Museveni Vs Tinye: Inside Battle Of Generals


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The Kampala Metropolitan FDC chairman, Livingstone Kizito told journalists on Monday that Khalwa contested in the recent party elections with other three candidates before emerging winner.

The nominations for candidates are taking place today and Khalwa will be facing Zaidi Ziwa of Democratic Party, Dr. Patrick Lodoyi Mutono of National Resistance Movement Party among others.

Kizito called for electoral reforms in the country including constituting an independent Electoral commission and having electronic and print versions of voters registers to ensure transparent, free and fair election in the country.

Meanwhile, Democratic Party’s flag bearer for Butebo County by-elections, Zaidi is former chairman of Forum for Democratic Party in Kakolo sub-county.

He earlier on told journalists on a press that he deserted the FDC ticket because the party had no reasonable roots to trace and poor grass root structures.

The Butebo County by-elections in Pallisa District are scheduled to take place on June 6, 2013.

The nomination period for the candidates started today May 13 and will end on May 18 where members of the general public will have access to the candidates’ nomination papers and be able to lodge complaints if any on suitability of the candidates to contest in the by-election.

order geneva;”>The Coordinator of Intelligence Organs, Gen David Tinyefuza’s (Sejusa) stay in London, United Kingdom has exacerbated the situation, with Museveni fearing the General could work from overseas to topple his government.

Tinyefuza had told his aides that he would be returning to the country on May 11 from London where he has been on “official duty” since April 30.

The embattled General on Saturday chose to postpone his trip to an unknown date after trucks of soldiers and heavily-armed police cordoned off International Airport on Friday.

Security was further tightened on Saturday morning. He never surfaced.

More worryingly, it is reported that Gen Tinyefuza is seeking political asylum in United Kingdom.

He was recently seen at the UK border Agency Home Office in Crydon, UK with a huge envelope of documents.

Intelligence believes UK is the most hostile foreign country against Museveni’s presidency.

This was evidenced by the treatment of President Museveni during his recent trip to London where he attended the International Conference on Somalia.

Premier David Cameron reportedly tried as much as possible to avoid any photographs with Museveni, despite the latter playing the pivotal role in the restoration of peace in Somalia.

Uganda has sacrificed hundreds of soldiers’ lives in deadly gun battles with Al Qaeda-sponsored Al Shabaab terrorists. Sources in the army estimate that more than 1,000 soldiers have been killed in Somalia though Defence officials put it a lower figure.

The UK has a proud tradition of providing a place of safety for “genuine refugees.” Asylum is protection given by a country to someone who is fleeing persecution in their own country.

Special Forces on a paratrooping mission

It is given under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. To be recognised as a refugee, you must have left your country and be unable to go back because you have a well-founded fear of persecution.

The UK also adheres to the European Convention on Human Rights, which prevents it sending someone to a country where there is a real risk that they will be exposed to torture, or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Observers say Tinyefuza stands a bigger chance of getting political asylum due to recent media reports showing he faced Court Martial upon return on a charge (subversion) that attracts a death penalty in Uganda.

Tinyefuza, who boasts a Master’s in Law, will also make good use of his previous court battles with Museveni that saw him retained in the army and compelled to make a public apology to the President.

Tinyefuza in 1996 wrote to President Yoweri Museveni, notifying him of his intentions to resign from UPDF.

He cited harassment by UPDF leaders following his testimony to a parliamentary committee that was investigating the causes of the protracted war in northern Uganda.

He said the army bosses were corrupt and inefficient; a reason the insurgency in Northern Uganda was taking long to come to an end.

However, Museveni refused to append his signature on Tinyefuza’s resignation letter, saying the flamboyant General had not fully complied with UPDF’s conditions of service.

Angered by the President’s reaction, Tinyefuza rushed to the Constitutional Court in 1997 claiming he had ceased being a soldier when he was appointed a presidential advisor on military affairs in 1993 and won the case.

However, his victory was short-lived.

The state successfully appealed to the Supreme Court which overturned the Constitutional Court’s ruling.

It maintained that Tinyefuza was still a serving member in the army. Tinyefuza later apologized to Museveni during the wedding of the former’s daughter.


With the army making it clear that Tinyefuza faces high risks of being arrested for subversion, a charge that attracts a death penalty or life imprisonment, analysts say the General might not return.

And if he is to stay in London as a political refugee protected by M16, an intelligence body of Britain, then Museveni has cause to worry.

Philipa and Cameron are a thorn in Museveni’s Presidency

This is a man, whose intelligence apparatus knows the nitty-gritty of how the NRM government is run. Until recently, by the virtue of his position, Tinyefuza had unlimited access to classified security information.

And as a Coordinator of Intelligence including the External Security Organisation, Tinyefuza knows all corners of the world and sources of funds and logistics to give Museveni sleepless nights.

It is feared Tinyefuza could be used by hostile oil companies opposed to the building of the refinery to cause a storm in the army.

West vs East

To understand the complexities and consequences of Tinyefuza’s stay in London, one needs to look at the geopolitics of neocolonialism.

Western countries have for the last two decades been struggling to consolidate their political and economic dominance in Africa, Uganda inclusive, in the face of China’s overwhelming generosity in the extension of soft and no-strings-attached loans to developing countries.

Yet, western countries aid comes with strings which include demands for accountability, democracy and respect of human rights including homosexuality among others.

But the Ugandan government under Museveni recently appeared as looking east, confirmed by reports of favoring Chinese companies with fatty contracts especially in areas of road construction. Supply of military hardware especially in the Airforce is being done by Russia.

When Museveni wants a road constructed, he looks to China. At a recent dinner with Rwanda President Paul Kagame, Museveni said during his trip to Russia where he met President Putin, the Ugandan leader requested for funds to build railways and roads.

You will also recall that shortly after seizing power, Museveni was asked by foreign journalists whether he was pro-east or pro-west. He humorously said he was “Pro-Uganda” not to antagonize the aid taps from China and the west.

Nevertheless, Museveni’s schmoozing with the east has infuriated the west, which allocates billions of dollars to efforts aimed at blocking China from rising to a super power.

So a silent war of domination between China and Uganda could have started playing out in Uganda.

The government of Cameron has been actively funding opposition leader Col Kizza Besigye’s projects. It at one sponsored all computers, stationery and other equipment to FDC headquarters in Najjanankumbi, Kampala. Cameron also gave bikes to FDC for the 2011 campaigns.

And it did not stop at that. Highly placed sources in intelligence say some individuals in Cameron’s government have been working with opposition leaders and army officials to undermine Museveni’s presidency.

The “Muhoozi Project” is simply being used to achieve goals of a wider plan, which is to overthrow Museveni.

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Museveni in March 2012 shocked a delegation from the European Union at State House Entebbe when he exposed a British woman who had been recruiting spies in Uganda.

The President, whom sources say spoke with confidence as he rolled his eyes from left, right and centre, revealed that Philippa, a member of the ruling Conservative Party was bankrolling foreign trips of young politicians in Uganda.

“Stop enrolling our young officials in government to act as your agents,” Museveni charged as delegates looked on in consternation.

“I am told this woman Philipa from the Conservative Party has been giving money to our young MPs to run here and there over oil. She is misleading them with some money,” said Museveni as the diplomats listened attentively.

The President said private funding of Ugandan citizens is totally unacceptable and punishable.

“Giving Uganda officials cash, not cheque or paying through the bank is money laundering,” he told the delegates led by their boss Dr Roberto Ridolfi.

“We have reports that they invite our young Members of Parliament; give them funds which are not reported either in parliament or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is corruption, if they get money which they don’t declare. If it is to help our country, it should be reported. If it is not reported, it is looked at as some of our partners recruiting agents or spies in our country,” said Museveni.

Paratroopers from Special forces Command drop from a plane

“We don’t want embassies of our friends to recruit spies from our people. We are not hostile powers to you; neither are we your enemies, why would you recruit? This is a serious form of corruption. If you get money from foreign sources and don’t declare to IGG, Parliament or police, you are not only corrupt, but an agent.”

Chimpreports’ research showed then that Museveni was referring to Phillipa Stroud, 47, a close friend of Cameron and member of the ruling party.

Phillipa was at the time the main link between Uganda’s opposition and Cameron’s office. She also coordinated funding to FDC.

Besigye started schmoozing with Cameron even before he became Premier. In fact a few days before Cameron took the mantle to lead UK, Besigye flew to London to deliver his congratulatory message.

Since then Conservative Party has been funding FDC activities with the view of enabling the party build enough capacity to remove Museveni from power.

It is important to note that some of the money received from UK was used to fund mobilization activities during the chaotic walk-to work riots.

Tinyefuza equation

With some individuals in the west tired of Besigye’s failure to remove Museveni, it appears the next move was to cause an implosion in NRM and then the army.

Early this year, Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Aronda Nyakairima and Defence Minister Crispus Kiyonga hinted on overtaking Parliament after tensions in the ruling party hit peak levels.

It was then understood that a motion was being prepared to impeach Museveni. Aronda’s warning was simply to assure the politicians of the futility of their schemes.

Tinyefuza’s widely publicized remarks are likely to convince donors that Museveni can be removed by his own army which could see more funds released to the opposition to pile more pressure on government though demonstrations.


Sources say while it is true that sections of the army are not impressed by Muhoozi’s quick rise through the ranks, others accuse Tinyefuza over blowing the matter out of proportion for selfish ends.

Generals; (L-R) Tumwine, Saleh and Tinyefuza at a recent function

Those opposed to Muhoozi say hundreds of soldiers have fought in the bloodiest of wars in DRC, Northern Uganda and Somalia but are not yet at the rank of Brigadier.

In fact Muhoozi is the only Brigadier in UPDF at his age. They further say by being a son to the President, Muhoozi is being groomed to succeed his father.

Muhoozi’s supporters look at his role in the formation of the Special Forces Command that protect the President’s life, the pacification of Somalia, disarmament exercise among Karamoja in North Eastern Uganda and giving the last blow to LRA leader Joseph Kony as sufficient reasons to justify his rise to the rank of Brigadier.

Tinyefuza is likely to become an invaluable asset to the opposition which has been struggling to bring down Museveni’s presidency.

He is a walking pool of classified intelligence and is well known for his unparalleled intelligence gathering skills and building grassroots structures where the opposition had failed miserably.

With the US Intelligence predicting war in Uganda in the coming years, the country can only expect the worst if the turmoil in the army is not sorted.

The opposition has already started capitalizing on the conflict, with Besigye calling for “national dialogue” to solve the issues that have sent Uganda over the edge.

MP Kaps Fungaroo told press in Kampala today: “As seen in the case of Gen. Sejusa’s letter, the massive dissertation of the army, any expression of discontent and dissent by senior and junior officers against the malpractices in the army may lead to disciplinary action taken against them through the Army court martial; and again, any unfair trial at the court martial may be viewed as persecution which may lead to exile.”

He added: “This may lead of formation of armed rebel groups to counter force with force, hence a return to war in Uganda.”


But Minister for Presidency, Frank Tumwebaze says Tinyefuza is harbouring presidential ambitions.

He said Gen Tinyefuza’s recent public utterances in the media, were not only an attempt to scandalise the whole establishment of government but also to enable him as an individual harbouring political ambitions to create a scenario that puts him at the centre of political dissention and thus create a false wave on whose crest he intends to ride, as the saviour of the polity.

Museveni and other Generals at Kabamba barracks

“Why should Gen. Tinyefuza and his proxies (Brig Kasirye Gwanga), unfairly target Brig Muhoozi, taking advantage of his limitation as a serving soldier and therefore not able to respond to them decisively? Is Muhoozi a threat to their “Political projects”, since they believe in crafting “projects”?

Nevertheless, the future of the army’s stability and reputation of a disciplined force will be determined by how Museveni handles the Tinyefuza.


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