By Staff Writer
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.”
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.
Judiciary secretary Bigirimana Rubbishes Reports he’s been Denied Visa to the US
SECRETARY TO the Judiciary, Pius Bigirimana has described reports that he’s been denied a visa to The United States as ‘malice’ insisting was in New York just recently.
There was a published story that Bigirimana was denied entry to The States where he was invited to attend the inauguration of Prof Jim Gash as the president of Pepperdine University in Los Angeles. According prior News, Bigirimana was expected to travel alongside other judicial officials including Chief Justice Bart Katureebe.
Reacting to the story, Bigirimana describes the reports as malice and unfounded.“This is malice . I returned from New York recently. That’s rubbish,” he said. Indeed, Bigirimana was in the United States in May this year for the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to which he is the secretary. As part of its 100th anniversary, ILO painted a mural at the Uganda Embassy in New York in recognition of the efforts the government has put in place to solve youth unemployment.
The mural, part of the five painted around New York, specifically honours the Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) for its unique approach in promoting youth entrepreneurship while contributing to the reduction of youth unemployment.To date, the Programme which was initiated by Bigirimana following his posting to the Gender Ministry in June 2013, has funded 20,159 youth projects. Up to Shs9,232 billion has been revolved to finance another youth 1,090 projects.Bigirimana has been at the forefront for integrity and has been praised by President Yoweri Museveni for his role in fighting corruption in Uganda.He has also been praised for his hard work and patriotism.
We intend to have the biggest event of the year in ASFA 2019 – Talent Africa boss Ali Alibhai
The Abryanz style and Fashion awards are back for the 7th time and for the first time they have partnered with Talent Africa group.
Talent Africa group under it’s events and promotion wing will come active and handy in the ASFA 2019. We were keen on the partnership and quizzed Talent Africa boss Ali Alibhai on why he chose to partner with Abryanz this year.“We are a 360 entertainment company and have over years mastered the art of events marketing and this is another event we look forward to evelevating further. Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards have a very good reputation and we are sure our contribution will be felt” he said.
Talent Africa Group has in the past yet somilarly big events like Nyege Nyege and hosted many foreign artistes and have at all instances sold out. With such momentum we can be sure ASFA 2019 will be another event to look upto, probably the best ever edition so far.
Photos: What you missed at the “Kyaddala” movie premiere
By Our Reporter
Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU) in conjunction with Emmanuel Ikubese Films and partners premiered their long-awaited pan African series “Kyaddala: It’s Real” in an exclusive black carpet event held at Kingdom Kampala on Friday evening.
The evening kicked off with a cocktail where revelers were serenaded by the soulful Kenneth Mugabi and Steve Keys, before later being ushered to the screening room to watch the first episode of the TV series.
The exclusive premiere attracted key players in the film industry from Uganda and beyond ranging from movie directors, producers, actors and actresses beyond the cast of Kyaddala.
Based on real life experiences, Kyaddala depicts young people’s sexual and reproductive health issues through a rich storyline with compelling themes like HIV and its impact on young people, Teenage pregnancy and the role of “gatekeepers/ stakeholders” in averting child marriages, Sexual and gender based violence among young people and how it affects their SRHR needs and Myths and misconceptions around young people’s SRHR and how to create an enabling and safe environment for young people to seek SRHR information and services.
“Kyaddala is a real conversation starter, tackling topics that people are afraid to have. This show will provoke important conversations on young people’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Challenges,” noted Humphrey Nabimanya, the Founder and Team Leader, Reach A Hand Uganda.
Featuring stars like Martha Kay, Salvado Idringi, Mathew Nabwiso, Anita Fabiola, Emmanuel Ikubese and Olumide Oworu (from Nigeria), the 8-part series will officially start airing on October 5th on NBS Television and on the official Kyaddala YouTube page and Sauti Plus TV.
Here are some photos from the premiere.
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