On Wednesday, President Yoweri Museveni went to Parliament to deliver a speech on “defeating challenges of insecurity” in Uganda following a spate of unresolved murders and a general state of insecurity in the country, especially in Kampala recently.
Once at the podium, Museveni turned to a favourite topic of his that those who know him well say is characteristic of him whenever he is under intense panic: the ancient history of the great lakes interlacustrine region.
This topic tends to restore some confidence and a psychological shot in the arm that gives off the impression that he is a man in charge, especially when the pressure he is facing in areas that tend to be his soft under belly.
In this case, Museveni had come to parliament to speak about peace and identity. Speaking about peace seems reasonable given the topic he had come to address parliament about; however, it is when he began to raise questions about his own identity that the Members of Parliament, and even those watching on their television sets at home, wondered what exactly had rattled Museveni.
“I’m not an immigrant from anywhere”:
Museveni spoke for over two hours. Almost an hour of that time was spent lecturing the MPs about the people of the great lakes region in a tone that was rather patronizing. “What you call history I call current affairs. I know because I was there,” he told the MPs, before bragging that he was “unearthing history” for them because “you know about everybody else except yourself.”
If you know Museveni, then the self-indulging isn’t new. However, what was most perplexing was how he kept repeating that he was not “an immigrant from nowhere.” It is as if Museveni had been summoned by Parliament to bring his birth certificate.
And so, to “prove” that he was not a foreigner he turned to “Museveni’s own facts.” He seemed to locate his “heritage” to Mutara, a place he claimed “was part of Mpororo, Nkore, before colonialism.”
Of course, anyone with some knowledge of history immediately sensed that Museveni had unwittingly committed an own goal.
For sure, the confrontation between “Museveni’s Own facts” and the real facts was about to produce the opposite of whatever he had intended to achieve by invoking this story of a time past.
For those who don’t know, Mutara has never been part of Uganda. Not before colonialism (Uganda had yet to come into existence). And certainly not after the formation of Uganda by colonialists.
Rwanda did exist prior to colonial rule. Indeed, no part of contemporary Rwanda has ever been part of any neighbouring country; on the contrary, during colonialism Rwanda lost territories to present day Uganda (parts of Kigezi, Ntungamo, Igara rya Ruhinda that was later named Nkore) and in North and South Kivu in the DRC.
The place that Museveni is referring to was – and still is – Mutara. However, prior to colonial rule, Mutara was referred to as “Umutara w’Indorwa” meaning that it was part of the area that was known as Ndorwa, in Rwanda. In fact, Mutara still exists today. Again, in Rwanda.
Unlike Museveni’s “own facts”, Mpororo was, and remained, part of Rwanda decades after the Berlin Conference and for much of this period the Bahororo (who are of Banyarwanda extraction – the clans of Abagina, Abashambo, Abagahe, etc – have their relatives in Mutara, Rwanda) were identified as Banyarwada, hence the proverb among their Nkore neighbours that goes something like, “ko ocumita Omuhororo oyita omunyarwanda” which loosely translates into “if you kill a Muhororo, you will be in conflict with a Munyarwanda.”
If Museveni says that he is from Mutara and Mutara has never been part of Uganda, then this might explain why the gentleman protests too much about his identity.
At any rate, Museveni didn’t need to invent facts that shift the territory of Mutara to Uganda to qualify as a Ugandan. After this Banyarwanda “heritage” is recognized under the 1995 constitution as citizens of Uganda. Moreover, his continued distortion of facts and history will only serve to invite the real facts from those who believe the truth matters and that it will set him free from what is clearly an identity crisis.
In other words, it’s high time that the two ‘contending lines of thinking’ between Museveni’s own facts and the real facts will have to ‘resolve itself.’
No longer at peace:
The other subject that Museveni belabours in his speech is on peace. Museveni is known to talk down Ugandans that until he came to the scene they had never had a taste of peace. He never misses an opportunity to remind them that since he took power they are able to have a good night sleep.
Here, at Parliament, was a man whose claim to fame was that he brought sleep having to deal with the reality before him that the purpose of his visit there (at Parliament) was to acknowledge to the same people of Uganda that he had run out of peace.
Like the story where Museveni was convincing himself that he was not an immigrant from anywhere, here he was convincing himself that Uganda was at peace and secure “from corner to corner.”
Yet another gem of his “own facts” that are in contrast with reality. Again, in his own universe with its own unique facts.
Indeed, anyone following the speech must have come to the conclusion that what psychologists call cognitive dissonance was no longer adequate a description of what was unravelling.
Even as Museveni turned to his own facts in the frantic declaration “I am standing here authoritatively,” it was visibly clear to all that the life president was in dire need of a life jacket. In the same bible that Museveni quoted at Parliament says, “Let those with ears hear” and for Museveni the voices he keeps hearing in his head that are prompting concerns about his own identity are a Swan Song along the tune, “We wawo omusajja yatuletela emilembe. Naye kati jiliwa?
There are few worse things than being falsely accused. I remember listening to a lady on the radio describe that she cannot read any book where anyone is being falsely accused of a crime. It upsets her too much. The fact that Gen. Kale Kayihura is being accused of the murder of the late AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi is the perfect example of a man being crucified. What happened to all the people at Kaweesi’s eulogy who thanked Kayihura for spotting and nurturing Kaweesi’s talent to rise up the ranks as he did? Why can’t you, and all of Uganda who watched Kayihura trust and rely on Kaweesi more than anyone use any rationale and come forward to stop this clear witch hunt? What happened to the speeches at the vigil in Kaweesi’s home where all of you thanked Kayihura for promoting and seeing the potential in Kaweesi? For being more than a boss and a mentor? For being his friend and an inspiration?
There were rumors of a new appointment for Kayihura in July, and following his meeting with the President in May, the forces against him decided to act quickly using fabricated evidence before he was back in Government. They could not pin anything against a man who has been incorruptible. There were no deals, no wealth, no assets – nothing to pin him down. So these forces resorted to lies.
I was stunned to find out that Kayihura is, in fact, not wealthy at all – especially compared to all senior Government officials. Even compared to many Government officials below him. Ask any international partners with the Police, some who even nicknamed him Inspector General of the People, realizing he was different from the rest. He was never after any amassing of wealth, and thus was a threat. His incorruptibility and integrity made him the biggest threat to anyone who needed to make the President more vulnerable.
But what control do you have when all your support is in the poor masses? And all that has sustained Kayihura in the past, and now, is good will from those who know him, and understand that the witch hunt has used a successful campaign of character assassination for the past few years.
Even as IGP, Kayihura suffered in the last few years working with security agencies. ISO, CMI and CID are filled with his enemies, and now that he’s gone – they’ve side-lined the people who chose work over politics. I wonder if this hatred is based on tribalism – do people hate Bafumbira because of their cultural connection to Banyarwanda? I believe it’s more than that in the case of Kale Kayihura – I believe they feared that they have nothing against him; and over the years decided to falsify things about him to damage his reputation and public image. So that when these charges came, people would not dismiss them so easily.
I once asked someone who interacted with the General why he doesn’t fight back against the media. He said that Kayihura doesn’t have the desire or money to pay them to counter the stories with the truth. He also said Kayihura believes in the inherent good of people, and that all lies blow over. He believed that by working consistently – they would eventually leave him alone.
But Kayihura was wrong in believing in the good in people. He should have believed in the desperation in people. Anyone can see that his entire image of working to build a powerful and strong Police force, that has never had more Police officers, more infrastructure, and more equipment has been completely tarnished and ignored over this need to focus on his individual. Which is wrongfully portrayed.
So far, the forces against him have succeeded but in many ways, they haven’t since Kayihura made himself available to the masses who know him. They know who he is, and anyone that meets this man knows for certain that the last thing he could ever be is a criminal of any sort.
The fact that Kayihura can’t be bought also led to enemies on the other side of the border in Rwanda. He consistently refused to be compromised or coerced to hasten any lawful procedures. Even the handover of a prominent Rwandan refugee to the Rwandan Government some 4 years ago occurred when Kayihura was out of the country. The officer in charge was promptly dismissed, only to be brought back quite recently, after taking responsibility and with permission from the President. He was a good officer who the Police couldn’t afford to lose.
Kayihura was not loyal to NRM, he is loyal to the President, and that vision that drove him to leave a lectureship persuaded by his Professors at the London School of Economics after he finished his LLM. He in fact pleaded with a friend at the time to help him pick up a gun and join the NRA in 1983.
Kayihura was not desperate. He did not need to fight because he had no options – he wanted to. It was pure conviction. And as such, he was never desperate for a job. When one is full of idealism as he – it is hard to think that enemies abound and are constantly plotting. He believed in truth, and that idealism has hurt him greatly. Especially now.
Not only are they discrediting him in the eyes of the public (lies of exorbitant amounts of wealth – when he does not own any home in Kampala, or any finished home anywhere), but also in the eyes his contemporaries (being stopped at the airport, being sick). Kayihura unfortunately believed that all this would go away. He especially believed so after his removal, and had just gotten into the groove of being a farmer and serving his community in Kashagama, Lyantonde. He insisted on using his own funds to get the cleanest underground water through a tap for all in the community to make use of, not just himself.
How can someone so generous and so of the people be made out to be a killer? This really baffles me – that Ugandans could persecute a genuine and possibly the best public servant. Yet they consistently complain that there are none to be found.
Out of respect for the President and the Government, Kayihura chose not to go to Kisoro after his removal. Kisoro was angry with the President, and he did not want to go home knowing how it might look if his people might gather at his home. The people of Kisoro know what it is like to be maligned as Bafumbira. They are a small district, seen as unimpressive and even unknown to many Ugandans, but they inhabit this country like any other citizen. Even Kayihura himself, a whole General and Senior official was despised by his fellow Westerners who are said to have insulted his identity on numerous occasions. Including the security agencies he worked with. Even in the same region, people harbour ethnic hatred and misguided superiority over another.
Uganda has reached a new low. The media has reached a new low. I know the economy is bad and everyone needs a pay out, every one has bills to pay. But I implore you journalists who have been paid to write malicious and untrue things over the last three years: you are the ones who made Kayihura become this falsified larger-than-life figure he never wanted a part of. Come forward. Tell the truth. Do not leave your conscience tainted by the crucifixion of an innocent man – one whose unjust demonization you have greatly contributed to.
The witch hunt began in 2015, and seems to have gathered steam from everyone who feels wronged by him. Director CID Grace Akullo even once said he wanted to kill her – she was hostile and insubordinate towards him during his entire tenure. He left it at that, knowing when to pick his battles. She refused to participate and cooperated grudgingly. Wherever her information came from, it worked for the forces against Kayihura who seem to have since recruited her.
One wonders why DG ISO Kaka Bagyenda is even a part of this team against Kayihura, when Kayihura was allegedly asked to help when Kaka’s son last year was faced with killing his girlfriend. Kayihura obliged of course, feeling comraderie in such a tragic time for Bagyenda.
CMI, whose leads the entire 2017 consisted of strong evidence against ADF for killing Kaweesi, including traced calls. How could they suddenly change their tune? In the middle of prosecution? CMI’s key people, like a certain Tumukunde before and a certain Abel Kandiho now have peddled untrue reports to the President and the media about Kayihura. Including some about Presidential ambitions.
Whatever these people have against Kayihura now, to pin him on Kaweesi’s death is no evidence. Maybe they decided to pursue this case to create media furore and frenzy; and damage the man’s name for their own personal and misguided grudges, beliefs, and deep-rooted hatred for Bafumbira and Ugandan Banyarwanda, whose only home is Uganda.
I want to end with this: how does anyone come out of this with the same idealism for Uganda? When instead of persecuting clearly corrupt and reprehensible individuals – Uganda harbours and saves them.
Uganda has killed the spirit of a person who loved the country more than himself, and sacrificed his life, his family, and now his name for it. I have washed my hands of this crucifixion publically with this writing. I hope you find the courage to do so as well, in whatever way you can.
Bring peace to the Kaweesi family. Stop sitting on the clear evidence of ADF’s direct involvement in this, and leave Kayihura and all the officers who served him alone. It is a disgrace to keep bringing up their trauma for your own trumped up and malicious agendas. To use Kaweesi’s death in this manner – and persecute a man he so admired and loved – is the crime here. That is the only crime here.
Source: The Standard Digital
Several reports in broadcast and print media have said former Uganda Police Chief, Gen. Kale Kayihura at first was a good officer and a gentleman. The reports claim Kayihura’s problems only began when Museveni brought him close, promoted him and made him inspector general of police. The moment that happened, say Kampala analysts, the stage was set for the general’s eventual downfall.
Museveni would use him in all his plots, evil or otherwise, and that would attract the jealousy of some Ugandans of the powerful Bahima ethnicity. Kale Kayihura therefore could have fallen afoul of President Museveni for reasons that have nothing to do with allegations against him of “planning to cause insecurity.”
There is an intense succession struggle behind the scenes, with prominent members of Museveni’s Bahima that are determined to keep power within themselves “for eternity”. Someone like Kayihura who is “an outsider”, a member of the Bafumbira people of the Kisoro region was in trouble from the word go.
It is an open secret in Uganda that senior Bahima have been undermining other people and Kayihura only is the latest high-profile victim. If Kayihura was trying to do a good job, someone like his former boss, Minister for Security Henry Tumukunde, a senior Muhima, was not going to allow it. It got to the extent that the wrangles were spilling out in public.
“The head of Police, and the Minister for Security General Henry Tumukunde are busy fighting, to show who has more power and control,” said MP Winnie Kiiza, the leader of the opposition in Uganda’s parliament. The Kasese woman Member of Parliament was commenting on the spate of security incidents cropping up all over Uganda as a result of Kayihura not being left alone to do his appointed duties.
As Museveni grows weaker and loses control “the big beasts are circling in,” commented a Ugandan analyst. “And none of the beasts are bigger than the Bahima, they are in charge of the jungle!” added the astute analyst.
According to George Orwell in Animal Farm, some animals in the famous fable took to saying they were “more equal” than others. It had begun with the animals liberating themselves from oppressive humans. But as time went on, the poor animals realized the oppressor was the pigs, and the pigs no longer saw themselves as equal to the other creatures.
Nothing can be more analogous about the Ugandan situation today than that fable.
Mr. Museveni no doubt has created that tribal situation whereby his ethnicity has developed a sense of entitlement that power, and there control of national resources is theirs, with all the country’s other peoples battling for crumbs.
While commenting on the chaotic security situation in Kampala on Thursday Gen. Yoweri Museveni said that the insecurity in the country is caused by pigs. “Pigs don’t appreciate value, you’d rather give it to the worms. But we’ve dealt with pigs before and these ones are very small. By the end of the day, all those involved will be exposed and crushed, we shall crush them,” Museveni said. When Museveni is not blaming pigs, his lieutenants in the security and intelligence organs place blame on Rwanda. In both cases, the aim is to conceal the internal weaknesses that have been piling up mostly due to the fact that Ugandans are fed up of the present leadership and tried to demonstrate it during the constitutional amendment consultations to remove the age limit for the president.
At some point this exercise was stopped because it was clear to all that Ugandans wanted to bring an end to the problems of governance that they face and the insecurity that comes from it.
Eventually the amendment was shovelled down the throats of Ugandans and Museveni stayed in power against the wish. Secondly, the internal weaknesses have over the years been accelerated by what is now the cancer of corruption that Ugandans have given up any hope that it can be solved as long as Museveni is president. Third, and significantly, the security forces have been operating from an environment without political legitimacy and supporting a president who has been rejected by the vast majority of Ugandans. Fourth, Museveni has actively nurtured the confusion in the security organs. When General Kale Kayihura was arrested the Daily Monitor asked prominent people in Ugandan society for comment. Almost all of them placed the blame squarely where it should be: on Museveni’s head.
However, what Semujju Ibrahim Nganda said was fascinating, “There is in-fighting in the armed forces; each one is accusing the other and it is playing into the vulnerability of the President. We had a time when it was Gen Salim Saleh fighting Gen Tumiwne, Gen Tinyefuza fighting Gen Kazini, Ahmed Kashilingi, Kyaligonza. That time, the President was strong, but today he is not as strong as he was when he used to be the arbiter, which he cannot do anymore. That is why in Zimbabwe, when the generals saw that President Robert Mugabe was failing to control, they had to take over to ensure stability of the country. Gen Kayihura was celebrating when Gen Tinyefuza was arrested; and don’t be surprised when those who have arrested him today are also arrested in future.” In other words, Musevenip has always sowed chaos and rivalry in the security organs and considers the chaos as a weapon he uses to pit officers against one another. Once the competition and negative solidarity he has helped to create goes astray he calls the losing side all kinds of names including the derogatory term of “pigs.” In all of it, he fails to take responsibility that he has reared the pigs.
Also worth pointing out is that the “winning side” gets to find a scapegoat for the troubles that Museveni has helped to create. Most of the time the scapegoat is Rwanda. For as long as the internal weaknesses have been piling up in Uganda the excuse has been that they are of the doing of the Rwandan leadership. This excuse has helped Museveni to conceal his failures and to mistreat his own officers after he has used and dumped them. Extremely talented young officers like Brigadier Noble Mayombo and most recently Andrew Kaweesi have lost their lives and a promising future at the service of their country robbed through Museveni’s games. Like Hon. Semujju says, this time Museveni’s regime is so weak that he is unable to control how far the consequences of his little hobby can go. As a result, ordinary Ugandans are now facing an insecurity that is all at the doing of one man who is always blaming everyone else but himself and the responsibility he bears for raising the pigs that he is now so eager to denounce when he is the real pig.
Source: The Standard Digital Media
It is impossible to understand why Ugandan authorities have persistently blamed Rwanda for their internal problems. For decades Uganda has tried to bully Rwanda and try to make it subservient. However, it beats the mind why it insists on this course of action that has no direct benefits for the country.
Rwanda’s refusal to accept Uganda’s subservience exposed it to all kinds of destabilization efforts that most recently include providing logistical support to Rwanda National Congress terrorist organization that is headed by the renegade General Kayumba Nyamwasa, which has openly declared war against Rwanda.
In addition to supporting groups that seek to destabilize Rwanda, the pattern over the years has been for Uganda’s intelligence organs to peddle lies that paint the leadership of Rwanda in negative light using websites, blogs, and bogus social media accounts that have been especially created for this purpose.
In those publications Rwanda is portrayed as a bad neighbor when in fact it is Uganda that keeps this provocation and hostile behavior towards it’s neighbor.
On it’s part Rwanda has refused to be dragged into the internal affairs of Uganda even if it’s being used as a scapegoat, including when innocent Rwandan nationals have been arrested and tortured on flimsy accusations of being spies.
Rwanda refuses to be dragged into Uganda’s internal affairs because it doesn’t see any benefits from such a move and wishes that soon Uganda’s leadership will realize that positive relations serve the best interests of the two countries whose citizens share deep historical ties.
Read: OPINION: ABIRIGA WAS KILLED TO COVER UP FOR KAWEESI’S KILLERS
Analysts who have tried to understand the behavior of Uganda’s leadership towards Rwanda say that it is motivated by jealousy and that they would be fine if Rwanda was making progress through subservience to Uganda.
Indeed, the experts say that by rejecting to be subservient to Uganda and combining it with tremendous socioeconomic success, “this eats the leadership of Uganda to the core and Museveni simply can’t accept this reality.”
Kampala is in a state of anxiety with panic spreading all over the city following the recent assassination of Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abiriga.
A crackdown against opposition figures, senior security officials, and members of civil society is in full gear all due to self-inflicted causes.
This round of panic began when the Special Forces Command (SFC) tried to manufacture a diversion from information that was circulating in Kampala that the SFC had assassinated AIGP Andrew Kaweesi, which it tried to solve by assassinating another high profile personality, MP Ibrahim Abiriga.
When the people of West Nile rose to demand answers for the true killers of their son and held demonstrations against Museveni, they hatched up another diversion, to arrest former IGP Kale Kayihura.
Gen. Kayihura’s arrest has worked to silence the people of West Nile. In fact, not a single newspaper in Uganda is carrying their demands to have Museveni explain who had killed their son.
Now, Museveni has been saved from the trouble of having to explain the assassinations of Kaweesi and Abiriga.
Hajj Abdul Naduli has denounced these tactics whose main cause is the “fights between Museveni Generals.”
Hajj Naduli represents the views of most Ugandans who are fed up with the diversions. Most Ugandans are tired of the scapegoating that tries to place blame for the failures elsewhere and are now openly calling for Museveni to just go.
At the height of age-limit debate Gen. Museveni and his intelligence organs would try to defuse tensions from the people’s frustration with the regime by claiming that their security forces, particularly the police, had been infiltrated and that it was being used to destabilize Uganda.
A scapegoat was found for an internal problem of political transition and debate.
The intelligence organs even went as far as partnering with the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) to arrest and torture innocent Rwandans visiting Uganda who they accused of being spies. Some of these innocent Rwandans remain in detention today.
Even the present panic in Kampala that forced the security forces to an impromptu meeting is self-inflicted. It came from a simple demand from the people of West Nile towards Museveni: they want to know who killed their son.
No one is willing to tell them the truth. That their son (and Kazini, Mayombo, Aronda, and Kaweesi) was killed in a little game Museveni likes to play every once in a while in order to keep power.
The recent assassination of Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abiriga did not only instill fear but also worsened an already fragile security situation in Kampala. His death comes at the heels of a spate of killings involving rampage kidnapping, rape and systematic murder of innocent girls.
Indeed, many observers believe that the killers exploited this security situation to mount a targeted assassination whose real intention was to divert the public from information that was circulating that the Special Forces Command (SFC) was responsible for the death of AIGP Andrew Kaweesi.
CLOCKWISE: Late General Aronda Nyakairima, AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, Brigadier General Nobel Mayomboand Col (Rtd) MP Ibrahim Abiriga.
Now fear has engulfed Kampala. General Museveni tried to calm down the panic that most people, especially those in Arua, believe is of his own creation, which elicited anger that engulfed the entire town through demonstrations that targeted everything in the colour yellow.
This prompted heavy deployment of armed military personnel to counter the anger that Museveni was likely to be greeted with at Abiriga’s burial. Without such heavy deployment Museveni was not going to go anywhere near Arua. The people had been loud and clear that they were tired of his manipulation that often ends with the killing of innocent people he used and disposes of in the cruelest manner.
Gen Museveni during Col (Rtd) Abiriga’s buria in Arua.
During his eulogy for his most loyal MP, Gen. Museveni tried to blame the opposition, accusing them of using foul tactics that include assassinations.
Museveni said that Abiriga had been targeted because he was effective in the campaign to remove the presidential term limits, the hinted that he would also retaliate in equal measure – by cracking down against the opposition.
And now from the look of things, Gen. Museveni is making good use of his promise. Uganda’s Capital FM reported this morning that the arrest of opposition politician Betty Namboze might take place any time from now. Chimpreports also reported that the UPDF was hunting down another opposition MP, Kaps Fungaroo.
Gen Museveni pays his last respect to the late AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi.
Clearly such threats are meant to cow the opposition from speaking about Abiriga’s assassination. Similarly, Museveni threatened Ugandans on social media and threatened to come after them.
Moreover, the way Museveni is trying to silence everyone from speaking about Abiriga’s killing is eerily similar to how he handled Kaweesi’s murder. A crackdown on the opposition – including assassinating them – and shutting down social media are likely to be as effective in silencing those who want to know the killers of Abiriga as it was in silencing those who tried to reveal who murdered Anderew Kaweesi.
The veteran journalist Timothy Kalyegira immediately commented on twitter that, “Just as Abiriga seemed to be acting the clown as a cover-up, Museveni’s lashing out at the ‘idiots’ and ‘fools’ who killed Abiriga sounds like a man not telling us the whole story. Something, in other words, doesn’t add up.”
Gen Museveni pays his last respect to the late Gen Aronda Nyakairima. (Photo: Daily Monitor)
After Museveni threatened the opposition with murder his top security officials gathered at Serena Hotel to lay a strategy to implement the wishes of their boss. It doesn’t require a high IQ to see that tough times are ahead for the opposition, with Nambooze and Fungaroo being the first targets with more to follow.
General Museveni thinks that he is at war, “Nobody will start a war with NRM and win. You will lose… If there’s war you fight,” he said in his eulogy at Abiriga’s funeral.
Gen Museveni pays his last respect to the late Gen Garanga.
And during war, people die:
1. James Waphakabulo
2. Francis Ayume
3. Gen. James Kazini
4. Brig. Noble Mayombo
5. John Garang
6. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima
7. AIGP Andrew Kaweesi
8. Col. Ibrahim Abiriga
9. Col. Muzoora
10. Maj Muhamed Kigundu
11. Joan Kagezi
And the list goes on ——-
Ugandan Member of Parliament, Ibrahim Abiriga, was assassinated on Friday evening in a gruesome manner that has the hallmarks of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi. The lawmaker’s assassination came at a time when information about who the killers of Kaweesi are becoming an open secret amongst the public in Kampala.
This website has been reporting updates on this story including the revelation by different crime investigation experts who unanimously say that the Special Force Command (SFC) assassinated Kaweesi. Immediately after the publication, President Museveni blamed Kaweesi’s murder on the ADF rebels.
The question is, why kill Abiriga and why now? President Museveni called the murderers idiots and ordered security agencies to find the killers who he said are part of “urban criminality.” Astonishingly, even before investigations he has ordered begin Gen Museveni seems to already know who the killers are! Gen Museveni’s characteristic of assassinations as due to urban criminality is suggestive that he knows who the killers are and that the investigation into the murder of Abiriga is likely to end in a similar way as that of Kaweesi.
In both cases the killers are known. They are security agencies, the same organs that Gen Museveni is pleading with to conduct the investigation. What is clear is that the same precision that was used to eliminate Kaweesi was used to remove Abiriga. Back to the question, why would Gen Museveni kill his loyal servant, a man who was not a political threat to anyone? Abiriga’s flashy popularity made him the perfect target in efforts to conceal what had become an open secret. Someone popular enough to garner public attention and also someone perceived to be loyal to Gen Museveni in order to place the blame elsewhere. Enter the yellow man and his yellow Beetle.
Abiriga was the perfect diversion. Kill him in similar fashion as Kaweesi, mislead the public from closing on who killed Kaweesi, and do it in a way that suggests a motive of “senseless urban killings” that are carried out by “idiots.” Both Kaweesi and Abiriga were hyper loyal towards Gen Museveni. It seems President Museveni has his way of rewarding loyalty that goes all the way back to Brigadier Noble Mayombo and most recently General Aronda Nyakairima. Once the public starts to close in on Abiriga’s killers someone else among President Museveni’s most loyal servants will be gunned down to conceal that information from spilling into the public. And the cycle will continue. Only Gen Museveni is safe.
Source: The Standard Digital
On March 17 2017 Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Kaweesi was brutally assassinated alongside his driver Godfrey Wambewo and body guard Keneth Erau at Kulambiro, a Kampala suburb, after 27 bullets were fired in his body. It’s more than a year now since Kaweesi, a 43 year old promising and highly ambitious officer, succumbed to death.
There has been a lot of interest in the circumstances around his death; however, investigators are yet to identify the true killers. Some suspects were arrested days following his death but sources indicate that much of the initial arrests were meant to dupe the public that something was being done about Kaweesi’s murder. As a result, the only information that has been obtained thus far is at best circumstantial and not very helpful for prosecution purposes.
Similarly, initial information pointing to ADF rebels as being behind the killings also led to the arrests of some suspects. However, this line of investigations also yielded nothing. It turned out the ADF had nothing to do with Kaweesi’s murder and it appears the rebel group was invoked to mislead the public into thinking that the shooting were a result of terrorism.
Most importantly, the efforts that were placed in concealing the identity of the true killers, misleading the investigators and the public, including forcing innocent people to confess, have led criminal intelligence analysts to come to one conclusion: Kaweesi’s murder is the work of the state of Uganda.
Specifically, investigators have confirmed from the cartridges collected at the scene and pock marks left on the car that the weapons used to assassinate Kaweesi were the type of M4 guns which are a preserve of the specialised units such as the Special Forces Command (SFC).
Moreover, the description of events by sources who were present at the scene of the crime points to this kind of expertise as well as a level of calmness and confidence that was exhibited by the killers that serves to underscore that indeed this was a state-sanctioned mission. Indeed, the precision and efficiency employed in executing it suggests that these were experts at work.
It is also worth recalling that Kaweesi was murdered near his home, about 600 metres in a trading centre. These killers were unconcerned with the presence of people ready to identify them to the authorities. They understood very well that they were the authorities, especially since the killers were from the unit that is tasked with protecting the highest authority in the country and his regime.
The only time the investigations have pointed to the authorities as the killers, they have done so also in ways that mislead the public. Instead of corroborating the story of witnesses to the crime whose description depicts the killers to be the SFC, they have on numerous occasions come up with concocted scenarios that accuse the Uganda Police (UPF) of orchestrating Kaweesi’s murder, knowing very well that the UPF lacks the kinds of armed sophistication and weaponry that was described by witnesses.
Kaweesi was a well-liked officer even though he came to the limelight during Walk to Work when he is credited with the kind of loyalty that probably saved the regime from a concerted effort to remove him that had the entire Kampala city gripped in revolutionary spirit like the kind that was seen during the Arab Spring. Indeed, many believe that the leadership in Uganda owes Kaweesi big time for nipping in the bud the people’s coup.
What, therefore, has everyone including crime intelligence specialists puzzled is exactly why did the leadership in Uganda find it necessary to eliminate Kaweesi, a loyal, hardworking, highly educated, disciplined and hardworking officer, in such a gruesome and cold-blooded manner?
Almost all analysis seems to point to one conclusion, which is related to Kaweesi’s success rapid promotion through the ranks. He was a very capable and principled police officer whose personality rendered him to public fame across all sections of Ugandan society. Consequently, he was increasingly seen as a threat in the same way that the effectiveness of officers like General Aromda Nyakairima and Brigadier General Noble Mayombo made them targets for assassination.
Uganda’s intelligence organs have persistently continued to peddle lies against Rwanda despite efforts by the top leadership of both countries to normalize ties.
A series of propaganda stories by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) seeking to portray Rwanda as a bad neighbor keen on wreaking havoc against Uganda were published in CMI-planted blogs.
One of the malicious pieces titled “Kayihura wanted to meet Rwanda’s DMI chiefs in Turkey” claims that Kigali has close ties with the former Chief of Uganda’s Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura to the extent of trying to hold meetings between him and Rwandan officials in foreign lands.
What such articles demonstrate is the continued internal wrangling within Uganda’s security apparatus. Trying to drag Rwanda in these wrangles must be treated with the contempt they deserve.
Even if it’s propaganda, there should be at least minimum effort to report stories that are believable. It seems as long as the target is Rwanda all these basics are tossed out of the window.
Almost all stores try to paint Kayihura as a stooge of the Rwandan government. Almost all of them emerged at the time it was revealed that CMI was actively collaborating with the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), a terror under the leadership of the fugitive Kayumba Nyamwasa.
It should be recalled that since last year Brig. Gen Kandiho of CMI and Security Minister Henry Tumukunde led an onslaught against Kigali by planting malicious stories in the media in order to hoodwink the public from activities that included recruiting rebels on behalf of the RNC, mainly in refugee camps that are hosting Rwandans inside Uganda.
It was revealed that the duo had been working closely with RNC mobilisers to harass, arrest, and torture innocent Rwandans visiting Uganda on private business.
Last year Kandiho and Tumukunde were embarrassed when a group of their recruits, 43 young men destined for rebel activities in DRC, were intercepted at the Kikagati border post in Uganda.
Most of the RNC mobilizers continue to enjoy the protection of CMI. Therefore it is not surprising that there’s a renewed wave of malicious propaganda targeting Rwanda and clearly undermining the progress that was being made to restore good relations between Uganda and Rwanda.
Observers agree that the renewed negative propaganda being peddled by CMI signals continuation of arrests and intimidation of innocent Rwandans living in Uganda
It is becoming routine that every time government leaders in Rwanda and Uganda meet to work out ways to put an end to the strained relations between the two countries, Uganda’s intelligence community goes into overdrive to undermine this good move.
A clear pattern emerges, whereby the CMI which is actively sponsoring Rwanda National Congress (RNC) terrorists in their quest to destabilize Rwanda is determined to work against the goal of the two countries’ leaders to resolve the matter.
When Uganda’s Foreign Minister, Sam Kutesa, flew to Kigali with a message from President Museveni, supposedly to find a way to improve the relations that have been hurt by CMI’s support for Rwandan terrorists, hopes were raised on both sides of the border that perhaps security operatives in Kampala were finally coming to their senses and seriously considering putting an end to the RNC activities in the country.
There was a sigh of relief that Security operatives in Kampala were ending their joint operations with the RNC that has seen dozens of Rwandan nationals detained and tortured in Uganda’s military intelligence safe houses. However, as if on cue, CMI operatives made their move, arresting yet another innocent Rwandan, Emmanuel Cyemayire, even before Mr. Kuteesa left Kigali.
Early this week, Presidents Paul Kagame and Yoweri Museveni met at Entebbe in Uganda, to once again find ways to resolve the tensions between their two countries. As it turns out, CMI is not prepared to take it lying down. A day after the two leaders met, CMI picked up another Rwandan, Claude Iyakaremye and detained him with no formal charges. His whereabouts remain unknown today.
Now, the group has turned to Uganda’s New Vision publication as the platform to stage their propaganda, clearly aimed at undermining the efforts of the two Heads of state to restore good relations between Rwanda and Uganda.
A news story in the New Vision, “Why Museveni Sacked Senior Immigration Officials,” shows how far CMI is prepared to go in its efforts to torpedo the work of the Heads of State to resolve the matter. The story in the New Vision claimed that the purported agents involved in kidnapping alleged Rwandan asylum seekers “possessed” Ugandan passports. Ordinarily, a serious allegation of this magnitude would be backed by evidence. In this case the CMI and its accomplices at the New Vision don’t present any proof. They don’t have any.
But the fact remains that these kidnapping allegations are used to hoodwink the public from the actual truth of the conniving between CMI and RNC. The individuals they claim to disappear suddenly resurface in eastern DRC as recruits of the rag tag terror group, RNC, having been facilitated by CMI.
When, in December last year, over 45 Rwandan National Congress (RNC) recruits were arrested at Kikagati, a border post between Uganda and Tanzania on their way to RNC training camps in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), travelling on documents issued by Uganda’s CMI, no officials were questioned or sacked at the CMI or indeed at the Immigration department.
As a matter of fact, the architects behind this Kikagati group, Dr. Sam Ruvuma and Deo Nyiligira are freely operating in western Uganda working with RNC fugitives to mobilise support.
Motivated by propaganda, the New Vision chooses to ignore documented facts pertaining to existing agreements between Rwanda and Uganda and how they are effected. The Rwandan refugees referred to in the story, were legally repatriated in accordance with existing Memoranda of Understanding between the Uganda Police and Rwanda National Police. And it hasn’t been a one way traffic. Indeed Uganda has benefited more from the Agreement, as records clearly show that the Ugandan side has received way more fugitives, (more than 35), since the Memoranda were signed, than the number of Rwandans sent home.
Therefore, as long as Uganda’s CMI continues to work to frustrate the efforts of the Heads of State, at every turn, finding a sustainable solution to the conflict won’t be easy. By taking its propaganda to the New Vision, the CMI is clearly upping the ante. Indeed the fact that such a smear campaign is being peddled by a Uganda government owned publication raises fundamental questions about the sincerity of the leadership of that country in averting the tensions.
President Paul Kagame has advocated for the consideration of African technical expertise during the implementation of projects as opposed to always outsourcing them as if often the case.
President Kagame was Monday speaking at the Next Einstein Forum 2018, a global gathering convening over 1500 scientists, businesspersons and policymakers.
The Forum is organised by The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in collaboration with Robert Bosch Stiftung, a German Foundation.
Kagame said that often, technical expertise from Africa is not considered as governments and private entities outsource suppliers from outside the continent.
Albert Zeufack, the chief economist for Africa at the World Bank.
“Too often, it is just assumed that technical expertise is unavailable in Africa. Governments are as guilty as big companies in this regard. We keep going back to the same external suppliers for solutions, without making every effort to procure the services here. It doesn’t make sense,” The President said.
Kagame called for the use of African specialists to give them a chance to grow and compete professionally.
“Let’s use the resources we have to give these talented African specialists the chance to grow and compete professionally,” he said.
Though doing so might come at an extra cost, the Head of State said that it will only be for the short term.
“There may be some extra costs in the short term. But doing so will not only build our institutions but increase our capacity for international collaboration as well,” he added.
Dr Eng Haruo Takeda cooperation Chief Engineer Hitachi ltd answers a question during a panel discussion at the Next Einstein Forum.
This would undo a scenario whereby for far too long, the continent has been left behind in regards to scientific advancements, he said.
In the quest to catch up with the rest of the world, he said that women and girls should not be left behind.
“As Africa catches up to the rest of the world, we cannot afford to leave our women and girls out of the equation. The gender gap in science is a global phenomenon, but that is no reason to accept it as inevitable. Whatever the causes may be, we have to dedicate ourselves to closing the gap, because the opportunity will never be equal without equal access to knowledge,” he said.
Kagame on Africa catching up with the rest of the world
He called for the development of ecosystems whereby progress in science goes beyond passing knowledge to applying know-how to address African and global problems.
“It is not just about filling heads with information and performing well on exams. The purpose is to apply that knowledge to solve the problems facing our continent and our world. That requires an innovation ecosystem in which government, business, and educational institutions all reinforce each other,” he said.
Education minister Eugene Mutimura.
Further progress can be achieved through creating linkages and partnerships between higher learning institutions, firms and research communities.
“Scientific research is fundamentally about cooperation across borders. Its global character accelerates the process of discovery and multiplies the benefits. We do not aim to create an autonomous African science that operates in isolation. That would defeat the purpose. We are working to fully connect Africa to the global networks that have been so productive,” the President noted.
A participant asks a question during the Next Einstein Forum in Kigali.
Prof. Neil Turok, the founder of The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) said that it was encouraging that at a time when most parts of the world were dividing in the lines of nationalism and protectionism, African countries were coming together to cooperate, making advancements in science among other fields.
Dr. Eugene Mutimura, the Minister for Education, called for increased cooperation among African countries in supporting emerging African scientists.
“We need to forge partnerships as countries to support and encourage the next African scientists as they are the ones that will lead the upward scientific trajectory of African innovation,” he said.
SOURCE: The New Times Publications.
African scientists will be glad to learn that they have the full backing of the continent’s top leadership.
President Paul Kagame, the Africa Union chair, reiterated his support for science-related initiatives and committed to rallying his African counterparts to boost the sector.
He was speaking on a presidential panel at the ongoing Next Einstein Forum 2018, a global gathering that drew over 1500 scientists, businesspersons and policymakers.
The forum is organised by The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in collaboration with Robert Bosch Stiftung, a German Foundation.
Kagame said that the African Union, through its Commission for Science and Technology, intends to bring together African countries to advance developments in science and technology.
The advancements in science, the President said, can be used to facilitate Africa’s development agenda.
“Already at the AU Commission, there is a commission responsible for science and technology and we intend to strengthen that, support that and make sure it serves the continent by bringing together African countries around something they can do together to advance development on what science and technology can provide,” Kagame said.
He noted that strengthening science-related disciplines would save the continent from lagging behind during the forthcoming fourth industrial revolution as has been the case previously.
“Education, science, mathematics, technology are very central in our daily lives if we want to make advancements that we have set for ourselves in the next 50 years. There have been revolutions across the globe and Africa has always lagged behind or left out,” the President said.
“This moment we should not miss out. There is no doubt that Africa intends to do the best we can. I will do my best, work with other leaders, to make sure that we seize the moment,” he said.
The idea is to encourage countries to invest state resources and put in place policies that boost science that aims at benefiting citizens.
Among the efforts that the Rwandan government has rolled out in recent years to strengthen scientific advancements include ensuring a conducive business environment as well as building partnerships with international higher learning institutions, among other stakeholders.
Government efforts have seen Rwanda host multiple science centres as well as regional headquarters of institutions such as African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and Carnegie Mellon University.
“We have encouraged ecosystem partnerships with academic institutions and the private sector to make sure young people’s ideas are encouraged and facilitated,” Kagame said.
“We invest in education and do what we can ourselves and with partners to encourage and incentivize science and avail opportunities for young people,” the President added.
Asked what application he would develop if he were a 20-year-old techie, President Kagame said that he is more focused on fostering the next generation of top-notch developers.
“I find myself here, which makes me think that I shouldn’t be the next Zuckerberg, but rather I should be the one to enable others to become Zuckerbergs,” Kagame responded.
Speaking at the session, Senegal President Macky Sall said that the African continent ought to support scientific advancements by developing skills of the youth.
“Africa cannot be absent from the innovation and science scene, it is able to surpass the old powers in this field,” Sall said.
Thierry Zomahoun, the AIMS President and CEO & Next Einstein Forum founder, emphasised that a lot can be achieved in regards to advancements in science if leaders are committed to supporting the sector.
The 2019 Next Einstein Forum will be hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.
SOURCE: The New Times Publications
President Paul Kagame yesterday met his Ugandan counterpart, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, at the State House in Entebbe, Uganda where the two leaders resolved to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
The President was accompanied onto his one-day official visit to Uganda by, among others, the Foreign Affairs minister Louise Mushikiwabo.
In a meeting that took several hours, the two leaders discussed a number of issues of mutual interest including; railway connections, power supply lines, air transport operations, and security between the two countries and the region.
“I can say with great satisfaction that we were able to agree on a number of important things for the benefit of our countries and region. Better communication, working together more deeply and sharing facts regularly will allow us to take better decisions,” President Kagame said after the meeting.
Kagame added that he also used the meeting to brief President Museveni on the outcomes of the recently concluded African Union summit in Kigali that saw African leaders sign the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement.
“We congratulated and commended Uganda and President Museveni for their participation and their significant contribution in making the summit a success,” Kagame said.
Uganda, which was represented by Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa at the meeting in Kigali last week, was among the countries that endorsed all the three instruments to ease intra-Africa trade; the CFTA, the Kigali Declaration, and the protocol on free movement of persons.
President Museveni described the meeting as fruitful, and underscoring the immense benefits for Uganda having very close ties with Rwanda.
“Thank you for squeezing in time to come here so that we deal with these very important points. We agreed on all points and how to proceed forward and I wish success to the people of Rwanda and the RPF party,” he said.
While responding to questions from journalists on harassment of Rwandans in Uganda, Museveni said that there is no fundamental conflict between Rwanda and Uganda, adding that there has only been lack of coordination and communication between officials of both countries.
“There is no fundamental problem between Rwanda and Uganda. A number of incidents that are being commented about in the media, many would be properly addressed if only there was better communication,” said President Museveni.
On the topic of private sector engagement, Kagame said that there is no reason why the private sector of both countries should remain inactive – especially on reviving trade between the two countries, and called for more cooperation in increasing trade cooperation.
The Rwanda-Uganda Business Forum, which is supposed to an annual gathering, where business and political leaders of both countries meet to discuss issues of mutual concern was last held in Kigali in 2014.
“I think we have ourselves to blame for not pursuing something like that that is useful. I don’t see why there should be any problem at all. The private sector people themselves need to really re-activate whatever was working and we will provide them with the political support required for that to be expedited,” he said.
In a communiqué, both leaders directed their ministers responsible for Foreign Affairs to convene the next Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) within three months to follow up on areas of cooperation.
At the end of their meeting, Kagame extended an invitation to Museveni for a state visit to Rwanda, which was accepted, according to the communique.
SOURCE: The New Times Publications
The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (CFTA ) could enter into effect by the end of this year following signing by 44 countries yesterday at the 10th extraordinary African Union Summit.
Besides the agreement, which could make Africa the world’s largest free trade zone, 43 nations signed the Kigali Declaration, while 27 countries agreed to ease mobility of people across the continent by signing the protocol on movement of people across Africa.
A total of nineteen presidents were present at the signing while other nations delegated top government officials such as Prime Ministers, Vice Presidents and Ministers of Foreign Affairs of their respective countries.
President Paul Kagame signs the three historic instruments at the 10th Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union at the Kigali Convention Centre.
President Paul Kagame said that the milestone is proof of what is possible when the African states work together.
“Today’s milestone is an indication of how much is possible when we work together. Let’s use the momentum we have gained to push forward with the Agenda 2063 flagship projects that we have committed ourselves to in the first Ten-Year Implementation Plan,” he said.
He said that the development was not the end but the starting of a new phase which, if successfully implemented around can turn the continent’s fortunes.
President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, who spearheaded the CFTA adoption process, was the first leader to sign the agreements in Kigali yesterday.
Following the signatures, African states will have to ratify the agreement in their respective legislatures to put it into effect.
“The task now is to ratify the African Continental Free Trade Area and the Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons, so that they may come into effect as soon as possible,” he said.
When the agreement takes effect, Kagame said, it would have impact on the wellbeing of Africans as well as improve the quality of ties with the rest of the world.
The agreement envisions a continental market of 1.2 billion people, with a combined Gross Domestic Product of more than $3.4 trillion.
Chad President Idriss Déby Itno signs the instruments at Kigali Convention Centre yesterday.
The agreement will also boost the level of intra-Africa trade from the current 14 per cent to over 52 per cent by 2022
President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, who has been spearheading the agreement adoption process, said that the deal presents a historic turning point with better days in sight.
“As we launch the African Continental Free Trade Area, our belief is that Africa is stronger when Africans work together; rather than in a divided and isolated way. This is a strategy that we must pursue vigorously,” Issoufou, who was also the first Head of State to sign the agreement, said.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa represented his country at the signing ceremony at Kigali Convention Centre.
He noted that it would also make the continent an ideal international investment destination as well as serve to strengthen political, economic and commercial commitments with various international partners
The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, urged African leaders to get on with the consequent steps to its implementation, saying citizens and businesses were eager for a stronger continent.
President Kagame delivers his remarks at the 10th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union Heads of State and Government in Kigali on Wednesday.
“Our peoples, our business community and our youth in particular cannot wait any longer to see the lifting of the barriers that divide our continent, hinder its economic takeoff and perpetuate misery, even though Africa is abundantly endowed with wealth,” Mahamat said.
African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat displays the three instruments that were signed by AU leaders in Kigali on Wednesday. (Courtesy photos)
The African private sector seems eager on the agreement’s implementation and has moved to speed up ratification and implementation.
Speaking on behalf of African Business community, Ali Mufuruki, a Tanzanian billionaire and founder of Infotech Investment Group, said that the private sector is pledging $1 million to raise awareness about the agreement and its importance.
SOURCE: The New Times Publications.
The seriousness with which intelligence work is conducted in Uganda seems to have been reduced to cheap rumor mongering, if one is to go by the latest propaganda emanating from Uganda’s military intelligence circles against Rwanda.
Uganda’s CMI has lately turned into a champion of rumour milling—churning out fabricated lies through it proxy blogs trying to smear mud on Rwanda in a desperate attempt to divert attention from their relationship with the terror group, RNC.
A blog that is the mouthpiece of the terror outfit, the so-called Rwanda National Congress (RNC) and their sponsors, the Ugandan Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), has once again carried a bogus report making outrageous accusations against Rwanda.
As part of these allegations by Soft Power, a propaganda blog is a litany of “high profile assassinations” that are apparently being hatched with connivance of the Uganda Police Force and Rwandan security agencies.
The story cites a source from the Ugandan security that the so-called plot for the assassinations was hatched in Kigali during a meeting between a one Herbert Muhangi from the Ugandan police and senior security officials from Rwanda.
Now, if one is to play the devil’s advocate –for the sake of a debate and just assume that such a meeting ever happened. This allegation would constitute a serious intelligence case that in normal circumstances would be handled as top secret intelligence by security organs of any serious Intelligence leadership.
In other words, intelligence of this magnitude (if it were true) is not solved through blogs but rather competent security institutions. It is therefore stooping too low to manufacture such lies and plant them in proxy blogs because it only exposes the sinister intentions behind.
The truth of the matter is, these are diversionary tactics by CMI and their acolytes to divert attention from their open sponsorship of RNC, the terror outfit that continues to enjoy full protection and backing as they hatch subversive activities against Rwanda on Ugandan soil.
Several Rwandans who were abducted and tortured by CMI working with RNC have previously recounted their ordeals during their period in captivity, clearly detailing how much this outfit is deeply embedded into the highest of the Uganda security, mainly CMI.
This website has credible reports on open recruitment that continues to be done openly on Ugandan territory by these fugitives mainly in refugee camps accommodating Rwandans.
One known RNC operative engaged in recruiting for the outfit is Dr. Sam Ruvuma who, in playing to the gallery was briefly detained by Ugandan security, but was released after few days and is now back on his recruitment drive. His co-accused and their 43 recruits intercepted at Kikagati border heading to Minembwe-DRC training camp are still detained pending trial. His main operational base is in Western Uganda.
Others from Western Uganda include Deo Nyirigira and his son, Felix Mwizerwa and Mugisha Charles Sande. Nyirigira operates a Pentecostal church in Mbarara town –Agape Church which is a cover for recruitment of RNC fugitives.
This is on top of the likes of Mukombozi and Kayumba Rugema both CMI staff, who abduct innocent Rwandans suspected of not belonging or sympathetic to rnc on the street of Uganda, during broad day light and openly brag about it on social media.
Uganda’s CMI should therefore come clean on these shenanigans other than trying to divert attention by dragging Rwanda into internal infightings of the Ugandan security services.
The close ties of Sarah Kagingo, who publishes the propaganda website Soft Power, to Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde are well known. It would therefore not be surprising that she is using the blog to disenfranchise the Uganda security hierarchy against Police boss Kale Kayihura.
The bad blood between Kayihura and Tumukunde – the Ugandan Minister for Security – needs no introduction for it has even openly played out in the media. To drag Rwanda into this machination is not only a diversionary act but cheap to say the least.
Lastly, one cannot divorce Soft Power from RNC, given the fact that snippets of the same report they talk about, was first published on social media word-for-word by a known RNC operative on social media before being published by Soft Power.
Therefore, time is up for CMI and its leaders to stop this cheap propaganda and only devote their energy to get rid of RNC that is seemingly directing their operations against Rwanda on Ugandan soil.
Virunga Post reproduces a letter addressed to Norwegian Embassy written by a group of Parents whose sons were arrested in December 2017 as they headed for rebel recruitment. The 43 young men were recruited by Rugema Kayumba of RNC facilitated by CMI of Uganda.
Open letter to Norwegian Embassy, Kampala Uganda
Plot 18B, Akii-Bua Road
Email: [email protected]
Greetings and best wishes for 2018. We write this letter on behalf of our three sons who have become victims of terror recruitment that is sponsored by an individual who claims to be a resident of your great country.
Our sons, whose names we prefer not to mention for their safety, were recruited into a terrorist organization by Rugema Kayumba who had befriended them and was often seen around our home in Western Uganda. We came to learn that he was befriending them so that he could take them to join the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), which has been classified as a terror organization due to their activities in Rwanda.
Rugema frequented our neighborhood telling young men that he was going to get them jobs in Iraq as guards. He promised their parents that once they get training for the Iraq job, it would be easier for them to enter Norway as immigrants. He told them that their security skills would guarantee them jobs in Norway. All of them, including our sons, got excited. We too got excited, especially because he said that he too was a beneficiary of a similar scheme that ultimately made him a resident of Norway.
Being desperate, our children heeded these empty lies. Little did we know that Rugema was instead recruiting them for illegal terror/rebel activities . We only learnt later that the training he was referring to was sending our children into the rank and file of Rwanda National Congress (RNC). It was never about the dream of going to Norway that had excited us.
Now our children are in the hands of Uganda Police which intercepted them at Kikagati border as Rugema was taking them to Minembwe in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where we are told the RNC has a rebel camp.
We are worried, Ambassador. Any parent would be worried. We don’t know what to do. We have only thought of engaging you because Rugema would brag about how easy he can change the lives of our children and ours by taking them to Norway.
We don’t know whether the Norway government actually has this program that recruits young men and eventually gives them residence as Rugema promised our kids because we hear he has moved to neighboring towns promising young men the same.
The lives of many young people are at risk and many families will blame the Norwegian government for whatever happens to their children because Norway is being used as the bait to lure young men into terrorism. If this continues some families here will start thinking that the Norwegian government supports terrorism.
For now, please help us get Kayumba Rugema to explain to Uganda Police where he was taking our children so that the police releases them to us.
The Uganda based propaganda website SoftPower this week published a story about an intelligence agent who fled the country fearing for his life.
After fleeing the country Furaha Arinaitwe wrote a letter to president Museveni in which he claimed that he was on the run because Rwandan agents wanted to kill him. Arinaitwe, an intelligence officer attached to CMI, was apparently approached in 2009 to carryout operations on behalf of Rwanda and has been on its payroll ever since that time.
At some point, the Rwandans (apparently president Kagame himself) assigned him to kill President Museveni. Arinaitwe refused this task out of patriotism or what he calls his allegiance to his country’s motto. And this refusals is the reason he is now on the run because he no longer feels safe in Uganda.
The letter is as sensational as can be and only a propaganda or tabloid paper could have published it. It’s no wonder that none of the respected papers in Kampala broke the “scandal.” Instead, they left it upon SoftPower to descend into the gutter and comedy where it holds unrivalled experience within Uganda’s media.
Just a few lines of the SoftPower story and Arinaitwe’s letter points to a perfect paring, if one is to go by the absurdity that veers on derangement.
First of all, the sensationalism in Arinaitwe’s letter shows that it is addressed to the media despite his claim that its intended recipient was the President. If indeed Museveni was the intended audience, then the content betrays Arinaitwe’s claim to being anintelligence “expert.”
Arinaitwe makes a number of ridiculous claims that anyone with basic sense even outside the field of intelligence would find farfetched and difficult to believe. Imagine his claim that President Kagame personally called him and offered him $100.000 to kill President Museveni.
Arinaitwe now claims to be on the run because he refused to execute this assignment. Most importantly, Arinaitwe claims in the letter that he tipped off Museveni about this plot to assassinate him.
Yet, this is the same man who has failed to get an audience with Museveni and resorted to writing him a letter from wherever he is now seeking refuge.
Imagine it were true that Arinaitwe gave Museveni this tipoff. Imagine also that Museveni did the due diligence and indeed found that Arinaitwe was right Kigalli had given him the assassination task.
Would it be likely that Museveni would deny audience to Arinaitwe in the future? What if he was in possession of more life-saving information to pass on to Museveni and here he was refusing him audience?
What this tells us about Arinaitwe is that he is a deranged man who gave Museveni wrong intel in order to win his favour. It also tells us that this is a justification for Softpower and its sponsors (CMI) to justify what they started and have been involved in all this time.
All this can be found in Arinaitwe’s letter. He talks about spying for Rwanda and then claim that the only reason he refused to kill Museveni is because his loyalty to the Motto of serving the country. Yet, the country he refers to is the same country he claims to have spied against for almost ten years.
Only a mad man can claim loyalty and patriotism in such circumstances. Also, only a paper suffocating on propaganda would publish such display of utter madness.
Further down it reads like bad fiction. Arinaitwe makes the preposterous claim that when he refused to assassinate Museveni the mission was given to Kale Kayihura, who accepted it.
It gets more twisted. A plot is thrown in for good measure about how a ‘desperate’ Rwandan leadership was on the line with Arinaitwe trying to get Kale Kayihura’s phone number. What an expert this Arinaitwe is. Yet, we are supposed to believe that this is the man who would be identified as suitable for a task as serious as carrying out an assassination of a president.
The only people all this seems to make perfect sense for are our friends at SoftPower Inc. Of course and Arinaitwe at his hideout in Butabika.
However, here are a few facts we know about the infamous Issa Furaha Arinaitwe;
1. SGT Issa Arinaitwe is a CMI staff who has been operating in Kampala. He is a known conman in Kampala who has been working with organised criminal syndicates involved in fake deals of gold and ivory.
2. The most known cases where he was involved include the case of ivory in 2015, where the incident involved a Chinese national Mr Yuu.
3. The most recent case include the case of a fake gold deal where Issa facilitated a businessman Suleiman Mbuga in defrauding a 70 year old Swedish politician Sten Heinson about 23 billion Ugandan (Shillings. http://matookerepublic.com/2018/01/03/mbugas-wife-accused-of-conning-shs23-billion-from-elderly-swedish-man/)
Viola! That’s your Conman Issa Furaha Arinaitwe, a typical pot-bellied conman masquerading as intelligence operative!
Uganda’s intelligence actions towards Rwanda are increasingly not grounded on facts but rather fabricated lies from fugitives of Rwanda National Congress (RNC) operating in Kampala, observers say.
Recently, Uganda seems to have turned into a safe haven and command centre for RNC renegades keen to benefit from rift between Kigali and Kampala by giving them ground for rebel recruitment on the Ugandan soil.
Indeed reports have already confirmed direct support from Uganda’s top security organs, specifically the Chieftaincy for Military Intelligence (CMI) to RNC in designing anti-Rwanda propaganda and shaping intelligence narrative to create undue tensions between the two countries.
Now RNC propaganda seems to be influencing Uganda’s decisions on free movement of people especially by arresting innocent Rwandans and planting anti-Rwandan stories in the media, according to information from Uganda’s security circles.
“It is increasingly becoming pathetic that we, here in Uganda have tolerated this nonsense to continue because it risks to influence both our diplomatic and security ties with Rwanda,” a top security official told the Standard newspaper from Kampala.
“These RNC operatives have gotten into the ears of some intelligence fellows here with whom they share old historical ties. Since some of them have historical grudges to settle, they are abusing the powers of their offices to serve individual interests,” the seemingly irritated official told this website.
Media reports have pointed out the inner-dealings between CMI and RNC focal points in Kampala led by Rugema Kayumba. Rugema runs anti-Rwanda propaganda freely on different social media platforms attacking the leadership of Kigali without any caution from his hosts in Kampala.
Sensing that the malicious allegations of Rwanda ‘kidnapping’ refugees are not working in their favour, RNC and its sponsors (CMI) have now turned to planting fake stories that Kigali is sponsoring assassins to target the top leadership in Uganda.
“These fellows are taking the joke to another level,” the security source said. “They have actually hijacked CMI and running the show with what pleases them.” The terror group, RNC has been mobilizing recruits in different refugee camps accommodating Rwandans inside Uganda.
In December last year, a group of 45 Rwandan refugees were arrested from Uganda’s Kikagati border post with fake travel documents as they headed for rebel recruitment to Burundi and onwards to Eastern DRC. They are now detained in Uganda.
However, one of key mobiliser of this group from Mbarara District, one Dr. Sam Ruvuma was arrested but later released after intervention from higher authorities in Uganda.
Sources say the release of Ruvuma has created animosity among the detained group who see it as betrayal since Ruvuma was the fellow that mobilized them into the illegal activities.
“It is quite revealing that Dr. Ruvuma who was a mastermind of RNC recruitment in Uganda was set free,” a source quoted one of the detained fellows saying. “He is the fellow who led us into this mess and should be here with us.”
At the time of Ruvuma’s arrest, information obtained by an investigative website showed he was working with some of the detained recruits especially Moses Bijura of Rubare, Ntugamo and Godfrey Musoni from Mukono. Both are now questioning why Ruvuma is free.
Dr. Ruvuma is part of the ring mobilizing for RNC in western Uganda working hand-in-hand with Pastor Deo Nyirigira of Agape Pentecostal church based in Mbarara.
The court case for these detained 45 is yet to kick off. This week, Uganda’s media reported that the case had been postponed due to lack of financial resources.
However, what is strange is that the case file only mentions of terrorism charges and leaves out RNC rebel recruitment with intention of destabilizing a neighbor.?
Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa is a controversial name that evokes both success and fraud in equal measure.
If the measure of success is how fat one’s wallet is, then Rujugiro certainly features. However if success is the aggregate sum of an individual’s character, then the aging tycoon scores a flat F. One great writer put it well —that success without honor or character is like an unseasoned dish. It will satisfy your hunger but won’t taste good.
Similarly, another great novelist said it better—“be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character–be careful of your character for your character becomes your destiny.”
No better way of describing the 76-year-old Rujugiro than the above statement. Rujugiro’s habits read fraud from A to Z. These unscrupulous habits have shaped the character of man who thinks money can buy him anything.
His story would pass for a typical Mexican drug cartel –only this time operating from Africa. His mafia-like lifestyle has seen him amass wealth through undercover methods. He is the kingpin of tax evasion, money laundering, smuggling and eliminating any opponent who stands his way in his hunt for an extra dollar.
Rujugiro was born in Rwanda around 1941. Like many Rwandans, he spent most of his adult life as a refugee in Burundi. It is from Bujumbura that Rujugiro cut his teeth in the business world of cigarette smuggling. Before venturing in the shady world of cigarette smuggling; Rujugiro contributed to the bankruptcy of an insurance company he worked for as a clerk through an elaborate scheme of fake vehicle accidents.
It didn’t take long until he became a household name as a front man for the business interests of key military and political figures in the Jean Baptiste Bagaza regime in the 1970s and 80s. In turn they would protect his business via monopoly. The impunity that Rujugiro enjoyed as a result of these relationships led him to wide scale smuggling, money laundering and tax evasion, something he has specialized in till today.
Rujugiro excels at smelling prey. It is a business model that has followed the same pattern since his Bujumbura days. It views accountability deficits as an opportunity for investment, identifying a country for investment whose systems of accountability are non-existent or are decaying.
Alternatively, where there are strong systems of accountability, he seeks out powerful (already corrupt or potentially corruptible) individuals within those systems and integrates them into his business by offering them some equity. In exchange, they help him to evade accountability and gain impunity. This is how Rujugiro has managed to hold different governments at ransom everywhere he has been.
And this is the point of departure with Rwanda or the beef with Kigali. Those who know the system in Rwanda know that it cannot accept to be held at ransom by anyone. Moreover, the political and military elite in Rwanda is cohesive and under control, which made it impossible for Rujugiro’s business model to thrive.
When he was arrested in London following an arrest warrant issued by the South African prosecution office over tax evasion, Rujugiro, in his shallow thinking thought Rwanda would immediately sever diplomatic ties with London for “daring” to lock up Mr. money–bags.
The arrogance of thinking that individual crimes must be a state responsibility, largely informed by his past dealings with rogue states is what led Rujugiro to turn against his motherland. It was a case of a childish argument “you didn’t fight my war, let me fight you now” —which largely explains the megalomaniac character of this fellow.
To embark on his ill-advised revenge scheme, he linked up with disgruntled RDF deserters and fugitives like Kayumba Nyamwasa and the late Patrick Karegeya to form the terror group, Rwanda National Congress (RNC).
In an ill-advised classical case of “money can you buy you everything,” Rujugiro has reached out to his wallet to fund the “revenge” scheme. He has paid lobbyists to tarnish Rwandan image, issued free shares in his companies to buy loyalty from well-established individuals in the region and cashed PR agencies to write and find space for derogatory stories on the leadership in Kigali.
For example, in September last year, Rujugiro paid $440,000 to the Washington Based Podesta Inc., a lobbying firm to buy access to U.S. Congress where his main stooge, David Himbara would testify against Kigali with the aim of throwing mud at Kigali.
After the September hearing in the American Congress, the group also tried to secure a similar hearing in the Canadian parliament but failed after Rwandans in that country mobilized against them.
Parallel to this, Rujugiro has been active in the region. In Bujumbura, he showered the leadership with free gifts of shares in his tobacco and cement business in exchange for a safe haven for his anti-Rwanda activities. He bankrolled Burundi’s ruling party during the controversial elections held two years ago with a cash donation to finance the elections and forty(40) brand new pick-ups for use in the campaigns.
In Kampala, most Ugandans learned about the name Tribert Rujugiro for the first time when a local tabloid revealed that Rujugiro had signed a business venture with President Museveni’s young brother Gen. Saleh Akandwanaho worth millions of dollars. In the agreement Gen. Saleh is given shares in Rujugiro’s Tobacco Company (15%) and in exchange, Saleh agrees to protect Rujugiro’s assets in Uganda and in the region.
It is said, when Rujugiro is in Kampala, he is protected more than the Generals of that country. His sons also enjoy similar security protection. This explains the very reason Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) has become the focal point for RNC recruitment inside Uganda.
In South Africa, a recent book by investigative journalist Jacques Pauw titled “The President’s Keepers: Those Keeping Zuma in power and Out of Prison” sheds light to Rujugiro’s exploits.
Pauw names Rujugiro among a ring of “assassins, arms dealers, and gangsters” who have turned South Africa into one of the “top five countries in the world with the highest incidence of trade in illicit cigarettes,” he reveals that the smuggling is “referred to as ‘the new gold,’ something that places emphasis on the lucrative nature of the trade in which, Pauw underscores, “Profit margins approach 1,000 % in an industry that has grown into one of the largest organized criminal enterprises.”
The consequences of the smuggling are vast. According to the book, “Tobacco smuggling doesn’t just deprive the state of taxes and duties, but it often masks other crimes, including money laundering, fraud, drug smuggling and human trafficking,” Pauw writes: “The smuggling of tobacco costs government 3bn rand because of tax evasion, money laundering and corruption.”
In a crackdown against smuggling in ‘black gold’ that was giving a bad reputation to South Africa, Rujugiro found himself detained in the UK on a warrant of arrest by the South African Prosecution Services. In 2007 South African Revenue Services (SARS) halted all operations at Rujugiro’s Mastermind tobacco company, in Wilsonia following a $7.4 million fraud case. He faced 25 counts of fraud relating to non-payment of excise duties, 25 charges of illegally exporting goods from the Customs and Excise warehouse, six charges relating to the non-payment of Value Added Tax, and a charge of irregular dealing in goods
In Nigeria, Rujugiro defaulted on the terms of a concession granted by the local authorities under which his company (Leaf Tobacco Company) was to enjoy a 60 per cent waiver in the importation of cigarettes, tools and inputs against the promise to start production locally in three years. Six years down the line, Rujugiro’s company was yet to start manufacturing cigarettes locally but was still handsomely benefiting from the generous terms of the concession.
That is that character of the man behind anti-Rwanda propaganda today. A man drank on ill-gotten wealth and one who thinks he can use his money to evoke regime change. Good enough, such times have changed for Rwanda and changed
Good enough, such times have changed for Rwanda and changed for good and forever.