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.