Panic rocks Kampala regime:
Kampala is in a state of anxiety with panic spreading all over the city following the recent assassination of Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abiriga.
A crackdown against opposition figures, senior security officials, and members of civil society is in full gear all due to self-inflicted causes.
This round of panic began when the Special Forces Command (SFC) tried to manufacture a diversion from information that was circulating in Kampala that the SFC had assassinated AIGP Andrew Kaweesi, which it tried to solve by assassinating another high profile personality, MP Ibrahim Abiriga.
When the people of West Nile rose to demand answers for the true killers of their son and held demonstrations against Museveni, they hatched up another diversion, to arrest former IGP Kale Kayihura.
Gen. Kayihura’s arrest has worked to silence the people of West Nile. In fact, not a single newspaper in Uganda is carrying their demands to have Museveni explain who had killed their son.
Now, Museveni has been saved from the trouble of having to explain the assassinations of Kaweesi and Abiriga.
Hajj Abdul Naduli has denounced these tactics whose main cause is the “fights between Museveni Generals.”
Hajj Naduli represents the views of most Ugandans who are fed up with the diversions. Most Ugandans are tired of the scapegoating that tries to place blame for the failures elsewhere and are now openly calling for Museveni to just go.
At the height of age-limit debate Gen. Museveni and his intelligence organs would try to defuse tensions from the people’s frustration with the regime by claiming that their security forces, particularly the police, had been infiltrated and that it was being used to destabilize Uganda.
A scapegoat was found for an internal problem of political transition and debate.
The intelligence organs even went as far as partnering with the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) to arrest and torture innocent Rwandans visiting Uganda who they accused of being spies. Some of these innocent Rwandans remain in detention today.
Even the present panic in Kampala that forced the security forces to an impromptu meeting is self-inflicted. It came from a simple demand from the people of West Nile towards Museveni: they want to know who killed their son.
No one is willing to tell them the truth. That their son (and Kazini, Mayombo, Aronda, and Kaweesi) was killed in a little game Museveni likes to play every once in a while in order to keep power.