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Inside The Schmoozing Between Besigye And Westerners

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drug http://corcoranproductions.com/wp-admin/includes/class-theme-installer-skin.php geneva; color: black; mso-fareast-font-family: ‘Times New Roman’; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;”>When the story came out on the Daily Mail website, approved it aroused vicious comments from British readers. One poor Englishman couldn’t hold himself and even wrote: “People from an UNCIVILIZED country (Uganda) like this peasant (Bad Black) are out to get whatever they can from our great country”. Just substitute “peasant” for “monkey” and you more or less have the complete English worldview about Uganda. The British are asking: How do these savages dare take money from us? It should be the other way around!

search geneva; color: black; mso-fareast-font-family: ‘Times New Roman’; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;”>And it’s true, nobody knows how to steal better than the British. Because while we Africans usually only manage to make minor gains from foreigners, theft from Africans on the British scale is huge, unimaginable. Their next target is a well-chosen one: The British, together with hugely powerful elements in the USA, are planning to take our oil.

Our whole of it – right from beneath our feet! The 2.4 million pounds taken from the chubby old David Greenhalgh is absolutely insignificant when compared with billions and billions of dollars to be gained from our oil.

BESIGYE

The British and the Americans have an ally in this grand robbery: Colonel Kizza Besigye, who after losing all hope of becoming President suddenly finds that this is the chance of a lifetime.

Early on in my political education I learned the importance of “connecting the dots”. There is no smoke without fire. Any given event that you see in the news has to be connected to a bigger picture. I’ve learned this while I was living in Kenya during the post-election civil war. At first we noticed the heavy army vehicles moving in to Kisumu just before the vote. Then we saw the unusual activity of Mungiki during the ballot day. Then the counting of the votes was inexplicably delayed again and again. Throughout those stormy days my friends and I refused to realise what lay ahead. Had we acted on the evidence earlier and made a run for our lives, my friend, a political activist who lost his life in the violence, could have been with us today.

It is necessary to understand that Ugandan oil is the big hope of the British and American oil industries. BP, Shell and ExxonMobil have all shown extreme interest in our oil. Far from the public eye, oil executives are already speaking of the Albertine Graben as the next big frontier of oil bonanzas. Dear readers and fellow Ugandans, I’m asking all of you to connect the dots now, before it’s too late before Uganda is broken into tiny and powerless kingdoms with the oil areas firmly under the iron grip of UK and US-owned companies.

The recent flurry of activity on our political arena is directly related to the oil question. The current political storm was started by western youth MP Gerald Karuhanga who unleashed the notorious documents allegedly showing that huge amounts of money were transferred to Sam Kutesa and Hilary Onek from Tullow Oil.

These documents are not in fact new. They were first made available in August 2010 to Andrew Mwenda, who chose to give a copy to President Museveni. Everybody realised that this was political dynamite.

The immediate casualty was a deal planned by Tullow Oil, that, if carried out, would have caused heads to roll in the UK and US oil companies.

The British companies BP and Shell, and the American ExxonMobil, have long had their eye on Uganda, hailed by the Guardian as “the world’s largest new oil region”. After a brutal and highly secretive competitive process, Uganda has chosen to give its oil drilling rights not to any American or British company, but to their very worst enemies: the French, represented by Total, and the Chinese, represented by CNOOC.

After a long investigative process, the government chose to ignore the bribe documents and went ahead with the farm-down to China and France. It is not a coincidence that a mysterious hand put the documents on Karuhanga’s doorstep just days before the final go ahead was given to the French-China deal.

SHOCK DOCTRINE

It is at this point that events in Uganda have started taking on a surrealistic speed. The “shock doctrine”, which is a codename for the American strategy of blowing enemies out of the water using surprise and massive firepower (see the fate of Sadam Hussein of Iraq), is starting to be applied to us. The first move was sending the 100 US Special Forces to allegedly hunt down LRA rebel leader Joseph Kony– long after the guerrilla group had been defeated by our own army.

This move is actually linked to multi-billionaire George Soros, President Obama’s political godfather, who is intimately involved in Uganda’s oil sector through his mysterious web of NGOs.

The second move was Kizza Besigye’s surprise trip to the UK. After rallying dozens of supporters for a second wave of protests in October, the FDC leader abruptly aborted the protests and boarded a plane to the UK. His allies, including the ever-faithful Sam Mugumya, are rotting in jail for believing in their leader, and are reportedly cursing his lack of faithfulness to them.

This visit to the UK coincided with increased activity in the diaspora, particularly the federo-supporting parties. Just before the Besigye visit, hard-core federalists in the UK announced that they are giving Museveni half a year to declare Federal system of government in Uganda. The Federo agenda was prominent in the “Grand Public Debate” organised in London by the FDC with funding by the UK Tory party.

Shortly thereafter, Besigye met British PM Cameron in another meeting which cemented the rapidly increasing British support for FDC.

The third move, and the most intriguing one, is Besigye’s sudden and totally unexpected trip to the US. With his associates rotting away in Luzira and with the situation in the country changing rapidly, one would expect Besigye to come back home. But this has not happened. FDC leaders knew this would raise quite a few eyebrows.

Now, most of us know what a very sick person looks like. Besigye, who was filmed during the opposition meeting in London, looked slightly under the weather, but this was a long cry from the way FDC Vice President Salaam Musumba presented it, saying that “he has been rushed to the US in critical condition”. This little lie, other than being totally transparent (are there no good hospitals in London?), also got Musumba into trouble, with rumors quickly circulating that Besigye was about to die from HIV.

The truth of the matter appears to be much simpler: After bringing down Libya, the Americans are looking for another oil front to open up. Besigye could be the perfect pretext for military involvement in Uganda. President Obama’s political mentor George Soros has long been lobbying to get a piece of Uganda’s oil. When Soros talks, Obama listens: much of Obama’s election campaign funds come from Soros’ own pockets.

What I am putting forward is this: at a time like this, the only logical reason for Besigye to dash off to the US so suddenly is to seal his political alliance with Washington as a preparation for ousting Museveni. Do note, kind readers, that the US soldiers in our country are not positioned far from the oil wells.

Besigye’s acceptance of Federal system is a critical part of this arrangement. In order to keep a total grip on our oil, and keep the Frenchmen and the Chinese out, the Americans and British would much rather deal with small, weakened states. A federo agenda would grant semi-independence not only to Buganda but also to Bunyoro, which holds a large part of our oil reserves. Such a tiny and unviable state would not be able to withstand the pressure of America and Britain.

What the Anglo-Saxons don’t realise is the same thing that they have not realised when they put Idi Amin to rule us: Uganda is a powder keg waiting to explode, and the Federal arrangement , together with the prospect of oil billions, will surely turn this country into a bloodbath. Anybody willing to dispute this should note that even with the NRM at its lowest popularity for years, the opposition has not been able to unite up to date – far from it. It will be much less able to do so once the oil money comes into the picture. Civil war is high on the horizon.

What Besigye is doing is undermining Uganda itself as we know it, in order to desperately grab at the object of his passion, the Presidency of Uganda. This is not too far from the carrots that Shanita Namuyimba dangled in front of the sex-starved David Greenhalgh.

The difference is only one: he lost 2.4 million pounds. We can lose our country.

The author is an independent journalist in Uganda.

The views expressed herein do not represent Chimpreports.com’s editorial policy.

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