Presidential advisor on media matters, Tamale Mirundi, says his boss President Yoweri Museveni’s government is like a bar.
“Let me tell you, the government of President Museveni is like a bar. When you enter it, don’t laugh at those you find inside—whether drunk-,” Mirundi said last Thursday.
Appearing on ABS TV programme dubbed “Tomorrow’s Leader”, Mirundi said he had even written a book about mafia politics in the Ugandan government.
Mirundi was angered by the fact that while government may invest money in sports, the country never got a single medal at the just concluded Rio Olympics held in Brazil.
He alleged that the money, for example, collected by the Uganda Athletics Association could have ended in the pockets of the officials instead of financing athletes.
According to Mirundi, if NRM cadres had read his book “Understanding Mafia Politics”, they would not be finding problems.
He explained that mafia politics rotates around thieves who make government ministries dens to amass wealth—and that recently–they also penetrated the army.
The angry Mirundi picked the case of UPDF chief political commissar Col Felix Kulayigye who was recently suspended for participating in a fake gold saga worth Shs70m.
“Those who stole Congo’s natural resources [gold, diamonds and timber] are left alone but they now want to choke Kulayigye,” he said.
The International Court of Justice has since ordered Uganda to pay $10bn compensation to the Democratic Republic of Congo for looting during the 1998-2003 war.
Mirundi says those who were involved in the looting have high ranks and offices or are heading ministries yet Kulayigye is now being used as a sacrificial lamb.
Without easing his grip on mafias, Mirundi said they use the president’s name to achieve their own selfish motives.
“Some mafia calls from state house and directs media houses to put Tamale off air. Then they lie to you that it is the president who directed such.”
He cited the case of former Works minister Abraham Byandala’s who was arrested and prosecuted for causing government Shs24bn loss in the Katosi Road saga.
Mirundi wondered why the Inspector General of Government (IGG), Irene Mulyagonja was supergluing on Byandala yet there are people who have more serious crimes but are not punished.
He cited the Chogm 2007 scandal that involved former Vice-President, Gilbert Bukenya, Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and former state minister for works and transport, John Byabagambi, who were implicated in the mismanagement of Shs500bn meant for the 2007 CHOGM summit.
Others implicated were ministers John Nasasira, Mwesigwa Rukutana and Isaac Musumba, only to be let off the hook, according to Mirundi.
“Why didn’t the IGG start with CHOGM before running after Byandala?”
“They are just playing on people’s heads just the same way Mbabazi went to visit Kabale hospital which he had never visited as Prime Minister.”
Mirundi also hinted at the case of his colleague in State House, Brig Proscovia Nalweyiso, the senior presidential advisor on defence and security affairs.
The 62-year-old is the deputy chairperson of the UPDF retirement team, which handles veterans’ compensation, was recently quoted in media backing the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen Kale Kayihura who was under fire for beating of opposition supporters.
Nalweyiso was also quoted lamenting that she was being hunted down by colleagues who wanted to see her lose her job at State House.
She accused her haters of spreading false propaganda against her amongst veterans in order to bring her down.
The host at ABS TV then questioned Mirundi whether he was among those “hunting down” Nalweyiso.
Mirundi who had no kind words for the soldier mixed in the analogy of the bar recalling those days when Nalweyiso and Maj Edith Nakalema, the Private Secretary/Secretarial duties, reportedly conspired to kick him out of State House.
Mirundi concluded that there is no difference between mafias in government and opposition leader Kizza Besigye who is opposing government.