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RNC Agent Extorted Shs100M From Uganda’s Former Police Boss, Gen. Kayihura

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To the quiet and pristine low hills of Kasagama village in Lyantonde district, former Uganda Police boss, General Kale Kayihura, returned to his country home after suffering a dramatic sacking.

For Kayihura, the world has crumbled and everything is very complicated to adjust to. The image of welding power sandwiched by mean faced commandos at crime scenes is no more but replaced by a feeling of pity, anger, shame and relief. He spends more time in the banana plantation and feeding and speaking to his goats.

Definitely serving as a police boss  Kayihura had stepped on many toes creating many enemies while his decade-long tenure also won him a significant number of friends as expected. From his Kasagama palace home, Kayihura keenly kept track of news both on social and mainstream media.

However, the four-star general noticed that there was too much out pouring on social media about his misdeeds but wouldn’t do much about it. Two weeks after his sacking, Kayihura badly wanted to find a way of stopping the online attacks against him.

One morning Kayihura received a phone call from Prossy Boonabana, a ruthless RNC agent- known for repeatedly accusing the General for kidnapping her lover, Rwema Gendarme, a Congolese national and cultural leader of Banyamulenge tribe.

In an ongoing investigation being conducted by Uganda’s Special Forces Command (SFC), to ascertain the length and breadth of the Rwanda National Congress Network in the country, it has emerged that Boonabana indeed contacted Kayihura for a one-on-one to which the dethroned former Police boss obliged.

For some observers, this investigation could be Kampala’s diversionary tact to show the Kigali regime that President Museveni is trying to weed out RNC.

Meanwhile, Kayihura is said to have sent his aide and car late night to pick Boonabana from her home and brought her to his Kasagama village home.

According to reliable details, Kayihura met with Boonabana and he pleaded with her to stop writing damning stories about him on social media platforms.

Boonabana has on many occasions blackmailed and accused the General of responsibility for the disappearance of her lover and allegedly swapping with Rwanda.

Former Inspector General of Uganda Police Gen. Kale Kayihura feeding hybrid goats at his farm home in Kasagama village Lyantonde district

Realizing that Gen. Kayihura had been rendered powerless, Boonabana made a request for UgShs 100 million to have the deal settled.

Boonabana intimidated Kayihura that she had direct contact and protection from President Museveni, a detail that obviously ended up terrifying Kayihura, and forcing him to make a promise of settling such an enormous amount of cash.

Due to sensitivity of this matter, Taarifa’s source says Gen. Kayihura immediately paid the first instalment of Shs 5 million and promised to gradually pay the balance as Boonabana rallies all her team to back off and leave Kayihura.

The General believed that Boonabana was so powerful that she would do the job.

Boonabana, currently a blue eyed lady for Uganda’ Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) walked out of the Kasagama palace and was driven back to her home with all smiles for a good deal sealed that day.

However, Sulah Nuwamanya, Boonabana’s ex-boyfriend and key leader of RNC operations in Uganda, got to know that CMI had knowledge of the Kayihura – Boonabana encounter and the Shs100million offer. He was very disturbed and envious of the juicy deal that had happened without his involvement.

Nuwamanya hatched a plan. He walked to Charles .K. Asiimwe (always known as CK), former head of counter terrorism at CMI and informed them about the Boonabana new found affair with Gen. Kayihura.

The ambitious and greedy Nuwamanya was heard telling his tight circles that he would expose Boonabana. The two later quarrelled at a private place and exposed most of the details to those listening.

Nuwamanya’s anger against Boonabana stemmed from the fact that the two had been bankrolled by Gen. Henry Tumukunde, former Security Minister, while Kayihura was a serving Inspector General of Police.

The duo, according to Taarifa’s source, was in charge of fabricating and publishing false stories on social media while linking Kayihura to Rwanda, accusing him of being friendly to the Kigali government.

Social media had actually fallen for dozens of false stories that claimed Kayihura was working for the interests of Rwanda.

Much of this fight between Kayihura and Tumukunde has been personal and competition for favours from President Yoweri Museveni.

Rwanda National Congress gained from this complex disagreement between the two Generals, which offered an open window for the terror network to benefit from high-level security connections in the country.

Tumukunde cut off ties with Boonabana and Nuwamanya after learning that the two were fraudsters. “He never wanted to meet with them again,” a source told Taarifa.

Both Tumukunde and Kayihura have been thrown off the bus leaving the greedy RNC agents at crossroads and are now candidates for prosecution both in civil and criminal suits.

At least that’s what the theatrics the Kampala regime is attempting to display.

Gen. Henry Tumukunde handcuffed earlier this year for making Salacious statements that called for Rwanda to support those inclined to remove the Kampala regime. He was later released.

Boonabana plotted To Extort Money From Museveni

From March 2019, when Rwanda closed her boarder with the northern neighbour Uganda, there was a lot of back and forth stone throwing. So many schemers also found opportunity in the breakneck deterioration of relations.

Boonabana used this opportunity to rally a total of 50 women; registered them and formed a quick association. She claimed they were women whose husbands had been kidnapped by Rwandan agents operating from Uganda.

As has been the norm, populist President Museveni usually carries sacks of money wherever he goes and is known to give out bundles or envelopes of cash but mostly to groupings or associations.

Boonabana saw an opportunity that needed to be exploited and make money out of it.

She quickly prepared the list of the 50 women and submitted it to CMI, which would later deliver it to President Museveni.

Museveni wanted to show he is a good man with no ill intentions.

Indeed President Museveni received the list but was first verified and later shared with Rwandan embassy at Kitante in Kampala.

“The Rwandan embassy officials called all the 50 women and interviewed them one by one and each said that their husband was home and doing normal work,” a source privy with the matter told Taarifa.

This deal that Boonabana hoped to milk money from Museveni failed.

“Most women on the list were Banyamulenge from DRC. Boonabana did not tell them that she was listing them as aggrieved because of disappeared husbands. She told them it was a group of women to get funding to start income generating ventures,” according to our source.

Rujugiro Wants To Sack Manager Boonabana, Nuwamanya

Taarifa has also reliably learned that Rwandan Tycoon, Tribert Rujugiro, has been fuming with anger after this publication exposed links of his Namvamve based Meridian Tobbacco Company to the notorious RNC group.

The manager mostly known as Claude Ndahangarwa was approached by Boonabana and Nuwamanya seeking employment because life on Kampala streets had become hard for the notorious schemers.

They were hired and placed on a payroll each receiving Shs1.5 million, monthly.

Later the duo negotiated with Claude to join RNC and also use his position at the multimillion dollar business to financially support activities of the terror group.

He complied and offered US$50,000. This amount was divided into two of which each would take a US$25,000 lump sum.

Boonabana deposited her package on her account at the Cairo International Bank while Nuwamanya deposited his at DT bank account (although there are still scanty details of his bank statements)

According to records, Boonabana did not indicate the source of her money, placing the bank in big trouble over possible collusion in a money laundering scum.

Most of these details will be deduced in court in the forthcoming days as Boonabana and Nuwamanya are candidates in money theft case and other concurrent civil cases.

Rujugiro Ayabatwa Tribert the exiled Rwandan tycoon sponsoring activities of RNC

Rujugiro is so angry that he wants to find a soft way of dissociating himself from Nuwamanya and Boonabana but this time cut off ties with Claude that hired these two, even though he remains the major bankroller of RNC from the central level.

Reports gathered by Taarifa from Kampala indicate that Cairo International bank is examining the legal consequences that may arise from money deposited by Boonabana on her account.

However, Claude has already approached Cairo International Bank and told them he is the source of this money.

This will enable the bank to prove that it was not involved in any money laundering scum.

Claude has been grilled by Rujugiro on why he would provide such large amounts of cash in such a single consignment.

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Rwanda Police Chief Briefs 240 Officers Ahead Of S. Sudan Deployment

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza, on Tuesday, March 9, briefed 240 police officers set to be deployed for peacekeeping duties under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The pre-deployment briefing of the hybrid Formed Police Unit-One (FPU-1) contingent was held at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru.

The contingent commanded by Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Faustin Kalimba, will replaced the same number in Malakal, Upper Nile State where they will be largely charged with protection of civilians in internally displaced camps, UN personnel, security of key installations and humanitarian assistance, among others.

IGP Munyuza urged the officers to use their experience and the high level of training acquired to execute their peacekeeping mandate effectively.

He further reminded them that they will work with other peacekeepers from different countries and they will have to exercise respect of diversity.

“Learning will be continuous throughout your tour-of-duty, use your experience to build on what your predecessors achieved, cooperative with other peacekeepers in the mission area and respect the people under your protection as well as their culture,” IGP Munyuza emphasized.

He urged them to keep up the good conduct and protect the image set by previous contingents adding that ” you are representing your country, be at the best of your performance.”

“Your country and Rwanda National Police in particular, have full trust in you, resilience and sacrifice are key. Remember, your conduct and professionalism will depict the image and values of Rwandans, ensure your performance is exceptionally good and maintain the same spirit to the end of your mission,” said IGP Munyuza.

The Police Chief reminded them that Rwandan peacekeepers are defined by their professionalism, discipline, teamwork, integrity, values and alertness, and urged them to keep the momentum to “maintain and protect the image and reputation.”

He emphasized that respecting each other and their superiors in particular, discipline, hard work, teamwork, dignity and respect for diversity are strong guiding values and principles which will help them towards mission excellence.

IGP Munyuza appealed to the officers to maintain the spirit of supporting others and to engage in human security activities with the local people they are mandated to serve.

‘’Participating in human security activities is our culture as Rwandans, you should not only conduct peacekeeping duties just to maintain peace and security. It goes beyond that as our tradition to work towards the overall wellbeing of the people,” IGP Munyuza said.

As the wolrd is still faced with the pandemic of COVID-19, the Police Chief reminded them to always observe all health guidelines including wearing face masks, avoiding shaking hands, washing hands and practicing social distancing, among others.

This will be the sixth rotation of FPU-1 hybrid since the first one was deployed in South Sudan in 2015.

It is also one of the three Rwandan FPU contingents currently deployed in South Sudan.

Currently, RNP maintains over 1000 police peacekeepers in various UN missions, including six contingents serving in UNMISS and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

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Chinese Companies Win Tender to Construct Railway From Mwanza to Isaka 

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The Standard Gauge Railway from Mwanza to Isaka in neighbouring Tanzania will be constructed by two Chinese Companies that have won a lucrative tender for this job.

Prof. Palamagamba Kabudi Tanzania’s foreign minister said on Thursday during a presser on the eve of the Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi’s two-day visit to Tanzania.

The Mwanza-Isaka railway stretch will cover a distance of 341 kilometres and construction is estimated to cost TShs3 trillion will be handled by China Civil Engineering Construction (CCEC) and China Railway Construction Company (CRCC).

The Tanzanian government through the Tanzania Railway Corporation (TRC) is constructing a 2,561Km SGR network that links Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Kigoma, Katavi and neighboring countries of Rwanda, Burundi Uganda and DRC.

The over Sh7 trillion project is being implemented in phases with the first round covering 202km between Dar es Salaam and Morogoro, was initially scheduled to be ready by November 2020 but heavy rains disrupted construction works.

Construction of the first and the second phase is being undertaken by Turkish construction company, Yapi Markez.

The first phase will have six main stations at Dar es Salaam, Pugu, Soga, Ruvu, Ngerengere and Morogoro, with the Dar es Salaam and Morogoro stations being the largest.

The second phase which is under implementation involves 422km between Morogoro and Makutupora in Singida with the project set to be completed within 36 months at a cost of $1,924 billion.

The railway is East Africa’s fastest and will use electricity to move trains will travel at 160km per hour and transport 10,000 tonnes of freight which is equivalent to 500 cargo trucks.

Upon completion, the SGR project is expected to payback the investment value after 15 years.

In October 2020, Tanzania government signed $60 million (about Sh138 billion) contract with a South Korean firm to supply trains for the standard gauge railway (SGR).

 

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Trump Attacks Election Integrity As Biden Nears 270 Electoral College Votes

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President Donald Trump is testing how far he can go in using the trappings of presidential power to undermine confidence in this week’s election against Joe Biden, as the Democrat contender gained ground in tight contests in some key battleground states.

With his pathway to re-election appearing to shrink, Trump has advanced unsupported accusations of voter fraud to falsely argue that his rival was trying to seize power. Thursday’s moves amounted to an extraordinary effort by a sitting American president to sow doubt about the democratic process.

“This is a case when they are trying to steal an election, they are trying to rig an election,” Trump said from the podium of the White House briefing room.

The president’s remarks deepened a sense of anxiety in the U.S. as Americans enter their third full day after the election without knowing who would serve as president for the next four years.

His statements also prompted a rebuke from some Republicans, particularly those looking to steer the party in a different direction in a post-Trump era.

Electoral college magic number

Neither candidate has reached the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House. But Biden eclipsed Trump in Wisconsin and Michigan, two crucial Midwestern battleground states, and has been inching closer to overtaking the president in Pennsylvania and Georgia, where votes are still being counted. It remains unclear when a national winner will be declared after a long, bitter campaign dominated by the coronavirus and its effects on Americans and the national economy.

On Wednesday, The U.S.set another record for daily confirmed cases as several states posted all-time highs. The pandemic has killed more than 233,000 people in the United States.

Rising tensions

Biden spent Thursday trying to ease tensions and project a more traditional image of presidential leadership. After participating in a coronavirus briefing, he declared that “each ballot must be counted.”

“I ask everyone to stay calm. The process is working,” Biden said. “It is the will of the voters. No one, not anyone else who chooses the president of the United States of America.”

 

Biden’s victories in the upper Midwest put him in a strong position, but Trump showed no sign of giving up. It could take several more days for the vote count to conclude and a clear winner to emerge. With millions of ballots yet to be tabulated, Biden already had received more than 73 million votes, the most in history.

Trump’s erroneous claims about the integrity of the election challenged Republicans now faced with the choice of whether to break with a president who, though his grip on his office grew tenuous, commanded sky-high approval ratings from rank-and-file members of the GOP.

Lawsuits and late mail-in ballots

Trump’s campaign engaged in a flurry of legal activity to try to improve the Republican president’s chances, requesting a recount in Wisconsin and filing lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia. Judges in Georgia and Michigan quickly dismissed Trump campaign lawsuits there on Thursday.

Trump has held a small edge in Georgia, though Biden has been gaining on him as votes continue to be counted. The same is true in Pennsylvania, where Trump’s lead had slipped to about 22,000 votes — and the race is destined to get tighter.

One reason is because elections officials were not allowed to process mail-in ballots until Election Day under state law. It’s a form of voting that has skewed heavily in Biden’s favour after Trump spent months claiming without proof that voting by mail would lead to widespread voter fraud.

Mail ballots from across the state were overwhelmingly breaking in Biden’s direction. A final vote total may not be clear for days because the use of mail-in ballots, which take more time to process, has surged as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Trump campaign said it was confident the president would ultimately pull out a victory in Arizona, where votes were also still being counted, including in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous area.

The AP has declared Biden the winner in Arizona and said Thursday that it was monitoring the vote count as it proceeded.

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