3 February 2013

Uganda: Senior Army Officers Worry Museveni

President Museveni has often kept the army, which he often claims he built, in check.

However, of recent all does not appear to be well. Many senior ranking officers, especially his colleagues during the Luweero bush struggle, are openly expressing views that cannot be interpreted as cheering the big man's positions. The latest soldier to join this group is Gen David Sejusa aka Tinyefuza, a soldier who has a history with the president.

Sources reveal that Tinyefuza's latest missive is a deeper reflection of the state of affairs within the army and he represents the voices of many other officers who lack the spine to speak out.

Museveni pakalast, proclaims boda boda cyclists patron

The patron of the boda boda cyclists association, Abdallah Kitata, is not about to stop heaping praises on the president. Recently he was heard wishing that the NRM spends another 100 years in power and the almighty Allah makes Museveni immortal so that he can rule for those years.

"He gave us Shs 500m for development. This was to be used as a evolving fund and interest- free. The leadership used it to buy120 motor-cycles. So far over 600 people have benefited," Kitata said recently.

Kitata said of recent, boda boda cyclists had been exploited by selfish politicians to participate in riots and turn the city into chaos but with such a fund, that was bound to stop.

Lukwago, Omala embrace at Makerere

Kampala North Operations Commander Sam Omala has been involved in a number of cat and mouse fights with the city Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.

But at the recent Makerere University graduation ceremony, the two temporarily buried the hatchet. They engaged in a conversation and, at one time, they were seen laughing as Lukwago was being chauffeured in his sleek vehicle.

Thomas Tayebwa eyes Otafiire seat

Youthful businessman Thomas Tayebwa, who once contested the Western Youth MP seat on the FDC ticket and narrowly lost to NRM's Robert Kashaija in 2006, wants to run for the Ruhinda MP seat in 2016.

Word on the grapevine is that the current MP, Justice Minister Kahinda Otafiire, plans to retire and has anointed Tayebwa to succeed him. Tayebwa currently has an SMS firm and a number of businesses in South Sudan.

MP Ssewungu and his lecturer

The Kalungu West MP, Joseph Ssewungu, loves to hog the headlines.

Last weekend Ssewungu, a first-year Law student at Makerere University, amused his fellow students when he asked for the name of his lecturer, during classes. But Peter Wandera, who is teaching the Administrative Law course unit, fired back claiming perhaps the lawmaker did not attend any of his lectures during the last semester.

But that can't possibly be true, as the honourable student has been frequenting campus. Wandera may be the head of the undergraduate studies at the faculty of Law, but it seems that may not be enough to make him well-known.

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