New Plot To Overthrow Museveni Leaks
President Yoweri Museveni on Monday morning ordered security organs to investigate reports that Civil Society organisations in Uganda intend to bring down his government.
The President directed ISO and police to coordinate the investigation with the view of assessing the ‘motives and implications of a stepped up political activity of civil organisations during and after oil debate in Parliament.’
The spy chiefs will probe reports that civil organisations are colluding with opposition figures to bring government to disrepute in the eyes of the international community and isolate it.
“Find out their agenda. What do they want and why?” Museveni ordered before directing that suspected civil society members should be arrested and prosecuted.
Blacklisted civil society organisations include the Open Society Initiative for East Africa. It’s funded by American billionaire George Soros who reportedly has interests in Uganda’s oil. He is believed to have pressed US leader Barack Obama to send 100 troops to Uganda.
He also funds International Crisis Group, an organisation which prepared an alarming dossier of Joseph Kony’s atrocities in CAR and DRC. It urged Obama to send troops to Uganda to stabilise the region.
Another group backed by Soros here is from Publish What You Pay(PWYP), an organisation claiming to fight for transparency in the oil sector. It’s led by Dickens Kamugisha.
Democracy Deepening Programme is also being scrutinised for supporting FDC activities which have ended up violent.
“Why do these organisations give Besigye money? Why not NRM?” Museveni reportedly charged at security chiefs.
The President was annoyed on being told in a brief that civil societies had duly replaced opposition against his government.
“Even this Mabira issue, it’s the civil societies obstructing us,” he said, referring to a spirited fight by environmentalists against the cutting down part of Mabira forest for sugarcane growing.
Other groups under probe are Civil Society Coalition on Oil (CSCO), Global Rights Alert (GRA), Transparency International and Oil Watch Network(UWONET).
Museveni wondered why over 15 organisations claim to be fighting for transparency in oil sector not poor conditions of Karimajong.
“I don’t want this excitement on oil. I even hear they have been touring oil wells! What are they looking for?” Museveni asked.
Museveni said all individuals; including newspapers that are supported by civil societies should be investigated, reiterating he went to the bush to fight such elements.
The President was further enraged that some organisations have millions of dollars on their accounts. “For what,” he asked.
It has also emerged that the better part of opposition resources was being wired to opposition parties’ bank accounts by Civil societies and some Embassies in Kampala.
This is reportedly done under the cover of promoting democracy, civil liberties and human rights.
Museveni is not the first one to complain on the role of Civil Societies in perpetrating anarchy in Uganda.
Last year, then Minister for Information Kabakumba Masiko told press at Media Centre that government was uncomfortable with the operations of civil societies. She said some were funding opposition in the walk to work demonstrations which amounted to treason.
The development comes on the heels of a press statement by belligerent Civil Societies asking Parliament to impeach President Yoweri Museveni and his caucus NRM MPs over shoddy oil contracts.
The Chairperson CSCO Henry Bazira told media at Hotel Africana in Kampala yesterday the civil society is petitioning Parliament under article 107 of the constitution to impeach Museveni for conspiring to sign oil deals with Tullow Oil.
“We are asking Parliament to do the honorary thing – censure suspected corrupt ministers and impeach the President. We commend our Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebbecca Kadaga who has ably steered the debate in Parliament with the highest Level of impartiality and steadfastness,” Bazira said.
He said the organisation has already dragged government to court with the objective of safeguarding Parliament independence.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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