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Military Intel Diverts Ugandans From Constitution Amendment Plan

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The handling and outcome of Presidential elections in Uganda last year remains shrouded in controversy which has significantly soiled the popularity of the ruling National Resistance Movement party.

All indicators show that President Yoweri Museveni will most likely seek his seventh elected term in office in 2026 after over 40 years in power. He will be aged 82 by then.

The ruling National Resistance Movement party which enjoys majority seats in the Ugandan parliament is pushing for a bill seeking to revise the voting system in the east African country.

The new system being fronted proposes to have Members of Parliament vote for the president instead of the entire adult Uganda population.

In the recently concluded presidential elections, the opposition had an upper hand based on the size of supporters at campaign rallies, clearly indicating that support for the ruling party is dwindling. The military was deployed to violently quell opposition campaign rallies.

The vote tally indicated that of 10,744,319 votes the leading opposition party fetched 35.08% of the votes and this strategically is a big threat to the ruling party in the 2026 elections. It would be prudent for the NRM party to devise a new system of voting for the president.

To ensure that this proposal sails through without a hitch, the Uganda military intelligence machinery is carefully brewing a misinformation campaign aimed at shifting public opinion on the matter and other pressing domestic issues such as poor education, health, human rights violations among others.

For example presence of Uganda military inside the Democratic Republic of Congo pursuing the Allied Democratic Front terrorists linked to Islamic state, offers a classic advantage to military intelligence to keep Ugandans distracted.

At the beginning of this week, Uganda claimed there is a new armed group in UPDF uniform planning to commit atrocities by massacring innocent civilians with the aim of making it appear that the UPDF had turned against the Congolese people.

Local Ugandan media outlets bankrolled by the dreaded Chieftaincy of Military intelligence continue claiming that Rwanda is unsettled with Uganda’s presence in DRC and are repeatedly propagating misinformation that places Rwanda in bad light.

In December last year, Gen. Abel Kandiho Uganda’s military spy chief [pictured above] flew to south Africa and clandestinely met with Rwanda renegade soldier, Kayumba Nyamwasa the leader of the P5 rebel group active in Fizi and Uvira territories in South Kivu.

Kampala has been upset by Kigali based media for exposing Kandiho’s trip which was meant to remain concealed.

Kigali accuses the Kampala establishment of backing rebels whose main goal is to destabilise the country and eject the Kigali regime. Uganda government in a counter-charge accuses Rwandan state agents of operating unlawfully in Uganda.

The borders between Rwanda and Uganda have remained closed since March 2019 as the two countries have failed to reach an agreement despite mediations overseen by Angola and DRC leaders.

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Kampala Releases 58 Rwandans From Detention

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Taarifa investigative desk has reliably learned that the government of Uganda has freed a total of 58 Rwandans that have been languishing in detention centres run by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI).

A local news website in Kampala with close links to the Ugandan intelligence quoted what it referred to as  a top intelligence source in Uganda on condition of anonymity that the matters between the two countries are being handled at the highest level.

“This is why it is difficult to know what is going on until you see information being released to the press,” the source added.

The same website quoted an un-named source in Kigali also on condition of anonymity that “Uganda has started releasing Rwandans. Last night, 58 were sent back home to Rwanda.”

Rwanda has persistently demanded and conditioned Uganda to release Rwandans detained in various detention centers as a condition for reopening the border and restoring relations.

Signs of normalising relations between the two countries started blinking when President Yoweri Museveni recently handed a special message to Adonia Ayebare, Uganda’s ambassador and permanent representative at the UN to deliver it to President Paul Kagame.

Days later, Museveni sent to Kigali another high profile official also his own son, Lt. General Muhoozi Kainerugaba Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Duties and Commander of Land Forces of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF).

At the current level, there are signs that the two governments are working back to back behind curtains to fix any unresolved concerns and revive positive relations.

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Sudanese Activist Against Oppression of Women Arrested

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The family of the head of the “No to Oppression of Women” group, Amira Osman said they ignore the whereabouts of the detained activist and called for her release.

On January 22, over 20 security agents stormed Osman’s house in Khartoum late in the evening and took her to an unidentified location. Her family said the armed men did not disclose to which security service they belong.

Amani Osman; a lawyer and Amira’s sister told reporters on Tuesday that they went to lodge a complaint at the police station but they refused and advised them to go to the General Intelligence Service (GIS) which arrested the activist.

She further added that the GIS denied having detaining her sister saying she was held at the women’s prison in Omdurman.

However, the family later learnt that she was not in prison.

“Now, my sister’s whereabouts are unknown,” she concluded.

For its part, her attending physician, Ihsan Fiqiri, spoke about her health condition.

She said that the detainee is partially disabled after a major automobile accident several years ago and as such, she needs special treatment.

“We believe her life is in danger,” she stressed.

The doctor called on the international community and human rights groups to put pressure on the Sudanese military authorities to free the activist.

Within their efforts to end the anti-coup protests, Sudanese authorities have arrested activists to prevent them from mobilizing civil society groups.

 

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Ugandan Parliament Suspends Funding for Joint FARDC-UPDF

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Ugandan parliamentarians have suspended funding for operations of the Ugandan People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) in the Democratic Republic of Congo for lack of prior information by the government on the “Shujja” operations carried out against the ADF.

As in the DRC, the Ugandan parliament was not informed beforehand of the launch of the “Shujja” operations against the ADF.

For this violation of the rules, the deputies have suspended the financing of these operations until they are informed

Uganda’s Ministry of Defense had requested 89.7 billion shillings to fund the operation, but MPs said informing parliament should precede the commitment of public funds to the operation.

“During the deployment of the UPDF in the DRC, parliament was bypassed. We don’t know how many battalions are in the Congo. We have the right to know the exit strategy and casualty reports on our side,” said opposition leader John Baptist Nambese, in remarks relayed by Baraza Media.

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