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Crane Saga: Mpanga, Kabushenga Meeting Video Kicks up Dust

Mpanga arriving at Silk Liquid, Bugolobi
Mpanga arriving at Silk Liquid, Bugolobi

The video of city lawyer David Mpanga meeting with Vision Group boss Robert Kabushenga at Silk Liquid in Kampala has gone viral.

The CCTV video shows Kabushenga taking a seat in the exclusive area of the nightspot before being joined by the prominent lawyer.

The development came after the Central Bank sued Crane Bank at the Commercial Court, accusing its proprietor Sudhir Ruparelia of taking billions of shillings from the Bank.

Mpanga is said to have been part of the forensic investigation into Crane Bank’s operations after being put under receivership by BoU.

He is also among the lawyers hired by the Central Bank to take on Sudhir in courts of law.

In the video, Mpanga is accused of leaking information to Kabushenga to run a negative campaign against Sudhir.

The video shows photographs of Kabushenga with Sudhir at Vision Group’s Pakasa forums where the businessman gave inspirational speeches.

It also carries screen shots of New Vision articles about Crane Bank and Sudhir.

In brief statements, both Mpanga and Kabushenga denied conspiring against Sudhir.

Kabushenga meeting with Mpanga

Kabushenga meeting with Mpanga

Mpanga said “Robert (Kabushenga) is a very good friend of mine and he, Aga Sekalala and I meet regularly for a chat and drink of tea.”

He said their relationship is “part mutual mentorship, part networking and part informed debate…so Sudhir is mistaken to believe that we met to talk about him.”

Kabushenga said the meeting occurred this past Tuesday after the stories about Sudhir and Crane Bank had started running.

“This particular evening we chatted from 9:00pm to midnight. Our reporters learnt from court that on Friday that a suit had been filed and that summons had been issued.”

The video has sparked considerable debate on social media platforms, with some expressing concern of possible collusion between Mpanga and Kabushenga to cast Sudhir in bad light.

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