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Gen David Tinyefuza (Sejusa)’s recent public utterances in the media, were not only an attempt to scandalise the whole establishment of government but also to enable him, as an individual harbouring political ambitions, to create a scenario that puts him at the centre of political dissension and thus create a false wave on whose crest he intends to ride, as the saviour of the polity.

This is, however, not new in our political environment. It only needs to be understood as a new style of political “schemers”.

With clear ambitions to become president(s) of Uganda, these “schemers” try to create scenarios that they will use as scapegoats to ride on when time to make open their presidential bids is ripe. After creating such scenarios, these self-styled dissenters then take refuge in the assumption that any administrative sanction against them will be viewed as an act of government’s intolerance and cracking on political dissent.

Sooner than later, one announces his/her presidential candidature: the ultimate succor from ‘political persecution’. With the international community standing on the side of political dissent, who would dare touch a presidential candidate? This is a trend so ugly that comrades of our political generation must shun and despise. It only gets one cheap popularity and cannot be sustained.

To oppose Museveni or the NRM, one need not first allege how  he/she is being targeted for murder when it is a known fact that the NRM does not eliminate opponents. To the contrary, it works with them both in its military and political ranks.

You need not attack Muhoozi so as to be seen as a dissenting voice against the NRM and fabricate stories of how there is a “project” to make him president, on account of mere fear and suspicion that maybe one day Muhoozi may run for president and thus threaten your own ambition. That becomes sheer cowardice.

Dissent means holding a different opinion from the status quo and it’s in order – the definitive principle of political pluralism. Instead of trading in red herrings, hateful speech and sentiments aimed at demonising those one disagrees with, the dissenting party should concentrate on propagating his or her alternative opinions without sounding disgruntled or hateful to one he or she opposes. Seeking a leadership position as a platform for exacting revenge is a recipe for anarchy.

Dr  Kizza Besigye, for example, had planned long before and knew that he would launch his presidential ambitions in 2001. Instead of dressing his bid with superior ideas that were more relevant and connected to the people’s livelihoods, he came out a complaining man and only hoped to use that platform of championing personal grievances to achieve sympathy and national visibility and thus bolster his political fortunes.

Fortunately, such “schemers” rarely get the power they so disparately desire to get from the positions of leadership. Somehow, they are discerned by the citizenry and end up getting resounding rejections.

No wonder since 2001, Besigye has not been known for any other cause apart from seeking aggressively and angrily to be president. His then famous document of 1999, had no clear substantive  policy points of departure from the NRM, apart from expressing his anger over issues of Katebe, disappointment with his former boss in the army and government, complaining about feeding habits in the bush, how chicken was served selectively, etc.

Months after his document, and after generating excitement in the media, Besigye launched his presidential bid. But this was not the problem. It was his failure to dress his bid with a genuine and well-articulated cause. He resorted to outbursts of anger that bordered on settling personal scores.

To date, Besigye and his team believe in rallying people only on sentiments. All their political initiatives have been those that only seek to give them visibility and centres of media focus (eby’okubafuula ensonga, as they say in Luganda). Ugan dans honestly deserve better political menus.

It is, therefore, pertinent that before Tinyefuza’s new political posture causes some excitement of sorts, we should assess his political record and the principles he represents. People who aspire to be leaders should have consistent principles they stand for and espouse. What, clearly, is Tinyefuza›s point of departure from the government he continues to serve?

It should be well remembered that Tinyefuza’s moment of disorientation started after his altercations with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) over a house he was selfishly and unlawfully clinging to. In the not-so-distant past, he condemned arrogance and harshness of some government actors in a veiled attack against KCCA’s lawful eviction of illegal developers at Centenary park.

While his general remarks on arrogance and impunity against some government officials seemed to be good points of counsel from a perceived freedom fighter, he did not live beyond suspicion of not having been speaking at the motivation of a personal grudge that he was harbouring against KCCA officials, for legally evicting him from their  property at Mabua. So surely, should political dissent, therefore, be reduced to individuals pursuing their personal grievances and interests?

Why should Tinyefuza  and his proxies (Brig Kasirye Gwanga), unfairly target Brig Muhoozi, taking advantage of his limitation  as a serving soldier unable to respond to them decisively?  Is Muhoozi a threat to their “Political projects”, since they believe in crafting “projects”?

For all intents and purposes, why should Muhoozi bother Tinyefuza? Wouldn›t Tinyefuza be proud of the Muhoozi military generation, that has emerged in a more professional and technically-competent way able to propel forward the UPDF he pride in having built?

It’s high time all political actors and especially my young political comrades raised the bar of political contestation so that political contests stop degenerating into personal fights. Attacking Muhoozi is unfair and selfish – an arrogant act and an affront to our generation that we must resist.

We should only allow issues and not sentiments to define our political culture and behaviour. It should be competence and merit as opposed to scheming, fanning and mastering of intrigue that should form the yardstick of assessing leaders both sitting and aspiring.

Our comrades in the media should also be vigilant on “schemers” dressed as political activists. The media industry managers have a major role to play because they provide and regulate the platform for these political contestations. Largely, the media should subject activists to the rigours of moral inquiry and probity to avoid pampering them on wrong opportunistic schemes. They should be challenged to prove their worth based on excellence and superiority of ideas.

Contestation of ideas in a civil manner was and has been the bedrock of the movement/NRM politics. The individual merit principle gave us the foundation.

A number of us are proud to have been supported by this principle of free competition. One’s merit defined his/her political fortunes. Nobody fanned or sponsored intrigue or hateful schemes as a way of challenging the other. I remember the vibrant ideological debates we had in our universities in the mid and late 90s, inspired by the late Brig Noble Mayombo and Hon Mao.

The latter pushed a view that was highly critical of the Movement and castigated it for being a monolithic system running a single party while the former articulated the revolutionary doctrines of state building. As young emerging student leaders then, we drew a lot of inspiration from these two contesting opinions and we got aligned differently to each of them. We never formed cliques of any sectarian nature (tribal, religious, etc) to fight each other, but rather engaged in intellectual contests.

For example, the Mayombo  line drew followers from myself,  Richard Todwong, Sarah Kagingo,  Odrek Rwabwogo, Charles Rwomushana, Patrick Ezaga, Obedmonth ofungi, Okwiri Rabwoni, Rose Namayanja (initially was with UYD), and Peter Ojul, among others. The Mao line, on the other hand, was followed by friends Mukasa Mbidde, Asuman Basalirwa, Jude Mbabaali, the late James  Opoka (who was misled into the Kony rebellion by some leaders), Taligola Isabantalibu, and Galogiso, among many others.

The political culture then, which majority of us continue to espouse, was that of tolerance and respect for each other’s views even when one formed opposition to the other. And these were the founding principles of the NRM that majority of us student leaders then understood, appreciated and followed.  Nobody came to recruit us in universities with money inducements or job offers. It was persuasion based on ideological clarity.

In fact, I continue to salute with much respect comrades like Norbert Mao who despite their consistent opposition to the NRM, continue to stand up for reason and civilized politics of engagement. He has shunned gallery politics of fanning violence (walk to work, etc), and vehemently opposed coalitions that had no clear national objectives.

He was rebuffed and labelled a Museveni mole by the reactionary forces even when he has been more consistent with opposition politics compared to those calling him names.

Gen Tinyefuza and his “schemers”, therefore, should stop fooling the public. They should come out boldly by their own true political images and not by any disguised shadows.  They should not seek to demonize Muhoozi because of the perceived fears they hold against him.

They should wait to face him, if indeed they think he is a force to reckon with at some point in future. Their story of the “Muhoozi project“ is indeed no other person’s project but their own, so they should tell us why Muhoozi bothers them that much.

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+1 #1 Bossman 2013-05-13 05:44
Thank you Frank, but we are not getting involved muKiintu kyammwe. You looking for comments?you arent got nothing.
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+6 #2 Kato 2013-05-13 12:08
total crap writen here
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+12 #3 Mwerinde Paulo 2013-05-13 12:40
Tumwebaze,you are not a nationalist like some of the Ugandans, viz; Besigye, Muntu, Kazoora, Njuba,Mushega, Luzindana, Ssemogerere, etc, etc...but just an opportunist and politically narrow minded tribalist.

Have you ever sat down to think objectively how M7, your demi-god attained the political power in Uganda? Have you analytically evaluated his performance since he captured power 27 years ago? Or do you have the courage to tell us that, M7 has deliberately and systematically destroyed the Country called Uganda?

Do you ever look at even the Uganda of before M7 vis avis the Uganda we have had since 1986? Everything about Uganda,is completely obliterated from the Country. At times, i feel that the man himself who loves power and and its attributes, akin to a hyena for meat is just sick.

A man who could not implement any of what he promised the people of Uganda in his famous 10 points programme? He thrives on lies and deception.Look at our Hospitals, our Schools...
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+4 #4 OBED 2013-05-13 12:41
Thanks for "exposing" schemers sir. I wish all Ugandans were like you to use their sixth sense so as to see through all these schemers in our "Bafere" infested society!

Right away from our senior politicians, through our pastors and religious leaders to the general populace! But I am wondering why it took our beloved minister too long to come out public on schemers? Again why dont you allow the masses to judge these schemers by themselves, I am speaking refering to how our people have always lost lives in elections as your government tries to bar them from choosing schemers rather than the all white clean NRMs.

Mentioning of people like Tumukunde, Kakooza Mutale and UPDF as a whole leaves a neausating feeling in one's tummy! So why doesnt the government allow a fair rejection from masses???
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+12 #5 KEN 2013-05-13 12:55
So who is not a schemer honourable Minister? Someone who swore that they should give him one more last term like this and since then he's not looked back.

Someone whose leading slogan every after 5years is, "ZERO TOLERANCE TO CORRUPTION" and he bribes bishops, moves around with sacks of money and when they convict someone for misuse of office(Mukula), he pays lawyers 100Million to bring him out- that is tax payers money Hon., Annoyingily if you went to each and every other referal hosipital you would find a good number of patients receiving their drips as they lie on cold and bare cement floor.

Who is not a schemer when guys in charge of lecturing on patriotism cannot give classes if the fat fuel and facilitation cheques are delayed? Well someday we shall tell schemers from saviours!
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+6 #6 Betty Long Cap 2013-05-13 13:30
The “Muhoozi project“ should bother every freedom-loving Ugandan. A dictator in military uniform is a violation of basic principles of democracy. The Commander-in-Chief must be a civilian.

WARNING: It is not enough to oust the rascal, Ugandans must make sure a twenty-seven year tenure never happens again. Term limits failed. FEDERO.
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-9 #7 DAVID 2013-05-13 15:44
Frank Tumwebaze is absolutely right. Such officers like Tinyefuza and Kasirye Ggwanga are already expired. They're now at pains to suffocate the shining stars of the new turks in the ranks.
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+6 #8 wodgot 2013-05-13 16:10
NRM is a gov't founded on classic scandals and schemers who branded themselves liberators. There isn't any better scandal to out-perform what already exists in mov't.

Tumwebaze,are you aware that mov't historicals schemers were also sharing cheap women during their fake bush wars and the truth is now starting to shine right on their faces?

People in glass houses don't play with stones. Stop the blame game and start looking at your Gov't in the mirror.We have got records of Mov't scandals right from the bush days and if you continue opening your mouth, we shall unveil them for you.
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+2 #9 mulmud 2013-05-13 16:13
Fellow Ugandans, we have to think outside the box! Leave Ssejusa alone coz he is just a symptom of a dangerous disease that is secretly but seroiusly eating this regime!

We should start critically analysing the content of the the letters he has been writting, not the person or the channels that have unearthed these letters.

There are many voiceless Ssejusa's in the army.Concerned organs should carryout serious investigations rather than making such outright and threatening statements ,otherwise the man still has many dossiers to pruduce!
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+5 #10 Dan 2013-05-13 17:02
"A number of us are proud to have been supported by this principle of free competition" Frank, you could have come via this route but screen Muhoozi's route, tell the public whom he has competed with to get where he is.

It is this irrational route that they are taking him through that baffles the old generals who were there in the bush feeding on pep-talk from your 'mentor' while you were cloth-soiling toddlers!

However, for some of us the neutrals, the moment a kid undresses a paternal uncle in public, the actual dad should have a sleepless night as others cheer on. What will you ever say if Muhoozi runs for presidency - will you re-define 'merit'? Folks, behold, the show has just began!
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+1 #11 Freddie Itaza 2013-05-13 17:08
Spot on. Tinyefuza thought he was very powerful - remember when he threatened "I will arrest that woman". What happened. Musisi was not fazed - she went ahead and threw him out of KCCA's Mabua Rd house.

He has never recovered from that humiliation. That's about the same time his ranting started. Maybe he should tell us how much constitutional it was commanding the black mambas that besieged the courts.
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+1 #12 Betty Long Cap 2013-05-13 18:03
Quoting Dan:
What will you ever say if Muhoozi runs for presidency - will you re-define 'merit'? Folks, behold, the show has just began!


Dan, the comedy-tragedy has a predictable script of Father Knows Best unless Parliament intervenes with its own sense of justice and fair play. Speaker Rebecca is center stage today.
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+2 #13 Dr Kiribaedda 2013-05-14 10:46
All what Mr Tumwebaze has written is very true for the NRM and M7 and not the opposition. If NRM does not eliminate its opponents, why is the Moyombo report, Kayiira, Kanungu, Budo JS fire, etc investigations reports were never made public?

NRM & M7 are the most inconsistent politicians Ug has ever got. M7 launched his presidency bid fighting Obote claiming that he rigged elections. The high court twice ruled M7 rigged elections.

When David (Mafabi) claims that Tenye and Kasirye G are expired, he forgets that his boss M7 expired longer before.

What David, Tumwebaze, Karooro, Naganda are doing is to say what will please their boss M7 and earn a living even if they know it is nonsense like all what Tumwebaze has written

The only truth in Tumwebaze's story is that the late Mayombo and Mao were the same because despite being a DP officially, Mao is an NRM mole.
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+1 #14 Webesixty 2013-05-14 11:42
Quoting Mwerinde Paulo:
Tumwebaze,you are not a nationalist like some of the Ugandans, viz; Besigye, Muntu, Kazoora


Your choice of "nationalist" examples leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. All the characters you named are tribal turncoats! Muntu has never told anyone what he did in the company of Kaguta plc!

Besides, they are filthy rich at the expense of lack of institutions. Do you think any of them will give up their ill gotten wealth for the sake of democracy?
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0 #15 Webesixty 2013-05-14 19:00
Quoting Betty Long Cap:
The “Muhoozi project“ should bother every freedom-loving Ugandan. A dictator in military uniform is a violation of basic principles of democracy. The Commander-in-Chief must be a civilian.

WARNING: It is not enough to oust the rascal, Ugandans must make sure a twenty-seven year tenure never happens again. Term limits failed. FEDERO.


I'm longing to see how Bahima will graze their cattle in crop gardens in Ankole! Any reason why they love spitting at people?
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+2 #16 Blank Slate 2013-05-14 19:15
Quoting DAVID:
Frank Tumwebaze is absolutely right. Such officers like Tinyefuza and Kasirye Ggwanga are already expired. They're now at pains to suffocate the shining stars of the new turks in the ranks.


You missed one on your list of expired officers: Museveni
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0 #17 att 2013-05-14 19:40
You see Frank, whether the Muhoozi project does or doesn't exist is not the issue. For many of us, the only other thing we know about Mr.Muhoozi (other than being first son) is that he is the army officer that gets promoted most often and heads the most elite groups in the UPDF.

This makes us wonder; why him? Is he the best in the army? (if so, what’s the criteria). Where will he be in the foreseeable future? Then it raises other questions. Are you, me, others being given a fair shot?

For most of us, we care about peace, stability, equal opportunity for all Ugandans. Hence if the chicken is indeed served selectively and someone(regardl ess of their personal integrity) complains, such a complaint is legitimate and should be taken seriously.

Anyhow whether its H.E M7 or Frank or Mao or Besigye in power you have a responsibility to ensure prosperity for all Ugandans. With all due respect all of you should get to work.
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0 #18 Blank Slate 2013-05-14 20:50
Mr. Tumwebaze:

If the allegations that Gen. Sejjusa outlined in his letter are so frivolous, populist and lacking in merit, why all the massive deployment along Entebbe Road, blocking of the airport to the press, raiding of his offices and the like?

It is the NRA ruling elite that has the nastiest lies, games and schemes ongoing.

But all things come to an end, and we are beginning to see the end of that dynasty.
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