KAMPALA, Uganda: That former all-powerful Uganda Police Force Inspector General (IGP) is an unwanted humanoid ingredient onto the US soils is a story of the past, especially to most Ugandans whose memories of the most recent are automatically erased by the fresh and current yet other alarming occurrences.
General Kayihura was declared a persona non grata (Diplomatic Latin for a foreign person who’s entering or remaining in a particular country is prohibited by that country’s government) by the United States of America administration on September 13th 2019.
Whereas many of our ardent readers had known these stories vide this mighty website lines at that time, when we were mercilessly cracking down on the police’s notorious vices of tracking down refugees, illegally repatriating them which, indeed led to most victims ’loss of life back home, most Ugandans got wind of these heinous vices long after they came to pass. And that’s when President Museveni inevitably truck the whip against his hitherto blue-eyed boy in Gen. Kayihura.
Following the new developments against the good General, we look back at the same stories whose factual particulars have since been used as references and authored into dossiers by some of his reign’s used, dumped and persecuted implementers who since languishing in foreign countries for their life. The first of its kind is that of Ali Kabanda which was successfully filed with UN authorities about two years ago and whose repercussions is now loud and clear back home. Read on…
“This is a confidential document which catalogues activities that I feel the powers that be else where such as the United Nations Organisation (UNO), the International Criminal Court (ICC) and all the connected agencies can use to salvage both the violations of human rights and associated international laws that were set up to oversee and protect those fleeing their countries to seek refuge in other countries. I cite here the United High Commission for Refugees (UNCHR) charter that states: “…a refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of fear for persecution, war or violence…”
I am now seeking refugee and protection in a third country and strongly feel that I cannot remain silent on these matters that are affecting many other persons both inside and around Uganda. I am persuaded that the UNHCR and associated agencies set up to protect those fleeing their countries to safety should be alerted on the plight of those both mentioned and unmentioned in this dossier. I hereby plead with the responsible and designated agencies with the role to protect those defined by the criteria under the Geneva Convention to stand up and act so as to prevent what probably may turn out to be a serious tragedy if left unattended to.
I would go on and argue that should what I have both observed and experienced be ignored, would be a potential consequences of another silent genocide against what is supposed to be a protected persons under the UN Geneva Convention. There has been no reconciliation for those involved in this strategy.
I had to leave my country Uganda because of the direct threats to my life therefore, cannot name the dates I left the country, nor identify my passage to safety, nor identify the second country I went to, nor identify or name the individuals that assisted me with material and facilities throughout this process to enable me to reach this unnamed third country.
Arising from the above, I am going to reveal my name by which I was known by while I was working in Uganda but I cannot reveal the Name by which I am known now and the means by which I am surviving. People are wondering why I am always looking up controversy, I don’t look up controversy, controversy looks me up. It has never been popular to tell the truth. I am guided by what Dr Martin Luther King once said that: “…our lives begin to end when we become silent about the things that matter…” Whilst many are afraid to tell the truth, I am not. I will let history Judge the contents of this dossier.
Given the above, My Names are Ali Kabanda; I was born and bred in Uganda. My Job or role/description while in Uganda was under a range of intelligence gathering and security operations services. I worked with most of the intelligence organs such as, the Violent Crack Crime Unit [VCCU] formerly known as Wembley. I worked with the Rapid Response Unit [RRU], The Flying Squad (FS) and the Special Investigation Unit [SIU] which was under the Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID).
The SIU team especially was responsible for carrying out serious criminal investigations and issues to do with the country’s security. In my experience and observation were circumstances and actions that are inconsistent with public knowledge under which I thrived and consequently brought me into disrepute with the powers that be. It is the activities of handling refugees/asylum seekers I cite below, that especially pricked my conscience. I made the mistake of trusting and so expressing it to some confidant that led to my falling out with the team/ groups I had been designated to work with, and worse threats to my life if I stayed in the country.
I was made to believe that each of these people handed over to us under the repatriation Project from the neighbouring countries [Tanzania and Kenya] and within Uganda had a case to answer.
I was made to believe that the President of Uganda knew / was aware about this respective refugee/asylum seekers repatriation programme. I wrote to the President a letter referenced among the links below with a view to get his attention. I trusted and so thought that the President would be extremely concerned.
To my surprise, the confidential letter was leaked to the press by sources unknown to me. An appointment was made on two separate and different occasions by the President’s Office to meet the President but none took place. I got quite anxious and with each turn of events it became increasingly difficult and dangerous to remain in the country. See link/article describing my dilemma.
This operation is an overview of my involvement in arresting, kidnapping and illegal repatriation of asylum seekers of Rwandese origin.
There were two other teams headed by Joel Aguma and another team headed by SSP Nickson Agasiirwe, Fred Tumuhairwe, Abel Tumukunde, Joseph Segujja, Faizal Katende, Wilson Atekateka, Julius Kasinguzi, Fox Kyanda, Abel Kitagenda, Abel Twijukye, and Alex Katungi. This team were both designated for Rwanda and South Sudan Operations. I am ready to provide the details about this action at an appropriate time at an appropriate place.
I was deployed to work with this team in October 2014; during that same month we started by taking two refugees from Mubende, three from Kajjansi, Nakigalala. Other affected individuals were called and duped to meet us in the city or at respective hotels or locations. I am ready to provide the details about this action at an appropriate time at an appropriate place.
In December 2014, one Baguma Ismail, myself [Ali Kabanda], Sgt Solomon Nuwaha and Sgt Abel Tumukunde as a team we were given an assignment to go to Busia with a view to meet another team in Nairobi which was supposed to be waiting for us at the border. This was to effect transactions at the Uganda/Kenya border entry of Busia. In the first week in the car, was an old man whom we were instructed to take to Rwanda. The second week we picked up another individual and; the third week yet another individual, making the total to three. I am ready to provide the details about this action at an appropriate time at an appropriate place.
On another occasion, we went to arrest one individual in Bakuli, a Kampala suburb. The affected individual happened to be with two others who, arguably, were unconnected. Well the instruction from Ismail Baguma was to arrest all of them. I raised a subtle objection to this flagrant action. As it were, during this negotiating process, one of the unconnected individual escaped and run for his life but the unconnected was not so lucky. I am ready to provide the details about this action at an appropriate time at an appropriate place.
Similarly on another occasion and a different at border point of Mutukula which is of the Uganda/Tanzania border, we picked two other individuals. I am ready to provide the details about this action at an appropriate time at an appropriate place.
Another activity involved one individual, a former M3 rebel who happened and was already in our custody at the Special Investigation Unit in Kireka. The caveat was that if we handed over this rebel across the border to the Rwanda Government security, the reward would be a sum of $ 500,000 US dollars [Five hundred thousand US Dollars]. I felt the shivers as this was sort of odd. I then found out that this individual was a kith/kin of the former King of Rwanda; more so had been a military officer at a rank of a brigadier. I am ready to provide the details about this action at an appropriate time at an appropriate place.
Another case was one that directly Involved Nickson Agasiirwe who had been deployed in Southern Sudan during that time by the Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura. The reasons given for this deployment in this part of the world according to the IGP was that, the President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni wanted the Ugandan and Sudanese border security tightened. As a former colleague of mine explained, this programme originally started in 2010 with Joel Aguma, in a role of a commandant who was then in charge of the Rapid Response Unit (RRU). Another accomplice to this group was one Mulindwa Muwonge who passed away at some point later.
The first outcome of this operation was an intended kidnap of the Southern Sudanese military General who had sought asylum/refuge in Uganda. He was to be handed over to the Salvar Kiir’s government. I am ready to provide the details about this action at an appropriate time at an appropriate place.
The second outcome was that of a lady that was kidnapped outside Cavendish University which is opposite the American Embassy, a Kampala suburb. As I came to learn later, this lady was handed over to a place called Iktosi in Southern Sudan. I am ready to provide the details about this action at an appropriate time at an appropriate place.
Also a Major General was kidnapped from another Kampala suburb at 02:00 am in a place called Buziga, Bunga. This individual was taken to the police headquarters where the Inspector General of Police (IGP) was waiting to identify him and confirm he was the right person. Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Fred Tumuhairwe was in charge of this team with, Abel Tumukunde Faizal Katende, Joseph Segujja, Alex Katungi, Wilson Atekateka, Julius Kasinguzi, Kato, Fox Kyanda and Mohamood Matovu. The IGP’s instructions to the AIP Fred Tumuhairwe were to hand over this identified Sudanese Major General to Nickson Agasiirwe when we reached Southern Sudan. We were also given 5 million Ugandan shillings in facilitation in this operation. I am ready to provide the details about this action at an appropriate time at an appropriate place
I am ready to provide the details of all the above actions at an appropriate time at an appropriate place.
I have provided all my details on a separate cover letter.
My emotional turmoil became apparent when I expressed my concerns to my colleagues; this led to my being undermined and consequent threats made to my life, my family and the lives of those who have stood with me to expose these facts. The CEO of the Investigator an on-line publisher Mr Stanley Ndawula has since been incarcerated on bogus trumped charges.
For independent verifications and validations please see appended references which variously relates to this dossier”
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