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Some time in 2014, a Ugandan national, Sulah Nuwamanya, formerly working with an aid organization in Rwanda was fired from his job for clandestinely engaging in ventures that placed national security at risk. He later fled to neighbouring Uganda in the same year.

While in Uganda, Nuwamanya teamed up with his collaborators whose main objective was to dislodge the government in Kigali. For decades, Nuwamanya had presented himself as a Rwandan national until Taarifa revealed his true and authentic profile in the ongoing investigative series.

In 1994, after the Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA) liberated Rwanda, Nuwamanya’s father – a Ugandan national, Hajji Kalanzi Adam alias Pamba Rwanyizire, had been living at Kyazanga in former Masaka district. This area was highly populated with Rwandan refugees and started returning to their home country.

Hajji Kalanzi, who doubled as a driver, saw an opportunity in transporting Rwandans returning home. He also found it much easier to set up base in Rwanda with the help of former refugee friends. He brought along his son Nuwamanya and enrolled him in Rwandan schools and later sailing through up to National University of Rwanda where he pursued a degree in political science and later worked as journalist at New Times and for an aid agency.

It should be remembered that many Ugandans crossed the border and enrolled in Rwandan schools including university, which required lower score-points for admission. Many have since graduated in various professions ranging from journalism, medicine, business and teaching among others.

Kalanzi was part of a gang of armed highway robbers that used to stop trucks and buses to steal from traders along Kampala-Kigali route. Those who knew him well told Taarifa he was also involved in several looting sprees inside Rwanda and taking the loot and selling it in Uganda and vice versa. He was later arrested and charged with murdering four traders including two Rwandans. After a lengthy court process, in 2003 he was sentenced to 36 years in jail and is currently serving his sentence at Masaka Central Prison.

Taarifa team in Kampala, Uganda, corroborated this information and travelled to Masaka prison and found the old man cooling down as he continues counting the remaining years to complete his sentence.

His son Nuwamanya has never been a Rwandan neither does he have traces of Rwandan DNA. He was born in Ntungamo district to a mother popularly known as Tibalingwa, and originally from Bushenyi district. She was one of the several wives to Hajj Pamba Rwanyizire.

While Nuwamanya was working at The New Times Publications, he always travelled to Uganda to check on his parents but would as well secretly meet his father at the Prison. It is from this interaction with the dad that he developed deep seated hate for Rwanda government which his father claims was behind his arrest.

However, it should be noted that when Hajj Pamba Rwanyizire murdered the four traders, he quickly informed Ugandan authorities that the Rwanda government was responsible. After many months of investigations, the Ugandan security discovered that he had lied and was instead arrested and charged.

Nuwamanya has since vowed to avenge for his father’s incarceration. He has gone all the way to join the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), RUD-Urunana and FDLR with an aim of using arms to topple Kigali.

Purchasing Guns from Juba, Bujumbura

Between February and April in 2019, Nuwamanya in company with Boonabana Prossy, a lady who doubled as his lover, designed a proposal seeking to purchase various types and designs of guns for the armed wings of the terror groups they represent. The duo had been contacted by the FDLR, RUD-Urunana and Ben Rutabana of RNC. All groups had expressed interest in acquiring guns including AK 47 rifles, Machine guns, Motorola walkie talkies and RPGs according to messages they sent to various persons in attempt to secure dealers.

With very limited knowledge of Kampala, Nuwamanya and his lover begun contacting anyone they thought would be very useful in connecting them to gun dealers and suppliers. They always sent various messages via WhatsApp and Facebook including emails containing specifications of ammunitions they wanted.

“Nuwamanya approached me and asked if I could get him an ammunition dealer that he wanted to buy some guns,” a source in Kampala, told Taarifa on condition of anonymity. “I thought it was a joke but he went on in my Whatsapp and sent me guns catalogue for the guns which made me puzzled and I requested to meet him up and also warn him not to send me those kinds of messages in my phone,” he said.

According to our source, Nuwamanya told him that he had been asked by his bosses to look for guns and he would get reward with a beautiful commission. “I warned them to stop those dangerous deals but they told me Uganda security had given them a go ahead and they also talked something like end user certificate which I failed to understand,” source told Taarifa.

According to the Uganda national policy on fire arms, ammunition and incidental matters, an “end-user” means the person or institution identified by the competent authority as the designated user of transferred small arms and light weapons, ammunition or other related materials. Nuwamanya approached several dealers but all were requesting him to produce an end-user certificate which he didn’t have.

However, he was advised to run to Burundi. With the help of Boonabana whose true nationality is Burundian, connecting with Bujumbura was as easy as helping a home girl. Nuwamanya combed through Uganda but only found a supplier in western Uganda specifically in the vicinity of Buliisa district at the shores of Lake Albert in Western Uganda. The supplier was part of a group of fugitive FDLR fishermen. One of them agreed that he would manage to supply uniforms for 100 fighters.

RNC was more serious about the deal and they sent Ben Rutabana to Kampala to meet Nuwamanya and Boonabana and seal this deal. On September 5, 2019 Rutabana the RNC “Commissioner for Capacity Development” travelled to Uganda through Dubai. Sources privy with internal workings of the terror group told Taarifa that Rutabana did not like Boonabana thus canceled the engagement and gave the supply deal to an RNC senior member, Pastor Deo Nyirigira in Mbarara district.

Boonabana and Nuwamanya were so angry with Rutabana’s change of mind.

The furious Boonabana and Nuwamanya could not imagine how in just minutes had lost 5% commission on US$1million gun supply deal. They turned to their local contact Brig. Gen. Charles K Asiimwe of the dreaded Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and Internal Security Organisation (ISO). Three days later after arrival in Kampala Rutabana went missing on September 8, 2019, and has not been seen again. The duo cooked up theories on the disappearance of Rutabana tagging his disappearance on Kigali and DRC. But the two including Brig. Gen. CK Asiimwe know exactly where Rutabana is.

Pastor Deo Nyirigira also begun hunting for the guns and was linked to an unnamed Ugandan contact who connected him to a supplier in Juba, South Sudan. This supplier said he was capable of supplying the guns but on condition that the purchase should not go below U$50,000.

The supplier in South Sudan had already secured the consignment of ammunition and uniforms and was waiting for cash payments then deliver the items at the border with Uganda or another border with DRC. Rutabana was meant to pay for these items but disappeared before sealing the deal.

RNC had another option. Their Zambian group flew in to Burundi and met late President Pierre Nkurunziza and convinced him to provide financial support including ammunition. According to our source, Nkurunziza offered them U$50,000 and promised to top up later.

However, these RNC Zambia chapter members swindle the money, which infuriated Nkurunziza and later accused the group of being disorganised.

In February 2020, President Yoweri Museveni and President Paul Kagame met at Gatuna border as part of a follow up on implementation of the Angola friendship agreement. When Museveni returned to Kampala, he instructed his security managers to call off all dealings with RNC including suspending arming them.

CMI, ISO and other departments in UPDF were so surprised and angry at the sudden shift after Museveni ordered for an immediate independent investigation into this Ugandan-RNC collaboration with an aim of cutting back on support plus proposing an expulsion of all anti Kigali elements.

Before Museveni reportedly changed his mind, Boonabana had earlier in June 2019 recorded herself in an audio message which she shared on RNC whatsApp group calling upon for revival of rapid recruitment across districts of Kiboga and Kakumiro. Museveni has since deployed the Special Forces Command (SFC) to investigate the CMI agency and ISO and hurriedly provide him with details that according to a reliable source would be help him to understand the extent to which Uganda was supporting FDLR, RNC and other anti Kigali elements. However, other sources say this was Museveni’s moment to illustrate indifference, yet there is evidence for his involvement.

So far Brig. Gen. CK Asiimwe has been removed from his previous two positions as head of Counter-terrorism and deputy director of CMI.  Another source has reliably informed Taarifa that CMI boss Major General Abel Kandiho is being considered for a refresher course or preferably further training abroad.

Analysts say that chief spies of Kandiho’s calibre are usually subjected to geographical isolation in the name of going for further training abroad. This allows for an overhaul of previous networks built in the system by the spy chief.

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  1. Joo

    August 29, 2020 at 8:20 am

    But Nuwamanya is another thing eeeeh

  2. Nkotanyi

    August 29, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    These elements won’t meet their agenda.

  3. west

    August 31, 2020 at 11:24 am

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza, on Tuesday, March 9, briefed 240 police officers set to be deployed for peacekeeping duties under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The pre-deployment briefing of the hybrid Formed Police Unit-One (FPU-1) contingent was held at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru.

The contingent commanded by Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Faustin Kalimba, will replaced the same number in Malakal, Upper Nile State where they will be largely charged with protection of civilians in internally displaced camps, UN personnel, security of key installations and humanitarian assistance, among others.

IGP Munyuza urged the officers to use their experience and the high level of training acquired to execute their peacekeeping mandate effectively.

He further reminded them that they will work with other peacekeepers from different countries and they will have to exercise respect of diversity.

“Learning will be continuous throughout your tour-of-duty, use your experience to build on what your predecessors achieved, cooperative with other peacekeepers in the mission area and respect the people under your protection as well as their culture,” IGP Munyuza emphasized.

He urged them to keep up the good conduct and protect the image set by previous contingents adding that ” you are representing your country, be at the best of your performance.”

“Your country and Rwanda National Police in particular, have full trust in you, resilience and sacrifice are key. Remember, your conduct and professionalism will depict the image and values of Rwandans, ensure your performance is exceptionally good and maintain the same spirit to the end of your mission,” said IGP Munyuza.

The Police Chief reminded them that Rwandan peacekeepers are defined by their professionalism, discipline, teamwork, integrity, values and alertness, and urged them to keep the momentum to “maintain and protect the image and reputation.”

He emphasized that respecting each other and their superiors in particular, discipline, hard work, teamwork, dignity and respect for diversity are strong guiding values and principles which will help them towards mission excellence.

IGP Munyuza appealed to the officers to maintain the spirit of supporting others and to engage in human security activities with the local people they are mandated to serve.

‘’Participating in human security activities is our culture as Rwandans, you should not only conduct peacekeeping duties just to maintain peace and security. It goes beyond that as our tradition to work towards the overall wellbeing of the people,” IGP Munyuza said.

As the wolrd is still faced with the pandemic of COVID-19, the Police Chief reminded them to always observe all health guidelines including wearing face masks, avoiding shaking hands, washing hands and practicing social distancing, among others.

This will be the sixth rotation of FPU-1 hybrid since the first one was deployed in South Sudan in 2015.

It is also one of the three Rwandan FPU contingents currently deployed in South Sudan.

Currently, RNP maintains over 1000 police peacekeepers in various UN missions, including six contingents serving in UNMISS and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

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The Standard Gauge Railway from Mwanza to Isaka in neighbouring Tanzania will be constructed by two Chinese Companies that have won a lucrative tender for this job.

Prof. Palamagamba Kabudi Tanzania’s foreign minister said on Thursday during a presser on the eve of the Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi’s two-day visit to Tanzania.

The Mwanza-Isaka railway stretch will cover a distance of 341 kilometres and construction is estimated to cost TShs3 trillion will be handled by China Civil Engineering Construction (CCEC) and China Railway Construction Company (CRCC).

The Tanzanian government through the Tanzania Railway Corporation (TRC) is constructing a 2,561Km SGR network that links Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Kigoma, Katavi and neighboring countries of Rwanda, Burundi Uganda and DRC.

The over Sh7 trillion project is being implemented in phases with the first round covering 202km between Dar es Salaam and Morogoro, was initially scheduled to be ready by November 2020 but heavy rains disrupted construction works.

Construction of the first and the second phase is being undertaken by Turkish construction company, Yapi Markez.

The first phase will have six main stations at Dar es Salaam, Pugu, Soga, Ruvu, Ngerengere and Morogoro, with the Dar es Salaam and Morogoro stations being the largest.

The second phase which is under implementation involves 422km between Morogoro and Makutupora in Singida with the project set to be completed within 36 months at a cost of $1,924 billion.

The railway is East Africa’s fastest and will use electricity to move trains will travel at 160km per hour and transport 10,000 tonnes of freight which is equivalent to 500 cargo trucks.

Upon completion, the SGR project is expected to payback the investment value after 15 years.

In October 2020, Tanzania government signed $60 million (about Sh138 billion) contract with a South Korean firm to supply trains for the standard gauge railway (SGR).

 

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President Donald Trump is testing how far he can go in using the trappings of presidential power to undermine confidence in this week’s election against Joe Biden, as the Democrat contender gained ground in tight contests in some key battleground states.

With his pathway to re-election appearing to shrink, Trump has advanced unsupported accusations of voter fraud to falsely argue that his rival was trying to seize power. Thursday’s moves amounted to an extraordinary effort by a sitting American president to sow doubt about the democratic process.

“This is a case when they are trying to steal an election, they are trying to rig an election,” Trump said from the podium of the White House briefing room.

The president’s remarks deepened a sense of anxiety in the U.S. as Americans enter their third full day after the election without knowing who would serve as president for the next four years.

His statements also prompted a rebuke from some Republicans, particularly those looking to steer the party in a different direction in a post-Trump era.

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Neither candidate has reached the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House. But Biden eclipsed Trump in Wisconsin and Michigan, two crucial Midwestern battleground states, and has been inching closer to overtaking the president in Pennsylvania and Georgia, where votes are still being counted. It remains unclear when a national winner will be declared after a long, bitter campaign dominated by the coronavirus and its effects on Americans and the national economy.

On Wednesday, The U.S.set another record for daily confirmed cases as several states posted all-time highs. The pandemic has killed more than 233,000 people in the United States.

Rising tensions

Biden spent Thursday trying to ease tensions and project a more traditional image of presidential leadership. After participating in a coronavirus briefing, he declared that “each ballot must be counted.”

“I ask everyone to stay calm. The process is working,” Biden said. “It is the will of the voters. No one, not anyone else who chooses the president of the United States of America.”

 

Biden’s victories in the upper Midwest put him in a strong position, but Trump showed no sign of giving up. It could take several more days for the vote count to conclude and a clear winner to emerge. With millions of ballots yet to be tabulated, Biden already had received more than 73 million votes, the most in history.

Trump’s erroneous claims about the integrity of the election challenged Republicans now faced with the choice of whether to break with a president who, though his grip on his office grew tenuous, commanded sky-high approval ratings from rank-and-file members of the GOP.

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Trump’s campaign engaged in a flurry of legal activity to try to improve the Republican president’s chances, requesting a recount in Wisconsin and filing lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia. Judges in Georgia and Michigan quickly dismissed Trump campaign lawsuits there on Thursday.

Trump has held a small edge in Georgia, though Biden has been gaining on him as votes continue to be counted. The same is true in Pennsylvania, where Trump’s lead had slipped to about 22,000 votes — and the race is destined to get tighter.

One reason is because elections officials were not allowed to process mail-in ballots until Election Day under state law. It’s a form of voting that has skewed heavily in Biden’s favour after Trump spent months claiming without proof that voting by mail would lead to widespread voter fraud.

Mail ballots from across the state were overwhelmingly breaking in Biden’s direction. A final vote total may not be clear for days because the use of mail-in ballots, which take more time to process, has surged as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Trump campaign said it was confident the president would ultimately pull out a victory in Arizona, where votes were also still being counted, including in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous area.

The AP has declared Biden the winner in Arizona and said Thursday that it was monitoring the vote count as it proceeded.

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