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Uganda’s Special Forces Command Investigates RNC Agents

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Rwanda National Congress may become a closed chapter in Uganda as its senior members are scheduled for prolonged court battles with charges ranging from theft, blackmail, extortion and defamation.

But most surprising to many is President Yoweri Museveni’s most trusted elite Special Forces Command (SFC) latest decision to interest itself in knocking off the RNC cancer and resurrect good relations with Rwanda.

The government of Uganda is trying very hard to dissociate itself from the anti-Rwandan groups its security system had helped prop up and nurture including supporting them tactically, financially and training.

Taarifa reliably reports that SFC which maintains its focus on President Museveni, his family, strategic state installations and very-very important persons on the country’s territory, is very disturbed that their master is recurrently mentioned in stories of support to anti-Rwanda elements.

Two months ago Taarifa published an article titled; Rujugiro Pays For Fake Intelligence To Kill Rwanda-Uganda Relations.

One of the vital concerns raised in the article was why President Museveni with an advantage of resources can fall victim to sexed up intelligence that has caused an ugly and lengthy quarrel with Rwanda resulting into more than a year of border closure and massive injuries to economies of the two countries.

It is against this background that Museveni’s Special Forces Command (SFC) felt challenged and took interest in creating a parallel investigation into the entire Rwanda National Congress network and how this group managed to infiltrate, manipulate the Uganda security apparatus.

“Taarifa stories have been very vital in triggering this stealth inquiry within the security systems of Uganda,” a source said on condition of anonymity for fear of consequences.

According to insiders in the Ugandan government, the issue of Rwanda-Uganda is highly feared that most public officials including those high in the security structures would only want to walk away. “They fear blackmail or would be accused of being bribed by Rwanda,” the source told Taarifa.

Agents of the Rwanda National Congress and other anti-Rwandan groups had created a cloud of fear for successfully blackmailing anyone that seems not cooperative or supportive to their efforts against the government in Kigali.

The groups opposed to Rwanda had a breakthrough in February after President Museveni and President Paul Kagame met at Gatuna border as part of a follow up on the implementation of Angola Friendship agreement.

After this border meeting, President Museveni drove back to Kampala and summoned all his security teams and anti-Rwandan groups for a discussion. The president had already made up his mind to have all those fighting Kigali regime to leave Uganda territory in a period of one month.

Rwanda preferred that Uganda stops hosting all elements hostile to Kigali and possibly relegate them to a third country far away.

Museveni was shocked that of all the 41 anti-Kigali elements present in the room, non was genuine Rwandan to warrant their relocation to another country.

For example Prossy Boonabana the woman behind much of the anti-Kigali rhetoric on social media is actually a Burundian by descent but holds Ugandan nationality. Uganda would thus not deport or send away a citizen.

Instead in February, Boonabana requested for Protection which Museveni granted but after hesitation because he even wondered what Kigali would want from a person of her size and height.

The same applies to Sulah Nuwamanya who was also present in the room; Museveni asked him who he was and Nuwamanya responded saying he was a Ugandan citizen from Ntungamo district but also requested for protection.

For the other members in the room, non-even stood up to openly claim whether they belong to RNC or FDLR or any other group fighting the regime in Kigali. Museveni was left confused because he was not going to be able to send out of Uganda the anti-Kigali elements.

Museveni ordered them to immediately stop attacking Kigali; “From today leave Kigali alone, I will handle it alone,” Museveni said as his security commanders were taking notes.

According to our sources privy with the internal dynamics in the Ugandan government, Museveni has been scratching his head to ensure this diplomatic quarrel with Rwanda ends and the Angola Friendship agreement implemented to the letter.

The SFC therefore took up interest in this matter so that their master can at least find a fitting solution.

The SFC has discovered that Boonabana and Nuwamanya have been faking information supported by vital phone taps illegally retrieved by James Behangana a village mate of Nuwamanya in Ntungamo district.

It should be remembered that James Behangana in August 2019 was charged before the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala after he was accused of masquerading as a State House Anti-Corruption Unit Investigator. Behangana secured bail and continued fully working with Boonabana and Nuwamanya.

For example, Ugandans or Rwandans living in Uganda that receive phone calls from Rwanda would be monitored by the Ugandan security apparatus. So Nuwamanya through his contact James Behangana who runs a private security technology firm would access details of call recipients and use it to blackmail them as spies working for Kigali.

With fear due to accurate phone records provided to their targets by Nuwamanya and Boonabana moreover escorted by an armed body guard from counterterrorism unit, the targeted Rwandan traders and some Ugandans would begin pleading for mercy and then would pay money to be let off the hook.

Boonabana would frequently boast to her targets that the bodyguard was provided by the President of Uganda therefore all her actions are state supported. “She would then ask for any kind of money from the target to support RNC activities,” our source said.

The money would be deposited onto her account in the Cairo International Bank while Nuwamanya’s is deposited on his account at a DTB bank in Kampala.

Apart from using the phone tap records against their targets Nuwamanya and Boonabana would again create fake reports on particular persons and take these sexed up reports to Brigadier General Charles K Asiimwe that was heading Counterterrorism and also deputizing the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence.

Believing all the fake information without verification provided to him by Nuwamanya and Boonabana especially on targets that had refused to finance or join RNC and FDLR, this FBI trained Brigadier General Charles K Asiimwe rounded up hundreds of innocent Rwandans and dumped them in safe houses dotted around Uganda. It is in these dungeons that most Rwandans have been killed, amputated, deformed and beaten and starved for months before their release and dumping at the border.

Brigadier General Charles K Asiimwe was getting a monthly cash package from RNC through Nuwamanya and Boonabana and much of this money acquired through extortion and coercion using the counterterrorism body guard.

As dozens of targets have since learned that Nuwamanya and Boonabana are mere masqueraders – they have begun filing both criminal and civil cases against the two and Taarifa has established that Uganda Police has already prepared criminal summons against Nuwamanya and Boonabana.

Already Boonabana and Nuwamanya are battling a defamation case and a theft case.

In a twist of events, Brigadier General Charles K Asiimwe has been removed from his two positions and sent to head a newly created National Counterterrorism Centre. “It was created to keep him on the radar as he is being investigated further,” a source said.

Meanwhile, Boonabana’s previous body guard was removed and arrested- he is currently detained as he will provide key information in the forthcoming court proceedings against the duo.

President Museveni last week made 29 important rearrangements in the rank and file of the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces including a removal of Brigadier General Charles K Asiimwe from his lucrative positions and dumping him to serve as Commander at a newly created National Counterterrorism Centre.

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Rwanda Police Chief Briefs 240 Officers Ahead Of S. Sudan Deployment

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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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Chinese Companies Win Tender to Construct Railway From Mwanza to Isaka 

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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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Trump Attacks Election Integrity As Biden Nears 270 Electoral College Votes

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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.

Electoral college magic number

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.

Lawsuits and late mail-in ballots

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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