The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) says it is concerned with war drums being sounded by President Museveni and the commander of “his unconstitutional” personal army-Special Forces Command (SFC).
On February 12th, the SFC Commander Don Nabasa promoted recently to the rank of Maj. Gen. against provisions of the UPDF Act is quoted to have made the following statement;
“External forces are looking and they don’t want us to develop. We have the oil here, beauty of the Country, stability, development, and above all a precious leader. They think may be if they get the precious leader out, there will be disorganization. Please don’t go on that path, it’s a wrong path. Don’t let them use you.”
He added: “They won’t come physically, but if they come here, it will be the best because we are very ready for them. Unfortunately they will not come. They will send money and people like the ones of late being deported, to mobilize the youth because they have the man power here and the youth are very easy to convince. Please, talk to them and they see that the stability in their country is their future.”
FDC spokesperson, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, said the MTN employees being deported and being referred to here, are mainly citizens of two sister countries, neighbouring Rwanda and South Africa.
According to Nganda, the statement by Don Nabasa is even given more weight by a similar one made by Museveni while addressing the Tarehe Sita fun function in Kitgum.
“Nobody can disturb our peace. Anyone who thinks of destabilizing Uganda, will destroy the UPDF is strong and well equipped to secure Uganda from many forces of destabilization.”
Nganda asked Museveni and his commanders to tell the country whether “we are at the brink of war with Rwanda and South Africa”.
“What is the cause of all this. Tension between Uganda and its neighbours has a lot of ramifications. Remember as result of similar tension, Mr. Museveni last year pulled out of the Africa free-trade area summit in Kigali.” The Rwandan president Kagame had earlier skipped the East African Community Summit in Kampala.
At the time Rwanda was accusing Uganda of harassing it citizens and Museveni had just arrested senior police officers for facilitating illegal extradition of refugees to Kigali.
While Don Nabasa is ready for war, citizens of Uganda are not ready, Nganda said.
He noted that procurement of military hardware and training should not excite soldiers into war.
“We should pursue dialogue and peace with neighbours and everybody. We must pursue dialogue with all our perceived enemies – the political opponents.”
He added: “What has happened in all the agreements that we signed with Rwanda including one on sharing of intelligence information.”