The recent assassination of Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abiriga did not only instill fear but also worsened an already fragile security situation in Kampala. His death comes at the heels of a spate of killings involving rampage kidnapping, rape and systematic murder of innocent girls.
Indeed, many observers believe that the killers exploited this security situation to mount a targeted assassination whose real intention was to divert the public from information that was circulating that the Special Forces Command (SFC) was responsible for the death of AIGP Andrew Kaweesi.
CLOCKWISE: Late General Aronda Nyakairima, AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, Brigadier General Nobel Mayomboand Col (Rtd) MP Ibrahim Abiriga.
Now fear has engulfed Kampala. General Museveni tried to calm down the panic that most people, especially those in Arua, believe is of his own creation, which elicited anger that engulfed the entire town through demonstrations that targeted everything in the colour yellow.
This prompted heavy deployment of armed military personnel to counter the anger that Museveni was likely to be greeted with at Abiriga’s burial. Without such heavy deployment Museveni was not going to go anywhere near Arua. The people had been loud and clear that they were tired of his manipulation that often ends with the killing of innocent people he used and disposes of in the cruelest manner.
During his eulogy for his most loyal MP, Gen. Museveni tried to blame the opposition, accusing them of using foul tactics that include assassinations.
Museveni said that Abiriga had been targeted because he was effective in the campaign to remove the presidential term limits, the hinted that he would also retaliate in equal measure – by cracking down against the opposition.
And now from the look of things, Gen. Museveni is making good use of his promise. Uganda’s Capital FM reported this morning that the arrest of opposition politician Betty Namboze might take place any time from now. Chimpreports also reported that the UPDF was hunting down another opposition MP, Kaps Fungaroo.
Gen Museveni pays his last respect to the late AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi.
Clearly such threats are meant to cow the opposition from speaking about Abiriga’s assassination. Similarly, Museveni threatened Ugandans on social media and threatened to come after them.
Moreover, the way Museveni is trying to silence everyone from speaking about Abiriga’s killing is eerily similar to how he handled Kaweesi’s murder. A crackdown on the opposition – including assassinating them – and shutting down social media are likely to be as effective in silencing those who want to know the killers of Abiriga as it was in silencing those who tried to reveal who murdered Anderew Kaweesi.
The veteran journalist Timothy Kalyegira immediately commented on twitter that, “Just as Abiriga seemed to be acting the clown as a cover-up, Museveni’s lashing out at the ‘idiots’ and ‘fools’ who killed Abiriga sounds like a man not telling us the whole story. Something, in other words, doesn’t add up.”
Gen Museveni pays his last respect to the late Gen Aronda Nyakairima. (Photo: Daily Monitor)
After Museveni threatened the opposition with murder his top security officials gathered at Serena Hotel to lay a strategy to implement the wishes of their boss. It doesn’t require a high IQ to see that tough times are ahead for the opposition, with Nambooze and Fungaroo being the first targets with more to follow.
General Museveni thinks that he is at war, “Nobody will start a war with NRM and win. You will lose… If there’s war you fight,” he said in his eulogy at Abiriga’s funeral.
Gen Museveni pays his last respect to the late Gen Garanga.
And during war, people die:
1. James Waphakabulo
2. Francis Ayume
3. Gen. James Kazini
4. Brig. Noble Mayombo
5. John Garang
6. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima
7. AIGP Andrew Kaweesi
8. Col. Ibrahim Abiriga
9. Col. Muzoora
10. Maj Muhamed Kigundu
11. Joan Kagezi
And the list goes on ——-