The Ugandans who gathered at the UDFU-sponsored conference on Uganda in Washington DC on May 1, 2010 discussed a number of important issues. They were concerned about the deterioration of human rights, individual freedoms, and democratic rule in Uganda. The conference dealt with how Museveni and his NRM regime have brutalized the country – killing hundreds of thousands of Ugandans in the Northern, Eastern and Buganda regions. The torturing and killing of people in the so-called “safe houses” which in reality are death chambers and the numerous camps for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) especially in Northern Uganda, burning schools and market places bring tears to all good-hearted Ugandans.
The issue of mass killings of people, such as, the Kanungu massacre by the Kibweteres (Pastor Kibwetere’s church) and other places for which the NRM regime has concealed the culprit and identities of the victims makes the regime solely responsible. Those victims could be from the “safe houses” and/or those who have been kicked off their land. The burning of the historical Kasubi tombs in March of 2010 which was followed by the killing of innocent mourners by Museveni and his son, Kainerugaba Muhoozi, was appalling beyond comprehension. This was an addition to the September 2009 massacre of innocent citizens in Buganda region.
The conference discussed the tragic displacement of Ugandans from their ancestral land which is being given to aliens and fake foreign investors. Museveni and his NRM regime have turned Uganda into a center of terrorism for the entire Great Lakes Region. Millions of people have been killed in Rwanda, D.R. Congo, Southern Sudan and western Kenya by the NRM regime soldiers. While revisiting the historical facts, the UDFU conference noted with anger and sadness the long trail of Museveni’s murderous activities that started long before he took power in 1986.
The conference noted that Museveni has fathered and nurtured corruption in the country. His family and friends in the military and political circles constantly siphon off government and foreign aid funds which are meant to provide essential services to the country. Last year, NRM’s own Minister for Ethics, Dr.James Nsaba-Buturo, publicly stated that “over 80% of the wealth owned by NRM’s military and political leaders is ill-gotten”. The Global Fund money which was donated to Uganda to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic was stolen by his family members and other NRM bosses who are still free in spite of the fact that they were found guilty. In December of 2005, the International Court in The Hague found Uganda’s leaders, namely Museveni, Salim Saleh and their close military henchmen, guilty of killing and torturing civilians, destroying villages and plundering natural resources of Congo. The criminals are still at large and yet Uganda is demanded by the International Criminal Court to pay for damages to Congo in the amount of $10 billion. Millions of dollars which were meant to prepare for the Commonwealth Summit in Uganda in 2007 were shared by Museveni, his wife Janet, children and close friends.
Dictator Museveni has manipulated the Constitution and all laws governing free and fair elections to stay in power perpetually. For that purpose, there has never been and may not be a free and fair election in Uganda as long as Museveni is reigning.
The Conference resolved as follows:
1) We UDFU members request the U.S. Government to suspend military and foreign aid to Uganda because it does not help the people but fuels corruption and killing of innocent people in Uganda and neighboring countries.
2) We UDFU members, resolve to lobby the U.S. and other Western powers to immediately stop military and economic aid to Uganda and to hold the officers in the Museveni (NRM) regime accountable for their crimes in Uganda and the Great Lakes Region.
3) We appeal to the U.S. Congress to hold hearings about the abuse of human rights in Uganda and to guarantee the protections of potential witnesses that are ready to testify against Museveni and his henchmen.
4) We resolve to directly engage the State Department, pro-democracy organizations, and human rights activists in the West to force NRM out of power as soon as possible.
5) We note with great concern the special dealings between the Ugandan and Iranian regime.
6) We resolve to restore the 1962 constitution as the only legitimate National Constitution. The conference realizes an overwhelming need for a federal system of governance in Ugandans as called for by the Adoki Commission.
For further information, contact,
Chairman, UDFU Inc.
Phone: 240 432-7973