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    Ugandan President Accused of Subverting East African Community

    General David Sejusa (credit Sejusa)General David Sejusa (credit Sejusa)
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    General David Sejusa (credit Sejusa)
    General David Sejusa (credit Sejusa)
    James Butty
    The newly-formed Freedom and Unity Front (FUF) of Uganda says President Yoweri Museveni is out to destroy the East African Community, which comprises Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda. 

    In its latest “Situation Analysis Report,” the group said Museveni’s scheme is manifested in his attempt to isolate Tanzania and Burundi by not inviting their leaders to recent regional summits.  

    Museveni, chairperson of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region, has been mediating peace talks in Kampala between the Congolese government M23 rebels.  

    General David Sejusa, one of the leaders of the FUF, said Museveni has also been a sponsor of the M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as part of his efforts to further destabilize the region.

    “He started that rebellion.  He gave them arms, he gave them financial support, he gave them equipment, and he gave them uniforms.  So, it’s not like I’m talking out of the blue.  But, then, the chameleon he is, he turns around and then he postures as if he’s the one who wants to bring peace,” he said.

    Museveni, chairperson of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region, has been mediating peace talks in Kampala between the Congolese government M23 rebels.

    The M23 earlier this month announced it was ending its rebellion, but a peace deal that was supposed to have been signed November 10th was delayed after the Congolese government said it wanted the document to be called a ‘declaration’ and not a ‘peace agreement.'

    President Museveni has repeatedly denied providing support to M23 rebels – saying he has no interest in meddling in the affairs of the DRC. A UN report has implicated both Uganda and Rwanda of supporting the rebels. Instead, Museveni maintains his country wishes to see peace return to the region. To that end, Uganda has been mediating to end the fighting in northeastern DRC between government troops and M23 rebels. The fighting has caused large-scale population displacement.

    Sejusa said Museveni is not a genuine peace broker since he helped start the Congo war.

    “This is always his power game.  You create the problem, then twist it in a different way for two reasons:  one, manage the international community to remain relevant, but also manage the political process, which may come out of that instability,” Sejusa said.

    The FUF said in its latest “Situation Analysis Report” that Museveni was trying to undermine the East African Community.

    “You must have heard his machinations of breaking the East African Community treaty and to subvert the process by trying to eliminate Tanzania and Burundi.  You have heard about the bad mouthing President [Jakaya] Kikwete when Tanzania has been a credible and longtime and trusted ally of the East African Community,” he said.

    Sejusa says what Museveni’s actions are reminiscent of the reign of the late Ugandan dictator Idi Ami, which led to the collapse of the East African Community.

    “So, this is a biggest betrayal of Mr. Museveni against the African people because he is betraying the greatest post-independence dream of empowerment and the emancipation of our people, which is centered into a broader political entity to enhance trade, enhance cooperation and development, but also to minimize wars in these areas so that we can concentrate on investment instead of buying arms,” Sejusa said.

    Tanzanian President Kikwete was not invited to an ECA meeting held last August in Mombasa and attended by Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), Museveni (Uganda) and Paul Kagame (Rwanda).  The meeting was called to discuss cross-border infrastructure projects.

    ECA officials reportedly said Tanzania and Burundi were not been invited because the projects under discussion, including an oil pipeline and a standard gauge railway, involved only the three countries present.

    Regarding the East Africa Community, President Museveni said there is nothing wrong discussing East African affairs with only three of the EAC member countries, and that the other two member states will be given a readout of what was discussed. He was referring to the recent meeting in Kigali where the Presidents of Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Southern Sudan signed a host of protocols and agreements -- including free movement of goods and persons, infrastructural development and transformation into a single customs union. Tanzania and Burundi, both EAC member states, were not invited. South Sudan is not yet a member but has applied to join the regional body. 

    The FUF describes itself as a “new liberation platform to unite different liberation forces, political organizations and individuals to free Uganda from Yoweri Museveni.”

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    by: Ndimugipfunsi M. Jean from: Kenya
    November 23, 2013 12:24 AM
    I think Tanzania and Burundi will not get along with Uganda and Rwanda as long as they support DRC government; the government which Uganda and Rwanda are against. That is logic: a friend of your ennemy is your ennemy.
    Maybe Kenya is overlooking the tension between the two sides. Why doesn't Kenya mediate to bring the tension down?

    by: RAFI from: LONDON
    November 22, 2013 4:08 PM
    reports elsewhere point out that the M23 bandits are nothing but a collection of Rwandan and Ugandan palamilitary soldiers. This is one reason both Museveni and kagame are not willing to send them 'back' to the DRC despite an SADC, great lakes region agreement compelling them to do so. Rwanda has over 600 of them.

    thank you general Sejusa. You are an African ray of light.

    by: Umba Peter from: Nyakuron West, Juba
    November 21, 2013 6:59 AM
    All these narrations tell the readers of who Uganda and East Africa are. Hatred, dishonesty, disunity and self-interest is at the heart of East Africa politics.

    For South Sudan, this is enough evidence that EAC is not yet internally clean thus not appropriate to join for now.
    South Sudanese leaders need to be calm, patient and critical because rash decisions are detrimental.

    by: MMK from: Uganda
    November 20, 2013 3:42 PM
    MMK from Kenya

    I pitty those who judge the book by its cover. Its high time you prayed to the Lord such that the devils's yoke is destroyed as soon as possible

    by: Bolton from: Nairobi
    November 20, 2013 12:53 PM
    Those who doesn't know that fool museveni ...i pity them ...he has manipulated Kenyatta and kagame ....cos he saw kikwette is wise n clever that's why he is fighting to isolate him which he is not going to be possible. Museveni has killed innocent Congolese people with his M23 rebels i wish one day ICC could just come in n arrest this idiot!

    by: Yambo from: Kenya
    November 20, 2013 12:02 PM
    Let our leaders be responsible as we elect them. We need their care.....

    by: lukonge from: najja
    November 20, 2013 3:56 AM
    It's totally true no doubt.....

    by: john from: kenya
    November 20, 2013 3:08 AM
    We have been saying that the M23 are being supported by Museveni and Kagame as the two are like twins ever since one ascended to power followed by Kagame by the help of Museveni. And above all, Museveni want to become EA President but he sees Tanzania as a threat because Tanzania knows him better and even he was put in the Ugandas' leadership by Tanzania after the defeat of Idi Amin.

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