As Museveni relieved Gen Kale Kayihura and Lt. Gen Henry Tumukunde of their duties on Sunday, Dr. Kizza Besigye points out differences and relationships between the three Ka’s, whom he served together in army.
Kagame was part of our forces and many of us have collegial relationship that can’t just disappear because we are in different countries
Kaguta has remained jealousy towards Kagame since the latter is so prosperous despite his country being younger and smaller
Kayihura is a very intelligent man and so his actions are not without his knowledge and consideration.
This former president of FDC (Forum for Democratic Change) says that the problem of Uganda’s weakening security sector is still far from being solved, despite the changes in the top leadership, if the system of governance doesn’t change.
Addressing the media this Tuesday at his office, Kiiza Besigye said that the current regime has continued to rule the country with “impunity” and its security system is focusing on only regime survival.
Museveni on Sunday relieved Gen Kale Kayihura and Lt. Gen Henry Tumukunde of their duties as Inspector General of Police and Security minister respectively, replacing them with Okoth Martin Ochola and Gen Elly Tumwine.
The story from Chimpreports says that President Yoweri Museveni has continued to appoint people that are loyal to him rather than those that would serve as professionals in the interest of Ugandans, according to Besigye.
This was after the duo had entangled themselves in observed power fights, prompting wide-ranging criticism that their disputes were increasing insecurity in the country.
Speaking on Museveni’s initiative to replace them as a way of reorganizing the security sector, Besigye said: “Mr. Museveni has failed the professionalization of the institutions and this can never be achieved since you can’t have professionalization and favoritism based on seeking personal loyalty before an individual.”
“Kayihura is intelligent, Kagame is prosperous, Kaguta is jealous”
Besigye said that despite Kayihura being a good and intelligent person, he opted for “sycophantry” and went over board to becoming a source of patronage.
“I knew Kayihura before he became a soldier and a tool of repression, as a human being he is a fine fellow, he is not someone who set out to be a bad person but offered himself to be used in a manner that projects him as a terrible creature,” he said.
“He is a very intelligent man and so his actions are not without his knowledge and consideration; the challenge of those leaders is that they are schemers; people who go on to do things that are not in line with their values but for purposes of getting something which is unfortunate.”
Besigye observed that Museveni’s fall-out with Kayihura has nothing to do with his failure to run the police but rather his increased loyalty to the leadership in Rwanda.
Toward the end of his reign, Kayihura was reported to have nurtured presidential ambitions which were being supported by the Rwandan government.
However, Rwandan Ambassador to Uganda, Rtd Maj Gen Frank Mugambage denied the charge, saying his government had no interest in propping up Kayihura to succeed Museveni.
According to Besigye, however, the relationship between Rwanda and Uganda will continue to remain tricky for quite a long time, because of the collegial relationships with some of the people managing the two countries.
“Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda was part of our forces and many of us have collegial relationship that can’t just disappear because we are in different countries,” he said.
He also noted that Museveni has remained jealousy towards Kagame since the latter is so prosperous despite his country being younger and smaller.
“It is not the failures in police that have caused changes in the leadership, Museveni had just reappointed Kayihura for the same position, it’s not the goons that have brought Kayihura down, and a lot has to do with Museveni’s rivalry,” Besigye said.
In conclusion, Besigye said that Museveni had started seeing that Kayihura was becoming more loyal to “the other side” – Rwanda – than him; “It’s a question of loyalty again,”Besigye said