Uganda's Dictatorship Duo--“Papa Museveni” and “Baby Muhoozi” Clamp Down

Gen. Kaenerugaba
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Dictator Museveni's son, Gen. Kaenerugaba.  Being groomed for Museveni dynasty?

When you know you’re an unpopular dictator ripe for a revolution your behavior shows it. 

Uganda’s panicky dictator Gen. Yoweri Museveni this week deployed military buggy vehicles manned by security personnel on the streets of major cities including Kampala, the capital city, and Jinja, Mbale, Arua and Gulu. 

The vehicles are manned by soldiers of the national army, Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF), and the notorious Special Forces Command (SFC), which has been involved in many of the killings and is commanded by dictator Museveni’s son, Gen. Muhoozi Kaenerugaba. 

These vehicles are manufactured by US companies such as General Dynamics and AM General. They are designed to be light weight and to move off-road with ease. Toward the end of last year, the dictator imported many of these vehicles in preparation for the aftermath of the general elections which he knew he would rig, just as he’d done the previous five. 

These military buggy cars had been hidden in different barracks around the country. They have now been deployed openly, especially in the central region, which is a stronghold of Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu, a.k.a. Bobi Wine, the presumptive winner of the Jan. 14 presidential election. Bobi Wine, who called the announced election results “a joke,” has called on Ugandans to rise up peacefully. The U.S. and the E.U., who provide Museveni’s regime with more than $2 billion in annual financial support have rejected the election results. 

Since Bobi Wine called for protests in the past week alone, the regime’s secret police have arrested hundreds of people and taken them to unknown location. There’s been an ongoing terror campaign of abductions, torture and killings since October last year. It’s believed thousands of people have been abducted, those registered as missing with Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform (NUP) party number 400.

Even before the elections, the security minister commandeered rooftops of major buildings in city centers for 24 x 7 surveillance purposes. Numerous closed-circuit television cameras have been erected on major junctions of roads in the cities around the country. 

Besides the ugly looking military buggy cars, there are private vehicles filled with military men in civilian clothes parked on each major street. Men with pistols tucked into their belts communicate with the commanders. Many of these private vehicles have been deployed around Kamwokya, the suburb where the NUP headquarters are located. 

History has proven that whenever a nation wars with its own citizens, the people always prevail in the end.

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