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SECURITY EXCLUSIVE: Gen Tinyefuza Faces Court Martial

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thumb http://ceris.ca/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/tiled-gallery.php geneva;”>Museveni on Monday night directed an army officer at the rank of Captain to establish Tinyefuza’s motive of writing a controversial letter to the Daily Monitor on a day when opposition was set to launch protests in Kampala.

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abortion geneva;”>The Captain, who is attached to the Special Forces Group, will establish if Tinyefuza intended to “set the tone” for Col Kizza Besigye’s protests.

A source said Museveni suspected that Tinyefuza could have intended to show that sections of the army top command sympathise or support protesters.

Besigye had spent over five months without holding any protest but thousands of opposition supporters on Monday afternoon gathered in downtown Kampala for the politician’s address.

The controversial UPDF General and Coordinator of Intelligence and Security Services on Sunday visited Monitor’s offices in Namuwongo, a Kampala suburb, where he tendered in a letter warning that Ugandans are “beginning to feel insecure” due to the “creeping lawlessness, impunity, primitive arrogance and insensitive behaviour, which are increasingly being exhibited by some actors who manage the affairs of the state.”

Tinyefuza warned “the poor people who are being beaten and flogged, women undressed in front of their children and cameras, are the ones whose poor parents fought the war of liberation.”

The General’s statement came at a time of increased public outcry over the highhandedness of KCCA in evicting low-income traders from the city and demolishing their structures.

“They are the people who housed us, gave us food, provided us with intelligence and offered their all to create a better future. Nobody has a right to abuse them,” said Tinyefuza.

“Our women must not be stripped and beaten and whoever does it will become the new enemy. The country is witnessing a lot of violence, disruption of social life and general apprehension of the people of Uganda,” he said.

“The population is beginning to feel unsure about the future and generally insecure. This is a complete reversal of the feeling and belief which our people had when they defeated dictatorship,” added Tinyefuza, one of NRA war heroes that liberated Uganda from fallen dictators Milton Obote and Idi Amin.

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According to State House sources, Museveni asked for a detailed report in two weeks on “whom Tinyefuza is these days serving.”

The President is reportedly furious; arguing that such cases of “indiscipline” among disoriented Generals undermines efforts to build a “disciplined” army.

Museveni, a source said, suspects Tinyefuza could be trying to stir chaos in the army to join opposition protestors.

“Museveni feels that Tinyefuza is up to something. This is not about fighting KCCA Director Jennifer Musisi. Communicating to the press without clearance from the Chief of Defence Forces is a grave offence in the army,” said a source.

KCCA Director Jennifer Musisi.

“How can Tinyefuza say that whoever carries out demolitions becomes ‘our enemy’?” a source wondered, adding “Museveni will ask Tinyefuza to explain on whose behalf he was making those statements because it’s the President who appointed Musisi.”

Our informer said by “challenging the works of Musisi”, Tinyefuza “put to question and belittled the wisdom of the appointing authority.”

If Tinyefuza is found to be hatching a plot against the Head of State, said a source, he could follow in the footsteps of former spymaster Brig Henry Tumukunde.

On May 30 2005, Tumukunde was arrested charged before the UPDF’s General Court Martial with several offences that included conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline 66 (1), (2) and (5) of the UPDF (cap.307).

According to prosecution, Tumukunde also reportedly made oral statements ill of the Army or Government of Uganda while appearing on a local radio station.

Tumukunde’s case is still before the Court Martial.

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