Around October 2005, Museveni reaffirmed his earlier assertion that past leaders of Uganda were swines. He insisted that the best description befitting Uganda's past leaders is that of a 'swine'.
"Though I got into trouble with the word (swines), I am going to quote it again for this occasion. 'Give not that which is holly to the dogs, neither cast your pearls before swines lest they trample them under their feet and turn again and rend you.'"
Hon. Okello Oryem is Museveni's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and son to former President Gen. Tito Okello Lutwa (July 1985 – Jan 1986). Gen. Tito Okello had reigned over the UNLA as the army chief when it was battling the Museveni led NRA. In July 1985 he led the Acholi faction of the army that overthrew President Milton Obote.
In late 1985 Museveni lured him into the Nairobi Peace Talks just as a tactic to kick him out of power. Indeed, in January 1986, his NRA dislodged the UNLA and took over power. As Gen. Okello fled to exile his UNLA was disbanded. However, owing to the reprisal mistreatment that the victorious NRA netted out on the Acholi community, former soldiers regrouped into a self-defence uprising that gave rise to the northern Uganda insurgency.
As a counter insurgency measure, Museveni moved to lure Gen. Tito Okello back from exile. He did return to Uganda and died at home but the rebellion continued. Museveni took another gamble at winning over the Acholis by appointing Gen. Okello's son as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs - a position he has held for over a decade. Although Oryem played some role in the LRA peace process, his appointment to the foreign affairs docked was aimed at giving him access to the Acholis in the diaspora.
His tenure at the ministry has not been a bed of rosses. Owing to his being denied adequate information by the regime insiders, he has on several occasions made controversial and embarrassing public statements on national issues. Just last week, the DRC government revealed that about 200 members of the former M23 rebel group had re-entered eastern Congo from Uganda. Following their defeat by an African Union force in 2013, M23 fled to Uganda where the government took custody of them. Minister Oryem acting out of excitement and ignorance hastly denied the allegation.
He instead accused the DRC government of trying to shift public attention from the political crisis in Kinshasha. "We know there are problems in Kinshasha but they (government) should not use Uganda as an excuse intended to divert attention from increasing pressure on President Kabila who is trying to fend off mounting opposition to his decision to stay beyond his mandate which expired last month."
The following day the Kampala regime issued an official statement acknowledging that the former M23 rebels had disappeared from their encampment in a military barracks. The regime Media Centre went ahead to disclose that over one hundred of them had been intercepted at the Uganda/Congo border. Since then scores of these combatants and caches of arms have been intercepted.
With these developments, Minister Oryem went back and swallowed his 'vomit' thus: "I don’t know and I don’t care if rebels were missing from camps. We never wanted them here, we never invited them here, they are not even desirable in Uganda. The responsibility of M23 was squarely with the government of the DRC and UN squarely with them and not the government of Uganda."
Minister Okello should stick to his mandate of realigning Acholis towards the Museveni regime. Some of these things don’t concern him and are kept secret from 'swines' lest them trample them under their feet.
In 1990 when Museveni dispatched the Rwandese Tutsis from his army to invade Rwanda, he claimed they had escaped. He even went ahead to pretend to that he was arresting road-blocks to stop others and the rest is history. Otherwise, Okello Oryem should prepare for more humiliation as the eastern Congo insurgency resumes.
Museveni has gone ahead to collect the offspring of past leaders and horde them into a pigsty from where he feeds them on left-overs.