“I am wrong and say I am sorry but I must move foward!”
Gen David Sejusa tells Ugandans

By Henry D Gombya

In probably the biggest political speech he has ever made, Gen David Sejusa apologises for whatever wrongs he mav have done while serving President Museveni and asks Ugandans to allow him to move forward.
In probably the biggest political speech he has ever made, Gen David Sejusa apologises for whatever wrongs he may have done while serving President Museveni and asks Ugandans to allow him to move forward. (Photo by Maj Twaha Mukiibi)

 

General David Sejusa has opened up his heart to Ugandans who have been doubting his decision to abandon Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and join the opposition to map ways of removing him from power.

In a powerful and at times emotional address during the launching of the Freedom and Unity Front at the London School of Economics, the general who only until late last month was still the chief coordinator of army intelligence, albeit in name only, spoke passionately about his decision to mount a campaign to remove a man he has been working with for the last 27 years and join many Ugandans some of whom have been fighting him from day one to join a chorus of Ugandan groups now knocking on the door of State House, demanding the keys to the country’s seat of power.

Speaking for nearly 45 minutes and without any written notes, the general, a graduate of the law school from Makerere University in Kampala, delighted Ugandans and other non-Ugandans who had travelled to London to witness the launch when he revealed how the main Ugandan opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) was robbed of the 2006 general election which he claimed then FDC leader Dr Kizza Besigye had won by at least 69 per cent. Amid laughter and the clapping of hands, Gen Sejusa said: “Yes. I must say it all now because I am a new man.”

Since he fled Uganda last April, there has been several rumours that he was still working with the Ugandan leader. Many even suggested he had been sent to London to spy on the exiled Ugandan community that is greatly opposed to President Museveni. The general seemed to have warmed up to the hearts of the audience that included elders from Buganda and members of the Kingdom of Toro royal family. Mrs Mary Nkata, a veteran Ugandan politician from the Buganda upper class, embraced the general after the meeting and told him all doubts she had held against him had been removed by his passionate speech.

Gen Sejusa who changed his surname from Tinyefunza spoke emotionally about what had driven him to move against Museveni. Because of the importance of his message to the whole country, we are publishing it here verbatim so every Ugandan can read it and be the judge as to the intentions of the most senior Ugandan army officer to have abandoned the seemingly sinking ship of President Museveni. Here it is:

 

34 thoughts on ““I am wrong and say I am sorry but I must move foward!”
Gen David Sejusa tells Ugandans

  • December 16, 2013 at 7:34 am
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    Dear Gen. Tinye,
    As you are aware that Ugandans needs somebody with strong desire like you to free them from this dictatorship.
    Majority of Ugandans are much willing but they fear to come out with “NO” to the Dictator as you know, they will not be spared but to be smashed (it is our country’s today main activities).
    May the almighty God strengthen you and open the one door that will lead you for the achievement of the great vision you have

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    • December 16, 2013 at 8:57 am
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      He said that he regrets for not having come out earlier. I’m glad he didn’t, the time wasn’t ripe enough. Now more Ugandans than ever before are willing to stand up. So God help all.

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  • December 16, 2013 at 7:47 am
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    Gen. Tinye,
    You are not wrong any more as far as the human freedom expression is concerned. It is only NRM party which is seeing you as a wrong person after saying NO to their wrong plans.
    Son of Uganda, you were much wise to flee and I’ request that you first work on Uniting Opposition parties in the Country. But first bare in your minds that we have some opposition political leaders who are the agents of the Dictator. So whenever we call on the opposition Leaders to Unite, the wrangles begins with immediate effect.
    Therefore I’ suggest that you first do a thorough research before.
    Otherwise I’ wish you the best

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    • December 16, 2013 at 8:48 am
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      That’s a wise move to take, Loyep but the past mistake shouldn’t be repeated – leaving it to one person. When standing, every one should stand; when need comes to jump, all or at least the majority should jump and that is what FUF main role must be starting from when it was first conceptualised. Thank God for the experienced set of eyes from Gen. Sejusa aka Gen. Tinyefunza.

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  • December 16, 2013 at 8:37 am
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    They’re quite encouraging words – Gen. Sejusa’s speech. There’s an African saying, “However far the stream flows, it never forgets its source”. Example, President Museveni never condemned anything the former president Dr. Milton Obote did even when there were damages against the Ugandan people accrued to him (Dr. Milton Obote) and it’s known from history that President Museveni was at one time in Dr. Milton Obote’s cohort. In perspective and from his own words (Gen. Sejusa), admits that President Museveni is his initiator and father into active Ugandan politics.

    FUF is and will be a working move but letting persons of Gen. Sejusa’s calibre be the driving force (so seems) in the struggle looks like it’s another political manoeuvre.

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  • December 16, 2013 at 9:28 am
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    Everyone is waiting for the word go, good luck.

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  • December 16, 2013 at 12:31 pm
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    Mbu Mama Nkata said……she’s too old and confused. She lives in Shooters hill and enjoying her retirement. Which other Ugandans attended that meeting?

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    • December 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm
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      Peter
      Whoever you really are, my grandmother may be old but she seems far more intelligent than you will ever be. I have intentionally allowed your comment, abusive as it is, so that other readers may understand when I refuse to allow your comments. It does not mean that when one gets old, they lose all their senses and when they do, and my grandmother certainly retains all her capabilities, they often have people around them to guide them.

      What living in Shooters Hill has got to do with her senses I cannot tell. Ironically, you always start your comments with ‘Mbu’. As a Muganda, that tells me exactly what is going through your rather sad and confused brain.

      I am very proud of her and what she has done throughout her life.
      Henry Gombya

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      • December 16, 2013 at 1:35 pm
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        great reply for that fool. i hear “mbu” a very backward fool.

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      • December 18, 2013 at 11:55 am
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        Gen. Tinye, Your Speach has caused many Ugandans to rejoice and now seeing a change, a new Uganda with visionary Leaders. Dont Fear even though there is more challenges on your way; dont give up (you are our to day’s Moses), Be strong and couragious knowing that you are going to lead the much confused and complaining people. People who will turn against you, abuse you etc. Know that there are some Ugandans whom we shall reedem by force from the hands of DICTATORSHIP

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  • December 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm
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    Great move, we support it

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  • December 16, 2013 at 1:22 pm
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    There is totally no sense in what this man is talking about; I expected him to tell us what he did while in government: This guy has come to create a window for the satisfied corrupt museveni guys who think that the regime is collapsing. They dont want to go down with it; Sejusa (Tinyefunza), you did a lot in your time; instead of talking about Museveni, tell you story because only then can we at least try to see what to do. For now, don’t waste your time; or else get aside and work with others who want to bring change; you’re a disgruntled general looking forward for own share of Uganda. NO, NOT AT ALL! You have fooled us so much you guys; its time you pay for what you did!

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  • December 16, 2013 at 2:57 pm
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    As a lawyer how do you make us believe that someone ordered you to boil our people in a container and you accepted? what about the “Ubuntu” where did this go? you had an inhuman heart. you enjoyed seeing peoples blood and here you are hoodwinking us. and you seem like you want to come for more blood in the name of making the Uganda you want. Did you use to meet beggars on streets when you were killing bulls whenever you craved for Liver.
    Sort yourself and don’t put Ugandans in a mix.

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  • December 16, 2013 at 5:15 pm
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    Uganda needs people like Gen. Sejusa (Tinyefunza) in the solidarity that is being encouraged here but such people should be humble and regretful enough for the ills they participated in (needful to say while they were in their sound mind) to wholly contribute to this cause whilst letting others lead it for now because forgiveness may come now but it takes time for the wounds to heal.

    And the General needs apologises need to be practical enough: confessing what he did or participated in will not undo or does not directly help this cause but it is a wise path to take for the unification that is crucial. Everything needs to be clear and said from him because it is not just for the people who were at that meeting but also the majority who are being crushed down by the ‘fear’ still living in the country. The General needs to do a little more than right away jumping into ‘Uganda’s saviour’s wagon’. Don’t ask Ugandans to follow you, let them follow you because they believe you. Their confidence shouldn’t be earned by giving half truths. Ugandan people may look poor, may be foolish BUT those people, their wisdom is as great as the turmoil they have and are going through. Get me right I fully appreciate General’s change of heart but please understand that you are asking hurt, broken, tired people with flickering faith. They need a friend, a Ugandan not just a changed General.

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  • December 16, 2013 at 9:42 pm
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    Hello, Ugandans it is time for us to wake up. Many times we people from Uganda
    always wait and asking who will start it. I have been studding General Tunyefunze
    since he fled from Uganda. Tunyefunza is not a fool, nor a pauper, but is a very intelligent person. I for one was going negative against him because I had asked him once why he and Museven wanted to kill me and the people I was with at that time. I ever sat with hard people, killers, and discussed with them how to achieve peace and stop brutality to their fellow brothers and sisters. Then why does Ugandan not come and join hands with the man who came out and said, ” I am sorry, I was wrong.” I did not hear Obote’s Vice President Paul Muwanga apologizing to Ugandans or to DP for rigging election of 1980. Not even Obote nor Amin. However, Tenye came out and said sorry to fellow Ugandans. You who are pointing fingers at him, you’re the one who is corrupt, stealing taxpayer’s money left and right. Therefore, Ugandans let us come together and liberate ourselves do not await on the Western World and America to do it for you. Nnyini mufu yakwata awawunya. Tenye soon I will join you. For God and our country, Uganda. God bless our cause.

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    • December 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm
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      Those Writing Bad comments against Gen. Tinye are the agents of corruption and thieves recruited and send to destroy Uganda

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  • December 16, 2013 at 10:00 pm
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    These are trully juicy details of General Sejusa’s revelations of the ills of NRM and General Museveni’s governance conduct. General Sejusa’s revelations are shocking (though not surprising or new as human rights organizations and individuals began “file-building” regime individuals much earlier). However, Gen Sejusa’s outpourings of NRM/Museveni record are certainly of a criminal nature, and for which near-future accounting is imminent, likely at (ICC). This will obviously include the commander of the Special Forces Group, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the only Tanzanian (Ref: Born, April 24, 1974 in Dar es Salaam) in the “Uganda Peoples Defence Forces.” Chap 12 of the Constitution of Uganda—Defence and National Security—Art 208, Sec 2 states “[m]embers of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces shall be citizens of Uganda of good character from all districts of Uganda”. To date, there is neither ( a press) record of Muhoozi’s naturalization as a Ugandan nor his employment contract in the army as an alien, potential raising legal issues of categorization, for example, at ICC. Second only to Charles Taylor, Muhoozi will be a foreign national to have interfered in another country’s military affairs. (Ref Taylor in Sierra Leone).
    Three issues, in my opinion, are now patently clear and of great import in the current discourse of Uganda’s future political shape.
    ( a ) General Sejusa now confirms and dispels any mistrust and suspicion NRM anti-regime elements (who originally regarded him an NRM Trojan horse) prior to this meeting at London School of Economics (LSE). I’m somewhat at ease with him right now.
    ( b) General Sejusa will become an important witness at future ICC tribunals involving the present Kampala regime. It is extremely difficult to extrapolate how the General’s contribution will sway the defence/prosecution arguments. Much will depend on the General. But going by these revelations, and considering a lot of bloodshed in the last 27 years, he will be a very interesting witness who will certainly need to prepare very well.
    ( c ) He may now be our own “Snowden” –after an American National Security bean-spiller– and we will need General Sejusa to provide us far more names of accomplices in crime particularly in doctoring “election” results and general terror in the country. (Documenting/ reviews of names/identities, locations/ill-gotten assets/assets under fictitious names, of NRM’s ISO/ESO agents of terror began about 2001 according to some accounts, but General Sejusa can certainly provide other dimensions). These bogus elections over the NRM years cost (this poor country) a conservative estimate of 590 million dollars including the money that went “into security services”. Add election bloodshed over the years, and the price tag of elections under NRM is incalculable.
    But so far, we certainly have some snippets of insights into how the brew in Uganda’s political scenery is likely to taste. No (terror) government is forever. We are seeing seeds of the beginning of the end of NRM. But it is certainly far from saying there will be a new (or changed-over-night) Uganda! We all must work towards this end. This is all our country. And Gen Sejusa seems to have commenced the necessary and required self-cleansing for political legitimacy.

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    • December 17, 2013 at 8:56 am
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      Mukulu, let the discussion be sensible. Muhoozi is no Tanzanian and requires no naturalization. He is a Ugandan by descent; born of Ugandan parents. So members should refrain from sensationalization. I am sure FUF will require Brig Muhoozi’s services; being probably one of the best-trained soldiers in E. Africa. Please remember Ssejusa talked about all Africans (including M7 and his family) being victims of this vicious circle of poverty, under-development and low GDP.

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      • December 17, 2013 at 2:52 pm
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        Nnamuli:

        My positions are very logical, premised on the rule of law and constitutionalism. If we disregard constitutionalism, namely that “foreign” born individuals require to follow a process to “re-acquire” citizenship, are we not following the rule of law? It is blantant disregard for the rule of law that has dug a hell-hole for our country. I’m not sowing sensationalism by any means. I’m upholding the law so that through it, we can account. Through, it we project liberty, happiness and freedom. And by it we become members of civilized families around the world. My sister, you need to take time to read the constitution of Uganda, and in infact all citizens must read it very careful. Who knows may be all these masquerading as reformed sinners would cease taking us for a ride. And may be a few of us would comment more intelligently and patriotically.

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  • December 17, 2013 at 1:19 am
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    We shall Never allow war criminals to hide behind emotional speeches and brain us. The political elite and intelligentsia should not impose the butcher of Northern Uganda,Luwero,Congo,Kampala etc. on us. That Man is a very nasty piece of work that should be sent to the Hague.
    Those that experienced his notorious dungeons-aka safe houses, we shall resist him Left and right. Never…Never are we ever going to let any NRM/A henchman organise for a second coming-we can’t let them kill us twice. You can already see how they’re suppressing voices of descent before grabbing power.
    Never!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • December 17, 2013 at 7:48 am
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    Gen Tinye,

    Brave the Kampala tear gas, then we will know that are really committed to your declarations.

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  • December 17, 2013 at 7:53 am
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    Nnamuli, I can’t imagine for one second the hell you must have gone through under the torture of heartless, supposedly Ugandan leaders the likes of Gen. Tinyefunza and others AND NEITHER should you imagine the unbearable silent pain a random, unknown Ugandan is going through right now – a Ugandan in Uganda with no voice louder than a buzzing bee. You are bitter and you are not the only one. For years I lived with a passionate pain due to what is happening to Uganda, at one time I prayed that Museveni and all politicians (even the opposition) to be banished by the Almighty Himself including their little babies and in-laws; burnt to vapour in their comfortable homes and farms to the satisfaction of the suffering low Ugandan. But what on earth would that make it – a massacre, revenge, justice, an eye for an eye? Make a pick! A Camerooninan proverb says, ‘If you show off your strength, you will start a battle’. And blood shed of the innocent is the last thing we want to start with, right?

    In the current circumstances, calling for radical justice is not a peace-seeking solution and cannot be achieved. To redeem Ugandans from the menace of the current politicians and President Museveni, forgiveness has to be our climbing stone though forgetting might not come instantly. Everybody in Uganda has something against everybody or someone. I’ll be damned that Nnamuli someone just by reading your name has something against you – considering which tribe it’s from. So please, give FORGIVENESS the first RUN.

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  • December 17, 2013 at 9:48 am
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    WE ARE BACK OF U.

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  • December 17, 2013 at 10:28 am
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    I still cant believe Gen tinyenfunza still is shameless to stand up and try to convince Ugandans that he is a reformed man and wants to lead Uganda. Why has it taken him 8 years to come out about the 06 rigged elections? What he’s revealing is known to all Ugandans that elections are not free and fair back home. What assurances does he give to Ugandans that he wont become another m7?
    and i for one, i am fed up of military leaders in Africa, and Uganda in particular. Uganda does not need another trigger hungry leader, who wont use his influence of the military to hold on power.

    If he truly is genuine and cares about the future of Uganda, he should reveal all atrocities committed by the NRM, and be held accountable first. Saying sorry to people who have lost their freedom and lives due to your past, does not measure full justice.

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  • December 17, 2013 at 1:48 pm
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    liberators sacrifice a little beat more than what sejusa is trying to do now. i would wish to see sejuse who is more serious than ever before to see his former boss live power in peace but not in pieces. it is good they know them selves very well, indeed Ugandans are more wise than that. you can’t chase Gen museven to bring sejusa we are not moving backward we need to see Uganda with leaders the likes of Mandela not those one who think leadership of the country belongs to their families i believe God is yet to punish gen sejusa, gen museven and the people helping them by mistreating Ugandan. i pray that god may forgive them and they go peacefully. God bless Uganda.

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  • December 17, 2013 at 2:08 pm
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    In reacting to Gen. Sejusa’s formal announcement that he is ready to stand up and say No to Museveni’s regime there are both negative and positive responses and rightly so. While both these negative and positive reaction will continue for a while, there is one important and perhaps the most important note in the history of Uganda’s 50 years of political independence, Sejusa is the first Ugandan in position of authority to come out and admit his role in the atrocities committed against Ugandans, apologized for them and asked for forgiveness from Ugandans. In so doing, he opens the way for national confession by those who have committed these atrocities dating back to 1966 and the end result would be national reconciliation.

    While I do not condone what Gen. Sejusa did, I would like to point out one thing, the role of a national army. An army is meant to protect and defend a nation and its people and properties against external aggression. Unfortunately, this military teaching in the case of Uganda and for that matter Africa has been twisted because of dictatorship and poor quality of leadership, the enemy happened to be within, the very people the national army is supposed to protect and defend. For that reason Gen. Sejusa was trained to turn his gun against his own people, Ugandans who are perceived not to be enemies of the state, but of Museveni’s and his family. It must also be noted that a soldier whether of high or low rank acts on instructions and command from above if they want to remain in the army and earn a living. It is no different from a student who follows instructions from their teachers if they want to complete and pass their studies. Rebellion leads to one being expelled from school. I am not condoning what the Gen. did, but he acted on instructions. There are those who say, Gen. Sejusa should not lead us since he has been part of Museveni’s regime, the question is, Museveni has been in power for 27 years, how come no one who has not served in his regime has not emerged to lead us somewhere? Different views are welcome when we are discussing matters of very serious importance such as this, but those views must fall within a proper context if indeed we are to change and make Uganda not only better for ourselves, but those who will inherit it too when we leave tomorrow.

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  • December 17, 2013 at 8:17 pm
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    FUF may have a good agenda planned ahead however I think the error was in selecting someone with a dubious background to be the front for FUF. I would have preferred to hear the comments of the professors and the rest but this type of sensational dramatic revelations by the General might not necessarily sway the suspicions that run deep. I am not sure why the protestor was kicked out. Its not like she was declaring lies. The Generals response to the protestor would have been the opportunity to show how genuine he is.I suppose when the General addresses Ugandans living in the west, he has to be genuine and specific. No one is really interested in the kind of garbage that is given elsewhere. Missed opportunity FUF, just get back to kyeyo and pay taxes and bills.

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  • December 18, 2013 at 8:06 am
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    We like your determination on this issue:::::: Continue and tell us more rot in NRM:::: Dont leave any stone unturned:::: Thanks Sejusa

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  • December 19, 2013 at 4:44 am
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    I real agree with sejusa but my idea is that we need to have a balance in resources and balance in power, i would argue him to spear head the process and possibly the coming president comes from a different region not only western side, i think that could be a very big achievement he can do for the people of Uganda.

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  • December 19, 2013 at 5:02 am
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    Gen Ssejusa’s Speech is very captivating! I can now put the pieces together, and can see them connect. From the CA, to the resignation from the Army and the court battle that ensued.

    I can only imagine what it felt like for him to live that life for that long. I have seen what the system has done to those who tried to say no. The price is usually high. The late Kategaya and Hon Bidandi Ssali.

    Having Lost a father to the Bush war (late Godfrey Bukenya Musisi, a former police officer at Kira Rd in the early 80’s), i cry over the loss of a loved one for no good cause. I hope your options do not include another similar war.

    God bless Africa.

    Robert Bukenya,
    Vancouver,
    Canada

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  • December 21, 2013 at 10:45 pm
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    Omusahulu Editor
    Thanks for the sturdy efforts to table FUF and its unfolding prospects.
    My two-cents:
    First Cent: All the nationalities would be best served if their sons, daughters and progeny can give up voluntarily the pursuit of ‘personal merit’ agenda by using all sorts of ruses.
    Second cent: The leaned persons with all sorts of learning for all sorts of end-user reasons were availed the opportunities to acquire the skills and knowledge for no other purpose or reason but to enable the nationalities make better decisions. For reasons beyond them or best known to them, have privatised the tools without permission of the nationalities.

    Allow me a half Cent: The FUF option is another ruse to outwit the nationalities, if not: The TEST:- it should make a declaration that their ONLY intention of removing Gen Amos and occupier-regime is to return the Uganda Habitat to its owners.
    Opoya

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  • December 31, 2013 at 3:20 am
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    Tinyefunza need to apologise to all the Acoli people to help gain support of all Ugandans and also solidify the fight to unanimously remove despotic regime of Yuweri museveni and form a force that will finally allow all Ugandans total freedom. MY Concern is that Sejusa tinyefunza has blood in his hands and we should not give him the benefit of doubts and just overwrite the past and quickly move on.We all know Museveni also started as sheep but he was a Wolf we all now knows about. On the other hands Omara Otunnu can not claim to own the majorities’ approval even though I am Acoli like him.We need majority support and strategy of clear and openness but not selfish ambition to gain power which we are very much aware of.

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  • December 16, 2014 at 7:54 am
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    Our biggest problem with the opposition in the Diaspora is their inability to understand the dynamics of things happening in Uganda. Our culture is quite different from the white man’s culture.
    They think what amounts to serious human rights abuse in UK carries the same weight here in Uganda. (Dont get me wrong, human rights abuse is a serious offence). However, in Uganda and many parts of Africa beating a child for wrong doing is not a serious offence for which one can be jailed, the reverse is true in the west. When we are justifying our resistence to the regime let us pick on what is regarded as human rights abuse in Uganda and not “small things” categorised under the same in the West. I know all rights are important but lets face it, cultures dictate what is serious and what is not.

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  • December 16, 2014 at 4:21 pm
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    Emmanuel,

    I agree that culture, custom and value can dictate which direction a society, community and country takes. But culture, custom and value are not stagnant, but change with time and in most cases to a higher level. Uganda, or for that matter Africa is not different. Africans like the rest of other nationalities are also changing for a range of reasons some of these reasons include interaction of other cultures through migration, tourism, education etc. In today’s world, we can also add social media which is transformation the way we think, the way we behave and the way we look at the world in general. What causing problems in Africa is that the people are embracing these new changes without deeply thinking about the consequences or the negative impact they can cause. To make it worse, the transformation is coming from top down instead of from bottom up. Unfortunately, education has not been a solution to Africa’s problems, instead it seems to be creating more problems, because it is creating a particular class of people who consider those who are not educated inferior. We need to step back for a while and reconsider very carefully, our past and present if at all we want to join the global community as equals.

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