3 Arrested For Protesting Controversial Tycoon Mulenga’s Kingship

Ruling National Resistance Movement has reawakened the stalled multibillion construction project for its new headquarters, ed in Kampala.

The party office has for years been housed in a dilapidated and out of shape structure in Lugogo, pills which earned the NRM disrepute and ridicule.

The party revealed yesterday it was set to initiate construction of the 27 storied NRM House to immortalize the historic 27 heroes that commenced the NRA revolution in 1981.

The party treasurer, price Rose Namayanja told NTV on Friday that construction will be kicking off soon and the fundraising for the project was ongoing.

She however could not delve into how much money the party is looking to put together for the project but confirmed that so far Shs 16 billion had been collected, 12 billion of which was collected yesterday “in just of hours.”

Once completed, the NRM House will be the tallest skyscraper in the country
Once completed, the NRM House will be the tallest skyscraper in the country

It however emerged last evening that a number of foreign investors among them, heads of companies holding contracts for various road construction projects were invited to the Fundraising dinner at State House in Entebbe.

A copy of a letter for instance has been circulating on social media, purportedly signed by the NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba, instructing Uganda National Roads Authority [UNRA] to ensure that 11 top road contractors attend.

In the letter, Mrs Lumumba urges outgoing UNRA publicist Mr Dan Alinange to extend the invitation to the contractors and goes on to appreciate his ‘usual cooperation.’

Kasule's purported letter entailing the invited UNRA Contractors to the NRM Fundraising
Kasule’s purported letter entailing the invited UNRA Contractors to the NRM Fundraising

Some of the invited guests on the list include Mr Han Dongling, the MD of the Chinese Zhongmei Engineering Limited which is contracting the Olwiyo-Gulu and Ntungamo-Mirama Road road Projects.

Others include Nippon Parts Manager Moses Lumala, Mr Gennaro Sirgiovanni the MD of the Buvuma based Stirling Civil Engineering Limited and Bruhan Nassur the Director Kolin Construction.

The list sparked concerns amongst observers about the kind of contracts that these companies were running, and the extent to which foreign companies were being sucked into Uganda’s political arena.

When contacted on Saturday however, the Party Secretary General Mrs Justine Kasule confirmed the fundraising but noted in a brief reply that these were invited by the virtue of being businessmen.

“We only invited people from the business community,” said Lumumba. The NRM treasurer Hon Rose Namayanja and her deputy Kenneth Omona were still unreachable by press time.

Minister for Presidency Hon Frank Tumwebaze, dismissed the story as bogus speculation.

Namayanja however revealed that the party would proceed to hold fundraisings both in public and in private, as well as appealing for contributions from its members to facilitate the project.

The party which has been power of three decades has severally been lambasted for having its base  in a depilated structure.

This however, Minister Namayanja blamed on previous secretariat leaders who were not able to facilitate such projects.

“One of the problems we had was that we didn’t have full time party members. People were holding party positions, in the party as well as ministerial positions.”

Three men have been arrested in Kabale for trying to engage in a demonstration against the controversial and self-enthroned King Caesar Mulenga of the Mulenga Development Kingdom in Kigezi region.

The arrested include Fulugence Turyatemba the FDC Kabale district secretary for mobilization and Ndorwa west MP aspirant on the FDC ticket.

Honest Natukunda and Arthur Asiimwe were also picked yesterday by police and detained as they planned to have a demonstration in Kabale town against the king Caesar development kingdom.

King Cesar Mulenga is expected in Kabale town today Saturday where he will install one of his Ministers Dr. Francis Mwesigye Runumi.

Runumi is the former commissioner of planning in the Ministry of Health who recently resigned to contest for the Kabale Municipality MP seat on the NRM ticket.

Augustine Nakitari the Kabale district Acting DPC confirmed the arrest noting that the trio was held for planning to hold a demonstration against the self-acclaimed King.

Dr Runumi defended his appointment in the controversial kingdom noting that King Caesar is only trying to help the community to come out of poverty and is not a cultural leader like most people portray him.

Two weeks ago while in Kihihi town council, site Mulenga gave out shs 500 million to the local traders to support their business Saccos.

This is not the first time that King Caesar has met resistance in the area. A few months ago, help the bishop of Muhabura Cranmer Mugisha opposed the kingdom saying that it will bring divisions among the people of Kigezi.

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