UNSHAKEABLE: Lubaga Speaker Musah Mbaziira
● Independents, FDC & DP councilors stand in solidarity with NRM Speaker Mbaziira as petition to impeach him fails to raise required signatures
● Muslim Caucus blocks impeachment saying they are not fools to replace Musah Mbaziira with Jjuuko Kayima who keeps on shifting from religion to religion
● Another Petition to throw out Mberaze’s minister picks up momentum, as councilor produce evidence for corruption, incompetence and abuse of office
NEWS EDITOR MEDIA
THOSE who thought National Unity Platform (NUP) councilors who form the majority in Lubaga Division Urban Council can manage to impeach NRM Speaker Musah Mbaziira as directed by their leaders at Kamwokya Party Headqusters about two weeks ago, please stop day dreaming and instead take a sip of your munanansi!
We are sorry to tell you that, Mbaziira is going no where, the process to impeach Speaker Mbaziira over what a section of NUP councilors call inability to convene council meetings and abusing them, is unsuccessful and we can authoritatively report that, it has hit a hardrock.
The petitioners have totally failed to raise the required signatures as by the law and even those who had signed the petition, it has been discovered most used fake signatures.
Instead, guns have been turned against NUP Mayor Zacchy Mbeeraze commonly known as Taata Namuli, councilors have started collecting signatures to impeach his deputy Rehema Sanyu Fugge and his executive over corruption,abuse of office, incompetence and indiscipline.
Mbaziira who is an NRM diehard and a darling to State House, defeated NUP candidate for Speaker Rehema Sanyu Fugge in a council of 64 NUP councilors out of 96 councilors. He won with 49 votes against 45.
Mbaziira’s NRM party had only 11 councilors, then! You can imagine how he defeated NUP with their biggest numbers!
Now, to impeach Speaker, petitioners needs 3/4 of all councilors that is a total of 64 councilors. They have failed to raise this number, so count impeachment petition dead!
“Let mayor Mberaze, his deputy Fugge and a group of indiscipline councilors who were suspended by Speaker Mbaziira continue serving their punishment, an eye for an eye revenge has failed to work,” an NRM councilor told this news website today evening
WHO WANTED SPEAKER MBAZIIRA IMPEACHED
All started when Speaker Mbaziira on March 30th, 2022 wrote to NUP President Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi over the misconduct of Lubaga mayor Zacchy Mberaze Mawula, his Deputy Rehema Sanyu Fugge and a clique of 25 errant councilors mostly NUP party members.
He requested for a meeting with the NUP President over the misconduct of Mberaze, deputy Fugge and a group of councilors who had turned council into a market.
Excersing his duties under section 29c (a) &(b) KCCA 2019 as amended of presiding over all urban municipal council meetings and also charged with overall authority for preservation of order in council and ensuring the enforcement of rules of procedure in the council, Speaker Mbaziira suspended the Rubaga Division Urban Council Mayor Mberaze, deputy Fugge and other 25 councillors for indiscipline and abuse of decorum in the Ordinary Council meeting on 21th March 2022 at Jevine Hotel, Nabunnya road in Rubaga Division.
Mberaze and his clique walked out of this council called to honour fallen Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah.
Mbaziira notified Division Clerk, over his decision, who also wrote to the Director Legal.
In the letter to Hon. Kyagulanyi, Speaker Mbaziira wrote, “Following the misconduct and issues of Lubaga Division Urban Council and being that National Unity Platform is the leading party in Lubaga, we have had a lot of challenges which need your immediate intervention as NUP President.”
“It is on this background that we seek for an engagement with you to get a way forward if we are to improve service delivery to our electorates.” Reads letter to Hon. Kyagulanyi, signed by Speaker Mbaziira.
Letter was copied to Shadow Minister for Kampala Capital City Authority and Metropolitan Affairs Minister Hon. Abubaker Kawalya, NUP SG, Chairman NUP Lubaga and all councilors of Lubaga.
Speaker Mbaziira vowed, “We can’t allow would be exemplary leaders to take this council for a market. Those who walked-out will face penalties. We must respect this council and if there is any matter which needs urgency, let it be forwarded and we debate it.”
On receiving the letter, Kyagulanyi instead convened a meeting with councilors and directed them to impeach Speaker Mbaziira!
‘TURN COUNCILS INTO DEMOSTRATIONS’, KCCA COUNCILOR KEEYA JEREMIAH TELLS MBERAZE!
In a shocking statement from Lord councilor Jeremiah Keeya Mwanje to Lubaga mayor and NUP councilors, a day before they met Bobi Wine, he asked them to turn council meetings into demonstrations and riots saying, that is all voters want from them!!!
“Because there is totally nothing you will do in these council meetings. Expect no seriously business. Make councils ungovernable for Speaker Mbaziira and I can assure you, voters will vote for you again in 2026! This is what we exactly do at City Hall. We have our ring leader, when she moves out of council we just follow before even asking.” Said Keeya when he was called to talk to Lubaga NUP councilors on 31st March 2022, Thursday night when they had converged at mayor Mberaze’s Mutundwe home. He left many councilors shocked! For those who don’t know, even at City Hall, NUP forms the majority.
BOBI, NUP COUNCILORS MEET, PLOT OVER MBAZIIRA’S IMPEACHMENT
On Friday April 1st 2022, Hon. Kyagulanyi held a meeting with majority Lubaga NUP Councilors at Kamwokya NUP Headquarters and instructed them to immediatly start the impeachment process since they are the majority in council.
He joined a bit late and met when Party SG Lewis Rubongoya, Deputy Spokesman Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro and others had addressed these councilors.
An angry Bobi asked his councilors how NRM a minority party produced a Speaker puting it to NUP councilors that they betrayed the party by voting Mbaziira, who serves People Kyagulanyi referred to as ‘blood suckers’,
“Because of that big mistake, that is why Lubaga is having endless fights amongst our NUP leaders. You had the numbers, how can you explain to me that we lost Speaker ship?” Asked Bobi.
“Now, since it’s you who voted an NRM Speaker, I direct you, go and vote him out. Mbaziira must be impeached so that NUP takes the Speakership of Lubaga division. And I want no excuses.” Roared Ghetto President.
Some brave councilors wanted Bobi to instead investigate mayor Mberaze and his deputy Rehema Fugge who they accused of causing disunity amongst council members because of their incompetence, showbiz and indiscipline.
Kyagulanyi however did not listen to the claims. Instead he directed all councilors to sign a petition and impeach Mbaziira so that fresh elections can be organised and a new speaker installed. To his disappointment majority councilors did not buy this move since they had no genuine case against Mbaziira.
“He convenes council meetings, gives all Honourable members chance to debate, he even funded senior NUP councilors during campaigns, so which case are we really having against Speaker Mbaziira? I am worried, public might lose trust in most of us.” A certain NUP councilor was had telling a colleague during the Kyagulanyi-councilors meeting.
SSEMAGANDA DIRECTED TO COLLECT IMPEACHMENT SIGNATURES
After resolving to kick-off impeachment process, Party leaders in the meeting hand picked Councilor Ronald Ssemaganda to lead his colleagues in the impeachment of Speaker Mbaziira.
It is not known why Ssemaganda who didn’t attend council meeting the day Mberaze, Fugge and a clique of errant councilors walked out, was picked to lead the impeachment.
He had no option, got the papers and every Councilor was ordered to append his or her signature by force, before leaving Kamwokya although majority councilors were still insisting that Mbaziira wasn’t the problem but Mberaze and his woman, Rehema Fugge.
The impeachment petition was drafted there and then, and all councilors in attendance signed it. Those absent, were given phone calls to urgently report at the Party headquarters and append their signatures.
MORE CRACKS SEEN DURING ELECTION OF NUP CAUCUS CHAIRMAN
Because majority councilors pinned Mberaze and Fugge for leading un coordinated demonstration and raised that as the reason why they didn’t take part, leadership at Kamwomya resolved to elect a Lubaga Council NUP Caucus Chairman.
Mberaze and Fugge camp fronted Councilor Ibra Wasswa while another camp which accuse mayor and his deputy to be behind wars in Lubaga fronted Mutumba Ronald.
Elections were conducted and Mberaze’s candidate was defeated hands down. Ronald Mutumba, a Councilor from Lubaga South was elected NUP caucus chairman Lubaga division Urban Council.
NUP COUNCILORS GIVE FAKE SIGNATURES
In a move interpreted as an act of defiance, a big group of NUP councilors deliberately put fake signatures on the petition to technically kill the petition. And it has worked for the NRM Speaker.
On Thursday last week, NUP caucus chairman was meant to hold a press conference and update media about how far with signing of the petition but he didn’t.
Insiders say, when Mutumba realised that some signatures were fake, he chose to call off the press conference not to embarrass the party.
We are told, because majority NUP councilors still insist Speaker Mbaziira acted in accordance with the law to suspend mayor Mberaze, deputy Fugge and their other indiscipline colleagues, there is no reason as to why he should be impeached.
DP, FDC & INDEPENDENTS STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH NRM’S SPEAKER
Because FDC councilor Decleak Kamya was also suspended with Mberaze and his team, the petitioners counted on his vote and other votes from FDC, DP and Independents.
When they approached councilor Kamya, he asked them to allow him first consult what he referred to as the ‘United Forces’ which has councilors from DP, FDC and independents so that they agree to gang against the NRM Speaker.
On his return, Kamya shockingly told this clique that, “United forces doesn’t understand your petition, so they their decision is that they will not be used to fight your useless wars against Speaker Mbaziira. And I will also not sign your petition because I am member of the United forces.”
Now, although all the 63 councilors had signed petition to impeach Speaker Mbaziira, the absence of a 64th councilor to get the required number of 3/4 of all the councilors has presented a big hurdle.
MUSLIM CAUCUS BLOCKS IMPEACHMENT
Another roadblock met by a clique which targets Speaker Musah Mbaziira is the Muslim Caucus.
In their meeting, all Muslim councilors including majority from NUP resolved to block the petition saying, they can’t be used to fight a brother, Musah Mbaziira.
“What will we really tell Allah? That we were influenced by earthly things to betray a brother? No way. Musah Mbaziira is our brother, we will stand with him.” Said a member of the Muslim caucus who is from NUP Party.
Mberaze and Fugge had a plan that if Musah Mbaziira is impeached, they install their partner in crime, Jjuuko Kayima whose true religion isn’t known. For he keeps shifting from religion to religion.
Muslim councilors say, they are not fools to replace Musah Mbaziira with Jjuuko Kayima!
ANOTHER PETITION TO IMPEACH MBERAZE’S EXECUTIVE IN HIGH GEAR
Meanwhile, as Petition to impeach Lubaga Speaker fails to kick-start, another petition to throw out Mayor Mberaze executive is in high gear!
Led by councilor Moses Luyinda, by press time, over 40 councilors had already signed this petition, including NUP councilors.
Those who need prayers not to be slaughtered by angry councilors who say they have failed their duties includes; Deputy mayor Rehema Fugge, councilor Clement Kizza, Fatumah Muguluma and Emmanuel Kizza.
The petitioners have gathered evidence of corruption, abuse of office, incompetence and indiscipline saying the three should be thrown out and Mberaze appoints new executive.
Reason why Mberaze’s executive has reasons to worry, the process to impeach them is as easy as eating matooke while impeaching Speaker is like milking a rock?
Wait for Part II of this analysis as we bring you more shocking details.
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