Ugandan group declares armed struggle against Yoweri Museveni’s 31-year government

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who's alleged to call anybody opposing his presidency either a fool, idiot or both. (Photo by POOL/AFP/Getty
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who’s alleged to call anybody opposing his presidency either a fool, idiot or both. (Photo by POOL/AFP/Getty

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’.

8 thoughts on “Ugandan group declares armed struggle against Yoweri Museveni’s 31-year government

  • April 9, 2017 at 7:55 pm
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    Please, thank you so much for your hard job you have done to re-unite Ugandans and come one as a demonstrating organisation to fight Dictator Mus7, the killer with interest to jeopardise, fellow Ugandans by installing Rwandese in a very terrible way.
    We have a lot of information that we hold against (Dic.Mus7) and we are more happy to provide you that Info. as since 1970 by the time he was brought up by a committee to join one of the interigency Dept. lead by Dr. A. Adoko and where he betrayed Dr. Adoko to develop the new killing group.

    Please, continue to Inform the Ugandans and many will provide information about Dic. Mus7.

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  • April 9, 2017 at 9:27 pm
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    thank you so much for restoring hope in Ugandans after suffering for the last three decades, I wish to join you,Uganda belongs to us.

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  • April 9, 2017 at 9:47 pm
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    Mr Gombya sold out Kayiira, at the time he was i bed M7 and he assisted its rise to power by telling lies about the Obote government and the northerners, yet here he is trying to say that he fighting for freedom Uganda? Give us a break.

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    • April 11, 2017 at 11:13 am
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      Dr Gombya is our editor. We see none of his hands in this article although he obviously has approved it. Dr Kayira was his great friend. If he sold him to Museveni one wonders why he has lived in exile ever since and not rewarded for removing Museveni’s arch enemy and unlike many so-called ‘Kayira friends’ has not stepped into the country ever since. We leave this to readers to see who is lying here.

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  • April 10, 2017 at 7:19 am
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    true for anew beggining

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  • April 10, 2017 at 12:36 pm
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    Wow! That’s great news. I’ve always wanted to hear this.
    But, many groups have been spoken of, how will we know that this one is serious?
    We as Ugandan are fully in support of anyone who will come and give us hope for change. It’s very much true beyond doubt that Ugandans cleave for change. There is no democracy in Uganda. The people no longer have a say due to excessive use of guns and bullets against anyone who opposes Dictator Museveni and his family. Impunity is what is keeping this old man in power. He organises sham elections, steals, then misuses the National army (UPDF) by deploying excessive force to combat anyone who organises even #peaceful protest against him. UPDF as an army is not against Ugandans, and is not an enemy of Ugandan citizens, but a few elements in leadership chain of command who are museveni bootlickers give dangerous orders to there boys to fight and kill there own in order to sustain the dictator in power. He deploys an additional force of unemployed poor youths dabbed Crime preventers to cover up every corner of the country and combat peaceful premature protests. On top of this army, the dictator deploys extra force of army and police from neighbouring countries who are secretly sneaked into the country, given Ugandan uniform and guns. His orders are always Shoot dorect live bullets, kill a few, so that the others are intimidated and quit for their dear life.
    MUSEVENI NEEDS AN EQUAL FORCE IF DEMOCRACY IS TO BE ENFORCED IN UGANDA. THERE IS NOTHING AS PEACE IN UGANDA, IN FACT, THE PEOPLE’S SILENCE SHOULDN’T BE TAKEN AS PEACE, WE UGANDANS MOURN FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR MOTHERLAND, WE ARE ALWAYS ON OUR KNEES ASKING GOD TO HELP US KICK MUSEVENI AND FAMILY OUT OF OUR BELOVED COUNTRY. IF INDEED SCOF IS TRUE.. I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU ALWAYS.. MAY THE MIGHTY GOD OF HOSTS LEAD YOU TO VICTORY.
    AMEN.

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  • April 13, 2017 at 6:36 am
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    Hmmmh I cant believe this! for sure signs of victory and Liberation of Ugandans are being seen now. Thanks to those struggling for the freedom of the Ugandan people.

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  • April 18, 2017 at 12:53 pm
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    This is could be the main news of the year 2017 so far. I cant wait to see that regime , managed by pot- bellied visibly unhealthy narssistics, being stretched left, right and center. All the previous efforts by Alice lakwena, Peter Otai’s Uganda People’s Army, Aggrey Awori’s Force Obote Back(FOBA), LRA, and ADF have always played or wanted to similar military games like the regime. This rendered them little momentum. I hope this new group (SCOF or SCAD, I understand it has changed from SCOF to SCAD due to public demand) will take lessons from the failed efforts so as to avoid falling into similar traps which led to the failure of the previous ones.

    Mr Museveni and his fellow thieves have always had sheer luck. You all know very well that the NRA was, first and foremost, lucky. For examplpe, just when it had been militarily defeated by the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA) in Luwero and many of its top commanders had fled to the Rwenzori mountains in western Uganda, splits within the UNLA and the UPC government led to the July 1985 coup. Before that coup of 1985, the best soldier (arguably) Uganda has ever produced, Commander Oyite Ojok had been inexplicably put out of action by his own comrades (NRA would like us to believe they killed Gen Oyite Ojok!) His death was a godsend to the NRA bandits.

    The fracture caused by the coup gave the NRA an unexpected lease on life, it re-grouped and by December 1985, had started becoming militarily stronger than the government army.

    This disbelief that the nearly-beaten NRA could get a new breath of life and come back to oust them, mainly because of divisions among them, was one of the factors behind the long-raging armed resistance by Alice Lakwena’s Holy Spirit Army, Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army and Peter Otai’s Uganda People’s Army in the 1980s and into the 2000s at various stages.

    The NRA’s leader, Museveni, who had gone to Sweden and all but given up his armed struggle, came into power clearly conscious of the key role that luck had played in the NRA’s victory.

    When the NRA commanders came out of the jungle and victoriously into Kampala, many of them expressed astonishment that the Obote government had detailed intelligence reports on the NRA and its leaders but for some odd reason, failed to use it to its advantage.

    The victory of the NRA was made more by the carelessness and complacency first of the UPC government and later by the split within the UPC government and the UNLA than any great military prowess by the NRA guerrillas. This awareness partly explains why Museveni made intelligence-gathering the first priority of his new government in 1986.

    Please Mr Joel Wakayima and your group, dont let us down; Dont let Uganda, our beloved country down. Our country has gone down to the dogs but it should NOT REACH THE HYENAS, PLEASE!!

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