By Henry D Gombya
In the wake of the overthrow of Burkina Faso’s president Blaise Compaore for attempting to change the constitution so he could end term limits in the country, we publish today revelations against Uganda’s longest serving head of state that are far more serious and damaging than what Compaore was attempting to do.
A highly decorated Ugandan army officer has revealed how senior officers of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) were rounded up in 2005 and ordered by Gen Yoweri Museveni, the president of Uganda and UPDF commander-in-chief and ordered that they would have no view on the removal of term limits that had been the cornerstone of the then new Uganda constitution of 1995. He also reveals that President Museveni neither has any intention of stepping down from power nor ever had such intentions from the very beginning of his capture of power in 1986. Furthermore, it is revealed that the country is now governed more or less on ‘personal rule based on patronage, corruption and open subversion of the constitution’.
These revelations are contained in an article written by Gen David Sejusa, the former coordinator of military intelligence, Member of the Uganda Parliament and senior presidential adviser when introducing a new website of his Free Uganda organisation. The article, a copy of which was emailed to The London Evening Post early Monday morning by the organisation’s Press Secretary Dr Vincent Magombe, says army officers who were members of parliament, had been attending the Command and Staff College at Kimaka when an order from Gen Museveni was received for everyone to proceed to Kampala and support the removal of term limits.
“…the commandant at the time got an order at 6pm that day that we had to attend the next day without fail,” Gen Sejusa writes. “…we were not expected to have individual views on such an important issue. But this was primarily a political issue. How could we not have views?” he asks. As they were still mulling over the order, Gen Elly Tumwine, a former army commander and one of the original men who allegedly went to the bush with Museveni to launch a guerrilla war in the early 1980s, called the group around 10pm and told them he had also received the order. “As they say, the rest is history. Those are the circumstances under which Term Limits were removed,” he writes.