"........the government is controlled by a powerful mafia clique that is plotting my downfall."
Former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya - interview with The Monitor - 2005.
"I told President Museveni that one time the people who surround you might ditch you one time. I told him that people around him are using him as a ladder to catch what to eat, so if its true (Amama Mbabazi running against Museveni) then what I predicted might be coming to pass." On if he (Museveni) fears to be investigated if he relinquishes power: "Of course, there are many things that have happened during his reign some done by him in person or by his people so he can be afraid. As a person, he hasn't but he is a head of government/state and if you have got children and they continue stealing my things and you don't warn them, I will think that they steal for you."
Fr. Gaetano Batanyendera - in an interview with The Monitor - September, 2012.
"In fact many youth in political circles/government report intrigue, being fought and several instances hounded out like common criminals." She added: "Where one thinks she is serving, the powerful and highly networked cliques believe they are more deserving - suffer a sense of self-importance and entitlement."
Sarah Kagingo - Museveni's Communications Assistant while being witch-hunted at State House in 2014. She was being targeted by the likes of Museveni’s close aides like Maj. Nakalema and Tamale Mirundi.
"........they are thieves who have drained State House clean and made it impossible for those loyal to the President to do their work."
Tamale Mirundi - (Museveni's former Press Secretary) - July 2015 while referring to the likes of Brig. Nalweyiso and Maj. Nakalema who are Museveni's aides and others whom he alleged were plotting to 'eliminate' him. He has since then repeatedly referred to a powerful mafia clique around Museveni who intimidate, blackmail and some times direct physical harassment against their victims.
"Mr. Museveni is surrounded by enemies everywhere so he is now extremely fearful, he can not trust anybody. He is the one who hires people he works with in State House but he doesn't trust any of them. He looks at them and thinks that they are all after him."
Dr. Kiiza Besigye reacting to Museveni's road side telephone call - July 2016.
"Some Mafias in government are bent on misleading the President to the extent that when he believes them, he begins fighting those who work hard for the government, a move that gives the Mafia victory". He added: ".... these actions make me and other sensible Ugandans think that the likes of Dr. Besigye, hon. Mbabazi and Gen. Ssejusa could be right."
Tamale Mirundi - while appearing on a radio talk show at Impact FM - August 2016.
"......Museveni is not a devil, its people around him that have turned him into a bad man."
Eng. Winnie Byanyima- Ex. Director Oxfam while addressing the UNAA conference in Boston - Sept. 2016
"Some people are keeping Museveni in the dark of whatever is going on in the country for selfish interests. Some people exercise double standards. Am going to ask the President to allow me to reach him directly without sending him letters through some people who will not deliver messages because of their selfish sentiments. The President is tired of people lying to him."
Hajji Nadduli - the Minister without portfolio while addressing a public function in Kashari where he expressed his frustrations over failure to reach Museveni - September 2016.
"I have always pledged support but whenever I release money for pledges, am always let down by the NRM Secretariat and the leaders that you elect because they don't deliver what I give them. This is partly the reason why people are still suffering."
Museveni - while delivering 300m worth of car washing pumps to a youth group in Kampala - Sept. 2016.
The list of such sentiments expressed by Ugandans is endless. However, what is clear is that ever since he was fighting his presidential war dubbed the Bush War to the present time, Museveni has hired, used, misused, fired, discarded, and in some instances destroyed the people who have been close to him. Its only his wife, his brother Gen. Saleh and now his son, Gen. Muhoozi who have kept around him. Who are these people around Museveni who have continuously failed him and made him look bad? The man is just bad only that he is gifted with the craft of shifting blame.
INFORMATION IS POWER AND DEFIANCE IS THE WAY TO GO