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UGANDA: Grounds for impeaching Museveni

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CHANGE OF GUARDS – The Constitution of Uganda clearly stipulates the grounds on which the President can be impeached.

Under Article 107. Removal of the President.

(1) The President may be removed from office in accordance with this article on any of the following grounds—

(a) abuse of office or wilful violation of the oath of allegiance and the presidential oath or any provision of this Constitution;

(b) misconduct or misbehaviour—

(i) that he or she has conducted himself or herself in a manner which brings or is likely to bring the office of President into hatred, ridicule, contempt or disrepute; or

(ii) that he or she has dishonestly done any act or omission which is prejudicial or inimical to the economy or security of Uganda; or…………

Going by the above provision, among the many breaches, there are two grounds that clearly qualify Gen. Museveni as a subject of impeachment proceedings:

There is an ongoing bad blood between Rwanda and Uganda that is on the verge of exploding into an all out military confrontation.  The border has been closed and already some citizens have been killed.  Rwanda alleges that Uganda is harbouring and facilitating Rwandan dissidents.  Museveni has repeatedly admitted the accusation:

In his March 10, 2019 letter to Kagame he admitted meeting the top leadership of the Rwandan dissident groups.
    Your Excellency Paul Kagame,……… I am writing to let you know that by accident, I, at last, had a meeting with a Rwandan who admitted to being a member of the group you told me about — Rwanda National Congress (RNC). This is a lady known as Mukankusi, whom, I am sure you know, but I had never met before.  One of my National Resistance Movement (NRM) contacts kept telling me that there was a Rwandan lady who had some important information to give me and that she wanted to come with somebody known as Gasana, who also had important information…………..She said she wanted me to know bad things that were happening in Rwanda. She further told me that she had joined the RNC to resist Your Excellency’s Government and she wanted us to support them.”

In March 2018,  Museveni admitted, during a joint press conference with Kagame at State House in Entebbe, that his Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) had assisted RNC recruits to try to cross the border at Kikagati on their way to the RNC training centre in Minembwe (DRC) via Tanzania and Burundi.

The UN Group of Experts report that was released on 31 December, 2018 among other things, implicated Uganda as part of a “recruitment network” for a coalition of five –“P5” – anti-Kigali rebellion led by the exiled Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa. The said Kikagati incident of December 11, 2017 involved forty of such recruits at the Uganda-Tanzania-Kikagati border travelling in a Ugandan bus allegedly going to Burundi for a Christian fellowship while carrying with them Ugandan travel documents provided by CMI.

It is this particular incident that made Museveni believe that some of his top security managers had let the cat out of the bag in favour of Rwanda thus prompting him to sack his then chief of Police and detention without trial of other police officers.

In December 2018, a federal court in USA found guilty a Chinese national, Patrick Ho Chi-ping for offering a $1,000,000 bribe to two Ugandan public servants namely Yoweri Museveni (Exhibit 1510) and Sam Kutesa (Exhibit 1504).

The said bribe was in a bid to secure business dealings in railway services, infrastructure construction, fishing, hydro-energy, banking and finance as well as tourism for the Chinese conglomerate CEFC China Energy Co.

CEFC also offered profit-sharing through a partnership with the Museveni and Kutesa family businesses.  Kutesa’s $500,000 bribe was paid via a wire transfer from HSBC bank in Hong Kong (China) through an intermediary HSBC bank (USA) to Stanbic bank in Uganda on May 6, 2016.

Museveni’s $500,000 bribe termed as “campaign donation” was delivered in May 2016 ahead of Museveni’s swearing in for his current term of office. Before leaving for Uganda and delivering Museveni’s bribe, Ho asked Kutesa for help with the customs officials in regards to Museveni’s bribe that was delivered in gift boxes, court heard.

Ho stated in an email also copied to Kutesa’s wife Edith:
    “As we are about to board the plan[e] to Uganda, we are preparing to bring with us some very ‘nice’ gifts to your President and to [the Ugandan Foreign minister] to celebrate the occasion. We shall require special assistance with your customs procedure. Please assist in whatever way you can otherwise we will have to make other plans.”

Indeed, Mr. Ho did come to Kampala and met Museveni (see the attached group photo that he took with Museveni and Kutesa).

During the trial, court also heard that so successful was Ho’s meeting with Museveni, that he wrote to CEFC chairman Ye (who also worked as a special advisor to Kutesa during his time as President of the UN General Assembly) that Museveni was willing to undo already completed bids in oil blocks in order to award the concessions to CEFC.

THEREFORE,  those Ugandans pushing for the investigations by the ICC of Museveni’s crimes against humanity should also look into the possibility of commencing impeachment proceedings based on the said two grounds that are very clear and not in dispute.


—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: November 21, 2019 at 06:33PM

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