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HUSSEIN KYANJO: Kagame and Museveni’s ball game

The former Makindye West legislator, Hussein Kyanjo pens down an analytical article on the Uganda – Rwanda tension (FILE PHOTO)

By Hussein Kyanjo

Fellow Ugandans and other citizens of the world,

I greet you in the name of the Almighty and allow me to thank you for all your prayers and support of all sorts.
I am now better and positively responding to treatment.

As I lay flat on my bed in this beautiful but rather warm Indian suburb after breakfast today, I felt that there was something I was not doing right. That is, keeping silent about everything else on the pretext of strictly following my Doctors’ orders to concentrate on my health. I felt, deep down, that I was being selfish.

I am now out to try and broaden our peoples’ mind on what is going on between presidents Museveni and Kagame.

So, whether by the grace of the Almighty I return home as a passenger or as cargo in a coffin, I will die satisfied with this story out. By the way, after penning this letter I found that it was medicine itself. I felt so much relief.

I have been following events regarding the situation between Museveni and Kagame and I discovered that we must demand for an international investigation coz what the two presidents were exchanging are carefully calculated words designed to focus your minds on the small thing of border closure (small because it is as easy to close as it is to open) that you forget or be diverted from the bigger issues.

Let me start with Mr. Museveni.

When he ventured into fighting alongside African liberators in the 1970s he got convinced that he could fight his own govt and get to power himself. And that’s what happened. At the start, he reached out to a selected team of youths mainly Banyankore, Bakiga, Banyoro, Batooro but more Banyarwanda. He then skillfully appointed a few others from the rest of Uganda and he has mastered this game until recently.

Mr Museveni did all that it takes to appoint, train, promote and favour this group until some people from this same privileged class realised that he was not meaning well. They started parting company with him.

There was a time Bakiga opposed silently then came the time Banyoro left quietly, afterwards Batooro resented.

More intriguingly, some influential Banyankore also realised they were being duped and used too.

We are now witnessing the final penalty kick with Banyarwanda openly throwing off their jerseys at their former purported patron.

Nobody can claim ignorance of how much abuse Mr Museveni has done to Ugandans by giving priority to Banyarwanda. When they came from the bush he placed all of them in the national army and more still promoted them to senior positions right from Rwigyema to Higiro who is now a dissident in Belgium. Over 90% of Rwanda’s senior military and civil servants and even those in business were former OFFICIAL Ugandans.

Some of us opposed this trend. I personally was branded sectarian and tribalistic. I ignored the voices because I knew they would sooner or later discover what I already had.

After their victory over Uganda’s sitting government, there were two genuine Banyarwanda groups. One led by Rwigyema wanted to go back home through an armed struggle and these were the minority. The second group which included the likes of Gen Muntu, Mr Katutsi, Hon Kayonde and many others felt they were more Ugandan and I hear they were opposed to waging another costly war given the fairly excellent position they held in Uganda.

Remember genuine Banyarwanda have lived safely and with dignity in Uganda as good immigrants for decades just like Obama in the US. I personally found three families of Banyarwanda labourers at my fathers home at birth 59 years ago. In fact, we had a prominent Munyarwanda, (Rwabikinga and her wife Kankindi) who measured nearly the same wealth as our parents.

I can’t count how many Banyarwanda married directly into and from my family. That’s why I dismiss and despise anybody who wants to lecture me on sectarianism or tribalism especially if such critics have never allowed other tribes to marry their children.

Well, back to story, the Rwigyema group went and got the victory while the Kayonde group continue up to now to live with dignity in Uganda. They have never shown any interest in even being dual citizens. Go to Mawogola, Kabula, Singo, Buddu, Kooki, Kyaggwe, Busoga Bugisu and elsewhere. There are Banyarwanda all over and it is okay, provided they don’t live above the rest.

I mean there are Indian, Somali, Arab, Chinese, Nigerian even Ugandan towns in Euro America – no fuss.

Note that when the purported Ugandan soldiers invaded and toppled a neighbouring government, they were never charged of treason. Neither did they pay Uganda for all types of ammunition, net logistics and even cash they used during the war. So we had two neighbouring brotherly governments sharing the same border and other undisclosed facilities.

Even with this image, Mr Museveni continued to insist on favouring Banyarwanda against other Ugandans, despite opposition from many of us. He went an extra mile and forced these Banyarwanda into our constitution as a tribe.

Let me also make my point clear. No strong person besides President Obote has come out to clear the actual ethnicity of Mr Museveni except Museveni himself, but because he is a pathological liar, I have believed Dr Obote that actually Museveni is an ethnic Munyarwanda.

My difference of opinion is that there is nothing wrong with a genuine successful immigrant ethnic Munyarwanda, Sudanese or Muhaya rising to the highest office. What I have resisted is giving such a people preferential treatment over other indigenous Ugandans.

Frank Kalimuzo a one time Vice Chancellor of Makerere was such a decent servant and his family is happily living here.

Mr Museveni has been overzealous in preferring Banyarwanda. He flooded our security, public service and sponsored business – with these people.

Take a close look at those areas. Go to big supermarkets, petrol stations, washing bays shopping malls, private security companies even boda boda stages are nearly all managed and populated by Banyarwanda.

Mark you, they are not the business owners but they are forced into management by the powerful arm of the state.

What is happening today is that Mr Museveni is stuck at his own game. He prefered Banyarwanda for obvious reasons but at last, they have fallen out.

It is like a wife of a hired murderer who beheads his victims and brings the heads at home. So the wife knows the victims and hears the cries of their relatives. Now she has been caught sleeping with another man and she is not repentant as she knows all the husband’s secrets.

The choice would be clear. Drop the adultery case against the wife and save face, or pursue it and get ready for the big spill of your former atrocities.

Mr Museveni has been conniving with Kagame in killing people all throughout the great lakes region they have reached the climax. They want to close business but the formula is not working out.

Be sure there is a lot of silent diplomacy between the two but they are bluffing you with a small item of border closure. Don’t swallow their deception.

Take an example of MTN employees who were deported. Who told you there was any new discovery? These people were recruited with the secondment of the state in the name of protecting Uganda’s security interests. They were specifically outsourced and assigned the duty of spying on Ugandans through their communication and report to the government.

This is what they have been doing until maybe they changed loyalty this time in favour of Mr Kagame. Otherwise, if it were ordinary employees of MTN local or foreign that had been caught in the act of endangering Ugandan security, they would be tried in courts of law for treason.

In the circumstances, these ‘criminals’ who were not diplomats and it was not done on the request of Rwanda or France – were not charged. The cheaper option was arbitrary deportation.

How could something big like this happen without the knowledge of Mr Mbire the super chairman of MTN board? Mbiire is no ordinary Ugandan. He knows everything. Just look at how Mbire was strategically placed in different positions and tell me how he could fail this small exam.

MR CHARLES MBIRE is

1. Uganda Representative of Hyundai

2. Chairman of Uganda Inflight Services Ltd

3. Chairman of MTN Uganda since 1998

4. Director Eskom Uganda

5. Chairman/CEO of Invesco Uganda

6. Vice Chairman of Rift Valley Railways

7. Chairman of the Board of Directors of Uganda Securities Exchange.

8. In 2009 Mbire was appointed to the Ugandan Presidential Investment Round Table

9. In 2011, became a member of the IMF Regional Advisory Group for Africa.

Can you belive the story that such a man didnt know what was happening?

It all started with Suzan Magaras murder when the state security broke into MTN servers where they wanted to prove who really killed her with evidence of voice messages. And when they accessed the servers they got shocked. Kayihura had to be fired.

But even then, his case has not gone down through the throat and I suspect that the final position was that Kaihura had to be carefully led out of mock captivity and probably, again probably – sent out to a third country. That process could be ongoing. What is the progress of his case?

Don’t look at the small picture of border closure. Ask hard questions.

1. Who killed presidents Habyarimana and C. Ntaryasmira on 6th April 1994.
2. Who killed a million Rwandans and blamed it majorly on Hutus and selected Tutsis?
3. Who killed Rwigyema?
4. Who killed Dr Bayingana?
5. Who killed Bunyenyezi?
6. Who killed Kayumba?
7. Who killed J. Kagezi?
8. Who killed A.F. Kawesi?
9. Who killed S. Magara?
10. Who killed Kirumira?
11. Who killed Shk Sentamu?
12. Who killed Shk Kirya?
13. Who killed Shk Bahiga?
14. Who killed Shk Muwaya?
15. Who killed Maj Kiggundu?
16. Where is the lady who openly accused her husband of holding planning meetings to kill Maj Kiggundu at her home? The lady said she met Mr Museveni, she met Gen Kaihura and she reported to several police stations in vain.
17. Who killed women in Wakiso and Entebbe?
18. What the truth about the panga wielding gangs?
19. Who killed Dr Kayira?
20. Who killed Robina Kiyingi?

Fellow Ugandans and people of the world, don’t accept the narrative from these two suspected brother presidents. Ask the right hard questions above.

You now know that what dissident Robert Higiro is saying against Mr Kagame is not the whole truth, because he is also guilty. You should also be more interested in his submission where he states that “I SAID WHETHER YOU ACCEPT (to kill Nyamwasa) OR NOT STIL YOU WILL DIE”.

This statement is telling and my conclusion is that they will kill anybody except themselves and that he declined the deal to Kill Nyamwasa because Kagame failed to deliver the 1m dollars.

Here you are with him also crafting his survival story and again you are blindly following. No no no.

The speech by Mr Kagame has a secret in it he says openly that he asked M7 to close business and freeze accounts of one Munyarwandainvestorr but M7 refused. The interesting bit here is that finally Dr S. Kiggundus cries of closing his bank (Green land) both in Uganda and Tanzania were correct. These people can do many things.

Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

MALAKUM. KAIFA TAHKUMUUN?

WHAT IS IT. HOW DO YOU PEOPLE MAKE JUDGEMENT?

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Hussein Kyanjo is a former Makindye West legislator and a vocal political analyst.

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