Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential flag bearer, Kizza Besigye, says the death of Internal Affairs minister, Gen Aronda Nyakairima, is a “curious” case.
“Very curious!” Besigye said on his official Twitter handle @kizzabesigye1 while responding to an announcement by the Internal Affairs ministry.
“Gen Sejusa, Hon Amama Mbabazi & Gen Aronda were all named for being against the Muhoozi project!” Besigye added.
In 2013, Gen David Sejusa, the former coordinator of intelligence services, authored a document called “Muhoozi Project” alleging that President Yoweri Museveni was grooming his son, Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba, to succeed him as president.
Sejusa alleged that the project involved the assassination of top government officials and army Generals including himself, then Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, police chief then Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura and then Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, among others.
Gen. Sejusa wrote to the Internal Security Organisation boss, asking that the assassination claims be investigated which was not.
Sejusa then fled to exile in the United Kingdom.
The document led to the closure of media houses including Daily Monitor and a leading tabloid, Red Pepper for a week or so.
In May 2013, Cabinet asked the Defence Minister, Dr Crispus Kiyonga, to respond to allegations made by Sejusa.
The Government went on the record, denying any plans to have President Museveni’s son replace him as leader of the country.
“I assure the House that there is no such a Muhoozi project in the army,” Kiyonga told Parliament.
Kiyonga said the letter bearing Gen Sejusa’s instructions never reached the director general of the Internal Security Organisation denying any criminal conspiracy by senior military officers to either frame or assassinate colleagues.
Army MP, Gen. Elly Tumwine, later gave a lengthy lecture on the UPDF and its good intentions for the country, which he concluded by blaming Gen. Sejusa.
While Besigye seems to awaken the “forgotten conspiracies” government reports that Aronda died of a cardiac arrest enroute Dubai from South Korea.
Government spokesman, Ofwono Opondo and the Internal Affairs ministry all confirm that Aronda died of a heart attack.
Archives: old conspiracies
The Observer said in their March 2014 article titled: “Coincidence of Mbabazi, Aronda fates and Sejusa letter” that shortly after Sejusa’s damning revelations, President Museveni began to criticise Gen Aronda Nyakairima, Uganda’s longest-serving CDF in his regime, for operational incompetence.
During a May 22 UPDF High Command meeting, which came two weeks after Daily Monitor first published the contents of Sejusa’s letter, Museveni castigated Gen Nyakairima for the several mistakes he said the army had made.
The next day, Museveni fired Nyakairima, replacing him with Gen Katumba Wamala.
Nyakairima was appointed minister for Internal Affairs.
But Museveni declined to retire him from the army as had been standard practice in the past, with former army commanders such as Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu and Gen Jeje Odongo.
Earlier reports indicated that Nyakairima had asked to retire from the army and, possibly, run for MP for Rubabo constituency in Rukungiri district.
Museveni, according to Observer, had tried to get Mbabazi to resign as NRM secretary general.
However, Mbabazi refused opening a rift between him and President Yoweri Museveni.
Mbabazi said while he was not interested in contesting against President Museveni, his wife Jacqueline had heard that some party officials were organising to remove him from the position of party secretary general.
Mbabazi said his wife mobilised against those forces, which was misconstrued as organising to topple Museveni from the presidency.
At the February 2014 Kyankwanzi retreat, Amama was made to sign a surprise document endorsing Museveni as sole candidature in 2016 elections.
He signed among the last.
In September that same year, he was dropped as Prime Minister and later fired in December 2014 as NRM Secretary General.