Remigius Kintu

July 16, 2010

July 11, 2010 will be remembered by all Ugandans as the day when terrorists penetrated the security of Uganda, and killed over 70 innocent people in Kampala who were watching the World Cup football broadcast from South Africa. The most important responsibility of any national leader is to protect and defend the lives of the people. Any leader who makes policies and/or carries out programs which compromise the lives and security of the people is a bad leader who should exit the leadership. The recent loss of innocent lives in Kampala has further clearly displayed President Museveni’s abdication of his primary responsibility whereby his so-called security forces are solely used to sustain him in power while subjugating and terrorizing Ugandans for 25 years.

Evidence is accumulating which proves how dangerous Museveni is to the people of Uganda and why he must no longer be allowed to remain in power. Uganda is one of handful African countries which agreed to contribute troops to Somalia on behalf of foreign interests – a war that is of absolutely no concern to the nation of Uganda.  Somalia did not invade Uganda nor did they do anything that could be construed as a provocation against us. For Museveni to commit Ugandan troops in a proxy war of another country is a display of a fundamental absence of sound judgment on his part. After having seen a disastrous outcome of his bad decision to serving foreign masters in Somalia, he reconfirmed his commitment to keep troops in Somalia and sheepishly promised to retaliate for this punitive terrorist attack that killed innocent people. The question is: how, when and where will he retaliate? In all honesty, can he? Unfortunately, those terrorists and their extensive collaborators will not stop at that action of July 11th alone. More such attacks are most likely to follow and Museveni cannot stop them. Hence more innocent Ugandans will die as a result of Museveni’s inanity.

Museveni’s dangerousness goes beyond making unwarranted and plainly disastrous decisions which sacrifice Ugandan lives. We saw emergency workers handling the victims of this attack. According to sources on the ground, most of those people were volunteers from the street because the government has very few professional emergency medical employees. They were using bare hands without even gloves nor wrappings or sanitary bandages for the bleeding victims. There were no ambulances in the whole of Kampala to handle the magnitude of the disaster.  Mulago, a government hospital which, for years has been deprived of the basic medical facilities (water, beds, sanitary equipments and drugs) to treat simple illnesses such as malaria  obviously could not  handle a disaster such as this. Victims of this terrorist attack were dropped on concrete floors and in corridors as if they were taken ton a cattle carrel. In fact this is the main reason why the death toll increased significantly from 50 because the wounded that could have been treated were sent to a dilapidated hospital to die!

Yet Museveni’s ministers and military officers each have ill-gotten luxury vehicles averaging ten. In particular, officials in the Ministry of Health were sited by BBC broadcast last year as having embezzled hundreds of millions of dollars which were donated to rebuild the health services in the country. After 25 years of a corrupt and trigger-happy regime of Yoweri Museveni, this is what Uganda is faced with.

Several months ago, the Somali people issued a warning to Uganda and other African countries which succumbed to this slavish submission to foreign machinations and sent their soldiers into Somalia. They vowed to punish those countries and they have done it on July 11, 2010.  We are now learning that a Somali group may have carried out this attack because of President Museveni’s unwarranted participation in the American invasion of their country.

Troubling information which is trickling in is implicating other enemies of Museveni as having aided those terrorists. Complicated as it may be for the average person, those terrorists could not have successfully carried out this deadly operation without inside supporters who know Kampala very well. Such people could also have recommended the target areas. Supporters of terrorists are equally as much enemies of President Museveni and in the process inflict death to innocent Ugandans. Who might those supporters be? The first suspect is the Kagame regime in Rwanda which is on record for giving assistance to groups which are fighting to dislodge Museveni from power. For example, it is known that Kagame received the late LRA Secretary General, Dominic Wanyama in Kigali offering him assistance. Rebels in the Rwenzori Mountains who attacked the Nyaleke military camp last month in Congo, near the Uganda border, receive arms and ammunitions from Kagame, according to a U.N. disclosure. At one time Museveni declared that the Kagame regime is not friendly to his regime for their support of Dr. Kiiza Besigye. It was recently reported that Kagame was amassing troops along the Rwanda/Uganda border because UPDF sent a support message to Nyamwasa in South Africa when Kagame tried to assassinate him. The Rwanda Army spokesperson, Lt. Col. Rutaremara stated that, “Uganda is their enemy because UPDF sent e message to their enemy in South Africa”.

Any of these two camps (Rwanda and Somalia) first have an ethnic reason and a common enemy to be together. Second, they possess the technical and financial capability to carry out this operation. Third, they have conducted similar terrorist activities in the past. Who can forget that Kagame is responsible for the shooting down the airplane that was carrying President Habyarimana on April 6, 1994? Numerous terrorist activities have been carried out by Kagame’s men in Nairobi where they killed Sengasonga. Kagame and Museveni’s men have slaughtered over 6 million Congolese people and plundered that country while the world is silent. The most recent attempt to assassinate General Nyamwasa in South Africa by Kagame is one more proof of his cold-blooded killing mind.

Museveni is not different from his enemies.  His reign of terror is all too well known for his murderous activities in Luwero and northern Uganda. UPDF is a personal army which has killed millions of people in Congo, Sudan, Rwanda, Kenya and northern Uganda. He has established the notorious Kibooko Squads and a special security force commanded by his son, Muhoozi. These two groups are dreaded for  brutalizing and killing innocent people in Bugerere, Kasubi tombs, Kisekka markets and numerous other locations.

The recent escape of Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa from Rwanda via Uganda to Tanzania was noted. While in Tanzania a   special jet was sent to pick him and took him to South Africa.  That voyage has Museveni’s fingerprints on it. Whatever the reasons for their fall outs may be, Museveni, Kagame, Nyamwasa and many others have a lot of innocent blood on their hands to answer for.

Prior to Museveni’s ascendance into power, Uganda was at peace with all of her neighbors: Sudan, Congo, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. That is not the case today. Many Somali people have lived and worked in Uganda for generations. In fact one of them fathered a son (Salim Salley) with Museveni’s joy-seeking mother. Many Somali people moved in and out of Ugandan doing their businesses without any problem or fear of causing trouble to anybody. That is the African spirit of brotherhood and good neighborliness we know and cherish.  Museveni provoked them and he is squarely responsible for their reactions.

In my view, this terrorist act could very well be the beginning of a new era of blood-letting events in the region. The Great Lakes Region is on fire. The U.S.A. and U.K governments are particularly responsible for propping up these murderous regimes of Kagame and Museveni in exchange for using them to loot the riches of Congo and try to defend a regime in Somalia which is unacceptable by the people. Kampala is not too far from Mogadishu or Eastern Congo where a lot of armed groups are increasingly frustrated by the silence of western powers Museveni’s and Kagame,s forces in the name of serving western economic exploitive schemes in the region and propping up an unwanted regime in Somalia.

People know very well that it was the U.S. which built up Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein as they are now doing with Kagame and Museveni. History has a tendency of repeating itself.


Remigius Kintu

Chairman, UDFU Inc.

P.O. Box 8174

Langley Park, MD 20787




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2 responses »

  1. Thank you Remigius for your article. Your article dealt with so many issues that I cannot individually deal with as many of them require a discussion of their own.
    For now I will touch on only two issues.

    First, I agree with you that state of medical facilities in Uganda is appalling and after 24 in years in power, there is little this regime can show that will make us proud. I also agree that the ruling cabal has greatly enriched itself at the expense of millions of Ugandans that are living in grinding poverty and increasing hopelessness. I also would like to add that based on the current state, the present government does not provide much hope. I am resolutely for a new government in Kampala.

    That said, I go to the second take on your article – that of Uganda’s involvement in Somalia and the terrorist attack in Kampala on 11 July. All countries that have involved their troops in peace-keeping activities outside their borders have had to deal with arguments at home. The merits and demerits of such involvement always vary, but there are surely arguments for both sides.

    Ugandans have always asked the international community to get more involved in Ugandan political matters by putting pressure on the Museveni regime. This by implication means they are calling on other countries to commit their energies to the betterment of life in Uganda. Isn’t therefore ironic that we find Uganda’s involvement in Somalia unwarranted. Somalia is a country that has had no government or stable government for over a decade. Don’t you think the children of Somalia also need to grow up in a normal environment. The African Union called on African countries to provide troops to help stabilize Somalia. Which country in your opinion should have send troops? Or should Africa rather leave the people of Somalia to suffer until forces of nature provide a balance or until the Somalis have devoured them into oblivion?

    I think we need to be fair in our criticism. I surely think the criticism of Uganda’s involvement in Somalia is not made genuinely out of concern for Ugandans. I also don’t think Ugandans would like to see Somalia continue in turmoil. Somalia deserves better and Uganda, as an African country, has a moral duty to help. All countries, including the US, that have been involved in peace-keeping missions also have demands at home for their citizen. But they find it necessary to help. Otherwise the US House of Representatives would find little use to send a monitoring team to Uganda’s elections, as they would rather use those resources on their citizens.

    South Africa, the country where I live, has been involved in various peace-keeping missions on the continent – Burundi, DRC, Siera Leon, Dafur e.t.c. Though there is still a long way to go in these regions, the people in these regions are certainly better off. Wouldn’t it be good if Africans got more involved in helping other Africans. Of course we have had undesirable cases, like Uganda’s atrocious and I think criminal involvement in DRC, but under the auspices of international bodies, we aught to help.

    Stephen Twinoburyo.

  2. Dear Remigius, i want to inform you that it is people like you who survive on madslinging Museven’s leadership that prove more dangerous not only to uganda but globally. Always present your alternative to the problems that ugandans and the wold we are facing, sell it to the populace and we will see Muzee leaving the presidency peacefully. You well know that we are living in a global village where security concerns of our neighbours is as well ours. True as a human being Museven could have failed somewhere but he still scores over 90% on all issues of governance of this nation if i relate with the history of our country. We ugandans are much more to gain if Somalia is Peaceful, talk about markets, talk about job opportunities and so forth only if Somalia remains seren.
    I am a good footballer and it has been proved to be effective if you attack your enemy and hit him hard from his own territory. Israel is an example which has always done so inflicting harm on the enemies before the enemy could get the better of them! Actually i am of the view that what the president is suggesting is what should have been done the very first time the peace keepers entered somaliland. Ethopia had done so effectively only that the international community blindly pressured them to back off. Freeing a breeding ground for the Al qaeda or International Terrorists. Have you forgotten about recent piracy attacks on sea Vessels to the East African Coast, you should have been in Uganda to realise how this sky rocketed the Fuel Prices in the Country as a result.

    So when you are talking about national or international issues always remain rational , sober minded and indeed your opinion will always be well received.

    God bless you


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