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UGANDA: When Brig. Kasirye Gwanga will salute Gen. David Muhoozi

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Brig. Kasirye Gwanga is reported to have snubbed the decoration ceremony at the Army Headquarters today. He reasoned that he didn’t want to attend a ceremony where he would be required to salute kids of yesterday like Gen. David Muhoozi who masquerades as army chief.

The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. David Muhoozi presided over the same ceremony where the recently promoted army Generals were being formally decorated. Brig. Kasirye Gwanga is one such officer who was elevated from Brigadier to Maj. Gen. and then retired. This is the second time he is retiring after he rejoined a few years ago having spent three months in retirement.

Brig. Kasirye Gwanga had been a Corporal in the Uganda Army by the time Iddi Amin was overthrown in 1979. Like all other defeated UA soldiers, he was humiliated with imprisonment by the victorious UNLA where Museveni was the Minister of Defence.

Gwanga was released from detention at the time Museveni was fighting his NRA Bush War. Corporal Kasirye Gwanga detested joining the NRA on account of having been detained by Museveni. Instead he joined the Baganda dominated FEDEMO. At the time of surrendering to NRA’s Maj. John Kazoora in Mityana a few months to the fall of Kampala, Brig. Kasirye Gwanga was still a Corporal.

Therefore, Corporal Kasirye Gwanga joined the NRA around the same time recruit David Muhoozi Rubakuba was joining. They were both similarly referred to as Kyamukwese, Trailer etc. by the original NRA fighters to mean they had joined at the time the war was over. The only difference is that Kasirye was being referred to as a FEDEMO and UA while Muhoozi was being referred to as an “intellectual Kurutu”.

Brig. Kasirye Gwanga rose through the ranks to attain the rank of Brigadier and his current position of Senior Presidential Advisor because of regional balance and his past role in neutralising the UFM/FEDEMO Baganda fighters who had joined hands with Museveni’s NRA. Brig. Kasirye Gwanga is not a poor man by Uganda’s standards. However, he can’t afford to live without fleecing the army of resources and cash.

He belongs to that category of aged army officers whose motto is ‘Nitakufia Jeshini” (I will die in the army) like Hussein Ada, Elly Tumwine and others who treat the military uniform as their holly religious dress code. That is how he was to rejoin the army hardly three months into retirement a few years ago.

Kasirye Gwanga is particular fond of approaching different army departments and officers in influential positions begging for free fuel, cash assistance and other supplies. The likes of Kasirye Gwanga will even go an extra mile by acquiring fatigues resembling military attire from second hand clothing markets like Owino and wear them. Some of them are a real nuisance within military circles. I have no doubt Brig. Kasirye Gwanga did not ask for retirement. He must have been retired against his will thus the protest.

Kasirye Gwanga’s retirement must be a calculated move by the army to distance itself from his controversies more especially his statements over the death of Gen. Aronda, the Kasese Massacre and most recently the burning of the tractor. By claiming that Gen. Muhoozi was masquerading as the army chief, Brig. Gwanga is indirectly questioning Museveni’s wisdom as the appointing authority. For that reason, the regime is praying for a situation that will make Brig. Gwanga seek Gen. Muhoozi’s aid thus WHEN BRIG. KASIRYE GWANGA WILL SALUTE GEN. DAVID MUHOOZI.

Watch the space.

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