World Exclusive: Uganda House On Sale


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The trio will have to answer 20 questions, five of which will be locally set and the rest from FIFA. The Federation education officer William Lubega Byuma will be in charge of the examinations.

Women’s Day Tournament On

Uganda Women Football Association in conjunction with FUFA have organized an annual March 8th international women’s day football tournament that will attract a total of 30 clubs between 8th and 10th of this month.

The identified groups are U14, U19 and the open category that will draw participants from clubs, universities and tertiary institutions among others.

The venues are Old Kampala and Mengo secondary school grounds. The finals will be staged in Nakivubo. FUFA will fund the tournament.

Masembe To Conduct Referees’ Course

CAF instructor Charles Masembe will this coming Sunday, March 11 conduct a referees’ refresher course at the federation headquarters in Mengo starting 8 o’clock.

All referees that officiate the Bell Uganda super league and the FUFA Big League have been directed to attend. The one day training will mainly cover the areas of self management and the interpretation and application of the football laws.

Beach Soccer Calendar Out

The Uganda Beach Football Association has released an activity calendar for this year. The registration of players that started on 1st march closes on Sunday this week while the round one of the league flags off on March 18 at Lido Beach Entebbe.

The first edition of the National women Beach soccer is scheduled between 21-22 April. Three days have been earmarked for the Post-Primary National Beach competition between 15-17.

The U13 competition runs in August, the inter University tournament rolls off on October 6 and there will be a National Beach symposium on December 1 before a National Corporate Beach Soccer competition between Dec 8-9.

USL Clubs In Fight Against Malaria

Five Uganda Super League clubs have signed a partnership to join an international campaign in the fight against Malaria.

Bunamwaya SC, Hoima-Busia, Bidco, Simba SC and Proline FC officials received branded warm-up kits, balls and bibs from the United Against Malaria (UAM) team leader in Uganda, Kenneth Mulondo from the federation headquarters in Mengo today morning.

UAM teram will be in Bombo on Friday in their continued efforts to create awareness and galvanise commitment to end malaria death by 2015, a target date set by the United Nations.

doctor geneva; font-size: small;”>In an exclusive interview with, Rurangaranga says UPC President Olara Otunnu and his deputy Joseph Bossa are planning to acquire a huge loan to the tune of billions with Uganda House as security.

“It’s not a rumour that Uganda House is up for sale. It is a true story. Otunnu and his men, who are new entrants into the party, want to get a loan to renovate Uganda House. But this building will be security for that loan. If they fail to pay back the loan, Uganda House will go,” says Rurangaranga.

“Otunnu has already given tenants instructions to quit the House claiming they want to renovate it. Uganda House belongs to the party members not a clique of individuals led by Otunnu. The delegates’ conference must endorse such a move. How did Otunnu go that far without consulting party structures?” wonders Rurangaranga.

The new development comes at a time of heated internal power struggles that have threatened to tear the party apart.

“Otunnu and Bbosa do not know how that structure was put in place. Even Lango leaders the other day petitioned Otunnu warning him against selling Uganda House. The loan they intend to get will take over 20 years to pay back. That’s giving away Uganda House,” says a skeptical Rurangaranga.

Rurangaranga says Uganda House is under the Milton Obote Foundation which is headed by Ignatius Barungi and administrator Mindra.

He therefore says Otunnu and Bossa should stop poking their noses in the foundation and stick to party issues.

“Barungi and Mindra are the only people who should answer anything regarding Uganda House because the foundation is headed by a chairman while UPC has a president,” charges Rurangaranga.


However, UPC deputy party president Joseph Bossa denies the allegations, saying this Rurangaranga and David Pulkol’s latest exercise to plant and cause discord, discontent, hatred and confusion within UPC.

“The Pulkol Group is spreading disinformation that UPC leadership is conniving with MOF to sell off Uganda House. They claim that by lifting the caveat on MOF property at Plot 37/39 Fifth Street, Industrial; Area, Kampala the Party President has paved the way to the sale of Uganda House,” says Bossa.

There was a civil case filled in 2007 between Milton Obote Foundation (MOF) and Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC), which case was settled amicably out court in May 2009.

Among the terms of that settlement was that “UPC shall withdraw the caveat lodged on MOF properties, except Plot 37/39, Fifth Street, Industrial Area, Kampala”.

Bossa says the caveats on the rest of MOF properties were withdrawn including that on Uganda House. Mama Miria Obote, as President of the Party, and Mr. Chris Opoka-Okumu as Secretary General signed the instrument withdrawing that caveat on 28th May, 2009

In June 2011 MOF called a meeting between Board of Governors of MOF and UPC leadership to be held on 17 June, 2011.

The proposed agenda included an item on the lifting of the caveat on Plot 37/39 Fifth Street. In preparation for that meeting the Party President convened a Party Cabinet meeting and specifically invited Chris Opoka-Okumu and Hon. Okello to attend that meeting so that they would share with the Cabinet their institution memory and knowledge on matters concerning MOF.

Olara Otunnu chaired that meeting to the very end. No advice not to lift the caveat was given at that meeting. A subsequent meeting chaired by the Vice President only discussed the size and composition of the UPC team which was to meet with MOF.

On 17 June, 2011, the Board of Governors of MOF and UPC leadership met under the chairmanship of Barungi, the UPC team consisted of Otunnu, Bossa, Rurangaranga, John Odit, Ruth Masika, Opoka, Sospater Akwenyu and Francis Kiyonga.

On the subject under contention, MOF explained that the request to lift the caveat on Plot 37/39 Fifth Street was to enable MOF raise funds in order to implement its priority projects under its six-year Strategic Plan.

Among those who spoke on the part of UPC team was Opoka Okumu. UPC team having expressed the view that it had no objection in principle, the meeting agreed to lifting the caveat with no pre-conditions.

Bossa adds some days after the meeting with MOF Opoka-Okumu informed the Secretary General (SG) that after the court settlement, MOF had been requested by the Party to avail the Party of the report on the internal investigation MOF had conducted into the lease on Plot 37/39 Fifth Street and that that report had not been submitted.

That information was drawn to the attention of the Party President. Mr. Chris Opoka –Okumu was asked to give that information to the Party President in writing.

He did so by his memo dated 7th September, 2011 where he stated in paragraph 5, “The Board of Governors did not send a copy of that report to the Party even though the Party in principle had no objection to the lifting of the caveat”.

On the basis of information in that memo, senior party leadership, i.e. Party President, Vice President, National Chairman and Secretary General asked SG to write to MOF requesting for the report Mr. Opoka-Okumu had alluded to.

In a letter to the Group General Manager, MOF dated 8th September, 2011 SG requested for that report for the first time. He wrote, “You recall that at the last joint meeting of MOF Governors and UPC, it was agreed that the caveat on the said property be lifted. The Party President reiterated the Party position that in principle, it had no objection to having the caveat lifted”.

Bossa says it is not true, as Mr. Chris Opoka-Okumu writes, that SG requested for that report even before the 17th June meeting between MOF and UPC leaderships.


In his reply dated 30th September, 2011 the Group General Manager, MOF informed SG in part: “Nevertheless, I hereby summaries(sic) the observations and conclusions of the meetings between MOF’s Sub-committee chaired by Mr. Peter Walubiri who is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustee as follows:

The sub-committee studied the Deed of Sub Lease, noted the anomalies in the Deed of Sub-Lease and held several meetings over their findings with the Sub Leaser, M/s Bharwani Group Ltd. There were long delays in the meetings because the proprietor Mr. Bharwani lives in Canada.

The Bharwani Group were not prepared to revisit the Deed of Sub-Lease were prepared for any legal proceedings MOF wish to undertake.

BGL however agreed to consider paying of higher rental fee as compensation for perceived faulty Deed of Sub-Lease Agreement gave them the first option to rent development in the premises.

The Sub-Committee after taking in consideration BGL’s position and possible prolonged legal battle delays if MOF went to court for legal redress, finally agreed with BGL as follows:

That the Deed of Sub-Lease signed in 2004 between MOF and Bharwani Group Ltd be retained as it is.

MOF charges higher rent for proposed warehouse or any other new developments in the premises to compensate for perceived short comings in the Sub-Lease Agreement.

BGL had indicated interest in the construction of the warehouse and a higher prevailing rent for the new warehouse was negotiated by the sub-committee. The amount was negotiated after obtaining a professional valuation report, according to Bossa.

Opoka-Okumu wrote to Patrick Aroma and boldly stated “UPC Cabinet never took the decision to lift the caveat. Otunnu did.”

Bossa says that on 8th November, 2011 the UPC Cabinet met to consider the reply by MOF regarding the lifting of the caveat. That Cabinet meeting was attended by Otunnu, Bossa, Rurangaranga, Jacinto Ogwal, John Odit, David Baliraine, Winifred Adio, Emmanuel Rukundo among others.

The unanimous decision of the Cabinet as recorded in minute 5 of that meeting read:

“The Party President gave the background to the issue including the July formal meeting between the Party and MOF during which the Party agreed to lift the caveat; subsequently, however, a strong objection was raised by former Secretary General Chris Opoka Okumu. This led to a communication to MOF, seeking further information.

The response from MOF was noted that although the Party would have wished to receive more complete information from MOF on the arrangements concerning the property in question and MOF’s internal findings, it was nevertheless decided that, in order to facilitate the projects MOF has in the pipeline, the Party will abide by its earlier decision to lift the caveat placed on the MOF property in industrial area.

It was also resolved that the Party should concentrate its attention on building a new relationship with MOF, based on constructive spirit, mutual transparency, and mutual accountability.

It is clear from the events laid out above that the UPC Party President did not sign in haste the lifting of the caveat instrument. He took care to listen to and consider all information on the matter. In the end it was the Cabinet that decided that the caveat be lifted, according to Bossa.

He says some decisions are taken through consensus, some unanimously and others by majority.

Rurangaranga insists a delegates’ conference should be summoned as a matter of urgency to discuss this crucial issue.

However, it’s feared the delegates could kick out Olara Otunnu from Presidency.


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