Unprecedented Recruitment, Training and Deployment of Militias in the Country


For Immediate Release

 

IPC would like the draw the attention of Ugandans and the entire world to the continued unprecedented, unlawful recruitment, training and deployment of militia in different places in the country. In the recent past the police amalgamated Mobile Police Patrol Unit (MPPU) and Anti Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) to form a Field Force Unit (FFU) which in African Perspective is known for Fanya Fujo Uwone! This was created to fight anticipated demonstrations against electoral malpractice. (the FFU is a dreadful force against citizens) the question is why such a force should be created and against who?

 

Secondly, IPC is concerned about training and deployment of the so called ‘Village Crime Fighter’; 30 NRM leaning youth were recruited per village in Ntungamo district. So far, about 29,000 youth have been recruited in this one district. If the entire police force is 38,000 men and women, how can a single district have such a large force? This force is certainly created to give mileage to the First lady in terms of votes but also intimidate the opposition in the area. The fighting of crime should be   structured where by youth are recruited without party discrimination. Moreover, IPC is concerned that the creation of these Village Crime Fighters will be a source of insecurity to Ugandans especially during and/or after elections.

 

Then the IGP announced that he is to recruit 18,000 polling constable to provide security at polling centers.  According to the electoral guidelines, provision of security to polling centers is supposed to be the responsibility of the EC.  Can the IGP confirm to the stakeholders (opposition parties) if the EC asked him to recruit the said polling constables and why other stake holders were not consulted? We want the public to know that recruitment of the said polling constables has nothing to do with provision of security but just a ploy to aid vote rigging for the NRM government. The public should remember that the IGP, Gen Tinyefunza and other Senior Military, Police and Prison officers were part of the audience during the launch of President Museveni’s Manifesto which was not the case with other opposition political parties.

 

It is further established that 5000 police recruits and 500 Police Officer Cadets are under going training in Masindi to beef up the 38,000 in existence. There is training of 8000 recruits in Kapeka under the command of Gen. Tumwine yet he is not structured in charge of training in the UPDF. Other 1500 recruits are being trained in Singo Military Barracks under the command of Brig. Mugisha In-Charge of air Defence and Intelligence. These forces are being trained for vote rigging and intimidation of the opposition.

 

We also know that in Gomba district, there is training of local militia in Kibibi and Kanoni and Kabulasoke sub counties; 30 people were recruited from each sub county.

 

We therefore call upon the EC, all Ugandans and the international community especially those following Uganda’s political dimensions to concern themselves with these developments.

 

Margaret Wokuri

 

Director Publicity and Communication

IPC Campaign Bureau

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2 Responses to Unprecedented Recruitment, Training and Deployment of Militias in the Country

  1. Semitego Richard says:

    Ugandan opposition receives support from British ruling party
    Written by: The Editor on 22nd November 2010
    By Norman Miwambo

    British Conservative Member of Parliament Mr Andrew Boff tells London conference his party will support opposition to end 25 years of Museveni rule. Ssuubi leader and former Buganda premier Joseph Mulwanyammuli (with glasses) and DP stalwart and Uganda presidential contestant Samuel Lubega (right) listen attentively.(Photo by Norman Miwambo)

    A member of the ruling British Conservative Party has publically declared his party’s position in a bid to support the change of leadership in Uganda. Speaking during an international conference at Ursuline
    High School in Ilford- Essex, Saturday, Andrew Boff, said the UK’s Conservative Party can intervene into the internal workings of another country to help individuals to adhere to their legitimate
    principles.
    “When we see other parties, in other parts of the world, who have the same principles as ourselves, then we do want to support them,” said Mr Boff, who doubles as a member of Conservative Party and featuring on
    several London assembly committees, whilst commenting on the current situation and the next general elections. He said: “One of those principles is that leaders agree to be bound by the laws that everybody
    agreed to be bound by, then we will be behind you. When we get to a situation that somebody is very good speaking in the opposition, but as soon as they get into power, all of a sudden it appears as if the law doesn’t concern them,” said Mr. Boff, adding that: “Then we will back you in trying to bring those people down.”
    “The madness that has become Uganda because one particular person doesn’t realize when it is time to give up,” said Mr. Boff, referring to the fact the President Museveni seized power four years before British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher called it a day. Then John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and now David Cameron, they have all presided over a government that supplements Uganda’s annual budget.
    “The resources, the history, everything is conducive towards having a prosperous people, self supportive with talents being realised at home,” said Mr Boff, adding that: “We in the Conservative Party, we will support all of you in trying to rectify the madness that has become Uganda.”
    Mr Boff further wondered: “What strikes us in the UK about Africa, about Nigeria and I had many dealings with Nigerians in Diaspora, in London as well. Africa should be the wealthiest place on the planet. It should be the most talented place on the planet,” he added. He was amused of the autocratic regimes that have become the obstacles of the vast talents on the African continent: “And it is a shame, we recognise the tears of African and Ugandans looking back where you come from and say why this isn’t happen!”
    “When the incumbent came to power, I think Ugandans need to ask themselves, you need to ask your compatriots as well. Is what you have now the Uganda you hoped for at the time when Museveni became in power; is this what you wanted of Uganda, because surely that; it is a shame that we
    recognize the tears of African and Ugandans. Look back where they come from, and we don’t say why this is happening? We actually believe that the wealth of the nation in this case, Uganda is
    a very wealthy nation,” said Mr. Boff, adding that: “We actually believe that the wealth of the nation is better in the people’s pockets than the bank accounts of the government and its leaders.”
    He further promised that: “If you believe in that, then the Conservative Party will be behind you. You’re the most important people to influence these elections because you’re the voice of Uganda. It’s not our guess, it is you, with people’s (voters’) contacts,” Mr. Boff, when advising Ugandans abroad to make daily
    phone calls at home and tell their relatives to unite and vote Museveni out of power. He said that he was conscious that 99 days remaining before the election days; “90 days before the election that is good number it doesn’t go into three figures.” “What are the things teach people in Conservative Party, that the plan
    for the election from back-wards.
    What do need on the Election Day in order to win and get this man out; one of the things you need by the Election Day is the united opposition; even people thrive when the good guys unite themselves. It is important that you lay aside the small differences you have in order to overcome the big difference you had with the man in charge at the moment. You need enough votes. In 99 days, get on
    the phone; make phone calls every day to tell people at home to do the needful to kick the man out. You can build the majority you be able to change Uganda into what it is supposed to be.
    Illustrating the current UK’s coalition Government, Mr. Boff, advised Ugandans and the opposition to get united and solve the most important problem of Uganda. “I’m not a great lover of the Liberal Democrat, I don’t believe I can count any of them as amongst my personal friend, but one thing I do know is that we both recognized the difficult time in the United Kingdom history,” said Mr. Boff, adding that: “It is better to put those differences aside in the national interests and say; we can fight for another day; we can fight in five years’ time, but now the important thing is we solve the problem of this country.”
    “I can’t see any difference between what we’re doing here [in the UK] and what you, Ugandans need to do in order to get victory. I’m very honoured with the former Prime Minister [Joseph Mulwanyamuli, You carried the massage very strongly,” said Boff.
    He concluded: “I want to see Uganda as a shining example for the rest of Africa. What I am satisfied of are that; the passion and unity of Ugandans to identify the problems of Uganda.” “You may wonder why that possible interests there is, the Conservative Party to become involved in the internal workings of another country. I mean European countries used to tell Africans what to do for many years. When the incumbent came to power, I think Ugandans need to ask themselves, you need to ask your compatriots as well. Is what you have now the Uganda you hoped for at the time when Museveni became in power; is
    what you wanted of Uganda, because surely that can’t be what he promised; it is a shame that we recognize the tears of African and Ugandans. Look back where they come from, and we don’t say why this happening?” “We actually believe that the wealth of the nation in this case, Uganda is a very wealth nation,” said Mr. Boff, adding that: “We actually believe that the wealth of the nation is better in the people’s pockets than the bank accounts of the government and its leaders.” He further promised that: “If you believe in that, then the Conservative Party will be behind you.” He said; “am satisfied of the passion and unity of Ugandans to
    identify the problems of Uganda.” “You may wonder why that possible interests there is, the Conservative Party to become involved in the internal workings of another country. I mean European countries used to tell Africans what to do for many years ago, we decided that wasn’t such a good idea,” said Mr. Boff, adding that:
    He said the Conservative Party believes in supporting individuals,a strong family, society and communities. “We will be behind you. You’re the most important people to influence these elections because you’re the voice of Uganda. It’s not our guess, it is you, with people’s (voters’) contacts,” Mr. Boff, when advising Ugandans abroad to make daily phone calls at home and tell their relatives to unite and vote Museveni out of power. He said that he was conscious that 99 days remaining before the election days; “90 days before the election that is good number it doesn’t go into three figures.”
    Boff said that what Ugandans now need on on Election Day in order to win and get ‘this man out’, is a united opposition; even people thrive when the good guys unite themselves. It is important that you lay aside the small differences you have in order to overcome the big difference you had with the man in charge at the moment. You need enough votes. In 99 days, get on the phone; make phone calls every day to tell people at home to do the needful to kick the man out. You can build the majority you need to be able to
    change Uganda into what it is supposed to be.”
    Illustrating the current UK’s coalition Government, Mr. Boff, advised Ugandans and the opposition to get united and solve the most important problem of Uganda. “I’m not a great lover of the Liberal Democrats. I don’t believe I can count any of them as amongst my personal friend, but one thing I do know is that we both recognized the difficult time in the United Kingdom history,” said Mr. Boff, adding that: “It is better to put those differences aside in the national interests and say; we can fight for another day; we can fight in five years’ time, but now the important thing is we solve the problem of this country.” “I can’t see any difference between what we’re doing here [in the UK] and what you, Ugandans need to do in order to get victory. I’m very honoured with the former Prime Minister [Joseph Mulwanyamuli, You carried the
    massage very strongly,” said Boff. He concluded saying that: “I want to see Uganda as a shining example for the rest of Africa.”
    Former Katikkiro (Prime Minister) of Buganda Kingdom, Joseph Mulwanyamuli Ssemogerere, and the leader of Ssuubi, a pressure group that campaigns for the united opposition to get rid of Museveni through a ballot, was among the guest speakers. “Through divide and rule; the authoritarian, autocratic and dictatorial rule, the mourners of politics have suppressed the populous to the extent of forgetting that they are doing it not only to the ordinary citizens but also to the owners of the country.” Katikkiro Mulwanyamuli who also participated in the war that brought Museveni to power 25 years ago, was referring to the September 11th, 2009, when the central government blocked the Buganda King, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, from travelling to an area within his Kingdom.
    Other speakers who include; independent presidential candidate Samuel Lubega, Deputy Chairman, Conservative Party, East London Ms Lauretta Onochie, Alex Oringa, Betty Atuku the Chairperson of Lubega campaign team in Diaspora.

  2. VERNON TUGUMIZEMU says:

    ‘MUHOOZI GENERATION NETWORK’ is not an auxilialy force.

    By Vernon, CEO.

    But i have also had lots about these so called auxilialy forces, and recently the NRM press secreatry to Gen.M7 Tamale Mirundi was bashing them saying some groups of strategists have formed up these forces to get calendistine funds from the President directly.

    They have rented a house in Kololo which he too, bashed saying they are renting posh houses in Kololo worth billions of money again to claim unprecedented house rents from M7 directly.

    But i categorically want to clear the public that ‘MUHOOZI GENERATION NETWORK-MGENET’, is not close to any of these paramilitary groups.
    It is thouruoghly a youth economic policy thinktank that fosters youth involvement in national and local politics, so, far, we have over 1000 youths contesting under this inspiration in all local councils right for mayorship, and say, LCV, we also have some youths not directly subscribing to the network whose inspirational symbol is Muhoozi, the first son, but by virtue of their age bracket, we still count on them, becuase Uganda is ours and as youths , i believe we do share a common dream of selflessly transforming this country into an economic hub.

    We are saying politicking alon wont help us unless an economic aproach to politics is employed Ugandans shall lament over and over, over escalating poverty levels-we are taking on financial literacy as our core objective to have young children in nursery school descover their economic potential.

    We are however militariry trained since most of us have undergone Mchaka mchak, and I personally have under gone the only University of political science, AND PATRIOTISM in Uganda, National Leadership Institute Kyankwanzi-NALI.

    We thus in Muhoozi Generation Network, do, solemnly condem those who are actvely recruiting jobless youths into acts of voilence, that is what we tell youths that as statistics show we are 78% to the total number of Ugandan eligible voters so, klets vote Gen.Museveni, but be keen of fake NRM carders.

    Youths have been made poor delibeartely by our leaderts to ride on us-Kibooko squard is full of idol youths-Alas!

    VERNON TUGUMIZEMU
    CEO, Muhoozi Generation Network.

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