Events that Friday March 6, 1987 changed the life of yours truly for ever and he has never stepped in Uganda since. For the last 29 years, yours truly has struggled to convince whoever wanted to listen that Museveni was a ‘fake democrat’ and had ulterior motives for power. But his popularity then was so high warnings simply fell on deaf ears. Former leaders like Dr Obote and his former deputy Paul Muwanga also warned in vain about the intentions of Museveni but many saw their warnings as ‘sour grapes’. The most disturbing thing is the lack of any information about the Ugandan leader’s uncles, aunties, grandparents, great parents and the whole line of his family that many of us can easily produce and mention without any difficulty. An African grows up being looked after by many ‘aunties’ and ‘uncles’ and their names stay with you for the rest of one’s life. Why is there a gaping absence of this in the Ugandan leader’s life?
So this week, we will embark on an attempt to expose the lies that Museveni has used to get himself in power and why he is going to fight to the death to keep himself and his family in power AT ANY COST. Most of our sources will come from the very statements he has made and his own writings on various issues in the country. We invite any reader who has any facts regarding this evil man to come out to send them to us and we promise that we will observe the journalists covenant of never revealing one’s source of information even when faced with the threat of imprisonment or death.
In this Sunday issue of The London Evening Post, yours truly will relive the day of the attack that claimed Dr Kayiira’s life and how the former guerrilla leader spent the last day of his life in the Ugandan capital Kampala. But to kick us off in our efforts to understand what the ‘mysteries’ surrounding the real identity of Yoweri Museveni are, we produce an article authored by one of our regular columnists, Prof Eric Kashambuzi, who was born in Rukungiri District in Western Uganda but is now a resident of New York in the United States of America. He kicks us off by ‘solving the three mysteries about Yoweri Museveni’. We invite readers to take part in this exercise and help us understand who the only man the current youths of Uganda have known as their leader really is.
We would particularly love to hear from those he played ‘hide and seek’ with in Ntungamo, his ‘alleged’ place of birth or those he shared primary school days with. Were you at Ntare High School in Mbarara when he attended high school there? Did you share lectures with him at the University of Dar es Salaam? More precisely, did you fight with him during the struggle to remove Idi Amin in the mid-1970s? Have you any experiences with him while he was commanding the bush war between 1980 and 1986? We would like to hear from you in confidence. We sincerely believe that it is only after learning and understanding what this man truly is that Ugandans can mount an effective campaign to regain their country.