GEN. KASIRYE GWANGA ARRESTED BY MUNTU AND FREED BY MUSEVENI
CHANGE OF GUARDS - Maj.Gen.Mugisha Muntu said that if he was the CDF, Maj Gen.Ggwanga would have been behind the bars by now for pulling out the gun in public and shoot.
Gen. Muntu's tenure as Museveni's Army chief (1989 - 1998) was marked by the Katebe syndrome. Katebe referred to the practice of army authorities rendering some of its personnel more especially Senior Officers redundant. Such a development would be a consequence of administraive misconduct, abuse of office (theft of resources), and in some cases it implied disloyalty to the institution and Museveni in particular.
The affected officer would be suspended pending investigations. Unlike in the traditional public service where such a suspension would go with half pay, in the army the officer would retain his full salary, privileges and fringe benefits. H/She would only miss the opportunity to use his office/position to access public resources for stealing. Accumulation of wealth by way of stealing public resources gained prominence from around the early 1990s.
Being a strict disciplinarian, Gen. Muntu attempted to fight theft and general indiscipline by suspending such officers pending investigations. However, Museveni would shield them from prosecution. In most cases, Katebe lasts for years but after undergoing what is termed as rehabilitation, Museveni redeploys and promote them. Such a move leaves the army chief unpopular among the undisciplined senior officers. For Museveni, this was very healthy because past regimes' popular army chiefs have rallied soldiers to overthrow Presidents.
It is this frustration that led Gen. Muntu to reject Museveni's offer of Minister of Defence and eventual early retirement from military service. Reminiscing this frustration at a public rally in Kamuli in August 2012, Gen. Muntu broke down in tears;
"When I recall the times I was forced to arrest my relatives and friends . . .” Muntu started, breaking down mid-sentence.
He cried before the audience, prompting FDC vice president (Eastern region), Salam Musumba, to walk to the front of the room to comfort him. The meeting resumed five minutes later, after Muntu had composed himself.
Therefore, even if Gen. Muntu would have arrested Gen. Kasirye Gwanga, Museveni would have shield him from prosecution, redeploy and promote him.
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