By Andrew Irumba
Alex Ruhunda Akiiki, the Fort Portal Municipality member of Parliament is at the verge of Losing his business of MTN dealership to controversial veteran journalist cum CEO of the Independent Magazine Andrew Mujuni Mwenda,TheSpy Uganda can without any fear of contradiction report!
For the last eighteen years (18),Ruhunda, under his Daj communications Ltd has been the pioneer MTN dealer for the biggest part of Rwenzori region, western Uganda covering Kabarole, Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, Kyegegwa, Mityaana, Mubende , Ntoroko and Bundibugyo.
Daj communications is jointly owned by Alex Ruhunda, the biggest shareholder, Joseph Rwabuhinga and Denis Mugara, all business men from King Oyo’s territory-Tooro Kingdom.
On other hand, Black Knights Ltd owned by among others mortar mouthed Andrew Mwenda and his sister Margaret Muhanga who also doubles as Woman MP Burahya have already been awarded the deal, almost sending Ruhunda back to the village to look after his tea plantations.
Independent source intimated to this reporter that it’s possible Ruhunda’s woes could be emanating from his strong political views that that some pundits said ‘rub’ the big man with a hat the hard way.
“But you know that Ruhunda has been vocal in parliament ever since. The biggest clear cut with Muzei was during the ‘Togikwatako’ campaign where he clearly rallied Fort portal people against Muzei,” this political analyst who preferred anonymity said on phone”.
But also, if you have been following politics, in 2016 Muzei refused to support a whole NRM Chairman of the area (Ruhunda) and chose to sponsor his competitor Steven Kaliba. He actually boosted his campaign with UGX 500m as the state squeezed Ruhunda’s businesses with exorbitant taxes through URA etc, have you forgotten that fact?” he continued.
How Mwenda Sealed MTN Deal With CEO Wim Vanhelleputte:
TheSpy reporter can exclusively reveal that ever since Ruhunda seemingly went on the collision side with the powers that be, Mwenda and Margaret Muhanga’s job has been to collect evidence which they would later deliver to MTN CEO justifying that it was becoming dangerous doing business with a politician who is not in good books with Muzei. The two smart blood relatives also made it a point that Muzei endorses their deal through their proxy networks in state house, we’ve learnt.
“Well, Mr.Irumba, MTN is celebrating 18 yrs this month, Daj Communication has been with them for 18 yrs of the twenty that they are celebrating, we’ve been part of their success, so I know this is not genuine, because they wrote to me on 19th September and on 21st September, just one day later they wrote to Black Knights informing giving them the deal, that shows there has been under hand methods ,” Ruhunda explained on phone on Monday.
Grand Plan To End Ruhunda’s Political Sealed:
Our spy has landed on fresh information that aims at ending Ruhunda’s political career prematurely before 2021 general elections. Infact, in their dozier they claim that MTN through Daj communications has been the biggest supporter financially for Ruhunda,which money he has used to keep himself at the top of his game. The old man of the clan, together with his sister Muhanga allegedly convinced Muzei with a big hat that if MTN was cut off from him,his financial prowess would significantly be affected,and that since they are his blue eyed bazukulu in Tooro ,he should send a signal to the MTN CEO about his choice. This information was well delivered to the MTN CEO, not by Mwenda or Muhanga but through other networks.
In plan, they will not take over all his dealership districts at one go,no, remember the Mwenda’s company is new in the business, so they will start by cutting two districts first as they gather experience.
“MTN will first reduce the territorial areas where Daj has been operating by cutting off areas like Mityana, Mubenda, Kyegegwa and Kyenjojo which have been the soul prime areas for Daj communication. This is expected to suffocate Daj communications operations since they will not be in position to service the loans on which the company has been operating on. Secondly, MTN has already set a high target for Daj that can’t be achieved that will lead to cancellation of the contract,” an insider with in MTN intimated to this reporter.
Indeed, we have a letter in our arm pits indicating that MTN has already given the said territories to Mwenda and company. The letter is signed by the CEO himself Mr.Wim.
Daj communication is known for popularizing the legislator as it employs over 1000 youth who are believed to be his political agents.
Ruhunda is among the most prominent leaders Tooro has so far produced to the national level and some observers say the Government has always been worried about his political views, having tried to ‘immunize’ him severally in vain. Ruhunda is the only MP to serve two terms as Fort Portal municipality MP so far.
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