‘Museveni visited Algeria for skills to crush opposition’


Ugandan President Museveni accompanied by Algeria’s Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel, and Governor of Tipasa Abdelkader Kadi at the Military Academy of Cherchell in Tipasa.


Political analyst, Charles Rwomushana, suggests that President Yoweri Museveni visited Algeria to pick a few tactics on how to suppress Ugandan opposition.

“The Mr Museveni propaganda machine is making a huge lie. The Museveni narrative is to the effect that the Algeria tour is about investment in oil industry,” Rwomushana writes.

He says Algeria has had an ugly history in suppressing dissent quoting the Islamic Salvation Front role in Algerian civil war.

The Algerian Civil War was an armed conflict between the Algerian government and various Islamist rebel groups which began in 1991 following a coup negating an Islamist electoral victory.

The war began slowly as it first appeared the government had successfully crushed the Islamist movement, but armed groups emerged to fight jihad and by 1994-5 violence reached such a level that it appeared the government might not be able to withstand it.

The war has been referred to as ‘the dirty war’ and was notable for “unspeakable brutality” and “unbelievable savagery and violence” in attacks on civilians.

Islamists targeted journalists, over 70 of which were killed, and foreigners, over 100 of which were killed, although it is thought by many that security forces as well as Islamist were involved, as the government infiltrated the insurgents.

Museveni emulating the same?

According to Rwomushana, part of Mr Museveni’s delegation was Maj Gen James Mugira, a former chief of Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence.

From 2008 until 2011, at the rank of brigadier, he served as the director general of the CMI, a division of the UPDF.

He also served as the commanding officer of the UPDF Armored Brigade, based in Masaka.

In 2009, Hoima Town Council LC-III Chairman, Francis Atugonza, sued Mugira and four other Army officers for allegedly torturing him.

In April 2009, Atugonza was arrested, detained and allegedly tortured by soldiers attached to the Joint Anti-Terrorism Taskforce (JATT) where Mugira was the overall coordinator.

The same soldier serves as the executive chairman of the National Enterprise Corporation, the business arm of the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) and the managing director of Luweero Defence Industries Limited, the small-arms manufacturer owned by the UPDF.

Rwomushana describes the National Enterprises Corporation with Luweero Industries as a firm that manufactures killing machines.

“Mr Museveni has engaged North Korea in the construction of Uganda police. The said North Korea manufactured police has turned out a vicious asset at suppressing political dissent.”

He said Museveni has as well engaged Sri Lanka state in developing his son, Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba’s Special Forces command.

“The Sri Lanka state massacred civilians of up to 80000 around Jaffna. Therefore Mr Museveni’s trek is aimed at skills in suppressing dissent.”

“Its not about ameliorating the living conditions of the masses…equipping the hospitals, housing the homeless and feeding the hungry.
Not at all.”

The critic who served as a head of political intelligence desk in State House says this process is about efficient decimation of the healthy who dissent.

I’m closely following the story of how Jacqueline Mbabazi was hit with poison to tie down the husband [Amama Mbabazi] and will, God willing share the results.”

Jacqueline was recently hospitalised in London amid reports that she had been poisoned.
Rwomushana compares the incident to an incident in which the Israel of Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, attempted to assassinate Khaled Marshal of HAMAS with a poison strike.

“We are for tough times that require tough men and women.”

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