Uganda is virtually a militarized and tutsified nation and is likely to remain so for a long time

MUNTUUganda is virtually a militarized and tutsified nation and is likely to remain so for a long time unless we act quickly. Any Uganda patriot must be concerned about what is happening to the Pearl of Africa. Uganda was designed to be a country by, for and of Ugandans and participate in the development of the world. Because Ugandans are afraid of the military and of being branded genocidaire if they complain about what Tutsi are doing to our country, they are unable to express their discomfort and discuss a way out. But some voices of dissent are beginning to be heard and are getting louder for all to hear. If Museveni is trying to find a place for his people we also have a right to stop him from doing it at the expense of the people of Uganda. And we shouldn’t feel guilty about it provided it is done peacefully and transparently.

Museveni and his Batutsi kith and kin resolved to establish hegemony over Uganda by militarizing all aspects of Uganda society since they couldn’t do so democratically because of demographic handicap. So under Museveni leadership, Batutsi are methodically, silently and incrementally penetrating all aspects in Uganda but are being betrayed by a poor record of performance, rampant corruption, sectarianism, cronyism and above all an outstanding different lifestyle – they have become the richest kids on the block and are acquiring assets especially land at breakneck speed. Consequently, Uganda and the majority of Ugandans is in bad shape economically, socially and environmentally, raising questions about where Uganda will end up under military and tutsified leadership that is spreading tentacles in all directions particularly in the Great Lakes region where they plan to create a Tutsi Empire with some tacit external support. But first, let us understand how the military got into Uganda politics.

Uganda got independence in 1962 under conditions that were not conducive to political sustainability. The political parties were young especially UPC and KY and leaders unknown and inexperienced. Britain was in a hurry to hand over power because of the political volatility in surrounding countries of Burundi, Congo, Kenya, Rwanda and Sudan and the refugees and cattle that were crossing into Uganda in large numbers with possibility of epidemics. Uganda politicians were more concerned about who gets power first than laying a strong foundation for independent Uganda. The leaders that eventually emerged were relatively new to the political scene. Experienced politicians like Ignatius Musazi, William Rwetsiba and Ben Kiwanuka were replaced or marginalized by relatively inexperienced leaders like Milton Obote and Grace Ibingira with conflicting ideologies and social backgrounds. They chose to sweep under the carpet delicate issues like head of state, lost counties, regional integration and Amin criminal record that would have delayed independence. Because of a split among those in favor of a unitary or federal system of government Uganda came to independence not as a monarchy or republic but as the “Sovereign State of Uganda” with the Queen as head of state.

Because Obote and Ibingira were scared of John Kakonge who was popular and a successful organizer as UPC Secretary General, they conspired to get rid of him and his youth wing. First, he wasn’t nominated to parliament and so couldn’t be a minister and lost his post of secretary general to Ibingira at the 1964 UPC Gulu conference.

Ibingira, a distant monarchist from Ankole wasn’t going to accept the leadership of Obote, a commoner from Lango. As soon as Kakonge was out of the way, Obote and Ibingira fought for the leadership post, through Ibingira and Obote groups. As the struggle proceeded it became necessary to seek military backing. Opolot the army commander from Teso joined the Ibingira group, leaving Obote no choice but to ally himself with Amin, deputy army commander from West Nile. So, it was civilian politicians that invited the military into politics. Eventually, Obote group with Amin support trounced Ibingira group with Opolot support because the former struck first.

The precedent was set that politicians would only survive with military backing. When there was a rumor of arms cache at Mengo, the matter was resolved by military rather than political and/or diplomatic means. So the military became an integral part of solving political problems. From 1966 to January 1971, Obote was sustained in power by the military. Amin felt important and eyed the presidency itself. If he could keep Obote there, he could grab it and sustain himself there. When Obote tried to remove Amin on various allegations including the disappearance of $5 million from the defense department and the death of brigadier Okoya and his wife, Amin struck first against Obote like Obote had done earlier to Ibingira using Amin. So, Amin knew the trick but he had some external guidance and local support.

After Amin captured power he promised his was a temporary caretaker government and he would return to the barracks after a civilian government had been elected. He confessed he was a professional soldier to defend the nation and not govern the country. But he never returned to the barracks. Instead he declared himself president for life. The civilians couldn’t do anything about it because opposition was crushed. He was removed by Tanzanian troops and Uganda rebels in April 1979 and fled into exile first to Libya and then to Saudi Arabia where he later died.

At the Moshi conference in 1979, it was decided to return Uganda to civilian rule. Lule was elected head of state and a National Consultative Council of thirty members was elected. For security purposes, a military commission was also formed chaired by Muwanga with Museveni as the deputy. Sadly political quarrelling among Council members and between them and the executive resulted in the removal of Lule within 68 days upon assumption of office.

Binaisa, another civilian leader was elected to replace Lule with instruction to organize elections and return the country to civilian rule. However, differences developed over his ideas, one being the exclusion of old political parties from participation in the elections. The military stepped in and Binaisa was removed from the presidency opening the door once again for the military. The government was taken over by the military commission under the chairmanship of Paul Muwanga with Museveni as deputy. Once again it was civilian political fighting that opened the gate for the military into Uganda politics.

The military set the date for elections, allowed Obote to return and lead his UPC in the campaign which with military support won but the opposition called the exercise fraudulent although the Commonwealth observer team described it as generally fair, honest and valid exercise. Obote nominated ten members and the army returned 10 officers to parliament (Dennis Austin 1984). Obote also appointed Muwanga vice president and minister for defense. Thus, the military set foot into parliament and has stayed there since.

The military was increasingly being seen as the tool for resolving political problems. So, the solution to Obote challenge was the military and not to wait for the next election. Museveni and the opposition launched a guerrilla war against a civilian government led by Obote. In July 1985, Obote was overthrown by a section of his national army that conspired with Museveni’s National Resistance Army on the understanding that the two would form a government of national unity. But they soon fell apart. As Yash Tandon observed:“But, being militaristic and undemocratic, they were unlikely to agree to share power. For them the issue could only be decided by who was stronger militarily on the ground” (Azzam Mahjoub 1990). Museveni won.

Since he came to power in 1986, Museveni has carefully tried to achieve two major goals with tacit foreign backing: militarization and tutsification of Uganda. Museveni has made it clear many times that he didn’t kill a beast to then handover the carcass to others to enjoy the meat. The animal he killed is Uganda by defeating the national army. So Uganda is his and he will enjoy it with his fellow fighters. And who are his fellow fighters? The majority who planned and commanded the guerilla war were Tutsi mercenaries.

Upon capturing power, Rwigyema a Tutsi refugee was made deputy army commander and deputy minister of defense and Kagame was made deputy head of intelligence and counter-intelligence. Since they came to Uganda as political refugees in 1959, many Tutsi have adopted local names and local languages to disguise themselves as Ugandans – such as Banyankole, Bakiga, Baganda etc. Most of them fought in the guerilla war and therefore are soldiers employed or working in all sectors of Uganda including Uganda embassies and international organizations.

Museveni took a decision that in order to penetrate Uganda society with Batutsi and soldiers prevented educated and experienced Ugandans in the diaspora from going home and retrenched or marginalized Ugandans already at home. So wherever you go in the military, police, intelligence, prisons, private sector and civil service, in parliament and district councils you will find that many heads are Tutsi or tutsified Ugandans that have pledged to serve Tutsi interests instead of their own people in return for favors as a job. Tutsi and soldiers have also dominated political parties. The two major ones of NRM and FDC have been dominated by Tutsi since their establishment. Currently General Museveni a Tutsi heads NRM and General Muntu a Tutsi heads FDC. The Inspector General of Police is also a General and Mutusi so is the army commander. Thus, Uganda is being militarized and tutsified. This is a fact and there is no sectarianism or genocide about it. Furthermore, Uganda is being used as a staging post in pursuit of Tutsi Empire. This is real. The M23 has been directly supported by Tutsi leaders in Rwanda and Uganda.

Museveni and Kagame plan initially is to take Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and DRC as the nucleus of Tutsi Empire. Then grab Angola, Namibia, Congo, Gabon and Cameroon and Kenya and Tanzania: the idea is to have access from Indian Ocean to Atlantic Ocean, so middle Africa will become Tutsi Empire first. In 1997 Museveni spelt out his mission that is to create a federation of states into one nation stretching from the Horn of Africa to the Great Lakes region. But that isn’t end of the story.

If you have noticed Museveni has placed himself strategically by being Chairman of many regional organizations: soon he will add on AU. As chairman of these organizations he hopes to influence policy that will discreetly prepare a path for the realization of Tutsi Empire. Museveni wants to dominate the continent, now that Wade and Qaddafi are out of the way through politics, military and diplomatic means.

In one of the early interviews Museveni stated he would quit Uganda politics and focus on pan-African issues. This appears to be the moment because it is difficult to see how he can chair so many organizations and have sufficient time to devote to mushrooming challenges in Uganda.

This is the time that we should also re-establish civilian government starting with a transitional one of all stakeholders to prepare a level playing field for free and fair multi-party elections hinged on an independent electoral commission, term limits for president and MPs and standardized campaign finance so the wealthy don’t buy votes.

Second, to avoid taking advantage of incumbency, those who serve in the transitional government should not contest in the next elections.

To conclude, it has become clear that by and large whether educated or not, soldiers aren’t trained to run national governments and it shouldn’t be seen as disrespect. It means that they are trained to do something else. Imagine a chemist or economist asked to command a national army – just like that. That is what soldiers do when they overthrow a civilian government. They take over without tools to govern a country even if they stay for a long time they don’t do well. General Porfirio Diaz of Mexico was president for over 30 years but could not tackle many problems including poverty and illiteracy and was eventually overthrown in the Mexican Revolution in 1911, fled the country and died in exile. Museveni has been in power for a long time with all the external support in money and experts but Uganda is retrogressing because Museveni has ruled the country the wrong way including insisting that he is the only person in Uganda with a vision for Uganda’s development.

Let us bring civilian government back for the good of the country which should by now have become an upper middle income nation. Instead Uganda is drifting backwards. This is an indisputable fact and the donors who praised Uganda sky high have now recognized that there is something wrong because one can’t explain what over $30 billion of grant money has done.

When the Generals in Latin America realized their shortcomings they returned the business of running governments to civilians. And the countries and citizens are doing much better. Uganda should be next.




10 Comments so far. Leave a comment below.
  1. Omara J,

    Although there are many errors in this Erick Kashambuzi’s article, some parts are very important to note. Do like hw a French man once said “I disagree with you but I will do everything possible within my means to allow you say what you want to say”. Words like calling others “commoners” or “inexperienced” (for Obote) without justification is uncalled for Eric.

  2. Tony,

    I agree with you Omara.

    I’ll add on to that by saying that this post is filled with so much tribal hate towards the Tutsi and this is part of our problem as a country. We focus on tribe instead of a common identity as Ugandans. We focus so much time in justifying our hate or dislike for another tribe by finding everything that is wrong with them, instead of trying to foster unity amongst all tribes that make up Uganda. Does one bad Tutsi, Acholi, Muganda or Karamajong make the whole tribe bad ? Evidently not, but unfortunately we are too blind to see this, and I’m probably barking up a wrong tree.

  3. wasukulu,

    I rather work with some one who is either munyarwanda, Congolese etc when iam sure of my security, and hate one who is tribalistic for political gain

  4. Appuullii Jaasi,

    To the Wasukulu, Tongs, and Omaras, what are you going to call Western journalists and UN observers who have informed the world that Kagame’s and Museveni’s armies
    (both former Tutsi refugee immigrants in Uganda) lead by Tutsi generals in Uganda and Kwanda in General Kale Kaihura and the Rwandan army commander are supporting M23 which is murdering Congolese? Are you going to call the UN officials tribalists, racists or genocidaires?
    To Omara, yes Obote was inexperienced, if he was experienced and Pan Africanist he would not have destroyed Ugandan cultural institutions and symbols while leaving colonial ones standing,i.e Lake victoria,street names or British colonial education system! Obote should have known that kissing up to the British and destroying Ugandan culture would soon or later bring about his downfall. Having said that, to all of you pretenders (Tutsis, Tutsified Ugandan agents) please stop deceiving Ugandans. Many of us know who you are by what you write under those fake names, Tony, Omara or Otto!
    when the Germans attacked Europe, thinking that they were a superior white race, the whole of Europe was forced to fight and defeat them. The Europeans were not being tribalist against the Germans.
    They were stopping evil men in Hitler and munsolline. Just like Ugandans should do with Museveni and Kagame for the genocide in Congo and Uganda and their facist tendecies. Better now than later.
    By Appuullii Jaasi.

  5. Tony,

    To Appuullii Jaasi – first of all, I am not a Tutsi hiding behind a fake name. That’s fact. However, I could not prove it to you in anyway on an online forum such as this, much the same way you couldn’t prove either that your not a Tutsi, Hmong, Sioux Indian, Tuareg or anything else hiding behind a fake name.

    You ask if I’m going to call the UN officials tribalist ? No. I’m not. The UN simply states Ugandans and Rwandans (or Rwandese, whichever way you’ll have it) in their reports or one kind or another. They dont say Tutsi or Baganda or Acholi. Just Ugandans or Rwandans. And that is another example of my point, so thank you for bringing up that illustration.

    Let us define ourselves as Ugandans, regardless of the fact that our composite identities can be broken down to tribal and clan levels. We need to get past the mental state of mind that always wants to identify at the tribal level.

    Every tribe has wronged another, and as much as they have there are still some decent people that are from that tribe. We shouldnt blanket every single individual’s character generically by the character of its public tribal members.

    By the way, I’m not in anyway defending President Museveni’s record on a lot of things. Personally, I want to see him done with power, but at the same time I’m not going to look at him as a Tutsi and judge his record on that, but as a Ugandan president that has done more recent harm to the country than good.

  6. Appuullii Jaasi,

    You tell us that you are not
    a Tutsi, why is your name hidden and what are you hiding? But you left the other suspicion unanswered!Could you be a TUtsified Ugandan Museveni agent?
    Tony! so Europe should not have called out the German tribe? let us call a spade a spade At least the Europeans knew who the Germans were! In Uganda the Tutsis are disguised as every tribe. Why do Tutsis hide their origin? Museveni came in telling us that he was a Munyankole. While in Uganda, I saw a news clip where Museveni later told Banyankole that he was a Muhororo not Munyankole!
    Having seen what MMuseveni has done with his disguises,Ugandans have a right to know what tricks the Tutsis are using against Ugandans.By the way, Rwandese Tutsis in the Museveni clique just forced Rwandese into the Ugandan constitution as one of the tribes in Uganda!So I see why you are manipulating
    the tribe issue! Why was Dinka or somali not added on as Ugandan tribes? These people have been coming to Uganda as refugees and immigrants for generations. On the Un observers and western media, you must be avoiding the news about the Tutsis!
    By Appuullii Jaasi.

  7. Appuullii Jaasi,

    In Kenya, we have the Baluya who are cousins to the Basamya in Uganda, Tanzania there are the Baziba who speak Bakitara kind of language. Should these people orce their tribes into the Ugandan constitution? Someone wrote and said that Bafumbira a Ugandan tribe are Rwandese speakers. Why was there a need to force Rwandese into the Ugandan constitution?
    By Appuullii Jaasi.

  8. Tony,

    So because I dont necessarily agree with your view point about tribalizing everything, that makes me a Tutsi, or it makes me a Tutsified Ugandan Museveni agent. Why would I be that and at the same time say that I want to see him done with power? My point here is that we as a nation need to rise above tribe and see ourselves as a collective nation of Ugandans. If Museveni keeps changing his story on what tribe he’s from, then that is his problem, not mine. I know who I am, even though you keep claiming I am not what I am. If I told you what my full names were you’d probably reject that too and say I am hiding behind a false identity. But either way, my desire is that all Ugandans can see each other as Ugandans and not break things down to tribe which just further alienates us from one another, starting without our mindsets and into everything else we do consciously or unconsciously.

  9. Appuullii Jaasi,

    Whatever your pretensions are, the Europeans and the world were not afraid to be called ttribalists when they
    let it be known that Hitler and the German had to be defeated! Museveni and Kagame are warmongers and genocidaires. Both of these men were Tutsi refugee immigrants with other Tutsi ccommanders they are carrying out killings of Ugandans and Congolese. Time will come for them just like it came for Hitler and the German nazis.
    Tutsis are trying to hide behind anti secterianism and anti tribalism!

  10. Appuullii Jaasi,

    You are either a Tutsi refugee immigrant killer, a Tutsified Ugandan Museveni agent, a Ugandan coward or a brainwashed ignorant Ugandan. whatever you are shame on you.
    Long leave the brave Sister Daughter, Mother, Queen,and Avatar Hon. Nabanda. May the Mother and Father Almighty Creator Ancestor of our Ancestors rest her Soul in Truth, Love and Justice. Let us remember her and have a Hon. Nabanda day . A Ugandan hero who dared the evil Museveni and his Tutsi and Tutsified Ugandan killers!

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