Museveni censured over troops
February 4, 2008
By Samson Ntale
Ugandaís opposition leaders have tasked President Yoweri Museveni
to respond to persistent accusations about the countryís military
involvement in the raging unrest in Kenya.
They warned Museveni that he would be held personally responsible
for possible disintegration of Kenya.
"It is completely absurd to expect that sending troops to Kenya
under the guise of protecting Uganda transit goods will provide
the answer as that country disintegrates into a Somalia fiasco,"
Mr Jaberi Bidandi Ssali - one of the respected opposition leaders
- told Museveni.
In an open letter published on Friday, Bidandi observes: "The
media have been awash with Ugandaís involvement in what is
happening in Kenya. Unfortunately, there has been no categorical
response about these accusations from you (President Museveni)."
Reports published in Ugandaís media show that Ugandan troops are
now attached to the Kenyan police. The reports, which have not
been refuted in Uganda, reveal that embattled President Kibaki is
now guarded by members of Ugandan Presidential Guard Brigade - an
elite force - and has scaled down his Kenyan guards.
"It is absolutely important and imperative that your Excellency
distance yourself and the people of Uganda from the unfortunate
events taking place in Kenya."
"Otherwise the people of Kenya and indeed of Uganda will hold you
personally accountable for the disintegration of our sister
neighbour and the destruction of lives and property, which so far
claimed more than 800 innocent Kenyans," Bidandi wrote in a letter
published in the Daily Monitor and Weekly Observer, both
"Of course the consequences shall be dire to our country," Bidandi
He called for harmony, appealing to Museveni to mend fences with
Kenyans saying "the sooner the better".
"Let us align ourselves with Kenyans and not with either of the
protagonists. Let us join them in finding a solution, which to me
should be advocating for fresh elections supervised by AU and UN."
"Let us prevail on Mr Kibaki to resign and leave room for a
government of national unity which neither he nor Mr Raila Odinga
should head, and whose main task shall be to prepare for fresh
elections within a period not exceeding one year," Bidandi
Museveni remains the only African leader to endorse Kibakiís
At the AU summit in Ethiopia, Museveni told UN boss, Ban Ki-Moon
that the solution to the Kenyan political crisis is to institute a
commission of inquiry to authenticate the messed election.
But opposition MP, Mr Reagan Okumu, dismissed Museveniís
suggestion as useless saying, "it adds insult to injury to entrust
Kibaki to appoint and commission an inquiry in a matter where he
is a key suspect".
"Only a neutral body by world institutions like AU and UN are
suitable, just as Bidandi proposed in his letter to Museveni.
Certainly it has to work after Kibakiís resignation," Okumu said
in contribution to his fellow opposition politicianís publication.
"It has to be fresh elections and not vote recount like Museveni
seems to suggest, because the whole process was a mess. If no one
took care to store the ballot papers, they could play in the hands
of suspects especially after the violence that followed the
results,í Okumu told The Standard.