Opposition To Zuma: Slap Arms Embargo On Uganda

about it sales "sans-serif"; font-size: small;”>The development underlines the hidden subversive motives of opposition leaders in Diaspora. They have since called for war against Museveni.

Under their umbrella organisation Uganda Civil Alliance Network (UCAN), the opposition members claim Museveni has abused Human Rights in Uganda.

In a letter to South Africa Parliament dated November 16 2011, the chairperson of the group Henry Muhwezi alleges that South African arms sold to Uganda are increasingly being viewed as weapons of repression.

“Countries like South Africa that highly promote democracy and human rights both within and outside their boarders should take a moral step and stop the sale of arms to countries like Uganda that are blatantly and severely repressing their people,” part of the letter reads.

“Stop directly funding the Uganda government but rather fund projects that are managed independent of government. Enforce an arms embargo against the government,” the letter further reads.

The missive is addressed to Hargreaves TisetsoMagama, Chairperson Committee on International Relations and Cooperation; and Stanley Malusi Motimele, Defense Committee, Parliament of the Republic of South Africa.

It’s not clear whether South Africa will listen to the activists as President Jacob Zuma is a close friend of his Ugandan counterpart.

They further accused Museveni of using $750m to buy fighter jets from Russia. The army spokesperson Col. Felix Kulayigye has since said the jets were secured to protect oil from enemies.

The opposition leaders quote documents prepared by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which tracks military spending of 173 countries, showing Kampala imported arms worth $23m from South Africa.

The opposition leaders also want South Africa to slap sanctions against Museveni “and those within his regime that have wantonly fleeced the country of its resources and freeze all assets they hold internationally until such a time that proper audits have been done and expropriations of stolen assets or funds have been returned to the state.”


And in what appears as an attempt to seek South Africa’s intervention in Uganda’s internal affairs, Muhwezi writes:

“We in particular call upon the government of South Africa to institute intervening measures for Uganda and support any efforts to find a sustainable and peaceful solution to the crisis in the country.”

Based at 266 Pretorius Street, Die Meent Building 4th Floor, Suite D405/D407 in Pretoria, the activists led by Muhwezi include: Richard Obo, Dr. Dominic Drabile, Stephen Twinoburyo, Dr. Fred Kasirye and Dr. Wilfred Onen.

Others are Dan Kigoonya, Malcom Matsiko, Herbet Tumusiime, Michael Kakoza and Baker Mayambala.

This investigative website has since last week published several reports showing how opposition in Diaspora are mobilising Ugandans to engage in subversive activities.

The political debates addressed by suspected rebels and secret meetings held under the cover of darkness have fuelled fears of a blossoming rebellion in Diaspora.

While attending an FDC-UK Chapter debate in London on November 12, UPDF fugitive Colonel Samson Mande openly called for war against Museveni. Mande escaped from Uganda in 2001 before declaring war on Uganda. He left for Sweden after his PRA rebels were bombed to tatters by UPDF warplanes.

Col. Kizza Besigye attended the same controversial debate where most participants appealed for his immediate declaration of war so they could throw their weight behind him.

FDC have since said Mande’s war-comments are his personal opinions.

Party publicist Wafula Oguttu told our reporter yesterday: “What is wrong with Besigye meeting Col. Mande in London? If Mande wants to wage war, that is his opinion. That is not the FDC party position.”


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