Thursday, March 09, 2006

Salim Saleh in panic over Radio Katwe revelations

Intelligence reports reaching Radio Katwe say that one of Uganda's strongmen, General Salim Saleh, has been shocked and shaken by the revelations published on him by Radio

Saleh is a step-brother of President Yoweri Museveni and is one of the most powerful public figures in the Museveni regime. Some think he is the second most powerful man in Uganda, after Museveni.

Saleh had become used to operating with impunity probably because he was the brother of the President.

Two reports by Radio Katwe, it is being reported, have sent the General into some panic. Radio Katwe reported just before the presidential election that Saleh had visited the offices of the Uganda Bureau of Statistics in Entebbe where he tried to get a copy of the national population register.

Saleh needed to use the register in the rigging of the elections by making sure that the number of people on the register matched the number of voters registered in the country.

Radio Katwe managed to get a tip off on Saleh's trip to Entebbe and sent an informer to shadow the Generals movements to Entebbe using a taxi and a second car (whose identity we cannot disclose for security reasons.)

Information reached Saleh that Radio Katwe had written a damaging dossier on him and he was shaken, another Radio Katwe informer has revealed. He has been trying to trace back to whom it was who tipped off Radio Katwe, but all roads have led nowhere.

What is troubling Saleh more is how Radio Katwe managed to get insider information that links him to the drug trafficking trade of southeast Asia.

Radio Katwe has also reported that Saleh, through his personal aide Captain Juma Seiko recently smuggled in narcotics worth over 300,000 U.S. dollars from Pakistan. This followed several tip offs from Karachi to Nairobi.

Since Radio Katwe reported on Captain Juma Seiko's dealings in drugs on behalf of his boss Saleh, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has picked up interest in the two men.

While some at first dismissed the Radio Katwe website as nothing more than an anti-Museveni hate tool, information reaching us suggests that some diplomats in Kampala could be taking it much more seriously than the general public.

It maybe that diplomats, their contact with the general public being somewhat restricted routinely visit the website to find out the latest sensitive insider information on the Museveni regime.

Other publications like "Africa Confidential" and the "Indian Ocean Newsletter", both of which are intelligence publications, are reportedly using Radio as a source of previously inaccessible information on how the Museveni system works.

For instance, Radio Katwe is trying to establish if its disclosure of General Saleh's criminal dealings triggered the incident in which an American was arrested in Kampala over trumped up terrorism charges.

Dr. Peter Waldron, 59, was arrested just before the elections on charges of possessing firearms and ammunition at his home in Kisugu, in Kampala. He has been the publisher of a newsletter called "Africa Dispatch."

It is not yet clear whether Waldron was arrested because State House suspected that he was reporting on the dark secrets of the Museveni regime or because he was believed to be an undercover CIA operative sympathetic to Colonel Kizza Besigye and the FDC


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