Colonel Samson Mande Reveals almost everything that happened before and After Luwero Bush war


Dear Ugandans,
This is a colonel Samson Mande special picked from his exchanges on Facebook with other Ugandans. He answers almost all questions Ugandans have always wanted to ask him. Samson Mande is a member of UAH forum and a former UPDF officer.

ABOUT HIS UPCOMING BOOK

We got into the black book of the detractors of the revolution. We do not need permission to write books and a few ex-NRA have written. I am finalising the chapter 11 of mine “NO MORE TEARS OF JUSTICE” and you will soon read it. He laughs best who? In Alex Mukulu´s 40 yrs of banana he was asked why all x- Ugandan but M7 had no ears on their portrait. Remember what he said.

My book will be marketed worldwide for international readers; Ugandans may find it in other countries but since iam not writing it just for commercial purposes I may get people read it on internet. Plus, I believe that democracy, freedom of speech, expression are a temporally problem. We will gain our freedom soon. Who knows, I will launch the book in Uganda soon.

His rank in the army and about the course in Nigeria

If people knew me well they should have remembered that I hold a symbol PSC which I got from Nigeria´s senior division of the command and staff college, records available are that my grade was A+. We are still a handful who holds that symbol in the history of Armed forces in Uganda. I am reliably informed that not only one of all that followed me got an A rating like me. Most of those young officers u see are still struggling to get that symbol and some who have got it are my products.

If some of you had to be objective and broad, u should have seen how around all the modern armies and see how old are their commanders, even those that normally command complicated operations like in Iraq, Afghanistan etc. Do you think those countries have a shortage of young officers? I should just let people know that am not here to win people because am not in any contest.

Every Ugandan should have become a colonel if it was as easy as some of you think, as for professionalism, go to the Army records and look at certificates- I hold the highest, you will also learn from there that iam the one that wrote the Establishment of the Army, I from NRA to UPDF and that the little semblance of an army you see takes shape from there and continues to improve, on age limit which you are obsessed to. Several generals that run the Army today are older than me but nobody has thrown them out yet as some of you are suggesting. In any case, where does that leave General Yoweri-the oldest?

I had never been on’’ Katebe’’, I always held good appointments and offices. The only awkward situation was when I was on in detention for charges whose trial was never delivered to conclusion (justice delayed is justice denied).

Life abroad

I live on what I sweat or freeze for and not on any pay list for donors, I’m a donor instead. People should know that am not in hiding and if iam involved in criminal acts there is Interpol I should be delivered to justice.

Let me educate some of you that half of my family is Bahima and my best half for the last 23 years is a Muhima. And in fact my best man and best friend is a serving Muhima General, even M7 knows him, a few business associates I still have in Uganda are Bahima officers in UPDF.

I for one trained and promoted many Bahima officers such that some of you are at a loss if you say I hate Bahima officers because they were promoted. If you had enough information about the military discipline you would have known that it is an inspiration to train a soldier and you see him gaining a higher rank than yours. I think it’s the same with teachers- they are always very happy to say this engineer, this president this doctor was my pupil or student.

President Museveni

The man (Museveni) whose portrait some of you wear ate the revolution from its embryo, he is now doing the finishing touches of eating the revolution. If you knew the name he was baptised by NRA combatants in the Bush, you wouldn’t dare put that photo of his on your face for it stinks. Some of you want us to believe that you don’t know that NRA never died, it just changed name and state to UPDF?
Museveni was at one time in TZ for 8 years in the first liberation against Amin, he was in the same country iam during the second liberation, and did it stop him from tackling internal problems?

General Tinyefunza

You don’t have to believe what I wrote about Tinyefunza, records are available, people in Gulu and the entire North can tell the story about Tinyefuza better than me,. I gave my testimony it’s your duty to go to the population and investigate.

These “allegations” as some of you have chosen to call them were not made recently and have been in public. Why has Afande Tinyefuza never refuted them or any other known authority.

We did not go to fight Idi Amini and Dr Obote in order to get ranks we fought that the country could overcome mayhem, corruption ,other forms of mismanagement, tyranny so that “all” Ugandans can have peace and prosper. At least that’s what we were told and that is what many of our comrades in the NRA died for. I see all the vices we fought against which we had literally stamped out of most parts of Uganda except in the North and East where it took so long and they are left a generation behind-cause being the partly what I highlighted in that small article. Could history be repeating itself because you have wiped out all officers who maintained the NRA revolution values and retained ‘’indisciplinados’’ like afande Tinyefuza , Patrick Amama Mbabazi or job seekers and looters?

The brutal methods afande Tinyefuza introduced in the North did not help Uganda to finish the on-going Northern conflict; he and several others that followed him got defeated by more over an altar boy Joseph Kony. Now I really need to finish this book quickly because it details answers to some of your simple questions. For instance it was civilians that used to appeal to me to save their people, their property whenever they were being molested, just because they had seen the difference between us and the new comers in the field.

Once again if some of you are just looking for the truth, why do you detest talking to the victims? For instance a gentleman like Hon Omara Atubo can show you torture marks inflicted on him by soldiers on afande Tinyefuza´s orders.

True no one should claim to be an angel, we should look into conduct of all armies; UA, UNLA, NRA, UPDF and all militias; LRA, ADF, FUNA, URF, UPA, UPDA, HOLLY SPIRIT etc all that used military power to solve political and diplomatic problems caused death, we all pulled triggers, exchanged fire and in the process shot and killed each other. That is common in a war situation and there is international law that governs and guides us on conduct during war situations. Those that did not follow the law should be delivered to justice or let justice be delivered to them. Like Operation North a scotched earth policy was full of crimes against humanity. Healing cannot be done if we put humility and truth aside.
Let me remind u that am not in a struggle for power, iam like millions of Ugandans who don’t see the freedom and justice that we fought for and the better future of our country, for that I don’t need guns, I know how painful it is to fight, people can only go fighting if you push them to the wall.

Truth Justice and Reconciliation commission(TRC)

Shouldn’t it be better for the country to set up a Truth Justice and Reconciliation commission like South Africa did after the Apartheid regime fell? Because u might end up being fed on accusations and counter accusations, my word against theirs and you´ll get more confused. Attempts for Northern Uganda people were made to have the ICC investigate both sides-LRA and UPDF in vain, only LRA is being investigated and that’s not fair but selective justice.

Agriculture

As far agriculture is concerned that’s my hobby am doing very well and helped several communities to modernise their own. In Rukungiri where I and my family have two farms: one in Kebisoni and the other in Kambuga, we have been supplying grade 1 heifers to many developing farmers in the districts around. In Buganda I initiated the Busunju growers’ society and paid my savings to kick-start the horticulture scheme around Mpigi, Mubende, and now horticulture is one of the best income earners in local and foreign exchange.

In Ngoma, I and my family have some of the best beef cattle and if u go to Ngoma and ask them about a road called Mande road they will show it to you. This is a road I built from my savings and it connected Ngoma trading centre to Biduku.

In Mbarara my farm is located on 14-15 miles on Kikagati road at a place called Kyeirumba where I have 10 acres of a banana plantation and very good cattle.

Death of Colonel Muzoora

On Muzoora´s case, we are waiting for the outcome of the investigations going on, it’s too early for anybody to say he embarrassed himself after all we don’t know exactly how he died. Suppose it turns out in future that he died for a credible cause? One’s terrorist can be another ones hero. Today’s hero can turn out to be tomorrow’s villain. Today’s terrorist can turn out to be tomorrow’s statesman- remember the Mandela case. Wasn’t he a convict yesterday what is he today. Let’s not be judgemental and let’s give ourselves time. Time will tell.

Prison

I have never stepped in Luzira prison not even to visit a prisoner. Some of you have called us robbers, rapists, terrorists, traitors, tribalists, whatever you wish but that not what we are. I have a humble track record, I have made history and Ugandans know me well, you have failed to push me into the garbage heap of history and perhaps that’s why you look at us as a threat and hate some of us because we have remained the opposite of what you represent.
I have never said am an angel because to error is human, a messiah and an authority on how to tackle Uganda´s problems. If you forget your past, you may not know where you are and where you are heading. History is very valuable in our development.

Some of you are being judgemental when you say my hands are not clean because that’s prejudice at work. In my small ways as an individual iam doing the best I can to participate in political, social and economic problems in Uganda and I have contributed allot to needy people, who would not have rather got education, some are very highly educated living and working in Uganda and several other countries abroad (mind you many of these are not my relatives). They even read these posts and wonder what wrong with you and more so some are Bahima.

UFM

I got information about the mishandling of 35th batalion which was mainly UFM. The official message was that they had refused instruction from the Brigade commander. They were surrounded and disarmed in a skirmish way that resulted into deaths. I am not well informed about what happened later, whether they were refused to perform funeral rites of those that died in the scamish. By then I had been removed from the North and posted to the school of infantry in Jinja.

President Kagame

Some of you said Kagame cannot let any colonel run away but he has several who run away and are making allot of noise against him. Kayumba is charged of treasonable acts, that he was throwing grenades in Kigali, Furuma who is in the US and General Habyarimana in Switzerland on similar charges. People can always escape from any prison.

Northerners in NRA

Yes we had northerners in the NRA throughout to mention a few; Dr Bata, Maj. Ondoga, Lt Col Dradiga, Lt.Col Toyem, Brigadier Nasur Izaruku-he actually brought in with him about 200 fighters from West Nile. Definitely I participated in many operations against legitimate targets and will be willing to appear before the TRC if someone thinks I committed crimes. Remember even F W de Clark appeared be4 the RSA TRC he is now free and a Nobel Prize winner.

Luwero Bush war & Kabale Bank operations

As for Kabale bank operation during the struggle, yes I led the raid, I signed for all the money I commandeered and delivered it all the NRA high command. Of the hundreds of banks that the NRA took money from its only me that documented what I took and this enabled paying back of the money back to Kabale bank after the war. That should show you the difference between officers’ discipline and way of handling operations. Some committed crimes some didn’t.

I commanded the operation that commandeered money from the currency centre, I know how much there was in the bank and how much we took. Records are there in the bank and my signature on. I took with me Hon Bright Rwamirama(now minister) to help me in the internal procedures, he is the one who filled the ledger. Some people in the bank had advised I shouldn’t sign so that they too can take some money and even take some to my parents. Listen to what I told them “NRA are not a bunch of thieves i am taking this money and when we capture government we shall bring it back”. I remember the BBC caught up with M7 and asked him whether the NRM was not a gang of thieves since we are “robbing banks”?

He comfortably replied to them “how can a robber go to a bank and sign for the loot he has taken. He told them “these were public resources under our control since we had taken effective control of the area from the Junta”. If Major Kabareebe went and took money from another bank iam not aware and he should tell. I know that many operations like that took place. None of those commanders signed for the money they took from banks.

If the money in question is that I secured from the Kabale B.O.U Currency centre, I did my job as an operation commander, signed for the money and delivered it to the NRA high command intact for onward administration. I am reliably informed that that money was duly returned to the centre after the war and you can verify this. I want all Ugandans to know that we were by then the government in charge of the National Assets in the Western Uganda since we had taken over control of the area from the JUNTA led by the late Gen. Tito Okello Lutwa. Do some of you want to tell me that the JUNTA did not use the B.O.U assets in the regions they control?

You should perhaps have started by asking me if it was necessary for me to go to the bush, if it was a legitimate cause and if the operations I led were legitimate. I will answer your question directly; I led legitimate operations and they were necessary, I have a history of rejecting wrong orders and I never appeared anywhere near unit tribunal or court martial for breaking the code NRA of conduct during both the struggle against Idi Amini and Obote (R.I.P)

There were incidents where individual NRA commanders committed mistakes and killed innocent civilians. While we punished some of them harshly the victims have not been compensated. There are also several that went away with it, while isolated incidents of massacres due to poor judgement of commanders manifested. When you put the TRC in place don’t be surprised to see residents of Luwero coming up to accuse the NRA of such crimes and demanding justice. However, the huge massacres were really conducted by UNLA. When it comes to the innocent people that died in cross fire between NRA and UNLA they are very many, don’t u think they deserve justice too? And let’s not confine ourselves on one area, one conflicts, do justice to all Ugandans then you have a nation, do selective justices then u scatter Uganda into pieces.

There was no policy to kill civilians but what would one call a method of work employed in all units, not written on paper as a policy, not mentioned as a crime in the code of conduct but that method could have been used to kill hundreds of people without taking them to any court of law? KIPINGAMIZI KIFE . My conscience tells me that many people died in cold blood, they left behind children and relative who don’t understand why their dear ones died and UNLA, NRA, UFM are responsible. DONT FORGET THOSE THAT DIED IN NAKULABYE MASSACRE 1964, IN LUBIRI 1966, Idi Amini rule, the ITENDERO MASSACRE OF MOSLEMS 1979, MUKURA MASSACRE, OMBACI MASSACRE, ACHOLI PII, just to mention a few. These are not only the ghosts that haunt our national unity but a timing bomb if the truth continues to be hidden. We have to start diffusing the bomb otherwise we are leaving our children in a worse future than some of us have lived in.

It was a cocktail of ideas, Liberators, power hungry politicians, communists, capitalists, federalists, refugees, revengists etc. The end justifies the means: At the beginning of an action I might not be able to determine whether that action is morally right or wrong, but when the morally right goal is successfully achieved, then the steps which led to it must be morally right too.” Machiavellian principle may answer the question. Unfortunately, it seems each grouping in the cocktail has its own end.

Landmines

Both the NRA and UNLA used land mines. All NRA units had experts in laying mines, Luwero triangle was large and many operations of that nature were conducted and hundreds of mines laid. it’s hard for me to know who laid a land mine where, a thorough investigation can be conducted to know perhaps which unit operated where when, even if some particles of the mine that was used were kept for forensic investigations it’s going to be difficult to know whether the mine that hit your relative was UNLA or NRA since we shared the same stores of arms any way.

I also know that an entire bus “Ssebyala´s bus hit a land mine in 1982” and am not sure victims were compensated. These are accumulated bills for the TRC to handle.

NRA had people to protect from UPC also, had politicians fighting for power and had other people revenging what UPC did to them in Nakulabye and Lubiri in 1964 and 1966.

We did not choose to go to the bush. It was not a picnic it was a matter of life and death. We were forced and painfully pushed into the bush. Where was the nation when we were being molested and pushed to the bush? The nation didn’t protect us from that pain, we found ourselves there and we had to survive by all means necessary. In such a situation allot of things happen

UNLA murders

It’s not only in Luwero that people got killed and it’s not after the NRA went to the bush that people started getting killed . This happened well before NRA went to the bush and More over the first bullet against Obote 2 regime were fired in Luzira by UFM. Maj. Obama who was killed in Kampala during the election time, DP lost a parliamentary candidate in Kasese, in the Army a number of soldiers were rounded up and killed in Makindye and Bugolobi, Haji Mbiringi, late Rwancwende, Sam Karuhanga were killed in cold blood in Mbarara. There was pandemonium all over the country targeting political opponents of the Obote 2 regime. In Kasunganyanja Tooro, there is a mass grave of DP and UPM supporter that were killed under the orders of Captain Opeto (later nicknamed Pilato)

Many people went to the bush for fear of their dear lives; the issue was not whether UPC was elected democratically or not, the mayhem, pandagari, and daylight robbery made many seek refuge in the bush. Definitely some opportunists took advantage of that to recruit people to fight for other motives. If the regime had not mishandled people it would have been difficult for anyone to wage war successfully.
What did we achieve when we went to the bush that can inspire me to do the same? I am in exile, it’s a little better. I went to the bush to protect myself from being killed in cold blood. It was painful and costly to me and many Ugandans. Today iam protecting myself in a cheaper way.

In a war situation all sorts of people take advantage. The ones that stole more were the UNLA , they even unroofed iron sheets and took them.

My primary objective during the war was survival. Thanks to the bush. I didn’t go in order to amass wealth plus, the time I spent working in government I earned well, was able to do my personal business and get established, i am satisfied. I know how to make billions whether am in government or not. My major problem is exile and seeing suffering masses because of the high levels of corruption. This leaves me wondering what our brothers and sisters died for. Those that died trying to put an end to the suffering of the masses.

I think the best way out of the puzzle is to stop the blame game because everyone has good reason to blame the other. Let us go for National dialogue and form a consensus on how to the country should proceed on political issues. The TRC will help to put the blame game to a conclusion, let bygones be bygones and unite to build our country.

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  1. kazindu,

    i would like to read about his time in Tanzania as a military attaché nd about the cement wagons fro Tanzania under his name then the military equipment fro Korea and how was is it dispatched to kla that would be a very interesting story

  2. ou,

    Thats a good job. You have shown the answer i gave to the questions but you have not shown the questions themselves. Dont you think this will leave many of yourreaders confused? I request that you do that for the benefit of your readers.

    Paragraph 5 (about Museveni) is wrong. It should have been about Amama Mbabazi. Mbabazi is the one who started eating the NRM from when it was an embryo and he is the one that will finish it. He is the one that was nicknamed Karya sausage while we were in the bush and it is his portrait that James Mugerwa(with whom i was exchanging words) is wearing as his profile foto.

  3. ou,

    BANDA BALOGOO´S QUESTIONS TO SAMSON MANDE.

    Banda wrote: “Samson Mande, well one of friends, Semakula, an ex-UFM fighter, returned from Acholi land around 1987, and narrated his ordeal. He claimed that he walked 50 fifty miles until he managed to grab the means that brought him back to Kyaggwe. He alleged that his friends (fellow UFM fighters who had joined NRA to make a national army) were killed by some NRA soldiers. Semakula said that he managed to dodge and escape death in a miraculous way. He still maintains that his colleagues were killed by some NRA fighters. He also alleged that several FEDEMU fighters who were taken to fight in northern Uganda, after the capture of power in Kampala, also suffered the same fate.

    Semakula asked parents of the deceased people, to perform their last funeral rites in absentia. In Buganda culture it is a normal cultural practice to do that, after cultural research is conducted, and it is confirmed that you are dead, but your remains cannot be obtained to get a descent burial.

    Quite frankly, we unsure if his allegations were true or untrue, but if you can collaborate them, then the victims and family of the deceased, can seek compensation from the government, in the same way the families of the Iteso people who were killed by some NRA soldiers at Mukura in train wagons, are still seeking recompense from the government.

    In his narrations of what happened to some UFM fighters, Semakula has never mentioned the name David Tinyenfuza.

    We spoke to the late Paulo Kalule Kagodo, of Namuyenje, Kyaggwe, about the same to verify the accuracy of Semakula’s claims, and he said several UFM fighters died during the Lakwena war in northern Uganda – refused to divulge further details the number and names of those who died.. Kalule Kagodo was a senior UFM member. One of UFM’s main base was in Kisisita, Kyaggwe, and we knew some of the boys who were in that camp, in the same way, we knew and covered up for NRA rebels, like Matayo Kyaligonza, Mutwalib (R.I.P), Kimera and the late Jet Tumwebaza (R.I.P) who were based in Namakwa village, Kyaggwe (black bomber) in the early eighties, before UNLA soldiers smoked them out.

    Most prominent Baganda elders in Kyaggwe we knew, fought day and night on the mainly on side of NRA not UFM. They conducted their enquiries and found that the late Kayiira used to act irresponsibly, drink too much and very much enjoyed ladies, and that he would not listen to advice and had self-discipline. It is on this note that they advised Wasswa Kasirye Gwanga to leave UFM and join NRA fighters. It follows several UFM fighters, Kayiira abandoned in the bush without supplies and went abroad – they got captured by UNLA, and later paraded at city square and shown on UTV for their parents, family and friends to view them, before they were executed without trial.

    In our opinion, we think that for terms and purpose of national peace and security, forgiveness and reconciliation is vitally important, would you agree? . Otherwise if we are to bring back all old hatreds and tribal hostilities of the past, it can trigger fresh conflict. “A good muganda is only a dead one” is a slogan we still clearly remember in the former state security circles, but we let bygone be bygones.

    Bwana Mande watukubira ebyasi. It would ungrateful, not to appreciate the great contributions you made. You and others fought and sacrificed for the greater good of all of us. “Aboluganda bita, olumu bikonagana, naye tebyatika” is an ancient Luganda proverb meaning, “relatives or brothers are like calabashes, sometimes they clash or knock each other but do not get burst.” Mr Museveni is your brother. If you clashed or disagreed with him, cant you really find a place in your heart for forgive the man, and cant he also forgive you?

    President Museveni did not fight the war alone, there were masses of fighting people behind him (including those who never fire a single gun shot). Your contributions partly brought him to power in 1986. The decisive and determinant battle was at Katonga river on Masaka road. We recall a big stalemate at Katonga. That stalemate ended after Kabaka Ronald Mutebi, came in on land via Buganda’s back doors, Rwanda. He did his cultural thing and UNLA was overpowered at Katonga. We never saw him but felt his presence on the ground and also heard his final command, endorsing NRA. The import of divulging this matter is that you allegedly met then Ssabataka Muwenda Mutebi, in Kigezi, escorted him, up-to Buddu- Masaka, true that ?

    At this time of the month in 1986, we were in Kampala city. We saw hundreds of anyanya fighters, who Obonyo and Col. Gad Wilson Toko, airlifted from southern Sudan to fight and repulse back NRA rebels. We saw big and small guns being ferried to wipe out NRA. At summit view, Kololo, at this time of the month, there were Korean mercenaries with long range guns shelling heavily towards NRA. In fact the echoes of those big guns still come back in our ears. If really power came from the gun, the then UNLA govt soldiers, with all their military might, they would have wiped out NRA rag tag malnourished guerillas. It is against this background that we believe that all power comes from people not the barrel of the gun. If the people dont like you even if you have all sorts of weapons, they overwhelm and over power you.

    Given our different tribes and diverse cultures in Uganda, would you accept that the only way we can live peacefully, heal old wounds and fully united in cultural diversity, is under a federal system of government ? For instance, Ivan Wasswa (aka “Kasirye Ggwanga”) refused to obey a military order to be deployed in Acholi Land. He told his boss that he is a muganda man and cant to go to fight the Acholi and Langi in their own land. He told us that he only fought them in Buganda, because the late Capt. Ageta killed his late brother Capt. James Kasirye (UNLA) – Ageta hit his face with a metal bar and disfigured it, and shot him in the mouth, on wrong suspicion that he was part of UFM fighters who attacked Lubiri. Kasirye Ggwanga, had just returned from TZ as a POW, when his brother was killed, he dug up his gun and wildly went to the bush. According to the late Apollo Kyazze (NRA), of magamagama barracks, Ageta was captured in Bugisu fighting with the defunct FOBA rebels.

    Finally, in light of our country’s violent past, tribal murders and discrimination, would you agree that creation of federal regional governments or regional federal states like Lango, Bunyoro, Kigezi, Tooro, Acholi, Ankole, Busoga, Karamoja, Buganda etc is the solution for long lasting peace and stability in Uganda?”
    SAMSON MANDE ANSWERS @ Banda Balogoo.
    Apart from the case of the 35 Batalion am not aware of other incidents where UFMs and FEDEMO were killed by NRA. Ssemakula may not have seen afandeTinyefuza because as a Brigade commander Tinyefuza did not need to appear in the skirmishes of NRA vs the 35 Batalion he may have issued orders to other commanders to do the job. I also don’t know what rank Ssemakula was because many soldiers in the lower echelons just follow orders from section commanders, platoon commanders who may not give details of who is instructing them to do an operation.
    I doubt whether the late Paulo Kalule Kagodo would be in the know of what was happening in the field. He had handed over the UFM troops to NRA there and then they became NRA, he had no business to be briefed on operation matters in the field.
    I founded Mwanga unit in Mukono together with afande Matayo Kyaligonza and Major Nyansio Bamwanga R.I.P , we started it with 11 fighters, three rifles , a pistol and a hand grenade but with the help of the pple we captured arms from government soldiers , we grew to a battalion in a very short time 1981, 1982 we split Mwanga unit- one half remained and formed the Black Bombers under afande Kyaligonza the other half I went with to strengthen Luta unit in Bulemezi., 1983 I came back to take over command of a new unite combining elements of Black Bomber and fighters I came with from Luta and other units these included Jet Mwebaze R.I.P (then a sgt) , afande Aronda Nyakairima (then a corporal) the unit was then called the Task Force. That time afande Kyaligonza and comrade George Katabarwa R.I.P had been deployed to do special work which Mbabazi had messed up in the external committee.
    Its true UFM was facing leadership crisis, I once visited their camp, it was like a paradise all the three Ws were in excess the late Dr Kayira had lost vision and had no strategy. He got lost in exile, UFM split into UFM/FEDEMO, Kasirye Gwanga came to us and I took him to Ngoma where he met the chairman NRA high command. I got instructions to help all that wanted to join NRA and I received them we absorbed them and we had no problem with them. Those that hesitated got captured by UNLA, some killed others detained.
    I agree with forgiveness on condition that we know who the offenders and that the offenders accept their mistakes. Otherwise people can apologize when they don’t mean it. Uganda has had a history of conflicts emanating from disrespect of human rights by individuals, groups, governments and political parties. Knowingly and unknowing. Unfortunately not many are willing to admit they made mistakes so that’s why I think that the TRC is the best way out because it allows victims to come out openly to make their case while the accused shall be given chance to defend themselves , investigations shall be conducted and in the process the truth shall be known. That will make it easy for people to get justice, it is after justice that reconciliation shall be made easier and let bygones be bygones.
    Aboluganda bita, bikonagana naye tebyatika. That proverb applies to people with biological connections. I and President Museveni are not biologically connected. I think iam more of Banda Balogoo brother than Yoweri Museveni isn’t it? And for Museveni we were comrades. We are only connected by two factors; we come from one geographical area called Western Uganda and we shared ideology as revolutionaries. Yoweri Museveni is from the Hamite line iam from the Bantu. Secondly iam still revolutionary (following the 10 point program like a Christian and the bible while he is a revisionist following what I don’t understand these days. As for forgiving him or him for giving me , I am civilized I can forgive him for what he wronged me personally but I have no personal issues with him. I wouldn’t speak on his behalf if he can forgive me if I wronged him. You better put that question to him really.
    If you asked me whether we can be comrades again I would say no because we don’t share political ideology and I am retiring from politics soon.
    Owek. Kabaka Mutebi (awangale) was once on frontline. In 1985 I was the commander of the 15th Batalion that led the siege on Masaka barracks and reinforced the blocking of Katonga Bridge. This is the time Kabaka Mutebi came to the frontline, he visited different sites, visited soldiers on the frontline and gave us moral courage. I was with him at Kako where he stood and gave instructions and called on all ancestors, he showed me a dry tree across one hill and ordered me to fire bullets into it, the tree was about 1.5km from where we stood. I used a 12.7mm machine gun fired into the tree and it caught fire then Cucu said the war is over go and tell the soldiers to advance and capture Kampala without fear. I went to Katonga and reinforced commander Mugisha who had been briefly pushed off the bridge by the combination of UNLA, FUNA etc we made a counter attack pushed them back and secured the bridgehead closer to Kayabwe. The UNLA withdrew up to Buwama where Ahmad Kashillingi and his unit 5th Batalion took them on until pursued them up to Busega. I don’t believe in ebyaffe but those combatants that believe in then were highly inspired by the rituals the Kabaka performed and the green light he gave. His contribution shall never be ignored. History was made.
    The gun has its power but the real power is in the man behind the gun. We had smaller guns, fewer battalions but we were superior in moral, discipline, organization and very ideological.
    Uganda is a country of several nations with allot of diversities, the country was haphazardly put together by colonialism after the 1845 Berlin conference. The divide and rule used by our colonial masters planted seeds of division whose effects manifest in the political conflicts because the post colonial leaders of Uganda wanted to mentain the status quo. We must sit down as a country and correct the mistakes once and for all. A federal Uganda that allows the central government to share power with Nations within Uganda so that they can have autonomy to govern certain aspects of development in their nations will help us out. A federal system that will make no region dominate the other like the colonialists did, will make no Ugandans a second class citizen by giving us equal rights and equal opportunities, give us freedom of movement and freedom to live in any part of our country provided we fulfill the cultural norms and the laws that govern the country and federal states.
    What i cannot support any system that enhances secession, tribalism and all forms of sectarianism.
    I do not think it was right for afande Kasirye Gwanga to refuse deployment in the Northern Uganda. America is a federal, but when it comes to defense soldiers are deployed anywhere in America. They even operate beyond American borders. He went to Kansas staff college he should have appreciated the discipline and doctrine of the US Army.
    Finally, I do agree that creation of federal regional governments or regional federal states of nations or regions with allot in common is the solution for long lasting peace and stability in Uganda? In my end of course report after the Staff College in Nigeria I made recommendations that Uganda should study the Nigerian federal system of government and let the country go federal. If they did not have a federal government Nigeria is a country of allot of diverse culture, religion levels of development, which could have scattered into several small countries. During my tour of duty to the United Republic of Tanzania I gave a report to Amama Mbabazi on how a federal government arrangement maintained unity, peace and stability.
    We don’t have to fight for these issues really, every time we fight we end up losing people, property, time in development but of the wars I have fought the gains are invisible. Can we really sit down as a country all stake holders inclusive and have a dialogue to discuss, resolve these differences, reconcile, do justice and build a country that all her children will cherish to call mother land. The absences of that dialogue is fight again, again and again and leave our children in worse problems than we have had all the time.

  4. THIS IS A TRUE STORY. WE APPRECIATE HIS WORK.
    GOD BLESS YOU.

  5. THIS IS A TRUE STORY FOR EVERY UGANDAN TO READ BECAUSE M7 THINKS THAT HE WAS ALONE IN THE BUSH.
    SEND ME A COPY.
    GOD BLESS YOU.

  6. wakoli Ahmed,

    Would’t the title of ur upcoming book have been ‘NO MORE TEARS FOR JUSTICE’ other than OF? Like when ‘Tears of joy’ overwhelm us.Unless the content in this book is going to suggest that no body is ever going to be over joyed for getting justice.Otherwise many many thanks to your submissions that are an addition to the ‘contributions’ of those with whom you laboured so much to “liberate” our mother land.We hope your file facts and their milestones dont become uganda’s magnifying glass that will be the guage of how and not when history repeats itself for worse or good.

  7. IAN,

    Mr. Mande. bravo for your struggle in the Bush, that’s what Uganda needed then, but what do we need to day with the changing technology,people and trends…………that’s what you need to write about. Lets talk about how we can learn to love our country and be patriotic,way but we don’t need to go and fight, throw stones at police like the way your friends Besigye do in town……….Lets love our country.
    IAN

  8. Turwomwe Paula,

    I can’t wait to get a hold of a copy of this book, im sure its going to be INTERESTING!!

  9. FDC Preacher Doreen,

    Col. Samson Mande, thanks for opening the eyes of especially we the youths.We appreciate the fact that you fought for the fundamental change which M7 has turned to no change. We promise to emulate your example and Uganda will surely be liberated. God bless the works of your hands. The struggle continues.

  10. kateregga,

    Thanx mr samson to open. The ear and eyes of innocent ugandans

  11. Mr kazindu, the col hve told hisstory tell us yours. If he wish to tell you the Tanza history he will do so without your orders, just like, he has with this one, with out your order.

  12. She led that these epidermis tickets violate all driver’s right time for due process. A particular situation arises where you are being caught.

  13. Keneth Tumwebaze,

    Well, while i appreciate that the bush had a cocktail of revengers, liberators etc, i am afraid Museveni’s position was known. I know he made errors while in bush, but you pushed on with him. now, what is that in excess that can not be dialogued about? We get concerned when really allies take asylum from a regime they instituted! I am afraid the story goes much long than that. until an inside tells us the story, we shall be obliged to be more suspicious about the whole equation. We need to really move.
    A question to col. Would be willing to associate with NRM IF M7 IS LONGER ITS LEADER AND A PRESIDENT/

  14. Asking questions are truly fastidious thing if you are not understanding anything entirely, however this piece of writing provides fastidious understanding even.

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