UPDF should be called ‘Runyakitara Army’?


Museveni and his generals view a recent para trooping display

From the names mentioned and promoted in the UPDF recently, It looks this outfit does not deserve the name UPDF but something like Runyakitara Army? Whatever the reasons for the so called changes, they should desist from using the name UPDF because it does not mirror the rainbow country that Uganda is.

I went to school with some of these chaps in the 60s and by Amin’s time, they were already declaring themselves most “educated”/schooled in Uganda and so per academic achievements, they deserve everything there is to offer. What Museveni has done is to reinforce this primitive stereotype and entrench it in society.

Mr William Oketcho the immediate past MP for Budama north,could not become chairman of the Privatisation unit because a one Rutagi was “more’’ qualified than him. Inspite of most of them being academic mediocres, they will still go around chest thumping as being very educated. If in fact they were even half educated, their conscience would make them shy away from some of these outright nepotistic appointments. Unfortunately the majority are only schooled.

So, when Museveni gets uprooted, the various militias in control of some of those places where they are now the RDC,CAOs etc will have a field day correcting the social injustices they have borne for decades on. I only hope, then, they will realize they have not after all been very educated as per their label claims.

The so called UPDF is just a dressing to lull Ugandans into thinking they have a military establishment. What is the correlation between promotions within the army and its’ professionalization? So, countries like the US,UK,France,Germany,Russia,etc etc where the military hardly get promoted should be per NRM standards non professional? Uganda is actually reliving George Orwell’s Animal Farm satire.

Ever heard of the Institutionalization Syndrome? The military or the corrections service departments provide the best environment where people get beaten by this bug. First, they may hate the whole institution, but with time, they get to like it and as they begin to feel comfortable around it, they begin to depend on it for literally anything and everything.
In fact the more schooled one is, the more predisposed they are.

So, Brig Mugira’ law training notwithstanding, he has now been beaten by the bug and he will need long sessions of debriefing to make him come to terms with reality. Ask yourself, why are many of the so called US war veterans either committing suicide or becoming homeless after being discharged from the military? It is because, all of a sudden, you have removed their identity and just feel they will not make it to the next day.

In the early 1990s, the World Bank and IMF gave NRA money to reduce their numbers which at the time was said to be between 50-80,000. I found myself involved in verifying the reasons for some of them being discharged. Much as they were being given some roofing material, cement and some “Entandikwa” to start civilian life, most of them by 1996 had gone back to the forces because life appeared like hell to them. Whatever they were discharged with were all sold off even before they left the barracks.

So, please start understanding these fellows from that context. They have virtually been given false identities that they are proud to maintain. Add that to the promotions and you are home and dry with your package of a human zombie!

Whether Mr Museveni is or was Rwandese at this point in time is really immaterial. So much has gone under the bridge that any attempts to re-write them will be an exercise in futility.

Home, they say is where the heart is! You may have been born in Uganda to Ugandan parents but if they chose to acquire another country’s citizenship and you fell in love with that new domicile, Uganda would not mean anything to you. Likewise, there are those persons of Rwandan descent who truly believe Uganda is their country. We should not make opportunistic laws to deny them that heritage.

Many of the Indians Idi Amin forced out of Uganda actually call themselves Ugandans. Should we tell them to back off? What is interesting about these Indians is that the majority of them know nothing about India but everything about Uganda and still speak those Ugandan languages they spoke while there.

As regards to deporting naturalized or adopted citizens to their former countries for whatever “security” reasons, I am opposed to that idea because it is not grounded on reality.Many of these adopted/naturalized citizens tend to behave and act based on their experiences in their new domiciles and therefore deporting them to their so called country of origin is no different from the policy the British monarch used in centuries past by sending criminals to Australia.
Whatever character flaws these new citizens develop, it is best handled in the environment where they acquired it.

Just a point of clarification with regards to German citizenship. It is true some decades back, acquiring citizenship there was very hard for foreigners and those who did get it got it by getting married to German women. Things are now different.They also had a very funny way of looking at the children of Turks, whose fore bearers went to help rebuild West Germany after the end of WWII. They continued to be called Guest workers with benefits minus the citizenship. Their off springs were Germans at birth up to 18 years where they would either revert to Guest workers like their parents or chose to apply for German citizenship.

Now on this Rwanda-Uganda citizenship issue, the majority of the rural Rwandese really do not engage in this oscillation of being either Ugandan or Rwandese pending the circumstances. Most know they are Ugandans even though their forebearers are said to have come from Rwanda.

So, even if laws are to be enacted, this should target the class of political prostitutes who are engaged in this practice. Like I said earlier, home is really where ones’ heart is. So let those whose heart is in Uganda be.

Dr. Owor Kipenji

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  1. Monsieur Edward Mulindwa,

    That is a very Ugandish argument soon Ugandans are going to change the constitution to have a Musoga promoted. I have asked the problem in this promotion and no one seems to get me an answer. We have so many high ranking soldiers from Quebec most of our politicians come from Quebec are we a dictatorship? If I come to Uganda as a leader I am having a Luwerorians as my number two for to tell you the truth I do not know so many Karimojongs to get one to e a firkin number two. George Bush pilled the entire white house with people from Texas, today we have the entire white house with people from Chicago. Is United States a dictatorial government?

    Make arguments that upper than that, Museveni can promote as he wishes and I see no problem into it what so ever.

    EM
    On the 49th

  2. kipenji Owor,

    Monsieur Edward Mulindwa:
    You really want answers to your question? You know what,your comparisons may fit your reasoning but
    they are way off the mark because what you quote are purely bureaucratic political appointments with fixed contract terms.
    The case of concern for the so called UPDF is because of the influence the army has and has had in the governance or the lack thereof in Uganda.
    The Texas clique,the Chicago ones that you cite with respect to the US were political appointees that had nothing to do with the military establishment.If George Walker Bush had appointed Republican generals as head of the military and Barrack Hussein Obama had appointed Democrat generals to head the military you would surely have read about the complaints from Americans.
    On the Canadian Quebec issue,rather than giving blanket statements about them coming from Quebec,could you furnish us with their numbers with respect to the total number of officers from the rest of Canada?
    Oranges,lemons,tangarines,are all citrus fruits but you cannot lump all of them under one name.
    So,Monsiuer,next time around,engage that often quoted critical part of your thinking in trying to put your
    questions forward.
    Like stated,the military plays a very quintessential role in the (mis)governance of Uganda and that is why
    wananchi do not want lopsided military establishment.In Canada the military is principally deployed for peace keeping missions.I hope you now see the contrast.
    Next question!
    Kipenji

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