You have presided over the worst form of state looting and corruption that this country has seen or witnessed ever since our independence . In fact, most of the key figures in the NRA/M government have been associated with the most high profile cases of corruption and the misuse of power. From junk helicopters, ghost soldiers in the army through dubious deals that government has lost billions of shillings- Most of his “NRM” MPs and Cabinet ministers have used that name as a cover to secure licences to operate private radio stations, evade taxes, run for office, and secure jobs and scholarships for their children and other relatives.
Most of the president’s relatives are ever involved in the general election campaigns and work for the re-election task forces on behalf of Museveni as their relative and benefactor
President Museveni immediately after the 1986 war he has embarked on recruiting a personal army from western region especially from among Rwandese refugees and now the most influential military generals are Bahima one tribe is dominating the army at the expense of 56 tribes in Uganda all this has been done to sustain his long term project of life presidency
In Uganda now people are tortured and dissidents mysteriously disappear. Museveni seems to have suddenly decided that human rights are an import from the west that cannot be tolerated; and that democracy is compatible with a politician holding a life presidency – provided the person in power is a visionary like him.In 2005 Museveni amended the constitution to remove term limits, allowing him to be a candidate for the presidency as many times as he wished. He has won the last three elections amid allegations of unlimited bribery, disenfranchisement, intimidation and violence. Attempts by the opposition to challenge the elections in court were futile. The legal system upheld them even though it was recognised that there was evidence of malpractice.
President Museveni after the overthrow of President Amin in 1979, he contested for the presidency as a UPM flag bearer well knowing that he would miserably loose. He was out rightly rejected by Ugandans right from his home village where locals even reached an extent of cutting down his maize field. Indeed he was freely and fairly defeated right from his own constituency he was genuinely defeated by DP’s Sam Kutees, now his current permanent Minister of foreign affairs. Throughout the country, President Museveni ‘s party (UPM) secured only one seat in parliament. People should remember that the elections took place at a time the country was governed by the Military Commission for which he was its Chairman, he did not resign in protest against the alleged election rigging. The two major contestants in the 1980 elections were the DP and the UPC and if there was any rigging it was against the DP and not Museveni’s UPM. If anything, Museveni was in favour of the DP loosing because the reverse wold have denied him the opportunity to launch his pre-planned bloody bush war from DP’s strong hold of Buganda region. Compared to the several rounds of sham and violent elections that have been held under his governance, the 1980 elections were a fairer exercise.
For almost two months following the conclusion of the December 1980 elections, Museveni was a free citizen up to the time he voluntarily choose to launch a war against the one month old UPC government. His guerrilla war had long been pre-planned and not precipitated by the alleged election rigging. As Minister of Defence, Vice Chairman of the powerful Military Commission, and leader of an armed faction (FRONASA) of the new national army, he had in advance made sufficient preparations in terms of logistics, intelligence and personnel. Before the elections, he had retained and set aside a personal army composed of mainly Rwandese refugees who had legally been excluded from the new national army. It is these Rwandese refugees who formed a core of your fighting group who in recognition of their serviced he helped to invade their country Rwanda culminating into the 1994 genocide. He opportunistically solicited financial and logistical support from Libya’s Gadafi though he a short while ago militarily supported the collapsing Iddi Amin regime. He mobilised former soldiers of the Iddi Amin government from the western and central regions and incorporated them into your ethnic guerrilla army.
Aware of Buganda’s historical political strength in Uganda, you chose to fight from Buganda territory. His aim was to resurrect, foment and exploit the historical differences between UPC (Obote in particular) and Buganda. In the same regard, he opportunistically moved very fast to merge his armed group with that of Prof. Lule to form NRM. However, he tactically positioned himself as the Chairman of the strategic military wing’s High command leaving Prof. Lule as a mere figure head just to hoodwink the Baganda. To further consolidate Buganda’s much needed support, you undermined and sabotaged other pro-Buganda/DP fighting groups notably Kayira’s UFM.
Though imitating the Chinese and Cuban revolutions, his armed rebellion never attracted a mass uprising. Instead, it thrived on building an ethnic army with a mission of dislodging the presumed Nothern region’s dominance of the army and government. People from the northern region were refered to as Anyanyas who in turn refered to those from the Southern and western region as Nyarwandas (Rwandese) because of the visibility of Rwandese refugees in your army. The army officer that you posted to the nothern region district of Gulu as the district administrator, Kayumba Nyamwasa, was later to head the army in Rwanda. This id what gave rise to successive rebellions in the northern and eastern regions that is now taking the form of secession demands.
During his armed rebellion, Museveni applied and adopted very crude methods of committing atrocities designed to tarnish the then government image. This in turn gave rise to five different categories of people who joined hands with you i.e those like yourself who were driven by ambition of getting into power, those who were unsuspectingly compelled by the situation you had created and craved for change, those innocent peasants that you took hostage and turned them into fighters and supporters, those criminals escaping justice and the Rwandese refugees looking for an opportunity to invade their country. No doubt, such a combination lacked the unity of purpose and would not have managed to overthrow the UPC government had its own military not overthrown it.
Shortly after, he managed to dislodge the military junta only through treachery and manipulation under the guise of the Nairobi Peace Talks of 1986. Museveni owe alot of credit to the Okellos for having overthrown the UPC government.and handed over power to you. In appreciation, he has always appointed Tito okellos son to ministerial position.
Right from its inception, Museveni’s army was designed to be and is indeed is a personal army. To achieve this goal, you have maintained a personal and historical controll of its recruitment, training, deployment, promotion, dismissal, retirement, procurement/ utilisation of logistics and formulation of its policy and doctrine. This is how he has managed to deliberately keep the likes if Eriya Kategaya, Amanya Mushega, Kahinda Otafiire, and other historical members of NRM from the main stream military structure. In the same way, in the mid 90s,driven by ethnic considerations. You diverted Gen Katumba Wamala and Gen. Ivan Koreta to Police and ISO respectively in order to give way to the likes of Aronda and Kaziini to rise to the top office of Army commander.
President Museveni’s army is a private security company funded by the state in the same way Capt FD Lugard raised tan army for the IBEA during colonial days. It is with this personal army that you set up a military government since 1986. His army has been at the centre if national and regional politics. It is for fear of being linkened to Iddi Amin’s style of governance that you have been slow in in appointing army officers to local administration, parastatals and other government bodies.
In this regard, you have severally warned other national leaders to keep off your army. Amazingly, the then Vice President Gilbert Bukenya went ahead to enlist his son for officer cadet training. The poor chap died mysteriously before completing the Cadet course.
President Museveni’s personal army arrests, shoots to kill, tortures and detains without trial in safe housed secret torture chambers. Now that the police has been fused with some army units have been fused with the police, it has taken a centre stage in the brutal suppression of dissenting voices. The recent elevation and appointment of your most right hand man and former army chief as Minister of internal Affairs, is a testimony to tougher times for Ugandans in the near future. You wrongly believe that with this personal army in place nothing can dislodge you from power. Thus, driven by the same belief, when NATO intervened in Libya, you contended thus; “….this is a new phenomenon, and if that is the case, we shall have another Vietnam”. To this end, you have always argued for “African solution to African problems” because you believe that without external military intervention, nothing can dislodge the African dictator from power. For the same reasons, of recent you have spearheaded the fight against the ICC arguing that it targets only African leaders.
Indeed, in preparation for another Vietnam, he has created a more personal army (SFH) within his personal army and placed it under the command of his own son. His recent trip to Russia alludes to this Vietnam project.
For fear of losing grip on the army, he is the Commander in Chief, Chief of Defence Forces and Coordinator of Intelligence Services. All those that he appoints to such offices are mere political aides to him.
President Museveni fought and took over power during the cold war era and no doubt he was a pro east. His political indoctrination (political education) teachings emphasised that the struggle was against western imperialism while describing israel as zionists and the west as imperislists. These cadre courses were muddled along the teachings of Mao, Stalin, Fidel Castrol and Gadhafi among others as your role models. To win western suport, he has exploited the global fight against terrorism. Domestically, you have used the global fight against terrorism as a tool to brutally suppress dissenting voices. By having his personal army in Somalia, he has held the West at ransom. In 2011 as the world was waiting to see if he would seek another term in office, Kampala was hit by a terrorist attack allegedly by Al-shabab as if Kampla was a softer target than Bujumbura! Amidist the confusion that ensued, he embarked on election campaigns for a third term in office. When the recent UN report implicated him in supporting the rebel M23 in DRC, he shamefuly protested and threatened to pull out of Somalia. Initially, to ensure continued western support he had intended to deliberately prolong the Somali operation. Kenya’s intervention and rapid successes prompted his troops for the first time in many years to push beyond their traditional encampments at the airport and the presidential palace. As was the case with the Rwandese troops in the DRC’s town of Kisangani in the early 90s, I believe at some point Uganda troops will clash with their Kenyan counterparts inside somali. He created and armed different militia groups in the DRC. I believe its Museveni that made the ICC indictee militia leaders like Jp Bemba, Tom Lubanga, and Bosco Ntaganda what they became. Museveni’s army entered the CA Republic and and brutally suppressed the mutiny. He personally flew to the DRC’s northern town of Gbadolite to welcome back your victorious troops from the CAR. In appreciation, he ordered for them plane loads of fresh meat from Kampala. Instead, it is MLC’s JP Bemba who was acused of committing attrocities in the CAR.
He ordered then Col Angina to retrive all the UG (Uganda) enscrypted AK 47 assault riffles that had been supplied to the deserting militias in Ituri. Although the supposedly scapegoat Gen Kaziini mysteriously died, the overwhelming evidence against other key players is live and kicking. It is this impunity that has made you to once again indulge in the DRC’s internal affairs by supporting the M23.
No doubt, to futher attract western support, he would wish to forment and get involved in the Juba/Khartum misunderstandings. Driven by ethinic considerations in relation to the Luos of Northern Uganda, you were not in favour of Railla Oginga’s victory. Once the revenues from the oil production are in place, you will be able to finance military expeditions in the region.
Now that you have exhausted all the rigging methods coupled by mounting pressure to relinguish power, what is remaining is to bend the legislature through intimidation, threats to life and bribery. His NRM parliamentary caucus conveys his wishes to the majorty NRM members in parliament for passing on the floor of the house. He expell elected members of parliament who tend to tow independent thinking. His recent elevation and apointment of his right hand man and former Army Chief to the Ministry of Internal Affairs is some kind of an indirect declaration of a state of emergency in the country. Ugandans should expect the worst in as far as civil liberty, justice and law enforcement are concerned. This is what you meant by the recent coup threat. Sincerely, a coup against who and by who! His private army have invaded courts of law to influence and reverse court decisions. His NRM Cadres are taking up strategic positions in the Judiciary. He has incorporated the police into the military. The colonial era law of Preventive Detention has been reactivated and enforced against dissenters. Your current efforts to spearhead opposition to ICC are designed to propagate impunity.
Your mentor, Tanzania’s former President Nyerere applied the above means to retain power. He only succeeded in having his countrymen succumb to oppression, economically destroying a naturally endowed country and creating an impression to outsiders that the country was peaceful. However, current figures indicate an alarming rate of citizens killing police personnel in broad daylight reprisal attacks.
When began fighting in 1981, the then President Milton Obote described his group as bandits. When he took over power in 1986, he premised to create a middle class. Instead, a top class comprised of your family members and cronies has emerged from the 27 years of institutionalized banditry. Outright plunder of public resources, corruption, abuse of office, nepotism, secterianism and political patronage that the country is witnessing has never been witnessed before. Its a lasting legasy that you will be remembered for.
Though traditionally in the Defence sector whose accounts are not open to public scrutiny, swindling of public resources has in recent years spread to all the other corners of the Uganda society. Because the vice is a means of ensuring loyality and luring fence sitters into his NRM clique, Museveni’s government lacks the moral authority to stop it. Because of pressure especially from the donor community, there is selective and inconclusive criminal proceedings. Once news headlines are made, the suspects are exonerated, set free, promoted, transferred, reinstated or reassigned. However, to please the donors, a few unlucky beneficiaries may face full criminal proceedings more especially those whose political clarity is doubtable.
The situation pertaining to his authoritarianism is expected to worsen once the oil production commences for he will not be listening to ‘lecturers from the west’ over democracy, human rights and rule of law. The country is more divided now along ethnic lines than ever before. His advocacy for an East African federation is aimed at nothing else other than securing a regional military alliance that will intervene to avert any threat to his life presidency project.