President Yoweri Museveni’s Presidential Press Secretary, Tamale Mirundi, says Maj Edith Nakalema and Brigadier Proscovia Nalweyiso, are the masterminds of a gang of thieves that is camped at State House.
Brigadier Nalweyiso, is the highest-ranking female UPDF officer, who fought in the five-year guerrilla war that brought President Museveni into power.
Now working as Senior Presidential Advisor on Defense and Security, Nalweyiso led the women’s wing in force from 1983 when the NRA rebels were still in the bush, until 2001.
Now 61, Brig Nalweyiso has worked as the deputy chairperson of the army retirement team, whose role is to oversee the veterans’ compensation.
Maj Edith Nakalema, who came from Special Forces Command is the Private Secretary/Secretarial duties.
While appearing on Top Radio in the middle of the week, Tamale announced publically that “Major Nakalema and Brigadier Nalweyiso are thieves”.
He said they set up President Museveni to meet an American conman who they claimed carried out President Barack Obama’s media campaign.
“All they want is to defraud the President of billions of shillings,” Tamale said.
Tamale apparently, refused to attend the meeting which they called to plan the scheme.
“Maj Nakalema and Brig Nalweyiso called me to a meeting which I refused to attend. They are thieves, they steal money,” he noted.
He said after refusing to attend the meeting, Nakalema tried to trick him claiming the President wanted to see him.
“They wanted me to go to the meeting so they can plan to rob the president.”
Consequently, Museveni ignored the meeting after realising that Mirundi and government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, were absent.
Opondo reportedly told the gathering of “thieves” told them Mirundi would never attend a meeting where they are planning to steal from the president.
According to Tamale, the said Obama’s media campaigner did not have any evidence about his work.
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“I can’t respect anyone who comes to fleece the president. We asked him what he did for Obama and give us evidence,” Tamale said, adding that Nakalema and Nalweyiso’s gang was only “looking for credibility”.
“If Museveni asks me why I missed the meeting, I will tell him ‘this is a gang of thieves’. I cannot connive with them to steal money from the president.”
He said they have now been joined by NRM national treasure, Rose Namayanja and Secretary General, Kasule Lumumba, to perfect their thievery.
Also on the bloc, continued Tamale, is the presidency and Kampala minister, Frank Tumwebaze.
“That one (Tumwebaze) is heading the thieves.”
Following the incident, the gang allegedly started spreading rumour that Mirundi had been fired.
He said a Pope cannot fire his cardinals and that the gang’s talk is “stupidity just”.
Mirundi, however, says having worked for Museveni for 13 years, he can join any international group and is not afraid of being fired.
“Let them continue with Lumumba and Namayanja who don’t know them. I cannot work with thieves.”
In June 2014, Red Pepper carried a story saying Brig. Nalweyiso had erected a Shs 2bn mansion in Matugga.