The Sleeping Govt is what we voted for in 2011!

A few years back, President Museveni remarked that he did not mind having MPs who slept in the Parlliament, as long as they wake up in time to vote for his agendas!

A few years back, President Museveni remarked that he did not mind having MPs who slept in the Parlliament, as long as they wake up in time to vote for his agendas!

This issue of meditating in public may be explained by the ambiance in Serena hotel.The aesthetics of that conference room are set in the 60s and so is the Parliament – Dull, un-stimulating. The whole place has not been revamped for 50 years.

The second cause though of sleeping is the presenters. These un-exposed presenters use the same colonial style of presentation, from the Head of State to the Ministers – creating a toxic cathartic effect on the brain. The only solution is to stand up and walk away, means u r ready to be dropped in a re-shuffle.

The third cause is senility: By 50, many Ugandans have features of senility, because of the very harsh realities they’ve faced in life. Too many great grand-fathers in our parliament.

Beyond Serena; YKM, i remember was meditating at an International Conference in Kigali while other leaders were up and listening with much zest.

I think, next year Madam speaker should organise National Budget and state of nation address somewhere else where they can get access to unlimited fresh air.
This is very embarrassing but that is our reality. Our ministers and president are too old and tired and we look to them to solve our young nation problems.Contagious Sleeping Disease Syndrome is secondary to malignant narcolepsy, induced by aging-related brain atrophy, acute captive boredom by the boss, recycled speeches, lengthy ruling-related retrograde amnesia, grade 3 obesity and hyperglycemia, early Alzheimer’s disease, neuro-syphilis, HIV related encephalopathy, chronic inhalation of dust from the AC, chronic corrupt intentions, toxic waste from ammunition, manic-depressive disorder, and political prostitution.

Prescription:…………………u decide!

Unfortunately,those guys don’t go to Mulago, except for supra-pubic taps; they often fly out of the country when they develop diabetes, heart disease, and all the ‘eating’ related diseases.

But If you want these guys to wake up so fast and even deny the evidence that they ever dosed, just mention Uganda has been asked to host CHOGM once again!!!!!!!When you look closely, there are 3 women dosing in the back row. So the narcolepsy is not gender specific – however, it follows political affiliation.



Kayunga hospital architectural impression but the NRMs have destroyed it without any mercy

Kayunga hospital architectural impression but the NRMs have destroyed it without any mercy

The death of Hon.Latif Ssebagals’s son is sad. The boy probably had a heart attack.A heart attack and cardiac arrest kill in minutes. In the case of Muwambo the English Premier League skipper, a skilled team of paramedics were able to save his life though quick resuscitation involving fairly rudimentary maneuvers (chest compressions, with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and defibrilation), after which he was rapidly transferred to a well equipped Intensive Care Unit. He was ‘dead’ for 78 minutes to be precise.

Resuscitation is not rocket science, and does not require someone to be flown abroad. Even lower cadre health staff can do it if trained! Fast forward to Malawi, where the President died of a heart attack, while his minders were fidgeting to take him to South Africa. Shame upon African Presidents. The amount of money used to treat one high ranking officer for a moderate illness abroad can set up a state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit in their countries. How can you fly someone with a heart attack to be treated abroad.

The same happens here – daughters of high ranking officers are flown to the UK to have a normal delivery, when there is no indication whatsoever that they will have an obstetric emergency; Mayombo was flown to Nairobi when he had acute pancreatitis and he died on arrival.

Emergencies need to be tended to immediately – 30 minutes or less is what you have got – by the time a plane lands after several hours of flying, a person will have lost their life – it is pretty stupid to fly a person with a heart attack to receive ‘emergency resuscitation’ abroad, as if we do not have doctors or paramedics here!

City bisinessman Meddie Sebagala's son Umar Sebagala collapsed and died in the United States. Meddie is the owner of Sebagala and sons Electricals.

City bisinessman Meddie Sebagala’s son Umar Sebagala collapsed and died in the United States. Meddie is the owner of Sebagala and sons Electricals.

I bet these officials can even fly their son who is convulsing due to a malaria attack to receive an anticonvulsant and intravenous Quinine from the UK – yet there is no malaria in the UK and a diagnosis of malaria may take longer in the UK than it takes to do it here.

This all means one thing:our health systems are rotten. There is a lot of wastage of life due to these bogus health systems, and leaders who are selfish. The irony is that while it is the peasants who suffer most our leaders are also not immune to the stupid health systems they’ve set up – as in the case of Bingu wa Mutharika – a man who one time worked for the World Bank.

What makes African leaders so myopic and selfish when they assume power? The funny thing is that ‘individualism’ (the highest form of capitalism nurtured by the likes of Margaret Thatcher) results in creation of an elitist middle class that has too much money they do not know what to use it for – and one of their indulgences is chronic over-nutrition, sedentariness, money related stress and obesity – all these are a good recipe for a heart attack! But can our health systems handle the increasing burden of Non-communicable diseases, when even Panadol is a luxury in Primary Health Care facilities?

A “peasant” in the UK will get a heart attack, and he or she will have a mandatory trained paramedic crew get to him within the govt targeted 8 min on board with a defribrillator. He will also have an ECG telemetry monitor that will relay the ECG to a cardiologist to the designated coronary care Unit by bluetooth technology.So if there is need for intervention its in minutes or an hour at least.Compare this to our system, and you will understand why Abbey Semuwemba, George Okello, and others in the UK don’t want to move their families permanently back in Uganda.

Compared to UK, In Uganda, the Uganda police is the only effective ambulance service because at least they try their best to rush injured persons to hospitals – albeit on the back of a pick-up, their necks twisted, bleeding, with no first aid measures. All those at the brink of death end up dying anyway. I wish our leaders would focus on building a system, rather than the reactionary measures.

In 2012, Uganda hosted the IPU. The theme was on maternal and perinatal mortality. Alas! You can all see what the bald and wig heads discussed. Went off topic.

In Uganda its to be better to be a teagirl than to be a medic or teacher. KCCA reviewed its salary structure. Mbu, the lowest paid person, a tea-girl, gets 1.2 Million per month. However, there was only one exception – Health workers and teachers will not be entitled to this salary structure – mbu ‘it will destabilize the economy’. How can we have such a mindset! Is the input of a health worker and a teacher that much less important than that of a tea-girl. Is the government serious about social services? I think we have parasites, prostitutes and irritants instead of leaders. How many macro-economic mishaps have been bred through mismanagement, corruption, poor planning etc, all the while telling the teachers and health workers to be patient.

In almost all government hospitals, every Medical Officer has had to do a caesarean section using the light from a Nokia telephone – because there was no fuel in the generator. Dr. Obote constructed these hospitals in the late 60s and early 70s. He might have been another bogus leader, but at least these structures are there. All are is a pathetic state of disrepair, while billions are spent on reactionary programs that have no results. None of these hospitals have a reliable water supply, yet at the time they were constructed, they each had a water supply unit – the water pumps have broken down, and nobody is interested in their repair. The only thing they keep blubbering is that the Basawo are stealing drugs – are drugs the only ingredient to a health system, stupid.There are no drugs to steal. No anti-Kochs and no ARVs. Have they been stolen by health workers? Its a gimmick to cover up the lack of delivery.

There’s an extortionist team from state house traversing the country arresting petty drug thieves. Everything leans towards political gain but the reality is different. The real drug thieves are white collared and the president knows them from way back,they prop his government. They arrest doctors if they think you support FDC or Besigye.

Most hospitals under Obote and Amin had a hospital tailor. All doctors needed was to buy a roll of cloth and he would make the theater linen. Now these tailors have been replaced by contractors, who deliver more bogus items at 10 times the cost. The same contractors who constructed bogus theaters in Health Centre IVs. If I had the means, I would slap the Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi. But the last time a man went over his fence to slap him, the man ended up 6 feet under, and Nina Mbabazi defended this action on UAH using all her brain parts before she left the forum.

I onetime saw on TV Police rescue at an accident scene at the crested towers round about, a poor woman with a broken leg was lifted like a hip of ” kasasiro” meaning Police can not even afford a stretcher on their patrol cars!!!!! Ambulances making noise around town without a paramedic or even the lightest first aid equipment!! Then you hear leaders moving around telling the world that it is the west that is keeping Africans backward! Our leaders are worse than the colonialists! that the reason I despise the Pan African movement which destroys what is African ( kingdoms) and puts in place nothing apart from rhetoric,chest thumping, wolokoso.

Until Ugandans recognize and acknowledge that a good health system is the key to economic prosperity, then the rest is down the toilet. Pay the health workers what the rest of WHO does, good governance, respect the law of the land ,and cut down on those bureaucrats. Oh! Sorry I was just dreaming.

It seems to me all African leaders except a few are actually extra-terrestial,coz what they are doing shows as if one day they will run off with all their loot to another planet where they came from!and they call themselves pan Africans,SHAME ON THEM!


Museveni is the biggest tribalist and confuser in Uganda

People being slaughtered and hacked like Animals, innocent children got and put in a house, a blaze of fire is set in it and burnt into ash in Rwenzururu kingdom

People being slaughtered and hacked like Animals, innocent children got and put in a house, a blaze of fire is set in it and burnt into ash in Rwenzururu kingdom

The person installing tribal leaders in the Rwenzori region is the biggest tribalist and confuser in Uganda. He is confusing every fool in the region. The other day it was the ”small boy” on hunger strike, now it is mass killing. I think tribal societies are very very primitive and a lot worse than racism. You see them even among the highly educated in Kampala manifesting a sophisticated form of tribalism called ‘nepotistic kakistocracy’ (check your dictionary if u like) – not only through fighting primitive wars but using other syndicates to patronize and propel unqualified people. Some are so openly tribal that the things they do make them look like imbeciles to everyone, yet they do not see it.

In the dark ages in Europe, these idiots often fought each other until one group of ‘barbarians’ totally annihilated the other group of ‘savages’ and so forth it went until a more ‘civilized’ group conquered all of them and urinated sense into their obnoxious grey matter. But modern societies cannot tolerate such nonsense. Everyone should strive to let go of tribes, however tribal a society is.We see this deplorable behavior in our everyday society.

People being slaughtered and hacked like Animals, innocent children got and put in a house, a blaze of fire is set in it and burnt into ash in Rwenzururu kingdom

People being slaughtered and hacked like Animals, innocent children got and put in a house, a blaze of fire is set in it and burnt into ash in Rwenzururu kingdom

One common thing to mankind is that we never make a choice which mother brings us into the world thus which ethnicity we arr born. We are taught these stereotypes and some take them too far. Unfortunately you see it even in our academic institutions like who becomes the Chancellor, the Dean and comes down to HOD level. So as long us the educated cream is not working hard to uproot such primitive tendencies what about the uneducated led by an educated imbecile with those tendencies. What beats my understanding is that both literates & non illiterates are in the same boat. Where did their humanity go?

In this time and age, tribalism is akin to lunacy. Just need to travel a bit and take in the advancement and development of societies that transcended this vice, to get a better appreciation. Our little tribes as a unit of organization, just do not cut it in this era of modernization, globalization and digitization.We need to deliberately start working on that because we stand to loose the benefits and reason of why we went to school in the first place.


The beautiful 15 year old girl in the picture above was the first black person in an all white school in the South of the US. She was called Dorothy Counts. She shows a face of courage amid hundreds of cowardly faces around her. They bullied and spat on her, supported by their teachers. Such is the confusing history of mankind. I think Barack Obama represents a very strong change in the logic of humanness.Yet we are still highly divided and hateful – in Uganda, its not even about race – it is about tribe

However, some people argue that desegregation was the worst thing to happen to the black community. In the video on the link below, one is persuaded not to view the civil rights era with sentimentality, and admiration. Unwittingly, blacks dug their own grave.

I have also watched the video, and the guy is very correct: the ‘negroes’ as he calls them lost their identity and franchising spirit when they integrated correct – except on one thing: I think the problem was not the integration and desegregation; rather, the problem is the general attitude of black people to work – Lazy, lazy, lazy, all hidden in self-pity about their condition. He gives a very good example of how the Asians took over the business in the French Quarters – this was not an off-shot of dis-segregation.

I think what Africans and black people NEED TO DO is to wake up, lose the self-pity and sloth and be industrious. The other issue is that black communities need to maintain their identity – I for one have no problem with being called a ‘Nigger’ because depending on how u view it, it can be a source of identity, pride and resilience – but black people need to get out of their slumber and should not wait for ‘no competition situations to compete’. Otherwise, thanks for that insightful video

Mirundi earns a paltry 9M/= per month while his junior earns 27M per month

The Salaries are abnormal and can not be logically explained. Many of those on the list are those who lost various elections but they earn much more than MPs and the rest of the civil servants in the country!And u still expect this govt to care for doctors & teachers when somebody like Kagingo who add limited value to this nation earn that much.Photos for 27million when a teacher only demands 500K.For 10 tweets and 17 Facebook updates, someone takes home 27 Million UGX. That’s 1 Million UGX per update. How do you explain that to teachers, nurses and the security peoples.While surgery patients in Kamuli hospital carry their intestines in buveera and others are rotting cos doctors have abandoned them due to poor pay and lack of drugs….these goons bagyenzi.

Meanwhile, our parliament was flooding this week after a heavy downfall

Meanwhile, our parliament was flooding this week after a heavy downfall

Sarah denied not earning the shs.27 m but she was also telling lies. Her salary was not a typing error.I still doubt that the Special Presidential Assistant for Communications Sarah Kagingo is earning 2,260,000/=. The Mps version seems to be exaggerated but Sarah’s version looks like under estimates.

I’ve been told that some of these figures have been cooked up by someone to divert ugandans from the rebel activities in the west, though sarah’s salary is correct. for instance, Faridah Najjuma,earns less than 3 million a month. She is still in shock some one cooked up these figures.

What surprised me was after all the Noise Tamale Mirundi earns a paltry 9M/= per month while his junior earns 27M per month. May be he is from a wrong region.

With Najuma Farida and others, their salaries were exaggerated. I think when the real salary is 4m,they portray 27m and a whooping 23m goes to NRM funding.Clearly, those figures are so astronomical it would only point to the fact that those employees could just be cover-ups for a wider scheme to siphon off public funds through such outrageous employee benefit policies.

But generally speaking, Most of the employees under state house and president’s office are the “traditional public service” and transferable to other Ministries when the need arises thus their salaries are graded (scale U1, U2, U3 etc) and the highest paid person (U1) cant go above 3 million. However, if u want to find out the real gist of this cash bonanza, just scrutinize the IFMS payments (made out to individuals) at the Ministerial level and the Procurements therein BUT of course nobody will give u the information.

This issue of salary is a timely tactic to divert public anger and attention from Bundibugyo,Ntoroko & Kasese.And the fact that it is being piped by someone of Andrew Mwenda’s character makes my hypothesis even more believable.



Polygynae and abuse of women is a strong tenent of African culture. Women are forced to bear 10 children at the fear of losing their men. Sexual and gender based violence is tolerated in many settings in Africa, part of which is a cultural phenomenon. Mutilation of the genitals of young girls is and accepted cultural phenomenon in Eastern Uganda and several areas in Kenya.

Uganda has one of the highest rates of hetero-sexual transmission of HIV/AIDS in the world and a lot of the correlates of HIV are due to deeply entrenched socio-cultural norms associated with high risk sex. Over the last 2 decades, the rates of fornication and adultery have multiplied to unprecedented levels, while rape, child sacrifice, witchcraft and defilement have become a way of life in Uganda.

2.Those in the know say Miria MATEMBE as a wife is not the hellfire and brimstone, take-no-prisoners feminist that we have come to see her in the public over the years.she is so polite that she even kneels to her husband at home but when she jets out of her Luzira home.

2.Those in the know say Miria MATEMBE as a wife is not the hellfire and brimstone, take-no-prisoners feminist that we have come to see her in the public over the years.she is so polite that she even kneels to her husband at home but when she jets out of her Luzira home.

Uganda ranks top among the most corrupt countries in the world, billions of money stolen by the creme of the country with impunity. Pathological lying is widespread, from those with presidential ambitions lying that they are not interested to people lying in court. The population of prostitutes and brothels is increasing exponentially, while many university girls are now engaging in open prostitution and orgies. Uganda is ranked 5th among the largest alcohol consuming countries.

Based on these:
1. I think that just because culture is relative does not mean that all cultures are correct in their context. We have many more evils eating us – witchcraft, child sacrifice, forced marriages of teenage girls to old men, widow inheritance, gender based violence, and alcoholism – all part of our ‘rich African cultural heritage’

2. Now that that issue is settled, I am yet to see what we are going to do about all the other rottenness in the country.

3. We have failed to contain the HIV epidemic, because of our culture – we cannot blame Europe and America – because they probably have more sex of all types than us – but they have much stricter laws about prevention of its transmission. On the other hand, 70% of our own HIV patients depend on the West for treatment

4. We have failed to build any meaningful development – we are backward in almost everything – and our backwardness is rooted in our culture of un-seriousness as Africans

5. We celebrate the leaders who have killed hundreds of thousands of us through extra-judicial means or through failed health systems, yet we attack people who have not done any harm – like albinos, women, etc

We have failed with our women (who are 51% of the population), and we have failed with our children (who are 50% of the population) and we have failed with our governance, corruption, fornicators, cheaters, adulterers etc. The probability that some of you have a side dish and u commit adultery on a weekly basis is so high considering the way Uganda is at the moment.

In summary, we are so amoral and failed in so many ways as a people that it looks laughable to raise any moral issue and call it Africa.

I wish everyone a good Ramandhan.


Mwenda’s Bullshit use of the ‘Balanced Score Card Model’ by Norton and Kaplan

UAH forumists,

When you are writing for people who do not have a culture of reading, you can use any bullshit to lie to them, and this is exactly what Andrew Mwenda has been doing in most of his radio and newspaper explanations.For those who dont know the history of Mwenda’s writings – first he was ‘in the opposition’ – he used to write with even much more rigor in bashing government for a litany of failures. Then he had a couple of arrests and received several international accolades; then quietly, he changed his style.He now started praising the people he used to criticize – he has written matching articles to all his past articles – this time in the opposite. People who pull off such bigoted moves are simply dubious flip-flopping bigots – not ‘styled writers’. I have attached the article where he rather misuses the ”Balanced Score Card model’ in explaining the NRM achievements.

The ‘Balanced Score Card model, a management tool commonly used by companies, presupposes that there is a vision, translated into objectives, then measurable indicators AND TARGETS .Targets are the key to the score-card- the entity then uses targets to see where it is under-performing or not.

Andrew M. Mwenda instead thinks that a ‘balanced score card’ means ‘to balance your arguments in sycophancy’. He uses this framework in a botched way to portray his ‘political fetish’ as a ‘failure that has not failed too badly when compared to other failures’, giving examples like duration of tenure, education and health.

He deprecates his arguments for his boss by saying that our Health and Education systems have tumbled disastrously, yet they are ‘Heaven’ compared to DRC and Somalia, as if out-competing these shamble states was the original target.

He purports that ‘failure on targets’ is acceptable for this situation compared to ‘other failed African leaders’ and that his boss, the ‘average failure’ is way better than the other failures on the Africa Presidents’ scale, past and present.

His reference to Kagame is meaningless – what does he mean by ‘lack of experience’ if not to tot the demeanor that there are ‘little presidents’ and ‘grand-father presidents’ and that the age of a president is proportionate to their performance.

He negates to include the element of time – while other leaders took an average of 3 years before being overthrown, this one had 28 years to make wonders – but remember that ‘less time in power’ was part of the ‘targets that were set in 1986 when the new regime complained about people who overstay.

Finally, he tries to justify the failures of government by saying that ‘a good backbone has been set for the future’, as if relinquishing the ‘fundamental change’ ‘vision’ that was set in 1986 to future leaders (clearly admitting failure).He contradicts himself on ‘the backbone set for the future’ by saying that ‘this is the most corrupt government in history’ as if this is a good ‘backbone’ on which to build the future.

The 10-point-program, which was the initial set of ‘targets’ that were set, plus all interim targets in the form of the NRM manifestos do not appear at all in the discussion, which he replaces with one indicator ‘fundamental change’ (this was the stated vision, not the target stupid!). But remember, although they say a vision is a superfluous state that takes decades to achieve, 3 decades is way longer than what is needed to achieve a vision.

In general, he used a wrong theory to advance his sycophantic view, and tried to write a ‘balanced lie’ instead of presenting a ‘balanced score-card’. A ‘balanced score card’ does not mean balancing pros and cons, it means reporting performance on targets ‘as they are’ and explaining under-performance and over-performance.

Most interesting is the number of times he uses the ‘subjective nominative pronoun ‘I” in the article, as if to portray himself as a ‘sooth-Sayer’ who read Immanuel Kant’s musings in P2 and had completed reading Gandhi’s entire collection by P4 – as if his real intention is to awe us with his status as a genius.

Many references in psychiatry tell us that people who overuse the word ‘I’ are self-aggrandizing narcissists. He keeps predicting things after they have happened by telling us ‘I said it; I told you – because we cannot remember the place and time when he seems to have said these things and if they really mattered anyway. When his boss finally lives, I know he will write ‘I predicted that he will live at sometime’. I wonder why UAH’s Ocen Moses one time said that this guy is a genius.

Yes,there is a class of people who think Mwenda is superb analyst – it is clear from this article that this guy simply knows how to tell stories – he packages them cleverly and sells his trashy newspaper. Reminds me of how people used to say that Noble Mayombo was a very brilliant man – yet he used snakes and crocodiles to interrogate people. If he was very bright, he’d have cross-examined them with clever questions and nabbed them through contradictions

Its not right to lift what is essentially a management tool for corporations and place it in a political arena.The score card made popular in the 1990s can be used by managers to keep track of the execution of activities by staff within their control and to monitor the consequences arising from these activities.Most of its weaknesses arise from the design process itself:it does not provide a bottom line score or a unified view with clear recommendations-its simply a tool of metrics.

In the article, Mwenda analyses NRM’s tenure, the same way a New York Post editor would attempt to analyze Mr Obama’s tenure in the White House. Such tasks can not be taken casually at all given the ramifications.

In order to reach a conclusive and meaningful verdict;he ought to have first picked a relevant model or concept, to help drive forward his arguments; unfortunately he picked a model he couldn’t bring to life. On the evidence, the resulting knowledge mis-application leads me to suggest that Mwenda committed a knowledge misdemeanor, wasting readers browsing time and misleading or confusing readers.

When making such an important analysis you cannot rely on ‘rhetoric’ and dilly-dally with words. You need to build your arguments around a strong basis – otherwise, u will end up with contradicting junk – like saying ‘he has built a sound base for the future’, then you say ‘his is the most corrupt government ever’. It is a parody of mutually exclusive fallacies. I like his frankness though about what he calls failure, but I don’t like how he uses it in relativistic terms to mean success – as the Basoga say, ‘if a man has bigger genitals than u, don’t call them a hydrocoele’.

Until you read his stage managed article on how ‘the First Son’ summoned Kayihura – topic – that civil servants (read ‘Ober’ and other crooks in Public Service) had embezzled billions and that this state of affairs was threatening national security, and how he was taking ‘leadership’ in saving Uganda from this threat to national security.He describes the scenes vividly in real time as if to awe us that there is a batch of young principled officers led by that guy who are protecting Uganda from economic debauchery. That is Mwenda’s official line – when u walk the streets of Kampala, people tell u that Sudhir wanted to confiscate Blacklines House after Captain Roy had failed to pay a loan (like many who borrow money from Crane Bank). Captain Roy had already lost Daisy’s Arcade. Then a mysterious man bought the house and the loan was paid. Then Sudhir investigated and discovered it was Obey – Unless one is foolish, do u think Obey and co could have accumulated all that wealth (almost 1Bn USD in assets), without anyone in government knowing? Which of these two counts is correct? And if Andrew M Andrew M. Mwenda was really serious, why not balance his investigative journalism. These are the real things we want to get to the bottom of, not his so called ‘score-card’. We want to understand the anatomy of corruption in Uganda, and the lifelines that feed it, not these embellished superficial articles that are not prescriptive. In Mwenda, I see someone who was bribed a long time ago, and he has the morals to keep writing his pile of useless rubbish.

Here is a summary of Lessons to Mwenda:
1- Do not rush to undertake analytical tasks such as, government performance unless you are well prepared!
2-Ask other professionals or colleagues to proof read your articles-yes, you have the last word but, it doesn’t have to be garbage/junk.
3-Do not attempt to apply concepts/models to your theories before you actually understand the the concepts in question!
4-Kaplan and Norton argued “you cannot manage what you cannot measure”! I suggest you create a framework for evaluating yourself, so you can manage your output quality!
5-Reserve “bad days in office” for writing topics of less significance NOT matters of national importance! Avoid casual application of generally accepted models!



NRM at 28, a balanced scorecard
Friday, 24 January 2014 10:01 By Andrew M.Mwenda

Museveni’s biggest problem has been to overpromise and under-deliver hence the recurrent frustrations of his utopian supporters
This week, President Yoweri Museveni and his National Resistance Movement (NRM) will be celebrating 28 years in government. In a moving inaugural speech in January 1986, he promised that “This is not a mere change of guard but a fundamental change in the politics of our country.”
Everything Museveni said on that day had been said by very many African leaders when coming to power – whether it was a nationalist politician receiving instruments of government from a departing colonial power, a politician who had defeated an incumbent government or a military officer who had staged a successful coup. Yet there was a tendency to present Museveni’s statements as new and original. A myth was created that he was exceptional.

I remember as a little boy in Senior One at Nyakasura School telling my “elders” in Senior Six this very point. I recited the speeches of Kwame Nkrumah, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Sekou Toure, Madibo Keita, Julius Nyerere, Kenneth Kaunda, Oginga Odinga, Ahmed Ben Bella and Patrice Lumumba to reinforce my point. The seniors would get irritated and dismiss me as an apologist of “African leaders” or a lunatic. Once in a while they would threaten to spank me or chase me away.
I had spent my primary school years in our home library avariciously reading everything – philosophy, literature, ancient and contemporary history and African politics. I would discuss the coups and counter coups in Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria, and debate the differences in strategy and vision between the Monrovia Group and the Casablanca Group in regard to African unity. I realised at Nyakasura that many debaters were uninformed and therefore relied on assumptions and myths rather than facts to analyse Museveni’s promises of “fundamental change”.
Whenever one presented facts that disproved their assertions and conjectures, they felt slighted and resorted to personal insults and intimidation.
It was known that both Ghana and Nigeria had each changed governments eight times. Every leader had taken over denouncing corruption, tribalism and dictatorship of their predecessors only to rule by multiplying these same ills and be toppled and accused of them. Each leader had captured power promising to hold office for a short time to “organise a democratic transition” and proceeded to stay until he was overthrown or killed – with the exception of Akwasi Afrifa (Ghana in 1969) and Oluseguno Obasanjo (Nigeria in 1979).
Indeed, African leaders of all stripes – military and civilian, revolutionaries and reactionaries, Francophone and Anglophone have all organised politics in similar ways. The differences have been in degree or detail but never in substance.
That is why the outcomes have equally been similar – most of our countries are still poor. This shows that the challenges our nations face lie more in the structural conditions of our societies than the character of our individual presidents.
At Nyakasura, I had argued that Museveni’s promise of holding office for four years and then organising a transition to democracy was banal and so was his criticism of Milton Obote for corruption, tribalism and dictatorship. The older boys would sprint to their feet to beat me.
Now 28 years later, many of those who supported Museveni with enthusiasm, and threatened to spank me at school (and many high up in NRM who used to attack me while a student at Makerere and a young reporter at Monitor) for saying he was not special, are disappointed and angry with him. They say he has done nothing but destroyed the country.
Yet I think that judged by neutral standards (like on rate of economic growth, sustaining a stable political order, disciplining the military), Museveni has, in the main, been a very successful president. True he brought little change, indeed no fundamental change in the politics of Uganda. Instead, he proceeded to organise politics along the same lines as his predecessors in Uganda – and indeed Africa – had done.
Museveni has proceeded to organise a politics around patronage like his contemporaries in the rest of Africa had done.
Like all his contemporaries across our vast continent, Museveni has built a governing coalition by co-opting influential ethnic and religious elites into his government. Here, he traded private goods (official jobs and privileges and public sector contracts) to these elites in return for them delivering their followers to the NRM. If a president can win an entire ethnic or religious group by co-opting a few of its elites with official privileges in government, that is a more cost efficient and cost effective way of building political support than delivering public goods and services.
Given the structure of incentives Museveni faced and the rational response he made to it, it was impossible for him to escape public sector corruption and incompetence that characterises Uganda today. Museveni has presided over the most corrupt and incompetent public sector in Uganda’s post-independence history. As a recent World Bank report on Service Delivery Indicators shows, our basic health and primary education performance is disastrous.
Yet while many of his critics would attribute this to him personally or the length of his tenure generally, Uganda’s performance is not different from that of Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania, Mali, Zambia, Ghana and Malawi (where term limits are respected and/or power has changed from ruling to opposition party and back). And compared to Chad, Togo, Niger, Mauritania, Burundi, DRC, Zimbabwe, Mali, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Museveni’s Uganda is a star.

Under him, the conditions for the structural transformation of Uganda have largely been laid.
Only Rwanda has demonstrated a radical shift in politics – as I have argued before. But even President Paul Kagame faces serious constraints – especially in skills – to transform Rwanda into an industrial powerhouse like Singapore. All this shows that the major constraint to rapid change in Africa has more to do with structural conditions in society than with individual leaders.
Museveni has been comparatively a very successful president. Where post-colonial Uganda (1962-86) had weak and unstable governments lasting on average 2.6 years each, Museveni has given us a long reign of stability and continuity. Where the army and intelligence services had run amok, Museveni has disciplined them. He has sustained the economy on a long term growth trajectory. However, on everything else he promised there has been no dramatic transformation. If his critics judge him harshly, it is because he (like them) was utopian and placed no limits to human possibility.
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Now Uganda says its anti-gay law is “misunderstood”


Hard as they might try, Uganda is not going to win any favors from western donors with this belatedly backpedaling and extended explanation of what its anti-gay law is intended to achieve.

The main reason Uganda is now making this attempt at downplaying the severity of this law is because it’s now experiencing some discomfort on the financial front. In public, Museveni continues to make bold-faced declarations thatUganda doesn’t need foreign aid, yet, behind closed doors, he knows Uganda cannot finance a damn thing without those aids.

A liar’s first victim is himself. But, like the proverbial thief, this one’s 40 days are here.

Edward Pojim

Messages of Uganda being okay and therefore not in need of external funding are meant for people who are not serious, aka die-hard supporters who mortgaged their brains to the lowest bidder!

Why should the president and many other things connected with him always be misunderstood, quoted out of context, or always being misquoted, I mean have we specialized in being misunderstood? Which points to one serious fault, we never re-read or proof reading what we say. What do those hundreds of secretaries doing to write stuff that passes misunderstanding; let the president hire the best or consult language experts in universities so that he is not misunderstood; it is a shame to stand up to address a nation and the international community only to be misunderstood, it means there was lack of preparation.

Then then is this “clever thinking” imagination by some of our colleagues who assume none will find out what they have carefully crafted so that they write or say whatever they want and when challenged start their usual defense, ” It was misunderstood” or quoted out of context.

Who does not remember the explanations made after the Act was passed, with the president even wondering how a man can fail to see the beauty of the women around?

If it is to hoodwink the donors, I say no need, we don’t want their money, we are okay with our locally generated wealth/funding and no misunderstanding business! Donors, keep your money, we generate our funds locally.
In summary, our colleagues are feeling hard knocks and are looking for a cheap excuse; let them just do away with the Anti-Gay whatever as they attempt to explain; just do away with the law and resume good working relations (receiving donors’ money).

Okurut Peter Simon

Tinyefunza writes about the rebel activities in western Uganda

Sometime back, I warned the country about Uganda reverting back to a catastrophic war. I did this far back in 2012, following the rampant murders in villages which were being stage managed by criminal state agents in order to frame some political leaders. Those who have short memories, however, tend to gain nothing from the lessons of history.

As many of you have noticed, serious instability is creeping back into the country. I see government trying to spin and down play these attacks going on around the country. In 1980s, the UPC government spent precious time trying to spin itself out of the NRA war. As they say, the rest is history. The spinnng did not stop NRA from winning that war.

This threat is real and we all need to take it seriously. Indeed, this time round, Ugandans have a choice to stop this creeping war. Those in government need to heed the call of the opposition groups and immediately introduce the desired changes, for example:

1. Mr Museveni Ruling himself out of the coming 2016 elections

2. Retiring his family clique from the Uganda military and other security services.

3. Creating a transitional arrangement to work on credible reforms which can lead to a free and fair election

4. Release all political prisoners incarcerated in various prisons, both civil, military and safe houses

5. He must enter into talks with all groups in the country to see how this creeping instability can be avoided and get a way forward on serious engagement with all groups, political, religious, cultural, farmers, investors, civil society and other stake holders. This means a national conference beyond politicians, for Uganda belongs to all.

6. Allow free movement and activities of political leaders from all parties in the country without delay

7. Withdraw UPDF from South Sudan to avoid serious destabilisation of Uganda and the region in general.

These demands have been put forward many times by the opposition and other leaders in the country, only to be met by arrogant ridicule from Mr Museveni.


Country men and country women, we need to understand that if issues of governance are not handled well, they will lead to unnecessary bloodshed. No one should deceive you that Mr Museveni is too strong to be defeated. No government can defeat a popular resistance. It is easy to make Uganda ungovernable and quite unappetizing to those deceiving themselves. Once people are denied their rights and loose hope of possible peaceful means, they tend to revert to despsrate means.
Even this question of thinking that every political group resisting oppression is terrorist or Islamic and therefore a fundamentalist outfit is a mistake. To think that every group that tries to oppose misrule and rampant corruption in these near failed states is terrorist is self defeating. In 1940 and 50s, after the second world war, when Europe had become a savage continent, many liberation forces in the former colonies allied themselves to communist Russia and China and other socialist contries in the world like Yugoslavia. This was quite interesting. For, few of these groups really understood Karl Max’s Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital or Friedrich Engles Dialectical Materialism etc. In anycase, i doubt they would have understood them. So why did these new liberation movements go to communist countries even when they didn’t aspire to communism? Actually many in these new movements were forced to declare that communism wasnt fit for Africa and adopted the so called “African Socialism”. So why? Mainly for two main reasons; the first in my view was the question of MEANS. The Revolutionary means of these communist countries resonated more with new revolutionary liberation movements ideology than the colonial Western Europe.
The second was the easy supply of means to wage war. ARMS. Perhaps, are we seeing many groups allying themeslves to radcal Islam just like it happened then. If this be the case, we need to seriously study the implications.

The question I am raising here is the usual mistake of always recruiting for the enemy Are the people in charge of the current state of imperialism and inequality in the world inadvertently pushing decent and genuine liberation struggles into the fold of extremists? We need to study this because at the current rate, even a school strike for better food at a university is called terrorism by these African dictators and the Western governments buy into that. This needs to be reassessed. Allowing dictators to use fake terrorism songs will complicate matters. It merely radicalises decent political dissent and makes the world more insecure.

Faced with this choice of means and confusion as to the identity of these groups, the groups need to help themselves by not targeting civilians in their struggles for emancipation. These forces which aspire for genuine change must clearly know THAT THE RESISTANCE FORCES MUST ALWAYS SAFEGUARD THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE AND THEIR PROPERTY. THIS IS A SACRED AND INVIOLABLE CORNER STONE FOR ALL PEOPLES STRUGGLES.


I understand government agents are starting to kill civilians and turning round to claim that these killings are being done by groups they claim to be terrorists, tribal militias or other incredible, and even laughable labels that they are manufacturing by the day. This is intended to scare the population so that it can be mobilised against the rebellion now mushrooming around the country. This is not only diversionary, but also criminal. Simply put, the problem won’t go away. This is just the beginning. And, things will only get worse, unless those in charge put aside their arrogance and heed our call for urgent reforms. They need to do this before it is too late.

I wonder if Mr Museveni really knows what is going on in his own security institutions, or has he been rendered powerless by the very monster he created, i.e., personalised rule? It is because the officers who give him intelligence are the same arch criminals who need to cover their tracks. With no functioning systems, you wonder what information the head of state depends on to rule the country. Otherwise, how can he not see the danger he is putting the country into and himself? Not that it matters much though, because either way, he, Museveni, is personally responsible.

THE BOTTOM LINE FOR US IS THAT attacks against civilians ARE NOT permissible under any circumstances. And Ugandans must start taking government to task to come clean on these murders. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, the state sponsored machete wielding killers in many villages in Buganda. The intention was to frame Prof Gibert Bukenya and a few others at the time. These included some senior Baganda army officers. Some of us came out then and warned the country as you remember. Though the government retreated a little at the time, the same leaders are still in charge and their treacherous games continue.


With the new situation quickly developing in the country, the opposition need now to seriously start discussing the question of ’Means to propel ther war of libearion’. This debate cannot be put off any longer. We need a consensus on this singular issue.

The key issues to discuss here are the following:


Under this, there are those who oppose violent means as a principle. These fall under the category of pacifists. These say, they are willing to fold their hands when their liberties are being trampled on. These believe in the notion of “turning the other cheek”.
For these, the question of means is a moral issue.

The other category is of the people are who are opposed to violence, not because it is evil, but because the objective conditions for it are still lacking. These look at violence as a means to an end. To them, it is permissible to use violent means if they will end the suffering of a nation. These are exponents of nonviolence as pragmatists, not moralists. To them violence is means of last resort.

The third category is of “anarchists”. This is not in the classical sense of anarchism as a political ideology, but rather people who do not adequately weight the options available to them before reverting to violent means.

The other category is of idealists. These hope for God’s intervention, like he did for Moses when he crossed the Red Sea. And we have many of these. They have forgotten the old truism that “God helps those who help themselves.”

The last category is of those who are mentally and morally weak. They know the right thing to do, but they lack the guts. They dare not face hot iron, especially the one aimed in anger! To these, I have no quarrel, for I have no mirror to look into men’s hearts.

I therefore request Ugandans to fully engage in this debate because the country is already at the crossroads.
The urgent question to answer is – what should be done when a government stops all peaceful means for those who do not agree with it to organise? What options are left?

What should be done when a regime resorts to violent means to quell peaceful political actions?


Is doing nothing not treason itself?
President Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of Untied States once said “…to announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public”

Therefore, to all those who advocate that we fold our hands and do nothing, I ask of you – how can we do nothing, while the president of Uganda is abrogating the constitution for which millions sacrificed their lives to put it in place? How can we do nothing, when a president is looting the country and, in effect, enslaving all our children and grandchildren to the yoke of debt repayment, when a president is destroying all the systems and structures of the state which will inevitably lead to instability and loss of life, when a president commits a country to endless wars with no accountability whatsoever to lives of the soldiers being killed and the money being spent on these megalomaniacal enterprises, when poverty and hunger overwhelm an over taxed population, when a president turns a country into a family enterprise, when a president starts using a national army as herdsmen on his numerous cattle farms, when a president orders the introduction of “pass laws”, like was in apartheid South Africa, for political leaders who are peaceful citizens, when extrajudicial killings become rampant? (Note for example, that Mr. Kalungi was found innocent and released. So who killed Hon. Nebanda? Similar?)
Then doing nothing is not only “morally treasonable but is criminally culpable”.

Therefore, some of us refuse to do nothing. It is now the choice of each one of you to take a stand and save your country, or watch it as it slides into war.



1. When he liberalised the economy, he destroyed the source of public income on which dictators would normally rely. Hence, Museveni’s current economy cannot sustain a prolonged war. Because his foreign backers cannot sustain it, nor can his private army of looters.

2. By nature of the Museveni dictatorship, which is family based, also based on nepotism and patronage, it is not resilient in the face of a determined opposition. Simply put, he has no one to die for him. Such a system does not rely on merit but on blind loyalty. And when you put it to test, it will crumble, like the army of Idi Amin n 1979.

3. Mr Museveni’s dictatorship has been helped by a deceptive peace which has allowed foreign investment to thrive, the fact that its benefits don’t benefit the ordinary person notwithstanding. With determined, well commanded resistance, there would be no economy even to feed his few thieves. Foreign investment would end. It is worth noting that the Ugandan economy is not resilient in any fundamental way, because of lack of a viable middle class, but most especially because it is cushioned on purely speculative political rewards of the ruling class and with no production linkages. For example, production levels in the country is back to the levels of 1970s when Idi Amin was president. Mr Museveni cannot sustain a prolonged conflict.

4. The army, which Mr Museveni relies on, is fed up. It is a captive militia force garrisoned by a small clique of carefully chosen soldiers under his son and brother. For instance,in very single month , not lesss that 152 soildiers desert in each Division. There is ofcourse no urge to report because the questions you will face are too dangerous as the poor senior fellows are falling over each other to have access to that Ghost money.

Such a force cannot be able to guard every inch of Uganda, every junction, every bridge, every police station, every inch of the road in the country to avoid ambushes etc.Armies move of morale and stomaches, in UPDF both are in deficit.
5. Intrugue, treachery and injstice in the forces and other state organs.
6. The population: This should perhaps be put at no 1 for it is key to holding power by any regime. And the population is no longer with Mr Museveni.


Mr Museveni has fought insurgencies since 28th August 1986 when 28 battalion under comrade Jet Mwebaze (RIP) was attacked at Bibia by UNLA forces who had retreated to South Sudan. Since that time, 27 groups have fought against Mr Museveni’s government at one time or another.
So why did all these rebellions not succeed?

This was due to three main reasons;

The first reason was lack of ideological clarity. Many lacked a national character, became tribal and targeted the population instead of protecting the people, they fought the very people. A popular resistance cannot afford to be anti-people.

The other reason also related to the first of ideology was the fact that all of them were localised in their TRIBAL areas. For example when the people in the north were fighting, the south was peaceful. So was the east. When the people of Kasese and western Uganda were fighting, Buganda was peaceful. Etc. They failed to generate a national consensus based on generally agreed positions which would cut across their parochial interests. They failed to realise that they needed a well-coordinated resistance in all parts of Uganda. From Moroto to Kabale. From Oraba to Bundibugyo., in the centre, north, south, west, east. If they had done this, there was no way Mr Museveni would have survived.


The third reason was the fact that, although NRM had short comings at the time, it was not yet an outright dictatorship like now. People were ready to give it the benefit of the doubt. This now is no more.

There are three other major reasons why Mr Museveni cannot win this new war simmering over the horizon. But to this, I intend to return in my next communication. Things like the overstretched UPDF, the regional and international imperatives, a weak economy, a hungry and angry population..

Therefore, even to those who are still close to Mr Museveni, especially those who have investments and other interests, it is your duty to save him and yourselves.
HUBRIS,as a mental condition is real. It is scientifically proven. That is why dictators play god and consider themselves infallible and immortal. Yet they are mere paper tigers.

My last word on this goes to my brothers and sisters in UPDF, UGANDA POLICE FORCE and other SECURITY AGENCIES. What side will you be on? Are you going to side with those who are desecrating the memory of those who perished in the struggles to free Uganda? The struggles of your own fathers and mothers, who fought for this liberation? Where are you going to stand in this contest? The side of the people who sheltered us, housed us, protected us and died in millions for the noble cause of a FREE TOMORROW or those bent on a treachereous unconstitutional road of turning Uganda into a POLITICAL MORNARCY?. The choice is yours. But remember, to those that much is given, much will be asked. The people of Uganda trusted you with their lives. To them you will be required to account MORE! . I hope and trust that when that hour arrives, you will not be found wanting at this critical time in our history. Uganda calls upon you again to stand on its side as your gallant and noble founders envisioned. There are many ways of struggle. See where you fit according to your station.

The struggle continues

Gen David Sejusa



Museveni gives a speech flanked by Gen. Salim Saleh

Museveni gives a speech flanked by Gen. Salim Saleh

Gen. Saleh is Museveni’s young brother. For quite some time he had been Museveni’s half-brother till the late 90s when he was elevated to the status of full brother. As a teenager and in Secondary school during the mid 70s, Museveni took hm to Tanzania as part of his future presidency project. In Tanzania, Saleh joined the likes of Ivan Koreta, Fred Rwigyema (Rwandese refugee in Uganda), Eriya Mwine aka Chef Ali, Late Sam Magara, LateFred Rubereza and a few others under the rag tag FRONASA – a Museveni anti-Amin group. They underwent some military drills in the FRELIMO bases in Southern Tanzania. Of all the school dropouts whom Museveni took to Tanzania at the time, its only Sam Magara whom the Late Milton Obote helped to complete his law degree at the University of Dar-EsSalaam. This was in spite of many years of redundancy and anguish in Tanzania when the anti-Amin efforts became a stalemate and Museveni resorted to teaching at a cooperative college.

At the fall of Iddi Amin, Saleh was under the command of Museveni’s ragtag FRONASA field commander Chef Ali. Saleh couldnt be nominated for the first post Amin officer cadet training in Tanzania because he lacked the academic requirement of ‘O’ level. He first came to the limelight around 1980 when he together with part of Museveni’s private army that comprised of Rwigyema among others, rescued Museveni (then Vice Chairman of the ruling Military Commission) from a road block at Kireka where he had been held by a section of the UNLA. This incident signified the clear split within the post Amin Uganda army along ethnic/regional lines that Museveni formented and exploited for his bush war against the historical northern Uganda dominated army. Despite his low academic level, the UNLA awarded him the rank of Lieutenant as other identifiable Rwandese like Fred Rwigyema were eliminated from the new national army. At the time, Museveni’s faction (FRONASA) of the new infant national army (UNLA) were assembled at Kabamba under the banner of Red Army under the overall command of Fred Rubereza since Chef Ali had abandoned Museveni’s selfish designs and joined the UNLF- AD armed wing in the Rwenzori mountains.

By the time Museveni launched his senseless bush war, Saleh was a serving Officer under UNLA in Moroto. He was not there by Museveni;s design but the former must have wished to settle down and pursue a military career with the national army. Obviously, Museveni must have have kept him in a total black out of his political manoeuvres to launch another war for which Saleh did not approve another round of disrupting his life after initially missing out on formal education. Like all victims of Museveni;s political machinations, Saleh falls in that category of those who joined Museveni as a result of those who joined hands with Museveni not by conviction but as as a result of his shrewd manipulations. Around that time, Museveni sent his driver Topher Agaba to Moroto with a message to Saleh. Soon after, the UNLA placed Saleh under close watch and subsequent harassment by the UNLA administration prompting him to desert and join Museveni in the bush.

Initially, Saleh was not the most senior officers in the bush. He found there the likes of Ahamad Sseguya, Elly Tumwine, Fred Rubereza,Sam Katabarwa,Sam Magara and others. His low academic credentials matched with those of many others like Rwigyema against the university graduates that were often referred to as Intellectuals by the majority illiterate and semi illiterates. It is this same academic footing that brought Saleh closer to those of equal academic footing like Fred Rwigyema. Soon after, it is this category that Museveni made his close confidants and members of his most trusted inner circle. The method he used to achieve this goal is discussed in our previous posts. Matayo Kyaligonza in his book discloses how he saved Saleh from being killed in a plot by his own comrades. Such plots were a result of Museveni’s manipulative ways of selfish propping up individuals while sidelining others for his personal interests. Most recently, a similar failed plot was hatched against Gen. Aronda in an ambush around Kamdin Corner during Operation Iron First. The ‘intellectuals’ would challenge some of Museveni’s manipulative ways and in turn Museveni would undermine their influence among ordinary fighters by branding them non-performers in terms of combat action. For example, in the bush at one time Dr. Besigye compared the then prevailing situation to ‘Animal Farm’ – to the great annoyance of Museveni. Of course, the non intellectual individuals like Saleh, Rwigyema and others could not understand what Animal Farm was all about other than singing ‘Mzei Amesema’ (Museveni has said) since they owed all their survival to Museveni. When the going got tougher , Saleh together with a couple of officers with minimal education apart from the educated Himas who sided with Museveni to oppose the motion for a negotiated surrender to the UPC government.

No doubt, Saleh was a bush war military genius and so were the likes of late Kagwa, late Mutebi, late Mawanda, late Sebatta, late Chef Ali, kanyankole, Fred Bamwesigye and other Ugandans who perished in that senseless war. Who knows the military capability of Dr. Besigye, Amanya Mushega, Kahinda Otafiire, Late Kategaya, Late Dr. Bata, Late Ondoga Amaza, Tom Butime, Moses Kigongo, Abbey Mukwaya and many others who Museveni restrained from fully exploiting their military potential. Its Museveni who determined who was to become what in his NRA. Who knows what would have been the results if the Mobile Brigade, the Masindi raid, foiled and devastating attack on UNLA’s 24th Battalion, the siege on 12 Bn in Masaka, would have been if it had been under the command of Otafiire, Mushega, Besigye, Tinyefuza or any other senior member of his NRA!!! Because Museveni favoured some individuals to advance their military capabilities, Saleh emerged as the hero in major battles.

Like any other military genius, Saleh is naturally gifted with a generosity, a sense oh humour and negotiation skills. Coupled by nationalism and non sectarian tendencies, he won the hearts of many NRAs and UNLAs alike. During the failed Nairobi Peace Talks, the military junta held him in high esteem with offers of very high positions in the proposed interim government arrangement with NRA. During that same period the top UNLA leadership established direct contact with him with view of luring him to abandon Museveni and hand over his NRA (at the time the exhausted NRA fighters were exclusively for Saleh and not Museveni) to the UNLA. Sensing danger, Museveni hurriedly moved him from the central region to Masaka where he established his tactical headquarters at Rwengo.During the final assault on Kampala, it was Saleh who negotiated for the surrender of the UNLAS under Brig. Obonyo who had advanced from Entebbe around Zana in the outskirts of Kampala city thus averting a major catastrophe.

After taking over government, Saleh who became the Chief of Combat Operations (CCO) was the de facto head of the NRA as the Army Commander Gen. Tumwine was a mere administrative head. As CCO, Saleh did not rest but went ahead to the northern Uganda region to handle the insurgency that was protesting against Museveni’s governance. Saleh negotiated a deal with the insurgents that saw the surrender of some rebel UPDA under the command of Lt.Col. Angello Ochero Okello after signing of the peace deal at Pecce Stadium. In the late 80s, Museveni elevated Saleh to the position of Army Commander replacing Gen. Tumwine. The popular Saleh embarked on improving the welfare of the army. Hardly a year into office, Museveni relieved Saleh of the office of army commander and retired him from the army. Museveni claimed that it was due to Saleh’s drunkenness. Was Saleh more of drunkard that Gen Kaziini who even smoked opium!!! The truth is that Saleh’s popularity within NRA was viewed by Museveni as a threat to his designs. As Army Commander, Saleh was deploying and assigning officers according to their capabilities and not basing on ethnic and regional background as Museveni wished. Saleh was dismissed midway during his countrywide tour of all NRA units where he was meeting officers. Intelligence before Museveni at the time indicated that Saleh was upto something sinister and Museveni had to move faster. Immediately after, the army headquarters were burnt followed a purge of senior officers including Col. Matovu, Col. Julius Chihandae, Col. Ahmed Kashillingi and others.

Saleh went into private life doing private business. He even returned to school to complete ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels of secondary education that prompted his famous remark “Nze ndifa nga sibadeko Minister” (will I die without ever being a Minister”). He managed Saracen private security company, went into joint venture over the shoddy purchase of UCB, the controversial kickbacks in the purchase of junk helicopters for the army etc. In these business ventures, Saleh managed to accumulate huge sums of cash that kept his spirits high amidst the cry for a failed military career. Still with these huge amounts of cash, Saleh managed to build a web of simperthisers across both the civilians of all ethnic divide and the military. Although Museveni put him in charge of the reserve forces, Saleh remained the defacto overall commander of the NRA next to Museveni in terms of hierarchy. During the reign of Mugisha Muntu as Army Commander, Museveni successfully managed to antagonise some top officers with Mugisha Muntu through the practice of Katebe (rendering them redundant). The affected officers made fruitless efforts to petition Museveni through Saleh who had by then not grasped Museveni’s designs. Museveni did not like the move of army officers seeking attention through Saleh. It is by virtue of his high position in the NRA that Saleh ventured into the Congo during the NRA military expeditions. Together with Lebanese Talal and Gasam minertal dealers, Saleh accumulated huge fortunes from illegal trade in the Congo. He is listed as one of the key players by the UN probe into the plunder of Congo. This revelation and the potential for indictment by the ICC tamed Saleh into total submission to Museveni’s presidency. He knows that he can only be safe as long as Museveni remains President. He publicly expressed his frustrations during the wedding of Museveni’s son Muhoozi when he stated that “I advised Muhoozi not to join the army but to join me and we do business but he did not heed my advice”.

Museveni’s only problem with Saleh was to allow him in direct command of the NRA. This has also been the case with the lkes of Gen.Tinyefuza. When he was allegedly retired he was at the rank of Maj Gen. but since then he has risen to the rank of a full General. Why cant Museveni also promote the likes of Besigye, Muntu, Mushega, Butime, Kazoora and others!!! After a short stint as Minister in charge of micro-finance, Museveni withdrew him to the position of Presidential Advisor on Defence – a position he holds to date. His public stature continued to shine. As such Saleh has been dragged into politics especially during presidential campaigns where his popularity and mobilisation tactics backed by vast amounts of cash enable him to lure unsuspecting and impoverished voters to Museveni’s side.

From the above it can be concluded that Saleh had intended to pursue his much cherished military career but Museveni did not bother to help him achieve his dream. After the bush war, Saleh was not helped to transform from a guerrilla fighter to a modern military commander through training in modern warfare and exposure to command positions. Museveni suffocated his career advancement through unclear assignments and diversionary promotions while keeping him around as a dangerous substitute. This has been the case with many others including Tinyefuza and Oketta. For decades now he has kept him on the bench (not the usual katebe) as a top General who could put the NRA together in case of any threat to Museveni’s power base. However, now that Museveni has successfully managed to privatise the NRA, created a more personal army (SFG) under his son, but more so the phasing out of historical commanders, Saleh’s strategic role is fading out. Saleh’s role will be taken over by Museveni’s son Brig. Muhoozi since he has successfully recruited and placed a cream of loyal officers to take control of strategic command positions of the army.

Therefore, when Gen Saleh announces that he intends to retire, he is being sincere and serious. What Ugandans need to understand is that for the last 40 years Gen. Saleh has been in-charge of Museveni;s personal army. He delivered victory to Museveni that saw him become President. However, he is retiring a very disappointed man for he did not fully utilize his military potential. On the contrary, had he not fallen victim to Museveni’s political manipulations, Gen Saleh would have become one on the continent’s if not the world’s distinguished Generals. He would be involved in resolving some of the world’s re-known military conflicts by heading peace keeping missions. Had Museveni not deliberately not excluded Gen Saleh from the 20 years counter insurgency operations in northern Uganda, the LRA rebellion would have been resolved through a negotiated settlement at an early stage.

Gen. Saleh would not approve the hording of people in camps (IDPs) in appalling conditions; the lifting of presidential term limits; the involvement of the army in partisan politics; the arrest, torture and detention of political opponents among the other vices of the Museven regime. Gen Saleh must have shed tears when he could not save the man who saved his life in the bush (Dr. Besigye) as he was being sprayed with pepper into his eyes by Museveni. Gen. Saleh knows the gravity and consequences of disagreeing with Museveni. Even as he expresses intentions to retire, he must have be skeptical if Museveni will let him go. His situation is aggravated by the presence of Gen Tinyefuza on the other side of the fence. For Museveni, its only Saleh who can match Tinyefuza in terms of holding the NRA together in case Gen. Tinyefuza strikes. Do you know why Gen Saleh does not approve of the Tutsi regime in Rwanda? The only link that he had was at a personal level with the late Col. Karegeya, but following his assassination Saleh washed his hands.

Is the disappointed and frustrated General trying to jump off the sinking boat?




1. Even when you’re mad, think before you talk. The words you say can only be forgiven, not forgotten.

2. The prettiest smiles hide the deepest secrets. The prettiest eyes have cried the most tears and the kindest hearts have felt the most pain.

3. Life has so many different chapters. One bad chapter does not mean it’s the end of the book.

4. Regret nothing and don’t let people bring you down.

5. Every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.

6. If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always got.

7. Don’t waste your time on revenge. Those who hurt you will eventually face their own karma.


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