Why Gen. Muntu is not one of the moles in FDC
I have sufficiently discussed the so called ‘moles’ in FDC in the past and that is why I have been reluctant to comment on the ongoing debate about Gen. Mungu and the FDC ‘moles’.
However, let me say this; it is a fact that the Museveni regime spies on opposition political parties using both human (moles) and technical means (hacking, electronic intercepts, etc.). The regime’s actions are driven by the urge to gather classified information pertaining to the opposition plans, source of financial and logistical resources, and how best the regime can undermine and foment divisionism thus cause internal disharmony.
For human sources of intelligence, the regime uses the most active activists amongst MPs, party executives, district party leaders, the youth, clerks, drivers etc. For the FDC, the regime’s major concern is the mobilisation of the population for mass action dubbed ‘DEFIANCE’.
It is what is giving the regime sleepless nights and having a big toll on its financial, logistical and human resources. There fore, the regime gets timely and accurate intelligence on ‘defiance’ from reliable both human (moles) and technical sources.
The human sources are so well placed within the FDC that it is not easy to detect them leave alone rising suspicion. Some people who don’t know how moles operate have also been referring to Betty Kamya and Maj. Rubaramira who left FDC to join Museveni as having been ‘moles’ in FDC. My contention is that they had not been moles but opportunists who chose to join Museveni for selfish interests. On the contrary, if they had been moles they would have remained in the party undetected; moreover no one had ever suspected them of being moles.
Similarly, if Gen. Mungu was one of such moles, he would be the most active advocate of the defiance campaign so that he is well positioned to gather and pass on information to Museveni. The fact is that Gen. Muntu contested for the FDC flagbeareship in 2015 on the theme of structurally organising the party.
Dr. Besigye who campaigned on the theme of ‘winning by defiance’ took the day. In his concession speech, Gen. Muntu warned thus; “if defiance is not properly organised, it will be smashed in a day”. Dr. Besigye won the February 2016 presidential elections and indeed the defiance movement was smashed by the Museveni regime.
Like anybody else, it is just natural that Gen. Muntu wished to see his prediction come true – ‘ a disorganized defiance smashed within a day’. He went ahead to controversially encourage opposition MPs to take up the role of Opposition in Parliament as opposed to the ‘defiance camp’ who had been in favor of a boycott.
Having been Museveni’s spy and longest serving army chief, Gen. Muntu knows better than anybody else that no level of organization by political opposition can dislodge Museveni from power through an election.
Gen. Muntu is systematically building his political profile. He is Uganda’s longest serving Army Commander, he has been President of the strongest opposition political party. Since he is not the type of person who can accept any political appointment from Museveni, he is now eying his name appearing on the ballot paper for national presidential elections. He would make history by being the first former army chief to contest against his former Commander in Chief.
Therefore, Gen. Muntu cannot risk losing his hard-earned political reputation by emotionally and arbitrarily quitting the FDC. He needs the FDC as much as it also needs him. However, the opportunists are bent to pounce and lead him to the slaughter house thus the much anticipated ‘big announcement by Gen. Muntu’.
Unfortunately, he has never been an opportunist and that is why he can’t be a mole. If Gen. Muntu was to be tried for being a mole, Dr. Besigye would be the lead defence witness to exonerate the accused. However, Gen. Muntu must be regretting his action of sending the opposition to Parliament instead of a boycott. He can’t afford another blunder in the form of what opportunists had wished; leaving the strongest opposition party (FDC) for which he has committed his energy and time. It would be okay if he had been rigged out, mistreated or expelled from the party as was the case with Amama Mbabazi in the Museveni regime.
On the contrary, Gen. Muntu garnered 463 against POA’s 641 in a free and fair electoral exercise. Col. Besigye’s backing of POA was justified and Gen. Muntu knows it was the determining factor and therefore does not underrate Col. Besigye’s strength. The allegation of being a ‘mole’ has for some good years been advanced by opportunists within the FDC and exploited by the enemies of FDC. Generals don’t spy but manage spy networks.
The same fate befell Gen. Ssejusa when he fled to London in 2013 whereby he was labelled a spy in the diaspora. He had to hastily return home for fear of being accused of war crimes in relation to the counter insurgency operations in Northern Uganda during the 1990s. When Gen. Muntu went to join Museveni guerrillas in 1981, he was suspected to be a government spy and was first placed under close surveillance.
As Army Commander, Gen. Muntu was resented by some senior Hima senior army officers. On one occasion in the early 1990s, during the funeral vigil of Col. Kyatuuka at Old Kampala, he was verbally attacked and humiliated by junior Hima army officers. Led by then Capt. Rwashande who is now a General, the junior army officers referred to Gen. Muntu as “a Mwiru who had caused the death of a number of Hima senior officers” through his Katebe (rendering redundant) syndrome.
Museveni never took action against the said untouchable junior officers and several of them are not very senior in rank and manning vital positions in the army. Many Ugandans have never known why Gen. Muntu and Gen. Ssejusa don’t see eye to eye.
Gen. Muntu also frankly believes that Museveni can’t be dislodged from power by structurally organising an opposition party. However, by advocating for organisation instead of defiance, he is trying to build his political profile while at the same time holding on to his 2015 internal party flagberership philosophy of ‘organisation instead of defiance’. Obviously losing party leadership to the likes of POA soils his political profile and naturally he had to initially react the way he did. Otherwise, the stage of organising the masses is past and what is at stake now is to rescue the country from the claws of a ruthless military dictator and this can’t be through the ballot.
INFORMATION IS POWER AND DEFIANCE IS THE WAY TO GO.
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