By Stephen Kasozi Muwambi
While we are finally relieved following the arrest, interrogation and statement recording of the people who hacked into our website and social media accounts, we are equally sorry for the hackers and their accomplices since they were used by arguably a heartless man who is out there puffing away.
It is really sad knowing that the suspects are young men lured into crime by a person fit to be their dad. As Sudhir Ruparelia and his family mind their businesses, the young people he led into trouble like a sheep being led into the slaughter house, are suffering. Sudhir managed to prey on these youths merely because they are poor. Because they are poor, they accepted the meager dimes he had to throw their way!
As we wrote warning the country about Sudhir, the young people now in trouble, on the contrary chose to join the oppressor and harassed us the messengers. They knew what they were doing was wrong, but Sudhir nevertheless convinced them to do the wrong thing using money.
This is only in our case but, Sudhir has used quite a number of people whom he dumps after falling out with them. Then he, using these young men and the poor keyboard warriors to character assassinate his ex-pals. The list is long but we shall dwell on a notable few:
Before falling out with Prof Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile over the closure of Crane Bank, Sudhir had used the good professor to issue reports year after year reflecting a rosier picture of the bank even when it was running into limbo.
The good professor would later eat his words after the closure of Crane Bank by admitting how Sudhir was cooking up figures which he would pass over to him, hence causing him to tell lies about the stability of the bank.
As Mutebile goofed away, another respectable business magazine printed in the UK, the Business Week was also using fake reports to pile Crane bank with awards year in year out!
This is exactly how parliament and the justices ended up hounding the whistleblowers in Prof Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, Justine Bagyenda and Louis Kasekende for merely doing the right thing of closing the bank which Sudhir had robbed dry. Sudhir was not only awarded hefty damages by the justices, but the same are supposed to be met by the taxpayers of which the justices are one.
Sudhir used parliament to clear him of the mess he caused at Crane Bank. Sudhir being Sudhir, he managed to move parliament to investigate Bank of Uganda and clear him yet other banks had suffered the same fate before and their fate did not reach parliament save after Crane bank was closed.
Sudhir hounded Sylvia Ntambi Muweebwa out of her job as the boss of the Equal Opportunity Commission. It came to this level simply because the poor lady raised a red flag when the tycoon attempted to use her to have the Commission rent into his Kingdom Kampala building.
Hell broke loose when Muweebwa refused Sudhir’s evil advances. The poor lady was not only arraigned in court on flimsy charges of asking for bribes from Sudhir and abused in newspapers, but was finally hounded out of her job. Months after going through a fake trial, Muweebwa was finally released never to receive her job back and with her integrity in tatters.
Compare this with us who Sudhir has framed blackmailers and extortionists, never mind that he tried to use people to approach us with money in order to stop exposing him, to see how dangerous this man is.
Supreme Court Clerk Luwangula
In order to buy Afrique Suites Hotel, Sudhir used a ‘poor’ man known as Ronald Luwangula who he staged as the buyer after paying him USD700, 000. We exposed the scam complete with evidence, indicating how Luwangula is a mere court clerk incapable of raising USD3.2m which Sudhir paid for the hotel. For saying this truth, Sudhir used poor men to hack us.
AG Joseph Ekemu
While buying Speke Hotel, which was owned by Ferroz Kassam along with others, Sudhir used a whole Attorney General and a man older enough to be his dad, Joseph Ekemu. An astute lawyer, senior citizen, experienced legislator, Ekemu ended up lifting the caveat which Kassam had lodged on the Title of Speke Hotel, helping the rogue to own the same! As Ekemu suffered embarrassment of being hounded out of his office, Sudhir was on the other hand busy looking for other properties to ‘buy’.
Ali Reza Kalan
Sudhir used Ali Reza Kalan aka A.R Kalan to mess up Crane Bank. He then cooked up stories of how he had run away with UGX50Bn intended to justify the hemorrhage he had visited on the bank. He has since switched off the poor banker and caused his disappearance to stop investigators from using him to tell the true story of Crane Bank.
Sudhir further used Kalan to switch the properties of Crane Bank into the names of Meera Investments, remembering it is Kalan who brought the proposal of changing the properties from leasehold into freehold before Sudhir bought them cheaply and even permanently took them over instead of being a leaser.
Kakwenzire, Abdu Matovu
He used proxies to grab the property at Plot 8 Nakasero complete with a Title made from Nasser road, but which the President gratefully removed from him. The people he used are Abdu Matovu, who has since disappeared fearing prosecution and Davis Kakwenzire, a land grabber the President once ordered to be arrested.
Gen. Jim Muhwezi
He tried but failed to use Maj. Gen Jim Muhwezi Katugugu to help him escape prosecution for smuggling dollars out of Uganda. Like we have reported already in these pages, Sudhir sent money to the private accounts of the wife of Muhwezi, Suzan Muhwezi then held in the defunct Nile Bank.
He used to own the famous Kikagati Enterprises on Luwum Street dealing in farm implements. Sudhir joined Asmok while starting Premier Cricket Club. He then grabbed the name of Premier to start Premier Lotteries, but kicked Patel out later on. Patel ended up with a lot of unpaid loans and in Luzira prison. He died a disgruntled and poor fella! Like we said, the list is long, but the above can suffice for the time being.
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