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Grapevine: NRM worries over unruly members
Posted Sunday, July 22 2012 at 01:00
After a string of losses in recent by-elections by the ruling National Resistance Movement party, the storm is yet to recede as more worry is being created by the so-called “young untamable” NRM MPs, especially from the central region. A series of meetings have been attended by senior NRM leaders aimed at finding a lasting solution on the men and women they consider to be opposition spies hiding in NRM. One such meeting was held recently in Entebbe but there seem to be no solutions coming out of the consultations. And to add insult to injury, the “rebel MPs”, with a notion that they are people’s representatives, have vowed not to listen to any party leader in matters they consider unjust to the citizens.
Former ESO boss joins web of land grabbers
Reports have been all over the media about senior government officers using their positions to grab land from rightful owners. And some of the government spies have not been left out. Grapevine has learnt one such spy supposed to be gathering intelligence information for the State in outside countries is busy threatening to arrest members of a certain family that owns land around Makerere Hill area. Highly reliable sources in the Ministry of Lands have told Grapevine that this particular spy is working on the directives of a very senior minister to also intimidate lands officials into processing and back dating a land tittle for a plot of land that already has a title. However, the family is also not sitting back and has already secured an appointment to meet the President over the same issue involving land worth about Shs7 billion.
Is a UPDF general in danger?
A top Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) general could be in danger after a foreign country sent underground spies to Kampala to detect the movements of this no nonsense army officer. Grapevine has landed on information that apparently this country has invested heavily in some informers who travel here to monitor many dissidents who have fallen out with the regime back home. Upon entry into Uganda, they are detected by the officers deployed by this General. Ugandan intelligence is, however, watching with a keen eye.
Garanga cattle stolen from Kyankwanzi
The National Leadership Institute, Kyankwanzi, might be under the Office of the President but this has not stopped graft and theft of several properties from occurring at the institute. Grapevine has reliably learnt that after the institute had leadership changes, several properties have gone missing, among them 160 head of cattle inclusive of the 40 animals that former Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) boss, John Garanga, contributed to the institute in appreciation of services rendered to his soldiers who underwent patriotism lessons there. The school is also reported to be declining in structural development with reports emerging that part of the Shs1.2 billion from the President’s office could have been misappropriated. So Bwana Salva Kiir, as you plan to bring more cadres for training, this time don’t donate cattle but rather build for the school a house that can’t be sold.