UGANDA’s INTELLIGENCE ORGANS CONTINUE TO PEDDLE LIES AGAINST RWANDA
Uganda’s intelligence organs have persistently continued to peddle lies against Rwanda despite efforts by the top leadership of both countries to normalize ties.
A series of propaganda stories by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) seeking to portray Rwanda as a bad neighbor keen on wreaking havoc against Uganda were published in CMI-planted blogs.
One of the malicious pieces titled “Kayihura wanted to meet Rwanda’s DMI chiefs in Turkey” claims that Kigali has close ties with the former Chief of Uganda’s Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura to the extent of trying to hold meetings between him and Rwandan officials in foreign lands.
What such articles demonstrate is the continued internal wrangling within Uganda’s security apparatus. Trying to drag Rwanda in these wrangles must be treated with the contempt they deserve.
Even if it’s propaganda, there should be at least minimum effort to report stories that are believable. It seems as long as the target is Rwanda all these basics are tossed out of the window.
Almost all stores try to paint Kayihura as a stooge of the Rwandan government. Almost all of them emerged at the time it was revealed that CMI was actively collaborating with the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), a terror under the leadership of the fugitive Kayumba Nyamwasa.
It should be recalled that since last year Brig. Gen Kandiho of CMI and Security Minister Henry Tumukunde led an onslaught against Kigali by planting malicious stories in the media in order to hoodwink the public from activities that included recruiting rebels on behalf of the RNC, mainly in refugee camps that are hosting Rwandans inside Uganda.
It was revealed that the duo had been working closely with RNC mobilisers to harass, arrest, and torture innocent Rwandans visiting Uganda on private business.
Last year Kandiho and Tumukunde were embarrassed when a group of their recruits, 43 young men destined for rebel activities in DRC, were intercepted at the Kikagati border post in Uganda.
Most of the RNC mobilizers continue to enjoy the protection of CMI. Therefore it is not surprising that there’s a renewed wave of malicious propaganda targeting Rwanda and clearly undermining the progress that was being made to restore good relations between Uganda and Rwanda.
Observers agree that the renewed negative propaganda being peddled by CMI signals continuation of arrests and intimidation of innocent Rwandans living in Uganda