Why Oyite Ojok fell out with Obote


Fellow Ugandans,
Do you remember the rift between President Dr. Apollo Milton Obote (RIP) and the Chief of Defence Staff Brig. General David Oyite Ojok?

The then NRA rebels had taken over the Western Region and Southern Buganda and were on the move towards Kampala. The national defence forces UNLA had failed to defeat the rebels. The President refused to talk to the rebel leaders, as he continued to call them ”Bandits”. The Chief of Defence Staff, Brig. General David Oyite Ojok urged the President to talk to the rebel leadership, but the President refused. At one point the Chief of Defence Staff threatened that the army would take over power. Well, we remember how the good Brig. General Oyite Ojok died, don’t we?

After the death of Brig. General David Oyite Ojok, the President deliberately sidelined the senior Acholi Officers to replace David Oyite Ojok as the new Chief of Defence Staff. He promoted Colonel Opon Acak to replace D. Oyite Ojok. The rebels continued to gain ground, as the UNLA began to split. The Acholi Officers were not happy and so they opted to take over power from Dr. A.M.Obote.

By dishonouring the ”Peace Agreement” signed in Nairobi, the NRA/M rebels might have noticed the disunity of the government with whom they were supposed to share power. They decided to dislodge the entire shaky government and assumed power themselves.

About Olara Otunnu serving the government that removed Dr. A.M.Obote from power, I don’t see anything wrong with it. I can’t speak on Olara Otunnu’s behalf, but I think he might have hoped for a democratic shift that would have emerged from the new government negotiations with the NRA/M rebels. I believe that Dr. Olara Otunnu should be welcomed warmly to any party of his choice without any blame for serving in the government that removed Dr. A.M.Obote from power.

Byaruhanga Jonny. Rubin

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  1. Anthony Rwaga,

    Phantom Rebels: Hysteria As Uganda Government’s Survival Strategy
    THE HARD EVIDENCE OF MAO’S REBEL DOCUMENT
    By Anthony Rwaga
    July 22 2009

    Can he afford to smile?: Chairman Mao

    The dark clouds are yet to settle for distraught Gulu LCV boss, Norbert Mao after the seizure of his flash disk that contained subversive documents, exclusively published yesterday by the ever reliable Red Pepper.
    Last night our unparalleled security sources intimated that more data could be fronted linking chairman Mao to the new rebel group Uganda Patriotic Front (UPF). “The man has every reason to panic because the evident is overwhelming. Apprehension is an understatement, by now he should be sweating profusely,” a security source confided. Like we promised, we are producing the second last part of the document that highly classified among the security circles that may be used against Chairman Mao.

    The Carter Center with Dr. Joyce Neu
    Dr. Neu was a principal negotiator during the Carter Centre’s botched attempt to negotiate peace between the LRA and the government of Uganda in 1999. Former President Carter ended up negotiating only with Gen. Museveni and the governments of Sudan, Canada, Egypt, and Libya. Needless to say, it failed miserably. It failed because Gen. Museveni made sure the LRA never got an invitation, never felt safe enough to participate, and never got a proxy to stand in its stead. Likewise, Gen. Museveni blocked the Carter Center from making any effective or meaningful contact with the LRA, especially the LRA High Command.
    Hon. Betty Bigombe (twice) In 1993-94, and again in 2004-05, Hon. Betty Bigombe initiated peace talks between the government of Uganda and the LRA. In February 1994, she succeeded in convincing the LRA to agree to meet with officials of the Uganda government.
    The LRA agreed and actually asked her to make sure it worked because they no longer wanted to continue fighting. Bigombe got President Gen. Museveni to come to Gulu town and boldly marched to him (self-sequestered in Gulu military barracks) with the LRA agreement to negotiate. Gen. Museveni chose that very moment to not only rescind Bigombe’s power to negotiate for the government, but also give the LRA an ultimatum to lay down their arms within seven days or face instant annihilation. The LRA responded with concerted and protracted violence against the civilian population. Gen. Museveni went back to Kampala and paid no more attention to northern Uganda while the LRA ravaged the people.

    In 2004-05, Hon. Betty Bigombe again initiated a peace process between the LRA and the government of Uganda. This time, Dr. Neu, as Executive Director of IPJ, was her confidant and principal advisor. Despite a concerted effort by her and support from world governments (including that of the USA, Canada, EU and its several member states, Australia, and Sudan), the initiative failed because Gen. Museveni again frustrated it. (It was the failure of Hon. Bigombe’s 2004-O5 peace initiative prompted IWC to prepare a fresh proposal for a different peace initiative and rout it to the government of Denmark. The rest is history)

    Hon. Betty Bigombe is an altruistic believer in diplomacy and could not let go even though the signs were all over the wall that her initiative was dead in the water. She eventually resolved that it was over after the government of South Sudan came up with a new initiative that is now the Juba peace talks. She readily admits to intense bitterness and frustration towards Gen. Museveni for twice frustrating her peace initiatives while making the world believe that he was seeking peace but the LRA was not cooperating. [Gen. Museveni pays US$2 million a year to Hill & Knowlton PR to keep bad Press out and dean up his image. This has been wildly successful. (Confirm; Move to appropriate place)]

    Dr. Lutaakome Andrew Kayiira
    Dr. Kayiira, late chairman of Uganda Freedom Union (later to become a guerrilla group called Uganda Freedom Movement—or UFM—and rival to Gen. Museveni’s National Resistance Movement), made a deal with Gen. Museveni that landed him the post of Minister of Energy soon after the former took over power in 1986. The deal lasted only a few months. Gen. Museveni accused him of treason and arrested him. After being released from prison for lack of evidence, he was gunned down by unknown gunmen in March 1987. The UFM was the first in a series of guerrilla movements that sprung up to fight Gen. Museveni’s government. All of them eventually succumbed to the NRA and signed peace deals that rewarded the top leaders but left the rank-and-file soldiers out cold. These soldiers invariably joined the government military (UPDF) or other guerrilla groups to fight again.

    Fred Gisa Rwigema
    Mr. Rwigema was the projected president of Rwanda after the liberation of the country. He was part of the NRM before he helped create the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF.) He likewise made a deal with Gen. Museveni. He was murdered on the way to invade Rwanda and insert a Tutsi government. Paul Kagame, then a Museveni man now turned against him, is now the President of Rwanda.

    3. MISSION STATEMENT
    The mission of the new government is to give back Uganda to its people, and empower the people to remain its permanent vanguard. This shall be done by keeping the military away from national and local politics, creating strictly democratic institutions and processes, and giving everyone a legitimate chance to participate fully and meaningfully in growing and developing the nation. They shall receive comforts and confidence in their governments because the government shall be open, transparent and responsive to their demands.
    Promote stability, peace, economic development and constitutional independence of Uganda in harmony with its neighbours. Strengthen our association within the East African Federation (EAF) with Kenya and Tanzania, and recognize Uganda’s membership and responsibilities to the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN). (No. this mission statement is very weak. Strengthen.)

    4. VISION
    The people shall be free, and feel free.
    The vision of the new Uganda is to establish a government that belongs to the people:
    A government that receives its power and legitimacy from the people and not the military;
    A government that respects the demographic diversity in the country, celebrates its multiculturalism and makes it the centerpiece of the country’s identity, and uses it to create cohesion and stability by minimizing tribal differences and maximizing commonalities;
    A government in which the people are the powers of last resort;
    A government that will return the Army to the barracks and keep them there, away from politics;
    A government that will establish political stability and empower people to engage in maximum economic development by creating regional security arrangements between all neighbouring countries;
    A government that will push for the strengthening of the East Africa Community
    A government that will establish a federal-type democratic system.
    A government that will respect all international instruments and regimes to which it is a signatory.
    A government that will always seek diplomatic solutions to any conflict within and without the country before considering any military option;
    A government that will harmonize traditional practices, codify them into law, and include them into the constitution of the country;
    A government that makes people feel secure in their persons, possessions and aspirations.
    Goals for Uganda
    (May fit somewhere else, in the document—if not already in.)
    Uganda as a patriotic nation:
    Development of national pride as Ugandan citizens
    Celebration of multiculturalism and ethnic diversity within a national identity as Ugandans
    All Ugandans feel that Uganda is their country:
    Every Ugandan has a part in making the nation successful.
    Every Ugandan has a chance for individual success.
    Every Ugandan has a patriotic duty to serve the nation as well as the tribe through integrity in personal dealings and community spirit.
    Uganda as a peaceful nation:
    A national commitment to peaceful tribal co-existence
    Unity of national purpose that creates lasting peace, good governance and sustained economic growth and stability.
    Uganda as a successful nation:
    Local economic development in all tribal sub-regions inevitably leads to sustained market interdependence between regions.
    Transformed perceptions that allow people from each district to see the other tribes as not a threat to them but, rather, as partners in their own sub-regional economic development and stability
    Attainable prosperity for Ugandans in all tribal sub regions that includes s Productive employment opportunities
    Quality education
    Healthcare consistent with international standards of care

    Uganda as a free nation:
    A national military restricted to external defence. Community police functions under the purview of local law enforcement. Professional standards for both forces will be developed nationally and will be consistent with international standards for conduct, education, promotion and protection of human rights. No law abiding Ugandan should have anything to fear anything to fear from either the military of local law enforcement
    Freedom of the press, free speech, and land rights are the rights of all citizens and will be respected and protected by the government at all levels

    Uganda as a nation governed by the people:
    A Federal system of government which emphasizes equitable representation of all tribal sub regions
    A Constitution which embodies these principles is developed by the Nation and accepted by the Ugandan people across tribal sub-regions.
    A multiparty/ system of government is implemented with nationally-based political parties and fun-elections.
    Separation of powers between the Executive, the Parliament, and the Judiciary defined in the

    Constitution
    An accountable national government with transparent fiscal management:
    The government adheres to a “Code of Conduct” that defines clean government for the people of Uganda
    The government maintains excellent fiduciary integrity as measured by codified checks and balances, accountability practices, and consistently applied consequences for corruption.
    The Federal structure de-centralizes control of local functions, thus creating tribal sub-regional accountability for efficiently run local government.

    5. BILL OF RIGHTS

    (This is extremely important; must be carefully written. Get expert help!)
    Uganda shall recognize and uphold the following inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms without prejudice or discrimination by reason of ethnic origin, religion, sex, political affiliation or race,
    viz,
    The rights of the individual to life, liberty, property and the fundamental freedom of choice, peaceable association and assembly, speech and expression or press, and equality before the law.
    The right of the individual or institution, upon respect for moral and spiritual values and the rule of law, to remain free.
    The right of individual to security in person, home, and effects
    The right to uphold and promote equality among men and women, unity and mutual interdependence among all ethnic groups, equitable economic and cultural development for all ethnic entities, and foster common prosperity and progress for all ethnic groups.

    6. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
    Declare that the triumph of our struggle is supreme and nothing impedes it; neither self, fellow comrades nor the enemies.
    Unite the constitutional and legal doctrines of the organization to guarantee the absolute primacy of democratic policy;
    Legitimize the political and social nature of the armed forces by means of intense public discussion of vital security and national defense concerns;
    Solidarity and cohesiveness among our fellow members need no discussion. The total strength of our forces is based upon them. Comrades who imbue same understanding and passion for our revolutionary ideals should discuss all major events together and reach mutual agreements, and execute them with zeal and loyalty.
    The political point of view can not and must not surrender to a purely military point of view. It is policies that create or avert wars because policies are the guiding intelligence and wars are the instruments, not vice versa. Hence, subordinating the political point of view to the military is absurd and inconceivable in our organization.

    In all encounters, civilians must be treated with utmost courtesy and legal respect; and be defended from any harm. The people’s democratic supremacy must be consolidated in all interactions; in order word, civilians reign supreme and you are the adherent defender of their supremacy through mutual cohesiveness.

    Strive to build a nation where all citizens are able to self-actualize, pursue constitutional and legal rights and freedoms and economic fortunes unhindered by the state. Our forces must initiate these activities in all areas under our influence and control.

    Lead our citizens of all ethnic groups in a concerted, self-reliant and pioneering effort to turn Uganda into a prosperous, democratic, culturally advanced and strong country by making economic and technological developments key components of governance.

    Rid our country of tyranny, graft, political patronage, nepotism and all forms of political and economic sabotage and self-interests in public offices.

    Train a neutral civil service that implements government policies diligently without prejudice.
    Implement a sustainable economy that embraces climate change, conserves natural resources, respects biodiversity, and promotes efficiencies in the use of all non-renewable natural resources.Encourage the people to act as the masters of their country and take effective measures to protect the people’s right to run the affairs of the state and of society and manage economic and cultural activities.
    Promote education, science and culture, instil respect for learning and talents, raise the ideological, moral, scientific and educational levels of the entire nation, and develop a fine national traditional culture.
    Where doubt lingers, members must at all times consult the organization’s manifesto for guidance.

    6a. Land and Environmental policy
    Agriculture is the main sphere of material production in Uganda and land is the single most important asset of a Ugandan.
    The NRM has connivingly and forcibly removed the people of Northern and Eastern Uganda from their ancestral land under the guise of offering protection to the people from the rebels but with a grand plan to deprive them of their land. Government officials in-charge of these millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) have suggested turning these displacement camps into permanent settlements and turning the people’s land over to commercial agricultural investors. We are convinced that the prolonged civil war in the North and East of the country is no accident but the inevitable outcome of the anti-popular policy Gen. Gen. Museveni and his reactionary clique have consistently followed, and a devious ploy to make the people landless.

    Land relations, however, are directly linked with the livelihood and vital interests of the vast majority of the Ugandan population. The intricate interdependence of diverse forms of land ownership such as state/crown, communal, private, and land tenure characteristic of the people of Eastern and Northern region and the rest of Uganda must be honoured, as stipulated in the Uganda Land Act*. (Rephrase) Malicious deforestation by the NRA/UPDF officers in these regions has caused, and continues to cause, alarming environmental damages and land degradation, and may lead to outright desertification. We aim to restore the land to its rightful owners and urgently address any environmental degradation caused.

    6b. Internally Displaced People’s Camps
    People of Eastern and Northern Uganda were insidiously forced out of their homes and land including a 4-8-hour ultimatum announcement, by the NRM government on radio Uganda, to inhabitants of these regions to vacate their homes and move to government-designated concentration camps. The people’s personal property such as livestock, food stocks and others were consistently confiscated by government soldiers, some marauding as LRA rebels, and eventually their homes bombed to force the recalcitrant out to these camps. These camps lack the basic necessities of life such as clean water, sanitation, adequate food, safety, and health facilities. These IDP camps have turned into death camps with mortality rate as high as two thousand five hundred (250O) deaths per week in the Acholi sub-region of Northern Uganda alone.
    These statistics sadly come from preventable deaths due to malnutrition, curable communicable diseases, violence by government soldiers, intentionally transmitted diseases (HIV/AIDS) by HIV-positive government soldiers sent to the region as biological warfare, collateral deaths when the government forces (NRA/UPDF soldiers) and the rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) fight since the barracks of the UPDF are conveniently situated at the centre of these camps such that any rebel attacks on these camps pit the civilians between the two protagonists, abductions and deaths in the hands of the LRA, forced recruitments of IDP youths into local defence units (LDUs) with limited military training leading to easy and heavy casualties when they confront the rebels, suicides and alcohol poisoning due to abject existential despair, and
    blatant murders of camp dwellers by NRA/UPDF for reasons such as trespassing when civilians are found beyond the perimeters of the camps foraging for food to supplement their meagre World Food Program (WFP) rations or failing to strictly obey NRA/UPDF curfews of 9:OOPM to 9:OOAM. (Edit; phrase)
    The social fabric and cultural norms that hold these societies together have been gravely damaged— perhaps irretrievably.

    UPF resolves to dismantle the IDP camps and resettle the people in their ancestral homes immediately it assumes control. Each returning internee family shall be provided adequate resettlement packages, requisite compensation for losses, and other necessary support so they can become masters of their own destiny, and once again assume full unconditional citizenry of an independent Uganda with full rights and freedoms. (Edit; rewrite.)

    6c. Inter-tribal/Inter-regional Co-operation and National Reconciliation.
    Inter-tribal/inter-regional co-operation and harmony shall be the cornerstone of our national unity.
    Given over two decades of destructive civil wars and sectarianism in Uganda, the surest way forward is inter-ethnic/inter-tribal reconciliation. The UPF shall see to it that an independent National Truth & Reconciliation Commission (NTRC) is created and instituted. The NTRC shall work directly with the office of the President as well as the leaderships of all the various tribes in Uganda—especially all those that are directly affected by the 21-year civil war in the greater north—to focus the nations attention on reconciling the various ethnic groups and tribes and creating national harmony.

    UPF recognizes, and shall protect, all ethnic representations irrespective of their numerical strengths. A citizen of Uganda is neither disadvantaged nor privileged by belonging to a clan, a tribe, an ethnic group, a religion or a region. The new constitution of Uganda shall protect all, govern all, and offer Uganda to all its citizens as their common heritage.It is imperative to emphasize that the deeply rooted notion of national reconciliation and peaceful coexistence among the various ethnicities (tribes) of Uganda was born of the equally fundamental principle that “WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER” or “WORSE APART.” Cognizant of political fragmentations, conflicts and genocides suffered by our country since before the dawn of political independence, the UPF shall provide the leadership to address genuine state-building, national reconciliation and peace-building capacities, and create an independent and impartial justice system. The people shall choose the political system they want in their country. They shall then possess and protect that system by writing a truly people’s constitution. (Make this statement stronger)

    6d. Regional Co-operation with neighbouring countries
    Uganda has been a sanctuary for refugees from many countries since independence, notably Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Somalia, Ethiopia/Eritrea, and the Sudan. In the spirit of Pan-Africanism, and in accordance with the UN Charter for refugees, (cite the relevant article) Uganda has hosted these refugees with hospitality and dignity. Many of them have benefited from Uganda’s social and educational systems and advanced their potentials to full actualization. We recognize that the Great Lakes Region has a lot of potentials as a viable economic market and regional power in natural and human resources. We will rigorously work with our neighbours to promote regional co-operation in commerce and trade, cultural exchanges and educational integration and work toward a common regional security and stability. (Rework; pay attention to the order of mention.)

    6e. Political Freedom
    Disguised dictatorial, militaristic, materialistic, and opportunistic democracy under Gen. Museveni for the sole purpose of winning foreign aids and monopolizing state power for the selfish interests of a clique must be thoroughly defeated and removed. We aim to restore a free, democratic and independent Uganda with its citizens as the sole guarantors of who is to lead their country. At no time shall their leaders again be chosen by the gun or by foreign powers or their choice influenced by foreign interests directly or otherwise. There shall always be one people under one constitutional government and one Uganda. Regional restructuring may be necessary to effect maximum balance of commerce, trade and services. This may take the form of redistributing or relocating government headquarters and/or any such moves that shall foster national unity, peace and development. ( Redundant. Rework)

    We aim to adopt one of the modes of national participation by our military as practiced in the federation country of Kenya and Tanzania, as we see fit, in order to institute and constitute an army of national character, unity and stability. The army shall identify with executive authority and respect the wishes of the people of Uganda as expressed from time to time by national and local elections. It shall not unconstitutionally influence, change or challenge elected civilian authority; rather, it shall submit to it. The primary obligation of the national army shall be to protect the sovereignty of Uganda against external aggressions. Only in exceptional circumstances shall the army be used, in limited capacities, in handling matters of internal security—matters that the Uganda Police is institutionally and capacity-wise unable to handle.

    6f. The Uganda Constitution
    In order for it to effectively carry out its mission, UPF shall suspend the current constitution of Uganda forthwith, and reorganize the makeup of Parliament under an Interim Legislative Council (ILC). However, the UPF government shall uphold, respect, protect, promote and enforce all applicable provisions of all preceding constitutions of Uganda which endow all citizens with fundamental rights and freedoms, and afford them full opportunity to exercise their duties and obligations without infringing on the rights and freedoms of other citizens to do the same. All citizens shall have the constitutional rights to genuine freedom of beliefs, association, speech and expression under the law. The UPF government shall, within its self-mandated five-year transition term. Convene a constitutional convention to write the people’s constitution. The constitution shall become the referendum on what form of government Uganda shall have from then on.

    6g. International relations
    We shall cooperate with the international community and respect all regional and international instruments and regimes to which Uganda is a signatory. We shall contribute generously towards combating common international problems that may arise from time to time such as terrorism, environmental pollution, illicit drug, child and sex trafficking, and other such crimes that may affect international peace and stability. (Rephrase this. It is very important)

    7. THREE-PHASED PLAN FOR LIBERATING THE PEOPLE OF UGANDA

    INTRODUCTION
    The liberation of Uganda from the Movement dictatorship is a three-phase political project, and the Uganda People’s Front (UPF)1 cannot count itself successful in its mission until all three phases have been implemented and completed successfully. The entire project should take no less than three and no more than five years.

    Phase I: Remove General Museveni’s regime from power, end the “Movement”
    Dictatorship, and completely dislodge the “Movement” political system in
    Uganda by any means necessary.

    Phase II: Institute a democratic government—a people’s government—that is responsive to the people of Uganda.

    Phase III: Peaceably transfer political power to a succeeding popularly-elected democratic government.

    1. UPF as the body name is being retained for the purpose of drafting. The final name of the Body shall be agreed upon during the general meeting, whence all members” entities shall resolve to dissolve and function under the new name.

    PHASE I:
    REMOVE THE MUSEVENI DICTATORSHIP FROM POWER AND COMPLETELY DISLODGE HIS “MOVEMENT” POLITICAL SYSTEM IN UGANDA BY ANY MEAN’S POSSIBLE.
    After innumerable efforts by Ugandans to put an end to General Museveni’s abuse of political, military, and economic power, the UPF will use the only means remaining to remove General Museveni’s dictatorship from power and completely dislodge his “Movement” political system from Uganda. The UPF will instigate an internal grassroots popular movement against the Museveni dictatorship that is also effectively supported by Ugandans in the Diaspora and their friends worldwide. The UPF is prepared to remove the Museveni dictatorship by force, if necessary. The UPF shall establish a Transitional Government as soon as Kampala falls. The Transitional Government will immediately proceed with assurance of civilian safety and seek recognition by foreign governments.

    Grass Roots Organization
    1. Create a civilian wing of the struggle in every sub-region of Uganda.
    2. Draw competent men and women into the struggle who will build grassroots support for the liberation struggle in their sub-region.
    3. Locate patriotic leaders who shall coordinate the popular uprising within each sub-region and across all sub-regions.
    4. These patriots shall be leaders who will implement the UPF strategies, tactics, and logistics for a popular uprising and civil disobedience. 5. Reprisal killing shall be forbidden and repercussions for engaging in it shall be severe, immediate, and strictly enforced.

    Defence Force
    Military force being the only means by which political power has ever changed hands in Uganda’s post-independence history, UPF will use it judiciously should its employment become inevitable, making sure of the following:
    1. The use of force is justified only when it becomes necessary to defend those agitating for regime change. Force is, therefore, not the primary means of removing the Museveni dictatorship, but a secondary one to grassroots political action.
    2. The defence force will be under civilian UPF command. Leadership positions will only be filled by officers who have the necessary experience, professionalism, and respect for civilian authority.
    3. Recruiting will be done discriminately by dressing and arming only good men and women who understand and respect the role of the army in subordination to civilian authority in a democratic society.
    4. Strict military discipline and adherence to the UPF Military Code of Conduct will be instilled into all levels of the defence force so that civilians are not harmed physically or materially. This means that collateral damage will be strictly minimized. A clear and rigorously-implemented policy of protecting civilians shall dictate and guide UPF in all aspects of its liberation operations.
    5. The composition of the UPF defence force reflects as much as is feasible the diversity of the population of Uganda. UPF sees this liberation struggle as a national project.
    6. The UPF defence force will secure the entire country as rapidly as possible and will insure the security of person and property for all Ugandans.

    Political Wing

    Establishment of a Transitional Government
    1. A Transitional Government will be installed as soon as Kampala falls.
    2. The Transitional Government will assure all the citizens of Uganda that they are safe and that this will be a different, truly democratic national government—their government.
    3. The Transitional Government will secure the entire country and prevent Museveni’s supporters from intervening.
    4. The Transitional Government will implement an anti-corruption campaign at all levels of government as a matter of urgency.

    Stabilization of the North and Other War Ravaged Areas
    1. The Transitional Government will close the IDP camps and resettle the people of the greater north and other war ravaged areas.
    2. Citizens in all war ravaged areas will be provided with resettlement aid, rehabilitation, reconstruction and reintegration packages (a type of Marshall Plan or Affirmative Action Plan),

    Internal Security
    1. The Transitional Government will implement a legislative plan to maintain security within the country utilizing a civilian police force.
    2. The Transitional Government will implement a legislative plan for civilian executive and legislative control of the national military.

    Development
    1. Develop a plan for free market zones in the Great Lakes region,
    2. Re-draft national and regional economic development plans based on a Federal model that maximize regional autonomy

    International support
    1. Meet with foreign diplomats immediately and assure them of
    (a) their personal safety, (b) the new Transitional Government’s unswerving commitment to honour and respect all bilateral, multilateral, and international agreements, arrangements, and practices to which Uganda is either a signatory or a partner/member.
    2. Assure the diplomatic corps in Kampala—especially the donor community—that the UPF Transitional Government replacing that of General Museveni’s dictatorship will continue the positive trends he has established (economic development, fight against HIV/AIDS and international terrorism, universal primary and secondary education, cultural governments, etc) at the same time that it will discontinue those policies that have been bad for the people and country of Uganda, (e.g. corruption, cronyism, divide-and-rule, one-party rule, undemocratic systems, etc).
    Continues tomorrow only in RED PEPPER. If you read it anywhere else, then its a fake.

    [RED PEPPER, 1 JULY 2009]
    – Document On Mao’s Lost Flash Revealed
    The saga of the relationship between the Gulu LCV boss Nobert Mao and the new rebel UPF deepened yesterday when Mao confessed he had been in possession of subversive rebel documents. In a newspaper article yesterday Mao admitted to losing a memory stick containing the constitution and plan of action of the rebel UPF at Sheraton hotel recently where it was intercepted by security. And last night it emerged that more suspected Uganda Patriotic Front (UPF) rebels had been arrested. As we exclusively reported on Wednesday June 17, UPF, which security has since linked to several opposition politicians, had been in touch with Acholi MPs and LC bosses and was intending to overthrow Museveni.

    Mao’s admission exposes him to possible charges of concealment of treason because he never reported to police that he had received and was keeping -at times spreading- subversive material. And security operatives have obtained more information about the new rebel group following latest arrests.

    SHOCKING DETAILS
    Red Pepper can exclusively report that, in their ongoing hunt for UPF rebels and their collabo-rators, security operatives on June 9 clandestinely sneaked into Bweyale Trading Centre and made arrests. At the end of the clandestine operation, two leading UPF suspects were arrested. They are Patrick Komakech and Patrick Kidega. It wasn’t readily clear when they will be produced in court for formal charging. Already 11 others are already on remand having been formally charged in Buganda Road Court last month. The Bweyale township, from where the two men were nabbed, is located in Masindi district. Our June 17 story hinted on this township being one of the areas from where UPF men were operating.

    HOMES SEARCHED
    Upon their arrest, the UPF men led operatives to their home were more shocking information was unearthed.
    It was, for instance, discovered lots of military equipment (which is a reserve of the army) was being kept in their homes. Thirty six walkie talkies were found and confiscated as exhibits. Also in their possession were several phone contacts of alleged (local and international) UPF contacts, promoters, financiers and collaborators. The confiscated walkie talkies, according to our sources, were of “GXT710/735/750” series and manufactured by Mibland Radio Corporation. The operatives were further shocked to find that, in their possession, the suspects had details including physical address and phone numbers of the Kansas City-based manufacturers. Also found in the two men’s possession was a telephone number (8162418500) whose owner’s whereabouts are being investigated.

    CONFESSION
    “If anybody thought it had ended with the 11 already in, they better brace themselves to be more shocked. The suspects revealed many things, implicating many fellows,” said one of our sources privy to the matter.
    On his part, 18 year old Patrick Kidega confessed that one Patrick Komakech had brought the walkie talkies and asked him to keep custody of them. The said Komakech had promised to return to pick the brand new equipment but he never as he got arrested. Ill-fated Kidega was found in possession of the walkie talkies and that is how he was arrested. Twenty two year old Patrick Komakech among other things confessed having formerly been a Lords Resistance Army (LRA) combatant. He also revealed the walkie talkies had been availed to him by one Ochii who is among the 11already on remand, having been charged in Kampala last month. Along with his 10 fellow suspects, Ochii was remanded on charges of treason and concealment of the same. They are in Luzira prison. Citing lack of jurisdiction, the magistrate advised that their case be pursued in the high court.
    More shocking is the fact that the 36 walkie talkies are exactly of the same make and model with those that Alfred Oranya Lubel, one of the 11 men already on remand, was found in possession of. Oranya had previously served as Parish Chief for Wiyaworanga area in Gulu district. The story of UPF’s existence was first broken by Red Pepper on Wednesday June 17. The story showed how, unlike others before it, the group appeared more sophisticated as it had a constitution and a set of reforms to be implemented as soon as NRM/Museveni is toppled. The story also talked about a flash disk being abandoned at Sheraton hotel and that on opening it security operatives found there subversive literature relating to UPF.
    In his yesterday article, Mao extensively refers to our June 17 story. Having proved spot on, we give you more UPF-related exclusive information in today’s story. Among others we bring you pictures of the soon to be charged rebel suspects and the full subversive (Sheraton) dossier, even with its original errors.
    l. PREAMBLE
    WE, the gallant citizens of Uganda, in a constitutional response to the defence of liberty, rights and freedom to life and property for all Ugandans, and in patriotic solidarity with the poverty-stricken and oppressed majority of the people in our country (especially those in Northern and north-eastern Uganda, and particularly the Acholi sub-region where people are currently interned in inhabitable concentration camps with mortality rates exceeding one thousand (1,000) deaths per week according to some reports by the New York based Human Rights Watch;) [Revise; statesmanship vs. anger; national vs. regional focus and concentration]
    AWARE that the government of Uganda under the dictatorship of Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Gen. Museveni has for the past twenty-one (21) years coldheartedly planned and put in place Nazi-type concentration camps (too strong, shows anger; rephrase) in Northern and Eastern Uganda and subjected over 2 million Ugandan citizens to inhuman living conditions without recourse; (revise the paragraph)
    FURTHER AWARE that the National Resistance Army (NRA) under Gen. Gen. Museveni has carried out numerous military misadventures in Uganda, notably the Luweero Triangle where thousands of innocent civilians were murdered during the 1981 to 1986 NRA guerrilla banditry, and realizing that for a steady twenty-one years in power the NRM has not released the findings of the late Justice Arthur Oder’s commission of inquiry into these murders to the Ugandan public nor has it explained why;
    CONCERNED that a pattern of wanton violence and destruction of civilian lives and property, rampant mass murder and various kinds of atrocities have followed Gen. Gen. Museveni’s military forces from Luwero district in central Uganda to Kaberamaido, Kumi and Soroti in Eastern Uganda (where tens of thousands of civilians were/are murdered in the most sadistic manner imaginable) to Gulu, Kitgum, Pader, and Amuru where the government is openly conducting a genocide project aimed at annihilating the entire ethnic Acholi people. (By depriving the people of the- use of their God-given land, destroying all forms of livelihood and social infrastructures including their rich culture to the extent that a Spanish Catholic missionary described it as “everything Acholi is dying”, Gen. Gen.
    Museveni has committed genocide on the very people he is constitutionally obliged to defend; and not to forget Rwanda where over eight hundred thousand (800,000) Tutsi and moderate Hutu were murdered when Gen. Gen. Museveni’s NRA and RPF invaded that country, to the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where nearly tour million Congolese perished in the region, Gen. Gen. Museveni’s Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) were in-charge, not to mention the over US $10 billion dollars reparation that the government of Uganda must pay to the DRC for plunder and theft according to the United Nations Security Council estimate;(This is justification; needs to Vie moved somewhere else away from the preamble) The concern is historically restricted to 1986-date.

    CONVINCED that the international community has been bystanders to, and in some cases not only complacent about but also complicit in, the genocide unfolding in Uganda;
    STRONGLY CONVINCED that the genocide in Acholiland must stop immediately and people in the camps must be resettled back to their homes and land, and Gen. Gen. Museveni’s sinister scheme to grab land from the citizens of Eastern and Northern regions where the ruling NRM has consistently failed to gain a political foothold is aborted; Put as a separate paragraph]
    REALISING that despite Gen. Gen, Museveni’s discordant rhetoric about democracy, and the eagerness with which the developed democracies have embraced his regime as democratic, because he has fulfilled minimal constitutional (paper) requirements for democratic institutions, Gen. Gen. Museveni has, to the contrary, ruled Uganda like a typical military dictator or worse by abrogating z constitution over which writing he presided, set up an authoritarian Local Council (LC) system o repression from village level to the state house to the extent that all social, economic and political structures are pro forma retained by, and all policy dictates derived directly from Gen. Gen, Museveni alone so much that Gen. Gen. Museveni and the state have become inextricably linked, and all c Ugandan society is viewed by Gen. Gen. Museveni as his personal fief managed by a personal ant (euphemistically named the Uganda People’s Defence Forces), a police that is headed and populated 1 military cadres, and cohorts of miscellaneous paramilitaries, most memorably the Black Mamba unit which made its notorious debut on 16th November 2005 by storming the High Court of Uganda at behest of Gen. Gen, Museveni and in direct disregard for an independent judiciary system; (redo)
    COMPELLED by our inalienable human rights and dignity as citizens of a sovereign Uganda with due rights to freedom of life, association and genuine multi-party political system of governance as espoused in the Ugandan constitution;
    DETERMINED to restore a reputable system of governance that reflects the wishes of the majority of Ugandans of adult suffrage, a government made accountable to the people of Uganda and responsible for the defence and sustenance of lives and property of all Ugandans irrespective of region, religion, language, creed or party affiliation, a true government of the people, by the people, for the people under one parliament, one constitution, one flag, and one country;
    RESOLVED to defend the Ugandan constitution as a right and a moral duty of all citizens of conscience, and in further defence of the universal rights and freedoms of individuals and respect for the sanctity of human life of all Ugandans and persons) within the sovereignty of Uganda, constitute ourselves into a new political body known as Uganda People’s Front (UPF) this 19th day of November, in the year of our Lord 2006 as stipulated in article 3(4)(b) of the constitution (of 1995) that requires us “to do all in our power, including taking up arms, to restore this constitution after it has been suspended, overthrown, abrogated or amended contrary to its provisions” as evidenced in the illegitimate amendments, through the criminal act of bribery and intimidation of the members of the 6th Parliament of article 105(2) of the constitution to allow Gen. Gen. Museveni the eligibility to run for the office of President of Uganda indefinitely;
    HENCEFORTH state that,
    On the basis of the Uganda People’s Front Charter and the resolutions drawn at its executive meeting held from 20lh to 23rd February 20O7; and from its belief that it is impossible for a permanent and just peace to be established in Uganda under the regime of Gen. Museveni, and in light of the study of the Juba peace negotiation and prevailing political circumstances, resolves the following:
    1. Reaffirm the wishes, commitments, and resolutions of all peace loving citizens of Uganda to rid their country of the corrupt, despotic, dictatorial, militaristic and genocidal National Resistance Movement (NRM/A) regime of General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, which obliterates the national rights and freedom of our people.
    2. Uganda People’s Front (UPF) will employ all means available at its disposal, including a protracted armed struggle if necessary, to free the oppressed citizens of Uganda living in abject NRM-induced poverty in most parts of the country and establish a balance of power in favour of all our citizens and their struggle for genuine peace, liberty and basic human freedoms and rights as espouse in the Uganda Constitution of 1995 and the UN Charter of Rights and Freedom.
    3. Uganda People’s Front will uphold the National challenge against any force or proposal for a genuine recognition and respect of all citizens, national peace and reconciliation, secure our frontiers and normalize relations with all our neighbours in the spirit and principles of Pan-Africanism. (Is it necessary to introduce Pan-Africanism here?)
    4. End the vicious cycle of political violence since independence, and outright genocide taking place in Eastern and Northern Uganda, and dismantle forthwith the structure put in place to perpetrate the genocide and resettle the millions of displaced people back to their ancestral lands – an act vested in the UPF belief and principle that all citizens have a common national heritage, a right to make contributions to the development of self and country and to live free under the law and enjoy rights and fulfil duties which offer equality to every citizen irrespective of beliefs, creed, religion, origin or party affiliations.
    5. Rid Uganda of the repressive NRM regime where the political playing field has been militarized to promote a one-man “vision”, patronage, cronyism, entrenched nepotism, arrogant political tribalism, sectarianism and obdurate corruption that has reduced law-abiding citizens to a state of existential despair and pauperism, and our country to a World Bank basket state, (redo; do not mention World Bank)
    6. Foster an equitable economic, social, military and educational balance in different regions of Uganda in a concerted effort to promote equality, national peace and reconstruction, and equitable economic development for the good of all citizens, and reject any exploitation of natural and human resources for the benefit of a few.
    7. Stop the worst human rights abuse ever experienced in the history of our country where nearly two million citizens are refugees on their own land and are forced to live in deplorable living conditions at despicable death rates of over 2000 persons a week; and human rights abuses where thousands of citizens of conscience are locked up without trials and due process of the law in numerous ungazetted government “safe houses”, (a repeat; already mentioned above, Consolidate ivith other point.)
    8. End gross abuse of power by Gen. Gen. Museveni and his cronies who use public institutions such as the national treasury, army, police and government departments to champion the cause of only one man who acts above the law and views Uganda as his personal fiefdom -thereby promoting the interests of a few army generals and some chosen tribes of Uganda tc the detriment of national unity and equitable development, while denying equal opportunities for all else and disdainfully humiliating other ethnic groups he repeatedly proclaims as backward and primitive. (Anger. Negative. Only ate to eitiphdii-ze von r poi uy)
    9. Institute a lasting tradition of law and order, free and fair multiparty democracy with strict adherence to due process, clear national security policy, equality, liberty, reasonable welfare for all citizens, a prudent procedure of conflict resolutions, and preserve the constitution of Uganda at all times.
    10. Uganda People’s Front will strive to strengthen its solidarity with like-minded citizens, friends, and progressive forces with the aim of replacing Gen. Museveni’s NRM/A regime with a democratic government that protects and promotes national unity.
    11. The Front will chart a course of national action against poverty, corruption, tribalism, disease, ignorance, institutionalized militarization, and all other forces deemed averse to national unity and development.
    12. In light of the above, the leadership of the Front will determine and approve any tactics which will serve and make the realization of these objectives possible.From 1966 when President Obote overthrew President Kabaka Mutesa II to January 1986 when Gen. Museveni overthrew General Tito Okello, our country had bled a terrible blood. Idi Amin killed thousands over 9 years, Obote killed thousands over two reigns and 11 combined years, Tito Okello and Basilio Okello killed thousands in just 6 months, and Gen. Museveni has now killed (or caused to be killed) more than a million—and counting. UPF strongly believes that Juba will never bring lasting peace to the people of Uganda specifically, and the people of the Great Lakes Region generally. South Sudanese know this, the Congolese know this, Rwandese know this, Burundians know this, Tanzanians know this, Kenyans know this.
    The Juba peace talk is a fiasco in all its intentions, processes, and especially goals. Nothing is going to change the lot of northern Ugandans or the rest of Ugandans short of removing Gen. Museveni from power and completely dislodging his “Movement” political system in Uganda by any means possible. It is the ‘movement system of government’ that must be replaced; not just Gen. Museveni and his cadres. Because this is a national issue that demands a national solution, any Juba outcome, however r successful prima facie, is inadequate to provide a lasting solution. Twenty-six years of history, which we have carefully studied, and the myriad dead men and women—good men and women—bear witness to our case by clearly showing the utter stupidity of trusting Gen. Museveni, or anything in which he is involved.
    The people in the Concentration Camps in northern and north-eastern Uganda are yearning for respite from intense suffering. They are now resigned to the belief that as long as the “Movement” system is in place and Gen. Museveni is still ruling the country, the best they can hope for is a few breaks here and there in the violence and insecurity. Gen. Museveni has been at war with one part of Uganda or another every day of every month of every year since January 1970.The people of northern Uganda are of peripheral concern to the real powers behind the peace talks. UPF is clear on this point: a perceived success in Juba is worse than a perceived failure. A success in Juba is an outcome planned and calculated to replicate and multiply the cycle of insecurity. The LRA is an offshoot of the Holy Spirit movement of Alice Lakwena, which was an offshoot of her father’s church movement. Replication and multiplication guarantees that the north remains permanently mired in war and insecurity until the Acholi, the only hurdle between Gen. Museveni and immortality, are reduced to mere shells of their former shelves. This is utterly unacceptable.
    UPF cannot accept the planned outcome and long-term repercussion of the ongoing Juba peace talks. Further, UPF finds it even less acceptable to reconcile the real powers behind the peace talks with the expected outcome: who the beneficiaries are, what they are after, and why it is important to them that the insecurity in northern Uganda is never resolved.In the twenty years of NRM misrule, the recent national general multiparty elections notwithstanding, the true character and sinister intentions of Gen. Museveni’s regime has been revealed and his appalling contempt for democratic process, as the bribing of the 7th parliament of Uganda to abrogate the constitution of Uganda confirmed — a move that amounted to the overthrow of the constitution and the government.
    This was a repeat of the National Resistance Movement’s political ploys. The most notable manoeuvre before the 2006 constitutional amendment to accommodate Gen. Museveni’s quest to run for the third term was the NRM’s October 1989 extension of its interim period until 1995 by rushing the legislation for the five-year extension through the National Resistance Council (NRC) in one week despite demands from many parliamentarians to be given more time to consult their constituents. (Too wordy Condense. Be clear and concise.)It is in this light that we resolve to oppose by all means necessary the NRM’s policy of national decay and strive to implement an alternative liberation front which espouses a common national destiny and aspirations of all Ugandans.

    Continues tomorrow only In RED PEPPER. If you read it anywhere else, then it’s a fake.

    Twice Captive of the LRA
    Former wife of rebel leader Joseph Kony talks of life with Africa’s most wanted man.
    Samuel Richard Egadu in Gulu and Kampala (AR No. 220, 1-July-09)
    At the age of 27, Lily Atong has lived most of her life as a captive and wife of Joseph Kony, the enigmatic and rarely seen leader of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army, LRA.

    She has three children by Kony – one named George Bush, after the former US president though it is unclear which – and has survived despite being held by the Ugandan rebel group for two extended periods.

    Her second and most recent escape from the rebel army, currently holed up in the remote northeastern corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, came last December when the rebels were attacked by the Uganda army.

    The attacks came after Kony failed to appear on November 30 to sign a peace agreement with Uganda that had been two years in negotiations.

    “Kony told us he refused to turn up at the signing venue (Ri-Kwangba) because there were plans to arrest him,” Atong told IWPR in an interview at the Gulu Support the Children Organisation, GUSCO, in northern Uganda where she is receiving psychological treatment and rehabilitation.

    “He said he had information on plans to arrest him if he had risked appearing to sign the agreement,” she said.

    “It’s hard to determine what Kony really needs. He talks of peace and fighting. He told us he will do anything as [long as] he still holds the power. He said will continue fighting rather than being taken to the [International Criminal Court, ICC] to be hanged.”

    Kony and his top commanders are wanted by the ICC in The Hague, which does not have the death penalty, for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Additionally, Kampala has indicated it could put Kony on trial in Uganda should he turn himself over to authorities.

    Atong was first abducted by LRA rebels in the Amuru district in northern Uganda in 1991, when she was just ten years old. “We were eight going to school. We met the rebels who abducted all of us,” Atong told IWPR.

    She and the others were taken to one of the LRA camps in Nisutu in Eastern Equatoria state of South Sudan where Kony was based. Kony selected her and two other abductees to help his wives.

    “After five years, Kony told me I was his wife. I feared he would kill me if I refused. I cried, but I had no option but to yield. So I became his wife,” Atong said.

    She gave birth to a baby boy in January 1997 whom Kony named George Bush, and in 1999 had another baby also by Kony.

    In 2005, when Ugandan troops attacked an LRA camp in South Sudan, she managed to escape and returned to Gulu hoping to start a new life.

    During the Juba peace negotiations in 2006, however, she accompanied a 22-member peace team from northern Uganda to meet Kony in August that year to try to persuade him to release the hundreds of other women and children held captive by the LRA.

    “At first, I didn’t want to go,” Atong said. “However, I changed my mind after several people persuaded me. I also accepted to go with the selected leaders because I wanted to go and [collect] my son, George Bush, who remained in the bush.

    “I knew I was going to come back with the leaders. However, on the day we were supposed to come back to Uganda, Kony told me I was going to remain with him. He said if I risked moving, I would be shot.

    “I pleaded with him. He became so furious and threatened to kill me. As I feared to be killed, I decided to remain with him.”

    She was forced to stay two more years with Kony and again gave birth to another child by him, she said.

    Atong was among ten of Kony’s wives who he kept at the LRA’s Nigeria Camp. They were part of an estimated total of 30 wives that Kony keeps scattered in various other camps, most of them abducted girls, Atong said, along with his estimated 100 children.

    Shortly before the December 14 attack, however, Kony distributed his wives to different field commanders then left with his private guards.

    “Kony abandoned us [women]. He went with a few of his heavily armed escorts,” Atong told IWPR. “He is ever changing his location. None of us [women] knows where he is stationed.”

    The December attack deeply affected Kony, “Kony was OK before the attack but after the attack, he became so wild, crazy and rowdy. He started issuing orders and shouting at his troops.

    “Life in the LRA camp was not bad before the attack. We had lots of food from CARITAS. We planted beans, groundnuts, sweet potatoes, peas and other crops for food. Everything was peaceful.”

    The Catholic Church aid agency CARITAS was contracted by international sponsors to supply food, water and materials to the rebels as an incentive for them to continue negotiating and stop raiding villagers.

    But, Atong said, “During the talks, the rebels kept on abducting people from DRC and southern Sudan and train them [to fill the army’s ranks].

    “The LRA rebels are [very] many. Some are in Central African Republic while others have moved near Kisangani in DRC.”

    She feels lucky to have again escaped the LRA.

    “We [women] and the rebels walked for several [kilometers]. One day, we were ambushed by the Ugandan soldiers. They fired at us and we took off in different directions,” she said.

    “Five of us [women] took off in one direction. I knew it was soldiers who had attacked us. I decided to move back [toward] the soldiers while raising my hands and pleading with them not to kill me. One of the women also decided to follow me. The soldiers spared our lives as they didn’t shoot us.”

    She said she was finally taken to the Ugandan army camp before being airlifted to Uganda.

    The Ugandan military spokesman, Major Felix Kulayigye, said Uganda will pursue the LRA until Kony is killed or signs a peace agreement.

    “Our intelligence forces are in DRC to support the Congolese forces in hunting the LRA,” he said. “We shall continue to pursue the military option until Kony is killed, captured or signs the peace agreement.”
    PRESS RELEASE.
    DAWN OF HOPE FROM LRA AND FINAL LIFE LINE TO DIALOGUE.
    1. The LRA High Command has instructed me to issue the following statement regarding the
    status of dialogue initiatives that both the LRA High Command and LRA Peace Negotiators
    have undertaken in the last 6 months.
    2. As you might have noticed the LRA had stopped issuing out press statements. As LRA
    Chief Peace Negotiator I decided to embark on silent diplomacy and avoided operating like
    a military spokesman due to intensive nature of the operation against LRA. Secondly the
    confusion caused by warmongers in Uganda government and the Diaspora Ugandans
    FORCED me to seek authority from General Kony to reply to some of baseless gossips that
    does rounds regarding the war. I have now received those instructions and I can announce
    that there is hope for dialogue and signing of the FPA.
    3. It is clear that the Objectives of Operation Lighting Thunder (OLT) have not will not be
    achieved militarily. The objectives of ordering operation (OLT) were: To force General
    Kony and LRA to sign the FPA. To apprehend LRA commanders and release the noncombatants.
    To implement the Juba Agreement.
    4. These objectives have not been achieved and the operation now lies in a state of comma
    given the inability of Uganda (UPDF) as a country to win this war militarily. This leaves the
    world with dialogue as the only option that is sustainable in the Northern Uganda conflict.
    5. Under my leadership of the LRA Peace delegation I have maintained that peace can not
    come through military force. I have since the inception of the Operation Lighting Thunder
    (OLT) of 14th December 2008 become increasingly defensive as I have staked out claims to
    the relevance, spelling out all links of peace initiatives made by myself to the world and
    liaisons obliterated by the passage of time. I have maintained that both parties should reengage
    and seek dialogue as the only route to find long lasting solution for the Northern
    Uganda conflict.
    6. I want to make it clear to the world that history is written or more accurately written out
    by conquerors. LRA peace delegation under my guidance might not conquer but we have
    made a contribution to our history by defending and negotiating a good agreement that
    was destroyed by the ICC indictments and by ignition of a useless war on 14th December
    2008.
    7. The LRA Peace Delegation wants to state that if the Government of Uganda has been lost
    in a milky haze of amnesia, it surely cannot be unconnected to the fact that so many
    former Chief Peace negotiators of LRA ended up the same way like the route I will take
    soon. There are those war entrepreneurs and merchants of conflicts in Uganda
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    government who want me to quit like Mrs. Betty Bigombe did in 2004 so that they
    continue using the Northern Uganda war as politicking gimmick
    8. I might secure or not secure the signature of General Kony on the FPA. But I want to state
    that I indeed negotiated a good Agreement in Juba that removes most of the root causes
    that have brought many rebellions in Northern Uganda in the last 23 years. If this
    agreement is implemented our country Uganda will prosper. That is our contribution as
    peace lovers and President Museveni should thank us instead of fabricating stories against
    some of us. I have never harbored any military expansionism and I have traits of
    militarism. That is why I will die fighting for peaceful means.
    9. I Believe that if the FPA is fully implemented it will reform Northern Uganda for many
    years to come. My presence on the LRA peace delegation will leave a mark on our national
    character and history of unity between the North and the South. The passion for bringing
    peace to Uganda will continue at all costs. The few greedy and grim opportunists, war
    merchants who hide under the umbrella of war will never separate me from the peace
    route.
    10. I have encountered glaze eye reactions during the painstaking process in the Juba Peace
    talks. I will not give up in looking for further avenues of bringing peace to Uganda. I want
    to say that the deeper I delved, the clearer it became that Uganda had never been obscure
    backwater suggested by the polite, blank expressions of our people and President
    Museveni in particular. Uganda’s narratives are entwined in its political history of
    militarism that I personally want to change once for all. Our people need peace and
    dialogue not guns and war. That is why General Kony has now instructed me for a
    renewed dialogue so as to resolve the Northern Uganda crisis peacefully.
    11. As a result of my efforts and continued contacts with the LRA High command, the LRA has
    agreed to SEND 2 Military commanders to join the new LRA dialogue TEAM that I will
    formally present to the Chief Mediator in Juba when they arrive. This is the team that
    General Kony has himself chosen. Their role is to look at the FPA with the aim of fast
    tracking the signing it as soon as possible. It is not re- negotiation as some malcontents IN
    Uganda government would like the world to believe.
    12. General Kony has further instructed me to continue with my silent dialogue with President
    Chissano the UN Envoy, Dr. Riek Machar the Chief Mediator and with President Museveni
    personally until the matter is resolved. I have made several trips to Maputo and to Juba to
    meet the two peace mediator and UN Envoy on the way forward. My insistence on
    dialogue with General Kony has brought about the new direction that we might witness in
    the coming weeks.
    13. The LRA High command also wants to distance itself from any attempts to drag the LRA’s
    name in the current arrests and detentions in Northern Uganda and Eastern Uganda of
    some members who had allegedly formed a shadowy outfit of Peoples Patriotic Front
    (PPF). General Kony says he has never and will never instruct anyone from LRA to wage
    war in Uganda during the time of the peace process. He is aware that some of those who
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    frustrated the signing of FPA on a number of attempts are the same ones who have been
    allegedly caught and implicated in the PPF.
    14. Genera Kony went further and instructed me to inform Ugandans and international
    community that the LRA are aware that a section security agencies and one wing of
    military agency in the government of Uganda have paid and re-armed ex-LRA
    combatants to go out and hunt down Kony. But the young men who promised the military
    agency to do so had no clue of the tough task ahead of them. When these senior officers in
    military agencies requested for results from the ex-LRA men – the deal went sour.
    15. This has not surprised General Kony because most of them in the Shadowy (PPF) had
    already been sacked by Kony for agitating for a formation of new rebel group against LRA.
    The LRA has no links and will never have links with PPF today or tomorrow. General Kony
    also said that allegations that PPF has links with local civic leaders namely vocal MPS and
    Norbert Mao from the North are based on mere hate campaign against the people of
    Northern Uganda.
    16. The Do

  2. Anthony Rwaga,

    THE HARD EVIDENCE OF MAO’S REBEL DOCUMENT
    By Anthony Rwaga
    July 22 2009

    Can he afford to smile?: Chairman Mao

    The dark clouds are yet to settle for distraught Gulu LCV boss, Norbert Mao after the seizure of his flash disk that contained subversive documents, exclusively published yesterday by the ever reliable Red Pepper.
    Last night our unparalleled security sources intimated that more data could be fronted linking chairman Mao to the new rebel group Uganda Patriotic Front (UPF). “The man has every reason to panic because the evident is overwhelming. Apprehension is an understatement, by now he should be sweating profusely,” a security source confided. Like we promised, we are producing the second last part of the document that highly classified among the security circles that may be used against Chairman Mao.

    The Carter Center with Dr. Joyce Neu
    Dr. Neu was a principal negotiator during the Carter Centre’s botched attempt to negotiate peace between the LRA and the government of Uganda in 1999. Former President Carter ended up negotiating only with Gen. Museveni and the governments of Sudan, Canada, Egypt, and Libya. Needless to say, it failed miserably. It failed because Gen. Museveni made sure the LRA never got an invitation, never felt safe enough to participate, and never got a proxy to stand in its stead. Likewise, Gen. Museveni blocked the Carter Center from making any effective or meaningful contact with the LRA, especially the LRA High Command.
    Hon. Betty Bigombe (twice) In 1993-94, and again in 2004-05, Hon. Betty Bigombe initiated peace talks between the government of Uganda and the LRA. In February 1994, she succeeded in convincing the LRA to agree to meet with officials of the Uganda government.
    The LRA agreed and actually asked her to make sure it worked because they no longer wanted to continue fighting. Bigombe got President Gen. Museveni to come to Gulu town and boldly marched to him (self-sequestered in Gulu military barracks) with the LRA agreement to negotiate. Gen. Museveni chose that very moment to not only rescind Bigombe’s power to negotiate for the government, but also give the LRA an ultimatum to lay down their arms within seven days or face instant annihilation. The LRA responded with concerted and protracted violence against the civilian population. Gen. Museveni went back to Kampala and paid no more attention to northern Uganda while the LRA ravaged the people.

    In 2004-05, Hon. Betty Bigombe again initiated a peace process between the LRA and the government of Uganda. This time, Dr. Neu, as Executive Director of IPJ, was her confidant and principal advisor. Despite a concerted effort by her and support from world governments (including that of the USA, Canada, EU and its several member states, Australia, and Sudan), the initiative failed because Gen. Museveni again frustrated it. (It was the failure of Hon. Bigombe’s 2004-O5 peace initiative prompted IWC to prepare a fresh proposal for a different peace initiative and rout it to the government of Denmark. The rest is history)

    Hon. Betty Bigombe is an altruistic believer in diplomacy and could not let go even though the signs were all over the wall that her initiative was dead in the water. She eventually resolved that it was over after the government of South Sudan came up with a new initiative that is now the Juba peace talks. She readily admits to intense bitterness and frustration towards Gen. Museveni for twice frustrating her peace initiatives while making the world believe that he was seeking peace but the LRA was not cooperating. [Gen. Museveni pays US$2 million a year to Hill & Knowlton PR to keep bad Press out and dean up his image. This has been wildly successful. (Confirm; Move to appropriate place)]

    Dr. Lutaakome Andrew Kayiira
    Dr. Kayiira, late chairman of Uganda Freedom Union (later to become a guerrilla group called Uganda Freedom Movement—or UFM—and rival to Gen. Museveni’s National Resistance Movement), made a deal with Gen. Museveni that landed him the post of Minister of Energy soon after the former took over power in 1986. The deal lasted only a few months. Gen. Museveni accused him of treason and arrested him. After being released from prison for lack of evidence, he was gunned down by unknown gunmen in March 1987. The UFM was the first in a series of guerrilla movements that sprung up to fight Gen. Museveni’s government. All of them eventually succumbed to the NRA and signed peace deals that rewarded the top leaders but left the rank-and-file soldiers out cold. These soldiers invariably joined the government military (UPDF) or other guerrilla groups to fight again.

    Fred Gisa Rwigema
    Mr. Rwigema was the projected president of Rwanda after the liberation of the country. He was part of the NRM before he helped create the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF.) He likewise made a deal with Gen. Museveni. He was murdered on the way to invade Rwanda and insert a Tutsi government. Paul Kagame, then a Museveni man now turned against him, is now the President of Rwanda.

    3. MISSION STATEMENT
    The mission of the new government is to give back Uganda to its people, and empower the people to remain its permanent vanguard. This shall be done by keeping the military away from national and local politics, creating strictly democratic institutions and processes, and giving everyone a legitimate chance to participate fully and meaningfully in growing and developing the nation. They shall receive comforts and confidence in their governments because the government shall be open, transparent and responsive to their demands.
    Promote stability, peace, economic development and constitutional independence of Uganda in harmony with its neighbours. Strengthen our association within the East African Federation (EAF) with Kenya and Tanzania, and recognize Uganda’s membership and responsibilities to the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN). (No. this mission statement is very weak. Strengthen.)

    4. VISION
    The people shall be free, and feel free.
    The vision of the new Uganda is to establish a government that belongs to the people:
    A government that receives its power and legitimacy from the people and not the military;
    A government that respects the demographic diversity in the country, celebrates its multiculturalism and makes it the centerpiece of the country’s identity, and uses it to create cohesion and stability by minimizing tribal differences and maximizing commonalities;
    A government in which the people are the powers of last resort;
    A government that will return the Army to the barracks and keep them there, away from politics;
    A government that will establish political stability and empower people to engage in maximum economic development by creating regional security arrangements between all neighbouring countries;
    A government that will push for the strengthening of the East Africa Community
    A government that will establish a federal-type democratic system.
    A government that will respect all international instruments and regimes to which it is a signatory.
    A government that will always seek diplomatic solutions to any conflict within and without the country before considering any military option;
    A government that will harmonize traditional practices, codify them into law, and include them into the constitution of the country;
    A government that makes people feel secure in their persons, possessions and aspirations.
    Goals for Uganda
    (May fit somewhere else, in the document—if not already in.)
    Uganda as a patriotic nation:
    Development of national pride as Ugandan citizens
    Celebration of multiculturalism and ethnic diversity within a national identity as Ugandans
    All Ugandans feel that Uganda is their country:
    Every Ugandan has a part in making the nation successful.
    Every Ugandan has a chance for individual success.
    Every Ugandan has a patriotic duty to serve the nation as well as the tribe through integrity in personal dealings and community spirit.
    Uganda as a peaceful nation:
    A national commitment to peaceful tribal co-existence
    Unity of national purpose that creates lasting peace, good governance and sustained economic growth and stability.
    Uganda as a successful nation:
    Local economic development in all tribal sub-regions inevitably leads to sustained market interdependence between regions.
    Transformed perceptions that allow people from each district to see the other tribes as not a threat to them but, rather, as partners in their own sub-regional economic development and stability
    Attainable prosperity for Ugandans in all tribal sub regions that includes s Productive employment opportunities
    Quality education
    Healthcare consistent with international standards of care

    Uganda as a free nation:
    A national military restricted to external defence. Community police functions under the purview of local law enforcement. Professional standards for both forces will be developed nationally and will be consistent with international standards for conduct, education, promotion and protection of human rights. No law abiding Ugandan should have anything to fear anything to fear from either the military of local law enforcement
    Freedom of the press, free speech, and land rights are the rights of all citizens and will be respected and protected by the government at all levels

    Uganda as a nation governed by the people:
    A Federal system of government which emphasizes equitable representation of all tribal sub regions
    A Constitution which embodies these principles is developed by the Nation and accepted by the Ugandan people across tribal sub-regions.
    A multiparty/ system of government is implemented with nationally-based political parties and fun-elections.
    Separation of powers between the Executive, the Parliament, and the Judiciary defined in the

    Constitution
    An accountable national government with transparent fiscal management:
    The government adheres to a “Code of Conduct” that defines clean government for the people of Uganda
    The government maintains excellent fiduciary integrity as measured by codified checks and balances, accountability practices, and consistently applied consequences for corruption.
    The Federal structure de-centralizes control of local functions, thus creating tribal sub-regional accountability for efficiently run local government.

    5. BILL OF RIGHTS

    (This is extremely important; must be carefully written. Get expert help!)
    Uganda shall recognize and uphold the following inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms without prejudice or discrimination by reason of ethnic origin, religion, sex, political affiliation or race,
    viz,
    The rights of the individual to life, liberty, property and the fundamental freedom of choice, peaceable association and assembly, speech and expression or press, and equality before the law.
    The right of the individual or institution, upon respect for moral and spiritual values and the rule of law, to remain free.
    The right of individual to security in person, home, and effects
    The right to uphold and promote equality among men and women, unity and mutual interdependence among all ethnic groups, equitable economic and cultural development for all ethnic entities, and foster common prosperity and progress for all ethnic groups.

    6. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
    Declare that the triumph of our struggle is supreme and nothing impedes it; neither self, fellow comrades nor the enemies.
    Unite the constitutional and legal doctrines of the organization to guarantee the absolute primacy of democratic policy;
    Legitimize the political and social nature of the armed forces by means of intense public discussion of vital security and national defense concerns;
    Solidarity and cohesiveness among our fellow members need no discussion. The total strength of our forces is based upon them. Comrades who imbue same understanding and passion for our revolutionary ideals should discuss all major events together and reach mutual agreements, and execute them with zeal and loyalty.
    The political point of view can not and must not surrender to a purely military point of view. It is policies that create or avert wars because policies are the guiding intelligence and wars are the instruments, not vice versa. Hence, subordinating the political point of view to the military is absurd and inconceivable in our organization.

    In all encounters, civilians must be treated with utmost courtesy and legal respect; and be defended from any harm. The people’s democratic supremacy must be consolidated in all interactions; in order word, civilians reign supreme and you are the adherent defender of their supremacy through mutual cohesiveness.

    Strive to build a nation where all citizens are able to self-actualize, pursue constitutional and legal rights and freedoms and economic fortunes unhindered by the state. Our forces must initiate these activities in all areas under our influence and control.

    Lead our citizens of all ethnic groups in a concerted, self-reliant and pioneering effort to turn Uganda into a prosperous, democratic, culturally advanced and strong country by making economic and technological developments key components of governance.

    Rid our country of tyranny, graft, political patronage, nepotism and all forms of political and economic sabotage and self-interests in public offices.

    Train a neutral civil service that implements government policies diligently without prejudice.
    Implement a sustainable economy that embraces climate change, conserves natural resources, respects biodiversity, and promotes efficiencies in the use of all non-renewable natural resources.Encourage the people to act as the masters of their country and take effective measures to protect the people’s right to run the affairs of the state and of society and manage economic and cultural activities.
    Promote education, science and culture, instil respect for learning and talents, raise the ideological, moral, scientific and educational levels of the entire nation, and develop a fine national traditional culture.
    Where doubt lingers, members must at all times consult the organization’s manifesto for guidance.

    6a. Land and Environmental policy
    Agriculture is the main sphere of material production in Uganda and land is the single most important asset of a Ugandan.
    The NRM has connivingly and forcibly removed the people of Northern and Eastern Uganda from their ancestral land under the guise of offering protection to the people from the rebels but with a grand plan to deprive them of their land. Government officials in-charge of these millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) have suggested turning these displacement camps into permanent settlements and turning the people’s land over to commercial agricultural investors. We are convinced that the prolonged civil war in the North and East of the country is no accident but the inevitable outcome of the anti-popular policy Gen. Gen. Museveni and his reactionary clique have consistently followed, and a devious ploy to make the people landless.

    Land relations, however, are directly linked with the livelihood and vital interests of the vast majority of the Ugandan population. The intricate interdependence of diverse forms of land ownership such as state/crown, communal, private, and land tenure characteristic of the people of Eastern and Northern region and the rest of Uganda must be honoured, as stipulated in the Uganda Land Act*. (Rephrase) Malicious deforestation by the NRA/UPDF officers in these regions has caused, and continues to cause, alarming environmental damages and land degradation, and may lead to outright desertification. We aim to restore the land to its rightful owners and urgently address any environmental degradation caused.

    6b. Internally Displaced People’s Camps
    People of Eastern and Northern Uganda were insidiously forced out of their homes and land including a 4-8-hour ultimatum announcement, by the NRM government on radio Uganda, to inhabitants of these regions to vacate their homes and move to government-designated concentration camps. The people’s personal property such as livestock, food stocks and others were consistently confiscated by government soldiers, some marauding as LRA rebels, and eventually their homes bombed to force the recalcitrant out to these camps. These camps lack the basic necessities of life such as clean water, sanitation, adequate food, safety, and health facilities. These IDP camps have turned into death camps with mortality rate as high as two thousand five hundred (250O) deaths per week in the Acholi sub-region of Northern Uganda alone.
    These statistics sadly come from preventable deaths due to malnutrition, curable communicable diseases, violence by government soldiers, intentionally transmitted diseases (HIV/AIDS) by HIV-positive government soldiers sent to the region as biological warfare, collateral deaths when the government forces (NRA/UPDF soldiers) and the rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) fight since the barracks of the UPDF are conveniently situated at the centre of these camps such that any rebel attacks on these camps pit the civilians between the two protagonists, abductions and deaths in the hands of the LRA, forced recruitments of IDP youths into local defence units (LDUs) with limited military training leading to easy and heavy casualties when they confront the rebels, suicides and alcohol poisoning due to abject existential despair, and
    blatant murders of camp dwellers by NRA/UPDF for reasons such as trespassing when civilians are found beyond the perimeters of the camps foraging for food to supplement their meagre World Food Program (WFP) rations or failing to strictly obey NRA/UPDF curfews of 9:OOPM to 9:OOAM. (Edit; phrase)
    The social fabric and cultural norms that hold these societies together have been gravely damaged— perhaps irretrievably.

    UPF resolves to dismantle the IDP camps and resettle the people in their ancestral homes immediately it assumes control. Each returning internee family shall be provided adequate resettlement packages, requisite compensation for losses, and other necessary support so they can become masters of their own destiny, and once again assume full unconditional citizenry of an independent Uganda with full rights and freedoms. (Edit; rewrite.)

    6c. Inter-tribal/Inter-regional Co-operation and National Reconciliation.
    Inter-tribal/inter-regional co-operation and harmony shall be the cornerstone of our national unity.
    Given over two decades of destructive civil wars and sectarianism in Uganda, the surest way forward is inter-ethnic/inter-tribal reconciliation. The UPF shall see to it that an independent National Truth & Reconciliation Commission (NTRC) is created and instituted. The NTRC shall work directly with the office of the President as well as the leaderships of all the various tribes in Uganda—especially all those that are directly affected by the 21-year civil war in the greater north—to focus the nations attention on reconciling the various ethnic groups and tribes and creating national harmony.

    UPF recognizes, and shall protect, all ethnic representations irrespective of their numerical strengths. A citizen of Uganda is neither disadvantaged nor privileged by belonging to a clan, a tribe, an ethnic group, a religion or a region. The new constitution of Uganda shall protect all, govern all, and offer Uganda to all its citizens as their common heritage.It is imperative to emphasize that the deeply rooted notion of national reconciliation and peaceful coexistence among the various ethnicities (tribes) of Uganda was born of the equally fundamental principle that “WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER” or “WORSE APART.” Cognizant of political fragmentations, conflicts and genocides suffered by our country since before the dawn of political independence, the UPF shall provide the leadership to address genuine state-building, national reconciliation and peace-building capacities, and create an independent and impartial justice system. The people shall choose the political system they want in their country. They shall then possess and protect that system by writing a truly people’s constitution. (Make this statement stronger)

    6d. Regional Co-operation with neighbouring countries
    Uganda has been a sanctuary for refugees from many countries since independence, notably Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Somalia, Ethiopia/Eritrea, and the Sudan. In the spirit of Pan-Africanism, and in accordance with the UN Charter for refugees, (cite the relevant article) Uganda has hosted these refugees with hospitality and dignity. Many of them have benefited from Uganda’s social and educational systems and advanced their potentials to full actualization. We recognize that the Great Lakes Region has a lot of potentials as a viable economic market and regional power in natural and human resources. We will rigorously work with our neighbours to promote regional co-operation in commerce and trade, cultural exchanges and educational integration and work toward a common regional security and stability. (Rework; pay attention to the order of mention.)

    6e. Political Freedom
    Disguised dictatorial, militaristic, materialistic, and opportunistic democracy under Gen. Museveni for the sole purpose of winning foreign aids and monopolizing state power for the selfish interests of a clique must be thoroughly defeated and removed. We aim to restore a free, democratic and independent Uganda with its citizens as the sole guarantors of who is to lead their country. At no time shall their leaders again be chosen by the gun or by foreign powers or their choice influenced by foreign interests directly or otherwise. There shall always be one people under one constitutional government and one Uganda. Regional restructuring may be necessary to effect maximum balance of commerce, trade and services. This may take the form of redistributing or relocating government headquarters and/or any such moves that shall foster national unity, peace and development. ( Redundant. Rework)

    We aim to adopt one of the modes of national participation by our military as practiced in the federation country of Kenya and Tanzania, as we see fit, in order to institute and constitute an army of national character, unity and stability. The army shall identify with executive authority and respect the wishes of the people of Uganda as expressed from time to time by national and local elections. It shall not unconstitutionally influence, change or challenge elected civilian authority; rather, it shall submit to it. The primary obligation of the national army shall be to protect the sovereignty of Uganda against external aggressions. Only in exceptional circumstances shall the army be used, in limited capacities, in handling matters of internal security—matters that the Uganda Police is institutionally and capacity-wise unable to handle.

    6f. The Uganda Constitution
    In order for it to effectively carry out its mission, UPF shall suspend the current constitution of Uganda forthwith, and reorganize the makeup of Parliament under an Interim Legislative Council (ILC). However, the UPF government shall uphold, respect, protect, promote and enforce all applicable provisions of all preceding constitutions of Uganda which endow all citizens with fundamental rights and freedoms, and afford them full opportunity to exercise their duties and obligations without infringing on the rights and freedoms of other citizens to do the same. All citizens shall have the constitutional rights to genuine freedom of beliefs, association, speech and expression under the law. The UPF government shall, within its self-mandated five-year transition term. Convene a constitutional convention to write the people’s constitution. The constitution shall become the referendum on what form of government Uganda shall have from then on.

    6g. International relations
    We shall cooperate with the international community and respect all regional and international instruments and regimes to which Uganda is a signatory. We shall contribute generously towards combating common international problems that may arise from time to time such as terrorism, environmental pollution, illicit drug, child and sex trafficking, and other such crimes that may affect international peace and stability. (Rephrase this. It is very important)

    7. THREE-PHASED PLAN FOR LIBERATING THE PEOPLE OF UGANDA

    INTRODUCTION
    The liberation of Uganda from the Movement dictatorship is a three-phase political project, and the Uganda People’s Front (UPF)1 cannot count itself successful in its mission until all three phases have been implemented and completed successfully. The entire project should take no less than three and no more than five years.

    Phase I: Remove General Museveni’s regime from power, end the “Movement”
    Dictatorship, and completely dislodge the “Movement” political system in
    Uganda by any means necessary.

    Phase II: Institute a democratic government—a people’s government—that is responsive to the people of Uganda.

    Phase III: Peaceably transfer political power to a succeeding popularly-elected democratic government.

    1. UPF as the body name is being retained for the purpose of drafting. The final name of the Body shall be agreed upon during the general meeting, whence all members” entities shall resolve to dissolve and function under the new name.

    PHASE I:
    REMOVE THE MUSEVENI DICTATORSHIP FROM POWER AND COMPLETELY DISLODGE HIS “MOVEMENT” POLITICAL SYSTEM IN UGANDA BY ANY MEAN’S POSSIBLE.
    After innumerable efforts by Ugandans to put an end to General Museveni’s abuse of political, military, and economic power, the UPF will use the only means remaining to remove General Museveni’s dictatorship from power and completely dislodge his “Movement” political system from Uganda. The UPF will instigate an internal grassroots popular movement against the Museveni dictatorship that is also effectively supported by Ugandans in the Diaspora and their friends worldwide. The UPF is prepared to remove the Museveni dictatorship by force, if necessary. The UPF shall establish a Transitional Government as soon as Kampala falls. The Transitional Government will immediately proceed with assurance of civilian safety and seek recognition by foreign governments.

    Grass Roots Organization
    1. Create a civilian wing of the struggle in every sub-region of Uganda.
    2. Draw competent men and women into the struggle who will build grassroots support for the liberation struggle in their sub-region.
    3. Locate patriotic leaders who shall coordinate the popular uprising within each sub-region and across all sub-regions.
    4. These patriots shall be leaders who will implement the UPF strategies, tactics, and logistics for a popular uprising and civil disobedience. 5. Reprisal killing shall be forbidden and repercussions for engaging in it shall be severe, immediate, and strictly enforced.

    Defence Force
    Military force being the only means by which political power has ever changed hands in Uganda’s post-independence history, UPF will use it judiciously should its employment become inevitable, making sure of the following:
    1. The use of force is justified only when it becomes necessary to defend those agitating for regime change. Force is, therefore, not the primary means of removing the Museveni dictatorship, but a secondary one to grassroots political action.
    2. The defence force will be under civilian UPF command. Leadership positions will only be filled by officers who have the necessary experience, professionalism, and respect for civilian authority.
    3. Recruiting will be done discriminately by dressing and arming only good men and women who understand and respect the role of the army in subordination to civilian authority in a democratic society.
    4. Strict military discipline and adherence to the UPF Military Code of Conduct will be instilled into all levels of the defence force so that civilians are not harmed physically or materially. This means that collateral damage will be strictly minimized. A clear and rigorously-implemented policy of protecting civilians shall dictate and guide UPF in all aspects of its liberation operations.
    5. The composition of the UPF defence force reflects as much as is feasible the diversity of the population of Uganda. UPF sees this liberation struggle as a national project.
    6. The UPF defence force will secure the entire country as rapidly as possible and will insure the security of person and property for all Ugandans.

    Political Wing

    Establishment of a Transitional Government
    1. A Transitional Government will be installed as soon as Kampala falls.
    2. The Transitional Government will assure all the citizens of Uganda that they are safe and that this will be a different, truly democratic national government—their government.
    3. The Transitional Government will secure the entire country and prevent Museveni’s supporters from intervening.
    4. The Transitional Government will implement an anti-corruption campaign at all levels of government as a matter of urgency.

    Stabilization of the North and Other War Ravaged Areas
    1. The Transitional Government will close the IDP camps and resettle the people of the greater north and other war ravaged areas.
    2. Citizens in all war ravaged areas will be provided with resettlement aid, rehabilitation, reconstruction and reintegration packages (a type of Marshall Plan or Affirmative Action Plan),

    Internal Security
    1. The Transitional Government will implement a legislative plan to maintain security within the country utilizing a civilian police force.
    2. The Transitional Government will implement a legislative plan for civilian executive and legislative control of the national military.

    Development
    1. Develop a plan for free market zones in the Great Lakes region,
    2. Re-draft national and regional economic development plans based on a Federal model that maximize regional autonomy

    International support
    1. Meet with foreign diplomats immediately and assure them of
    (a) their personal safety, (b) the new Transitional Government’s unswerving commitment to honour and respect all bilateral, multilateral, and international agreements, arrangements, and practices to which Uganda is either a signatory or a partner/member.
    2. Assure the diplomatic corps in Kampala—especially the donor community—that the UPF Transitional Government replacing that of General Museveni’s dictatorship will continue the positive trends he has established (economic development, fight against HIV/AIDS and international terrorism, universal primary and secondary education, cultural governments, etc) at the same time that it will discontinue those policies that have been bad for the people and country of Uganda, (e.g. corruption, cronyism, divide-and-rule, one-party rule, undemocratic systems, etc).
    Continues tomorrow only in RED PEPPER. If you read it anywhere else, then its a fake.

    [RED PEPPER, 1 JULY 2009]
    – Document On Mao’s Lost Flash Revealed
    The saga of the relationship between the Gulu LCV boss Nobert Mao and the new rebel UPF deepened yesterday when Mao confessed he had been in possession of subversive rebel documents. In a newspaper article yesterday Mao admitted to losing a memory stick containing the constitution and plan of action of the rebel UPF at Sheraton hotel recently where it was intercepted by security. And last night it emerged that more suspected Uganda Patriotic Front (UPF) rebels had been arrested. As we exclusively reported on Wednesday June 17, UPF, which security has since linked to several opposition politicians, had been in touch with Acholi MPs and LC bosses and was intending to overthrow Museveni.

    Mao’s admission exposes him to possible charges of concealment of treason because he never reported to police that he had received and was keeping -at times spreading- subversive material. And security operatives have obtained more information about the new rebel group following latest arrests.

    SHOCKING DETAILS
    Red Pepper can exclusively report that, in their ongoing hunt for UPF rebels and their collabo-rators, security operatives on June 9 clandestinely sneaked into Bweyale Trading Centre and made arrests. At the end of the clandestine operation, two leading UPF suspects were arrested. They are Patrick Komakech and Patrick Kidega. It wasn’t readily clear when they will be produced in court for formal charging. Already 11 others are already on remand having been formally charged in Buganda Road Court last month. The Bweyale township, from where the two men were nabbed, is located in Masindi district. Our June 17 story hinted on this township being one of the areas from where UPF men were operating.

    HOMES SEARCHED
    Upon their arrest, the UPF men led operatives to their home were more shocking information was unearthed.
    It was, for instance, discovered lots of military equipment (which is a reserve of the army) was being kept in their homes. Thirty six walkie talkies were found and confiscated as exhibits. Also in their possession were several phone contacts of alleged (local and international) UPF contacts, promoters, financiers and collaborators. The confiscated walkie talkies, according to our sources, were of “GXT710/735/750” series and manufactured by Mibland Radio Corporation. The operatives were further shocked to find that, in their possession, the suspects had details including physical address and phone numbers of the Kansas City-based manufacturers. Also found in the two men’s possession was a telephone number (8162418500) whose owner’s whereabouts are being investigated.

    CONFESSION
    “If anybody thought it had ended with the 11 already in, they better brace themselves to be more shocked. The suspects revealed many things, implicating many fellows,” said one of our sources privy to the matter.
    On his part, 18 year old Patrick Kidega confessed that one Patrick Komakech had brought the walkie talkies and asked him to keep custody of them. The said Komakech had promised to return to pick the brand new equipment but he never as he got arrested. Ill-fated Kidega was found in possession of the walkie talkies and that is how he was arrested. Twenty two year old Patrick Komakech among other things confessed having formerly been a Lords Resistance Army (LRA) combatant. He also revealed the walkie talkies had been availed to him by one Ochii who is among the 11already on remand, having been charged in Kampala last month. Along with his 10 fellow suspects, Ochii was remanded on charges of treason and concealment of the same. They are in Luzira prison. Citing lack of jurisdiction, the magistrate advised that their case be pursued in the high court.
    More shocking is the fact that the 36 walkie talkies are exactly of the same make and model with those that Alfred Oranya Lubel, one of the 11 men already on remand, was found in possession of. Oranya had previously served as Parish Chief for Wiyaworanga area in Gulu district. The story of UPF’s existence was first broken by Red Pepper on Wednesday June 17. The story showed how, unlike others before it, the group appeared more sophisticated as it had a constitution and a set of reforms to be implemented as soon as NRM/Museveni is toppled. The story also talked about a flash disk being abandoned at Sheraton hotel and that on opening it security operatives found there subversive literature relating to UPF.
    In his yesterday article, Mao extensively refers to our June 17 story. Having proved spot on, we give you more UPF-related exclusive information in today’s story. Among others we bring you pictures of the soon to be charged rebel suspects and the full subversive (Sheraton) dossier, even with its original errors.
    l. PREAMBLE
    WE, the gallant citizens of Uganda, in a constitutional response to the defence of liberty, rights and freedom to life and property for all Ugandans, and in patriotic solidarity with the poverty-stricken and oppressed majority of the people in our country (especially those in Northern and north-eastern Uganda, and particularly the Acholi sub-region where people are currently interned in inhabitable concentration camps with mortality rates exceeding one thousand (1,000) deaths per week according to some reports by the New York based Human Rights Watch;) [Revise; statesmanship vs. anger; national vs. regional focus and concentration]
    AWARE that the government of Uganda under the dictatorship of Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Gen. Museveni has for the past twenty-one (21) years coldheartedly planned and put in place Nazi-type concentration camps (too strong, shows anger; rephrase) in Northern and Eastern Uganda and subjected over 2 million Ugandan citizens to inhuman living conditions without recourse; (revise the paragraph)
    FURTHER AWARE that the National Resistance Army (NRA) under Gen. Gen. Museveni has carried out numerous military misadventures in Uganda, notably the Luweero Triangle where thousands of innocent civilians were murdered during the 1981 to 1986 NRA guerrilla banditry, and realizing that for a steady twenty-one years in power the NRM has not released the findings of the late Justice Arthur Oder’s commission of inquiry into these murders to the Ugandan public nor has it explained why;
    CONCERNED that a pattern of wanton violence and destruction of civilian lives and property, rampant mass murder and various kinds of atrocities have followed Gen. Gen. Museveni’s military forces from Luwero district in central Uganda to Kaberamaido, Kumi and Soroti in Eastern Uganda (where tens of thousands of civilians were/are murdered in the most sadistic manner imaginable) to Gulu, Kitgum, Pader, and Amuru where the government is openly conducting a genocide project aimed at annihilating the entire ethnic Acholi people. (By depriving the people of the- use of their God-given land, destroying all forms of livelihood and social infrastructures including their rich culture to the extent that a Spanish Catholic missionary described it as “everything Acholi is dying”, Gen. Gen.
    Museveni has committed genocide on the very people he is constitutionally obliged to defend; and not to forget Rwanda where over eight hundred thousand (800,000) Tutsi and moderate Hutu were murdered when Gen. Gen. Museveni’s NRA and RPF invaded that country, to the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where nearly tour million Congolese perished in the region, Gen. Gen. Museveni’s Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) were in-charge, not to mention the over US $10 billion dollars reparation that the government of Uganda must pay to the DRC for plunder and theft according to the United Nations Security Council estimate;(This is justification; needs to Vie moved somewhere else away from the preamble) The concern is historically restricted to 1986-date.

    CONVINCED that the international community has been bystanders to, and in some cases not only complacent about but also complicit in, the genocide unfolding in Uganda;
    STRONGLY CONVINCED that the genocide in Acholiland must stop immediately and people in the camps must be resettled back to their homes and land, and Gen. Gen. Museveni’s sinister scheme to grab land from the citizens of Eastern and Northern regions where the ruling NRM has consistently failed to gain a political foothold is aborted; Put as a separate paragraph]
    REALISING that despite Gen. Gen, Museveni’s discordant rhetoric about democracy, and the eagerness with which the developed democracies have embraced his regime as democratic, because he has fulfilled minimal constitutional (paper) requirements for democratic institutions, Gen. Gen. Museveni has, to the contrary, ruled Uganda like a typical military dictator or worse by abrogating z constitution over which writing he presided, set up an authoritarian Local Council (LC) system o repression from village level to the state house to the extent that all social, economic and political structures are pro forma retained by, and all policy dictates derived directly from Gen. Gen, Museveni alone so much that Gen. Gen. Museveni and the state have become inextricably linked, and all c Ugandan society is viewed by Gen. Gen. Museveni as his personal fief managed by a personal ant (euphemistically named the Uganda People’s Defence Forces), a police that is headed and populated 1 military cadres, and cohorts of miscellaneous paramilitaries, most memorably the Black Mamba unit which made its notorious debut on 16th November 2005 by storming the High Court of Uganda at behest of Gen. Gen, Museveni and in direct disregard for an independent judiciary system; (redo)
    COMPELLED by our inalienable human rights and dignity as citizens of a sovereign Uganda with due rights to freedom of life, association and genuine multi-party political system of governance as espoused in the Ugandan constitution;
    DETERMINED to restore a reputable system of governance that reflects the wishes of the majority of Ugandans of adult suffrage, a government made accountable to the people of Uganda and responsible for the defence and sustenance of lives and property of all Ugandans irrespective of region, religion, language, creed or party affiliation, a true government of the people, by the people, for the people under one parliament, one constitution, one flag, and one country;
    RESOLVED to defend the Ugandan constitution as a right and a moral duty of all citizens of conscience, and in further defence of the universal rights and freedoms of individuals and respect for the sanctity of human life of all Ugandans and persons) within the sovereignty of Uganda, constitute ourselves into a new political body known as Uganda People’s Front (UPF) this 19th day of November, in the year of our Lord 2006 as stipulated in article 3(4)(b) of the constitution (of 1995) that requires us “to do all in our power, including taking up arms, to restore this constitution after it has been suspended, overthrown, abrogated or amended contrary to its provisions” as evidenced in the illegitimate amendments, through the criminal act of bribery and intimidation of the members of the 6th Parliament of article 105(2) of the constitution to allow Gen. Gen. Museveni the eligibility to run for the office of President of Uganda indefinitely;
    HENCEFORTH state that,
    On the basis of the Uganda People’s Front Charter and the resolutions drawn at its executive meeting held from 20lh to 23rd February 20O7; and from its belief that it is impossible for a permanent and just peace to be established in Uganda under the regime of Gen. Museveni, and in light of the study of the Juba peace negotiation and prevailing political circumstances, resolves the following:
    1. Reaffirm the wishes, commitments, and resolutions of all peace loving citizens of Uganda to rid their country of the corrupt, despotic, dictatorial, militaristic and genocidal National Resistance Movement (NRM/A) regime of General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, which obliterates the national rights and freedom of our people.
    2. Uganda People’s Front (UPF) will employ all means available at its disposal, including a protracted armed struggle if necessary, to free the oppressed citizens of Uganda living in abject NRM-induced poverty in most parts of the country and establish a balance of power in favour of all our citizens and their struggle for genuine peace, liberty and basic human freedoms and rights as espouse in the Uganda Constitution of 1995 and the UN Charter of Rights and Freedom.
    3. Uganda People’s Front will uphold the National challenge against any force or proposal for a genuine recognition and respect of all citizens, national peace and reconciliation, secure our frontiers and normalize relations with all our neighbours in the spirit and principles of Pan-Africanism. (Is it necessary to introduce Pan-Africanism here?)
    4. End the vicious cycle of political violence since independence, and outright genocide taking place in Eastern and Northern Uganda, and dismantle forthwith the structure put in place to perpetrate the genocide and resettle the millions of displaced people back to their ancestral lands – an act vested in the UPF belief and principle that all citizens have a common national heritage, a right to make contributions to the development of self and country and to live free under the law and enjoy rights and fulfil duties which offer equality to every citizen irrespective of beliefs, creed, religion, origin or party affiliations.
    5. Rid Uganda of the repressive NRM regime where the political playing field has been militarized to promote a one-man “vision”, patronage, cronyism, entrenched nepotism, arrogant political tribalism, sectarianism and obdurate corruption that has reduced law-abiding citizens to a state of existential despair and pauperism, and our country to a World Bank basket state, (redo; do not mention World Bank)
    6. Foster an equitable economic, social, military and educational balance in different regions of Uganda in a concerted effort to promote equality, national peace and reconstruction, and equitable economic development for the good of all citizens, and reject any exploitation of natural and human resources for the benefit of a few.
    7. Stop the worst human rights abuse ever experienced in the history of our country where nearly two million citizens are refugees on their own land and are forced to live in deplorable living conditions at despicable death rates of over 2000 persons a week; and human rights abuses where thousands of citizens of conscience are locked up without trials and due process of the law in numerous ungazetted government “safe houses”, (a repeat; already mentioned above, Consolidate ivith other point.)
    8. End gross abuse of power by Gen. Gen. Museveni and his cronies who use public institutions such as the national treasury, army, police and government departments to champion the cause of only one man who acts above the law and views Uganda as his personal fiefdom -thereby promoting the interests of a few army generals and some chosen tribes of Uganda tc the detriment of national unity and equitable development, while denying equal opportunities for all else and disdainfully humiliating other ethnic groups he repeatedly proclaims as backward and primitive. (Anger. Negative. Only ate to eitiphdii-ze von r poi uy)
    9. Institute a lasting tradition of law and order, free and fair multiparty democracy with strict adherence to due process, clear national security policy, equality, liberty, reasonable welfare for all citizens, a prudent procedure of conflict resolutions, and preserve the constitution of Uganda at all times.
    10. Uganda People’s Front will strive to strengthen its solidarity with like-minded citizens, friends, and progressive forces with the aim of replacing Gen. Museveni’s NRM/A regime with a democratic government that protects and promotes national unity.
    11. The Front will chart a course of national action against poverty, corruption, tribalism, disease, ignorance, institutionalized militarization, and all other forces deemed averse to national unity and development.
    12. In light of the above, the leadership of the Front will determine and approve any tactics which will serve and make the realization of these objectives possible.From 1966 when President Obote overthrew President Kabaka Mutesa II to January 1986 when Gen. Museveni overthrew General Tito Okello, our country had bled a terrible blood. Idi Amin killed thousands over 9 years, Obote killed thousands over two reigns and 11 combined years, Tito Okello and Basilio Okello killed thousands in just 6 months, and Gen. Museveni has now killed (or caused to be killed) more than a million—and counting. UPF strongly believes that Juba will never bring lasting peace to the people of Uganda specifically, and the people of the Great Lakes Region generally. South Sudanese know this, the Congolese know this, Rwandese know this, Burundians know this, Tanzanians know this, Kenyans know this.
    The Juba peace talk is a fiasco in all its intentions, processes, and especially goals. Nothing is going to change the lot of northern Ugandans or the rest of Ugandans short of removing Gen. Museveni from power and completely dislodging his “Movement” political system in Uganda by any means possible. It is the ‘movement system of government’ that must be replaced; not just Gen. Museveni and his cadres. Because this is a national issue that demands a national solution, any Juba outcome, however r successful prima facie, is inadequate to provide a lasting solution. Twenty-six years of history, which we have carefully studied, and the myriad dead men and women—good men and women—bear witness to our case by clearly showing the utter stupidity of trusting Gen. Museveni, or anything in which he is involved.
    The people in the Concentration Camps in northern and north-eastern Uganda are yearning for respite from intense suffering. They are now resigned to the belief that as long as the “Movement” system is in place and Gen. Museveni is still ruling the country, the best they can hope for is a few breaks here and there in the violence and insecurity. Gen. Museveni has been at war with one part of Uganda or another every day of every month of every year since January 1970.The people of northern Uganda are of peripheral concern to the real powers behind the peace talks. UPF is clear on this point: a perceived success in Juba is worse than a perceived failure. A success in Juba is an outcome planned and calculated to replicate and multiply the cycle of insecurity. The LRA is an offshoot of the Holy Spirit movement of Alice Lakwena, which was an offshoot of her father’s church movement. Replication and multiplication guarantees that the north remains permanently mired in war and insecurity until the Acholi, the only hurdle between Gen. Museveni and immortality, are reduced to mere shells of their former shelves. This is utterly unacceptable.
    UPF cannot accept the planned outcome and long-term repercussion of the ongoing Juba peace talks. Further, UPF finds it even less acceptable to reconcile the real powers behind the peace talks with the expected outcome: who the beneficiaries are, what they are after, and why it is important to them that the insecurity in northern Uganda is never resolved.In the twenty years of NRM misrule, the recent national general multiparty elections notwithstanding, the true character and sinister intentions of Gen. Museveni’s regime has been revealed and his appalling contempt for democratic process, as the bribing of the 7th parliament of Uganda to abrogate the constitution of Uganda confirmed — a move that amounted to the overthrow of the constitution and the government.
    This was a repeat of the National Resistance Movement’s political ploys. The most notable manoeuvre before the 2006 constitutional amendment to accommodate Gen. Museveni’s quest to run for the third term was the NRM’s October 1989 extension of its interim period until 1995 by rushing the legislation for the five-year extension through the National Resistance Council (NRC) in one week despite demands from many parliamentarians to be given more time to consult their constituents. (Too wordy Condense. Be clear and concise.)It is in this light that we resolve to oppose by all means necessary the NRM’s policy of national decay and strive to implement an alternative liberation front which espouses a common national destiny and aspirations of all Ugandans.

    Continues tomorrow only In RED PEPPER. If you read it anywhere else, then it’s a fake.

    Twice Captive of the LRA
    Former wife of rebel leader Joseph Kony talks of life with Africa’s most wanted man.
    Samuel Richard Egadu in Gulu and Kampala (AR No. 220, 1-July-09)
    At the age of 27, Lily Atong has lived most of her life as a captive and wife of Joseph Kony, the enigmatic and rarely seen leader of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army, LRA.

    She has three children by Kony – one named George Bush, after the former US president though it is unclear which – and has survived despite being held by the Ugandan rebel group for two extended periods.

    Her second and most recent escape from the rebel army, currently holed up in the remote northeastern corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, came last December when the rebels were attacked by the Uganda army.

    The attacks came after Kony failed to appear on November 30 to sign a peace agreement with Uganda that had been two years in negotiations.

    “Kony told us he refused to turn up at the signing venue (Ri-Kwangba) because there were plans to arrest him,” Atong told IWPR in an interview at the Gulu Support the Children Organisation, GUSCO, in northern Uganda where she is receiving psychological treatment and rehabilitation.

    “He said he had information on plans to arrest him if he had risked appearing to sign the agreement,” she said.

    “It’s hard to determine what Kony really needs. He talks of peace and fighting. He told us he will do anything as [long as] he still holds the power. He said will continue fighting rather than being taken to the [International Criminal Court, ICC] to be hanged.”

    Kony and his top commanders are wanted by the ICC in The Hague, which does not have the death penalty, for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Additionally, Kampala has indicated it could put Kony on trial in Uganda should he turn himself over to authorities.

    Atong was first abducted by LRA rebels in the Amuru district in northern Uganda in 1991, when she was just ten years old. “We were eight going to school. We met the rebels who abducted all of us,” Atong told IWPR.

    She and the others were taken to one of the LRA camps in Nisutu in Eastern Equatoria state of South Sudan where Kony was based. Kony selected her and two other abductees to help his wives.

    “After five years, Kony told me I was his wife. I feared he would kill me if I refused. I cried, but I had no option but to yield. So I became his wife,” Atong said.

    She gave birth to a baby boy in January 1997 whom Kony named George Bush, and in 1999 had another baby also by Kony.

    In 2005, when Ugandan troops attacked an LRA camp in South Sudan, she managed to escape and returned to Gulu hoping to start a new life.

    During the Juba peace negotiations in 2006, however, she accompanied a 22-member peace team from northern Uganda to meet Kony in August that year to try to persuade him to release the hundreds of other women and children held captive by the LRA.

    “At first, I didn’t want to go,” Atong said. “However, I changed my mind after several people persuaded me. I also accepted to go with the selected leaders because I wanted to go and [collect] my son, George Bush, who remained in the bush.

    “I knew I was going to come back with the leaders. However, on the day we were supposed to come back to Uganda, Kony told me I was going to remain with him. He said if I risked moving, I would be shot.

    “I pleaded with him. He became so furious and threatened to kill me. As I feared to be killed, I decided to remain with him.”

    She was forced to stay two more years with Kony and again gave birth to another child by him, she said.

    Atong was among ten of Kony’s wives who he kept at the LRA’s Nigeria Camp. They were part of an estimated total of 30 wives that Kony keeps scattered in various other camps, most of them abducted girls, Atong said, along with his estimated 100 children.

    Shortly before the December 14 attack, however, Kony distributed his wives to different field commanders then left with his private guards.

    “Kony abandoned us [women]. He went with a few of his heavily armed escorts,” Atong told IWPR. “He is ever changing his location. None of us [women] knows where he is stationed.”

    The December attack deeply affected Kony, “Kony was OK before the attack but after the attack, he became so wild, crazy and rowdy. He started issuing orders and shouting at his troops.

    “Life in the LRA camp was not bad before the attack. We had lots of food from CARITAS. We planted beans, groundnuts, sweet potatoes, peas and other crops for food. Everything was peaceful.”

    The Catholic Church aid agency CARITAS was contracted by international sponsors to supply food, water and materials to the rebels as an incentive for them to continue negotiating and stop raiding villagers.

    But, Atong said, “During the talks, the rebels kept on abducting people from DRC and southern Sudan and train them [to fill the army’s ranks].

    “The LRA rebels are [very] many. Some are in Central African Republic while others have moved near Kisangani in DRC.”

    She feels lucky to have again escaped the LRA.

    “We [women] and the rebels walked for several [kilometers]. One day, we were ambushed by the Ugandan soldiers. They fired at us and we took off in different directions,” she said.

    “Five of us [women] took off in one direction. I knew it was soldiers who had attacked us. I decided to move back [toward] the soldiers while raising my hands and pleading with them not to kill me. One of the women also decided to follow me. The soldiers spared our lives as they didn’t shoot us.”

    She said she was finally taken to the Ugandan army camp before being airlifted to Uganda.

    The Ugandan military spokesman, Major Felix Kulayigye, said Uganda will pursue the LRA until Kony is killed or signs a peace agreement.

    “Our intelligence forces are in DRC to support the Congolese forces in hunting the LRA,” he said. “We shall continue to pursue the military option until Kony is killed, captured or signs the peace agreement.”
    PRESS RELEASE.
    DAWN OF HOPE FROM LRA AND FINAL LIFE LINE TO DIALOGUE.
    1. The LRA High Command has instructed me to issue the following statement regarding the
    status of dialogue initiatives that both the LRA High Command and LRA Peace Negotiators
    have undertaken in the last 6 months.
    2. As you might have noticed the LRA had stopped issuing out press statements. As LRA
    Chief Peace Negotiator I decided to embark on silent diplomacy and avoided operating like
    a military spokesman due to intensive nature of the operation against LRA. Secondly the
    confusion caused by warmongers in Uganda government and the Diaspora Ugandans
    FORCED me to seek authority from General Kony to reply to some of baseless gossips that
    does rounds regarding the war. I have now received those instructions and I can announce
    that there is hope for dialogue and signing of the FPA.
    3. It is clear that the Objectives of Operation Lighting Thunder (OLT) have not will not be
    achieved militarily. The objectives of ordering operation (OLT) were: To force General
    Kony and LRA to sign the FPA. To apprehend LRA commanders and release the noncombatants.
    To implement the Juba Agreement.
    4. These objectives have not been achieved and the operation now lies in a state of comma
    given the inability of Uganda (UPDF) as a country to win this war militarily. This leaves the
    world with dialogue as the only option that is sustainable in the Northern Uganda conflict.
    5. Under my leadership of the LRA Peace delegation I have maintained that peace can not
    come through military force. I have since the inception of the Operation Lighting Thunder
    (OLT) of 14th December 2008 become increasingly defensive as I have staked out claims to
    the relevance, spelling out all links of peace initiatives made by myself to the world and
    liaisons obliterated by the passage of time. I have maintained that both parties should reengage
    and seek dialogue as the only route to find long lasting solution for the Northern
    Uganda conflict.
    6. I want to make it clear to the world that history is written or more accurately written out
    by conquerors. LRA peace delegation under my guidance might not conquer but we have
    made a contribution to our history by defending and negotiating a good agreement that
    was destroyed by the ICC indictments and by ignition of a useless war on 14th December
    2008.
    7. The LRA Peace Delegation wants to state that if the Government of Uganda has been lost
    in a milky haze of amnesia, it surely cannot be unconnected to the fact that so many
    former Chief Peace negotiators of LRA ended up the same way like the route I will take
    soon. There are those war entrepreneurs and merchants of conflicts in Uganda
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    government who want me to quit like Mrs. Betty Bigombe did in 2004 so that they
    continue using the Northern Uganda war as politicking gimmick
    8. I might secure or not secure the signature of General Kony on the FPA. But I want to state
    that I indeed negotiated a good Agreement in Juba that removes most of the root causes
    that have brought many rebellions in Northern Uganda in the last 23 years. If this
    agreement is implemented our country Uganda will prosper. That is our contribution as
    peace lovers and President Museveni should thank us instead of fabricating stories against
    some of us. I have never harbored any military expansionism and I have traits of
    militarism. That is why I will die fighting for peaceful means.
    9. I Believe that if the FPA is fully implemented it will reform Northern Uganda for many
    years to come. My presence on the LRA peace delegation will leave a mark on our national
    character and history of unity between the North and the South. The passion for bringing
    peace to Uganda will continue at all costs. The few greedy and grim opportunists, war
    merchants who hide under the umbrella of war will never separate me from the peace
    route.
    10. I have encountered glaze eye reactions during the painstaking process in the Juba Peace
    talks. I will not give up in looking for further avenues of bringing peace to Uganda. I want
    to say that the deeper I delved, the clearer it became that Uganda had never been obscure
    backwater suggested by the polite, blank expressions of our people and President
    Museveni in particular. Uganda’s narratives are entwined in its political history of
    militarism that I personally want to change once for all. Our people need peace and
    dialogue not guns and war. That is why General Kony has now instructed me for a
    renewed dialogue so as to resolve the Northern Uganda crisis peacefully.
    11. As a result of my efforts and continued contacts with the LRA High command, the LRA has
    agreed to SEND 2 Military commanders to join the new LRA dialogue TEAM that I will
    formally present to the Chief Mediator in Juba when they arrive. This is the team that
    General Kony has himself chosen. Their role is to look at the FPA with the aim of fast
    tracking the signing it as soon as possible. It is not re- negotiation as some malcontents IN
    Uganda government would like the world to believe.
    12. General Kony has further instructed me to continue with my silent dialogue with President
    Chissano the UN Envoy, Dr. Riek Machar the Chief Mediator and with President Museveni
    personally until the matter is resolved. I have made several trips to Maputo and to Juba to
    meet the two peace mediator and UN Envoy on the way forward. My insistence on
    dialogue with General Kony has brought about the new direction that we might witness in
    the coming weeks.
    13. The LRA High command also wants to distance itself from any attempts to drag the LRA’s
    name in the current arrests and detentions in Northern Uganda and Eastern Uganda of
    some members who had allegedly formed a shadowy outfit of Peoples Patriotic Front
    (PPF). General Kony says he has never and will never instruct anyone from LRA to wage
    war in Uganda during the time of the peace process. He is aware that some of those who
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    frustrated the signing of FPA on a number of attempts are the same ones who have been
    allegedly caught and implicated in the PPF.
    14. Genera Kony went further and instructed me to inform Ugandans and international
    community that the LRA are aware that a section security agencies and one wing of
    military agency in the government of Uganda have paid and re-armed ex-LRA
    combatants to go out and hunt down Kony. But the young men who promised the military
    agency to do so had no clue of the tough task ahead of them. When these senior officers in
    military agencies requested for results from the ex-LRA men – the deal went sour.
    15. This has not surprised General Kony because most of them in the Shadowy (PPF) had
    already been sacked by Kony for agitating for a formation of new rebel group against LRA.
    The LRA has no links and will never have links with PPF today or tomorrow. General Kony
    also said that allegations that PPF has links with local civic leaders namely vocal MPS and
    Norbert Mao from the North are based on mere hate campaign against the people of
    Northern Uganda.
    16. The Document was not a secret at all. Its authors are the same who have hat

  3. wycliffe,

    people should stop misleading others NRM government is agood example of good leadership.

  4. Grace Otuunu,

    This is your usual rubbish that Obote prefered Acak. Before he rested Obote explained that Mwanga and Tito Okello who were security chiefs presented only two names – Acak and Bazilio. In the meeting they excused themselves and went out for consultation. they s came back to say Bazilio should be dropped and only Acak should be considered. Who should Obote have appointed?

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