We can think of the recent days as a visible power struggle between two loyalist to the Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. This weekend has filled with stories and captures of the men and woman behind the Boda Boda 2010 syndicate. A Syndicate and organization who has followed orders of the Inspector General of Police Edward Kale Kayihura. He has supported them and used their services. That is why the leadership of Abdallah Kitatta felt safe, not only as a NRM Chairman of the Lubaga (Rubaga) Division in Kampala. So he had connections to power.
Still that power was not enough the visible actions, the violence it followed has been questioned and people have struggled to believe the reason for having outlaws running the law. That was sanctioned from the IGP. Now, this weekend its enough for some reason. Chief of Military Intelligence and General Henry Tumukunde have now gone in and settled the case with the Boda Boda 2010. Kiatta has even been interviewed after the arrest by Intelligence Security Organization (ISO), therefore, the organization supported by Kayihura is now publicly dismantled.
If this is sanctioned by the State House, then Kayihura should really worry. As well as all the men and woman who is Crime Preventers too. They might be the next group that the state is dismantling through arrests and investigations. Because, this has all been useful tools of the Police Force to quell demonstrations and rallies. Both, has been used for that and the NRM could need to save the costs of having them. Instead of using political means, they could use CMI and ISO to silence them.
Gen. Tumukunde are now using his power to silence the extra organizations of Kayihura. This is happening in broad daylight and Kayihura cannot do anything about it. The men and woman of Boda Boda 2010 that has been used to enforce orders from Kayihura is now going away. We can just wonder if the CMI or the Police Force who knows who really killed Andrew Kaweesi or the one behind the murders of innocent woman in Entebbe last year. Since none of the murders has been solved, they are just a left stain on the Security Forces.
We know now that Boda Boda 2010 has killed for cars and equipment by the released information during this week. Who know what else crimes that has been sanctioned by this criminal syndicate. It is far from criminals to police officers, that is maybe a reason why the courts are extra botched. They cannot see the difference between criminals and the police. That isn’t a sign of hope or of peaceful society. That is destroyed security organization, that has to use military enforcement to stop criminals.
Gen. Tumukunde might win support over this and also shows his strength towards a man he despises. That is known and there been criticism of each other in public, with spats in the papers and even on TV between the men. It is well-known. These men has disputed and also questioned each others methods. Tumukunde is using his good standing with Sarah Kagingo, the NRM spokesperson of some sort, who owns the Soft Power Communications LLC and the Softpower.ug, to spread the positive message of the arrests and actions of Tumukunde. Just check the track-record, the friendliness of Softpower to it all is staggering.
We can know that these sort of stories will make the actions of Tumukunde sound like masterpieces of intelligence, even if the CMI and ISO are doing this as retribution for something Kayihura has either said or done. Because the Boda Boda 2010 was not an for Tumukunde in 2016 or 2017. But suddenly became so in 2018. We know that this is a sign of power-struggle between the two leaders under Museveni.
We will follow this and we should worry if this escalates, if Kayihura will try to take allies and leaders close to Tumukunde for something criminal. Even establish sort of monitoring over his men like he did to Besigye. We never know. Kayihura is surely blocked and under fire. As his supportive group has been taken down by the military and their operatives. Peace.
“Museveni: My critics always forget to mention that I was democratically elected, the others were not. Everyone in Uganda can challenge me, everyone can vote, the elections are free. Not many countries have achieved what we did. One third of the seats in parliament are reserved for women, five seats for youth, five for workers, five for the disabled and 10 for the army. How many democracies with such a record do you know?” (Koelbl & Puhl, 2016).
Just as the knowledge of the all the state businesses and properties of President Museveni that he has amassed over the 31 years in power in Uganda. It reminds more and more of the state of affairs under President Mobutu. Mobutu Sese Seko was a dictator that President Museveni was proud to ouster and reinstate President Laurent Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). So that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni knows about Mobutu’s fatal fall, is certainly known.
President Museveni has gotten rid of other dictators before the fall of Mobutu, he even knew or had knowledge of the death of the plane of Juvenal Habyarimana, the plane who got shot down in April 1994, as his fellow comrade General Paul Kagame of Rwandan Patriotic Front was on the way to overthrow the current regime there. Also that the President Museveni together with President Milton Obote overthrew President Idi Amin in the late 1970s. So the current President Museveni has been involved in lots of armed change of power, he is even rumored and not verified if he had knowledge of the death of John Garang of SPLA and the South Sudan.
Still, the man who has used force and taken weapons to change history and his own fate, again and again, also to get puppets in states around. Have certainly thought of the demise of the men he got rid off. So when the stories of the last year of Mobutu sounds like this:
“For 32 years President Mobutu has treated Zaire like a toy and used its rich mineral reserves like his own private bank account. He plundered its mines, insisting their entire annual profits be transferred to personal accounts overseas” (…) ““We had to be close to the regime to do business,” admitted Mohammed Abdul, a Lebanese businessman yesterday as he fortified his shop for an expected pre-Kabila pillage by Zaire’s ruthless and brutal army. The Lebanese are hated by Zaireans who believe they colluded with President Mobutu to plunder the country’s diamonds” (Kinshasa, 1997).
“The decision by the Swiss Federal Council came a day after judicial and police authorities seized his luxurious villa at Savigny near the lakeside resort of Lausanne. The 30-room mansion is estimated to have a market value of more than $5 million” (…) “After three decades of plundering the mineral wealth of his country, Mobutu is believed to have accumulated an enormous fortune. There have been persistent reports that he has stashed as much as $4 billion in Switzerland, but a government review of the country’s 400 banks last week said that none reported having accounts in his name” (Drozdiak, 1997).
Just as you think the dictator of Democratic Republic of Congo would be different than the current one in Uganda, your terribly wrong and President Museveni tries to keep it hidden, the way he is using the state reserves on himself and build his wealth. Just like President Mobutu was trying to move the money to the Swiss accounts, President Museveni has his own way.
A look into Museveni:
“The way the Museveni family is paid royalties, or rent, by escrow accounts for their ownership of the title deeds of the Stanbic Bank business name in Uganda (what was once the Uganda Commercial Bank, Uganda’s largest banking group) is the way it is paid for their ownership of other apparently South African or foreign-owned businesses in Uganda” (…) “These sources say that it is Stanbic Bank that is used to finance businesses like Roofings Ltd, Speke Resort Munyonyo, the J&M Hotel along the Kampala-Entebbe highway, businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba’s hotel and Kampala International University, all of which actually belong to the Museveni family” (The London Evening Post, 2012).
This is just the business side of it, it could be worse by now and they could own more pieces of all the businesses that are bailed out or even getting tax breaks by the government, because who knows the true deeds or royalties going to accounts owned by the royal Ugandan Museveni family. So the next says more about the value of the Museveni family and their estates.
“Museveni’s wealth includes ranches in Rwakitura and Kisozi Uganda which accommodates over 2,000 healthy cows which produce thousands of liters of milk daily. The Uganda president makes at least Ush 100 million per month from his farm” (…) “Apart from livestock farming, Museveni has interests in real estate, hotel industry as well as transport industry. He has also invested heavily in the banking industry” (…) “The longest serving president of Uganda is estimated to be worth $ 700 million” (Venasnews, 2016).
So when you see how the Museveni family has become as wealth and rich as President Mobutu did. Mobutu had after his 30 years of dictatorship stashed away US$ 4 Billion into Swiss Bank Accounts, what is more uncertain is the total value of the 30 years President Museveni rule in Uganda. What is right now and known is the businesses that the President is involved in or having ownership in. Secondly is the knowledge of estates, as well as ranches in Uganda with livestock that the President owns. Therefore, the extended wealth of secret bank accounts and not revealed businesses could show the true value of the Museveni family.
With the knowledge of this and the sudden departure that President Museveni together with President Kagame, as they forced the dictator away in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). I don’t think there will be an intervention on President Museveni from one of the neighbors. Still, the world can see the dictator protocol is kept by Museveni as he himself have crafted ways of emptying the state coffers. Therefore, that the riches, the estates and the value of Museveni have risen over the three decades in power isn’t strange. What is more worrying is how he has been able to keep is wealth and ownership.
That President Museveni wishes to look like a hardworking rancher and that he works for his fortune. The yields are coming from hard-work and dedication. At the same time the ownership in banking industry and in other parts of the economy shows how much control the family and the President does have. The private industries and companies are run or ordered directly from the State House.
So that President Museveni said this in 1997 as he overthrew Mobutu is now insane:
“Mr. Museveni’s ideology is simple. For too long, he says, African politicians have hoodwinked the common people, manipulating tribal sentiments to stay in power and steal millions of dollars in foreign aid and taxes. A former Marxist, he sees the true struggle on the continent as one between corrupt leaders and the dirt-poor people they exploit” (McKinley Jr., 1997).
So he said for to long African Politician played the commoners, using the sentiments of tribe on their populations and using this tools to stay in power, while doing so taking an emptying the state reserves and donor funding to themselves. Therefore, 20 years since he stood for this and said these words, he has now done the same.
President Museveni of today would assassinate himself or overthrow himself… since he is now the Mobutu of Uganda, he has the character of the men he overthrew in past. He should be worried, because the ghosts of the past and the reckless leadership will follow him and that is why he trust the guns more than people. Since his own insincere political game might catch up with him.
On some levels now, there aren’t much difference between President Mobutu and President Museveni. Peace.
Drozdiak, William – ‘Swiss Freeze Mobutu’s Assets; Reports Put Worth at $4 Billion’ (18.05.1997) link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/inatl/africa/zaire/swiss.htm
McKinley Jr., James – ‘Uganda Leader Stands Tall in New African Order’ (15.06.1997) link:http://www.nytimes.com/1997/06/15/world/uganda-leader-stands-tall-in-new-african-order.html
Kinshasa, Mary Braid – ‘Mobutu takes the money and runs to a safe haven’ (16.05.1997) link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/mobutu-takes-the-money-and-runs-to-a-safe-haven-1261945.html
Koelbl, Susanne & Puhl, Jan – ‘’This Is Our Continent, Not Yours’ (10.06.2016) link: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/interview-with-ugandan-president-yoweri-museveni-a-1096932.html
The London Evening Post – ‘Revealed: How the Museveni family owns Uganda’ (03.01.2012) link: http://www.thelondoneveningpost.com/comments/revealed-how-the-museveni-family-owns-uganda/2/
Venasnews – ‘Yoweri Museveni Salary and Wealth’ (27.06.2016) link: https://venasnews.com/yoweri-museveni-salary-and-wealth/
Well, I am sure the Gen. David Sejusa a.k.a. Tinyefuza visited Lord Mayor Lukwago on his birthday. That was illegal it seems by the Uganda Police Force; as they arrested him there and henceforth detained him somewhere! He is now again back in the hands of the Police as he was recently released after the issues with Police around February 2016. This just had to happen at one point, as Gen. Sejusa is an issue President Museveni can’t get rid off. Peace.
This is a message of difiance and noncompliance.
The Uganda Diaspora P10, is a group of pro – Besigye people in Europe, Asia and North America. As I write now, the group has a membership of nearly 600 people. The group is chaired by the able lady Jackie Oloya and Coordinated Globally by Col Samson Mande.
The group’s website is www.ugandadiasporap10.org and we command a very prominent presence on FB and Twitter as well where we have out done the NRM social media machinery with peaceful pro-change messages.
Our activities are peaceful and constitutional and therefore, we shall not disband our structures until after the elections. Gen Kale Kayihura should stop his cheap politics of worrying about people who are peaceful and legally indulging in civic duties as proscribed by the 1995 Constitution of Uganda (as amended).
Our activities are clear; we fund raise to establish and run the P10 structure at the grass root in direct response to what President Museveni has bragged about that NRM has 30 executives in each village of Uganda.
Gen Kale Kayihura has found this structure to be very effective in mobilizing support for Col (Rtd). Dr. Besigye as we have seen in the huge crowd that attend Col. Besigye’s rallies. That is why he is panicking and spending sleepless nights chasing his shadow. Gen Kale Kayihura’s rather rather strange demand has exposed him further as someone who has usurped the constitutional and legal mandates of the Electoral Commission in running this elections.
We demand that Kale Kayihura should first disband the Crime Preventers and also to respect the rule of law by at least pretending to be impartial during the day! In addition, we demand that Gen Kale Kayihura be committed to the Military Court martial just like Gen Sejusa,for interfering with civilian politics and actively organizing for Presidential candidate, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
To assure Ugandans of our activities, we have been testing a radio broadcast on the Short Wave Radio at 18m and 31m band. Further Broadcasting will happen on Feb 17, 18, 19 and 20th to support the activities of the P10 on the ground and we shall be relaying election results live.
Ugandans should be able to tune their radios on the shortwave 31m band to listen to directives and announcements. We are sure that the biased and highly politicised UCC will not be able to interfere with the Short wave radio broadcast.
We shall also announce contact information where the P10 and well-wishers shall be able to contact us with photos, audio recordings and any information depicting irregularities and illegalities happening during the polling exercise that many compromise the integrity of the election process, vote counting, results transmission and peace.
We shall not disband the P10 because it is a peaceful village committee of people who trust each other to stand together for the exercise of their constitutional rights – to prevent Gen Kale Kayihura’s Crime Preventers from stealing our votes. Disbanding P10 is like disbanding Ugandan villages, how can that be possible, if it is not merely a figment of his imagination?
P10 is more than 10 people in the village. This is where the Inspector General of Police is joking with his NRM politics. He is only politicking when he demands that we disband P10. The P10 means every person in the village must be in a wave of 10 people. It is P to power 10. It is a mesh, a network of tightly connected pro-change people organized 10 by 10 by 10 by 10 by victory!
Lastly, we would like to encourage Ugandans to defy Gen Kale Kayihura’s illegal and unusual directives given that he has recruited, trained and indoctrinated 11 million Ugandans into his illegal crime Preventers franchise. That is one in every three Ugandan is already a crime preventer. Where then will the criminals come from?
Ugandans are free to organize themselves in any way they like as long as they remain peaceful and are able to dispense their civic duties as citizens. The P10 is not armed, not trained, not violent like the illegal Crime Preventers that are commanded by Gen Kale Kayihura to rig votes and commit genocide on the people of Uganda.
Mr. Komakech is the Spokesperson of Uganda Diaspora P10 that is strengthening the grassroot P10. Can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The experience in the General Court Martial today was yet another episode of melodrama characterising that kangaroo tribunal. I may not be in position to share all the epic events of the day for obvious reasons but I can’t help relating to you a novel legal phenomenon enunciated by the Military officers prosecuting Gen. Ssejusa. When I presented myself as a surety, the said team, together with the Judge Advocate, put up a vehement opposition, on a fallacious ground that a civilian is not legally competent to stand surely for a four star Military General! !!. That it’s only a fellow General, or army officer of a superior rank who’s competent to do that. Ironically, the chairman of the General court martial, Levy Karuhanga is a Major General. Anyway, the matter is pending a ruling that will be delivered after the presidential election. Talk of justice made in Uganda!!!
Free Uganda is closely watching on-goings in Museveni’s Kangaroo court, and will issue a statement after the day’s proceedings are closed.
FU fully concurs with the statement by the FU Chairman’s lawyers that “the military courts is facing a huge embarrassment” should they chose to abuse the natural and constitutional rights of our Comrade David Sejusa.
On a more serious note, all these political game-plays by dictator Museveni will soon end when the People of Uganda finally free the country from the absurd and wholly detestable repression of the Museveni regime.
In the same vain, Free Uganda rededicates itself to the People’s Struggle, and swears to stand firm, shoulder to shoulder with the People of Uganda, in the noble cause of campaigning to put an end to the gross injustices of the past 3 decades.
A Luta Continua.
That was the Statement from the Free Uganda,here is som news-reels:
“BREAKING: General Court Martial rules that it has jurisdiction to try General David Sejusa despite High Court case, insisting the renegade former spy chief is still a serving military officer” (NBS TV, 09.02.2016).
More to come!