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Today — October 19th 2019Politics

RNC’s Ben Rutabana in Uganda, investigation reveals

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L-R: Ben Rutabana, Uganda’s CMI boss Brig. Abel Kandiho and RNC’s Kayumba Nyamwasa.

Reliable sources have confirmed the presence of Ben Rutabana in Uganda. Rutabana is the RNC official who reportedly went missing in the country over a month ago, something that prompted his panicked family to publicize a letter asking the RNC leadership to either produce him, or set him free.

News reaching our investigative desk confirms that Ben Rutabana, the RNC’s Commissioner for Capacity Development, is in Uganda ever since he travelled there on September 5, 2019.

Rutabana’s presence in Uganda was first revealed by his family’s panicked publication of a letter asking the RNC leadership to either produce him or set him free. This was followed by his wife’s appearance on the BBC confirming the contents of the family letter and elaborating on it.

Reliable information is that he was received by one Dr. Sam Ruvuma, a prominent RNC operative in Uganda, as well as with some officers of Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI).

But around September 8, 2019 his family members have disclosed, Rutabana went out of contact with them, according to his wife.

In a BBC Radio interview, Diane Rutabana confirmed everything she and her family members had written in their letter. She specifically mentioned Kayumba Nyamwasa’s brother in law Frank Ntwari, the RNC “Head of Youth Commission”, as someone that’s been very threatening to her husband.

“Ben told me he had serious problems with Ntwari, and that he was worried about him,” Diane said in the BBC interview, aired earlier this month on October 7, 2019.

The Rutabana family letter – addressed to Jerome Nayigiziki, “General Coordinator” of RNC, describes Ben Rutabana’s movements from Europe. It says he left Brussels on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 on an Emirates flight to Entebbe Airport in Uganda and arrived on September 5, 2019 after a brief stopover in Dubai.

Further, “before his departure Mr. Rutabana revealed to his spouse, family and close friends about his fears concerning his safety based on strong disagreements” with Kayumba Nyamwasa and Frank Ntwali, his brother in law, according to the family letter. Moreover, the family insists that Rutabana’s visit “coincided” with the presence of Ntwali in Uganda. Our sources confirm that indeed Frank Ntwali was in Kampala between August 24 and September 10.

His wife maintains she was in phone contact with him when he landed at Entebbe, and that they still were in touch from that date (September 5) until September 8, 2019, when he could no longer be reached.

Rutabana’s visit to Uganda in itself was not unusual. It wasn’t the first time Rutabana, whose title in RNC is “Head of Capacity Development”, was visiting Uganda; or being received by fellow RNC officials and Uganda’s intelligence operatives.

When they left Entebbe, they travelled the same day to Mbarara where, our investigation has confirmed, they met with other RNC officials, Pastor Deo Nyirigira and his son Felix Mwizerwa, in the company of Ruvuma and the CMI officers with whom they had received Rutabana at Entebbe Airport. Also there was Maj. Fred Kasimoni Mushambo, the Counterintelligence Officer, Second Division, Mbarara.

Pastor Nyirigira and his son Mwizerwa have been very active in recruitment for RNC rebels in the western Uganda region, and are very close to the RNC terrorist chief Kayumba Nyamwasa.

The New Times investigations have revealed that when Rutabana spoke to his wife he in fact was using Sam Ruvuma’s phone while in Mbarara. That is around the time when Rutabana went out of contact. It induced panic in his family when weeks passed and they didn’t hear from him.

Information from different sources converges on the fact that there have been fierce wrangles within RNC, pitting “Nyamwasa’s clique”, made up of him, his brother in law Ntwari, and one Sande Mugisha, against Rutabana.

Different sources disclose the “real reasons” why Nyamwasa and his clique within RNC would be at loggerheads with Rutabana.

First of all, Rutabana had been questioning why Nyamwasa was turning RNC leadership into a “family affair” and why he was “centralizing decisions too much around himself.” Rutabana also had been persistently questioning why Nyamwasa put Ntwari and Sande Mugisha in charge of “all RNC important operations” – yet these, in Rutabana’s view, were “mere juniors,” our sources disclosed.

“Nyamwasa and ‘his boys’ really hated Rutabana, especially for his persistent questions about Nyamwasa’s alleged misuse of funds meant for the RNC as a group,” continued our source.

For some time now, Kayumba Nyamwasa has been suspected, and accused on RNC Internet forums, of diverting the group’s funds. It is said he has been investing RNC money into his personal businesses in Pretoria, and Maputo, Mozambique.

Things got so bad between Rutabana, and Nyamwasa’s clique. The latter threatened Rutabana that “he would be arrested the next time he stepped into Uganda,” according to the family letter.

Rutabana’s wife mentions that particular threat in her BBC interview, as well as in the letter. “They were not keeping their threat a secret! They said it loudly and clearly,” Diane said. Despite these signs of danger for Rutabana, however, he still decided to travel to Uganda.

Sources say he must have retained some confidence that since he had been in Uganda a number of times before, and had been treated well by the government and security agencies, things would still be alright. Kampala, it is no secret, maintains wide-ranging support for RNC. This includes recruitment operations for the group, carried out with the support and facilitation of CMI or ISO (Internal Security Organization); as well as red carpet welcomes for every visiting high-ranking RNC official, such as Charlotte Mukankusi, Eugene Gasana, and even Tribert Rujugiro.

Rutabana had also been in Uganda in September last year, as a “special visitor” to ISO head Col. (Rtd) Kaka Bagyenda. Rutabana too was accorded treatment worthy of a visiting state dignitary – reports detailed. Second Lieutenant Jack Erasmus Nsangiranabo, an ISO officer was attached to him for protocol duties.

According to sources familiar with the visit, Rutabana was in Uganda to get first hand appraisal of the terrorist group’s recruitment activities. None other than Maj. Fred Kasimoni Mushambo, the UPDF Second Division Counterintelligence Officer, based in Mbarara personally took him on the field visit, to meet RNC fresh recruits, and to encourage further mobilization and recruitment.

In Ugandan intelligence circles, RNC has considerable influence, as shown in the incident in December 2017, when Uganda Police at Kikagati – on the border with Tanzania – apprehended a group of 46 Rwandans that were traveling on forged Ugandan temporary travel passes.

Immigration officials grew suspicious when this large group of young people, traveling in a single group in one bus, presented Ugandan papers claiming they were going to Burundi for a bible fellowship, but upon closer questioning they disclosed they were headed to RNC training camps in Minembwe, South Kivu, DRC. All hell broke loose! Police at that time still retained its integrity and hadn’t been co-opted into the regime’s anti-Rwanda hostility, security sources analyzed at the time. Police decided to arrest the RNC recruits.

According to immigration officials, a huge scuffle followed. Police were insisting on arresting all of them while one fellow, who later turned out to be Capt. Charles Byaruhanga of CMI, got into a hot quarrel with the law enforcers. He was insisting they should let the recruits proceed.

“Orders from above are that these people should be allowed through!” he shouted.

Eventually the Police prevailed and arrested the recruits, as well as Dr. Ruvuma who had earlier escaped from the scene. It turned out that Ruvuma and Felix Mwizerwa had, with the facilitation of CMI, carried out the recruitment operation – complete with the forged papers. Police would lock up the recruits and charge them with terrorism. Ruvuma ended up at Nalufenya detention facility.

But even as the cops were doing their work, others high up were busy undermining them.

CMI chief Brig. Abel Kandiho, who had been the one “giving orders from above” to let the guys proceed (forged papers notwithstanding), was working around the clock to get the recruits released. In Ruvuma’s case, it came to light that “an order from above” got the man released. Shortly after, the recruits were released as well and proceeded to Minembwe.

And so, there is no doubt that Rutabana is in Uganda: his frequent visits there, his wife’s testimony and contact with him while there, his reception by RNC official Sam Ruvuma with CMI officers at the airport and in Mbarara.

Even the attempts of some RNC officials to obfuscate, such as Gervais Condo, the group’s “Secretary General”, only confirm his presence in Uganda.

Condo could only stammer, and bluster with no answers when the BBC Radio interviewer asked him. “You claim you don’t know where he is, yet RNC received him in Uganda, with Ugandans?” asked the interviewer. Condo couldn’t deny that. He only kept repeating “he was seen in the region.”

Rutabana’s presence in Uganda is yet further evidence of how that country persists in the violation of the Angola MoU that urges both parties to “refrain from actions conducive to destabilization or subversion of the territory of the other,” among other provisions.

In other words, the actions that led to the MoU continue unabated, raising questions regarding how committed Uganda is to the resolution of the conflict between the two countries.

Source: RNC’s Ben Rutabana in Uganda, investigation reveals

Ugandan First Son tweets; fake anti-Rwanda articles follow. What are the reasons?

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By Alex Muhumuza

Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

A recent spate of bad setbacks for Kampala’s plans to destabilize Rwanda – through its RNC, FDLR and other terrorist proxies – has left the Museveni regime with little choice other than to manufacture a pile of fake news in increasingly desperate attempts to tarnish Kigali.

That is what is to be seen in the most recent anti-Rwanda articles in Kampala propaganda media – including the state-owned New Vision (its outrageous smear against President Kagame last Sunday that he had a hand in the death of Maj. Gen. Rwigema only was the latest); as well as Commandpost, Chimpreports and multitudes of others financed by the country’s intelligence agencies.

Read: Ugandan ruler’s son and his Twitter war alarms

Chimpreports in the past couple of days has been outdoing everyone else by its use of a series of tweets of the Ugandan ruler’s son Muhoozi Kainerugaba as raw material to advance the impression – which they have been trying to create for some time – that “Rwanda is planning war against Uganda!”

The website made it seem like Lt. Gen. Kainerugaba was talking of Rwanda when it quoted a tweet he sent out last week on 9 October, Uganda’s Independence Day, saying: “nobody can defeat Uganda! This is God’s country! Whoever dares will be crushed to dust!”

Quoting Muhoozi’s Independence Day tweets, Chimpreports this Monday added them to another belligerent one, sent out to enemies Museveni’s son did not name. It said, “I can assure whoever even thinks of messing with Uganda will get a very bad day!”

Muhoozi said nothing about Rwanda. The website nevertheless used them to drive the fraudulent narrative of “Rwandan war designs” on Uganda.

It became quite blatant with an article Chimpreports published yesterday (Tuesday) as a follow-up to Monday’s.

“Is Rwanda Planning Invasion of Western Uganda?” asked the headline, leading with the following sentence: “Uganda’s armed forces have intensified preparations to defend the country especially in Western Uganda, which is expected to be invaded by Rwanda Defense Forces and its associated militia groups.”

Just like that, on the basis of nothing other than some tweets by the First Son – which Chimp interpreted to insinuate the message it wanted – a Ugandan mouthpiece is accusing Rwanda of a very serious matter. “The Senior Presidential Advisor in Charge of Special Operations, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba blew the lid off the military threat faced by Uganda…”

Read: The unholy alliance between Ugandan mainstream media and RNC’s Itahuka

The question that immediately arises is: so, that’s how Uganda conducts matters of grave importance – through tweets by someone who in the first place would not be the individual to speak on such matters?

The lengthy article is full of incendiary and false allegations, such as one that: “around May 2018 Rwandan forces deployed tens of thousands of troops along the Ugandan border in anticipation of a full-scale war!” Or that, “Rwanda maintains about 10,000 Rwandan troops in eastern DRC!”, Or that “Rwanda wants to provoke a war from the Congo, to avoid fighting that war in Rwanda!”

It is so much it makes one’s head spin. How in the first place has Kinshasa not spoken out on these things that allegedly are taking place on its territory, but Ugandan mouthpieces are the ones making such alarmist noises?, one asks.

The news one gets from the DRC these days is how that country is happily securing the peace of its people; driving out destabilizing groups of armed bandits like RNC and FDLR; forging alliances with any neighbor that wants peace, and generally indicating it can no longer be a safe haven for criminal groups the source of endless conflict.

Recently the world has seen how the RNC ragtag rebels were smoked out, as they were being shifted from Minembwe in South Kivu Province, to Binza in North Kivu.

The rout they suffered mid this year, with about 200 of them dead – including Capt. (Rtd) Charles Sibo, one of their top commanders – and several captured alive with their weapons, including Maj. (Rtd) Habib Mudathir was a blow they will not recover from. One suffered not only by Kayumba Nyamwasa and his RNC, but also by Museveni and his long-term plans to destabilize Rwanda. More recently, Sylvestre Mudacumura, commander of the FDLR too met his brutal end in the Congolese forests.

Read: A peaceful Congo is not good for Nyamwasa and backers, hence CMI/RNC smears against Tshisekedi and Rwanda – analysts

Security sources point out how the defeats of RNC and FDLR have also led to another great embarrassment for Museveni. The captured bandits have been revealing all the details of his regime’s support for anti-Rwanda groups, in open court sessions. Security sources say Kampala is despairing even more about all the information that must have been revealed in private interrogations of the likes of arrested FDLR bigwigs LaForge Fils Bazeye, Theophile Abega, as well as individuals such as Callixte Nsabimana “Sankara”.

A big reason for all the propaganda emanating from Chimpreports and other Kampala propaganda organs is to obfuscate the highly embarrassing revelations that is becoming public – further damaging Kampala’s already tattered reputation, said our sources.

To make matters worse for Kampala, it has now been revealed that the recent terror attack in Kinigi, which claimed 14 innocent lives and injured a number of other people, came from Uganda. Rwandan security forces killed 19 of the attackers and, with the participation of local civilians, capturing five alive.

Interviewed by the media, they revealed they were of the FDLR RUD-Urunana group, and that they had been recruited while in Uganda. One of them, Theoneste Habumukiza said he was doing a masters course at Kampala’s Makerere University when “someone well-dressed” recruited him into FDLR with promises that “they would capture Rwanda.”

Read: As FDLR cheerleader, Chimpreports can only spin fictions

Now, according to our highly confidential sources, it has come to light that the attack in Kinigi by “RUD-Urunana” was facilitated by Philemon Mateke, Uganda’s Minister of State for Regional Affairs.

Followers of the news will recall that when Bazeye and Abega were arrested on 15 December last year at the Bunagana Border Post in Congo, they were coming from a meeting whose agenda was to coordinate the activities of FDLR and RNC. That meeting was at the Kampala Serena and its convener was Mateke, at the instructions of Museveni.

Such duplicity by Uganda has been uncovered “to embarrassing levels” by a DRC and Angola inquiry into the causes of the strained relations between Uganda and Rwanda – part of the work on the MoU signed in Luanda in August.

“No wonder Chimpreports also is disseminating insinuations that, somehow, it is Rwanda that’s violating the MoU terms,” said an observer.

“There is nothing much the Ugandan authorities remain with, after being so badly hit in their anti-Rwanda plots and after being so badly exposed by the truth. All they have remaining is fake news!”

Museveni’s actions towards Rwanda cannot be understood rationally

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By The New Times

President Museveni and his former personal physician Dr Kifefe Kizza-Besigye.

Since the conflict between Uganda and Rwanda escalated to its current level, after a two-decade relative lull, analysts have for the past two years and a half tried to make sense of the crisis.

Initially, there was a lot of speculation until the sides tabled their grievances, first in the media and then formally through the Angola Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Since then, we now know officially that Rwanda accuses Uganda of harassing, detaining, and torturing its citizens in Uganda; it also says that Uganda holds its goods in transit to Kenya; and that it supports groups bent on destabilising it, principally Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC and the remnants of those who committed genocide in 1994, the FDLR.

Uganda alleges that Rwandans go there to spy and demands that the Gatuna border should be opened.

These grievances have given analysts a lot of information to reflect on. Consequently, they have tried to understand the crisis from a rational perspective.

For instance, the allegation on spying is often responded to with suggestions that it, in and of itself, confirms that Uganda is supporting the RNC; it must have something to hide, or else why would Uganda be so paranoid as to see a spy in every Rwandan who crosses the border, some have wondered. And so on.

But what most analysts have had a hard time understanding is why Museveni would want to destabilise Rwanda in the first place, and what he wants the end-point for such destabilisation to be.

Some have argued that Museveni feels entitled to oversight over Rwanda because he apparently believes he helped its leadership to get power in 1994.

But this argument also fails the rational test. Museveni rode on the backs of Rwandans to power in 1986.

By placing him in power, these Rwandans were, in fact, helping themselves, for there is nothing he would have been able to do without them having placed him in that position in the first place.

In other words, it is irrational to try to assert entitlement on the basis of your supposed benevolence to a person for whom you yourself are indebted.

For this reason, as Museveni incessantly talks about “those boys” he helped, nothing reciprocal of the same sort comes from Rwanda’s side.

This is the rational thing to do given the historical circumstances leading to the liberation of the two countries. The leaderships in the two countries share a history of mutual assistance.

So if Museveni’s actions cannot be understood rationally, how can they be explained?

Museveni needs to be understood psychologically. Here’s the informed opinion of his former personal physician Dr Kifefe Kizza-Besigye:

“If you want to understand our relationship with Rwanda you need to understand two things; President Museveni thought that since President Kagame was here under his command, an officer in his army, he continued to believe that now that he has gone to Rwanda, Rwanda will be subordinate to him, that he will be dictating to them what to do; he was hoping to control Rwanda.

Because Kagame trained under him in the army, he should stay indebted to him.

“But this is the mentality he uses even here when dealing with Ugandans. Museveni thinks the country Uganda is his family; everyone is his child, grandchild, bazukkulu.

For me, I want my rights as a citizen. You can’t take me as your child. It is a narcissism that treats grown people like his children and bazukkulu so that he can tell them what to do; my children, bazukkulu do this; do that!

That’s how he wanted to relate to me. So, that is also how he wanted to view Kagame. He thought Kagame will do what he tells him to do.

“Kagame was initially deferential to Museveni but then it became too much and he said ‘we have our own country.’ We will steer it the way we see fit.

So, the problem, in Museveni’s view, is that Kagame became defiant [yamujjemera!]. This was pronounced in the Congo war that deposed Mobutu.

Kagame refused to listen to Museveni. In fact, Rwanda was the only country that fought and deposed Mobutu. Because Kagame had defied him, Museveni hoped that Rwanda would fail. But they didn’t.

This placed Museveni in a situation of envy.

The second cause of the friction between Uganda and Rwanda is that while Rwanda might have its own problems, when you see the development there and compare it with what’s happening Uganda, and consider the fact that the leadership in Rwanda came on the scene much later than Uganda’s; that they started at a much greater depth, the baseline of genocide and that they have lifted themselves way out of that to the progress we see.

This naturally makes our people compare with what’s happening in Rwanda; they see the roads, the hospitals, etc., and they ask a rhetorical question that is directed towards Museveni ‘but what is wrong with you?’ [naye ggwe wabaaki?] So this piles pressure on him and adds on the jealousy.”

On the Congo war, the late President Nyerere had asked Museveni what problem he had against the RPF. His response was that “they don’t listen to me.”

Nyerere was left aghast, wondering how Museveni expected the government of a sovereign state to take orders from him. In Museveni’s mind, since everyone is his child and grandchild, a defiant child must be punished, taught a lesson.

It is safe to say that Nyerere knew and Besigye knows Museveni as much as anyone can claim to.

His former doctor continues:

“So, regarding Uganda supporting groups that seek to destabilize Rwanda’s security, this talk has been around for long, some people [RNC recruits] were arrested saying they are scouts going to Burundi; they were passing through Tanzania [to DRC].

My view is that those two reasons I gave above [defiance and envy] led Museveni to the conclusion that if the leadership in Rwanda was not going to listen to him he at least could destabilise and slow them down [babakakkanye!].”

Museveni’s strategy to “slow down” Rwanda has been two-pronged. The first involves sponsoring groups to destabilise Rwanda in the expectation that resources that could be used for development are diverted, as the country becomes more preoccupied with neutralising the enemy.

Senior FDLR officers, captured in the DRC on the border with Uganda as they were returning from a meeting in Kampala on December 14-15 at the invitation of Uganda’s Minister of State for Regional Cooperation, Philemon Mateke, confessed that the purpose of the meeting was to urge them to strengthen ties with Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC, which was represented at that meeting by Frank Ntwali, his brother in law.

Significantly, Museveni had urged them to target Rwanda’s infrastructure.

This is in line with his own strategic goal to “slow down” Rwanda’s economic development, including through sabotaging its infrastructure, both existing and planned.

Indeed, much has been written about Uganda’s refusal to grant Fifth Freedom Rights to RwandAir to pick up passengers from Entebbe to Europe, even though it grants the same rights to European airlines.

Then, there is Kampala’s refusal to construct electric transmission lines for Rwanda to connect to cheaper electricity from Kenya and Ethiopia through Uganda, despite Rwanda’s offer to pay for the construction.

There is similarly the fibre optic line and indeed Kampala’s decision to abandon the railway project connecting Mombasa to Kigali through Uganda as agreed in the framework of accords at Summits of the Northern Corridor states that obviously Uganda signed hoping to benefit from deals with other countries while reneging on aspects of the agreements related to Rwanda.

In other words, the train and fibre optic could come from Mombasa to Kampala as long as they didn’t reach Kigali.

None of these can be analysed rationally. A European ambassador who tried to reason his way around Kampala’s decision to deny Rwanda Fifth Freedom Rights while granting them to European airlines, still to this day has no answer.

This reinforces Besigye’s view that Museveni’s behavior towards Rwanda should not be understood from a rational perspective.

It is only when you consider Museveni’s narcissism – his craving to demean everyone he comes in contact with in order to gain ascendancy over them, his need to treat grown-ups as his children who must obey him and do what he orders them to do short of which they are considered defiant, insubordinate, and deserving to be punished – that you can begin to understand his actions.

It is this acute narcissism that is at the centre of a crisis between two sovereign states. Expecting a sovereign state to subordinate itself to the whims of a foreigner is irrational.

Ironically, Museveni’s major disagreement with his mentor, former president Obote, is that the latter had insisted that Museveni remains eternally indebted to him for sending him for treatment at a psychiatric hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1967, helping him to get admitted to the University of Dar es Salaam, and personally giving him his first job in his in State Research Bureau, meaning that Obote had a personal hand in grooming the very man that would eventually turn against him with a vengeance.

In other words, a rational Museveni should be in a position to understand that if this desire was untenable coming from his countryman, Obote, it would certainly be impossible to expect it from another country’s head of state.

But if we are to understand Museveni’s behaviour from a psychological perspective as a symptom of narcissism, as his former doctor strongly suggests, then what is the root cause of that narcissism? Identity crisis and hunger for acceptance are some of the explanations.

Source: Museveni’s actions towards Rwanda cannot be understood rationally

Ugandan ruler’s son and his Twitter war alarms

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By Jackson Mutabazi

Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

Ugandan military big shot and First Son Muhoozi Kainerugaba has recently taken to sending out belligerent tweets, basically promising hell on earth to an enemy he does not name. “I can assure you whoever even thinks of messing with Uganda will get a very bad day!” Lt. Gen. Kainerugaba thundered in a tweet yesterday.

It was the latest in a series that began mid last week when he said: “Uganda’s strong! I never used to believe it, but Almighty God has made me a believer. Nobody can defeat Uganda! This is God’s country. Whoever dares will be crushed to dust!”

Following the tweets, Chimpreports – one of the multitudes of Ugandan intelligence service sponsored websites in Kampala’s propaganda campaign against Rwanda – quickly published an article that made it seem like the Ugandan ruler’s son was referring to Rwanda. “The cautions come against the backdrop of heightened tensions between Uganda and Rwanda,” said the website in an article entitled, “Gen. Muhoozi’s ‘crush to dust’ warning; is UPDF prepping for combat action?”

Read: The agenda behind Uganda’s weaponising of the death of Gen. Fred Rwigyema

But there is no way Muhoozi was referring to Rwanda. He is known to the scene but surely he has heard from stories from actual generals – all of whom are quiet while the privileged son shouts war from the rooftops – who would know what they were talking about in relation to Rwanda and fighting. Muhooozi must be referring to somebody else he wants to crush, not Rwanda.

But still, to flex the warlike credentials of the First Son, Chimpreports peppers its article with obsequious praise songs to him. “Muhoozi is energized!” “Muhoozi, during his reign as Special Forces commander led commando units that wrestled Mogadishu from Al Shabaab” (at this, one bursts out in loud laughter, then reads on). “He disarmed the Karimojong; fought LRA’s Kony, and defeated ADF in Uganda!”

It’s as if Chimp is asserting to its audience: “This is the man to deal with ‘those Rwandans!’”

The problem with the website’s yarn about the war prowess of Kainerugaba is that during all the time he supposedly was performing those feats, eyewitnesses swear they were seeing him in luxury Kampala hotels, nightclubs and other places of leisure.

Chimpreports, after its paeans to “the great general” then targets Rwanda – as usual with accusations that are pure projections of Kampala’s own hostile acts or intentions against a neighbor. The website is accusing Rwanda of intentions of war against Uganda.

“Uganda rarely responds to Rwanda’s accusations,” claims the propaganda organ. “But insiders say UPDF maintains ‘a defensive posture’”, it adds.

Read: After years of denying, Uganda releases illegally detained Rwandans; Kayumba admits working with Museveni

The informed reader however will be aware that what Chimpreports calls “accusations” are things Rwanda always presents with proof, that is every time the Kampala commits another provocation. A case in point is the recent massacre of 14 civilians in Kinigi by attackers that had crossed from the border.

Rwandan security forces neutralized the terrorists, killing 19 of them and capturing five with the participation of local civilians. When questioned, they disclosed they were recruited into the FDLR terror group while in Uganda.

When Kigali officials mention these things, that is what organs like Chimpreports call “Rwandan accusations”, insinuating there is no truth to what they say.

Kigali however unfailingly presents evidence and proof to back whatever it says.

Through diplomatic notes verbale, it showed proof that the 46 RNC recruits – who were passing through Kikagati enroute to the terror group’s camps in Minembwe in December 2017 – were facilitated with forged papers and transportation by Ugandan Military Intelligence, CMI.

Also, Rwanda has repeatedly shown how Uganda is a hotbed of RNC activity – with the group’s officials coming and going as they please; with Kampala providing RNC bigwigs with diplomatic passports and VIP treatment; or by helping RNC financiers set up firms that only are a front for the group’s operations.

Read: Hell is not Rwanda; hell is what CMI, ISO, SFC and others have turned Uganda into

In other cases Kigali has shown, again and again, that Ugandan intelligence agencies persecute innocent Rwandan nationals; arrest them on concocted charges; illegally jail and torturing them, while denying them access to families and consular services.

There is a whole pile of Rwanda High Commission to Uganda notes verbale asking about the fate of its nationals unfortunate enough to fall into the clutches of CMI, ISO and the like.

On the other hand, what has Rwanda done to Uganda that’s even a tiny fraction of such bad neighborliness?, journalists and the like have asked. There is nothing that Uganda can point at.

The thing the Museveni regime misinformation machine excels at is inventing accusations against Kigali, while trying to pretend Uganda is the victim!

Such as one of the claims in the Chimpreports article. “With Rwanda Special Forces being very active in South Kivu and North Kivu (provinces) in Eastern Congo, observers say UPDF must be preparing for combat action.”

Voila! Uganda has accused Rwanda of preparing to attack it from DRC!

But is Kampala the government of DRC?, a few readers have asked.

DRC is an independent country; one that can even decide to sign security pacts with neighboring countries, such as Rwanda, to punish terrorist groups bent on killing its innocent citizens.

That aside, security analysts say, in case Lt. Gen. Kainerugaba indeed is talking about Rwanda with his tweets, the record should be clear to him. Rwanda only fights in self-defense and for good cause – meaning the national interest. Also, when Rwanda fights, it ensures the war’s conclusion is in the house of the one that started it.

But then again, Gen. Kainerugaba must be aware of that.

The unholy alliance between Ugandan mainstream media and RNC’s Itahuka

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By The New Times

A volunteered ‘eye witness’ in the death of late Fred Rwigema was interviewed on ‘Radio Itahuka’ a US-based genocide denial mouthpiece, constructing a conspiracy theory on how the hero might have been killed.

Soon after, New Vision, Uganda’s state-owned newspaper announced that it would be reproducing the story of Itahuka in its prime pages – which it did, on Sunday.

From the look of things however, the story backfired, especially since the paper wasn’t at its first lie. Twitter fans wondered why the fixation on Fred Rwigema, yet there are Ugandan heroes like Sam Magara, first leader of the National Resistance Army who’s murder is yet to be elucidated:

Another said loudly what many were wondering silently: why does the alleged eye-witness appear now, 29 years later?

Ugandan political class seems to have picked particular interest in Rwandan hero Late Gisa Rwigema, witnesses of all kinds are crawling out of the woodwork, to reminisce on his life and workout conspiracies in the hope to sow disputes among Rwandans.

It is quite astonishing that what is spread by ‘Radio itahuka’ a Genocide denial and FDLR mouthpiece, is published the next day in Uganda’s leading newspaper, consistently.

But the story in New Vision was overshadowed by an explosive letter written by the spouse of one Benjamin Rutabana, maternal uncle to Rwandan young populist Diane Rwigara.

The letter is addressed to Uganda’s head of military intelligence, Brigadier Abel Kandiho and to RNC Security Department led by Kayumba Nyamwasa.

In the letter, the wife, Diane Rutabana reveals that her husband was working with Ugandan intelligence to conduct terror actions against Rwanda until he disappeared.

‘I tried to contact Brig. Abel Kandiho, one of the leaders of Uganda Security Agencies and one of my husband’s friends in Uganda – who used to talk frequently with Ben – and you remember very well how you used to call late at night and he picked your calls…’ – the letter partly reads.

Take a minute to imagine that a Rwandan militia runs a security department in Uganda in close ‘friendship’ with senior Ugandan leaders – it is an army within an army.

It has become normal for all militias and perpetrators of the Genocide against the Tutsi to find safe haven and even support in Uganda. The FARDC (Congolese government army) has arrested senior FDLR militia commanders en route from meeting with Ugandan top leadership.

One wonders what’s the use of signing peace agreements with a neighbour whom at the same time forges counter-nature alliances with Genocide and negative outfits, with the hope that such outfits may ultimately overthrow the Rwandan government.

Worse yet, to misuse the name of a revered hero, who helped them accede power, all with the aim of dividing Rwandans.

One is left thinking whether Uganda has ambitions of becoming the neocolonial Belgians of modern times, practicing divide and rule upon Rwandans, but failing both to divide and/or rule, 60 years after Rwandan independence.

But Rwandans see what our neighbours are doing. They want to divert attention from their own failure to deliver transformation to their own people by scapegoating on Rwandans.

Rwandans have been in the Ugandan army and know more things about Ugandans than the opposite, but Rwandans have bigger, pressing matters to deal with, than fixate on ruminating intrigues among Ugandans.

I guess it is ok for the Ugandan government to willingly give up on keeping up the pace with the rest of the continent, but not play as an obstacle to regional integration; in fact, Uganda’s actions seen in the prism of the Agenda 2063, run counter to the ‘Africa we want’.

As African youth – including Ugandan youth were convening in Kigali for the ‘Youth Connect Africa’ conference, discussing with President Paul Kagame on the future of our continent, their elderly leaders in Uganda were plotting hate crimes just off our shores.

In the era of regional integration and continental free trade area, Uganda, sadly, seems to be a hindrance to Africa’s progress.

I will conclude with this: The Ugandan government reminds me much of the last days of the Habyarimana’s Genocide regime.

A populist threatening power ‘Rukokoma’ (Bobi Wine); Interahamwe and CDR militias targeting Rwandans: (RNC and P5) running cells in Uganda – a state within a state; their President a caricature of ‘Kinani’, youth chaos and breakdown of security and intelligence systems.

I wonder if they can sustain the war they are so much looking for, to divert the people’s attention from internal government failure; in spite of their military gimmicks, I doubt that the old guards in the NRM can leave the palaces and go back to the bush…

In his youth days, Ugandan President delivered a paper on the eleven ‘Africa Bottlenecks’ that prevent our continent’s transformation. With age, I am afraid he may have become the one single Africa’s bottleneck!

It is all a big disgrace, as Bob Marley would say…

Source: The unholy alliance between Ugandan mainstream media and RNC’s Itahuka

The ordeals of Rwandans illegally incarcerated in Uganda go on with no end in sight

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By Patience Kirabo

Rene Rutagungira (Circled).

Well after the Angola Memorandum of Understanding is signed and gathering dust on shelves; and well after a Ugandan team – part of the ad hoc Committee on implementation of the MoU has travelled to Kigali, met with its Rwandan counterparts and gone back saying good things – hundreds of Rwandan nationals still languish in different places of detention and torture in the neighboring country.

People like Rene Rutagungira, Augustin Rutayisire, Emmanuel Rwamucyo, Darius Kayobera (and his wife Claudine), and so many others seem to be condemned to indefinite illegal detention in inhuman conditions – some at the very risk of losing their lives. None of them was arrested through lawful means, such as issuance of arrest warrants detailing any offense.

They have never seen the inside of a court, to defend themselves. Instead the likes of Rutagungira, Rwamucyo, Rutayisire and others have been dragged to Makindye General Court Marshall, meaning further abuse of their rights as civilians. It is against the law even of Uganda to take civilians to military courts.

Read: Rwandan hospitalised after being tortured in Uganda

The families of the detained Rwandans, almost all of who are held incommunicado, are in despair. Their hopes wane every day that their people remain in custody. They shudder to think of the terrible things happening to them.

The story of businessman Rene Rutagungira is particularly indicative of the notoriously lawless nature of Ugandan security agencies, most notably the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, CMI. The Rwandan national was accosted in August 2017 in a bar in Namirembe Bbakuli, a Kampala suburb, while sharing a drink with friends.

To everyone’s shock the men, who had shown nothing to identify them, proceeded to manhandle Rutagungira, dragging him away as he struggled and fought, asking what he had done and where they were taking him. It turned out that these were CMI fellows engaged in abduction – their favored modus operandi. They just dragged him away and sped off with him in their vehicle.

Read: In Ugandan prisons Banyarwanda aren’t treated like people, dumped Rwandan says

His wife Hyacinthe Dusengeyezu was in consternation as she waited all night and Renee didn’t return. The next she heard of him was in media stories that he was charged with “espionage”. Soon the story changed that he was “in charge of a spy ring in Uganda!” There were several stories in Kampala regime propaganda media that he was “working with (former Uganda Police Chief) Kale Kayihura.”

Yet another allegation was that Rutagungira had been “involved in abducting Rwandan refugees!” It was all very confusing, said his wife who insisted the only activity of Rene was running his businesses in Uganda. The changing accusations were clearly indicative that the Ugandan security authorities were just framing Rutagungira. They even concocted accusations that he had “plotted to abduct Joel Mutabazi”, a terror suspect that was tried and sentenced in Kigali.

The accusation, just like all the others, was a demonstrable falsehood.

Read: More misery for Rwandans dumped from Uganda, including one that lost her baby

Mutabazi was handed to Kigali through a bilateral framework of cooperation between regional police forces. “We have Lt. Joel Mutabazi in custody following his arrest and hand-over by Uganda Police. This was done in keeping with ongoing collaboration between Rwanda and Uganda police to fight and prevent transnational crimes through Interpol and the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization Framework,” said a statement by the Rwanda Police.

In fact Uganda Police wasn’t the only one to hand over a wanted fugitive to his country of origin. The Rwandan police force reciprocated, as shown by the delivery of Shanita Namuyimba aka Bad Black to her country’s authorities, who wanted her to answer for crimes in Kampala.

“The continued allegations that Rutagungira ‘abducted Mutabazi’ are mere RNC propaganda, aided by CMI-sponsored mouthpiece media in an ongoing campaign to tarnish Rwanda,” said an analyst.

The case of Augustin Rutayisire who currently is in Luzira Prison of Kampala is particularly alarming. Rutayisire’s terrible misfortunes began together with those of his friend Emmanuel Rwamucyo when one Mukama Moses Kandiho, the brother of CMI chief Brig. Gen. Abel Kandiho arrested them in Mbarara last year in May.

Mukama Kandiho, a GISO (Government Internal Security Officer) who has terrorized many people in the Mbarara area, together with Maj. Mushambo the UPDF Second Division Counterintelligence Officer abducted the two Rwandan nationals and drove them to the military barracks to subject them to torture. That was after taking Ushs 140 million that belonged to Rwamucyo, according to the latter’s family members.

After a couple of weeks of severe beatings and psychological abuse in Mbarara, the two were then driven to CMI headquarters, Mbuya Military Barracks.

A year after the two friends were abducted, and currently detained at Luzira prison, the wife of Rutayisire Betty Mutamba disclosed her husband had almost died when she ate food in which someone had put bottle fragments. He was lucky that they took him to hospital in time and removed the fragments from his intestines.

Last month however, Rutayisire’s attorney said he was suffering torture in prison including constant beatings, sleeping on a bare floor, and suffering a health breakdown. “The incredible thing is that Ugandan courts already ordered that people like Rutayisire, Rutagungira and others be released since they were unlawfully jailed, and since the Ugandan state couldn’t bring any charges against them,” a family member of Rwamucyo’s said.

Read: Rwandan bus violently targeted in Uganda

Rutagungira’s lawyers filed a motion in High Court on 13 May 2019, to get him released from Makindye Court Martial immediately, citing the illegality of trying a civilian in a military court. As usual the military authorities just ignored the court’s ruling, which was in favor of the innocent Rwandan.

Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde, while still minister of security one time drove over to Makindye Barracks where Rene is detained, and proceeded to personally kick, slap and spit at the Rwandan. That is according to Rutagungira’s lawyer, Aaron Kizza. Tumukunde was trying to torture him into confessing the concocted charges against him, such as “working with Kayihura”.

Businessman Darius Kayobera’s case could be a stand-in for all the cases of the Rwandans kidnapped by CMI who end up in the agency’s dungeons or “safe houses”. Kayobera who was abducted with his wife was someone they knew had money, according to Jean Claude Mucyo, their employee with whom they were kidnapped, earlier this year.

The CMI agents surrounded them at midnight as they left their business premises where they ran beauty salons and spas on Musajjalumba Road in Rubaga, Kampala.

“The CMI goons just surrounded us and forced us into their vehicles; they then searched our bags and pockets for money. They forced us to hand over our phones and to tell them the pin numbers of the mobile money accounts,” Mucyo told the media. “Ugandan security guys are just robbers!” he continued, narrating how the fellows then effected transactions with accomplices to take cash from the mobile money accounts.

He described the torture and torment that ensued when the three were delivered to Mbuya. The Kayoberas have three small children, 8, 6 and 4 at home, but despite pleas to at least let the mother go, the CMI agents callously bundled everyone off to the torture chambers.

“This is the kind of lawless regime that Rwandans have to contend with,” remarked an analyst when he read of the Kayobera case.

The agenda behind Uganda’s weaponising of the death of Gen. Fred Rwigyema

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By The New Times

Gen. Fred Rwigyema.

Kampala’s current trend of weaponising the death of Rwandan hero Maj. Gen. Fred Rwigyema against the current leadership of Rwanda has taken on a completely new dimension.

This was apparent in the publication in yesterday’s Sunday Vision of a two-page story with the headline: “I was there when Gen. Rwigyema Died – Former RPF Commander.” The Ugandan state paper’s revisionist piece, which enjoys pride of place on pages 4 and 5, is peddled as a “true account of events” by one Maj. Michael Mupende, a former Rwandan soldier.

The central claim of the story is that President Kagame was behind the demise of the first commander of the RPA.

This follows the feting earlier this month by high-ranking Ugandans and their papers of Rwigyema, heaping praise on him, “in a way that heavily insinuated he was the good guy, and Kagame the bad one,” said a Kigali observer. “They have been using Rwigyema’s demise to sow disaffection for the Rwandan leadership, and it has long been an agenda by now,” he added.

Read: After years of denying, Uganda releases illegally detained Rwandans; Kayumba admits working with Museveni

That is how the New Vision is quoting some obscure man, Mupende – someone the facts show he wasn’t around when Gen. Rwigyema died – claiming the President of Rwanda killed the hero, according to this observation. Mupende tells many demonstrable lies.

The paper quotes him saying: “I personally did not see the person who pulled the trigger, but from what his (Fred’s) bodyguards shared with me later, the suspects were among them. They said it was an officer who had been entrusted to carry the ‘sniper, silenced rifle that Rwigyema always possessed within his security.”

Mupende continues with his claims that, “apparently, Rwigyema had been convinced by someone he trusted that there were new junior officers who would be a resource to him during the struggle. These people had been newly deployed into his security detail.”

Conveniently for the writer of the hatchet piece against the Rwandan president, Mupende mentions no names, even as he insinuates he was “very close to the action.” After all he admits he didn’t see the person that did it!, a reader laughed.

Mupende does not mention a single name of those he alleges were deployed close to Rwigyema.

Neither does he mention how anyone could just deploy unknown junior soldiers to someone at the level of Major General; moreover one of the least naïve commanders the region has ever known. Above all, if the New Vision were interested in fact checking, it would find out that Mupende was a none-entity who was nowhere near the frontline when Fred died.

Read: Hell is not Rwanda; hell is what CMI, ISO, SFC and others have turned Uganda into

The New Vision however only is too happy to publish more of his allegations, that “the officer who performed that operation was killed, ‘to avoid future leakage of information’”.

A Kigali analyst upon reading the article exclaimed, “As far as lies go, this is as shoddy as those one will find in the numerous anti-Rwanda websites! But then it no longer is surprising; the New Vision long ago became like all those obscure websites with their endless mudslinging against Kigali.”

Anyone that’s remotely familiar with the struggle of the RPF will know that Maj. (at the time) Paul Kagame was away attending a military course at Fort Leavenworth, USA. Anyone interested in facts rather than rumors, innuendos and conspiracy theories knows that Fred Rwigyema was hit by fleeing enemy fire and died immediately.

The escorts of Fred that survived the war know how he died. His comrades know it. “Rwigyema was standing on a small hill watching retreating Habyarimana forces through his binoculars when enemy fire killed him with a single shot.” Generals like Sam Kaka, Caesar Kayizari and others have been emphatic on that point.

Those are the facts as recounted by those that were there when that calamity struck.

To turn around and blame President Kagame, or anyone else in the RPA that day – 29 years after the event – only further exposes the Ugandan regime’s determination to escalate anti-Rwanda hostilities, of which a campaign of propaganda and misinformation is one.

To get an idea what lengths the Kampala regime will go to, it is enough to look at the quality of its “witness”, Maj. Mupende.

This man was an officer in the Rwandan Military during the war against the Interahamwe, Ex-FAR in DRC, deployed in Kabinda, in the Kasai Orientale Province. That was in 2000 to 2001, sources say. Here, Mupende reveals himself a liar in small as well as big things. “In March 2000 I was deployed in DRC as a commanding officer for the 3rd Battalion,” he claims.

But the record shows he only was the deputy commander.

Around that time, his dubious character began to reveal itself. During an administration and policy meeting, subordinates questioned him on management of RCA funds – rations and cash allowance for soldiers. Mupende, according to his colleagues then, failed to account for funds amounting to US$ 18,000.

Read: Reasons behind an obfuscating piece in Commandpost, a Kampala website

It was later established that he had given the money to his wife to run their personal businesses. Subsequently the issue was reported to army headquarters. When the soldiers were being recalled to Rwanda, Mupende must have detected that upon arrival in Kigali he would be questioned and made to account for the lost monies.

That’s when, our sources tell us, the man escaped to Uganda, where he had people waiting for him across the border.

“He lies that he was the commanding officer when he was second in command and also claims in the paper that there was a plan to eliminate him and that’s why he escaped; but he only did so to escape accountability for embezzlement,” laughs a former fellow military officer. Similarly, those who were there when Rwigyema died say that Mupende was nowhere near the frontline where Rwigyema fell and so there is no way he can know this so called first hand account of his death.

Obviously this is a man with many reasons to slander, smear and mudsling Rwanda.

Also, he is the kind of person that Ugandan intelligence agencies, most notably CMI, always are fishing for; to give them platforms to hurl their anti-Rwanda mud. On the other hand our sources add, it can’t have been very hard for Kampala regime officials to toss a few dollars at Mupende – who is living a hard life somewhere in the US currently and has since joined Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC– to publish his fabrications.

“To understand how Museveni’s people can so shamelessly use Fred Rwigyema’s death, even as they hypocritically proclaim “love” for him, one has to know that there is no depth to which they will not sink to advance their long-term plot to pave way for a puppet regime in Kigali,” said a Kigali writer that preferred anonymity.

It is by now a long open secret that the Ugandan ruler’s preferred puppet government in Kigali would be that of Kayumba Nyamwasa and his RNC, and the defamation that “Kagame killed Rwigyema” is part of that goal – sowing hate, disaffection and mistrust of the Kigali leadership as part of it.

Museveni’s credibility problems become more glaring when one considers how from the earliest times as head of the NRA guerrilla group, he eliminated even the closest colleagues. People like Hannington Mugabi, (shot when he and a group of others were playing cards by someone that mysteriously never was tried, because he acted on Museveni’s orders), Sam Magara, Kazahura, Bwende, (a faithful informant in Luweero), and on, to people like Andrew Kayiira whom he had murdered in front of his family!

Rather than creating fictitious stories of Rwigema’s death, Museveni will have more credibility if he tells people about the deaths of Gen James Kazini, Brig Noble Mayombo, AIGP Felix Kaweesi, SSP Muhamad Kirumira, and of course Aronda Nyakairima.

Museveni is a well-known cynical individual; a backstabbing, traitorous individual for whom murder comes almost as second nature!, long time observers have written repeatedly about the Ugandan ruler. “His problem is that he now tries to project that on the Rwandan President, something not likely to fool anyone!” observed another commentator.

Source: The agenda behind Uganda’s weaponising of the death of Gen. Fred Rwigyema

Reasons behind an obfuscating piece in Commandpost, a Kampala website

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By Alex Muhumuza

CMI-RNC sponsored website.

One of the Ugandan regime propaganda websites is pushing the usual anti-Rwanda line in peddling the slander that “Rwanda staged the attack” in Kinigi, Musanze District last Friday that killed 15 people and left 18 others injured.

Commandpost – a tool that accesses its funds from Ugandan Military Intelligence, CMI, through one Bob Atwine, an individual with a reputation for being highly corrupt – is the ringleader with regards to the latest anti-Rwanda smear.

The goal of the article, analysis indicates, is to sow doubts about the fact that the attackers – from a group called FDLR RUD, which is together with Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC in the so-called “P5” alliance – were recruited in Uganda. In fact Commandpost seeks to gaslight the Rwandan authorities by claiming there wasn’t an attack by FDLR RUD in the first place, therefore, “it is Kigali that staged the whole thing!”

Read: Hell is not Rwanda; hell is what CMI, ISO, SFC and others have turned Uganda into

In the article headlined “attacks in Rwanda blamed on Kigali Govt to drag in Uganda, victims buried in mass graves”, the website claims that “the opposition in Rwanda” has said “there are more questions than answers to the attacks!” The particular “opposition” that Commandpost is referring to apparently is none other than one Professor Charles Kambanda – a well-known member of RNC based in the United States.

Museveni’s main proxy in his long-term plot to install a puppet regime in Kigali is none other than Kayumba Nyamwasa with his RNC, followed by factions in their “P5” grouping in which RNC is closely allied with FDLR. Little wonder then, observers say, that Commandpost quotes Charles Kambanda at length, to obfuscate and to absolve Kampala as well as FDLR RUD of guilt in the killings of innocent Kinigi civilians.

Read: A peaceful Congo is not good for Nyamwasa and backers, hence CMI/RNC smears against Tshisekedi and Rwanda – analysts

When FDLR attacked however, it hadn’t counted on what happened next. Rwandan security forces launched a quick counter-operation that killed nineteen of the bandits and, with the help of local civilians five of them (bandits) were captured alive. They then disclosed to the media that they had been recruited in Uganda, and that they belonged to FDLR RUD.

They are on video saying that. One of them, Theoneste Habumukiza a graduate in business administration from the University of Rwanda disclosed that he was recruited into FDLR while he was pursuing a masters course at Makerere University in Kampala.

Habumukiza, who hails from Burera District, said: “I was approached by a wealthy person who encouraged me to join FDLR, saying that when they capture the country they would reward me with a well-paying job, and other incentives.”

Read: Q: who has designated Commandpost the job of speaking for DRC?

Analysts say that Commandpost and its masters, having seen the highly incriminating video and knowing what the others would be saying during interrogation, is rushing to confuse the issue. That’s the reason for the propaganda that Kigali staged the attack on its own citizens, analysts continue.

Observers add that the Ugandan authorities equally are uneasy not only about what the captured fellows have told the journalists, but about what that – and further information they are bound to give – will say about the duplicity of the Ugandan leadership as it continues with acts to destabilize a neighbor while pretending it is not.

Leaders as far away as Angola have been doing their best to mediate the frosty relations between Kampala and Kigali. But it becomes ever more clearer, with attacks such as that of Kinigi, that the problem is the Ugandan leadership, events show. Kagame and Museveni signed the MoU in Luanda, but Museveni’s sponsorship of anti-Rwanda armed groups continues unabated according to evidence like the attack in Kinigi.

Therefore Commandpost, as if on cue, has jumped in with its misinformation piece.

The CMI sponsored troll site quoting Kambanda at length launches into a spiel of pseudo analysis, talking of “the times between the attack”, and “when the attack was announced”, and how “it is suspicious the victims were buried in a mass grave” (of course no such thing happened – the victims families preferred they be buried together, but it was in individual graves), and so on.

Read: How Uganda’s troll army wages war of misinformation on Rwanda

Kambanda is extensively quoted voicing conspiracy theories about what allegedly happened during the attack. His main objective being to tarnish the Kigali leadership with the murders, he bizarrely twists events, asking obviously fallacious questions such as: “how did RDB know that Kinigi was safe again before announcing that?!”

“Of course they (RDB) knew it because the criminals had been killed, others captured, and the police and army had secured the entire area!” seethed a Kigali security official.

The so-called professor goes on in that vein, like the disingenuous claims that family members of the victims didn’t view the bodies. They did, as reports from Musanze clearly showed, but the RNC official was banking on lack of knowledge of the events, say by foreigners, to push through that particular lie.

“It is just one tedious falsehood after another by Kambanda, but what to else to expect of the man?” a reader asked. But whatever Kambanda says, the evidence of Uganda and FDLR culpability is overwhelming. Two of the captured attackers: one Second Lieutenant Selemani Kabayija and Private Fidel Nzabonimpa went to Uganda last year where they were received by the Ugandan military, UPDF in the border town of Kisoro.

At the end of it all, basically Commandpost and its handlers were anticipating such damaging information, so they did their best to confuse the issue.

Also in airing the falsehoods of Kambanda, the website was disseminating the propaganda of someone whose interests are the same as theirs; the same as Kayumba Nyamwasa’s and, ultimately, the same as Museveni’s.

In another incident, Ugandan security resorts to attacking Rwandan passenger vehicles

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By Alain Mucyo

In the night of 10 October 2019, around 3 am a group of unidentified thugs pelted with stones a Kigali-bound passenger service bus from Kampala, seriously damaging the vehicle. The incident occurred between an area called Muhanga and Ntungamo, about 45 kilometers from Gatuna Border Post inside Uganda.

The bus, Registration Number RAD 259M, which belongs to Volcano, a Rwandan transport company was being driven by Rwandan national Muhammad Sibomana. According to available information, about four thugs way-laid the bus that was carrying passengers coming to Kigali from the Ugandan capital.

Read: Rwandan bus violently targeted in Uganda

An eyewitness who was among the passengers on board, said that the driver continued even with the hail of stones that were being pelted at the bus and a short distance away, they met a police patrol car. “We stopped and recounted the incident to them, with evidence clear of the shattered windscreen on the passenger side but they simply ignored us; as if nothing had happened,” the passenger told this website upon reaching Kigali.

According to this witness, it was clear that the Ugandan security authorities were actually well aware of the plot due the indifference they showed when they were told of the attack. “Everyone on board was shaken; the windscreen had all come down on one side but the officers just looked at us as if nothing had happened,” said the witness. “No effort was made to pursue the thugs,” he added.

Fortunately, no one sustained any serious injury. This is not the first incident where the same bus company has had one of its buses pelted with stones, in this exact location. Last month on September 24, another Volcano bus that was enroute to Kampala from Kigali faced the same attack, again at night, and one of the stones broke through the window and hit an employee of the company.

Read: Rwandan hospitalised after being tortured in Uganda

The victim was badly injured in the face and lost several teeth. They had to stop to look for a health facility where he got stitches before they continued with their journey. “It was an attack aimed at causing malicious damage and just like the previous one last month, these were not ordinary thugs who waylay buses with the intention to steal. They had other motives,” said another passenger.

According to a Kigali-based analyst who has closely monitored relations between Rwanda and Uganda, these two incidents cannot be divorced from the bad neighborliness that Kampala continues to exhibit towards Rwanda. It is consistent with the hostile policy the Ugandan regime has long adopted towards Rwanda and its nationals, say commentators.

Most notorious of the anti-Rwanda security organs is Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, CMI which has been working hand in hand with Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC agents to harass, illegally arrest, detain incommunicado, and torture innocent Rwandan nationals.

“It wouldn’t be a surprise if this policy has been extended to waylaying Rwandan owned vehicles on Ugandan roads!” said a regional security expert.

Hundreds of innocent Rwandans continue to languish in Ugandan prisons, as well as the infamous “safe houses” – ungazetted places of detention where the main activity is horrendous physical abuse of detainees. Dozens upon dozens in particular suffer in CMI’s Mbuya Military Barracks torture chambers, and its the Kireka facility.

Read: Rwandans face trumped up charges in Uganda; human rights groups remain silent as health deteriorates

Many Rwandans, after detention in such places, have been transported and dumped at the Rwandan borders, and never with formal deportation procedures, or through any legal ways of doing things. Many a Rwandan have told their harrowing accounts of such suffering.

Such was the case just last week, on 5 October when four Rwandans – three men and one woman – were dumped by Ugandan authorities at the Kagitumba Border Post. The quartet, Monfort Munyakazi, Laurent Kamere, Elias Nsabimana and Consolee Mbabazi, were dumped at the border having been detained and tortured for months by Ugandan security.

The Ugandan authorities fabricated charges against them of illegal entry, and illegally detained them in Ntungamo Prison in conditions of arduous physical abuse before they dumped at the border. All of them looked emaciated and in poor health. All of them had crossed into Uganda with their national IDs, documents that would normally allow them into Uganda, under an existing, regional reciprocal arrangement.

The arrangement, a trilateral initiative launched in 2014, allowed for the entry of either citizens of Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya into any of the other country by simply using their national ID. The initiative, which Rwanda has continued to observe, was agreed upon by the presidents of the three countries to expedite the regional integration process.

However, Uganda has continued to arrest Rwandans on charges of illegal entry well knowing that they had been properly processed through the border with their IDs.

All this is part of a grand scheme by the Ugandan leadership, to turn Uganda completely hostile to those Rwandan nationals that are perceived not to be supporters of RNC; or as a ploy to kidnap, abduct and torture people with an eye on recruiting the able bodied as rebel fighters for the group.

In Uganda, the terrorist RNC, and other groups like FDLR that plot to destabilize Rwanda have full support, facilitation and full backing by the government.

The signing of a memorandum of understanding in Angola in August appears to have done nothing to make the Ugandan regime stop its anti-Rwanda plotting.

Hell is not Rwanda; hell is what CMI, ISO, SFC and others have turned Uganda into

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By Jackson Mutabazi

Brig Gen Abel Kandiho, right, head of CMI.

Ugandan intelligence services-sponsored websites whose main job is to smear Rwanda were yesterday, 8 October, publishing the propaganda lie du jour, that Kigali had “deported an American pastor because he had ‘challenged the regime’ over ‘illegal closure of his radio and church in the country.’”

One of the most notable of these anti-Rwanda troll sites, Commandpost, run by the corrupt Bob Atwine who gets money from CMI through Sarah Kagingo, was breathlessly embellishing the story with falsehoods about the reasons for the deportation of the Evangelical pastor, Gregg Schoof.

Commandpost, in true Ugandan propaganda trolls fashion, went ahead to quote all the incendiary things Schoof was saying with not the slightest attempt at telling the other side of the story. It quoted a press statement, verbatim, that the American had issued saying the Rwandan Government “had taken a stand against God with its heathen practices!”

Read: As FDLR cheerleader, Chimpreports can only spin fictions

The statement, published by Commandpost, also with no attempt at giving some context, further rants: “Christian Radio Illegally closed, 7,000 churches illegally closed, condoms are promoted to children in schools, which promotes filth!”

Commandpost runs verbatim all the American fundamentalist Christian’s charges against his Rwandan hosts, such as criticism of “teaching evolution in schools”, and “easing of restrictions on abortion”, culminating in the question: “is this government trying to send people to hell?”

Commandpost, like all the anti-Rwanda Ugandan media is only too happy to jump at every opportunity to slander the Rwanda.

If they were more careful, they would never publish something like this. The hypocrisy of these Ugandan Military Intelligence, CMI-sponsored trolls is breathtaking. “They have the audacity to publish deranged accusations by some foreigner, who clearly has his ideologies to promote, with no examination of his motives?”, an astonished reader in Kigali asked.

Read: How Uganda’s troll army wages war of misinformation on Rwanda

“Every sane person will see that Rwanda acted within the law in stopping, and deporting a madman that is here to challenge the national education system; to challenge the national family planning policy; and to promote misogyny with crazy claims that women are evil, prostitutes, jezebels and the like!” said another observer.

On the other hand, another asked, what level of hell would Ugandan regime operatives go to, when one imagines all the extra-judicial killings of innocent Ugandans: people like the Kibalamas (a vanished People Power activist), the Ziggy Wines, the Ssebulimes, the Afande Kirumiras, the Yasin Kawumas, and so many others whose orphans and widows live in incurable sorrow?

Another question in fact is, what kind of living hell has Museveni-regime agents Kandiho, CK Asiimwe, Bagyenda, Mushambo, and so many others turned Uganda into, with their “safe houses” where they torture multitudes of illegally arrested citizens?

The anti-Rwanda tools of Kampala will never tell their audience that things in Kigali are done strictly by the letter, and spirit of the law and the case of Gregg Schoof was no different when the events surrounding the man’s deportation are examined.

Read: A peaceful Congo is not good for Nyamwasa and backers, hence CMI/RNC smears against Tshisekedi and Rwanda – analysts

Schoof was arrested this Monday over disturbing the public order, near the Amahoro Stadium. Commandpost did not tell its readers that Schoof’s radio station, “Amazing Grace” had no license to operate in Rwanda.

Last year in January it aired a sermon by one Pastor Nicholas Niyibikora which basically described women as “the source of all sin”, and that “they were responsible for the fall of kingdoms.” The discriminatory sermon drew widespread condemnation from rights groups, including Pro-Femmes Twese Hamwe and the National Commission for Human Rights.

Moreover it wasn’t the first time that the radio had broadcast such appalling sermons. Rwandan media regulatory authorities couldn’t stand around doing nothing as a media organ sowed such Taliban-like extremist and discriminatory messages in the country, said an official of the Media High Council.

So when the Association of Rwandan Female Journalists (ARFEM) filed a complaint against Amazing Grace for defamation, on 6 February 2018 with the Rwanda Media Commission, “the latter took it with all the seriousness it deserved.” It was against that background that the RMC Ethics Committee decided to suspend the operations of Amazing Grace, according to the Commission’s Chairman, Cleophas Barore.

“But to see these so called Commandpost or whatever distorting things just to slander Rwanda, its beyond shameful,” commented a media official.

“Schoof isn’t above the law; he had to abide by the law, or the law had to take its course whatever Kampala peddlers of misinformation say!, he added.

Speaking on the deportation of the American, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Olivier Nduhungirehe said it in fact was “long overdue”, because “he had disregarded decisions made by courts and institutions.” Nduhungirehe added: “It had become too much!

“Deportation was the only solution at this point. Schoof broke the law, holding an illegal gathering and attempting to incite the masses, hiding behind Christianity to make all sorts of allegations.”

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Ugandan First Son tweets; fake anti-Rwanda articles follow. What are the reasons?

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By Alex Muhumuza

Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

A recent spate of bad setbacks for Kampala’s plans to destabilize Rwanda – through its RNC, FDLR and other terrorist proxies – has left the Museveni regime with little choice other than to manufacture a pile of fake news in increasingly desperate attempts to tarnish Kigali.

That is what is to be seen in the most recent anti-Rwanda articles in Kampala propaganda media – including the state-owned New Vision (its outrageous smear against President Kagame last Sunday that he had a hand in the death of Maj. Gen. Rwigema only was the latest); as well as Commandpost, Chimpreports and multitudes of others financed by the country’s intelligence agencies.

Read: Ugandan ruler’s son and his Twitter war alarms

Chimpreports in the past couple of days has been outdoing everyone else by its use of a series of tweets of the Ugandan ruler’s son Muhoozi Kainerugaba as raw material to advance the impression – which they have been trying to create for some time – that “Rwanda is planning war against Uganda!”

The website made it seem like Lt. Gen. Kainerugaba was talking of Rwanda when it quoted a tweet he sent out last week on 9 October, Uganda’s Independence Day, saying: “nobody can defeat Uganda! This is God’s country! Whoever dares will be crushed to dust!”

Quoting Muhoozi’s Independence Day tweets, Chimpreports this Monday added them to another belligerent one, sent out to enemies Museveni’s son did not name. It said, “I can assure whoever even thinks of messing with Uganda will get a very bad day!”

Muhoozi said nothing about Rwanda. The website nevertheless used them to drive the fraudulent narrative of “Rwandan war designs” on Uganda.

It became quite blatant with an article Chimpreports published yesterday (Tuesday) as a follow-up to Monday’s.

“Is Rwanda Planning Invasion of Western Uganda?” asked the headline, leading with the following sentence: “Uganda’s armed forces have intensified preparations to defend the country especially in Western Uganda, which is expected to be invaded by Rwanda Defense Forces and its associated militia groups.”

Just like that, on the basis of nothing other than some tweets by the First Son – which Chimp interpreted to insinuate the message it wanted – a Ugandan mouthpiece is accusing Rwanda of a very serious matter. “The Senior Presidential Advisor in Charge of Special Operations, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba blew the lid off the military threat faced by Uganda…”

Read: The unholy alliance between Ugandan mainstream media and RNC’s Itahuka

The question that immediately arises is: so, that’s how Uganda conducts matters of grave importance – through tweets by someone who in the first place would not be the individual to speak on such matters?

The lengthy article is full of incendiary and false allegations, such as one that: “around May 2018 Rwandan forces deployed tens of thousands of troops along the Ugandan border in anticipation of a full-scale war!” Or that, “Rwanda maintains about 10,000 Rwandan troops in eastern DRC!”, Or that “Rwanda wants to provoke a war from the Congo, to avoid fighting that war in Rwanda!”

It is so much it makes one’s head spin. How in the first place has Kinshasa not spoken out on these things that allegedly are taking place on its territory, but Ugandan mouthpieces are the ones making such alarmist noises?, one asks.

The news one gets from the DRC these days is how that country is happily securing the peace of its people; driving out destabilizing groups of armed bandits like RNC and FDLR; forging alliances with any neighbor that wants peace, and generally indicating it can no longer be a safe haven for criminal groups the source of endless conflict.

Recently the world has seen how the RNC ragtag rebels were smoked out, as they were being shifted from Minembwe in South Kivu Province, to Binza in North Kivu.

The rout they suffered mid this year, with about 200 of them dead – including Capt. (Rtd) Charles Sibo, one of their top commanders – and several captured alive with their weapons, including Maj. (Rtd) Habib Mudathir was a blow they will not recover from. One suffered not only by Kayumba Nyamwasa and his RNC, but also by Museveni and his long-term plans to destabilize Rwanda. More recently, Sylvestre Mudacumura, commander of the FDLR too met his brutal end in the Congolese forests.

Read: A peaceful Congo is not good for Nyamwasa and backers, hence CMI/RNC smears against Tshisekedi and Rwanda – analysts

Security sources point out how the defeats of RNC and FDLR have also led to another great embarrassment for Museveni. The captured bandits have been revealing all the details of his regime’s support for anti-Rwanda groups, in open court sessions. Security sources say Kampala is despairing even more about all the information that must have been revealed in private interrogations of the likes of arrested FDLR bigwigs LaForge Fils Bazeye, Theophile Abega, as well as individuals such as Callixte Nsabimana “Sankara”.

A big reason for all the propaganda emanating from Chimpreports and other Kampala propaganda organs is to obfuscate the highly embarrassing revelations that is becoming public – further damaging Kampala’s already tattered reputation, said our sources.

To make matters worse for Kampala, it has now been revealed that the recent terror attack in Kinigi, which claimed 14 innocent lives and injured a number of other people, came from Uganda. Rwandan security forces killed 19 of the attackers and, with the participation of local civilians, capturing five alive.

Interviewed by the media, they revealed they were of the FDLR RUD-Urunana group, and that they had been recruited while in Uganda. One of them, Theoneste Habumukiza said he was doing a masters course at Kampala’s Makerere University when “someone well-dressed” recruited him into FDLR with promises that “they would capture Rwanda.”

Read: As FDLR cheerleader, Chimpreports can only spin fictions

Now, according to our highly confidential sources, it has come to light that the attack in Kinigi by “RUD-Urunana” was facilitated by Philemon Mateke, Uganda’s Minister of State for Regional Affairs.

Followers of the news will recall that when Bazeye and Abega were arrested on 15 December last year at the Bunagana Border Post in Congo, they were coming from a meeting whose agenda was to coordinate the activities of FDLR and RNC. That meeting was at the Kampala Serena and its convener was Mateke, at the instructions of Museveni.

Such duplicity by Uganda has been uncovered “to embarrassing levels” by a DRC and Angola inquiry into the causes of the strained relations between Uganda and Rwanda – part of the work on the MoU signed in Luanda in August.

“No wonder Chimpreports also is disseminating insinuations that, somehow, it is Rwanda that’s violating the MoU terms,” said an observer.

“There is nothing much the Ugandan authorities remain with, after being so badly hit in their anti-Rwanda plots and after being so badly exposed by the truth. All they have remaining is fake news!”

Museveni’s actions towards Rwanda cannot be understood rationally

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By The New Times

President Museveni and his former personal physician Dr Kifefe Kizza-Besigye.

Since the conflict between Uganda and Rwanda escalated to its current level, after a two-decade relative lull, analysts have for the past two years and a half tried to make sense of the crisis.

Initially, there was a lot of speculation until the sides tabled their grievances, first in the media and then formally through the Angola Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Since then, we now know officially that Rwanda accuses Uganda of harassing, detaining, and torturing its citizens in Uganda; it also says that Uganda holds its goods in transit to Kenya; and that it supports groups bent on destabilising it, principally Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC and the remnants of those who committed genocide in 1994, the FDLR.

Uganda alleges that Rwandans go there to spy and demands that the Gatuna border should be opened.

These grievances have given analysts a lot of information to reflect on. Consequently, they have tried to understand the crisis from a rational perspective.

For instance, the allegation on spying is often responded to with suggestions that it, in and of itself, confirms that Uganda is supporting the RNC; it must have something to hide, or else why would Uganda be so paranoid as to see a spy in every Rwandan who crosses the border, some have wondered. And so on.

But what most analysts have had a hard time understanding is why Museveni would want to destabilise Rwanda in the first place, and what he wants the end-point for such destabilisation to be.

Some have argued that Museveni feels entitled to oversight over Rwanda because he apparently believes he helped its leadership to get power in 1994.

But this argument also fails the rational test. Museveni rode on the backs of Rwandans to power in 1986.

By placing him in power, these Rwandans were, in fact, helping themselves, for there is nothing he would have been able to do without them having placed him in that position in the first place.

In other words, it is irrational to try to assert entitlement on the basis of your supposed benevolence to a person for whom you yourself are indebted.

For this reason, as Museveni incessantly talks about “those boys” he helped, nothing reciprocal of the same sort comes from Rwanda’s side.

This is the rational thing to do given the historical circumstances leading to the liberation of the two countries. The leaderships in the two countries share a history of mutual assistance.

So if Museveni’s actions cannot be understood rationally, how can they be explained?

Museveni needs to be understood psychologically. Here’s the informed opinion of his former personal physician Dr Kifefe Kizza-Besigye:

“If you want to understand our relationship with Rwanda you need to understand two things; President Museveni thought that since President Kagame was here under his command, an officer in his army, he continued to believe that now that he has gone to Rwanda, Rwanda will be subordinate to him, that he will be dictating to them what to do; he was hoping to control Rwanda.

Because Kagame trained under him in the army, he should stay indebted to him.

“But this is the mentality he uses even here when dealing with Ugandans. Museveni thinks the country Uganda is his family; everyone is his child, grandchild, bazukkulu.

For me, I want my rights as a citizen. You can’t take me as your child. It is a narcissism that treats grown people like his children and bazukkulu so that he can tell them what to do; my children, bazukkulu do this; do that!

That’s how he wanted to relate to me. So, that is also how he wanted to view Kagame. He thought Kagame will do what he tells him to do.

“Kagame was initially deferential to Museveni but then it became too much and he said ‘we have our own country.’ We will steer it the way we see fit.

So, the problem, in Museveni’s view, is that Kagame became defiant [yamujjemera!]. This was pronounced in the Congo war that deposed Mobutu.

Kagame refused to listen to Museveni. In fact, Rwanda was the only country that fought and deposed Mobutu. Because Kagame had defied him, Museveni hoped that Rwanda would fail. But they didn’t.

This placed Museveni in a situation of envy.

The second cause of the friction between Uganda and Rwanda is that while Rwanda might have its own problems, when you see the development there and compare it with what’s happening Uganda, and consider the fact that the leadership in Rwanda came on the scene much later than Uganda’s; that they started at a much greater depth, the baseline of genocide and that they have lifted themselves way out of that to the progress we see.

This naturally makes our people compare with what’s happening in Rwanda; they see the roads, the hospitals, etc., and they ask a rhetorical question that is directed towards Museveni ‘but what is wrong with you?’ [naye ggwe wabaaki?] So this piles pressure on him and adds on the jealousy.”

On the Congo war, the late President Nyerere had asked Museveni what problem he had against the RPF. His response was that “they don’t listen to me.”

Nyerere was left aghast, wondering how Museveni expected the government of a sovereign state to take orders from him. In Museveni’s mind, since everyone is his child and grandchild, a defiant child must be punished, taught a lesson.

It is safe to say that Nyerere knew and Besigye knows Museveni as much as anyone can claim to.

His former doctor continues:

“So, regarding Uganda supporting groups that seek to destabilize Rwanda’s security, this talk has been around for long, some people [RNC recruits] were arrested saying they are scouts going to Burundi; they were passing through Tanzania [to DRC].

My view is that those two reasons I gave above [defiance and envy] led Museveni to the conclusion that if the leadership in Rwanda was not going to listen to him he at least could destabilise and slow them down [babakakkanye!].”

Museveni’s strategy to “slow down” Rwanda has been two-pronged. The first involves sponsoring groups to destabilise Rwanda in the expectation that resources that could be used for development are diverted, as the country becomes more preoccupied with neutralising the enemy.

Senior FDLR officers, captured in the DRC on the border with Uganda as they were returning from a meeting in Kampala on December 14-15 at the invitation of Uganda’s Minister of State for Regional Cooperation, Philemon Mateke, confessed that the purpose of the meeting was to urge them to strengthen ties with Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC, which was represented at that meeting by Frank Ntwali, his brother in law.

Significantly, Museveni had urged them to target Rwanda’s infrastructure.

This is in line with his own strategic goal to “slow down” Rwanda’s economic development, including through sabotaging its infrastructure, both existing and planned.

Indeed, much has been written about Uganda’s refusal to grant Fifth Freedom Rights to RwandAir to pick up passengers from Entebbe to Europe, even though it grants the same rights to European airlines.

Then, there is Kampala’s refusal to construct electric transmission lines for Rwanda to connect to cheaper electricity from Kenya and Ethiopia through Uganda, despite Rwanda’s offer to pay for the construction.

There is similarly the fibre optic line and indeed Kampala’s decision to abandon the railway project connecting Mombasa to Kigali through Uganda as agreed in the framework of accords at Summits of the Northern Corridor states that obviously Uganda signed hoping to benefit from deals with other countries while reneging on aspects of the agreements related to Rwanda.

In other words, the train and fibre optic could come from Mombasa to Kampala as long as they didn’t reach Kigali.

None of these can be analysed rationally. A European ambassador who tried to reason his way around Kampala’s decision to deny Rwanda Fifth Freedom Rights while granting them to European airlines, still to this day has no answer.

This reinforces Besigye’s view that Museveni’s behavior towards Rwanda should not be understood from a rational perspective.

It is only when you consider Museveni’s narcissism – his craving to demean everyone he comes in contact with in order to gain ascendancy over them, his need to treat grown-ups as his children who must obey him and do what he orders them to do short of which they are considered defiant, insubordinate, and deserving to be punished – that you can begin to understand his actions.

It is this acute narcissism that is at the centre of a crisis between two sovereign states. Expecting a sovereign state to subordinate itself to the whims of a foreigner is irrational.

Ironically, Museveni’s major disagreement with his mentor, former president Obote, is that the latter had insisted that Museveni remains eternally indebted to him for sending him for treatment at a psychiatric hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1967, helping him to get admitted to the University of Dar es Salaam, and personally giving him his first job in his in State Research Bureau, meaning that Obote had a personal hand in grooming the very man that would eventually turn against him with a vengeance.

In other words, a rational Museveni should be in a position to understand that if this desire was untenable coming from his countryman, Obote, it would certainly be impossible to expect it from another country’s head of state.

But if we are to understand Museveni’s behaviour from a psychological perspective as a symptom of narcissism, as his former doctor strongly suggests, then what is the root cause of that narcissism? Identity crisis and hunger for acceptance are some of the explanations.

Source: Museveni’s actions towards Rwanda cannot be understood rationally

Ugandan ruler’s son and his Twitter war alarms

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By Jackson Mutabazi

Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

Ugandan military big shot and First Son Muhoozi Kainerugaba has recently taken to sending out belligerent tweets, basically promising hell on earth to an enemy he does not name. “I can assure you whoever even thinks of messing with Uganda will get a very bad day!” Lt. Gen. Kainerugaba thundered in a tweet yesterday.

It was the latest in a series that began mid last week when he said: “Uganda’s strong! I never used to believe it, but Almighty God has made me a believer. Nobody can defeat Uganda! This is God’s country. Whoever dares will be crushed to dust!”

Following the tweets, Chimpreports – one of the multitudes of Ugandan intelligence service sponsored websites in Kampala’s propaganda campaign against Rwanda – quickly published an article that made it seem like the Ugandan ruler’s son was referring to Rwanda. “The cautions come against the backdrop of heightened tensions between Uganda and Rwanda,” said the website in an article entitled, “Gen. Muhoozi’s ‘crush to dust’ warning; is UPDF prepping for combat action?”

Read: The agenda behind Uganda’s weaponising of the death of Gen. Fred Rwigyema

But there is no way Muhoozi was referring to Rwanda. He is known to the scene but surely he has heard from stories from actual generals – all of whom are quiet while the privileged son shouts war from the rooftops – who would know what they were talking about in relation to Rwanda and fighting. Muhooozi must be referring to somebody else he wants to crush, not Rwanda.

But still, to flex the warlike credentials of the First Son, Chimpreports peppers its article with obsequious praise songs to him. “Muhoozi is energized!” “Muhoozi, during his reign as Special Forces commander led commando units that wrestled Mogadishu from Al Shabaab” (at this, one bursts out in loud laughter, then reads on). “He disarmed the Karimojong; fought LRA’s Kony, and defeated ADF in Uganda!”

It’s as if Chimp is asserting to its audience: “This is the man to deal with ‘those Rwandans!’”

The problem with the website’s yarn about the war prowess of Kainerugaba is that during all the time he supposedly was performing those feats, eyewitnesses swear they were seeing him in luxury Kampala hotels, nightclubs and other places of leisure.

Chimpreports, after its paeans to “the great general” then targets Rwanda – as usual with accusations that are pure projections of Kampala’s own hostile acts or intentions against a neighbor. The website is accusing Rwanda of intentions of war against Uganda.

“Uganda rarely responds to Rwanda’s accusations,” claims the propaganda organ. “But insiders say UPDF maintains ‘a defensive posture’”, it adds.

Read: After years of denying, Uganda releases illegally detained Rwandans; Kayumba admits working with Museveni

The informed reader however will be aware that what Chimpreports calls “accusations” are things Rwanda always presents with proof, that is every time the Kampala commits another provocation. A case in point is the recent massacre of 14 civilians in Kinigi by attackers that had crossed from the border.

Rwandan security forces neutralized the terrorists, killing 19 of them and capturing five with the participation of local civilians. When questioned, they disclosed they were recruited into the FDLR terror group while in Uganda.

When Kigali officials mention these things, that is what organs like Chimpreports call “Rwandan accusations”, insinuating there is no truth to what they say.

Kigali however unfailingly presents evidence and proof to back whatever it says.

Through diplomatic notes verbale, it showed proof that the 46 RNC recruits – who were passing through Kikagati enroute to the terror group’s camps in Minembwe in December 2017 – were facilitated with forged papers and transportation by Ugandan Military Intelligence, CMI.

Also, Rwanda has repeatedly shown how Uganda is a hotbed of RNC activity – with the group’s officials coming and going as they please; with Kampala providing RNC bigwigs with diplomatic passports and VIP treatment; or by helping RNC financiers set up firms that only are a front for the group’s operations.

Read: Hell is not Rwanda; hell is what CMI, ISO, SFC and others have turned Uganda into

In other cases Kigali has shown, again and again, that Ugandan intelligence agencies persecute innocent Rwandan nationals; arrest them on concocted charges; illegally jail and torturing them, while denying them access to families and consular services.

There is a whole pile of Rwanda High Commission to Uganda notes verbale asking about the fate of its nationals unfortunate enough to fall into the clutches of CMI, ISO and the like.

On the other hand, what has Rwanda done to Uganda that’s even a tiny fraction of such bad neighborliness?, journalists and the like have asked. There is nothing that Uganda can point at.

The thing the Museveni regime misinformation machine excels at is inventing accusations against Kigali, while trying to pretend Uganda is the victim!

Such as one of the claims in the Chimpreports article. “With Rwanda Special Forces being very active in South Kivu and North Kivu (provinces) in Eastern Congo, observers say UPDF must be preparing for combat action.”

Voila! Uganda has accused Rwanda of preparing to attack it from DRC!

But is Kampala the government of DRC?, a few readers have asked.

DRC is an independent country; one that can even decide to sign security pacts with neighboring countries, such as Rwanda, to punish terrorist groups bent on killing its innocent citizens.

That aside, security analysts say, in case Lt. Gen. Kainerugaba indeed is talking about Rwanda with his tweets, the record should be clear to him. Rwanda only fights in self-defense and for good cause – meaning the national interest. Also, when Rwanda fights, it ensures the war’s conclusion is in the house of the one that started it.

But then again, Gen. Kainerugaba must be aware of that.

The unholy alliance between Ugandan mainstream media and RNC’s Itahuka

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By The New Times

A volunteered ‘eye witness’ in the death of late Fred Rwigema was interviewed on ‘Radio Itahuka’ a US-based genocide denial mouthpiece, constructing a conspiracy theory on how the hero might have been killed.

Soon after, New Vision, Uganda’s state-owned newspaper announced that it would be reproducing the story of Itahuka in its prime pages – which it did, on Sunday.

From the look of things however, the story backfired, especially since the paper wasn’t at its first lie. Twitter fans wondered why the fixation on Fred Rwigema, yet there are Ugandan heroes like Sam Magara, first leader of the National Resistance Army who’s murder is yet to be elucidated:

Another said loudly what many were wondering silently: why does the alleged eye-witness appear now, 29 years later?

Ugandan political class seems to have picked particular interest in Rwandan hero Late Gisa Rwigema, witnesses of all kinds are crawling out of the woodwork, to reminisce on his life and workout conspiracies in the hope to sow disputes among Rwandans.

It is quite astonishing that what is spread by ‘Radio itahuka’ a Genocide denial and FDLR mouthpiece, is published the next day in Uganda’s leading newspaper, consistently.

But the story in New Vision was overshadowed by an explosive letter written by the spouse of one Benjamin Rutabana, maternal uncle to Rwandan young populist Diane Rwigara.

The letter is addressed to Uganda’s head of military intelligence, Brigadier Abel Kandiho and to RNC Security Department led by Kayumba Nyamwasa.

In the letter, the wife, Diane Rutabana reveals that her husband was working with Ugandan intelligence to conduct terror actions against Rwanda until he disappeared.

‘I tried to contact Brig. Abel Kandiho, one of the leaders of Uganda Security Agencies and one of my husband’s friends in Uganda – who used to talk frequently with Ben – and you remember very well how you used to call late at night and he picked your calls…’ – the letter partly reads.

Take a minute to imagine that a Rwandan militia runs a security department in Uganda in close ‘friendship’ with senior Ugandan leaders – it is an army within an army.

It has become normal for all militias and perpetrators of the Genocide against the Tutsi to find safe haven and even support in Uganda. The FARDC (Congolese government army) has arrested senior FDLR militia commanders en route from meeting with Ugandan top leadership.

One wonders what’s the use of signing peace agreements with a neighbour whom at the same time forges counter-nature alliances with Genocide and negative outfits, with the hope that such outfits may ultimately overthrow the Rwandan government.

Worse yet, to misuse the name of a revered hero, who helped them accede power, all with the aim of dividing Rwandans.

One is left thinking whether Uganda has ambitions of becoming the neocolonial Belgians of modern times, practicing divide and rule upon Rwandans, but failing both to divide and/or rule, 60 years after Rwandan independence.

But Rwandans see what our neighbours are doing. They want to divert attention from their own failure to deliver transformation to their own people by scapegoating on Rwandans.

Rwandans have been in the Ugandan army and know more things about Ugandans than the opposite, but Rwandans have bigger, pressing matters to deal with, than fixate on ruminating intrigues among Ugandans.

I guess it is ok for the Ugandan government to willingly give up on keeping up the pace with the rest of the continent, but not play as an obstacle to regional integration; in fact, Uganda’s actions seen in the prism of the Agenda 2063, run counter to the ‘Africa we want’.

As African youth – including Ugandan youth were convening in Kigali for the ‘Youth Connect Africa’ conference, discussing with President Paul Kagame on the future of our continent, their elderly leaders in Uganda were plotting hate crimes just off our shores.

In the era of regional integration and continental free trade area, Uganda, sadly, seems to be a hindrance to Africa’s progress.

I will conclude with this: The Ugandan government reminds me much of the last days of the Habyarimana’s Genocide regime.

A populist threatening power ‘Rukokoma’ (Bobi Wine); Interahamwe and CDR militias targeting Rwandans: (RNC and P5) running cells in Uganda – a state within a state; their President a caricature of ‘Kinani’, youth chaos and breakdown of security and intelligence systems.

I wonder if they can sustain the war they are so much looking for, to divert the people’s attention from internal government failure; in spite of their military gimmicks, I doubt that the old guards in the NRM can leave the palaces and go back to the bush…

In his youth days, Ugandan President delivered a paper on the eleven ‘Africa Bottlenecks’ that prevent our continent’s transformation. With age, I am afraid he may have become the one single Africa’s bottleneck!

It is all a big disgrace, as Bob Marley would say…

Source: The unholy alliance between Ugandan mainstream media and RNC’s Itahuka

The ordeals of Rwandans illegally incarcerated in Uganda go on with no end in sight

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By Patience Kirabo

Rene Rutagungira (Circled).

Well after the Angola Memorandum of Understanding is signed and gathering dust on shelves; and well after a Ugandan team – part of the ad hoc Committee on implementation of the MoU has travelled to Kigali, met with its Rwandan counterparts and gone back saying good things – hundreds of Rwandan nationals still languish in different places of detention and torture in the neighboring country.

People like Rene Rutagungira, Augustin Rutayisire, Emmanuel Rwamucyo, Darius Kayobera (and his wife Claudine), and so many others seem to be condemned to indefinite illegal detention in inhuman conditions – some at the very risk of losing their lives. None of them was arrested through lawful means, such as issuance of arrest warrants detailing any offense.

They have never seen the inside of a court, to defend themselves. Instead the likes of Rutagungira, Rwamucyo, Rutayisire and others have been dragged to Makindye General Court Marshall, meaning further abuse of their rights as civilians. It is against the law even of Uganda to take civilians to military courts.

Read: Rwandan hospitalised after being tortured in Uganda

The families of the detained Rwandans, almost all of who are held incommunicado, are in despair. Their hopes wane every day that their people remain in custody. They shudder to think of the terrible things happening to them.

The story of businessman Rene Rutagungira is particularly indicative of the notoriously lawless nature of Ugandan security agencies, most notably the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, CMI. The Rwandan national was accosted in August 2017 in a bar in Namirembe Bbakuli, a Kampala suburb, while sharing a drink with friends.

To everyone’s shock the men, who had shown nothing to identify them, proceeded to manhandle Rutagungira, dragging him away as he struggled and fought, asking what he had done and where they were taking him. It turned out that these were CMI fellows engaged in abduction – their favored modus operandi. They just dragged him away and sped off with him in their vehicle.

Read: In Ugandan prisons Banyarwanda aren’t treated like people, dumped Rwandan says

His wife Hyacinthe Dusengeyezu was in consternation as she waited all night and Renee didn’t return. The next she heard of him was in media stories that he was charged with “espionage”. Soon the story changed that he was “in charge of a spy ring in Uganda!” There were several stories in Kampala regime propaganda media that he was “working with (former Uganda Police Chief) Kale Kayihura.”

Yet another allegation was that Rutagungira had been “involved in abducting Rwandan refugees!” It was all very confusing, said his wife who insisted the only activity of Rene was running his businesses in Uganda. The changing accusations were clearly indicative that the Ugandan security authorities were just framing Rutagungira. They even concocted accusations that he had “plotted to abduct Joel Mutabazi”, a terror suspect that was tried and sentenced in Kigali.

The accusation, just like all the others, was a demonstrable falsehood.

Read: More misery for Rwandans dumped from Uganda, including one that lost her baby

Mutabazi was handed to Kigali through a bilateral framework of cooperation between regional police forces. “We have Lt. Joel Mutabazi in custody following his arrest and hand-over by Uganda Police. This was done in keeping with ongoing collaboration between Rwanda and Uganda police to fight and prevent transnational crimes through Interpol and the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization Framework,” said a statement by the Rwanda Police.

In fact Uganda Police wasn’t the only one to hand over a wanted fugitive to his country of origin. The Rwandan police force reciprocated, as shown by the delivery of Shanita Namuyimba aka Bad Black to her country’s authorities, who wanted her to answer for crimes in Kampala.

“The continued allegations that Rutagungira ‘abducted Mutabazi’ are mere RNC propaganda, aided by CMI-sponsored mouthpiece media in an ongoing campaign to tarnish Rwanda,” said an analyst.

The case of Augustin Rutayisire who currently is in Luzira Prison of Kampala is particularly alarming. Rutayisire’s terrible misfortunes began together with those of his friend Emmanuel Rwamucyo when one Mukama Moses Kandiho, the brother of CMI chief Brig. Gen. Abel Kandiho arrested them in Mbarara last year in May.

Mukama Kandiho, a GISO (Government Internal Security Officer) who has terrorized many people in the Mbarara area, together with Maj. Mushambo the UPDF Second Division Counterintelligence Officer abducted the two Rwandan nationals and drove them to the military barracks to subject them to torture. That was after taking Ushs 140 million that belonged to Rwamucyo, according to the latter’s family members.

After a couple of weeks of severe beatings and psychological abuse in Mbarara, the two were then driven to CMI headquarters, Mbuya Military Barracks.

A year after the two friends were abducted, and currently detained at Luzira prison, the wife of Rutayisire Betty Mutamba disclosed her husband had almost died when she ate food in which someone had put bottle fragments. He was lucky that they took him to hospital in time and removed the fragments from his intestines.

Last month however, Rutayisire’s attorney said he was suffering torture in prison including constant beatings, sleeping on a bare floor, and suffering a health breakdown. “The incredible thing is that Ugandan courts already ordered that people like Rutayisire, Rutagungira and others be released since they were unlawfully jailed, and since the Ugandan state couldn’t bring any charges against them,” a family member of Rwamucyo’s said.

Read: Rwandan bus violently targeted in Uganda

Rutagungira’s lawyers filed a motion in High Court on 13 May 2019, to get him released from Makindye Court Martial immediately, citing the illegality of trying a civilian in a military court. As usual the military authorities just ignored the court’s ruling, which was in favor of the innocent Rwandan.

Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde, while still minister of security one time drove over to Makindye Barracks where Rene is detained, and proceeded to personally kick, slap and spit at the Rwandan. That is according to Rutagungira’s lawyer, Aaron Kizza. Tumukunde was trying to torture him into confessing the concocted charges against him, such as “working with Kayihura”.

Businessman Darius Kayobera’s case could be a stand-in for all the cases of the Rwandans kidnapped by CMI who end up in the agency’s dungeons or “safe houses”. Kayobera who was abducted with his wife was someone they knew had money, according to Jean Claude Mucyo, their employee with whom they were kidnapped, earlier this year.

The CMI agents surrounded them at midnight as they left their business premises where they ran beauty salons and spas on Musajjalumba Road in Rubaga, Kampala.

“The CMI goons just surrounded us and forced us into their vehicles; they then searched our bags and pockets for money. They forced us to hand over our phones and to tell them the pin numbers of the mobile money accounts,” Mucyo told the media. “Ugandan security guys are just robbers!” he continued, narrating how the fellows then effected transactions with accomplices to take cash from the mobile money accounts.

He described the torture and torment that ensued when the three were delivered to Mbuya. The Kayoberas have three small children, 8, 6 and 4 at home, but despite pleas to at least let the mother go, the CMI agents callously bundled everyone off to the torture chambers.

“This is the kind of lawless regime that Rwandans have to contend with,” remarked an analyst when he read of the Kayobera case.

The agenda behind Uganda’s weaponising of the death of Gen. Fred Rwigyema

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By The New Times

Gen. Fred Rwigyema.

Kampala’s current trend of weaponising the death of Rwandan hero Maj. Gen. Fred Rwigyema against the current leadership of Rwanda has taken on a completely new dimension.

This was apparent in the publication in yesterday’s Sunday Vision of a two-page story with the headline: “I was there when Gen. Rwigyema Died – Former RPF Commander.” The Ugandan state paper’s revisionist piece, which enjoys pride of place on pages 4 and 5, is peddled as a “true account of events” by one Maj. Michael Mupende, a former Rwandan soldier.

The central claim of the story is that President Kagame was behind the demise of the first commander of the RPA.

This follows the feting earlier this month by high-ranking Ugandans and their papers of Rwigyema, heaping praise on him, “in a way that heavily insinuated he was the good guy, and Kagame the bad one,” said a Kigali observer. “They have been using Rwigyema’s demise to sow disaffection for the Rwandan leadership, and it has long been an agenda by now,” he added.

Read: After years of denying, Uganda releases illegally detained Rwandans; Kayumba admits working with Museveni

That is how the New Vision is quoting some obscure man, Mupende – someone the facts show he wasn’t around when Gen. Rwigyema died – claiming the President of Rwanda killed the hero, according to this observation. Mupende tells many demonstrable lies.

The paper quotes him saying: “I personally did not see the person who pulled the trigger, but from what his (Fred’s) bodyguards shared with me later, the suspects were among them. They said it was an officer who had been entrusted to carry the ‘sniper, silenced rifle that Rwigyema always possessed within his security.”

Mupende continues with his claims that, “apparently, Rwigyema had been convinced by someone he trusted that there were new junior officers who would be a resource to him during the struggle. These people had been newly deployed into his security detail.”

Conveniently for the writer of the hatchet piece against the Rwandan president, Mupende mentions no names, even as he insinuates he was “very close to the action.” After all he admits he didn’t see the person that did it!, a reader laughed.

Mupende does not mention a single name of those he alleges were deployed close to Rwigyema.

Neither does he mention how anyone could just deploy unknown junior soldiers to someone at the level of Major General; moreover one of the least naïve commanders the region has ever known. Above all, if the New Vision were interested in fact checking, it would find out that Mupende was a none-entity who was nowhere near the frontline when Fred died.

Read: Hell is not Rwanda; hell is what CMI, ISO, SFC and others have turned Uganda into

The New Vision however only is too happy to publish more of his allegations, that “the officer who performed that operation was killed, ‘to avoid future leakage of information’”.

A Kigali analyst upon reading the article exclaimed, “As far as lies go, this is as shoddy as those one will find in the numerous anti-Rwanda websites! But then it no longer is surprising; the New Vision long ago became like all those obscure websites with their endless mudslinging against Kigali.”

Anyone that’s remotely familiar with the struggle of the RPF will know that Maj. (at the time) Paul Kagame was away attending a military course at Fort Leavenworth, USA. Anyone interested in facts rather than rumors, innuendos and conspiracy theories knows that Fred Rwigyema was hit by fleeing enemy fire and died immediately.

The escorts of Fred that survived the war know how he died. His comrades know it. “Rwigyema was standing on a small hill watching retreating Habyarimana forces through his binoculars when enemy fire killed him with a single shot.” Generals like Sam Kaka, Caesar Kayizari and others have been emphatic on that point.

Those are the facts as recounted by those that were there when that calamity struck.

To turn around and blame President Kagame, or anyone else in the RPA that day – 29 years after the event – only further exposes the Ugandan regime’s determination to escalate anti-Rwanda hostilities, of which a campaign of propaganda and misinformation is one.

To get an idea what lengths the Kampala regime will go to, it is enough to look at the quality of its “witness”, Maj. Mupende.

This man was an officer in the Rwandan Military during the war against the Interahamwe, Ex-FAR in DRC, deployed in Kabinda, in the Kasai Orientale Province. That was in 2000 to 2001, sources say. Here, Mupende reveals himself a liar in small as well as big things. “In March 2000 I was deployed in DRC as a commanding officer for the 3rd Battalion,” he claims.

But the record shows he only was the deputy commander.

Around that time, his dubious character began to reveal itself. During an administration and policy meeting, subordinates questioned him on management of RCA funds – rations and cash allowance for soldiers. Mupende, according to his colleagues then, failed to account for funds amounting to US$ 18,000.

Read: Reasons behind an obfuscating piece in Commandpost, a Kampala website

It was later established that he had given the money to his wife to run their personal businesses. Subsequently the issue was reported to army headquarters. When the soldiers were being recalled to Rwanda, Mupende must have detected that upon arrival in Kigali he would be questioned and made to account for the lost monies.

That’s when, our sources tell us, the man escaped to Uganda, where he had people waiting for him across the border.

“He lies that he was the commanding officer when he was second in command and also claims in the paper that there was a plan to eliminate him and that’s why he escaped; but he only did so to escape accountability for embezzlement,” laughs a former fellow military officer. Similarly, those who were there when Rwigyema died say that Mupende was nowhere near the frontline where Rwigyema fell and so there is no way he can know this so called first hand account of his death.

Obviously this is a man with many reasons to slander, smear and mudsling Rwanda.

Also, he is the kind of person that Ugandan intelligence agencies, most notably CMI, always are fishing for; to give them platforms to hurl their anti-Rwanda mud. On the other hand our sources add, it can’t have been very hard for Kampala regime officials to toss a few dollars at Mupende – who is living a hard life somewhere in the US currently and has since joined Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC– to publish his fabrications.

“To understand how Museveni’s people can so shamelessly use Fred Rwigyema’s death, even as they hypocritically proclaim “love” for him, one has to know that there is no depth to which they will not sink to advance their long-term plot to pave way for a puppet regime in Kigali,” said a Kigali writer that preferred anonymity.

It is by now a long open secret that the Ugandan ruler’s preferred puppet government in Kigali would be that of Kayumba Nyamwasa and his RNC, and the defamation that “Kagame killed Rwigyema” is part of that goal – sowing hate, disaffection and mistrust of the Kigali leadership as part of it.

Museveni’s credibility problems become more glaring when one considers how from the earliest times as head of the NRA guerrilla group, he eliminated even the closest colleagues. People like Hannington Mugabi, (shot when he and a group of others were playing cards by someone that mysteriously never was tried, because he acted on Museveni’s orders), Sam Magara, Kazahura, Bwende, (a faithful informant in Luweero), and on, to people like Andrew Kayiira whom he had murdered in front of his family!

Rather than creating fictitious stories of Rwigema’s death, Museveni will have more credibility if he tells people about the deaths of Gen James Kazini, Brig Noble Mayombo, AIGP Felix Kaweesi, SSP Muhamad Kirumira, and of course Aronda Nyakairima.

Museveni is a well-known cynical individual; a backstabbing, traitorous individual for whom murder comes almost as second nature!, long time observers have written repeatedly about the Ugandan ruler. “His problem is that he now tries to project that on the Rwandan President, something not likely to fool anyone!” observed another commentator.

Source: The agenda behind Uganda’s weaponising of the death of Gen. Fred Rwigyema

Reasons behind an obfuscating piece in Commandpost, a Kampala website

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By Alex Muhumuza

CMI-RNC sponsored website.

One of the Ugandan regime propaganda websites is pushing the usual anti-Rwanda line in peddling the slander that “Rwanda staged the attack” in Kinigi, Musanze District last Friday that killed 15 people and left 18 others injured.

Commandpost – a tool that accesses its funds from Ugandan Military Intelligence, CMI, through one Bob Atwine, an individual with a reputation for being highly corrupt – is the ringleader with regards to the latest anti-Rwanda smear.

The goal of the article, analysis indicates, is to sow doubts about the fact that the attackers – from a group called FDLR RUD, which is together with Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC in the so-called “P5” alliance – were recruited in Uganda. In fact Commandpost seeks to gaslight the Rwandan authorities by claiming there wasn’t an attack by FDLR RUD in the first place, therefore, “it is Kigali that staged the whole thing!”

Read: Hell is not Rwanda; hell is what CMI, ISO, SFC and others have turned Uganda into

In the article headlined “attacks in Rwanda blamed on Kigali Govt to drag in Uganda, victims buried in mass graves”, the website claims that “the opposition in Rwanda” has said “there are more questions than answers to the attacks!” The particular “opposition” that Commandpost is referring to apparently is none other than one Professor Charles Kambanda – a well-known member of RNC based in the United States.

Museveni’s main proxy in his long-term plot to install a puppet regime in Kigali is none other than Kayumba Nyamwasa with his RNC, followed by factions in their “P5” grouping in which RNC is closely allied with FDLR. Little wonder then, observers say, that Commandpost quotes Charles Kambanda at length, to obfuscate and to absolve Kampala as well as FDLR RUD of guilt in the killings of innocent Kinigi civilians.

Read: A peaceful Congo is not good for Nyamwasa and backers, hence CMI/RNC smears against Tshisekedi and Rwanda – analysts

When FDLR attacked however, it hadn’t counted on what happened next. Rwandan security forces launched a quick counter-operation that killed nineteen of the bandits and, with the help of local civilians five of them (bandits) were captured alive. They then disclosed to the media that they had been recruited in Uganda, and that they belonged to FDLR RUD.

They are on video saying that. One of them, Theoneste Habumukiza a graduate in business administration from the University of Rwanda disclosed that he was recruited into FDLR while he was pursuing a masters course at Makerere University in Kampala.

Habumukiza, who hails from Burera District, said: “I was approached by a wealthy person who encouraged me to join FDLR, saying that when they capture the country they would reward me with a well-paying job, and other incentives.”

Read: Q: who has designated Commandpost the job of speaking for DRC?

Analysts say that Commandpost and its masters, having seen the highly incriminating video and knowing what the others would be saying during interrogation, is rushing to confuse the issue. That’s the reason for the propaganda that Kigali staged the attack on its own citizens, analysts continue.

Observers add that the Ugandan authorities equally are uneasy not only about what the captured fellows have told the journalists, but about what that – and further information they are bound to give – will say about the duplicity of the Ugandan leadership as it continues with acts to destabilize a neighbor while pretending it is not.

Leaders as far away as Angola have been doing their best to mediate the frosty relations between Kampala and Kigali. But it becomes ever more clearer, with attacks such as that of Kinigi, that the problem is the Ugandan leadership, events show. Kagame and Museveni signed the MoU in Luanda, but Museveni’s sponsorship of anti-Rwanda armed groups continues unabated according to evidence like the attack in Kinigi.

Therefore Commandpost, as if on cue, has jumped in with its misinformation piece.

The CMI sponsored troll site quoting Kambanda at length launches into a spiel of pseudo analysis, talking of “the times between the attack”, and “when the attack was announced”, and how “it is suspicious the victims were buried in a mass grave” (of course no such thing happened – the victims families preferred they be buried together, but it was in individual graves), and so on.

Read: How Uganda’s troll army wages war of misinformation on Rwanda

Kambanda is extensively quoted voicing conspiracy theories about what allegedly happened during the attack. His main objective being to tarnish the Kigali leadership with the murders, he bizarrely twists events, asking obviously fallacious questions such as: “how did RDB know that Kinigi was safe again before announcing that?!”

“Of course they (RDB) knew it because the criminals had been killed, others captured, and the police and army had secured the entire area!” seethed a Kigali security official.

The so-called professor goes on in that vein, like the disingenuous claims that family members of the victims didn’t view the bodies. They did, as reports from Musanze clearly showed, but the RNC official was banking on lack of knowledge of the events, say by foreigners, to push through that particular lie.

“It is just one tedious falsehood after another by Kambanda, but what to else to expect of the man?” a reader asked. But whatever Kambanda says, the evidence of Uganda and FDLR culpability is overwhelming. Two of the captured attackers: one Second Lieutenant Selemani Kabayija and Private Fidel Nzabonimpa went to Uganda last year where they were received by the Ugandan military, UPDF in the border town of Kisoro.

At the end of it all, basically Commandpost and its handlers were anticipating such damaging information, so they did their best to confuse the issue.

Also in airing the falsehoods of Kambanda, the website was disseminating the propaganda of someone whose interests are the same as theirs; the same as Kayumba Nyamwasa’s and, ultimately, the same as Museveni’s.

In another incident, Ugandan security resorts to attacking Rwandan passenger vehicles

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By Alain Mucyo

In the night of 10 October 2019, around 3 am a group of unidentified thugs pelted with stones a Kigali-bound passenger service bus from Kampala, seriously damaging the vehicle. The incident occurred between an area called Muhanga and Ntungamo, about 45 kilometers from Gatuna Border Post inside Uganda.

The bus, Registration Number RAD 259M, which belongs to Volcano, a Rwandan transport company was being driven by Rwandan national Muhammad Sibomana. According to available information, about four thugs way-laid the bus that was carrying passengers coming to Kigali from the Ugandan capital.

Read: Rwandan bus violently targeted in Uganda

An eyewitness who was among the passengers on board, said that the driver continued even with the hail of stones that were being pelted at the bus and a short distance away, they met a police patrol car. “We stopped and recounted the incident to them, with evidence clear of the shattered windscreen on the passenger side but they simply ignored us; as if nothing had happened,” the passenger told this website upon reaching Kigali.

According to this witness, it was clear that the Ugandan security authorities were actually well aware of the plot due the indifference they showed when they were told of the attack. “Everyone on board was shaken; the windscreen had all come down on one side but the officers just looked at us as if nothing had happened,” said the witness. “No effort was made to pursue the thugs,” he added.

Fortunately, no one sustained any serious injury. This is not the first incident where the same bus company has had one of its buses pelted with stones, in this exact location. Last month on September 24, another Volcano bus that was enroute to Kampala from Kigali faced the same attack, again at night, and one of the stones broke through the window and hit an employee of the company.

Read: Rwandan hospitalised after being tortured in Uganda

The victim was badly injured in the face and lost several teeth. They had to stop to look for a health facility where he got stitches before they continued with their journey. “It was an attack aimed at causing malicious damage and just like the previous one last month, these were not ordinary thugs who waylay buses with the intention to steal. They had other motives,” said another passenger.

According to a Kigali-based analyst who has closely monitored relations between Rwanda and Uganda, these two incidents cannot be divorced from the bad neighborliness that Kampala continues to exhibit towards Rwanda. It is consistent with the hostile policy the Ugandan regime has long adopted towards Rwanda and its nationals, say commentators.

Most notorious of the anti-Rwanda security organs is Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, CMI which has been working hand in hand with Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC agents to harass, illegally arrest, detain incommunicado, and torture innocent Rwandan nationals.

“It wouldn’t be a surprise if this policy has been extended to waylaying Rwandan owned vehicles on Ugandan roads!” said a regional security expert.

Hundreds of innocent Rwandans continue to languish in Ugandan prisons, as well as the infamous “safe houses” – ungazetted places of detention where the main activity is horrendous physical abuse of detainees. Dozens upon dozens in particular suffer in CMI’s Mbuya Military Barracks torture chambers, and its the Kireka facility.

Read: Rwandans face trumped up charges in Uganda; human rights groups remain silent as health deteriorates

Many Rwandans, after detention in such places, have been transported and dumped at the Rwandan borders, and never with formal deportation procedures, or through any legal ways of doing things. Many a Rwandan have told their harrowing accounts of such suffering.

Such was the case just last week, on 5 October when four Rwandans – three men and one woman – were dumped by Ugandan authorities at the Kagitumba Border Post. The quartet, Monfort Munyakazi, Laurent Kamere, Elias Nsabimana and Consolee Mbabazi, were dumped at the border having been detained and tortured for months by Ugandan security.

The Ugandan authorities fabricated charges against them of illegal entry, and illegally detained them in Ntungamo Prison in conditions of arduous physical abuse before they dumped at the border. All of them looked emaciated and in poor health. All of them had crossed into Uganda with their national IDs, documents that would normally allow them into Uganda, under an existing, regional reciprocal arrangement.

The arrangement, a trilateral initiative launched in 2014, allowed for the entry of either citizens of Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya into any of the other country by simply using their national ID. The initiative, which Rwanda has continued to observe, was agreed upon by the presidents of the three countries to expedite the regional integration process.

However, Uganda has continued to arrest Rwandans on charges of illegal entry well knowing that they had been properly processed through the border with their IDs.

All this is part of a grand scheme by the Ugandan leadership, to turn Uganda completely hostile to those Rwandan nationals that are perceived not to be supporters of RNC; or as a ploy to kidnap, abduct and torture people with an eye on recruiting the able bodied as rebel fighters for the group.

In Uganda, the terrorist RNC, and other groups like FDLR that plot to destabilize Rwanda have full support, facilitation and full backing by the government.

The signing of a memorandum of understanding in Angola in August appears to have done nothing to make the Ugandan regime stop its anti-Rwanda plotting.

Hell is not Rwanda; hell is what CMI, ISO, SFC and others have turned Uganda into

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By Jackson Mutabazi

Brig Gen Abel Kandiho, right, head of CMI.

Ugandan intelligence services-sponsored websites whose main job is to smear Rwanda were yesterday, 8 October, publishing the propaganda lie du jour, that Kigali had “deported an American pastor because he had ‘challenged the regime’ over ‘illegal closure of his radio and church in the country.’”

One of the most notable of these anti-Rwanda troll sites, Commandpost, run by the corrupt Bob Atwine who gets money from CMI through Sarah Kagingo, was breathlessly embellishing the story with falsehoods about the reasons for the deportation of the Evangelical pastor, Gregg Schoof.

Commandpost, in true Ugandan propaganda trolls fashion, went ahead to quote all the incendiary things Schoof was saying with not the slightest attempt at telling the other side of the story. It quoted a press statement, verbatim, that the American had issued saying the Rwandan Government “had taken a stand against God with its heathen practices!”

Read: As FDLR cheerleader, Chimpreports can only spin fictions

The statement, published by Commandpost, also with no attempt at giving some context, further rants: “Christian Radio Illegally closed, 7,000 churches illegally closed, condoms are promoted to children in schools, which promotes filth!”

Commandpost runs verbatim all the American fundamentalist Christian’s charges against his Rwandan hosts, such as criticism of “teaching evolution in schools”, and “easing of restrictions on abortion”, culminating in the question: “is this government trying to send people to hell?”

Commandpost, like all the anti-Rwanda Ugandan media is only too happy to jump at every opportunity to slander the Rwanda.

If they were more careful, they would never publish something like this. The hypocrisy of these Ugandan Military Intelligence, CMI-sponsored trolls is breathtaking. “They have the audacity to publish deranged accusations by some foreigner, who clearly has his ideologies to promote, with no examination of his motives?”, an astonished reader in Kigali asked.

Read: How Uganda’s troll army wages war of misinformation on Rwanda

“Every sane person will see that Rwanda acted within the law in stopping, and deporting a madman that is here to challenge the national education system; to challenge the national family planning policy; and to promote misogyny with crazy claims that women are evil, prostitutes, jezebels and the like!” said another observer.

On the other hand, another asked, what level of hell would Ugandan regime operatives go to, when one imagines all the extra-judicial killings of innocent Ugandans: people like the Kibalamas (a vanished People Power activist), the Ziggy Wines, the Ssebulimes, the Afande Kirumiras, the Yasin Kawumas, and so many others whose orphans and widows live in incurable sorrow?

Another question in fact is, what kind of living hell has Museveni-regime agents Kandiho, CK Asiimwe, Bagyenda, Mushambo, and so many others turned Uganda into, with their “safe houses” where they torture multitudes of illegally arrested citizens?

The anti-Rwanda tools of Kampala will never tell their audience that things in Kigali are done strictly by the letter, and spirit of the law and the case of Gregg Schoof was no different when the events surrounding the man’s deportation are examined.

Read: A peaceful Congo is not good for Nyamwasa and backers, hence CMI/RNC smears against Tshisekedi and Rwanda – analysts

Schoof was arrested this Monday over disturbing the public order, near the Amahoro Stadium. Commandpost did not tell its readers that Schoof’s radio station, “Amazing Grace” had no license to operate in Rwanda.

Last year in January it aired a sermon by one Pastor Nicholas Niyibikora which basically described women as “the source of all sin”, and that “they were responsible for the fall of kingdoms.” The discriminatory sermon drew widespread condemnation from rights groups, including Pro-Femmes Twese Hamwe and the National Commission for Human Rights.

Moreover it wasn’t the first time that the radio had broadcast such appalling sermons. Rwandan media regulatory authorities couldn’t stand around doing nothing as a media organ sowed such Taliban-like extremist and discriminatory messages in the country, said an official of the Media High Council.

So when the Association of Rwandan Female Journalists (ARFEM) filed a complaint against Amazing Grace for defamation, on 6 February 2018 with the Rwanda Media Commission, “the latter took it with all the seriousness it deserved.” It was against that background that the RMC Ethics Committee decided to suspend the operations of Amazing Grace, according to the Commission’s Chairman, Cleophas Barore.

“But to see these so called Commandpost or whatever distorting things just to slander Rwanda, its beyond shameful,” commented a media official.

“Schoof isn’t above the law; he had to abide by the law, or the law had to take its course whatever Kampala peddlers of misinformation say!, he added.

Speaking on the deportation of the American, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Olivier Nduhungirehe said it in fact was “long overdue”, because “he had disregarded decisions made by courts and institutions.” Nduhungirehe added: “It had become too much!

“Deportation was the only solution at this point. Schoof broke the law, holding an illegal gathering and attempting to incite the masses, hiding behind Christianity to make all sorts of allegations.”

As FDLR cheerleader, Chimpreports can only spin fictions

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By Jackson Mutabazi

Last Friday the by now completely shameless Chimpreports – a website sponsored by Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), in its propaganda attacks against Rwanda website – spent the whole day feeding its audience a diet of falsehoods.

That followed the unfortunate incident when FDLR bandits attacked civilians in Kinigi, Musanze District, killing 14 residents of the area and leaving several others injured. To Chimpreports however, this was the ideal opportunity to deploy its best fiction writers.

The website claimed: “President Kagame has cut short his trip (to Germany for Rwanda Day) following a rebel attack in Musanze.” To some readers, it brought to mind Chimpreports’ notorious claim April this year that “Rwandan troops had crossed to Kisoro looking for food and drinks!”

One searched to see some evidence for the latest claims, in vain. Had Rwanda put out a statement about the President’s travel plans? There was none that other news organizations had heard of.

Read: A peaceful Congo is not good for Nyamwasa and backers, hence CMI/RNC smears against Tshisekedi and Rwanda – analysts

Also, how could someone in Chimpreports have information like that? It was just their usual fictions, such as was apparent when the website was challenged, back in April, to produce at least one video or picture of the alleged RDF soldiers “looking for food” in Kisoro. Giles Muhame, the website’s editor failed to do so.

“Very obviously his article was a complete lie,” laughed a reader in Kigali.

The website then proceeded, after the fabrication about President Kagame’s plans to shorten his Germany trip, to publish a follow-up article chockfull of falsehoods. It was a piece whose details only FDLR could have fed Chimpreports. “Heavily armed gunmen overrun Rwandan Military Barracks in Musanze, 8 soldiers killed,” said the headline.

Chimpreports was hyping up the FDLR bandits, trying to give the impression the latter were disciplined fighters that attacked an army. That was in line with Uganda’s support of FDLR, as one of Kampala’s proxy groups in its plans to destabilize Rwanda.

Always pulling the strings of Chimpreports in its anti-Rwanda misinformation campaign, according to sources, is none other than Col. CK Asiimwe the number two man in CMI. Asiimwe, whose title is CMI Deputy Director in Charge of Counterterrorism is the man that feeds Chimpreports’ Chief Editor, Muhame, orders on what propaganda and smears to publish on Rwanda, confidential sources have disclosed.

That was how the Kampala-based website could spin a tall tale of “attackers that were well-armed”, that “engaged RDF for two hours”, and that “killed several members of the Rwanda Defense Force.” CMI was disseminating clear FDLR propaganda that touched on a number of anti-Rwanda tropes – like attempts to dredge up divisions between Rwandans with claims “Kinigi is an area of marginalized Hutu communities.”

However it immediately falls flat when one discovers that the people of Kinigi had voluntarily participated in hunting down, and apprehending the Ugandan-sponsored bandits (they said so themselves – those that were captured alive) who had perpetrated the heinous attack on civilians.

The only people the FDLR fellows attacked were peacefully sleeping citizens, over a dozen of whom they killed with stones and knives. Rwandan security forces mounted an operation that flushed out the murderers, killing 19 of them and capturing 5 alive.

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Emmanuel Hakizimana, one of the captured assailants confessed to the press that he is an FDLR member who joined the rebel outfit in Uganda.

“I had just finished my studies at Makerere when I joined the FDLR RUD (of Ingabire Victoire) about four months ago,” said Hakizimana. He disclosed that it was while he was in Uganda, at the university, that he was recruited into FDLR with promises he would make a lot of money.

“All this is just more evidence that Museveni is the biggest stumbling block to regional peace,” said an observer.

Recruitment activities for groupings like “P5” of which RNC is the principal entity, closely followed by FDLR thrive in Uganda. The UN Group of Experts on DRC detailed that in a report released on 31 December 2018.

FDLR senior members LaForge Fils Bazeye and Theophile Abega were arrested last year coming from Kampala in a meeting convened by Ugandan minister Philemon Mateke – at the instructions of Museveni – to better coordinate the activities of their group and RNC.

All this adds to a stockpile of evidence of Kampala’s desires and plans to destabilize Rwanda.

The outrageous fictions that Chimpreports always peddles are part of the overall strategy to advance that objective.

The troll site’s elation at news of the attack (in Kinigi) only further exposes them.

The dead, and the captured bandits were assembled before locals in Kinigi, and journalists got to see and record everything.

The 5 captured fellows, it was apparent, were regretting every moment why they had ever joined the evil group.

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