Museveni’s figurehead Deputy Director General of Internal Security (D/DGISO), Gen. Taban Amin is reportedly under police investigations over his alleged involvement in a fake gold scam that saw a U.S citizen fleeced of millions of U.S Dollars. It is alleged that Gen. TABAN connived with armed soldiers from Museveni’s elite Special Forces Command (SFC) not only to extort millions of U.S Dollars but to carry out a highway armed robbery against the same victim.
The Fist Son of former President Gen. Idi Amin, Gen. Taban Amin had lived in Kinshasa for over five years where he raised an armed force of Ugandans that allied with the Kabila (Snr) government and it’s allied troops from Namibia, Angola and Zimbabwe against the invasion by Uganda and Rwanda. Later, attempts to transform his militia group into a rebel force against Museveni with bases in eastern DRC ended up only being the Uganda backed Hema militia in Ituri Province. However, around October 2003, Taban Amin abandoned rebellion and returned to Uganda under Museveni’s Amnesty. Taban Amin was appointed to head the West Nile region and Congo Desk under the Internal Security Organization (ISO).
Around July 2006, Gen. Taban Amin was dragged to the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) for allegedly physically torturing a one Nugaga over a love affair with a woman in the Kampala suburb of Kansanga. However, the matter was, as usual, suppressed by the Regine in or to save its own. In October 2020, Taban Amin was controversially appointed Deputy Director of the Internal Security Organization (D/DGISO). Interestingly, as a General, he was to deputize a Director General who holds the lower rank of Lt. Col!!! His so-called appointment was just symbolism to dupe the public and in particular the people of West Nile where Taban Amin hails from. Otherwise, Taban Amin is just nothing in Museveni’s ISO.
Taban Amin’s siblings have come out to issue a statement denouncing his alleged involvement in the said gold scams and armed robberies. They have gone ahead to call for a thorough investigations and prosecution for his alleged misdeeds citing his acting contrary to the Idi Amin ‘family values.” This particular development is a departure from the well-established norm under the Museveni regime. Kinsmen and tribesmen often successfully come out to blackmail Museveni into dropping criminal proceedings against the people accused of abuse of office and other misdeeds. The latest such instance is of former Police Chief, Gen. Kalekyezi whom his Banyarwanda a.k.a Bafumbira tribesmen conditioned Museveni to promise to drop charges in exchange for their vote.
The phenomenon of Museveni’s top security personnel getting involved in multi-billion financial scams, precious minerals and plunder of other prohibited natural resources, is a norm under the Museveni regime. In the purchase of Junk Helicopters, Museveni claimed to have pardoned his brother who confessed to have received a kickback of millions of US Dollars. The Senior Army Officers who created ghost soldiers before fleecing billions of public money for themselves were pardoned. The robbery of Congolese coffee by senior army officers in transit to Mombasa was swept under the carpet. The copper rivets stolen by Gen. Otafiire and the gold stolen from Ex. Mobutu Generals suffered the same fate. The plunder of precious minerals and timber from Congo by top army Generals was swept under the carpet. The aiding of international drug dealers and trafficking through Entebbe Airport by senior security officers was swept under the carpet. The robbery of huge amounts of gold of Congolese dealers by CMI’s Capt. Barigye was swept under the carpet.
The theft of tons of ivory from UWA strongrooms by Brig. Charles Tusiime was swept under the carpet. The theft of Congolese gold by Brig. Kulayigye was swept under the carpet. The huge consignment of gold stolen from Goma and South America found its way into Uganda. The fake arms purchase deals by Gen. Kyanda that saw a Polish arms dealer fleeced billions of U.S Dollars was swept under the carpet. Not to forget the most recent mysterious deaths of Finish nationals who had been lured into Uganda for fake security gadgets contracts was swept under the carpet. The list is endless but it is a fact that the perpetrators were left off the hook simply because they are the guardians of Museveni’s hold on power. The poor Gen. Taban Amin has no Special Permission to illegally accumulate wealth but more so, he may use such illegally acquired wealth against the regime and he will have to pay a heavy price. We are yet to see if he will be subjected to military courts since he is subject to military law by virtue of his military background and moreover firearms we’re used in the robbery.
INFORMATION IS POWER AND THE PROBLEM OF UGANDA IS MUSEVENISM
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