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By Mulengera Reporters

It was late 2017 and everybody that matters in the country’s security was focused on Parliament as opposition MPs, led by their militant whip Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, were threatening to shed blood over the Togikwatako vote. The country’s security apparatus was concerned this would create instability, attract bad publicity and give our country bad reputation besides increasing global scrutiny on Gen Museveni’s style of governance. The population was equally gripped with anxiety as the Togikwatako uncertainty grew by day.

So, different people in security offered to mobilize counter measures and ensure a range of interventions are implemented to mitigate the situation. In Parliament, the Semujju-led MPs (joined by some like-minded colleagues in the ruling NRM) kept spitting fire and doing rehearsals with some threatening physical violence against colleagues from the NRM side. Some considered assaulting some of the elderly Musevenists on the front bench during the debate; all aimed at humiliating NRM while ensuring the Togikwatako vote (basically aimed at scrapping age limits) doesn’t happen. 

One General, with a history of falling out with Museveni and making up with him on many issues, offered to do something to soften on the violence some cantankerous opposition MPs were plotting. For this planned de-escalation of things to be achieved, the General indicated to his superiors, there was need for some resources to wet the thirsty beaks of some of the cantankerous opposition MPs. “Just get me Shs3bn and I will neutralize that uprising within 24 hours and in the end, the opposition MPs will vigorously oppose the motion and speak all nasty things against NRM on the floor but in the end, they will vote, get defeated by the NRM numbers and eventually the situation will normalize. I will reach out to those I know and ensure money reaches each one of them to dissuade them not to participate in the violence by Semujju Nganda’s group,” the General suggested in a meeting where Shs3bn was availed to him to go and do the needful.

On getting the cash, the General drove towards the Northern Bypass and parked at a fueling station somewhere towards Namugongo. He then rang one of the opposition MPs from Kasese who the General considered to be very influential in the Togikwatako mobilization. Driving in an ambulance, the Kasese MP managed to beat the late evening beat jam that day and arrived at the petrol station (where the General was waiting in a tinted car) within a very short time. The two greeted in Runyakitara and the General said: “Didn’t I tell you I would deliver as requested by you? Here is the money but we want results and in the meantime please furnish me with a report indicating how you intend to go about this and the colleagues you intend to work with.”

Whereas it was Shs3bn in total, the General (a veteran in executing such clandestine missions) only delivered Shs1.5bn to the hapless legislator who didn’t readily know what was lying ahead. The excited MP told the General “this is a done deal because I will be able to deliver by compromising the most notorious ones to diminish their participation in the violence inside the chambers of Parliament.” The General left and wished the MP luck. But using his security network and vast connections, the General (who had actively participated in neutralizing JPAM) deployed some operatives to monitor the MP’s phone communications and that is how the same General got to know the MP intended to abusively use the money on personal things only putting very little on the intended purpose. “The legislator was planning to relocate from [their] residence in [some Nakawa Division suburb] to a more swanky residence in Munyonyo. Most of the subsequent conversations on the MP’s phone were about brokers finding a suitable residential house in Munyonyo for purchase by the MP. There was very little about mobilizing fellow opposition MPs to scale down on the violence during the Togikwatako debate and this caused the General to feel betrayed hence the furious decision to upstage the MP,” says a source close to both the giver and taker of the Shs1.5bn.

The following day, the General (famous for being involved in gigantic real estate deals) signaled his brokers telling them ‘look for honorable so & so for a quick land deal.’ The General assured the brokers the MP had a lot of money was desperate to quickly invest it in a huge property purchase but was only being delayed by brokers who were taking forever to get back to the MP. In the end, the General-induced property brokers linked up with the MP who was taken to a house they falsely claimed was on sale. The actual truth is that the owner of the posh Lake side house in Munyonyo lived abroad and the brokers coordinated with the casual security guys (relatives to the Diaspora owner) who were taking care of the property to dupe the MP(and after getting the cash the custody-taking relatives went into hiding initially disappearing even from their Diaspora boss fearing eventual arrest). They had a fake land title which the MP (excitedly sitting on Shs1.5bn) accepted without cross checking. On the strength of the title, that was later denounced by the lands ministry as fake, the MP offered to pay 100% price. Having given out a fraction of the Shs1.5bn to a few legislators, the money the ill-fated MP remained with wasn’t enough for the full price for the Munyonyo property. Some money had to be borrowed to top up.

On paying up 100% and walking away with what later turned out to be a fake title, the MP went to [their] Nakawa Division home and loaded everything on trucks ready to relocate to the new Munyonyo house. This relocation happened a few days later after the MP had bought furniture and prepared the Munyonyo newly-built house for habitation. To the MP’s shock and consternation, on arrival at Munyonyo at what the MP’s family members considered to be their new house/home, the Diaspora owner was in and said: “I have been wondering who this criminal trespasser is; I’m going to call Police and have you arrested for trespassing on my property. How dare you bring your furniture into my house? Does being MP mean you can grab people’s property?” The MP referred to the people to whom the money was paid through the brokers and the Diaspora man said “just know you were coned this is my house and everybody knows including the LC and neighbors; you should have done due diligence.”

The tearful MP (who has since resorted to taking small loans from the Parliamentary SACCO) insisted having a title dully issued by the lands ministry whose bosses subsequently denied this being a genuine title. The Diaspora Ugandan’s title too was examined and the lands ministry report indicated this was genuine and the MP’s was actually fake because even the land it referred to (as in the folio number and all that) was totally different and not the one the MP wanted to take possession of. The crestfallen MP realized much later that the very sophisticated rip off was actually orchestrated by the General through the brokers who were merely his proxies. The debt-stricken MP has since remained very broke having lost the money and the borrowed top up and currently has even no means to fund reelection in Kasese. For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at



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