Mabior Garang de Mabior, son to the late South Sudan founding father, Dr John Garang, says his country is now a protectorate of the Ugandan army and State House Entebbe.
“..South Sudan is a protectorate of State House Entebbe and Mbuya Barracks (UPDF headquarters)…not even the whole of Uganda,” Mabior said in a scathing attack.
He claimed that the Ugandan Revolution led by the ruling party, NRM, which was supposed to be a People’s Movement “has been hijacked by the Born Again Christians who have infiltrated up to the highest office (Office of the Ugandan President).”
The Ugandan Bush War (also known as the Luwero War, the Ugandan civil war or the Resistance War) was a guerrilla war waged between 1981 and 1986 in Uganda by the National Resistance Army (NRA) against the government of Milton Obote, and later that of Tito Okello.
In December 1985, Tito Okello’s government signed a peace deal, the Nairobi Agreement, with the NRA.
However, the ceasefire broke down almost immediately, and in January 1986, Salim Saleh commanded NRA’s assault on Kampala, which eventually led to the demise of Tito Okello’s regime – with Museveni becoming president.
NRA became the national army, and was renamed Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) after ousting two ironhanded regimes of Apollo Milton Obote and Idi Amin Dada.
UPDF now upholding dictatorship?
Mabior who was recently chatting with his friends, now says the same army (NRA then UPDF) that delivered Ugandans from despotic regimes, is now in South Sudan upholding a similar government.
Mabior who also doubles as the Chairperson National Committee for Information and Public Relations/Spokesman of the SPLM/SPLA, led by former deputy President, Riek Machar, asked Allah to deliver Ugandans from “these self-righteous hypocrites”.
Some of his contemporaries were hopeful that maybe Museveni will leave power in 2016 and then UPDF occupation of South Sudan would end.
Mabior, however, assured them that Museveni will win 2016 elections as guaranteed by a divided opposition.
“It is the same reason why we can’t defeat Salva, if the opposition in Uganda present a single candidate, they may have a better chance.”
He further observed that should it be by mistake that opposition wins 2016 elections, UPDF would snatch away that victory.
“…if they (opposition) won however…the UPDF would steal their victory…a coup would be carried out on those that dared to challenge Mzee (Museveni),” Mabior noted.
Back to “Christian hypocrites”, Mabior said “no human being that claims to be spiritually inclined should be meddling in politics. The prophets fought oppressive worldly governments. They weren’t part of them. There are many that are genuinely seeking the face of God but they aren’t in government as they know they can’t serve two masters”.
He added: “but when religion is mixed with Administration, then it starts to present problems. I have seen many patriotic Comrades replaced by people who get saved because the boss is…the boss may be also because that is the case higher up in the administration.”
Mabior says that in such a case, the system over time becomes rotten to the core and the credibility of the genuine is damaged by fake saved politicians.
“It has changed the Movement in Uganda beyond recognition.”
Mabior’s observation is in line with the continued presence of Ugandan troops in South Sudan.
Ugandan troops deployed to the capital Juba in December 2013 following an alleged coup on the government of President Salva Kiir by his former deputy, Riek Machar.
Uganda maintains that the troops (over 1000 in number now) deployed to secure key installations and help in the evacuation of foreigners as well as preventing the fall of a democratic government.
South Sudanese have since accused Kampala of interfering in their internal conflict especially when UPDF allegedly took sides fighting with SPLA against rebels in Bor, the capital of Jonglei State.
In February 2014, UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, said the army would withdraw in phases.
In December 2014, President Yoweri Museveni speaking in Ethiopia, said UPDF was protecting “South Sudan brothers”.
In March 2015, a report came up saying UPDF was undergoing intensive drills ready for looming battles against Machar’s rebels.