Plot To Freeze Arms Sale To Uganda Deepens


Stephen Twinoburyo has just confirmed to our editor Giles Muhame he personally delivered a very sensitive petition asking Jacob Zuma’s government to slap an embargo on sale of sophisticated arms to Uganda.

“I was the one in charge of that document. I am the one who coordinated it before releasing it to all the fora and people that now have it, healing ” Twinoburyo affirms, purchase confidently.

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Twinoburyo says he delivered the petition on Monday, as we had reported, arguing the arms sold to Uganda were being seen as ‘tools of repression.’

The letter has since triggered a storm, with fears of a rebellion being planned in the Diaspora hitting boiling levels.

Under their umbrella organisation Uganda Civil Alliance Network (UCAN), Twinoburo and fellow 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:

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

Based in Pretoria, South Africa Twinoburyo is an electrical engineer by profession.

Asked whether SA government has responded to the petition, Twinoburyo, an old boy of Ntare School, says it will take a while to get a response.

He denies rumours the meetings he has been holding with opposition leaders at several Hotels in Johannesburg and Pretoria are aimed at mobilising resources to overthrow President Yoweri Museveni from power.

“The kind of way we engage is not like we are always meeting and planning. We are all people of different careers, living in different places and when there is an issue, we just call upon each other, look at the options and take appropriate steps like we did in this case. We of course individually follow events in Uganda keenly and engage in social media and communication,” he adds.

The development comes amidst reports of a stepped up opposition political activity in Diaspora. In a space of two weeks, two sensitive meetings have been held in South Africa and London on November 12.

The London ‘Grand Debate’ attended by Col. Kizza Besigye and UPDF fugitive Colonel Samson Mande has shaken security in Uganda. Several participants indulged in war-mongering and begged Besigye to officially declare war on Uganda so they could start funnelling logistics to his bases.

Col. Mande, who is wanted by government for subversive activities, threw the spanner in the works, saying Museveni only hears the sound of the gun.

Military investigators have since opened up investigations into the matter with the view of establishing the motive behind the war-mongering at the debate.

A few days later, several opposition leaders drafted another petition and stormed UK Premier David Cameron’s office asking him to reign in on Museveni for the reported abuse of human rights in Uganda.

They further told Cameron they were ready to form a separate and parallel government because ‘Museveni rigged elections so his government is illegitimate.’

A source confirmed plans were underway to mobilise Ugandans across all cities in the world to drum up support for the formation of an external government in London, with Col. Kizza Besigye as Prime Minister.

Sources in security are not ruling out a rebellion being organised by opposition in the Diaspora.


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