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Museveni’s NRA steals from Mandela’s ANC

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First published by Change of Guards blog on December 22, 2013

Around 1987/88, South African freedom fighters relocated to Uganda from Tanzania. The group of about 100 comprised of both ANC and PAC holders of the Refugee Convention travel documents.

In Uganda, they were initially handled by the External Security Organisation (ESO) who took them to Kabamba military training school in Mubende district. At Kabamba the South Africans commonly referred to as ‘Comrades’, were enrolled for basic infantry training together with the Ugandan recruits.

Towards late 1990, as more ANC freedom fighters came to Uganda, a separate camp exclusively for them was set up at Kaweweta in Luwero district. The management of the trainees shifted to DMI. Officers like Capt. Byaruhanga as the C.O, Lt. Muwonge Kagwa as the Admin Officer, Lt. Joseph Balikudembe as the Quartermaster were put in charge of the camp.

By 1990, the three had been recalled back to DMI headquarters over gross theft of cash and supplies meant for the ANC trainees. As usual, no disciplinary action was taken against them except they were allowed to enjoy their loot. Capt. Byaruhanga retired but was killed in Kisangani during clashes with RDF where he was on a smuggling mission. Lt. Kagwa Muwonge rose to become a Capt. and a lead spy on Baganda Nkoba Zambogo group at Makerere University before he passed away.

Lt. Joseph Balikudembe from Bunyaruguru in Bushenyi district has risen to the rank of Colonel and one of the top NRA commanders in CAR, Somalia and the Northern and Eastern parts of Uganda. Col. Joseph Balikudembe to date continues the theft that started from the ANC camp in Luwero.


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