with democracies is that when leaders take wrong decisions, there are mechanisms to hold them
accountable at the implementation stage. Former US President George Walker Bush took an unpopular
decision to invade Iraq but he accounted for every American soldier that was killed during the war.
Bush, whom (former South African President) Nelson Mandela described as not understanding
properly, even in his naivety continued to brief his nation on the war in Iraq.
importantly, countries such as the US and the UK have the luxury of holding free and fair elections
through which leaders who make wrong and life costing decisions can be removed. Sometimes such
decisions are reversed at implementation stage because of pressure from the population.
why Bush and his partner in the Iraq crime, Tony Blair, are no longer leaders.
we still lack both accountability and mechanisms to remove leaders who for selfish interests have
made tragic decisions. And should you demonstrate against such a decision, you will be tear-gassed,
whipped by Kiboko Squad or killed by the state.
That is why Yoweri Museveni is still the
President and is busy preparing his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba to succeed him.
Museveni has not and
will never account for the Ugandan soldiers killed in the jungles of DR Congo.
All we are
told is that the mighty UPDF was able to flush out the ADF rebels. The army now tells us that ADF
has regrouped and is active in Congo. Maybe another invasion is in the making.
While in Congo, we
fought three deadly wars with Rwanda. In one such war, we lost almost an entire battalion of 700
The late Col. Sula Ssemakula who commanded UPDF was a survivor along with a few
The country has never been briefed about the number of our soldiers killed during
the Congo adventure. Senior officers were brought back and secretly buried while the juniors remain
buried in the thick forests of Congo.
My call to Ugandans is that let us use the Sunday night
bomb blasts in Kampala that killed over 70 innocent citizens, to put pressure on Museveni to halt
the Somalia adventure.
At a personal level, the Somalia adventure is very rewarding to Museveni.
Almost everybody in the US is fed up with Museveni but on the other hand, he is still fighting their
wars. And once you agree to sacrifice your people to serve US interests, you will be given some
breathing space. They will train your soldiers and give you free military hardware.
Those are the
benefits Museveni is reaping from the Somalia adventure. There are absolutely no benefits to
All Uganda is doing now is geared towards appeasing the US Generals for our revolutionary
leader to remain in power.
If we had a sane government, we would never have sent our troops to
Somalia. Why make your country a target for terrorist attacks? And which peace are we keeping in
Somalia? The obvious answer is that Museveni wants to continue being relevant to the US
Apart from sending our troops to these senseless adventures, Museveni is
still paying what I would term as bribes to key lobbyists in the US establishment to plead his
We have been paying an annual retainer of Shs 600 million ($300,000) to Rose
Whitakers company, Whitaker Group, in Washington to soften the stance of the US administrators on
Unfortunately the price for his adventurism and overwhelming appetite to remain
president is passed onto us.
Our citizens are being targeted and killed by the Somali
militias in Mogadishu and they have now brought the heat closer to home.
Finally, as we
focus on the bomb attacks, let us not rule out the greedy elements within our system. The creators
of ghost soldiers are capable of doing anything just to earn billions. When bombs were being planted
around Kampala in the late 90s, government used to release Shs 600 million for the Brig Henry
Tumukunde led operations every month. The treasurer of those operations, who is now a retired
Colonel, is one of the richest men in Uganda.
Politics is another possibility. Dictators the
world over, plant bombs and then use that to curtail peoples liberties, especially the freedom to
Let us widen our investigations and for once, Bwana Museveni, you must
The author is the Inter-Party Cooperation (IPC)