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UNTOLD STORY: Inside Mbabazi Family Rift

Rwanda Defence Forces have ended the 2015 East Africa Military games on a high winning three gold medals from football, price http://chat.novaintermed.ro/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-setting.php basketball and Handball.

RDF finished the tournament on Wednesday with seven points, one ahead of Uganda and Kenya who failed to get a winner in their last match.

RDF claimed the handball and Basketball crowns with six and seven points respectively from a possible eight.

However, Ugandans dominated the individual football awards with Musa Mudde named the Most Valuable Player and Robert Omunuk taking the golden boot after scoring three goals.

Uganda won Gold in netball, Silver in Cross country.

The two-week event is an annual regional tournament that is held on rotational basis. The 10th edition will be held in Rwanda. This year’s edition was attended by five countries namely  Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.
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RDF finished the tournament on Wednesday with seven points, http://clark-illustration.com/wp-includes/registration-functions.php one ahead of Uganda and Kenya who failed to get a winner in their last match.

RDF claimed the handball and Basketball crowns with six and seven points respectively from a possible eight.

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However, http://ckls.org/wp-admin/includes/file.php Ugandans dominated the individual football awards with Musa Mudde named the Most Valuable Player and Robert Omunuk taking the golden boot after scoring three goals.

Uganda won Gold in netball, Silver in Cross country.

The two-week event is an annual regional tournament that is held on rotational basis. The 10th edition will be held in Rwanda. This year’s edition was attended by five countries namely  Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.
A new poll by a leading continental research body Afrobarometer has revealed a steady growth in the support and attachment of Ugandans to the ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM], treat http://craigpatchett.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/_inc/header.php since the year 2000.

The study also indicated a raise in the trust by Ugandans in the national Electoral Commission, online http://creativecommons.org/wordpress/wp-includes/general-template.php though with calls for a number reforms therein.

This year’s research sampled a total of 2400 Ugandans from across the five regions of the country between May 5 and May 2015.

The findings of the poll showed that 57% of the respondents could profess a great sense of attachment to the ruling party, up from a mere 20% in 2000.

The respondents were asked whether they felt close to any political party and to go ahead and mention the party.

In the previous poll, [2012] those who professed closeness to the ruling party were only 48% while in 2008 it was 37%.

The sense of attachment to the opposition parties dropped from 23% in 2012 to 14% in this year’s poll.

Only a third of the respondents told pollsters that the opposition in Uganda presented a viable alternative vision and plan for the country.

Once an election is over, a majority 52% of the respondents suggested that opposition parties and politicians should accept defeat and cooperate with government to help it develop the country.

If elections were held today according to Afrobarometer research, 65% of Ugandans would vote the ruling NRM party, while 15% would vote the opposition. 4% would abstain.

This reflects recent findings of another poll by Africa Research Institute (ARI), which showed that 1,166 out of 1,822 respondents said they would vote President Museveni thus giving him a 64 percent lead over his rivals Kizza Besigye, Amama Mbabazi, Mugisha Muntu, Norbert Mao and Jimmy Akena.

The respondents however expressed their reservations with the quality of leaders they vote in political offices, with 72% asserting that the leaders are serving their personal interests.

63% of the respondents also stated that they personally feared becoming victims of intimidation and violence during the campaigns. This figure was at 64% in 2012 and at 73% in 2008.

The poll also showed a rise in the trust in the country’s Electoral Commission from 42% in the previous 2012 poll to 53% this year. Trust in the EC was at 20% in the 2002 Afrobarometer poll.

The respondents however raised a number of issues such as a need for stronger electoral laws to restrain vote buying, stop military deployments and to address the voters’ register challenges.

 

 
Fresh details have emerged on the deepening rift within the family of presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi with his daughter Lenina Mbabazi Rukikaire alias Nina taking centre stage.

On Wednesday evening, health http://defensebydesign.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-media-list-table.php ChimpReports broke the news of a private meeting at Mbabazi’s posh residence in Kololo where strategists, information pills http://chulucanasnoticias.com/wp-content/plugins/feature-a-page-widget/feature-a-page-widget.php family members and allies disagreed on whether the former Prime Minister should push on with the presidential bid.

Some suggested that Mbabazi’s presidential campaign was not well planned but simply motivated by the desires of Jacqueline Mbabazi.

Nina denied expressing reservations about the viability of the 2016 project during the Kololo meeting, drugs http://companyimpact.com/waterbills/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/submit.php saying she was attending to several kids inside the main house as the meeting took place in the compound.

Nina went ahead to pour out her sentiments on social media, saying our story was not accurate.

On Thursday morning, this website went further to dig deeper into what transpired through the meeting by talking to more family members conversant with the 2016 strategy for proper context.

Severino saga

A very close family member said, “One of the issues that have caused a split between Nina and her mother is the plan to allocate some controversial people including some relatives of Mbabazi, jobs if he wins the campaign.”

The source added: “Controversial lawyer Severino Twinobusingye is listed as the most likely candidate for the office of Attorney General if Amama Mbabazi wins the Presidency of Uganda – which Nina is strongly against.”

Twinobusingye, 43, is the head of Mbabazi’s Campaign Legal Team which he says consists of 500 lawyers which the source said is more than the number of students that pass the legal bar at the Law Development Centre in Makerere.

Twinobusingye runs his own law firm, Twinobusingye Severino & Co. Advocates, located on J.P. Plaza on Nkrumah Road, with one partner named as Blair Atwebembeire, who is listed on the official Judiciary List as an employee of one-time Head of the Police Criminal Investigations Department Chris Bakiza in the law firm M/s Bakiza & Co. Advocates.

Atwebembeire, however, is employed at the Uganda Wildlife Authority as an Advocate and also said to be a lawyer with a firm called Equator Law Advocates (https://www.linkedin.com/pub/atwebembeire-blair/58/661/bab).

Sources within the Mbabazi camp say that the positioning of Twinobusingye is widely linked to his proven loyalty to their candidate over the years, and the central role he played in planning the campaign.

Twinobusingye shot to fame in 2013 when he won a Shs 13bn award from the Constitutional Court after petitioning to stop Parliament from forcing then Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, Ministers Sam Kutesa and Hilary Onek to step aside over accusations of taking bribes from foreign oil firms.

The Shs 13bn award (then more than US$5million) is the largest court award of this nature in the entire Commonwealth of 53 countries and in the history of Uganda.

At the time, the Attorney General and Chief Registrar also pointed out that the fees did not make sense because Twinobusingye appeared in court only two times over the case.

The ruling was deemed controversial because it was made on Christmas Eve at a time when the entire country was focussed on Christmas celebrations.

It was only made public after two months when Registrar Erias Kisawuzi read it out, and the Deputy Attorney General then, Freddie Ruhindi, complained of irregularities because the Attorney General’s chambers were not represented when the Shs 13bn amount was being discussed.

The files of the case also reportedly went missing from the Court Registry during that period.

The amount of money awarded to Twinobusingye was challenged because it was questionable why he deserved twice the entire Judiciary’s annual wage bill for two appearances in a law suit whose main cause did not involve him directly.

In his law suit, Twinobusingye was stopping MPs Gerald Karuhanga and Theodore Ssekikuubo who had claimed in Parliament that Amama Mbabazi had received bribes from oil companies, and submitted documents to back their claim, asking that the Prime Minister be made to step aside.

Twinobusingye is a beneficiary of the State House scholarships, and was District Youth Councillor for Nyamirama sub-county in Rukungiri.

At the time he sued the government, he was employed at the Electoral Commission, and was also appointed RDC of Kabale but the position was reversed when Presidency Minister Frank Tumwebaze realised the motivation for his appointment.

At the Electoral Commission, Twinobusingye was reportedly instrumental in investigations to remove EC Secretary Sam Rwakoojo, who was at loggerheads with the Mbabazi family because of a contract to award the biometric voter card system to a company backed by a rival politician instead of one represented by Mbabazi’s niece Susan Katono, who used to be closely associated with Twinobusingye before he got married last year.

The source revealed that Susan Katono is currently one of the main members of the campaign team managing finances and working on recruiting male members from the NRM.

Twinobusingye was reportedly deployed to destabilise Rwakoojo and have him replaced with another lawyer close to Mbabazi, which would give the then-Premier control over the electoral process, planned as far back as 2010.

Taxes

An insider, who described yesterday’s story as “very factual” further narrated to ChimpReports that there is a big problem in Mbabazi’s camp because of lack of planning and that it is as if many things are just a surprise.

“Nina is also frustrated because all that money is going yet she is suffering. If you call URA now you will see she has seven bounced cheques for money she owes in taxes through Supreme Security. And the family is not helping her,” the source revealed.

Today morning, Nina refused to comment on this story saying it does not help.

However, URA recently dispatched auditors to investigate claims that Mbabazi’s company Arma Ltd and his associates were involved in tax evasion malpractices.

It emerged that some taxes were not being paid by Nina as the law provides, allowing her to fulfil her tax obligations.

This investigative website understands Nina has since been promptly paying her tax arrears as directed by URA under then no-nonsense Commissioner General Allen Kagina.

Officials said close Supreme Security owned by Nina was supposed to be closed three weeks ago over taxes.

“Lenina was very emotional when she exploded all this out,” the source continued.

“She is an angry girl right now. And everyone feels sorry for her because she would have been more involved in running her businesses if her child was not sick. That is where all her money goes these days.”

More private details were revealed to this website for publication but our editorial team decided to respect Nina’s private life.

The source said whenever Nina does business “things somehow do not work out just like Cyber Cafe and yet the family doesn’t step in.”

“She is against this Severino because he likes money but his spending does not show real results.”

We were unable to get the exact amount of money handed to Severino to defend Mbabazi’s supporters arrested by police with the view of determining whether he is indeed not doing work paid for.

Our source, who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely, praised Nina as “very analytical and scientific so she keeps doing research,” adding, “She also talks to very many people. Right now she is in like 40 WhatsApp groups and communicates in all of them constantly even using different aliases, so she knows the reality.”

Kololo stormy meeting

During the Kololo meeting, the deep-throat source added, “there was a lot of fire about the money issue and lack of impact and questions about visible support outside of the family.”

The better part of Mbabazi’s strategy team comprises his family members, possibly to avoid infiltration.

It is understood Jacqueline had just returned to the country from abroad to raise more funds and that “as usual she did not update anyone except Amama. No one likes the way she controls things tightly.”

The source said people will start abandoning Mbabazi because of “of her (Jacqueline) ways. The people leaving might even include Lenina herself.”

A section of NRM Poor Youth recently quit Mbabazi’s camp, saying it had lost steam and that he had promised them rewards which were not forthcoming.

It should be recalled that NRM Youth who returned to the mainstream NRM Youth League had their hands oiled with Shs 1.5m each as facilitation.

By Thursday morning, the Mbabazi story had gone viral on social media platforms.

The presidential aspirant’s social media strategists responded by preparing a document attacking ChimpReports before circulating it among their sympathisers on Facebook.

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