The "snake" that rules Uganda --- what Museveni will do after the election
Yesterday Radio Katwe analysed the circumstances under which President Yoweri Museveni will act and react to today's general election.
Radio Katwe reported three weeks ago that a survey of voter preferences in Uganda presented to Museveni by Brigadier Noble Mayombo has shown Museveni scoring between 29-31 percent.
In late January, Brigader Noble Mayombo took data to State House which he had complied from NRM campaign agents and mobilisers. This data showed that Museveni's support stood around 29-31 percent all over the country. When the NRM later did an opinion poll and told Museveni he was at 61 percent, he lost his temper and shouted at them, blasting them for telling him lies.
We must recall that at the time of his "victory" in 2001, he was so angry that during his speech he did not thank his campaign task force for work well done.
When he returned from Rwakitura and was meeting his campaign team, he reached then minister of state Betty Akech, did not shake her hand, but asked: "Why do you people hate me?"
The people he was talking about were the Acholi tribe and the people of northern Uganda in general.
During his final rally at Kololo airstrip, Museveni arrived accompanied by his wife Janet and they drove through a large crowd of cheering people dressed in yellow.
Janet Museveni was waving back to the crowd and flashing the thumbs up sign and you could see that she was interacting with the people.
Museveni, on the other hand, had his hands raised showing the thumbs up sign, but he looked absent-minded as if his thoughts were elsewhere.
That is what today's intelligence briefing is about, the mental state of Museveni and what he will do to Uganda after the election, whether he wins or loses.
In yesterday's analysis we revealed to those who do not know, that Museveni has a history of a mental illness known as bipolar disorder or manic-depressive *(see box below).
It was first noticed in his early years at Ntare School in 1962 and was more noticeable after 1964 to his fellow students and the teaching staff.
Everyone who knew him could see a boy who was so different from normal. Some thought he was very brilliant, others thought he was insane.
In the CIA story published by Radio Katwe, the contributor explained how Museveni stabbed the dog of a European teacher who had removed Museveni's hat from his head in class and put it on the dog's head.
The origin of this illness might go back to his poor mother, Esteri Kokundeka, who died in 1997. People close to the Museveni family, the Kaguta family, and many people from Ankole allege that Kokundeka's mental illness might be related to a bought syphilis which she was unfortunate enough to catch.
It is rumoured in Ankole that she lived with several men.
That is how she came to have a son Yoweri from a one Kayibanda, Salim Saleh from a Mombasa Yemeni truck driver (although Smart Musolin says he was a Somali), and Violet Kajubiri from Amos Kaguta.
She was a very beautiful woman, but she used to do and say crazy things and some people in Ntungamo thought they were witnessing full-blown insanity.
She had become a born-again Christian and when her daughter Violet Kajubiri was in Bweranyangye Girls' School, her mother used to come to the school to preach at outreach missions.
Girls at the school would see her and flee to their dorms because Museveni's mother cut a rather stern figure, withholding whatever motherly affection or softness she had. She was not a fool. But she was a most unusual person.
In 1967, Museveni's ill mother was admitted to Butabika mental hospital in Kampala after suffering a severe attack of schizophrenia, a mental illness. (You can read about bipolar disorder and schizophrenia on the Internet.)
That same year, Museveni also got a mental breakdown but it was not severe.
His major attack came when he was at Dar es Salaam University and his mentor President Milton Obote arranged for him to be flown to the Middle East for treatment. It might have been Oman or Bahrain.
In 1974, Museveni is believed to have murdered his first wife, the mother of his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba.
In response to what Radio Katwe has published, some UPC people who know the story say Hope, the sister of Museveni's former comrade Valeriano Rwaheru, was not strangled as Radio Katwe had reported. Other sources had claimed that Museveni shot her dead.
The UPC insiders say Museveni cut her up using a panga. It is a taboo story that even Museveni's close former comrades like Eriya Kategaya do not want to talk about, but this is the reason why most people who are close to Museveni fear him so much.
In 1982 when Museveni was fighting the Obote government, Major-Gerneral Kahinda Otafiire took Museveni's mother to Kenya through Rwanda to visit her son in Nairobi.
When she was there, she got bored one morning so she decided to go to town. She asked for directions to State House Nairobi and went there. At the State House gate, she insisted that she had come to see President Daniel arap Moi.
One source who was in Nairobi at the time says she spoke to the State House guards in Kiswahili, but Radio Katwe has not yet got a second view on whether she knew Kiswahili.
The guards politely turned her back.
The following year she was back in Uganda in Mbarara town and came to Entebbe to visit State House. It was a Saturday morning and the then First Lady Miria Obote was in Entebbe.
Mrs. Obote was told that there was a lady at the gate who insisted on meeting her and the lady said she was the mother of Yoweri Museveni, the commander of the NRA rebels.
Mrs. Obote allowed her in to see her and as they talked, Museveni's mother was saying all the time that her son was fighting to become president. "You wait, my son is going to come here one of these days and he will be living here!" Museveni's mother told a shocked and amused Miria Obote.
Miria then telephoned her home at Impala Avenue in Kampala to talk to President Obote but he was in his office at Parliament buildings. She told him about the strange woman at State House Entebbe.
Obote had Museveni's mother brought to Kampala and he called a number of government officials to attend to her.
Obote was told by the Minister of State in the President's Office, Chris Rwakasisi, that this was actually Museveni's mother but the crazy things she was talking about were because of mental illness. Rwakasisi said she was once admitted to Butabika hospital.
Obote ordered the then Commissioner of Prisons, Mr. Byabazaire, to check the records at Butabika and that was when it was discovered that Esteri Kokundeka was admitted there in 1967.
Obote told Rwakasisi to prepare a sack of sugar for her and some other foodstuffs and then find a way of taking her back to Mbarara under adequate security.
These are things that Miria Obote knows very well but she did not talk about them during her presidential campaigns. Museveni knows this also, that is why you can see that he has never at all made any personal attack against Miria Obote.
In the mid 1990s when she was in Kampala or Entebbe, she used to go for church services at All Saints' Cathedral in Nakasero in Kampala, a short walking distance from State House.
She used to bring her own chair and sit alone during the services, staring at people and greeting nobody.
You can find out details of this from any of the parishioners and regular attendees at All Saints' Cathedral, in case you think Radio Katwe is exaggerating.
Those of you who have wondered why Museveni when he is travelling upcountry takes his own chair, can now put two and two together and see where he and his mother had that habit in common. Another habit they had in common was the love for travelling and the love of hats.
By the time she died in 1997, Museveni's mother had gone completely insane and could not perform the basic toilet functions without assistance.
She was staying at General Salim Saleh's house in Mbarara and they had to keep knives, blades, and other sharp objects away from her, in case she harmed herself.
At her burial, her son Salim Saleh spoke and he said things which made many mourners (who included journalists but the story did not make the papers for obvious reasons) present wonder if this was not a family of mentally sick people.
Saleh lamented in first person to his mother, saying "You have gone but you have left me with this snake here! This snake is mad, why have you left me alone with him?"
The "snake" was seated there surrounded by his bodyguards and close family members and the snake just looked at Saleh without comment.
That "Snake" has ruled Uganda for 20 years and could have five more years.
That is the background to Museveni and his mental illness which many people in Ankole know but the average Ugandan might be reading for the first time at Radio Katwe.
We must keep in mind this as we watch his moves after today's election.
Museveni is in some ways not a normal human being and he has a cunning mind that is so good at coming up with evil schemes.
Radio Katwe can therefore sadly but accurately predict that if Museveni is declared winner of the election this Saturday, he will plunge Uganda into darkness from which the country will recover after 40 years.
The FDC has become Uganda's most popular political party and is now ahead of the NRM in real, non-rigging support, but even most of the FDC leaders who once worked with Museveni do not really know him.
The FDC say they want change because it is high time. But the way they talk, it is as if Museveni was once a good leader but being too long in power has made him lose direction. Their opposition to him could be tinged by naivety and a touch of ignorance.
The DP and other players do not know him. The DP is very active on the human rights agenda and they have documented many atrocities committed by Museveni's army.
But they still don't know how far the atrocities go back in time.
Most DP leaders snd supporters do not know, for example, that it was not Idi Amin who killed their leader Benedicto Kiwanuka in September 1972, but that Kiwanuka was murdered by FRONASA assassins on the orders of Museveni, as part of Museveni's Maoist guerrilla tactic of killing the innocent to put the blame on your rival.
God willing, Radio Katwe will in the future present information on which this assertion is made)
The only people in Uganda who understand and know Museveni are the Uganda People's Congress (UPC). They know his history. They know what he is capable of doing.
That is why Museveni was so scared of the late Dr. Milton Obote. Those in the know, are aware that there are many things Museveni leaves out of his book "Sowing The Mustard Seed."
They know that when Museveni was a member of the General Service Unit, he was actually under a department called the State Research Bureau in 1970 which continued under Amin.
Those who know, know that as an intelligence officer, Museveni was not a man to sit all day at a desk and go through paper work. Even today you can see that he does not care about institutions, careful procedure, written speeches, and protocol.
He was not an intelligence analyst under Obote. The real work Museveni did in the GSU is what people like Humphrey Babukika do in the External Security Organisation today; Museveni was a GSU hit man, a state assassin.
That is why old Milton Obote used to insist that "Museveni is a gunman, a killer." Many Ugandans find it hard to believe when they are told that Brigadier Perino Okoya and his wife were shot dead by Mueveni, who left Dar es Salaam University for a few days to do the dirty deed, on his own.
You ask yourself this question: the man is now a president and has 12,000 presidential guards at his disposal who are armed with sophisticated weapons and communications gadgets.
Why does Museveni insist, all the same, on personally carrying an AK-47 rifle and sleeps with it by his bed?
If he can still have that instinct to carry an assault rifle wherever he travels in Uganda at the age of 62 or so, you imagine what he felt about guns when he was 28 or 24.
And let him not tell us that he joined the GSU in 1970 when he completed Dar Es Salaam University. He was a GSU informer even when he was still at Ntare.
Museveni as we said yesterday is the man who ordered the destruction of Masaka and Mbarara towns during the 1979 war. He can do anything!
Do not be surprised if he is the one ordering Umeme to increase the loadshedding of electricity in Uganda so that we the people who have deserted him for the opposition can suffer.
Right now, as we said earlier, although the public still thinks he has some support, he knows the truth that he has been rejected.
After the election, he is going to rule Uganda with heart of stone, without any mercy and favour. He will purge State House of the people whom he believes have been stealing his money.
He will throw many people in jail and kill many others. He will look for any charges to prosecute the opposition, most of all the FDC leadership.
He will get military tenders and award them with his usual shamelessness to his children and will not care what onlookers think.
It will be a time that even those who voted for him will ask themselves, "Have we been ruled for all these years by a mad, insane man, and we could not see it.?"
Museveni is the kind of man who can order his men and urban hit squads to blow up the Owen Falls Dam at Jinja or set fire to Entebbe International Airport to intentionally hurt Ugandans.
During the bush days, when a stubborn officer called David Tinyefuza caused chaos, Museveni came on the scene to personally punish him.
He ordered his men to pluck a branch with thorns from the bush and Museveni personally told Tinyefuza to remove his shirt and Museveni whipped him with that branch of thorns. Tinyefuza's back still bears those scars.
In the bush, Museveni once beat Kahinda Otafiire so badly with 50 strokes of the cane that Otafiire fainted. In the army today, officers when they are joking tease Otafiire by calling him "Safari 50."
When some NRA officers would try and scheme against Museveni, he on several occasions personally cut open their stomachs and their intestines poured out and they died in agony.
In fact, it was Museveni personally in 1976 when he had sneaked into Uganda in June to try and assassinate Amin, who tried to make Amin unpopular with Makerere University students, by getting his men to abduct the warden of Africa Hall, Theresa Nanziri Bukenya who was eight months pregnant.
Museveni then slit her stomach with a knife and left her to bleed to death, and his FRONASA men dumped her body near the hall. Up to now, those who don't know think it was Amin's State Research Bureau men who did it.
One of these days Major-General Jim Muhwezi should speak out because Muhwezi was a FRONASA agent whom Museveni infiltrated into the State Research Bureau when Muhwezi was still a law student at Makerere around the late 1970s, in order to commit atrocities which could then be blamed on Amin.
That is why Muhwezi was put in charge of intelligence in the bush and was the first Director of ISO from 1987 to 1996. He has the same kind of cruel and sadistic heart that Museveni has.
That man Museveni? Wait and see what he will do!
That is why people like Smart Musolin who have been tirelessly working to expose him need our praise and thanks as Ugandans.
If Ugandans do not summon up the courage to kick Museveni out of power during this election, the outlook after 2006 is very bleak indeed.