Inside Basiima house that ‘stole’ Besigye 2006 victory


Dr Besigye waves to the crowd at a recent appearance at Kisekka Market. Gen Sejusa says he won the 2006 polls. File photo.

General David Sejusa went on record in December 2013 saying army officers doctored presidential election results in favour of President Museveni yet the elction was “won” by Kizza Besigye.

The former coordinator of intelligence agencies revealed that FDC candidate, Besigye, won the February 23, 2006 vote with a 69 per cent margin.

The President, he said, had managed less than 30 per cent of the ballot.

“We organised another Electoral Commission of intelligence at Basiima House and it is our results that we pushed through to the [official] Electoral Commission.”

The Electoral Commission and government dismissed the allegations as false.

Sejusa had also authored a letter alleging a plot to assassinate top political and military leaders opposed to a plan by President Museveni to groom his son Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who commands the Special Forces Group, while heading to exile in UK.

Basiima House and its parallel Electoral Commission

From the city center along Rubaga Road, at the Rubaga Road/Kabaka Anjagala Road round about you turn left and follow the Kabaka Anjagala Road heading to the Lubiri.

After about 200 metres towards the Lubiri, on the left, stands Basiima House – the one time headquarters of Musevenis Military Intelligence (1986 – 1998) that has since evolved to become the dreaded CMI.

Enclosed in a chain-link fence, the main gate along the Kabaka Anjagala Road was manned by uniformed soldiers 24 hours.

The stretch between the gate and the roundabout on Kabaka Anjagala Road.

Outside the main gate, on the left was a small parking yard for visitors cars.

Inside the main gate on the left was a makeshift structure that was used as a visitors check point and registration center.

It was manned by staff from the Counter Intelligence unit.

After identifying, scrutinising and registering the visitor, he/she would be led to the main reception.

During the time of stay, visitors identification documents would be retained at the gate.

About seven meters from the main gate on the right was the parking yard under the Transport Unit.

About 25 meters from the main gate, on the right was a huge storied Buganda kingdom old style building.

This structure housed peripheral sections of the intelligence outfit.

On the ground floor was the clinic, the reception room, the signal center (radio communication), canteen/army shop, ration/food stores, documents that were salvaged from former Army Headquarters when they were burnt down and the headquarter Administration Office.

On the top floor, was the armoury/exhibits room, a business Project (DMI ran taxi business, Nile Studio on Bombo Road and shop stalls in the new taxi park), detention rooms, and some other rooms were used by junior staff members for residence.

Straight from the main gate and about 7 meters past that old structure, stood the a modern storied building that housed the main office block that stood overlooking Rubaga Road.

With a wide glass door as the main entrance, on the right were stair cases that led to the top floor.

In the corridor of the top floor, on the left was Room 14 under counter intelligence used by Sgt Jack Nziza (now a General in Rwanda), next on the left was room 15 used by Patrick Karegeya the then head of Counter Intelligence (went to Rwanda but was recently murdered in S.A).

Opposite room 14 was the office of the Secretary to the Deputy DMI and opposite room 15 was the office of the Deputy DMI (formerly used by Paul Kagame when he was the Director of Personnel Administration and Finance).

Further into the corridor, on the left was a small VIP reception for DMI and D/DMI visitors.

Next on the left was the Registry that was manned by Private James Kabarebe, Ceaser Kaizari and Dan Munyuza among others (later became a generals in Rwanda).

Opposite the Registry, on the right was the small office housing a team of research assistants to the DMI.

Next on the right side was the office of the secretary to the DMI followed by the office of the DMI.

The last office on the left was the one for the Finance Controller (Michael Nkurunziza – now a senior officer in the Rwanda army).

At the far end of the corridor was a wide open hall that was used at an operation/war room. It contained maps, sand models etc.

On the ground floor just opposite the glass entrance door, was the switch board.

Next to the switch board, on the left of the corridor was room 12 used by the head of criminal investigations, now Col. Charles Tusiime formerly of VCCU and now with UWA).

Opposite this room 12, on the right was room 1 that was also used by staff of criminal investigation.

Next to room 12, on the right was room 11 used by a group of Advocates that included now Brig James Mugira.

Later, the other lawyers were relocated to the Military Police in Makindye to serve under Special Investigations Bureau (SIB).

Next to room 11, on the left was room 2 that housed staff under counter intelligence.

Next, on the left was the Library that was manned by a university graduate and charged with analysing all the newspaper political articles of interest and timely feeding them to the heads of departments.

It also had a lot of literature from the Soviet Union, Libya and Cuba.

Next to the library, on the left was the office of the ADC to the Director of Combat Intelligence.

Next, on the left was the office of the Director Combat Intelligence (John Kasaija was the longest serving).

Last on the left, was the information centre charged with monitoring Police communication within Kampala using a specialised radio that would intercept all police and other VHF radio communications.

Last on the left was the office of the Technical Department manned by Engineer Michael Bossa.

This unit was responsible for technical means of intelligence gathering. This office was partitioned with ply wood to create room for Paul Kagame when he was axed from the top floor and left redundant shortly before he went for a military course in the USA around 1989/90.

Outside the main office block, about 25 meters apart and separated by a chain link fence were three dilapidated flats housing some staff members and their families.

Next to the three flats were another two dilapidated unfinished structures used for the same purpose.

From these structures, was a small staff gate that led to the Road from Nakivubo through Kisenyi and joining Rubaga Road.


Around 1998, DMI handed over the premises to the Buganda kingdom and it shifted to Kitante courts under Brig Henry Tumukunde after it was baptised Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence.

Around Mulago round about on Kiira Road from Kamyokya, you turn left and follow Yusuf Lule Road.

After about one hundred meters on the left opposite the ministry of health was an entrance to the dreaded CMI.

From the main entrance, on the left was the main storied building that housed different sections of the outfit.

It is in this building that the late Manenero met his death under the hands of then Capt Herbert Makanga.

About 15 meters apart, was another storied building that housed the canteen, reception, switch board and some offices on the top floor.

About 10 metres apart, was a small storied building that housed the office of the CMI on the top floor and his deputy on the ground floor.

From the main gate on the Right was another building that was used at the torture chamber and below it was the communication center.

Opposite the Mulago Nurses hostel along Kiira Road, was a small gate used by staff members only.

From this small gate on the left were staff quarters composed of blocks and uniports. Among the blocks was a detention facility.


Both DMI at Basiima House and CMI at Kitante courts, used letter heads that read Directorate of Military Intelligence and Security, Basiima House.

Therefore, one would be right to assert that even when housed at Kitante courts, military intelligence continued to be identified Basiima House.

Through its countrywide network of intelligence officers, the outfit liaises with different players in the electoral process.

During the election period, military intelligence coordinates efforts to harass, intimidate, double voting by soldiers, doctoring of results, etc, according to revelations by Sejusa.

Sejusa says in Kampala, military intelligence operatives are stationed at the electoral commission, different polling centers, police stations (take over Police communication and suppressing elections complaints by the opposition) while dressed in Police uniform and carry out security patrols.

Military intelligence vets and gives security clearance to those vying for different levels on NRM ticket.

It also compiles profiles of opposition candidate with view of assessing their ideological commitment.

It also identifies serving army officers whose political clarity (loyalty to Museveni is not clear) and devised means of monitoring and isolating them.

This is what Gen Tinyefuza was talking about a parallel Electoral Commission at Basiima House, ran by army officers to outrig Besigye.

Sarah Nalukenge, the author, is a social and political analyst

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