Members of Parliament have expressed fear and uncertainty after it emerged that Major (Rtd) Roland Kaooza Mutale, infamous for his torturous squad in 2001 elections, is training militias in Luweero jungles.
According to The East African, Mutale’s new squad will graduated on Thursday August 20, 2015 and embark on harassing the opposition ahead of 2016 elections-their final mission.
The East African reports witnessing the training of youth in a bush camp in Luwero district, 60 kilometres north of Kampala saying Mutale plans to build an anti-opposition force numbering thousands.
In a plenary session chaired by the Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah, on Tuesday, MP Mathias Mpuuga pointed out the various militia trainings going on up country saying the militia pose a threat to the country’s security.
“There are trainings going on the jungles of Luweero, the youths being trained are dressed in yellow shirts,” Mpuuga told the house.
MP Kaps Fungaroo wondered when the crime preventers being trained, but when will they start preventing crime.
The president has so far passed out 43,340 crime preventers across the country.
“The intention of crime preventers come 2016 is to create crime, we in the opposition will prevent crime,” Fungaroo noted.
The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Hon Wafula Oguttu said not only has government denied opposition an opportunity to make meaningful electoral reforms, but is also busy training partisan youths being trained are already partisan,
“The training and selection of who joins (crime preventers) is also partisan,” Oguttu pointed out.
The government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa, said the minister for Internal Affairs, Gen Aronda Nyakairima, will present to parliament on statement on crime preventers.
Mutale’s new militias
Maj (Rtd) Mutale, a special presidential adviser on political affairs, is remembered for his Kalangala Action Plan (KAP), a militia that terrorised opposition in 2001 elections.
He gained more popularity in 2007 with his Kiboko Squad, armed thugs dressed in civilian clothes and using big sticks to beat up demonstrators who were protesting against President Yoweri Museveni’s proposed sale of Mabira Forest to the Mehta Group for sugarcane growing.
His new militia is aimed at neutralising Museveni’s political opponents come 2016 elections.
Eugene Elwaru, the Luwero district police commander, first told The East African that he was not aware of Maj Mutale’s activities because he had never sought permission from them.
Neutralising anti-Museveni generals
Maj (Rtd) Mutale told the newspaper his agenda was “to confront the generals who have turned against President Museveni”.
They include Gen David Tinyefuza, Gen Benon Biraro, Gen Mugisha Muntu, Col. Kizza Besigye and former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi.
“Mbabazi and Tinyefuza fear me. They know what I am capable of. I don’t want to disclose what they should expect, but you will see,” he told the paper in an interview.
The former rebel leader, who joined forces with President Museveni in 1983, plans to train about 600 NRM youth every month, up to the time of the presidential campaigns; skilling them in military science, physical education and income generation activities.
The camp located at Matembe farm in Kamira sub-county in Luwero district, is already receiving another in-take for September after the first batch graduates.