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Day March 31, 2013



I have keenly followed the Mehta-Mabira story for some time and I am not one of those who will blindly support murdering ancient trees just for a little sugar. But I also know of an opposition leader whose ticket to State House was simply riots over the high price of sugar!

Incidentally, many ‘Forest Protection Crusaders’ only protect Mabira on Jinja Road but have destroyed their own smaller Mabiras, which were planted by their ancestors on the lands they have now turned into brick factories. They used their small Mabira forests as firewood to bake bricks…

I was doing a Mabira programme on STAR TV last year when an angry caller stated “let Museveni go away with his muyindi (Mehta) who came with him from the bush in 1986 to steal our land…” From this I belatedly learnt that most of the anti-Mehta fury was about a suspicion that he was NRM and came with Museveni from the bush! Aloooo!!!

In my Uganda today it would be naive to expect the older leaders of such rioters to tell their youthful, misguided brigades the facts because facts work against recruitment.

I stand to be corrected, but I have read that Nanji Khalidas Mehta came to Uganda in 1924. He settled where he is now with the kind permission of the British colonial authorities and the government of His Highness Kabaka Daudi Chwa.

Because Mabira is older than SCOUL, I am sure Mzee Mehta was permitted (encouraged, or even urged) to cut down several acres of trees to plant sugar. Therefore, Mehta and Mabira have been living in symbiosis as neighbours for 89 years. This relationship beats any possible links between Mehta and NRM by only 57 years.

Recently, Mabira got encroachers without permission from Uganda government or even Kabaka. Their impunity is based on the pigment of their skin and the number of votes they can cast. In less than a quarter of the time Mehta has lived beside Mabira, these blessed encroachers have made the forest gods gnash their teeth in impotent rage by murdering thousands of trees.

I have a photo of one Mabira campaign poster reading; ‘ONE TREE CUT, ONE INDIAN DEAD’ and the proud bearer of this genocidal message was standing next to two beaming Members of Parliament and a priest. When one Indian was murdered even before any tree was felled, these MPs and the man of God disappeared from the scene, (AS USUAL) leaving their misguided missiles to be harvested by the police.

Is our mission to protect Mabira from Mehta because he is Asian? Is it to protect trees from decimation except by our own? Are we protecting Ugandans from sugar to create catchment areas of sugar rioters?

Does anyone doubt what would happen if government ever tried to stop Mr X from baking his bricks with firewood from the ffene or even muvule trees in his kibanja, which were left there by his great-grandpa?

Let us protect Mabira from the Mehtas of this planet even as we protect our own few trees from OURSELVES. Only then will Environmental Protection thrive.



Dr.Kiiza Besigye showing solidarity with the Muslim community

Dr.Kiiza Besigye showing solidarity with the Muslim community

This is to request your office to carefully study circumstances under which some imams have been arrested, prosecuted or investigated on grounds of training/recruiting children in terrorist related activities.

As imam of Parliament of Uganda, I wish to draw your attention to the following Islamic principles and practices.

1) it is within Islamic norms and practices to teach our children S early as 3years the best Islamic practices.

2) Quranic memorization and recitation is taught at a very tender age (3-15years). This is usually done at mosques, homes of imams/sheikhs and. Islamic Madarasas or school

3) During school holidays, many Muslim parental including myself who take their children yo secular schools were Islamic knowledge is not e.g. Mosques, imams/sheikhs residences and some schools turn into Madarasa holiday centers to enable them study the Islamic principles and norms

4) Freedom of worship is clearly enshrined in our constitution and nowhere in our laws parents are barred from teaching their children principles. and practices of their religion at tender ages and there are no gazzeted places for this system.

As you carry out your mandate of keeping law and order, I implore you not to tarnish the image of Islam and the Muslims in general by attributing them to tarnish the image of Islam and Muslims in general by attributing them to terrorist related activities. MemoriZation of Quran and teaching Islamic doctrines has never and will never be a basis for terrorism recruitment since it has been the practice form centuries. I find it difficult to believe That someone interested in recruiting terrorists would target 3-13 years children as the most suitable candidates for the exercise!

Your statement may even lead to many Muslims parents abandon sending their children to Islamic children centers under the fear f b3ing misunderstood at rhetoric expense of their cherished Islamic norms and practices.

We must all fight terrorism in all its forms but we shouldn’t at any one time encroach on people’s freedom of worship which is guaranteed by our laws.

It’s against that Background that I request you to corred4 this impression since many imams/sheikhs will abandon this noble cause of inculcating Islamic norms in our young children for fear of being victimised as recruiting terrorists. You should also engage our religious leaders on this issue so that we can all move in th3 same direction otherwise you may be misunderstood as infringing on our freedom of worship


Yours sincerely

Ssebaggala A. Latif sengendo (MP) / imam

C.c H.E the president


C.c Speaker

C.c deputy speaker

C.c prime minister

C.c 3rd deputy minister

C.c vice chairman NRM

C.c Price kassim Nakibinge Kakungulu


C.c minister of defence

C.c minister of internal affairs

C.c leader of opposition

C.c director DAAWA/heads of imam

C.c Chairman defense & internal affairs

C.c all Muslim MPS

Lt. Gen.Kayihura Denies Stitching up Top Regime Officials: Nyakayirima, ‘Tinyefunza’ and Mbabazi

His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
The President of Uganda,
P.O.Box 25497
State House,
January, 20th,2013

Yours Excellency. I am Catherine Ddembe, the FDC councilor of Mpigi district and a close friend of Ssebina Ssekitoleko your NRM mobiliser for several years. Around September 2012, I was requested by -y friend Sebina to meet the Inspector General of Police, Lt. General Kale Kayihura to discuss some urgent matters. I agreed to meet General Kayihura in his office at Police Headquarters on Parliamentary Avenue, he asked me to do a mission for him and in return, I would be paid whatever I wanted.

He offered to give me a title for a house in Kampala and a scholarship abroad for further studies. He wanted me to visit my friend Michael Kabaziguruka, the Vice Chairman FDC Electoral Commission at Luzira Prison, where he was remanded on treason charges to convince him as well as Frederick Namara who was once your soldier in PGB and others that were facing similar charges to confess to having been rebels.

Dr. Kizza Besigye he said is a problem with his attempts to overthrow government. He wanted me to convince Kabaziguruka to give a written confession saying this. I got worried when he also asked me to say that the Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, the Chief of Defense Forces General Nyakairima, General David Tinyefuza, and others were the funders and leaders of this rebel group. As a supporter of FDC, you know that I do not support the People’s Redemption Army. If Kabaziguruka and the others agreed to cooperate, they would get their freedom and 200 million shillings each.

I was scared, but I still went to visit the prisoners. ln fact, I visited them many times but my conscience was not clear. I even went to Nakawa court when they were taken there. Ssebina drove me all the times and I felt I could not say no. My friend’s reaction to my offer was of suspicion. They claimed that they had been framed regarding rebel activities, and were not willing to confess in case they ended up in jail forever. Then they told me some other FDC member had also approached them telling them that they were to be poisoned in prison. They told me to go talk to their lawyer Rwakafuzi. When I reported back to the IGP, he said he would talk to Rwakafuzi himself. I did not tell Kale of the poison threats on the prisoners.

A few days later, Kale called me and informed me that Rwakafuzi had refused the offer and said that his clients were innocent in the first place. Then Kale told me to continue engaging my friends at Luzira to convince them that they would find them another lawyer. He even offered to pay their legal fees and upon their release they would be paid 400 million shillings each. I went to talk with Kabaziguruka and Namara again but they refused saying they would die. Kabaziguruka refused saying that in his life he had never met with Mbabazi, Sejusa and Aronda and he can’t help NRM sort out its internal fights.

As for Besigye, Kabaziguruka said that he will die first before implicating his President. When I reported back to Kale, he became angry and insisted that I must finish my mission since he had already arranged a meeting for me with you during your visit to his father’s memorial service in Kisoro last October. After that I went back and met Kabaziguruka and Namara while they were appearing at Nakawa High Court but again they refused.

On Independence Day, Kale called me and informed me that he would skip the Independence celebrations at Kololo and that I should meet him in Muyenga Community Police Post. I wondered why the IGP would miss the Golden Jubilee celebrations and want to meet me. When I arrived, Kale accused me of not doing enough to convince my friends at Luzira to cooperate and yet this operation was blessed by you. He talked a lot about how this operation began Your Excellency, I beg to meet you and tell you more when it is us two.

He told me that the arrest of Kabaziguruka and friends was a set up. This is also what Kabaziguruka had been telling me when I visited him. But Kale said it was your Special Forces that planted those guns. Afande Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba had assigned his most trusted soldier, Captain Kashakamba to carry out the operation. I did not believe him and told him that I was scared and wanted to get out of these things.

I feared also now that I would be killed. Kale gave me 20 million shillings to continue with Kabaziguruka group until they agreed to the deal. 20 million was supposed to take care of their families and their welfare at Luzira. Kale told me that he had deployed police escorts to guard the Kabazigurukas on the way to and from Nakawa High Court and that this was a way of putting pressure on them to show them that they had no alternative but had to accept his offer.

While we were seated together, Kale received a phone call from someone he kept on calling as MK. He told him that he had received reports that the Besigye/Mbabazi, Aronda,Tinyefuza group was planning to ambush the prisons vehicle that was transporting the Kabaziguruka’s to court and kill the suspects in order to stop them from talking’ In addition to this, he reported to the same MK that the group had some rebel troops already in Kampala and were planning to attack Mbuya Miltary Barack Naguru Police Barracks and other isolated police stations in central Region. And then Kale told MK that he had requested for 127 billion shillings to sort this out and they were delaying’ He also said on phone that the request was sent to Finance under “supplies” and they were delaying. He told the person on the other side of the phone that they would put pressure on Finance through you since the rebels were becoming stronger.

When he got off the phone, Kale told me that since the Kisoro meeting with you did not happen’ he wanted me to meet you at another time. He told me to tell you that my friends in Luzira had confessed in me that the leaders of their rebel group were NRM leaders in the army and in the party and that also Besigye had carried the other army generals to meet to the Kabaka at his palace in Banda where Kabaka had given his blessing. He also told Muganda me that since the inmates refused to confess, my story would be enough. I am a Your Excellency. I cannot speak about the Kabaka like that.

Your Excellence I decided then that i was going to go in hiding. This man was using your name and I did not feel safe. To know Kale is doing a bad thing, he said he would travel with Ingrid Turinawe our chairperson of FDC women’s League to Norway. From Norway he wanted to buy a confession from a man called Frank Atukunda who is a political refugee in Norway. But when I asked Ssebina why Norway, he told me, Kale was going to Rome for an International police conference. Ssebina told me that I should not talk’ nobody knew he was going to Norway and everyone thinks he will be in Rome. Kale would fly to Thailand to meet you and hand over the confessions he gets in Norway himself.

After this, I got scared and decided to go hide in the village for some time. My conscience was not clear so I asked my relatives and some party members what to do. I was advised to run away from Ssebina and Kale because they are dangerous and powerful. Can you imagine Your Excellence, that Ssebina is so powerful that even Kayihura took him to address the police council? Also Ssebina moves with 5 guns in his car.

Your Excellency, I have written to you because I fear for my life. These people are using your name’ I am also seeking audience to tell you more. The recent problems in Kampala must be the work of IGP Kayihura and Ssebina and their people to justify the existence of the rebel group’ I say this because I have heard Ssebina boasting that these killings are being done by a unit in police headed by a man called Nixon.”

Bayera Gacumba

This work of fiction by very evil and malicious persons. I have never met, talked to Dembe Catherine, let alone what is being alleged here. The alleged meetings, and conversations simply did not happen. Preliminary investigations clear show that the letter itself is fictitious. I did not realize how evil, diabolical some human beings can be! No wonder, they crucified Jesus, and this weekend have no shame celebrating his resurrection.


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