Dr Vincent Magombe, Secretary Free Uganda Leadership Committee, and Press Secretary FU, quotes NRM historicals saying President Yoweri Museveni has betrayed the core principles and aims that took them to the bush.
Magombe who doubles as the Head of Diaspora Mobilisation, Platform to Rescue Uganda (PRU) is a political ally to Gen David Sejusa.
He says having realised the dangers being posed by his war-time comrades, also known as NRM Historicals, as they start to actively withdraw their support from his “dying presidency”, Museveni has sought to neutralise and weaken their capacity to politically engage with the wider Ugandan population by denying them political space in any manner or form.
“In his mind, Museveni is haunted by the fear of his former comrades aligning with the country’s political opposition in a bid to topple his regime.”
“And so, within the NRM party, Museveni is not only deploying divide and rule tactics, making the so-called young generation loyalists (mainly hand-picked yes-men and yes-women) to frustrate the political ambitions of the bush war fighters.”
Using EC to alienate old guard
Magombe accuses Museveni of using the NRM party Electoral Commission, headed by Tanga Odoi, “to rig the historicals out of politics all together”.
He cites a recent episode in which Tanga told off historicals to go and hang themselves if they felt he was not giving them enough respect.
Tanga said all NRM members are equal whether one joined in 1986 or 2014.
Magombe says this public “denigration and humiliation by Museveni of the men and women whose sacrifices in the Luweero Triangle bush war enabled him to come to power”, follows increasing criticisms and condemnation from many Historicals against what they see as Museveni’s ran-away “dictatorial tendencies and his fanatical quest for a family-centred, rather than people-centred, political hegemony”.
For many of these NRM Historicals, Magombe states, the last straw has been the sole-candidacy quagmire, as well as Museveni’s increasing flirtation with the idea of ‘one-family’ politics and the repulsive ‘Muhoozi-project’, that was defeated earlier on.
NRM Luweero chairperson, Hajji Nadduli, was the first to accuse Museveni of trying to create a family political dynansty by letting his son in-law, Odrek Rwabwogo, unseat a historical, Matayo Kyaligonza, in Mbarara.
Magombe says this, in addition to the cacophony of many other misplaced political machinations and maneuverings, have led to increased political strife and instability in the country.
“As a result, many of Museveni’s former comrades-in arms, have decided to turn their backs on a man they perceive to be power-hungry, and is seen to have betrayed the core principles and aims that took them to the bush in the first place.”
Historicals breaking away?
He says most of them are now following in the footsteps of the likes of General David Sejusa, the Chairman of Free Uganda (FU) and National Coordinator of the Platform to Rescue Uganda (PRU).
Other war-time fighters, like Colonel Kizza Besigye are already in the thick of the battles for a new democratic Uganda without Museveni.
Museveni ceding power to youth-a lie?
A Uganda People’s Defence Forces’ (UPDF) representative in Parliament, Maj Gen Julius Oketta, is quoted by Daily Monitor saying Museveni is making a smooth transition of leadership to the young generation.
Speaking to at least 500 cadres at Pabbo Secondary School in Pabbo Sub-county in Amuru District on Monday, Maj Gen Oketta said “President is making a smooth leadership transition. He does not want to leave us in anarchy. He will not stay forever (in power),” he said.
He said the likes of Amama Mbabazi’s “another old one” trying to remove Museveni was “not correct and that is what President Museveni is not agreeing with. We are seeing young blood like Richard Todwong (NRM deputy secretary general), Justine Kasule Lumumba (NRM secretary general) being brought on board.”
To the contrary, Magombe dismissed ‘Inter-generational transition of Power’ messages as deceptive.
“In an attempt to hoodwink Ugandans to support his continued stay in power, Museveni has gone into over-drive offering carefully selected loyal youths ministerial jobs and high-ranking positions in state house, as well as in the police, army and, most especially, in the Special Forces Command (SFC), which also acts as the presidential guard, and is commanded by none other than the President’s own son, Brigadier Muhoozi Kaneirugaba.”
He said ministerial jobs have gone to fanatical proponents of the sole-candidacy drive, like Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze, “who is famed for carrying out special missions assigned to him by Museveni meant to destroy any signs of democratic opposition within or outside of NRM, and Evelyn Anite, the young lady who knelt down at the now famous NRM Party Kyankwanzi meeting to beg the party’s caucus to endorse Museveni as the sole candidate for the post of flag-bearer in the 2016 elections”.
“NRM top party jobs have been awarded to the likes of Richard Twodong and Justine Kasule Lumumba, who are being rewarded for stifling any signs of democratic practice within the NRM party and for spreading the gospel of ‘Museveni-sole candidacy’ across the country,” Magombe pointed out.
To him, the falsity of this seeming ‘inter-generational transfer of power’ concept lies in its fake core principles, which so evidently point to nothing but ‘absolute loyalty’ to Museveni’s vision of forcefully extending his stay in power as he sets out to create a ‘Museveni family dynasty’ in Uganda.
He says these youthful political, military and security functionaries can only qualify for office if; they are a hundred percent loyal to Museveni, fully supportive of his sole-candidacy as flag-bearer of the NRM party in the 2016 elections…
…they are behind the ‘Museveni Family-Project’ as regards to who can inherit the presidency should anything happen to Sole Candidate in the years to come…
…they are frenetically opposed to any form of democracy in the politics of Uganda which does not represent a need to transfer political power from the older generation to the young generation, in a way that is inclusive of all Ugandan citizens.
According to Magombe, NRM Historicals brought Museveni to power-they have a Patriotic duty to remove him if he has betrayed the political journey, where, instead of establishing a lasting and sustainable democratic dispensation, he set out to consolidate power in his own hands, and “continues to entrench power in hands of his own extended family”.
“The Luweero Triangle bush fighters feel even more betrayed and by the look of things many Historicals are heeding General Sejusa’s call.”