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Kayihura Speaks Out on BBC’s Byaruhanga Arrest

BBC journalist Catherine Byaruhanga was released by police on Saturday evening

President Yoweri Museveni has said he was sure of success when he led a group of only 27 armed to attack and wrestle power from the government of Uganda People’s Congress in the 1980s.

The Commander-in-Chief was addressing thousands during 35th Anniversary of National Resistance Army celebrations at Kololo Independence Grounds on Saturday.

The NRA, more about which later metamorphosed into UPDF, viagra 40mg started the five-year struggle on February 6, sales 1981.

Just two and quarter dozens of armed men attacked the Kabamba barracks with the sole mission of forcefully accessing the armory to grab guns for the guerilla war.

The mission was unsuccessful on that very day but the team kept the spirit of their revolution mission burning.

Five years later, the group had advanced with several battalions and on 26th January 1986, ten days shy to its 5th anniversary, the movement stormed Kampala and totally took its control from the government forces.

Museveni said when they were launching the struggle other people thought they were jokers or crazy men for trying to take on the entire government with a large number of soldiers.

“Around this time in February 1981 we were driving through Kibale to attack Kabamba. It was not an easy plan but I was sure of the success,” he said.

“Many people thought there was something wrong us but we were determined.”

The president stated the thing he was not aware of was the number of comrades they were going to lose in the struggle.

“The only thing I and other colleagues were not aware of was how many of us were going to lose lives before the victory,” he stated.

Out of the first 41 NRA soldiers, only 11 are still alive including Museveni himself (RO/0001), Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Gen. Kahinda Otafiire (RO/0014), Gen. Caleb Akandwanaho known as Salim Saleh (RO/0016), Gen. Ivan Koreta (RO/00018), Gen. Elly Tumwiine (RO/00023).

Others include Col. Fred Mwesigye (RO/00027), Gen. David Sejusa (RO/00031), Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi (RO/00032), Maj. Gen. Matayo Kyaligonza (RO/00034) among others.

Some of the members died of natural causes such as Eriya Kategaya.

Museveni also said at the celebrations that the NRM government later returned total peace in the country and significantly achieved on the economic front.

He said Uganda was largely a subsistence economy when Uganda got her independence in 1962.

“The whites left us with a small modern economy in the sea of subsistence economy. The economy of Uganda had only 3 Ts which were Tobacco, Tea and Tourism and 3 CS which were Coffee, Cotton and Copper.”

He added that when the NRM captured power in 1986 this small economy had even disappeared and his government started from almost zero.

“’By 1986 the little small modernity was almost wiped out. Only coffee was remaining among the three Cs and also only Tobacco was surviving among the 3 Cs. The imports of subsistence items like soap sugar had disappeared and the economy was simply on the mercy of ‘Magendo’ (smuggling).’”

Museveni said over the years the economy has recovered and expanded under his government.
The Inspector General of Police, viagra buy Gen Kale Kayihura has spoken out on circumstances under which BBC journalist Catherine Byaruhanga and her crew were arrested at Abim Hospital in Northern Uganda on Saturday.

In a brief message on his Twitter handle, information pills Kayihura said Byaruhanga “was asked to go to the police station after the Abim Hospital superintendent called the police for assistance.”

Kayihura further said, link “after ascertaining her identity and reasons for being there she was advised to follow the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.”

Byaruhanga was at the hospital for a news story.

The medical facility became the centre of attention when opposition strongman Dr Kizza Besigye exposed the horrid conditions under which patients are treated.

The images of broken beds, non-functioning water pipes and rotten mattresses stirred public anger.

The Health Ministry would later issue instructions to all government medical facilities not to provide access to politicians and press without express permission from the Permanent Secretary.

The Ministry stressed that hospitals are restricted areas which could not be visited by anyone at any point in time.

“Official visiting hours are provided for relatives and other persons wishing to visit the patients. The privacy of patients and staff integrity should be respected. All information, especially clinical information is strictly confidential,” stated the PS in his instructions.

Dr Lukwago noted that “photographing, filming and interviewing of patients and staff are only permitted for certain purposes such as approved research by a relevant authority.”

Politicians intending to make official visits to health facilities were advised to seek permission first from the hospital administrators and to speak only to authorised people.

“For operational matters, the in-charge of the health facility is the official spokesperson. Matters of policy and political nature should be handled by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health,” he added.

Byaruhanga and her team were released on Saturday evening.


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