As Kayihura’s world continues to narrow to the pinhole size, his former boss Yoweri Museveni has come out with a controversial defence statement that has left the country in burning dismay. To the opposition figures who suffered in the 13 year term of Gen. Kale as IGP, the incumbent eureka is justifiable and has perhaps delayed all this long.
Museveni says he cannot dare extradite or hand troubled Kayihura over to the US for as long as he’s still president. He sternly fumes at the opposition politicians for bearing ‘anti-African’ sentiments and goes ahead to label them hypocritses that still look to the Western world for favours.
We however think that Mr. Museveni’s remarks are just marred by sheer hypocrisy as they undress him to be a naked liar with no new ideas to offer to the country. We first and foremost take you back into the country’s judicial system which he is pretending to appraise. It is not independent as we all saw a fortnight back how his plain clothed militia raided the Kololo court to rearrest the Kaweesi murder suspects who had just got bail. We cannot forget that the suspects’ lawyer Mubiru James was brutally manned and taken in the process. This alone leaves aside a series of ugly precedents set by the regime in violating judicial independence. Back to the statement, Museveni says, ‘For Kale or other Ugandans who are suspected to have made mistakes, they will always be handled in Uganda”. This line leaves us wondering whether the Lord’s Resistance Army warrior, Dominic Ongwen who is currently in the Hague on war crimes was deprived of his Ugandan status. Leaving him aside, there is a Ugandan named Sam Mugumya who has languished in the DRC cells since 2012 when Uganda surrendered him on unclear charges.
It is wrong phrasing for Museveni to rubbish bilateral relations with the US yet our Ugandan soldiers are shedding blood in Mogadishu defending American interests. When Yoweri says he stayed and lived in Africa for 43 till 1987 when former US president, Ronald Reagan invited him it sounds quite funny when he trashes Western nations when his own daughter gave birth in German more so on tax payers’ money. Museveni has investments in Sweden and some Scandinavian nations.
“No man is an island”, a famous quote says. In this era of globalization it is totally impossible for any nation to live in isolation that’s why xenophobic South Africa had to tone down and apologize to Nigeria and Africa at large. What one nation has, is what a neighbor lacks and vice versa. Therefore, we think Museveni’s statement is not stated in sober faith but since he is the reason Kale committed those horrendous atrocities in question, we may spare him for doing his level best to defend him. We however refer Museveni to the Mugabe story (RIP) which sadly ended in the diaspora as the self proclaimed pan African sought treatment in Singapore where he died. This alone showed his mistrust in the very systems he had set up in his 37 year rule.