By Richard A Luce
A group of Ugandans have vowed to wage an armed struggle against the government of President Yoweri Museveni, saying they’ve tried in vain all peaceful means to remove the National Resistance Movement from power and now say, enough is enough.
In a six-page statement emailed to our office here in London, the group, calling itself ‘the Super Coalition Of the Fearless (SCOF), said they had come together so as to ‘wage war against the despotic, corrupt and repressive military dictatorship in Uganda’. Made up of The Alliance Of Democrats (TAD), the National Equality and Democracy (NED), the Uganda National Democratic Alliance (UNDA) and the Uganda Democratic Federal Organisation (UDFO), the group met recently in The Hague, Netherlands and said they had been forced to take the fight to oust Museveni through an armed struggle after coming to the conclusion that the Museveni regime has abrogated all agreements previously entered into with other fighting groups, political parties, religious institutions and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs).
The SCOF statement accused the Museveni regime, which has been in power since January 1986, of committing ‘heinous crimes’ against Ugandans based allegedly on ‘pervasive corruption, despoliation, discrimination and tribalism’. It accused the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government of having ‘misappropriated’ and ‘swindled’ the country’s national wealth, leaving Ugandans ‘wallowing in abject poverty’ and unable to harness their physical, material and resource potentials. Accusing Museveni of using the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) arbitrarily as ‘’a sectional tribal militia group that owes its allegiance to ‘one dictator, one political party and one ethnic group’, has made the SCOF realise there was an urgent need for liberating the country from ‘a corrupt military dictatorship’ in pursuance of ‘a true democratic state of the people, for the people and by the people’.