UGANDA: Gen. Rwabantu blows a “Banyankole” victory trumpet against Banyarwanda, begs Museveni for a job
CHANGE OF GUARDS – Recently promoted Gen. Steven Rwabantu has vowed to fight anyone attempting to challenge Museveni’s hold on power. “We are growing old but we are still able. So we are warning those who keep running around and they think they will destabilize our country, they should think twice.”
Gen. Rwabantu who is the Deputy Commander of the non-existent Reserve Force was speaking out of excitement following the sacking of the Police Chief Gen. Kalekyezi who is a Munyarwanda. Some of these “Banyankole” army officers felt that Museveni was ditching them in preference for the Banyarwanda as the custodians of his hold on power. The most recent sacking of Gen. Kalekyezi and Gen. Tumukunde and the elevation of Gen. Tumwine and Gen. Sabiiti as Security Minister and Police Chief respectively is cause for the “Banyankole” to celebrate. They are itching to see more Banyarwanda in positions of authority being sacked. Gen. Kalekyezi’s sacking is characterized by allegations of Rwanda having been propping him up to dislodge Museveni from power. Gen. Kalekyezi is further accused of harbouring plans of assassinating Museveni. The “Banyankole” harbour centuries of traditional disagreements with the Banyarwanda. An aggrieved Munyankole would curse the other party; “keitwe Abanyarwanda” (be killed by Banyarwanda).
Gen. Rwabantu is one of those “Banyankole” army officers who were sidelined by Museveni around the mid 1990s for alleged links to the controversial Gen. Ssejusa in a plot to dislodge Museveni from power. Since then he has never gotten any significant deployment. In December 2003, Rwabantu was among the 28 army officers lined up for prosecution for creation of ghost soldiers. He was elevated to the position of Deputy Commander of the Reserve Force following the death of Brig. Peter Kerim in 2012. In May 2013, he was promoted from Col. to Brigadier.
Therefore, by making that statement, Gen. Rwabantu was emotionally expressing delight at the fall of Banyarwanda trouble makers. He feels that Museveni is now set to reconsider the “Banyankole” army officers thus his begging to be re-assigned. These are the two ethnic communities that historically form the foundation of Museveni’s craving for and hold on power. The rest of the Uganda communities are just spectators as the two regime beneficiaries tussle it out.
In our next article, we are to examine the concept of the so-called Reserve Force.
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