The head of Uganda’s elite presidential guard also known as Special Forces Command (SFC’s) has claimed that there are “external forces” plotting against veteran leader Yoweri Museveni.
Major General Don Nabasa said during the Tarehe Sita celebrations to mark 35 years since the establishment of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) that foreign powers want to oust Museveni to take advantage of the abyss that is likely to follow.
“External forces are looking and they don’t want us to develop. We have the oil here, beauty of the country, stability, development and above all a precious leader. They think maybe if they get the precious leader out there will be disorganisation”. he said.
The SFC’s image has lately been soiled by allegations of arbitrary arrests and torture of political dissidents in the East African country, including pop star-cum opposition politician Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.
Wine, a political darling of urban youths is posing the most serious threat yet to strongman Yoweri Museveni, 74, who’s ruled since 1986. Elected to parliament in November 2017, the reggae star and self-styled “ghetto president” has kept up a steady stream of criticisms and protests.
Nabasa said the foreigners “won’t come physically, but if they come here, it will be the best because we are very ready for them. Unfortunately, they will not come”.
“They will send money and people, like the ones of late being deported, to mobilise the youth because they have the manpower here and the youth are very easy to convince. Please, talk to them and they see that the stability of their country is their future,” he said.
Amos Desmond Wambi is a Kampala-based multimedia journalist, currently working as the Editorial Manager at East Africa Daily. He has produced serial reports about East African political relations and diplomacy and has written expansively on the region’s nascent oil and gas industry for the past four years.