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Kagame Has Deployed In Uganda For A Long Time, He Wants To Capture Territory Deep In Uganda: Kagame Chief Of Staff Spills Former Boss’ Secrets, Warns M7

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L-R: President Museveni, Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa and President Kagame

Former Chief of Staff in the Office of Rwanda President Paul Kagame, Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa has warned president Museveni to be very careful because his colleague plans to capture territory in Uganda and start a war.

Below is his letter verbatim:

By: Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa.

Former Ambassador of Rwanda to the United States.

Former Secretary General of the Rwandese Patriotic Front.

Former Chief of Staff, Office of President Paul Kagame.

Washington DC, USA

4th March, 2019

Email: ngombwa@gmail.com

Despite denials, Rwanda has now closed the border with Uganda and restricted the movement of Rwandans, signaling an escalation that could easily be sparked into a full border conflict. For those who pay only superficial attention to Rwanda-Uganda relations, it may come as a surprise little inconvenience. For General Yoweri Museveni and General Paul Kagame, and the African nations they rule with iron fists, the stakes are much higher and grievances much deeper.

In thinking aloud, I have pondered on three anecdotes that cast some light on the clash of outlooks, personalities and interests between the two generals.

In 2000, General Kagame sought to remove then President of Rwanda, Pasteur Bizimungu, and formally occupy the Presidency that he had hitherto controlled from behind. He sent me as an envoy to explain the impending action to General Museveni. When I conveyed the message to General Museveni in the presence of the late James Wapakabulo and Kale Kayihura, he was opposed to the idea. He asked me, “if not Pasteur Bizimungu which other Hutu do you have to replace him, for you still need them?”. Being the loyal cadre of RPF I was at the time, I argued that General Kagame had enough credentials to become the President of Rwanda. When I reported back, General Kagame and the exclusively Tutsi military officers and RPF angrily charged that President Museveni wanted to control Rwanda.

During the Kisangani clashes (1999-2000) in the Democratic Republic of Congo between Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) and Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF), President Mkapa of Tanzania tried to mediate between the two generals to find an amicable solution to the conflict. In one encounter, General Museveni explained to President Mkapa that enzigo lies at the heart of the conflict. President Mkapa lightly commented in Kiswahili that whatever it is, “iyi mambo ya enzigo” is serious. I have no space to explain to non-Runyakole, non-Kinyarwanda speakers the deep meaning of enzigo or inzigo.

Paraphrased, the term simply means that if you kill one of my own, there will be pay-back time.

In a few encounters I had as General Kagame’s envoy to General Museveni during and after the Kisangani crisis, I soon realized that neither had the patience to listen to each other points of view, and both reacted angrily when I (the messenger) delivered the message from the other side.

The three anecdotes by themselves may not mean much. In the context of convoluted life histories of both generals, a patient and engaged observer will note some striking differences and similarities.

Both generals are descended from humble beginnings among minority ethnic groups; came to power by force of arms; have overstayed in power by coercive means and manipulating constitutions and electoral processes; court Western allies (notably United States and United Kingdom) by offering the services of their militaries in the regional war on terror and peacekeeping; have overextended their reach beyond their national boundaries; and above all, they both possess big egos, and predominantly rely on military means to solve political problems.

General Kagame is very different from General Museveni in fundamental ways. There was a time in his early years before, during, and after capture of state power when General Museveni was the intellectual who inspired his followers. Rwandans like the late General Fred Rwigyema, General Paul Kagame, and many others who now dominate state structures in Uganda and Rwanda then found in him the revolutionary and visionary.

General Kagame despises ideology. Once in a while he may make Pan Africanist and nationalist pronouncements, but at every opportunity he has betrayed Rwanda’s and African interests. His maxim is “the end justifies the means, and I define the ends”. He is the efficient operational man who hardly inspires, and executes his ambitions through fear and naked brutality. A high school drop-out, not because of lack of intellect but due to indiscipline, he has since channeled his coarse instincts into state control by violent and often criminal means. General Kagame has deep insecurity that he compensates through aggressive behavior and taking big and highly risky bets.

General Kagame came to power by killing the Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi, Juvenal Habyarimana and Cyprian Ntaryamira respectively, thus triggering the genocide that engulfed Tutsi, Hutu , and incalculable human suffering in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has fought armies of former Zaire and toppled dictator Mobutu; he installed President Laurent Kabila in DRC and later had him assassinated; he has fought armies of Angola, Zimbabwe, and Namibia; he has fought Uganda’s UPDF in DRC; he has quarreled with Tanzania, Burundi, and South Africa; he has thrown temper tantrums at France, and even to his benefactors USA and United Kingdom when they shyly question his assassination of opponents, and absolute closure of political space. General Kagame and the all-Tutsi cast of military officers are proud of this record, and have cultivated an aura of invincibility, extreme arrogance, and a propensity to take ever-increasing and bigger risks.

General Kagame rules through the notorious Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) that he personally supervises and which sits at the apex of the entire security establishment and Rwandan society. It is an enterprise that has grown regional, continental and global through a seamless web of businesses, media outlets, financial networks, criminal webs, Diaspora citizen groups, prominent personalities like former President Bill Clinton, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, evangelicals like Pastor Rick Warren, shadowy consultants from an array of retired military and intelligence officers from across the world. DMI is constantly in a state of flux, deploying formally and informally, absorbing and rejecting operatives, co-opting and killing many in its ranks. The whole of Rwandan society stands in awe and fear of DMI because DMI is General Kagame who has been its only constant since 1990.

Uganda is yet to fully grasp the full extent of DMI’s infiltration of Ugandan society. Until and unless it does, its interests will always be in harm’s way.

This is the machinery that General Kagame has deployed in Uganda for a long time, leading to the Kale Kayihura-MTN-border closure saga. From the much I know about General Kagame and Rwanda’s secrets, the closure of the Rwanda-Uganda border is a deliberate escalation to find pretext to execute a plan that exists in Kigali. The plan includes a surprise quick pre-emptive strike, capture of territory deep in Uganda to avoid fighting in Rwanda which lacks depth, creating and linking up with anti-Museveni forces, creating chaos in Uganda, and familiar extreme measures like assassinating prominent political leaders, including General Museveni himself.

The border-closure is also vintage General Kagame, trying to attract attention from his benefactors, to extract some concessions from regional and international stakeholders, and masking internal contradictions within Rwanda.

General Kagame’s allegation that he is fighting General Nyamwasa’s Rwanda National Congress (RNC) and its so-called P5 supported by Uganda, and FDLR (both allegedly supported by Burundi) is an absurdity, like flogging dead horses. I co-created and led RNC from 2010, and later the P5, until I abandoned them in 2016 due to irreconcilable ideological differences General Kagame knows that RNC, P5, and FDLR do not pose any serious threat to his rule; they all are a lose amalgam of extremist individuals or groups full of militaristic wishful thinking, lacking ideological depth and coherence, with no operational capability even to remove him from power and replace him with another brutal dictatorship like his. General Kagame needs FDLR, RNC, and P5 as scapegoats to justify his aggression as he continues to keep Rwandan citizens as hostages under fear.

 

What is to be done?

  1. Everything must be done to de-escalate the build-up of tension between the two countries. A war between the two countries, even one of limited objectives, will have unintended consequences of far reaching social, political, economic and military implications. The first victims of such a war may be the generals themselves.

 

  1. Uganda should prepare but ignore General Kagame’s provocations, and deny him any pretext of starting a conflict that neither country will be able to stop.

 

  1. Uganda and Rwanda should stop relying on the relationship between General Museveni and General Kagame as the defining element of the relationship between the Ugandan and Rwandan peoples. These nations and their peoples have always been there long before the generals were born, and will be there long after they are gone.

 

  1. The East African Community is sailing in perilous waters, doomed to failure or useless existence when it is led by people like General Kagame, who serves neither interests of Rwandan citizens nor those of East Africans. The free movement of peoples, goods, and capital must be allowed without hindrance. Perhaps President Magufuli of Tanzania, and President Kenyatta of Kenya should take initiative to bring to the attention of the East African Community the matter of closing the Rwanda-Uganda border. The East African Community may seek the wisdom of elder statesmen like former Presidents Moi, Kibaki, Mwinyi, Mkapa, and Kikwete in de-escalating the Rwanda-Burundi, and Rwanda-Uganda tensions.

 

  1. General Kagame’s aggressive external behavior is conditioned by his domestic dictatorial policies that deny basic freedoms to the Rwandan people, Ultimately, East Africa should only hope to have sustained peace and prosperity if it supports peaceful and democratic change in Rwanda. That will entail confronting General Kagame’s regional belligerence head-on as an indispensable component.

 

General Kagame, presiding over landlocked Rwanda, is endangering the lives of Rwandans and East Africans by projecting hostility towards all his East African neighbors of Burundi, Uganda, DRC, and Tanzania.

It is suicidal, foolishness, despair, and dangerous adventurism to cultivate your own encirclement. It is time for Rwandans, Ugandans, and East Africans to unite to prevent another catastrophic war in the Great Lakes region.

It is time to resist General’s Kagame’s aggression, violent schemes, and war-mongering in the interest of peace, security and prosperity for all East Africans.

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Attorney General Defends Appointment of BOU D/Governor, DPP, URA And Prisons Boss During Lockdown In East African Court….

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L-R: URA's Rujoki, BOU D/Governor Dr. Antingi, prisons boss Byabashaija and the new DPP justice Abodo

The Government of Uganda through the Attorney General (AG) has defended the actions of President Yoweri Museveni to appoint the new deputy Governor Bank of Uganda, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Commissioner General Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Commissioner General of prisons and his deputy during COVID19 lockdown in the East African courts of justice.

In his response to the suit filed by city lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi, the Attorney General denied all the accusations and asked that the suit be dismissed with costs.

In his suit, Mabirizi claims that it was illegal for the president to appoint Jane Frances Abodo as the DPP when she is a judge at the High Court.

He protested that the appointment of Abodo will create unfairness against the accused because she knows all the judges and can easily access them something the accused cannot do.

Mabirizi further protested that by the time Abodo appointed the DPP, she was under the Judicial Service Commission yet the law is very clear that for a person to be appointed as DPP, they must be recommended by public service commission. He wants the regional court to declare that Abodo was illegally appointed.

The controversial lawyer also protested that the appointment of John Musinguzi as the new URA Commissioner General was illegal since his name was not recommended by the board to the president as required by law.

He also objected the appointment of the Commissioner General of prison Dr. Johnson Byabashaija and his deputy James Mwanje, the appointment of Dr. Michael Antingi Ego and the deputy Governor Bank of Uganda by the president during the COVID19 lockdown arguing that Ugandans were denied their right and opportunity to raise their complaints against the newly appointed public officials before being approved by parliament.

He asserted that because Ugandans were not allowed to move during the lockdown, when he attempted to go to parliament to raise his complaint against one of the appointees, he was seriously clobbered by security operatives in uniform at Wandegeya a Kampala suburb.

He added that he tried again to challenge the legal declaration of the lockdown without a legal statuary instrument signed by the Minister of Health but his case was removed from the court records on orders of Dr. Andrew Byabashaija the head of High Court Civil Division which was also illegal.

In their defense, the Attorney General insisted that the president has powers to appoint a person to hold or act in any office in the public service of Uganda at the rank of head of department or above including their removal.

He insisted that  Abodo was appointed by the president on the recommendations of the public service commission and with the approval of the parliament. He told court that the person is not qualified to be appointed DPP unless he or she is qualified to be appointed a judge of the High Court.

While defending security forces for stopping Mabirizi, the AG argued that the function of the security forces is to cooperate with the civilian authorities in emergency situations and by stopping Mabirizi, they were implementing the presidential directives against COVID19.

He told court that the President issued the directives to control the spread of COVID19 under the statutory instrument issued by the health minister under the public health Act.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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Museveni Commissions Wargame Centre At Kimaka…

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President Museveni has commissioned a wargame centre at the Uganda Senior Command and Staff College in Kimaka, Jinja District.
Speaking at the occasion, the President thanked the army, the training teams and the Indian Association of Uganda who mobilised to build the center, saying it will definitely contribute to the quality of training.
‘This centre is also a great gesture of the wider cooperation and support we enjoy with the government and the people of India’’
The President hailed the relationship between the UPDF and the Indian army which he said has a lot of knowledge, experience and heroism.
“Our relationship with India has existed for centuries. We were colonised together by a small group of people who came from Europe, but when we all woke up, and the small groups ran away.
During that time, we fought together first against the Japanese in Burma. The heroic Indians are the ones who stopped the westward expansion of Japan at the famous battle of Kohima.


Mahatma Ghandi struggled with our elders against colonialism, Jawaharlal Nehru too struggled with our elders against colonialism and now we are working with Prime Minister Narendera Modi. I salute the Indian political class for choosing to always work with us.
The epitome of India’s importance to Uganda is engraved in the fact that Mahatma Ghandi’s ashes were immersed in Jinja.
President Museveni commended the the Indian Community in Uganda, for its contribution to building Uganda through business and investment.
The Uganda Senior Command and staff college is a training facility for senior commanders in the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF), including the army, air force and Special Forces

WHAT ARE WAR GAMES?
War games also known as military simulations are simulations in which theories of warfare can be tested and refined without the need for actual hostilities. Military simulations are seen as a useful way to develop tactical, strategical and doctrinal solutions.
Simulations exist in many different forms, with varying degrees of realism. In recent times, the scope of simulations has widened to include not only military but also political and social factors, which are seen as inextricably entwined in a realistic warfare model.

 

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Mr. President Parents Have No Money To Pay School Fees For Candidates, Let Us Declare This A Dead Year – Pastors Bujjingo Advises With Museveni….

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Pastor Aloysious Bujjingo

House of Prayers Ministries International Pastor Aloysious Bujjingo has advised president Museveni to declare this year a dead year because parents do not have money to pay school fees.

In an interview with the Grapevine, the Salt Media Chief Executive Officer (CEO)  says that if Candidate classes are allowed to resume schooling, many students are going to be sent back to school because their parents cannot afford to pay school fees since they have not been working.

“First of all I want to thank President Museveni for the way he has handled the Covid-19 Pandemic. It’s because of his exceptional guidance that this country has passed with flying colours as far as fighting the pandemic is concerned. Uganda has not lost anyone to the pandemic and those who get the virus are healing and being sent back home,” Bujjingo says.

He adds, “Our people are protected because of the wisdom God gave to President Museveni. However, he mentioned something about allowing students in candidate classes to go back to school. I would like our dear Minister of Education Mama Janet Museveni to think about this; since the day our children returned home on 20th March, many parents have to not been working. All sectors came to a standstill. It is vital to think about candidates but it is also crucial to look at how sustainable this decision is.”

“We need to look at the livelihoods of the parents, Teachers, school leaders and owners. How are they going to sustain operations in these schools? How are they going to pay the teachers? The president advised well that once they allow candidates only, the school will be big enough to maintain social distancing, but the parents have no money to pay school fees,” he says.

He says, “As pastors, we talk to very many people, and I can tell you that 99% of the parents had not completed school fees for first term by the time the schools were closed. Now taking them back to school means paying school fees, it means schools have to feed these students, many of them had not yet even paid registration fees for their children in candidate classes, this means a parent has to look for registration fees also. This is a huge burden on a parent who has not been working.”

He advises, “My question is, can government help parents with school fees and registration fees? And can government also help schools with food to feed these candidates? If government can’t do this, let us accept that this year is dead. If we all agree that it is ok for a senior three student not to go to senior four this year, I think it is also ok for a senior four candidate not to go to Senior five and for a senior six student not to go to University this year.”

“We are all in the same boat. Why should we allow students to go back to school and then they are chased after a few weeks because of school fees? And I can assure you, many are going to be returned home because of school fees. Very few parents can now ably pay school fees,” he says.

Bujjingo also called upon President Museveni to open churches.

“I would also like government to look into opening churches because in times like these, we can only run to God. I thank God for our President who believes in God. The Bible says that ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance (Psalms 33:12). If markets can be open and exercise social distancing, let us allow people to fellowship and worship the LORD but with social distancing in churches,” he says.

He adds, “The good thing people will have masks, churches will provide water and soap so that believers wash hands at the entrance but we need to kneel down before the LORD united as believers. We can put measures like; a church that houses 4000 people can have around 1000 people, we can do it like it’s going to be done with public transport because we need to go back to God, it is only God who will sail us through this. Churches are gazetted places of worship, which is why it’s good to keep them open.”

Today, the State Minister for Higher Education, John Chrysostom Muyingo told parliament that the ministry is working on the guidelines that will be used as schools open for candidate classes.

He added that they are looking into concerns raised by some parents that they cannot raise school fees for their children in candidate classes.

By Sandra Mukisa

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