War monger and guerrilla war historical, Gen. Yoweri Museveni has unleashed an unprecedented military deployment in the capital city, Kampala where he plans to hold his inauguration for the sixth term. Unlike in the preceding terms, Gen. Museveni has faced a tougher contestation from youthful opposition supporters which is why the post-election season has seen dozens of young people abducted by security forces.
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Kampala is now close to a war zone with Russian model war planes. Russian arms company Rosoboronexport sold the multi-role fighter jets to the Republic of Uganda for US$740 million in May 2011. The Sukhoi Su-30 MK2 fighter jets have already dominated Kampala and Wakiso skies. Almost on a daily, the jets fly all over Kampala at close range to instill fear within the disgruntled youths opposed to Museveni’s new term that will see him rule the land locked nation for 40 years.
Security experts say each time these fighter jets go out for a flying expedition in the skies, a taxpayer loses close to UGX 2 billion per day. “These war planes should not even be flying in the city centres,” says Mukasa, a vendor at Kampala road. “The sounds of the jet itself scares. I am forced to imagine that it may perhaps clash with a tall building. It’s better we don’t risk losing the little we already have,” he adds.
In related developments, the intelligence agencies have deployed plain clothed operatives disguised as ‘mad people’ on the streets. Just outside the NUP party offices in Mukono, an unknown mad man was spotted over the weekend pretending to be mentally ill. Another ‘mad woman’ was spotted close to another prominent NUP politician’s home making a phone call to her seniors.