Museveni’s choice of Gen. Kalekyezi’s replacement must be one to contain Gen Tumukunde’s influence
CHANGE OF GUARDS – From the trend of events it is probable that Museveni may soon drop Gen. Kalekyezi as head of the police. With Museveni’s blessing, the police force is so highly militarised and polarised along patronage and ethnic cliques that it is only an army General that can return some semblance of sanity. The likes of Okoth Ochola, Fred Yiga and others who are traditional professional police officers have the skills necessary for running a normal civil police force. However, what exists in Uganda is a military outfit groomed to terrorise, coarse and suppress the population into a state of fear and hence submission to Museveni’s military dictatorship.
For Gen. Kalekyezi, at his personal level, he has put in place a police force that owes its loyalty to him and his designs in the interest of his second master, the Tutsi regime in Rwanda. Gen. Tumukunde and company have to do a lot if they are to have some breathing space for their support for anti-Kagame dissidents. Otherwise, Gen. Kalekyezi built such an effective intelligence gathering network through patronage that even if he was to leave office, it would take long to dismantle it. Much as after eight years of politically motivated prosecution before the Court Martial, Museveni pardoned, purported to have retired, and appointed Gen. Tumukunde as Security Minister, he knows Tumukunde’s political appetite. In fact, in terms of underground political mobilization and creation of personal political empires, Gen. Tumukunde could be worse than Gen. Kalekyezi. While Kalekyezi thrived on the Rwandese ticket, Gen. Tumukunde has the First Lady as his goddess mother.
From the foregoing it can be authoritatively argued that Gen. Kalekyezi’s replacement must be any of the former top military intelligence managers whose record of service and rise in rank has never been directly influenced by Gen. Tumukunde. Here below, please find a sample of the likely replacements for Gen. Kalekyezi:
1. Gen. Joseph Musanyufu is a senior military intelligence manager free of Gen. Tumukunde influence but a Mwiru, Catholic and former ADC to Gen. Muntu.
2. Gen. Angina is an Iteso, highly partisan, minimal formal education and not a Gen. Tumukunde-bred. As Division Intelligence Officer under the late Chef Ali, Angina was falsely accused of plotting some mischief against Museveni. He is highly capable the same way Gen. Katumba did, except being a Born Again, he is too honest to serve Museveni’s political interests. When he poked his nose into high profile corruption scandals in the military, he was dropped and sent into fake seed distribution under OWC.
3. Brig. Tumusiime Katsigazi is a very senior low profile and a down-to-earth Hima, Lawyer, had a shot stint with military intelligence, his political inclination is not clear.
4. Gen. James Mugira is a Hima, son of Mzei Kagubare, former CMI, holder of a Masters in Law (LLM). His total lack of military training and field command exposure has undermined his rise to Army Chief. Though he can effectively counter Gen. Tumukunde’s influence, he is highly partisan with a very poor human rights record.
There are other suitable candidates in the military but since the position of police chief is more politically sensitive than even that of the CDF, Museveni can’t take chances. Earlier, some circles had suggested Gen. Leo Kyanda but I can authoritatively state that his appointment would confirm the view held by some people that Museveni is senile. If so, he can as well appoint the controversial legislator, Col. Ibrahim Abiriga. By the way, he also has the option of appointing his son in acting capacity as Overseer of the Police, why not!! Watch the space.
Whatever the case, Ugandans have no stake in whatever changes that may take place. The institution of national security is so irreparably broken down that citizens should only expect the worst. What is taking place in those so called “crackdown on criminals within the police” is just a realignment of the regime security and not national security. If I may borrow Amama Mbabazi’s words; “DO YOU WANT CHANGE OR MORE OF THE SAME??” then you should focus on getting rid of Musevenism. As has always been the norm, Gen. Kalekyezi was used, abused and now is the time to discard him. For Gen. Tumukunde, he learnt nothing from history.
INFORMATION IS POWER AND DEFIANTLY “HITTING ON THE HEAD” IS THE WAY TO GO.