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Muhoozi group: Museveni has more opportunists

Muhoozi supporters at a rally

Muhoozi supporters at a rally

Last week, President Yoweri Museveni praised his son, Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, and criticized the National Resistance Movement (NRM) for his son’s entry into the political arena.

Although the UPDF Act prohibits its officers from participating in politics until they are discharged from the army, Muhoozi declared his intention to replace his father last year. However, his actions have never been checked by the UPDF’s top leadership.

During the NRM retreat in Kyankwanzi, Museveni acknowledged that the weaknesses of the NRM had led to some frustrated youth turning to the MK group, thinking that there is hope there.

He mentioned that some individuals within the group were pursuing their own interests, creating unnecessary contradictions. Museveni emphasized the importance of unity and fighting against those who oppose their ideology. He acknowledged that corruption exists within the army, and Muhoozi has been vigilant in combating it, leading to a resistance movement within the resistance movement.

“The issue of a standby generator (Muhoozi), I am handling it with Muhoozi and his group. The issue of Muhoozi is partly due to the weaknesses of the NRM. I remember when Muhoozi celebrated his 48th birthday, there were some soldiers and youths from Kampala and other areas and when I analysed it, I could see that because of the weakness of our systems, some of the frustrated youth went to the MK group thinking that there is hope. Some of them are looking for their own interests. Some are looking for this, some are looking for that. What I did, I called and I talked to them,” Museveni said.

He blamed his son for creating contradictions. “It is not a good thing. You should only fight with those against your ideology. So, I am helping them. Don’t create unnecessary contradictions among yourselves.”

In response to Museveni’s comments, the minister for Internal Affairs, Gen Kahinda Otafiire, stated that the president’s remarks align with his previous statements. Otafiire emphasized that he does not belong to the past or the future but is working towards a better country.

Andrew Mwenda, the spokesperson of the MK Movement, addressed the misinterpretation of Museveni’s statement by critics within the NRM and mainstream NRM. That is part of the reason the ruling party is losing popularity, he said. There are even more self-seekers in opposition parties masquerading as democrats when they are intolerant.

“We are beginning to set up organization structures. We shall be putting in place mechanisms to identify and weed out undesirable elements. The MK Movement will keep identifying self-seekers within its ranks and weed them out. This is because the leadership, values and goals of the movement are for the good of Uganda,” he said.

Balaam Barugahara, a staunch supporter of Muhoozi, stated that Museveni’s comments were driven by his own motivations. He believes that wherever there is an emergence, there must be a problem. Balaam criticized some leaders within the party for neglecting the concerns of the youth and failing to provide solutions or alternatives to the challenges they face. This is one of the reasons why the MK movement was established.

“I can’t blame him [president] for what he said but applaud him for telling us the truth,” Balaam expressed. He acknowledged that Museveni based his comments on his personal intelligence system and emphasized the importance of not undermining the president. Balaam acknowledged that there may be individuals within the MK movement misusing it for personal gain, such as engaging in theft or black-mailing government officials. He called for self-seekers to step aside to maintain the reputation of the MK movement.

“He didn’t imply that all of us are self-seekers. He has made this clear several times,” Balaam emphasized.

He urged members to be exemplary and not engage in extortion or fraud but, rather, uphold the NRM ideology of pan-Africanism and patriotism. Museveni consistently encouraged them to avoid identity politics, tribalism, and sectarianism, as they could lead the country into a situation similar to what Sudan is currently facing.

Balaam stated that they would reflect on their actions within the movement based on Museveni’s statements. They remain committed to working towards Muhoozi leading the country forward after his father’s tenure. He assured that the MK movement is unbreakable and driven by the people, under the guidance of the president. Balaam emphasized the need
to exclude corrupt individuals from the movement.

Alex Ruganda, Fort Portal Central MP and a strong supporter of Gen Muhoozi, couldn’t verify Museveni’s statements but highlighted that self-seekers exist everywhere, including among the team surrounding Museveni. He emphasized their agenda to prevent the country from falling into political turmoil, similar to Libya, Sudan, and other African countries.

Ruganda raised the question of how they can navigate the post-Museveni era and stressed the leadership’s commitment to addressing any issues within the movement.

The deputy spokesperson of the MK Movement and Kasambya County MP Daudi Kabanda stated that many of those attacking Gen Muhoozi are defectors from other political parties who now express greater support for Museveni than his own son does.

He claimed that those who dislike Muhoozi are often corrupt individuals who are aware of his zero-tolerance policy towards corruption. The MP labelled those who mobilize MPs to attack Muhoozi as “mabaati (iron sheet) thieves” and emphasized the need to address corruption within their ranks. He said there are more self-seekers in NRM.

Muhoozi joined the army in 1999 and steadily rose through the ranks to become a full general. He served as the commander of the Special Forces Command (SFC) from 2008 to 2017 and was reappointed in December 2020 until 2021. Additionally, he held the position of commander of the land forces from June 24, 2021, to October 4, 2022, when he was relieved of his duties and replaced by Lt. Gen Kayanja Muhanga.


+10 #1 A K Mukasa 2023-06-07 02:47
These automatons think corruption is only embezzling public funds whereas it more than that.

In fact what they are doing now campaigning for a serving army officer is also corruption as it amounts to subverting the law/constitution.

Museveni is the most corrupt man in Uganda notwithstanding his attacks on the cancer. He has driven Uganda into the ground because of his corruption now he is laying the ground for his son to take over from him and continue undermining all institutions to ensure that Uganda turns into a monarchy.

Everyone has given up on Uganda so what’s illegal or outrageous is now considered normal if it is perpetrated by Museveni and his family.

I wonder why people even people still go to church to listen to religious leaders who abdicated their duty to fight for the oppressed. They are in fact hobnobbing with the oppressors.
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+10 #2 Lysol 2023-06-07 04:17
Those opportunists real or perceived, will destroy Muhoozi's dream, because they cannot do without Museveni.

The only thing Muhoozi can do, is to eliminate his dad, like many did in history. Otherwise, he is just nothing but a mere simpleton.
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+7 #3 kapmaraaa 2023-06-07 04:48
It is a plot by the BAHIMA to rule over uganda forever. Already even Mujhoozi is preparing his own son to take over after him.

This is how Bahima long ago manipulated and imposed themselves on the indigenous Banyankole to rule over them and now are trying to replicate it over the entire country.

Frontmen from other tribes like Balaam and Mwenda due to greed are pushed at the front to make it look like all other Ugandans are in it as well
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+2 #4 jose 2023-06-07 08:54
But updf is also his father, why would you wonder about not being checked, and you dont wonder about how a volunteer LDU became a decorated general , even rise to the level of commander of land forces
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+4 #5 Kamparaa 2023-06-07 10:28
You have to admire the clever reverse psychology he is playing against the gullible confused NRM members.

I think at some point he will overthrow himself and install his son as chairman and flag holder for president and then tell the NRM dozy sheep that he fought against it but these young people overpowered me with good arguments and took over the party with muhoozi as their leader.

So lets all support him. Already there's now statured intimidation tactics against any NRM member who publicly shows disent against the MZ project.
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+3 #6 kabayekka 2023-06-07 10:48
The Kingdom state of Buganda has provided enough leadership efforts for several tribes people of the African tribes that came together to formulate this African country!

It is now time up for the Ganda people to sober up and attend to their immediate territorial problems at home.

No one these days has the ambition and interest to look after someone else's country and its people other than his own. Let no one tell such lies to many of the African citizens!
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+2 #7 Lakwena 2023-06-07 10:49
Except deceit (dishonesty) sic corruption (organized crime) what else is the weakness in the NRM leadership legacy?

Except tyranny and/or bullying; as the eternal Chairman of the NRM, Gen Tibuhaburwa is weak (corrupt).

Otherwise, the weakness of an organization/Institution like the family/country, is the logical reflection of the weakness of the leader/ship (person).

In other words, because it is now a public secret that the NRM is now cripple; the Opposition should get ready. Come 2026, the NRM will be a pushover.
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+1 #8 Kent Mawa 2023-06-07 13:55
Any "team" that has Frank Gashumba Tamale Mirundi and Andrew Mwenda in it = LOL .

We pray and hope that these ones will help us and finish off the project. in tears .
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+1 #9 Remase 2023-06-07 15:30
Fellow Ugandans, it's clear like day and night, there's neither democracy nor rule of law in Uganda.

Muhoozi M7 is a serving militant and not allowed to engage in partisan politics in any way, shape or form.

However, M7 is treating it as if it is about the frustrated youths wiih NRM! The fact of the matter is, as Ugandans, we are frustrated with M7, his family, relatives, tribesmen and militant rule.

That's exactly why M7 is talking about what is happening in Sudan. M7 has led our country on the the part to the same situation in Sudan! That's where we are heading.
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