Thursday, 16 May 2019

Why Ugandans rejoiced over the death of Hon. Kibuule's twins (PHOTOS)



WHY UGANDANS REJOICED OVER THE DEATH OF HON. KIBUULE'S TWINS

CHANGE OF GUARDS - Museveni's Minister for Water Resources and Member of Parliament for Mukono North Constituency, Honourable Ronald Kibuule lost his infant twins after the twins drowning in a swimming pool at his upcountry home. Unfortunately, a sizeable section of Ugandans have expressed delight at this tragic loss by Hon. Kibuule. This is an extremely alarming new development in Uganda. It is a manifestation of the extent of a deep split between the have and have nots; the oppressor and the oppressed. Many Ugandans regard Hon. Kibuule as belonging to the class of the oppressive haves. It is manifestly clear that if that tragedy had befallen Hon. Kibuule himself, they would have felt more joyous.

Born in 1984 in rural Mukono District to a Rwandan immigrant, Zefania Lusebeya and Grace Naguta, Hon. Kibuule got close to the Museveni regime during his high school days. He became an aide to the then Minister of Security, Amama Mbabazi who even paid for his university education. In 2008 he graduated from Uganda Christian University with a Bachelor of Social Work and social Administration. Since 2011 he has been the M.P for Mukono North Constituency.

From May 2011, Museveni appointed him State Minister for Youth and Children. In 2013, he made controversial statements indicating that police should charge the victims of rape if they are indecently dressed. In March 2015 Museveni appointed Kibuule State Minister for Water Resources. In 2016 Kibuule beat up a private security guard, who had insisted that Kibuule undergoes a routine security check at a Mukono bank. The minister later, reportedly ordered the police to arrest the guard on libel offences. Ms Hellen Obuku, a private security guard attached to Stanbic Bank Mukono, was arrested by police officers, but she collapsed as she was being taken to Mukono Police Station to record a statement.

During the parliamentary debate on Museveni's controvercial Age Limit Bill in September 2017, Hon. Kibuule sneaked a gun into the parliamentary chamber and walked to opposition's Hon Ssemujju and told him to prepare for a bullet in his nervous system. During this very session, the embattled minister removed his suit and also confronted the opposition leaders including Makindye West Member of Parliament Hon. Allan Ssewanya among others who were demanding for revealing of the whereabouts of the gun. Kibuule was suspended and the speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga later confirmed that Hon. Kibuule had indeed sneaked in with a revolver using the entrance from President's Office according to a CCTV footage. She declared;
“Honorable members, I’ve got reliable information that the Honorable Kibuule had a gun,”
Gullible Ugandans became excited that Museveni would sack Hon. Kibuule but alas the matter was as usual swept under the carpet.

Throughout 2018 Hon. Kibuule was embroiled in several incidents of land wrangles. As a leading land grabber in the greater Mukono district, he evicted over 5,000.  People Have Been Evicted from their homes using court brokers, Police and army. In October 13, 2017, Hon. Kibuule had threatened the correspondent of Bukedde Television, David Musisi Kalyankolo for reporting on a land dispute involving the Minister and residents of Kigaya in Buikwe District. The Journalist had contacted the minister for his reaction to the reported killing of one Dickson Wasswa Mboowa, a resident of Kigaya by police officers he (the minister) had deployed to guard the disputed land.

“I called the Minister to get his side of the story about the demise of Wasswa but he threatened me that I was dealing with an influential person and he would teach me a lesson if I went ahead and aired the story".

There is no doubt Museveni's choice of Hon. Kibuule was driven by the Muhoozi Project but more so the fact that Hon. Kibuule is a Munyarwanda. The abnormal accumulation of so much wealth by such a young man and his grave misconduct with impunity can only be guaranteed by blind loyalty to the Museveni regime.

It is against this background that the oppressed Ugandans believe that it was God's hand that struck Hon. Kibuule owing to his devilish conduct. It was an expression of helpless disgust with the Museveni regime. It was God's hand in action indeed and it should serve as a lesson to the other oppressors. Unless, the country is set on the right path, we are headed for dangerous times.

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Rwanda's Army chief trained in Nigeria as a Ugandan cadet



RWANDA'S ARMY CHIEF TRAINED IN NIGERIAN AS A UGANDAN CADET

CHANGE OF GUARDS - Rwanda's Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Patrick Nyamvumba started his military career in Uganda as a member of the NRA in the mid 1980s.

He was among the batch of NRA that trained as Cadets in Nigeria and graduated around 1988. In 1990 he left the NRA to return to Rwanda with the RPF. He held various command positions during the RPF's four year war. Even after capturing power, he advanced his career to various command responsibilities.

During the first round of the NRA and RPF clash in Kisangani, Nyamvumba was the Sector Commander of the RPF forces in Kisangani. He gave UPDF's Gen. Kazini a bloody nose. The joint Gen. Jeje Odong and Gen. Nyamwasa probe recommended that both Gen. Kazini and then Col. Nyamvumba be withdrawn from Kisangani. Rwanda complied and Nyamvumba was withdrawn but Museveni retained Gen. Kazini in Kisangani and the rest is history.

Most intriguing is the fact that the Ugandans he trained with in Nigeria as Cadet Officers can't be traced. Their military careers were suffocated as usual. One such army officer was a young man from Bushenyi who was chased from the army with disgrace. He had been based in Masaka under then Lt. Col. Kazini and around 1993 following the assassination of President Ndadaye in Burundi, Museveni sought to strengthen his close security protection. Some Tanks were moved from Masaka to State House. The said Officer took a raid on one of such tanks and Kazini alleged that the officer was up to some mischief and was summarily dismissed.

At the time Col. Nyamvumba was giving Gen. Kazini a bloody nose in Kisangani, the said officer was working with a private security company, Saracen and was In-charge of the security of Gen. Saleh's Lebanese gold dealers in Congo. Patrick Nyamvumba excelled in his military career holding various command positions both at home and with the UN Peace Keeping missions. He is now the army chief of Rwanda's RPF. In Uganda, it is only those that were recruited by the first son, Gen. Muhoozi and those with connection to State House who advance in military service.

So is the world.

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UGANDA: NSC briefs Museveni on opposition political activism



NSC BRIEFS MUSEVENI ON OPPOSITION POLITICAL ACTIVISM
(Warning: this is satire)

"CONFIDENTIAL"

FROM: C/MAN NSC

TO: HEX the President

INFO: 1. CDF
2. D/IGP
3. DG/ISO
4. DG/ESO
5. CMI
6. COMM. PRISONS
7. DPP
8. MOS

DATE: 15/05/2019

SUBJ: EVALUATION OF
OPPOSITION
ALLIANCES

In accordance with your directive, the National Security Council (NSC) was urgently convened on the 9th May. 2019. It evaluated the security situation with regard to the above mentioned subject matter.

Please, here below may you find the following findings and recommendations:

1. FINDINGS
(a). The DP Block that was launched in March has suffered a stillbirth. It had hoped to tap into Bobi Wine's People Power and Gen. Muntu's NTA but only to be dumped at the last minute. It is not yet clear as to Mao's next move but he is still a force to recon with owing to the Acholi factor. The historically DP Catholic top has been thrown into confusion.

(b). Bobi Wine - Besigye alliance has created some excitement within extremist opposition circles. There is renewed zeal for an uprising amongst the general public and more especially the urban unemployed youth. Dr. Besigye's countrywide mobilisation efforts are gaining momentum. It is a fact that Bobi Wine is abandoning the 2021 election agenda and the joint activities of the two politicians may cause mayhem if not tamed in time. Intelligence is yet to establish the identity of the strong force that easily brokered the deal between the two once bitter rivals. In this regard, special focus is on the Catholic Church, Buganda Kingdom, the EU Mission in Uganda and Rwanda.

(c). IPOD
To boost its defiant stance, the FDC has declared intentions to once again boycott the Inter-Party Organization Dialogue (IPOD). We had anticipated that the IPOD meeting would help to buy time over the controversial POMA. We can't afford to suffocate POMA because it is the only legal tool to curtail the opposition efforts to spread falsehoods.

(d) The newly deployed LDUs are doing well despite some public outcry over alleged misconducts. The message was well received and the allegations against them could be an opposition orchestrated ploy to discredit government. Good enough the public is not yet aware that quite a number of them are our regular soldiers dressed in the LDU uniform.

(e)GEN. MUNTU'S ANT
Gen. Muntu's newly formed party, the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) is scheduled for an official launch on May 22, 2019 in Kampala. Unfortunately, contrary to our earlier estimates, ANT may not in the short run 'eat into' the existing political entities, DP, FDC and People Power. The Police has cleared and promised to secure the function.

2. RECOMMENDATIONS
(a). All efforts be made to draw a wedge between Bobi Wine and Dr. Besigye. Special attention be accorded to northern Uganda with view of ensuring that the Besigye - Bobi Wine alliance does not sway their support from DP's Mao.

(b). The DPP should consider withdrawing of some charges against Dr. Besigye and Bobi Wine. They are using those pending court cases in different parts of the country as an excuse to move upcountry and stage rallies. Currently, it is difficult to restrict their movements.

(c). We need to make use of our structures for an underground mobilization of our supporters to attend the ANT launch in big numbers. This, we hope will send shock waves into the traditional opposition entities while at the same time portraying Gen. Muntu as an NRM 'mole'.

(d). The operations of the LDUs should be interwoven with our grassroot structures so that any negative allegations are countered at a local level.

CONCLUSION
Generally the opposition activism has not yet reached a level of being a threat to security. However, contingency plans need to be heightened to avoid being taken by surprise.

J. Odong (Gen)

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

AFRICA: Museveni's 'mobilisation against Rwanda moves to dupe army veterans



MUSEVENI'S 'MOBILISATION' AGAINST RWANDA MOVES TO DUPE ARMY VETERANS

CHANGE OF GUARDS - Whenever Museveni is facing a potential 'security threat' from both within and outside, he moves to dupe army veterans. He moves to take a census of these veterans with a view of establishing their numbers, geographical distribution and state of welfare. Mindful of their appalling welfare situation, he promises them heaven and earth but once the threat level falls, he just forgets about them. Such manoeuvres usually take place during election periods when he anticipates that the rigged elections may provoke an armed insurrection. It was also the case during the Congo military adventure where a number of army veterans were recalled but later disbanded after withdrawing from Congo.

Currently, the army is carrying out a similar census amidst high speculation of a military confrontation from Rwanda. In Kigezi region, the furious army veterans recently told the Minister In-charge of Veterans, Çol. Rwamirama that they had been neglected. They argued that veterans too need special attention as government has accorded to other groups such as women and the youths before asking government to engage them in constructive assignments that would uplift their status. They said; “Apparently some of us are still energetic and can be productive to this country if engaged in some ventures. All we need are things to occupy us."

Minister Rwamirama assured the veterans that their statuses will soon improve since government is considering various offers for them, adding that the establishment of the ministry responsible for was the starting point. He said;
"We shall have pensions and gratuities harmonized to enable our veterans to gain from their sweat. The struggle that you did for this country should not be in vain. We have not neglected you but we have you at heart. I am here to ensure that your challenges are not left behind."

The main focus is on the western region which is under the 2nd Division and borders with both Rwanda and Congo from where the alleged security threat is anticipated to originate. A total of 600 Veterans (one batallion) were identified as living in Kigezi subregion. Late last month, Security managers asked parliament to approve 2 trillion shillings addition to defence budget. The Minister of Defence, told Parliament that the lions share budget was to cater for "internal and external security threats".

The Army's 2nd Division Spokesperson, Capt. Tumwesigye told the press last month that a total of about 70,000 veterans had been registered countrywide to receive pension. He further said that those who did not update their data in 2010 will miss the payment. We started the exercise of updating in 2010. Some came, others feared. This time round, we are completing those. Whoever did not register by May 2010, we will not register him until we are given further orders because we also work under policies."

Management of Pension and gratuity for army Veterans has always been abused by greedy regime actors. Billions of taxpayer's money has been swindled with impunity. Therefore, there is nothing new these army Veterans should expect from the ongoing verification exercise. Actually, the claim that they are registering all veterans even of past armies starting with those of World War II is just a cover. It is only the NRA/UPDF Veterans that are being targeted because some of them are still physically capable of holding the gun. It is just part and parcel of Museveni's so-called 'mobilisation' against Rwanda and will as usual end up in the dust bin.

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Sunday, 12 May 2019

Rwanda's Gen. Nyamwasa on "Museveni's persecution of opponents" (PHOTOS)



RWANDA'S GEN. NYAMWASA ON 'MUSEVENI'S PERSECUTION OF OPPONENTS'

".........You cannot be rallying and processioning for an illegitimate reason – preaching lies, preaching sectarianism, preaching hate..............if you want to assemble publicly or to procession, it must be for a legitimate reason. If it is to preach hate, to decampaign investments in Uganda etc., then we shall not allow you. Those who have ignored this logic have paid a heavy price.”
Museveni's missive on freedom of assembly and expression. - May 7, 2019.

Uganda's 33 years military dictatorship under Museveni is characterised by brutal suppression of all forms of political freedom. Expression of political dissent is met with brutal force. Persecution under the guise of fighting 'terrorism' is the order of the day. False charges designed to curtail political activism are a norm.

Dissident Rwandan Gen. Nyamwasa has put it plainly in an exclusive interview that was meant to promote his opposition to Kagame. He went overboard by giving diagnosis of the scourge of all dictators. His assertion is an appropriate response to Museveni's May 7th decree on freedom of assembly and speech.

"That is how all dictators describe genuine opposition. It is also common knowledge that dictators construe political criticism as crimes.".
Extract from Gen. Nyamwasa's interview with The New Vision - May 10, 2019.

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Friday, 10 May 2019

UGANDA: What if Gen. Ssejusa had not returned from exile!! (PHOTOS)



WHAT IF GEN. SSEJUSA HAD NOT RETURNED FROM EXILE!!

CHANGE OF GUARDS - Gen. David Ssejusa is one of Museveni's top Bush War commanders. Since the Bush War days he harbours ambitions for the top leadership of the NRM/NRA. Museveni has always tamed Ssejusa using the stick and chariot. In 2013 after realising that his position of Coordinator of Intelligence Services was nothing but created to keep him off the mainstream military service, he raised another controversy when he claimed that there was a plot to assassinate top Generals opposed to Museveni's 'Muhoozi Project' (inheritance of the presidency by Museveni's son, Gen. Muhoozi).

Consequently, he sought asylum in the U.K amidst all indications of potential persecution by Museveni. In London he unleashed a barrage of verbal attacks against the Museveni regime. He even attempted to mobilise exiled Ugandans by founding the Free Uganda political platform. The now panicky Museveni designed a blackmail campaign. He promised to probe NRA's war atrocities during the northern and eastern Uganda insurgency. Gen. Ssejusa had been instrumental in the infamous Operation North. In London, some majority Acholi and Langi exiles accused Gen. Ssejusa of war atrocities. Though the General apologized for his role, obviously a fully blown probe would boomerang on Museveni. Fearing the inconvenience of international indictment over war atrocities, the General succumbed to Museveni's blackmail by sneaking back into Uganda to seek protection from the very regime he had alleged was bent on persecuting him.

His Hima junior military aides were facing treasonous charges linked to him and were convicted and sentenced. Gen. Ssejusa was not joined in the treason charges for fear that doing so would attract international attention and rise his profile. To remain relevant, Gen. Ssejusa attempted to link up with opposition groupings before he was arrested and charged with engaging in partisan politics. He was remanded and later released on bail before he went into oblivion to this day. Empty promises of his impending retirement from the army have also helped to tame his political appetite as he quietly watches from the ventilator; the favourably exploitable political terrain in the country.

Had he not returned from exile, Gen. Ssejusa would have to some extent caused some disharmony in Museveni's power base, the military more especially the ethnically Hima dominated, elite SFC. With no serious renegade or dissident senior army officer from Uganda, Museveni felt secure enough to throw stones at Rwanda. He opted to support dissident Rwandan dissident General Kayumba and other top politicians. Obviously, Rwanda must be shopping for such dissident senior army officers and politicians from Uganda.

However, had Gen. Ssejusa not returned from exile it would still not be easy to secure Rwanda's backing because the current diplomatic standoff between the two countries looks like a Bahima Versus Rwandan Tutsi issue. But more so, since the Bush War days, Ssejusa had been one of the members of the NRA who dissented with Museveni's preferential treatment of Banyarwanda. The matter was worsened by Museveni's Ranches Restructuring Scheme which brought Gen. Ssejusa into direct clash with some Banyarwanda over such land in his home area of Ssembabule. It wouldn't be surprising in the event of a fully blown military confrontation between Rwanda and Uganda for Gen. Ssejusa to fully back Museveni.

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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

UGANDA: When Museveni's NRM met UPDF on Kampala streets (PHOTOS)



WHEN MUSEVENI'S NRA MET UPDF ON KAMPALA STREETS

CHNGE OF GUARDS - After the fall of Iddi Amin in 1979, the Uganda Army (UA) was humiliatingly humiliated. Many of the UA ex-soldiers fled to the Sudan and Congo. More were captured and held in prison both in Uganda and Tanzania. While others were lynched by the population, others went into hiding within the country. The UA was unfairly associated with the Iddi Amin regime's alleged atrocities but in actual fact the regular UA was the most professional and disciplined army Uganda has ever had. It is the secret services, State Research Bureau (SRB) and other auxiliary forces like the Naguru based Public Safety Unit (PSU) that to some extent committed atrocities. The anti-Amin dissident groups (including Museveni's briefcase FRONASA) were also responsible for both directly and indirectly for such atrocities. Ugandans never saw the regular UA on the streets torturing and shooting citizens in broad daylight.

After the fall of Iddi Amin, it was the Tanzanian army and a handful of R's returned armed Ugandan exiles under the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA) that was responsible for security. As the post Amin era Minister of Defence, Museveni undermined all efforts to raise a new national army. He harboured presidential ambitions that he dreamt of achieving through military means. In this regard, he was preoccupied with rising a Bantu and specifically a regional (western) army to challenge the Northern Uganda domination of security services. When his scheme was foiled, he opted to take to the bush for a guerrilla war in 1981.

He founded the NRM with its armed wing the NRA. He took with him a number of UNLA Bantu soldiers from western Uganda. He also incorporated some Bantu former UA soldiers. There is no doubt, his fiver years Bush War was a sectarian war against northerners. The scramble for dominance within the UNLA of which Museveni was the Minister of Defence and Vice Chairman of the Military Commission, had created a situation of undisciplined conduct by the UNLA specifically in the central region where Museveni's NRA was based. It is the same indiscipline and lack of professionalism that led to the July 1985 coup against Obote and his UPC. The role of Museveni's NRA and more specifically the notorious Black Bomber under Matayo Kyaligonza in urban terrorism that was at the time attributed to the UNLA is no longer a secret.

Having manipulated the Okello Junta using the infamous Nairobi Peace Talks (https://changeofguards.blogspot.com/2016/11/how-did-museveni-manipulate-nairobi.html), in January 1986 Museveni's NRA marched on Kampala and with minimal resistance took over power. Ugandans poured on the streets in jubilation as columns of the gun wielding, dressed in tatters and barefooted NRA carried out mop up operations against the defeated UNLA who for obvious reasons were not fleeing to western Uganda but eastern and northern regions. Ugandans in Kampala and and some parts of Luwero Triangle were celebrating the ousting of 'Obote soldiers' the same way they had done with the 'Amin soldiers' a six years earlier in 1979. 

Ugandans wholeheartedly welcomed the 'Museveni soldiers' (Abajasi ba Museveni) who had strict orders not to steal or forcefully take anything from civilians. The same instructions extended to intimidation of civilians. Soon after, Ugandans witnessed a new form of physical torture called Kandoya. They witnessed the NRA took a centre stage in partisan politics. Unlike during the UNLA era where 'Obote soldiers' grabbed radios, bicycles, watches and demanded small money at roadblocks for cigarettes and local drinks by junior soldiers, this time round organized raiding of banks, Forex Bureaus, highway robberies, smuggling, and theft of public resources in millions and later billions.

The NRA's human rights record more especially the physical torture has for the last 33 years remained unrivalled. The arrest, kidnap, abduction, torture, detention in Safe Houses, brutal suppression of political dissent, commando raids on courts of law and Parliament and the war attricoties in neighboring countries gives the NRA a unique character. It is behind much of the insecurity of person and property in the country. Almost all incidents of gruesome armed robberies, violent land and property grabbing is either directly or indirectly linked to the NRA. The NRA has manifestly demonstrated that it is Museveni's personal army with the sole mandate of ensuring the continuity of Musevenism in return for guaranteed impunity. There is nothing like the UPDF, Police, SFC, CMI, ISO, Crime Preventers or LDUs, its just NRA, NRA, NRA - the armed wing of Nuseveni's ruling NRM.

Scenes of the 2019 so-called UPDF in action on the streets of Kampala brutalizing Ugandans if contrasted with those of January 1986 NRA entry into Kampala, ...........
If the two armies (NRA and UPDF) met on the streets of Kampala, they would hug, exchange pleasantries, and applauld each other for sustaining the NRM 'revolution'. Moreover, the NRA commander of the notorious Black Bomber, Matayo Kyaligonza is still on the street brutalizing female Police Traffic Officers, the late NRA's Mwenemzei's son is not the Police chief, while the notorious armed robbers are no longer the Maj. Smarts Kigundu or Col. Dragon Nyanzi but the Capt. Mushabe's who use Macro Garil machine guns to subdue their victims. It is the Brigadiers Tusiimes and Kulaigyes who steal tons of ivory trophies and gold respectively. It is the Col. Rwamirama's and the Muhoozi's who ensures that the lion's share defence budget is available to the personal use of Museveni and his cronies. They brutally suppress political dissent on the premise that if the NRM loses power, they too will lose their impunity for all such evils.

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