakasero Senior Secondary School.These schools join others on the list of shame that included Caltec Academy,Kampala Secondary School,Mengo Senior Secondary School,Jinja Senior School,Kabito Secondary School,Uganda Martyrs Sonde,St Stephen Secondary School,Kabaka's lake secondary School,Ntinda View College,Kitante Hill School,and Namirembe High School.
The National Resistance Movement (NRM) parliamentary caucus has resolved to set its target on the 2011 general election after getting a reeling shock in this year
Saturday, December 02 2006
A man believed to be an expert assassin and terrorist was on Wednesday arrested near Gen.Salim Saleh's office as he tried to kill the Microfinance Minister.Redpepper's security and intelligence sources told us yesterday that the man had an array of explosives when he was intercepted at Communications House in the heart of Kampala as he tried to get into Saleh's office.
The Construction department of the UPDF has been rushed to do urgent repairs on the President's country home so that it can start accommodating some of the functions that have hitherto been taking place at State House Nakasero.State House Nakasero has been closed down for repairs effective December 1.But before the closure the President had moved to a private house in Buziga,an upcoming suburb in Kampala.
A warrant of arrest has been issued for local musician Bebe Cool for missing a court case in which he is charged with indecent assault.His failure to appear in court was the second time he had missed the hearing of his case. Bebe Cool was arrested for assaulting a police officer Monica Kabagenyi at Entebbe International Airport in September this year.Bebe Cool is to appear before the Magistrates' court before on January 11,2007 without fail.