State House operatives and other security agencies are investigating claims that Sheraton hotel has thrown out staff perceived to be pro-NRM as well as state house agents.
The case, as we learnt, is being handled by the Head of State House intelligence also member of Special Forces command (SFC), a one Maj Hannington Kakuru, and the director General Internal Security Organization (ISO), Brig Ronnie Balya.
Not long ago, Sheraton hotel “wrongfully” terminated the contract of Group Tours and Transporters’ limited, a company allegedly owned by state
The company had a contract with the hotel since 1994.
It has been offering transport services to guests of Sheraton hotel to and from the airport, national parks and around town etc.
In February 2015, some individuals in the hotel management thought to be Amama Mbabazi’s moles plotted for the overthrow of the company on grounds that they were serving the interests of state house by allegedly providing classic information to the State House and other security agencies.
The group is headed by a one Abas Mutale, a former UPDF officer and now the head of security at the hotel.
Mutale is also said to be a chief Amama mobilizer and coordinates guests who meet Mbabazi’s team quietly in the hotel.
Mutale, according to the source, meets Nina Mbabazi thrice a week at Rwenzori ballroom.
Pro-Mbabazi NRM Poor Youth led by Adam Luzindana and Isa Kato also own a private office at Sheraton.
Another alleged Amama mole at the hotel is a one David Sekitoleko, a guest relations manager who also doubles as front desk manager.
Sekitoleko is a police detective attached to Sheraton hotel.
He reportedly worked with Inspector of Police, IP Moses Akol, to hunt down state agents and throw them out.
It is also reported that IP Moses Akol in a short period he has spent at the hotel, has already bought two cars which now offer services to the guests.
Another alleged mole is a one Sanyu who works as a revenue auditor at the hotel.
Amama team at work
Mutale reportedly started harassing Group transporters and preventing them from accessing the hotel claiming that he was following instructions from the hotel General Manager, Ian Duncan.
It is also reported that Group Transports after being thrown out of the hotel without clear notice, appealed to the NRM first vice chairman, Hajj Moses Kigongo, and the vice president, Edward Sekandi, to intervene and mediate.
The GM Duncan refused to meet Kigongo saying he [Kigongo] “was nobody in this country”.
Duncan also ignored numerous letters written to him by the vice president’s office.
Plan to humiliate Museveni
A security source says they have intelligence briefings showing that Abas and Sekitoleko are planning a demonstration using youth.
The demonstration will target President Yoweri Museveni as he heads to State House in Nakasero.
They group will also invite foreign media to show the world that Ugandans are tired of the regime.
Security further says that Abas is using his position as the head of security at the hotel to ferry hundreds of Mbabazi T-shirts and flyers since his car is not checked at the check point.
He then distributes the T-shirts during some of their meetings held at Seven Hills apartments with other Mbabazi’s campaign agents.
Abas is also remembered during the Joan Kagezi shooting in March when he refused to give investigators CCTV camera footage from the meetings Kagezi had at the hotel before she was shot dead in Najjera.
It is reported that before he death, Kagezi had gone to Sheraton, the reason security wanted to review the footage.
Security wanted to know the people she met but Abas refused to hand over the footage until he received an order from a top general in the army.
Sheraton hand picks another company
A security source told us that following the illegal ouster of Group transporters Limited, the hotel singlehandedly without bidding, picked another company called Belex transporters limited to do the service.
Belex is owned by one Winnie Twinomujuni a renowned Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] diehard.
She got the deal through her son Levi Tumwine who works in the hotel as an income auditor.
The security chief, Abas is also alleged to have been instrumental in the bringing of Belex Transport Company to outsource revenue.
Belex Transport Company has since failed to pay drivers after borrowing huge sums of money to buy transport logistics.
Staff disappears with Shs160m hotel money It is also said Levi who helped his mother get the deal, has since disappeared with over Shs 160m hotel money.
Before he fled, Levi tendered in his resignation but left before he could even receive a response from management.
An insider at Sheraton hotel told us that Levi using his mother’s transport cars and conniving with security bosses, managed to take the money that was collected from the daily hotel earnings in three phases.
“When they [staff] are reporting for duty, they declare their money before the duty manager and when they are given tips by guests, they also declare it.”
“So how did he manage to take the money without being noticed? He must have used his mother’s transport vehicles here and worked with security bosses to take the money,” the security source explained.
According to the source, the scandal has been kept a top secret by the management after threatening staff with sacking if they dared leak it.
When we contacted Duncan [General Manager], he acknowledged the theft of the said money but said that he could not explain the circumstances under which it was lost.