Massacres in the North by General Tinyefunza exposed. 01/21/2010
Massacres in the North by General Tinyefunza exposed.
For those who have visited the Northern and Eastern parts of
Uganda, (Lira, Pader, Gulu, and karamoja) it is hard to forget the ghostly
feeling in the area, which came as a result of the conflict between Konys LRA
and the Ugandan government. To the outside world, Kony is responsible for every
evil; however, Ugandans have come to learn that both Kony and the Ugandan Army
are to blame for the suffering of Ugandans in these areas - all of which were left in shambles!
People were always crammed in camps where the sanitation was despicable. These
people were kept under inhumane conditions by the same government that should
have protected them.
In the eyes of those people in more peaceful areas, (just a
little more peaceful) the so called
best army of the Pearl of Africa did not keep the reputation of a
professional army. A visit to northern and eastern Uganda will prove beyond
anyones doubt that indeed the UPDF is one of the worse armies that our nation
has ever had. How good is an army that turns its guns against the same people they
are supposed to protect? How good is an army that carries out human rights
violating acts against the people of the same nation of which they are supposed
to protect? The recent outburst by Ugandans from the North pinpointing Gen.
David Tinyefunza among UPDF soldiers who violated human rights, has unearthed
so many facts that continue to shock the nation day by the day.
Suggestions to have this General face the international
criminal court (ICC) shook the Ugandan Army. It should be noted that the first
major military operation against the LRA was Operation North under Gen. David
Tinyefuza from 1990 to 1991. Tinyefuza, commonly known as Swarzcopf of the
North because of his ruthlessness during Operation North, sealed off the north
from the south at Karuma Bridge, declaring the northern region a no-go area.
Ruthless Tinyefuza ordered people like the late Otema Alimadi, one of the
prominent politicians at the time, to leave the north within 48 hours or else
be arrested for sabotaging the operation. Politicians Omara Atubo, Zachary Olum
and Prof. Ogenga Latigo, then Gulu LC5 chairman were arrested and brought
before him. He ordered soldiers to whip and torture them. They were later flown
to Kampala to be tried on treason charges.
Omara Atubo testified that he was caned on Gen. Tinyefuzas
orders. We were arrested and beaten badly in March 1991 before Tinyefuza
because he had convinced Museveni that we were sabotaging the war [military
operation] in the north. But what we really disagreed with was the
scorched-earth method that Tinyefuza and government were using against our
people in the north. This was very absurd, he said. Atubo is now Minister of
Lands in Musevenis government.
Aswa MP Reagan Okumu, who was then a boy, also testified
that he witnessed the late Maj. Ikondere, a unit commander, burying 15 youths
in a grave he had made them dig. Ikondere was falsely accusing them of
supporting the LRA.
Without any logic, the army spokes man, major Felix
Kulaigye, came out responding to the allegations which left him in
deep waters as he tried to defend Tinyefunza. He said that whatever Tinyefunza
did, he did not on his own, but under the directive of his commanders and
the commander in chief who for the last 24 years has been Mr. Museveni. Such an
explanation from Felix Kulaigye clearly shows that the president was totally
aware of what was taking place. Instead of protecting the people who had given
him their trust, under his directive, his generals were busy massacring the
civilians and then making Kony the scapegoat!
Massacres like the unforgettable one at Barlonyowhere over 200 civilians at the IDP
camp in Barlonyo near Lira on February 21, 2004 left many people asking for
answer. This incident cast a lot of doubt about who was really behind the
attacks on these civilian camps. Being a big camp near an army base, people
were questioning how the rebels managed to attack, and kill such large numbers
of people, even getting time to cook some of them, without the army
intervening. Security should have been available at premises since it was close
to an army base. Unfortunately, to this day, Ugandans are still mourning, yet
justice is not yet served, because those responsible are still at large. By
then, Tinyefunza was not the commanding general for military operations in the
region, thus expanding the list of those that should face the ICC.
Putting the Barlonyo incident aside with the many hanging questions,
we look at another problem. Many women have always come out claiming that they were raped by people
in the UPDF Uniforms.
the cases that have been well investigated happened on Friday 15th of August 2008. At
around 10am the UPDF attacked four
Turkana kraals, who had crossed the border into Uganda in search for pasture
and water for their livestock. The herdsmen, from 4 different kraals
(Lomukasia, Dapal and Aipa from Turkana north, and Mgiminito from Turkana
central), were peacefully grazing their animals, when the UPDF attacked them
from the escarpment between Kenya and Uganda, near Lokipoto. In the past the
UPDF had attacked Turkana kraals on Kenyan territory, using their gunships to
bomb several places, causing many deaths and injuries. On this
particular incident, the UPDF used rocket propelled grenades and the attack
lasted for almost 24 hours and many were left dead as those injured were in
Another case also still fresh in peoples minds is Lt. Ramathan Magara,
an Army guy who shot and killed two FDC party supporters Gideon Makabayi and
Kavuma Vicent in a procession at Bulange in Mengo during the presidential
election campaigns in 2006.
Such ways have been used by Mr. Musimed that it was Obotes army. This was
always aimed at
making people hate Obotes Regime and embrace Musevenis rebels.
Many people are still suffering in state owned safe houses
and the tormentors are UPDF soldiers who have even been given police uniforms.
Ugandans cannot forget how the unpopular black
mambas siege of the court on Nov. 16, 2005 to re-arrest the rebel suspects
after they had been granted bail by the High Court. The same people were caught
on camera films putting on police Uniforms days later and the publication
of the photos was a great embarrassment to the government.
As Tinyefunzas case continues to heat, more evidence is yet
to come in about many other incidents, like how many innocent Moslems were arrested
by this regime and taken to Bundibugyo where they were killed with claims that
they were part of the Allied Democratic front (ADF) rebels.
WE HAVE NO DOUBT. IT IS TINYEFUNZA WHO KILLED THOSE PEOPLE AND EVEN MUKULA INCIDENCE WAS COMMITED BY TINYEFUNZA - Posted By kiseka jim on 01/28/2010
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