"Don’t use my name to grab traditional lands" - says the long serving President of Uganda as he campaigns for democratic re-election for a 6th term in office.

By STEVEN ARIONG

Posted  Tuesday, December 1   2015

NAPAK.KARAMOJA PROVINCE: UGANDA:

President Museveni has ordered for the arrest of any person found using his name or that of State House to grab land in Karamoja region.

President Museveni said this last Thursday at a press conference held at Morulinga State Lodge in Napak District.

The President’s orders came after he was asked by a journalist whether he was aware his name was being used by land grabbers claiming to be working in State House.

The Presidents replied: “I have never sent any one to get land in Karamoja. Whoever wants the land should follow the right procedures,” he said.

According to the survey carried out by the Ecological Christian Organisation (ECO), 97 per cent of the land in Karamoja has been licensed to 147 investors who are holding exploration and mining licenses ranging from 10 to 30 years but the community does not know yet the land in the region is owned communally. The President said he would write to the ministry of land to cancel some of the licenses acquired illegally.

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Over 100 mineral companies in Karamoja


Publish Date:

May 01, 2014


The First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Mrs. Janet Museveni


By David Lumu

 

The frantic jostle for minerals in Karamoja by companies has caused a problem of large scale land acquisition, a preliminary report by the Center for Basic Report has revealed.

 

Prof. Josephine Ahikire, the executive director of the Center for Basic Research (CBR) said that the concentration of mining companies in Karamoja has a direct implication on women rights and how communities interface with companies that have acquired land to establish mineral industries.

 

“It is not really about pin-pointing, but identifying communities that have experienced the large scale land acquisition problem and looking at how women are interfacing with the process,” she said.

 

Land policy experts also argue that the quest for land acquisition in Karamoja is raising a puzzle of land development versus the protection of individuals and communities.

 

Dr. Rose Nakayi of Makerere University Law School told New Vision that although large scale land acquisitions are not an accident of contemporary time, government must come up with a clear delimitation between government and public land.

 

Nakayi said that what is spanning out in Karamoja is “a challenge of international capitalist players and the desire to have Uganda develop.”

 

“Acquisition of land by foreigners must be explained to the local communities. Foreigners cannot acquire customary land, they can only acquire leases,” she said.

 

Eng. Simon D’ujanga, the state minister for energy said that ever since the country’s remotest area was pacified by disarming cattle rustlers, over 100 mineral companies have been set up by investors.

 

“In the recent past, we have tried to market the region and the country at large. We now have over 100 mineral companies in Karamoja and we are encouraging more investors,” he said.

 

First lady, Janet Museveni, the minister for Karamoja affairs is credited for championing the transformation of Karamoja by courting donors to invest in the region.

 

A 2011 survey by the Uganda department of geological survey and mines at the ministry of energy found that Karamoja has gold, limestone, uranium, marble, graphite, gypsum, iron, wolfram, nickel, copper, cobalt, lithium and tin.


The survey indicated that land in Karamoja is owned communally, which makes it difficult for the mining companies to identify the rightful owners for compensation or consultation.

 

Prof. Ahikire said that as companies begin to explore the minerals in Karamoja, voices of land grabbing, environment damage, limited information of land laws and marginalization of women are starting to come out.

 

D’ujanga said that land in Karamoja is acquired by investors according to the law. The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) puts the population of Karamoja at 1.2 million people.




Agambire oba agambye: "Nga mu mpalampye! Where do you want me to go. I have lived in the State House now 30 years. What does the Land Act say about bona-fied occupancy

Sijja kugenda.


Ono omusajja anyumirwa entalo. Mujjukire: ENSI EGULA MIRAMBO NGA NO TEMULI WUWO.


Kyankwanzi now place for wicked decisions - Fr Gaetano

By ROBERT MUHEREZA 


Posted  Sunday, February 15  2015

 

KABALE, KIGEZI, UGANDA:

The parish priest for Kitanga in Kabale Diocese, Fr Gaetano Batanyenda, has said whereas the NRM/NRA high command used Luweero to liberate Uganda, they are currently using Kyankwanzi to bring down all they promised Ugandans.

Fr Batanyenda was on Thursday addressing the press in Kabale Town where he said all the undemocratic decisions that do not have popular support such as the lifting of presidential term limits, endorsing President Museveni as sole candidate and the proposed lifting of the presidential age limit are always first taken to Kyankwanzi for endorsement during NRM party retreats.

“It’s as if Kyankwanzi has been turned into a place to turn down all the democratic ideals that were hatched during the NRA/NRM liberation struggle in Luweero. All religious leaders in Uganda should join us in preaching against the negative trends our country is taking to avoid disastrous situations,” Fr Batanyenda said.

“Kyankwanzi has become a place of condemnation where negative seeds about hatred, nepotism, sectarianism and other forms of injustices are being sown, contrary to the spirit of the Luweero Bush War struggle...,” Fr Batanyenda added.

He said if the information that MPs are demanding Shs300m to allow President Museveni rule for life are true, it would prove how greedy our leaders are, instead of demanding better salaries for health workers and teachers and ensuring enough drugs in government hospitals.

UPC calls for Reconci-liation Commission 

By MARVIN KIRUNDA

Posted  Thursday, February 19  2015

 
Kampala- Uganda:
Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC), another old dictatorial political party has demanded the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, describing as opportunistic, the way NRM government is forgiving past political leaders it demonised yesterday.

“One minute a leader is labelled a swine and before you know it, he is turned into an eminent hero.

The NRM government should stop the ad-hoc forgiving of political figures, it is an opportunistic way of handling a very traumatic period of our past,” Mr Joseph Bbosa, the UPC vice president, said yesterday.

Mr Bbosa’s comments come in the wake of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) taking over the reburial of the remains of the late commander of the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA), Lt Gen Bazilio Olara Okello.

Lt Gen Okello was exiled to Sudan in 1986 when the National resistance Army (NRA) under the command of President Museveni toppled the Gen Tito Okello Lutwa government. Lt Gen Okello was then commander of the UNLA.

He is said to have succumbed to diabetes in 1990 and was buried in Sudan.

Mr Bbosa said the commission will be charged with investigating and forgiving every political crimes offender and would be comprised of eminent persons in and outside Uganda.

He pointed out the war in northern Uganda from 1986-2008, the September 2009 riots in Buganda and the Luweero triangle war of 1981-1986 that brought President Museveni to power as some of the incidents that need to be investigated by the proposed commission.

However, the government spokesperson, Mr Ofwono Opondo, said government does not see any need for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

“The UPC has all the platforms to express their issues including the media, courts of law and Parliament which has a Human Rights committee. Let UPC first tell Ugandans why it abolished kingdoms and made Uganda a one-party State,” he told the Daily Monitor on phone yesterday.

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The International

Criminal Court says that it is on a visit to the Continent of Africa on invitation by its member states:

 

ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (R) with State minister for

ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (R) with State minister for Disaster Preparedness Musa Ecweru (C) and other Soroti leaders yesterday. Photo by Simon Peter Emwamu


Posted  Tuesday, March 3  2015

 

Soroti, UGANDA- The Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court has said the ICC is in Africa on invitation by African countries that are state parties to the Rome Statute and not by choice.

Ms Fatou Bensouda, who finalised her visit of northern and eastern Uganda to acquaint herself with the effects of the LRA war yesterday, said the attack on the court by African heads of state is unfair.

“Leaders should not expect to commit atrocities and expect to be above the law. Those days are over; ICC was created to help the victims,” Ms Bensouda told a gathering comprising civil society, security and political leaders in Soroti Town.

She said African Union and ICC share the same values on human rights and are both against impunity. She said Uganda ratified the Rome Statute in 2003, and requested for help on LRA war crimes. She said investigations are also on going in DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Central African Republic and Mali.

“It’s very clear we work in transparent manner,” she explained.

Ms Bensouda said the ICC believes in fact-finding, the reason she came to listen to the victims of the LRA. One of the LRA commanders, Dominic Ongwen, is at the Hague awaiting trial in January 2016.

Ms Bensouda promised that more ICC officials will be coming to take statements from LRA war victims to help her office table a solid case before the judges. This, she said, is the reason why she asked judges to adjourn the Ongwen case to January 2016 as opposed to August 2015 as earlier indicated.

Mr Musa Ecweru, the state minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness, thanked the prosecutor for coming to listen to the war victims.

The background

President Museveni has often bashed the ICC. During the Independence Day celebrations last year, Mr Museveni described the ICC as “a biased instrument of post-colonial hegemony.” The President was unhappy with the ICC for indicting two sitting African presidents; Omar Bashir of Sudan and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya. Mr Bashir was indicted for war crimes in Darfur while Kenyatta was accused of fanning election violence in 2007. Mr Kenyatta’s charges have since been dropped.

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Museveni turns coat and apologises to ICC: "We are on same side".

 

President Museveni shakes hands with ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda at the President’s country home in Rwakitura.


PHOTO.

By FREDERIC MUSISI


Posted  Wednesday, March 4  2015  

 

Kampala, UGANDA,

President Museveni has said he is still on the same side with The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) notwithstanding his .misgivings.

“Despite our differences, we are on the same side,” Mr Museveni told ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Monday night, according to a statement issued by State House. The ICC Chief Prosecutor has just concluded a five-day tour of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) war-affected areas in northern and eastern Uganda.

“We had to hand over Dominic Ongwen because he was arrested from a different country and had committed crimes across several countries. If he was arrested in Uganda, we would have charged him here,” the President said.

The remarks come less than three months after the President; while speaking at Kenya’s 51st Independence Day in Nairobi last year, said he was “done with this type of court justice"

President Museveni, accused the court of being a tool of Western powers to witch-hunt African leaders. The court handles major war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, for which a couple of African leaders have been indicted.

“People of the West should leave their foolishness. I am done with the ICC,” the President told a cheering crowd at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.

However, in Monday’s meeting, the President further stressed that Uganda will cooperate with the court and avail it all the necessary information and access to witnesses that it may need.

musisif@ug.nationmedia.

com

 

Ettaka litabudde munnamagye Brigadier Kasirye Ggwanga ne mwannyina
May 18, 2015
Kasirye Ggwanga. 
 

Bya SAMSON SSEMAKADDE NE LUKE KAGIRI

 


MUNNAMAGYE  Brig. Kasirye Ggwanga akutte mukulu we n’amuggalira  ku poliisi ng’amulanga kugezaako kubba ttaka lya kika.

Ettaka lino liri ku kyalo Katakala mu  Mityana Town Council nga liriko yiika ttaano era nga kwe kuli ennyumba y’ekika ey’ekiggya eky’aba Kasirye.

Elizabeth Nabwami, 66, abadde yaakadda okuva mu  Amerika gy’amaze emyaka egisukka mu 10 ye yakwatiddwa.

Kiddiridde okugenda ewaabwe e Katakala ng’ayagala okulongoosa  awaka ng’eno Kasirye Ggwanga gye yamusanze n’amugoba  era  n’aleeta  poliisi n’agiragira emukwate era n’okusiba omuntu yenna anaagendayo okumweyimirira.







Kasirye Gwanga(wakati) nga akyali muvubuka mumagye ga Uganda Acholi, Uganda.


Wabula mukulu waabwe bonna, Edith Najjuuko yagenze ku poliisi e Mityana ne yeeyimirira Nabwami n’ateebwa.

Najjuuko agamba nti, “ettaka lino si lya Kasirye Ggwanga nga lyange nga Najjuuko, ne baganda bange abawala mukaaga kuba kitaffe omugenzi, Yovani Kasirye bwe yali tannaffa yandekera ekibanja  wabula oluvannyuma nneegula ne nkiteeka mu mannya gange. Kitaffe yagaana Kasirye Ggwanga okumusikira kuba we yafiira  Kasirye yali atandise okukola effujjo mu kika olw’okuba ye mwana yekka omulenzi  mu baana  b’omugenzi era ng’amannya ge ye Samuel Wasswa Gitta.”

Brig. Kasirye eyasangiddwa mu makaage e Makindye, yagambye nti,  “mwannyina yakomawo okuva mu Amerika n’ajingirira ekyapa oluvannyuma  lw’okugenda mu minisitule y’ebyettaka  ne kiteekebwa mu mannya ge ng’omuntu. Yatandika okuligabanyaamu bu poloti obwa 100 ku 50 era n’aleeta n’abaalirambula abaatandika n’okulipima n’atuuka n’okutema omuti ogwali ku biggya ng’ayagala kugutemamu mbaawo.  Mwannyinaze ono nnali namuwa yiika y’ettaka e Kyaggwe wabula nga yagaana okukolerako ekintu kyonna. Nange kwe kusalawo okumusibisa nga njagala yeesonyiwe ettaka lya famire akyuse n’ekyapa akizze mu ga famire kuba talina buyinza bukikyusa.”

DPC wa Mityana, Donald Ebunyu yagambye nti bagguddewo omusango ku fayiro SD: 37/16/05/2015 ogukwata ku by’ettaka wadde nga  Kasirye Ggwanga yaloopye gwa kwoonoona bintu bye, ogw’okutema omuti.

 

"Don’t use my name to grab traditional lands" - says the long serving President of Uganda as he campaigns for democratic re-election for a 6th term in office.

By STEVEN ARIONG

Posted  Tuesday, December 1   2015

NAPAK.KARAMOJA PROVINCE: UGANDA:

President Museveni has ordered for the arrest of any person found using his name or that of State House to grab land in Karamoja region.

President Museveni said this last Thursday at a press conference held at Morulinga State Lodge in Napak District.

The President’s orders came after he was asked by a journalist whether he was aware his name was being used by land grabbers claiming to be working in State House.

The Presidents replied: “I have never sent any one to get land in Karamoja. Whoever wants the land should follow the right procedures,” he said.

According to the survey carried out by the Ecological Christian Organisation (ECO), 97 per cent of the land in Karamoja has been licensed to 147 investors who are holding exploration and mining licenses ranging from 10 to 30 years but the community does not know yet the land in the region is owned communally. The President said he would write to the ministry of land to cancel some of the licenses acquired illegally.

editorial@ug.nationmedia.

com


Over 100 mineral companies in Karamoja


Publish Date:

May 01, 2014


The First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Mrs. Janet Museveni


By David Lumu

 

The frantic jostle for minerals in Karamoja by companies has caused a problem of large scale land acquisition, a preliminary report by the Center for Basic Report has revealed.

 

Prof. Josephine Ahikire, the executive director of the Center for Basic Research (CBR) said that the concentration of mining companies in Karamoja has a direct implication on women rights and how communities interface with companies that have acquired land to establish mineral industries.

 

“It is not really about pin-pointing, but identifying communities that have experienced the large scale land acquisition problem and looking at how women are interfacing with the process,” she said.

 

Land policy experts also argue that the quest for land acquisition in Karamoja is raising a puzzle of land development versus the protection of individuals and communities.

 

Dr. Rose Nakayi of Makerere University Law School told New Vision that although large scale land acquisitions are not an accident of contemporary time, government must come up with a clear delimitation between government and public land.

 

Nakayi said that what is spanning out in Karamoja is “a challenge of international capitalist players and the desire to have Uganda develop.”

 

“Acquisition of land by foreigners must be explained to the local communities. Foreigners cannot acquire customary land, they can only acquire leases,” she said.

 

Eng. Simon D’ujanga, the state minister for energy said that ever since the country’s remotest area was pacified by disarming cattle rustlers, over 100 mineral companies have been set up by investors.

 

“In the recent past, we have tried to market the region and the country at large. We now have over 100 mineral companies in Karamoja and we are encouraging more investors,” he said.

 

First lady, Janet Museveni, the minister for Karamoja affairs is credited for championing the transformation of Karamoja by courting donors to invest in the region.

 

A 2011 survey by the Uganda department of geological survey and mines at the ministry of energy found that Karamoja has gold, limestone, uranium, marble, graphite, gypsum, iron, wolfram, nickel, copper, cobalt, lithium and tin.


The survey indicated that land in Karamoja is owned communally, which makes it difficult for the mining companies to identify the rightful owners for compensation or consultation.

 

Prof. Ahikire said that as companies begin to explore the minerals in Karamoja, voices of land grabbing, environment damage, limited information of land laws and marginalization of women are starting to come out.

 

D’ujanga said that land in Karamoja is acquired by investors according to the law. The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) puts the population of Karamoja at 1.2 million people.




Agambire oba agambye: "Nga mu mpalampye! Where do you want me to go. I have lived in the State House now 30 years. What does the Land Act say about bona-fied occupancy

Sijja kugenda.


Ono omusajja anyumirwa entalo. Mujjukire: ENSI EGULA MIRAMBO NGA NO TEMULI WUWO.


Kyankwanzi now place for wicked decisions - Fr Gaetano

By ROBERT MUHEREZA 


Posted  Sunday, February 15  2015

 

KABALE, KIGEZI, UGANDA:

The parish priest for Kitanga in Kabale Diocese, Fr Gaetano Batanyenda, has said whereas the NRM/NRA high command used Luweero to liberate Uganda, they are currently using Kyankwanzi to bring down all they promised Ugandans.

Fr Batanyenda was on Thursday addressing the press in Kabale Town where he said all the undemocratic decisions that do not have popular support such as the lifting of presidential term limits, endorsing President Museveni as sole candidate and the proposed lifting of the presidential age limit are always first taken to Kyankwanzi for endorsement during NRM party retreats.

“It’s as if Kyankwanzi has been turned into a place to turn down all the democratic ideals that were hatched during the NRA/NRM liberation struggle in Luweero. All religious leaders in Uganda should join us in preaching against the negative trends our country is taking to avoid disastrous situations,” Fr Batanyenda said.

“Kyankwanzi has become a place of condemnation where negative seeds about hatred, nepotism, sectarianism and other forms of injustices are being sown, contrary to the spirit of the Luweero Bush War struggle...,” Fr Batanyenda added.

He said if the information that MPs are demanding Shs300m to allow President Museveni rule for life are true, it would prove how greedy our leaders are, instead of demanding better salaries for health workers and teachers and ensuring enough drugs in government hospitals.

UPC calls for Reconci-liation Commission 

By MARVIN KIRUNDA

Posted  Thursday, February 19  2015

 
Kampala- Uganda:
Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC), another old dictatorial political party has demanded the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, describing as opportunistic, the way NRM government is forgiving past political leaders it demonised yesterday.

“One minute a leader is labelled a swine and before you know it, he is turned into an eminent hero.

The NRM government should stop the ad-hoc forgiving of political figures, it is an opportunistic way of handling a very traumatic period of our past,” Mr Joseph Bbosa, the UPC vice president, said yesterday.

Mr Bbosa’s comments come in the wake of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) taking over the reburial of the remains of the late commander of the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA), Lt Gen Bazilio Olara Okello.

Lt Gen Okello was exiled to Sudan in 1986 when the National resistance Army (NRA) under the command of President Museveni toppled the Gen Tito Okello Lutwa government. Lt Gen Okello was then commander of the UNLA.

He is said to have succumbed to diabetes in 1990 and was buried in Sudan.

Mr Bbosa said the commission will be charged with investigating and forgiving every political crimes offender and would be comprised of eminent persons in and outside Uganda.

He pointed out the war in northern Uganda from 1986-2008, the September 2009 riots in Buganda and the Luweero triangle war of 1981-1986 that brought President Museveni to power as some of the incidents that need to be investigated by the proposed commission.

However, the government spokesperson, Mr Ofwono Opondo, said government does not see any need for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

“The UPC has all the platforms to express their issues including the media, courts of law and Parliament which has a Human Rights committee. Let UPC first tell Ugandans why it abolished kingdoms and made Uganda a one-party State,” he told the Daily Monitor on phone yesterday.

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The International

Criminal Court says that it is on a visit to the Continent of Africa on invitation by its member states:

 

ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (R) with State minister for

ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (R) with State minister for Disaster Preparedness Musa Ecweru (C) and other Soroti leaders yesterday. Photo by Simon Peter Emwamu


Posted  Tuesday, March 3  2015

 

Soroti, UGANDA- The Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court has said the ICC is in Africa on invitation by African countries that are state parties to the Rome Statute and not by choice.

Ms Fatou Bensouda, who finalised her visit of northern and eastern Uganda to acquaint herself with the effects of the LRA war yesterday, said the attack on the court by African heads of state is unfair.

“Leaders should not expect to commit atrocities and expect to be above the law. Those days are over; ICC was created to help the victims,” Ms Bensouda told a gathering comprising civil society, security and political leaders in Soroti Town.

She said African Union and ICC share the same values on human rights and are both against impunity. She said Uganda ratified the Rome Statute in 2003, and requested for help on LRA war crimes. She said investigations are also on going in DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Central African Republic and Mali.

“It’s very clear we work in transparent manner,” she explained.

Ms Bensouda said the ICC believes in fact-finding, the reason she came to listen to the victims of the LRA. One of the LRA commanders, Dominic Ongwen, is at the Hague awaiting trial in January 2016.

Ms Bensouda promised that more ICC officials will be coming to take statements from LRA war victims to help her office table a solid case before the judges. This, she said, is the reason why she asked judges to adjourn the Ongwen case to January 2016 as opposed to August 2015 as earlier indicated.

Mr Musa Ecweru, the state minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness, thanked the prosecutor for coming to listen to the war victims.

The background

President Museveni has often bashed the ICC. During the Independence Day celebrations last year, Mr Museveni described the ICC as “a biased instrument of post-colonial hegemony.” The President was unhappy with the ICC for indicting two sitting African presidents; Omar Bashir of Sudan and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya. Mr Bashir was indicted for war crimes in Darfur while Kenyatta was accused of fanning election violence in 2007. Mr Kenyatta’s charges have since been dropped.

editorial@

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Museveni turns coat and apologises to ICC: "We are on same side".

 

President Museveni shakes hands with ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda at the President’s country home in Rwakitura.


PHOTO.

By FREDERIC MUSISI


Posted  Wednesday, March 4  2015  

 

Kampala, UGANDA,

President Museveni has said he is still on the same side with The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) notwithstanding his .misgivings.

“Despite our differences, we are on the same side,” Mr Museveni told ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Monday night, according to a statement issued by State House. The ICC Chief Prosecutor has just concluded a five-day tour of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) war-affected areas in northern and eastern Uganda.

“We had to hand over Dominic Ongwen because he was arrested from a different country and had committed crimes across several countries. If he was arrested in Uganda, we would have charged him here,” the President said.

The remarks come less than three months after the President; while speaking at Kenya’s 51st Independence Day in Nairobi last year, said he was “done with this type of court justice"

President Museveni, accused the court of being a tool of Western powers to witch-hunt African leaders. The court handles major war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, for which a couple of African leaders have been indicted.

“People of the West should leave their foolishness. I am done with the ICC,” the President told a cheering crowd at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.

However, in Monday’s meeting, the President further stressed that Uganda will cooperate with the court and avail it all the necessary information and access to witnesses that it may need.

musisif@ug.nationmedia.

com

 

Ettaka litabudde munnamagye Brigadier Kasirye Ggwanga ne mwannyina
May 18, 2015
Kasirye Ggwanga. 
 

Bya SAMSON SSEMAKADDE NE LUKE KAGIRI

 


MUNNAMAGYE  Brig. Kasirye Ggwanga akutte mukulu we n’amuggalira  ku poliisi ng’amulanga kugezaako kubba ttaka lya kika.

Ettaka lino liri ku kyalo Katakala mu  Mityana Town Council nga liriko yiika ttaano era nga kwe kuli ennyumba y’ekika ey’ekiggya eky’aba Kasirye.

Elizabeth Nabwami, 66, abadde yaakadda okuva mu  Amerika gy’amaze emyaka egisukka mu 10 ye yakwatiddwa.

Kiddiridde okugenda ewaabwe e Katakala ng’ayagala okulongoosa  awaka ng’eno Kasirye Ggwanga gye yamusanze n’amugoba  era  n’aleeta  poliisi n’agiragira emukwate era n’okusiba omuntu yenna anaagendayo okumweyimirira.







Kasirye Gwanga(wakati) nga akyali muvubuka mumagye ga Uganda Acholi, Uganda.


Wabula mukulu waabwe bonna, Edith Najjuuko yagenze ku poliisi e Mityana ne yeeyimirira Nabwami n’ateebwa.

Najjuuko agamba nti, “ettaka lino si lya Kasirye Ggwanga nga lyange nga Najjuuko, ne baganda bange abawala mukaaga kuba kitaffe omugenzi, Yovani Kasirye bwe yali tannaffa yandekera ekibanja  wabula oluvannyuma nneegula ne nkiteeka mu mannya gange. Kitaffe yagaana Kasirye Ggwanga okumusikira kuba we yafiira  Kasirye yali atandise okukola effujjo mu kika olw’okuba ye mwana yekka omulenzi  mu baana  b’omugenzi era ng’amannya ge ye Samuel Wasswa Gitta.”

Brig. Kasirye eyasangiddwa mu makaage e Makindye, yagambye nti,  “mwannyina yakomawo okuva mu Amerika n’ajingirira ekyapa oluvannyuma  lw’okugenda mu minisitule y’ebyettaka  ne kiteekebwa mu mannya ge ng’omuntu. Yatandika okuligabanyaamu bu poloti obwa 100 ku 50 era n’aleeta n’abaalirambula abaatandika n’okulipima n’atuuka n’okutema omuti ogwali ku biggya ng’ayagala kugutemamu mbaawo.  Mwannyinaze ono nnali namuwa yiika y’ettaka e Kyaggwe wabula nga yagaana okukolerako ekintu kyonna. Nange kwe kusalawo okumusibisa nga njagala yeesonyiwe ettaka lya famire akyuse n’ekyapa akizze mu ga famire kuba talina buyinza bukikyusa.”

DPC wa Mityana, Donald Ebunyu yagambye nti bagguddewo omusango ku fayiro SD: 37/16/05/2015 ogukwata ku by’ettaka wadde nga  Kasirye Ggwanga yaloopye gwa kwoonoona bintu bye, ogw’okutema omuti.

 

How the Rwanda rebels in East Africa understand the politics of the Region:

Army Chief of Staff in the Army of Rwanda Mr Nyamwasa speaks out his problems in exile: Why I fell out with Paul Kagame:

By New Vision Reporter, Uganda

 

Added 7th May 2019

 

I am not against Kagame as a person. I oppose his bad leadership and his oppressive policies.

 

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Why are you against Kagame?
I am not against Kagame as a person. I oppose his bad leadership and his oppressive policies.

When did you start thinking things were going wrong? 
The Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) was hinged on an eight-point programme that guided us throughout the struggle. In 1993, during the RPF conference at Mulindi, it was agreed that serving military officers should not get involved in politics. That is how Kagame, who was vice-chairman at that time, exited the RPF structures and Patrick Mazimpaka became Vice-Chairman in anticipation of implementation of the Arusha agreement. The war and the genocide generated a new narrative and Paul Kagame became vice-president and minister of defence.

Firstly, in 1998 Alex Kanyarengwe’s term of office expired as RPF chairman and most people expected Pasteur Bizimungu, who was president, to replace him. The party elections were marred by suspicion and anxiety as many cadres considered the elections a military takeover.

The election, which many considered to have been rigged, made Paul Kagame chairman of the party and vice-president of the country, while Bizimungu became president of the country and vice-chairman of the ruling party. The 1998-2000 period was characterised by open conflicts between Bizimungu (president) and Paul Kagame (party chairman).

I happened to be close to both of them and would always be called to mediate. I decided to take an objective view, even in the RPF political bureau. Paul Kagame expected me to side with him, even when he publicly behaved in a condescending and overbearing manner against the president.

Secondly, in 1998, James Kabarebe (former Rwanda defence minister  and now  presidential  advisor on security matters) was expelled from Kinshasa, where he was the army chief of staff. Initially, together with others ( whose names I do not want to mention for their security), had objected to his appointment as chief of staff and keeping Rwandan troops in DR Congo after the fall of president Mobutu.

 

We pointed out that our soldiers would be viewed as an occupation force, and it would be better to withdraw the troops before any conflict. Our views were not taken because Paul Kagame had personal motives that have persisted till today. After the expulsion of Kabarebe, Paul Kagame felt humiliated and called Kabarebe, Karegeya (former  head of intelligence), Emmanuel Ndahiro and myself to discuss the course of action.

The three of us except Kabarebe advised against the idea of going back to DR Congo because there were no political, strategic or security reasons to justify the war. Nevertheless, the country went to war and we supported it, but the unjustness of the war created uneasiness between Kagame and Kabarebe on the one hand, Karegeya and many others including myself, wondering whether the war was worthwhile.

In the process, things went horribly wrong, especially the Kitona debacle, where we lost many soldiers and hundreds were captured. (Ugandan  and Rwandan  forces on August 4,1998 launched a surprise attack on Kitona airbase  in western DRC, but were repulsed  by  Zimbabwean  and Angolan  forces  supporting the  then government). Recently, I heard Kabarebe praising the Kitona fiasco as a masterpiece and wonder: What did it achieve? In another jurisdiction, Paul Kagame and I should have resigned and Kabarebe court-martialled.

Thirdly, the Kisangani clash between Rwanda and Uganda was one of the most disappointing episodes. With Gen. Jeje Odongo and others, we investigated the clash. The reasons advanced by the commanders on the ground were embarrassing and tragic. Let me say, nobody won in Kisangani. Some insensitive people celebrate that they killed brothers and friends and won! They do not appreciate the consequences and gravity of the shameful clash.

While some people were celebrating success, Karegeya and I tried to mediate by visiting Kampala and inviting Ugandan officers to Kigali to explore ways in which the situation could be rectified. As you could have observed, President Kagame has described our efforts as a sign of our being sell-outs, yet we did all that with his blessings.

Fourthly, I opposed the shabby and treacherous lies about president Bizimungu that led to his ouster. I totally refused to be part of a cabal that was detailed to lie and witch-hunt him. It was sad to witness ‘mob lynching’ of a comrade in a political bureau meeting. They quickly forgot Bizimungu’s patriotism – a connected Hutu (during Habyarimana’s regime), who defected and joined a Tutsi-dominated fighting force.

A man who committed societal suicide for a bigger political cause. The organisation lost its tolerant and compassionate soul, when Bizimungu was framed and imprisoned. Thereafter, a purging process started that swallowed almost all the original RPF cadres. We concede that leaders come and go, but it is not necessary for Paul Kagame to imprison and force others into exile to demonstrate that he fought the struggle single-handedly.

Lastly, the run-up to the 2003 elections generated paranoia, murders and disappearances of opposition leaders. The independent media was quickly muzzled and journalists disappeared, were imprisoned or run into exile. Civil society organisations crumbled or were forced into co-option; liberty and freedom were curtailed. All this was crowned with the rigging of elections, allocating 95% of the outcome to Paul Kagame.

From then on, RPF was unrecognisable, its ideals dead and buried. The democratic values we fought for were cast aside, national unity was undermined and corruption was institutionalised, where the president captured the state through Crystal Venture, which eventually became wealthier than the state.

Security institutions were monopolised and used to abduct, imprison and force people into disappearance, thus generating a rise in refugee numbers. The paranoia extended across borders, and the country pursued an aggressive and belligerent foreign policy.

When did you feel it was time to flee? 
In 2009, I was summoned from India, where I had been posted as ambassador, by the minister of foreign affairs, who did not give me a reason why I should report to Kigali. Two hours before I went to the airport, she called back and cancelled the trip. A few days later, a diplomat from a certain embassy (country withheld), asked me if I knew the names of a certain non-commissioned officer (NCO), who had been serving in the Presidential Guard.

I knew the soldier and responded in the affirmative. I was informed that the NCO had fled the country having been assigned to assassinate me in Kigali on my arrival there. Apparently, the cancellation of the trip was prompted by the fleeing of the NCO. After three months, President Kagame visited India. I inquired from him why I had been summoned and he feigned ignorance about the matter, but I could see he got tensed and guilty. 

All along, many military officers had been coerced to denounce me in preparation to provide fabricated evidence in the event of my arrest.

In February 2010, my mother died and I had to go for the funeral. After the funeral, I was summoned to the RPF secretariat for provocative questioning. Fortunately, I had been warned in advance by someone who knew what would follow. Throughout the questioning, two people kept receiving calls and coming back with new flimsy questions.

I could easily discern the source of the questions and the motivator. To cut a long story short, I was gone the following morning. Eventually, I met the NCO in exile and he narrated the full story. The embassy to which he reported was kind enough to give me the audio recording of his statement.

Kagame says the Rwanda National Congress (RNC)  is a terrorist organisation and that you fled Rwanda because you had committed crimes
That is how all dictators describe genuine opposition. It is also common knowledge that dictators construe political criticism as crimes. Even where crimes do not exist, Kagame will fabricate them to justify a witch-hunt. Look at Bizimungu, Charles Ntakirutinka, Victoire Ingabire, Gen. Frank Rusagara, Col. Rugigana, Col. Byabagambaa and Lt. Joel Mutabazi, all prisoners of conscious, but convicted of imaginary crimes.

Considering the publications of Human Rights Watch, court decisions in South Africa, international media reports in relation to Kagame, it is amazing how he gets the audacity to call anyone a criminal compared to his record. Before he labels other people criminals, I wonder whether he knows how other people view him.

What do you say about Kigali’s claims that Uganda supports you to destabilise Rwanda?
If Uganda was supporting me, they would not be in power. They know very well what happened when Uganda supported them (although they deny it now).

Have you approached Uganda for support to fight Kagame?
We wrote to President Kagame seeking a peaceful dialogue. We have approached many governments to assist in resolving the Rwandan political impasse, including Uganda. That can hardly be interpreted as seeking support to fight.

What are the objectives of RNC as an opposition group? 
Institutionalise democratic governance, particularly the rule of law in all its aspects, stop and prevent violent conflict and eradicate a culture of impunity for human rights violations,  create a conducive, progressive and inclusive environment for social and economic development.

 

We also intend to establish an independent, non-partisan, professional civil service, undertake security sector reform, create a conducive environment for community, national reconciliation and healing, promote harmonious, mutually beneficial and collaborative foreign policy relations, resolve the chronic problem of Rwandan refugees and nurture a culture of tolerance to diverse ideas, freedom of speech, discussion and debate of critical issues.

Kigali says RNC has no vision
I have articulated our objectives. We do not expect any validation from a dictatorship.

What do you think of the Rwanda-Uganda border closure?
It stopped children from going to school in Uganda, yet, the children of those closing the border are studying in the most expensive colleges in America at the expense of the poor population. Rwandans cannot trade with Ugandans and are forced to buy expensive goods hoarded from Crystal Venture stores.

What do you think is the cause of Rwanda-Uganda standoff?
Paul Kagame thinks he can control, dominate and dictate to neighbouring countries. If any other leader wants to assert his authority in his country, it becomes a source of tension and conflict.

Look at what has been happening in DRC for decades, to the extent of lobbying for reversal of a court decision after announcing an election in DRC.  He quickly forgot accusations that he had rigged his own election to the tune of 98%. Tension with Tanzania was palpable during the time of president Kikwete. It is common knowledge that Rwanda facilitated a failed coup d’etat in Burundi. Even with Kenya, the Rwandan embassy was closed in the late 1990s because of assassinations. Ugandans should take solace that they are not alone, faced with an aggressive and belligerent Rwandan foreign policy.

What do you say about Kagame’s claims that Uganda is sourgraping because of the defeat in Kisangani?
That is insensitive and uncalled for, for a national leader. What did he gain from that war? One wonders how a sane human being claims credit for killing his brother or friend. Nobody won in Kisangani. It was a terrible shame for both sides.

There are reports that RNC is training to declare an armed struggle against Rwanda
Those reports have existed since RNC was formed and there have been no attacks.

There are reports that RPF committed atrocities against Rwandan refugees in DR Congo in the 1990s at the time when you were the army boss. What do you say?
I saw some of those allegations in the UN mapping report, but I was not the army boss in 1996 when those allegations took place. Actually, even the army boss at that time was not in command of those forces, because command was assigned to someone else at that time. Neither of us (the army boss at the time and myself), can take command responsibility, since we were not there and not in charge.

You were at the helm when Rwandan and Ugandan troops clashed in DR Congo. What exactly happened?
The same things you see today: people claiming or wanting to assert greatness and superiority. Paul Kagame cannot countenance living in a friendly and collaborative relationship with neighbours, so clashing with nationals and neighbours is inevitable.

Do you regret having worked with Kagame to create a system that you now oppose?
The RPF struggle is a lost cause. I am not the only one who has been disappointed by what is happening in Rwanda. During the war, the Ugandans across the border fought the war like all of us. They gave us food, shelter, carried and hid our casualties. They also got casualties of their own from bombings across the border.

 

In ‘appreciation’, Paul Kagame has the courage to close the border and kill their businesses. Even if he did not like President Museveni, how can he quickly forget the sacrifices of people who supported a war that was not their own?  Inside the country, people cannot express their views or associate freely. The country is churning out refugees more than ever before. Our foreign policy is driven by assassinations abroad. Surely, regret is an understatement.

What do you say about reports that the Rwandan intelligence has infiltrated Ugandan security agencies to undermine the Uganda government?
I do not have any clear information about that. However, it is not only Uganda that complains about cross-border Rwandan intelligence operations. The UK warned Rwandans about the Rwandan intelligence operations; President Kagame publicly claimed ‘credit’ for assassinations in Kenya. Sweden expelled a Rwandan diplomat for illegal operations. Assassinations in SADC countries carried out by Rwanda are well documented. The examples are inexhaustible. In that regard, not all countries are wrong and Rwanda is right.

Describe Kagame, the man and Kagame the President
I am not the best person to describe him. Read human rights reports, international media, court decisions in South Africa, the East African Court of Justice in Rugigana’s case and the African Court in relation to Victoire Ingabire, you will then understand him. If a President allocates himself 98% in national elections and admits that he kills people at a government retreat or prayer breakfast, how can I describe such a person. If you have a leader who closes an official border in the 21st century, it is just amazing.

What do you say about the killing of  Col. Patrick Karegeya?
The court in South Africa pronounced that the people who assassinated him are linked to the government of Rwanda. Besides, Paul Kagame and his officials had earlier boasted about the assassination. The travesty is having a leader boasting about killing citizens and some people motivated by ulterior gains call him “visionary”.

Do you think Karegeya underestimated the viciousness of his killers?
No, he was acutely aware of the dangers. It was his day; we all, including arrogant serial killers, have our day.

Do you feel threatened?
No, but I am careful.

 
Who is Nyamwasa?

EDUCATION... Nyamwasa, 57, grew up as a refugee in Uganda where he received all his education, graduating with a degree in law from Makerere University.

MILITARY MAN... Nyamwasa joined the National Resistance Army in January 1986. In 1990, he helped form the Rwandan Patriotic Front and was considered a central figure during the war to oust former president Juvénal Habyarimana.

He would later rise to become the Rwanda Patriotic Army’s chief of staff and also head of intelligence between 1998 and 2002, before being posted ambassador to India, where he served from 2002 to 2010 in what many regarded as a demotion.

CHANGE IN FORTUNES... He  later fell out with President Paul Kagame and fled to South Africa, where he has survived three assassination attempts.

The Uganda Army is to recruit 3000 more soldiers and needs more money:

By Moses Mulondo

 

Added 11th April 2019

 

MPs raised concern that an additional sh1.9 trillion classified money has been allocated to the defence sector.

 

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Defence minister Adolf Mwesige appearing during Parliament's defence and internal affairs committee. Photo by Miriam Namutebi.

 

The defence ministry requires an extra sh80.4b to cater for the salaries of 3000 soldiers who will be recruited as well the 10,000 LDUs who were recruited recently.

While appearing before Parliament’s defence and internal affairs committee, the minister said they ensure each district meets its quota to ensure regional balance in the recruitment.

Meanwhile, the minister expressed concern that the sh196b required to increase salaries for soldiers has not been provided for in the draft budget.

The MPs raised concern that an additional sh1.9trillion classified money has been allocated to the defence sector. This has upped the total budget for defence from the sh1.5trillion it had been allocated in the budget framework paper to sh3.4trillion.

 

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Minister for veteran affairs Bright Rwamirama (centre) while appearing before the committee. Photo by Miriam Namutebi

 

Butambala MP Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi challenged the decision as illegal, arguing that it goes against the Public Finance Management Act which requires that the budget in the ministerial policy statement should be aligned to the budget framework paper.

“The budget for defence that Parliament approved in the budget framework paper is completely different from this. An extra allocation of sh1.9trillion is too much. This is an illegality. It is unacceptable,” Kivumbi argued.

Mwesige, however, said there was no need to worry since the proposed budget has to be subjected to the final approval of Parliament.

On the arrears for the pension and gratuity of retired soldiers which have reached sh508b, the minister for veteran affairs, Bright Rwamirama, said they are considering the option of getting a loan to be able to clear the backlog once and for all.

 

 

 

 

 

On the Eastern border of Congo and Western border of Uganda, 12 fishermen have been shot dead in Lake Edward clashes:  

A Google map showing the location of Lake

A Google map showing the location of Lake Edward 

At least 12 fishermen have died and a dozen more are missing after deadly clashes on Lake Edward, which is shared by Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, a Congolese official said Monday.
"The 12 bodies of our compatriots are still floating on Edward Lake" after violent exchanges between the Ugandan navy and DRC armed forces, said Muhindo Kyakwa, a senior official of the DRC province of North Kivu.
"We can't retrieve them because Ugandan troops are opening fire on anything that moves," he said, adding that "a dozen fishermen" were still missing.
His statement follows an earlier Congolese announcement that 16 fishermen were missing on the lake.
Some 30 people have now either died or disappeared after the clashes erupted late last week.

Lake Edward, the smallest of the Great Lakes of eastern Africa, has seen a rise in tension between the two neighbours since the start of the year.
The Congolese navy is tasked with preventing militia fighters and local rebels and others from Uganda and Rwanda from operating in the area.
On Saturday, seven Congolese fishermen were killed by the Ugandan navy, two days after four Ugandan military personnel and three civilians were killed in a skirmish between the two armed forces, according to Congolese sources.
Last Wednesday, a Ugandan patrol boat arrested 18 Congolese fishermen as they were casting their nets.

The DRC is sending a delegation to the Ugandan capital of Kampala "for talks to have everything return to normal, because we live off the lake," Jonas Kataliko, the head of the fishermen's association in the lakeside village of Kyavinyonge, said.
The delegation comprises the chief of staff to the DRC fisheries minister, representatives from North Kivu province and Beni, and members from civil society and the Kyavinyonge association.

All Ugandan veterans, and not just some, deserve recognition for fighting Gerrymandering of an African Election process by the UPC government of 1980:

 



Prof George W. Kanyeihamba

Prof George W. Kanyeihamba 

By Prof George W. Kanyeihamba

I have enjoyed reading the first issue of Veteran Affairs. The editorial hails it as targeting the youth, hard work, determination, honesty, patience, success and not failure.
As a first issue, it is lopsided. It failed to capture the words of the managing editor, Mr Tom Kayongo, when he cites that nations we admire today had ordinary men and women like you who made sacrifices in the name of freedom of their people.

Those words capture the theme of what veterans is about. President Museveni and 26 veterans who were the initiators of the armed struggle in the early 1980s were not yet even soldiers. President Museveni was a novice revolutionary. Most of them except one or two were civilians.

The revolution had already attracted thousands, if not millions, of other Ugandans. The modern Oxford Dictionary defines a veteran as a person who has a lot of experience in a particular area or activity.

Therefore, one can be a veteran in politics, education, economics, public law, technology and military affairs to mention but a few. In fact, the dictionary places military veterans not in the first, second but in the distant fifth place as examples of what veteran means.

We, therefore, contend that the people named in the Veteran Affairs are only part of all veterans who started the NRA/M campaign and won the war.
Nevertheless, these groups seem less important when it comes to all the veterans that have participated, moulded and built Uganda for what it is today.

Many of them were in the first NRM Cabinet in 1986 which actually shaped the destiny of the Uganda of today.
It may be recalled that when first chairman of NRM Yusuf Lule passed away, there was a serious drift among those of us who supported the Movement as to whether comrade Yoweri Museveni or veteran Samson Kisekka should succeed as leader of the NRM to steer the country to victory in the protracted civil war.

An important meeting was called and I had the honour to participate in it. We were led by the late Eriya Kategaya. The other participants were the late Ben Matogo and ambassador Joseph Tomusange. After a heated debate we persuaded the members who supported Kisekka to back Yoweri Museveni. That is how he became President.

We used constitutional principles of succession to win our argument. We were right. Those who had opposed but were eventually persuaded to accept those principles have no less validity to be equally called NRM veterans.

Following several Cabinet meetings in 1986, we had to seriously decide whether as revolutionaries we should pursue the policies and methods similar to those of Cuba and eliminate saboteurs of the revolution and economy by executing them if necessary or whether to follow a pragmatic approach we judged to be right for our country Uganda.

We chose the latter course which, in my opinion was correct. It was Cabinet which formulated the way forward and not merely the NRM historicals.
This first issue discusses the rise of the NRA armed struggle and ministerial profiles of today but sadly, misses the people and factors that shaped Uganda.

Uganda’s economy was in shambles in 1986 when the NRM acquired power. Sadly, the articles included in this issue omit to mention barter trade which resuscitated the Uganda’s economy from 1986 to confidently lead the country to adopt privatisation and capitalism.

Prof Kanyeihamba is a retired Supreme Court judge.
gwkany@yahoo.com

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One of many meanings of GERRYMANDERING in a Democratic Election Process:

to divide (a territorial unit) into election districts to give one political party an electoral majority in a large number of districts while concentrating the voting strength of the opposition in as few districts as possible
2: to divide (an area) into political units to give special advantages to one group 
  • gerrymander a school district or passing money about during electioneering.

 

 

 

The President of Uganda, Mr Museveni started his African family rule in Luweero/Buganda since 1980:

President Museveni of Uganda is expected to be the most immediate beneficiary of the age limit amendment of the Constitution to change the Presidential age limit in this country.

The Long serving President of Uganda, with his right hand man, Mr Amama Mbabazi

25 October, 2017

Written by Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda

It will be exactly one month this Friday, October 27, since the invasion of parliament by soldiers from the Special Forces Command (SFC).

The soldiers who roughed up, beat and dragged MPs out of the parliamentary chambers were escorting a proposal aimed at changing the Constitution to allow Gen Yoweri Museveni rule Uganda until his death.

Many things have happened since that invasion. Mukono municipality MP Betty Nambooze Bakireke remains grounded at
a hospital in Bugolobi. The aggressive and forceful eviction from the chambers affected bones and discs around her spinal cord.

The usual Third World bureaucracy is delaying her treatment and proposed surgery in India. Mityana municipality MP Francis Zaake, who was severely beaten, has also been referred abroad for further medical examination and attention.

Although I suffered what doctors at Naggalama described as soft tissue injury, close friends have advised me to seek further medical examination to avoid what happened to Hajji Hussein Kyanjo, former Makindye West MP. Kyanjo, we believe, was poisoned.

You have all seen what has happened to our sensitization public rallies – bullets and tear gas, death in Rukungiri and further injuries.

Dr Kizza Besigye, Hon Patrick Oboi Amuriat and Ms Ingrid Turinawe have spent days in detention at Naggalama police division. We may in the interim not have a solution to all these but it is important to know what has hit us as a country.

The foundation Gen Museveni has built will need the Almighty’s intervention for us to avoid a full-blown ethnic conflict in future. Ethnic conflicts have had a tendency of resulting into genocide wherever they have happened. 

By coincidence, the two MPs severely beaten, Nambooze and Zaake, are Baganda. And the force, Special Forces Command, that has brutalized them, is commanded historically by members of Museveni’s tribe.

Yes it is important for the country to know this. I googled information about the Special Forces Command (SFC) and landed on its website. Thank God, the website had all the information that I wanted.

Most important for me is the history of this force. Information on its website reveals that this force has been under construction since the Luweero war in 1981 that brought Museveni to power in 1986.

It grew from 400 soldiers to a brigade. A brigade is 2,100 soldiers because it comprises three battalions. It then later became a Special Forces Group and now it is a Special Forces Command. Capt Chris Magezi, who speaks for it, gives good information on the website again.

He says with its capability and special skills built over time, SFC is now a service equal to the Land Force. I will come back to that point which, if well understood, will help everybody know that SFC is an illegal militia.

Let me deal with the command first. Currently, Col Don Nabasa is its commander. He took over from Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba. The commanders of this force since its inception include Lt Col Akanga Byaruhanga, Maj Gen Geoffrey Muheesi, Col Dick Bugingo, Brig Leopold Kyanda, Col William Bainomugisha, Col Sabiti Muzeyi and Lt Col Johnson Namanya. All these commanders are from one region.

James Tumusiime, who edits The Observer, was one time shocked when these fellows in SFC kept communicating in Runyankore at a high-profile event. That was the Queen’s visit to Uganda during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kampala in 2007.

Tumusiime had been invited to one of the events hosted by the Queen. And at the entrance, the repetitive sentence was “Ogu waamukyekinga? (Have you checked this one?)”

Many of these lads are university graduates and can fluently speak English but here they were communicating in Runyankore at the Queen’s event. And for me this is most significant, because the man has been building a tribal army since his time in the Luweero jungles. 

The tribal army has now become of age. The UPDF has two services; land and air. If you didn’t, now know it at least from Chris Magezi that we have a third service called SFC.

In terms of numbers, a service may range from 30,000 to 60,000. Actual numbers of the SFC I am sure will never be known under the Museveni era.

Mind you, Article 2010 of the Constitution states that parliament shall make laws regulating the UPDF and in particular providing for the organs and structures of the UPDF.

And in fulfilment of this duty, parliament enacted the UPDF Act 2005 and provided under clause three that the UPDF shall comprise (a) land force, (b) the air force and (c) any other service prescribed by parliament. Parliament has never prescribed for the SFC as a service, but it exists as one!

So, when this militia invaded parliament and strangled us, with that background, you can appreciate the motivation. The force is constructed by Gen Museveni and his son.

I now even know why they targeted me although my name was not on the list that Speaker Rebecca Kadaga read out.

They came for specific people who are disturbing their thing. I also know why they strangled me. Col Don Nabasa was in parliament a day earlier to draw a route that was eventually used when beating and dragging MPs from the chambers.

And Janet Kataaha’s chief bodyguard was there on the actual day to command the operation. If both Museveni and his wife didn’t like you, it was what the lawyers call double jeopardy. I think you will never say that I didn’t inform you.

The author is Kira municipality MP and spokesperson of Forum for Democratic Change