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Who is Ali Marcus Lwanga? Sheilah Gashumba’s Boyfriend, God’s Plan

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Ali Marcus Lwanga is to many a polarising figure. By 21, he’d made news in Newham, the United Kingdom as a modern-day Fagin. Fagin, a character in Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist book was known for using a street gang made up of children. Such was the life of Ali Marcus Lwanga as he ran a gang of young children waylaying bullion vans and stealing money from them. As such, he was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2008. He would later return in 2016, this time under a new name; “God’s Plan.”

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Lwanga also played professional football for Yeovil Town aka Glovers making a number of appearances for the reserves and youth team in the 2007-08 season. “He was a promising striker, often scoring the much needed late minute goals,” says Peter Burridge, a former colleague. His arrest in 2008 made news as it was ground-breaking in the field of crime. Lwanga, aged 21, of Canning Town, East London, was the first offender to be tracked down using SmartWater.

He was found guilty at Wood Green Crown Court of conspiracy to rob and concealing criminal property after being arrested by the Flying Squad. Lwanga recruited youngsters to carry out cash in transit robberies in North London. His recruitment base was at the McDonald’s restaurant, a quick drop in for many UK teenagers. As a result of his arrest, cash in transit robberies reduced.

At the time of big spender Don Ivan Ssemwaga’s last days, Lwanga aka God’s Plan became more visible during the money splashes. It is in South Africa that God’s Plan would become a piece in Sheilah Gashumba’s life. Three years later, the couple has become a sensation in town.

During the trial of prolific robber, Ali Lwanga, the court heard that detectives were first alerted to Lwanga’s activities when he attempted to launder hundreds of pounds using gaming machines at branches of Ladbrokes in Canning Town.

Suspicious staff alerted the Police who began monitoring Lwanga’s movements.

Whilst under surveillance, Lwanga was seen discarding a glove stained with blue dye from a cash-in-transit robbery in a wheelie bin near his home. He was subsequently arrested and a search of his address revealed a quantity of stained cash notes hidden under his mattress.

Detectives submitted the evidence to SmartWater scientists for testing. Analysis revealed the money Lwanga was exchanging in Ladbrokes had been stolen during a cash-in-transit robbery at a NatWest branch in Enfield. A total of £25,000 was taken during the raid, whilst Lwanga was seen trying to launder it less than two hours after the robbery.

SmartWater samples recovered from the stained cash under Lwanga’s mattress were traced to a £25,000 haul from a cash-in-transit robbery at a branch of Barclays Bank and a second robbery of £25,000 at Opal Money Transfer in Leytonstone. Traces of SmartWater on the glove were linked to £5,194 stolen during a security van raid at Gallions Reach Retail Park in Beckton.

Marcus Ali Lwanga lived on Victoria Dock, E16, London. This address is shared with his other relatives, Isaac Lwanga, Shara and Sarah Namusisi. But this also reveals other interesting details. Although God’s Plan carries the alias of “Ali”, we find out that he used all this as a cover. He comes from a religious family.

The family runs a registered UK Charity Organisation named us Tower of Prayer Christian Ministries. This Charity was registered on 29th March 1999 under the number: 1074908. It has 6 trustees (Sarah Namusisi, Ann Byarugaba, Juliet Nakakute, Mary Namusoke, Dorcas Mirembe and Bishop Mary Lwanga) and 8 volunteers. The charity operates in the London Borough of Newham.

The question is; “how did the apple fall so far from the tree?” How did Marcus drift so far away from his religious upbringing? In our next exclusive, we bring you God’s Plan’s current source of income and his current official business names. We also bring you his Ugandan business partners and stakeholders both in Police, at Airports and other government institutions. We shall track deal by deal, route on route to reveal more.

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Joan Lule takea SITIMA Y’AMAKA to Top TV

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Former Bukedde and BBS Preseter has again landed in big monenies after Top TV beckoning the presenter to take on a big slot at the station.

Joan Lule’s signature TV show Sitima y’amaka is back but this time on Top TV. The show that started on 20th April has received massive acceptance and support in its two months on air. Sitima y’amaka airs every Saturday at 11PM.

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Joan Lule has maintained and kept her show interesting for long that all the stations that have sought her services have adopted the show into their programing.

Relatedly, the presenter has also shown interest in politics after announcing she will stand for Woman MP Mpigi district.

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Goat Races to return October

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One of Uganda’s most popular social events, the Royal Ascot Goat Races, which curved a special place as the most anticipated event on Uganda’s social calendar returns this October.

At an official announcement made Thursday at Kabira Country Club, the organisers confirmed the ultimate fun show in Uganda will be happening on Saturday, October 12, 2019.

This event which will be hosted at its customary venue of Speke Resort, Munyonyo promises to recreate one of the most eagerly awaited weekends of merrymaking and extravagant fashion, which were the hallmarks of the Goat Races for years.

“The Goat Races are more than just another event in Uganda, it’s a place where people can come and network and mix along with business, pleasure and have a fun humorous time with good food and drinks all day long,” Ruparelia Group’s Managing Director Rajiv Ruparelia, the organisers of the event, said.

The goat races will entail eight races over the course of the day, with each race featuring eight goats. Anyone can sponsor a race, or buy a goat to participate in a race. The proceeds generated from the races will then go to a selected charity.

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Ykee Benda becomes a father, set to celebrate in Burundi

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Singer Ykee Benda is over the moon today. The singer today became a father for the very first time after his yet anonymous fiancee gave birth to a bouncing baby boy.

The yet to be unveiled toddler has been named Donte Quain Tugume Muhagazi. Ykee Benda has taken the celebrations to Lacosta beach in Bujumbura, Burundi where he will be performing for the very first time this Sunday.

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An over joyed Ykee posted “Burundi, it’s a special day because you are going to be the first people to see me perform not just as Ykee Benda but as a father of a handsome young king” The website congratulates Ykee Benda on his new role as a father.

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