Gen Aronda Warns Tinyefuza

information pills geneva;”>In statement issued on Tuesday, erectile Gen Aronda further noted that Tinyefuza was “out of order” and his statements aimed at “tarnishing the good image of the UPDF.”

“I wish to point out that obviously with such a statement the author is operating outside the law, and his statements create the impression that the army is not cohesive which is totally false,” said Aronda.

Tinyefuza touched off a storm in the army when he told Daily Monitor in a report published on May 7 that through the Director General Internal Security Organization (DGISO) he delivered a message to President Yoweri Museveni in which he highlighted Intelligence concerns about likely consequences of what the public has dubbed the “Muhoozi project”.

In the document, Tinyefuza states the issue is becoming “divisive and creating fertile ground for causing intrigue” especially in the UPDF.


The General further says the so called “Mbuya Barracks attack” was conducted by some senior officers in the UPDF.

Aronda says as the Chief of Defence Forces of the UPDF, he was not aware of such concerns and “neither does the Intelligence Community.”

He adds: “The statement therefore is not only false but misleading. First of all it is out of procedure for the Coordinator of Intelligence to communicate to his appointing authority who is the President and Commander-In-Chief through his subordinate.”

“Given that Gen Sejusa is a serving officer of the UPDF he should be aware that all officers and militants of UPDF are subject to military law,” warns Aronda, adding, “They are also bound to be faithful to and bear true allegiance to the President by virtue of the Oath of Allegiance they take which is in the Fifth Schedule to the UPDF Act.”

Aronda maintains Tinyefuza’s statement therefore not only contravenes the law but also contradicts that of President issued to the media earlier.

“The code of conduct as clearly stated in the UPDF Act of 2005 requires proper authorization before a member of the Defence Forces makes public statements to journalists. That authorization must always be expressly sought and obtained and cannot be implied from any circumstances,” clarifies the CDF.

He says “some officers like Gen Sejusa have on different occasions given a wrong impression to the general public that they are exempted from seeking authorization before making public statements,” insisting, “This is wrong.”

Aronda makes it clear that the General being a senior member of the UPDF should have sought to address his concerns in the “right forum” including the High Command to which he is a member.

“The UPDF takes exception to the fact that the spirit of the General ‘s letter simply champions the agenda of the radical and anarchic political opposition hence rendering him partisan contrary to Article 208 of the Constitution of Uganda,” warns Aronda.

Aronda’s statement raises fears that Tinyefuza could face charges of spreading harmful propaganda in the court martial.

The army eight years ago took Brig Henry Tumukunde to the military court for speaking to the media without authority from the CDF.

Aronda further notes that similar arguments have in the recent past been raised by some members of the radical political opposition and in particular Dr. Kiiza Besigye with clear intention to divide the UPDF.

Tinyefuza was Besigye’s best man at the former FDC leader’s wedding.

For long, security has always suspected that the pair could be working together to cause regime change.

Aronda says the President and the Commander- In – Chief has had the occasion to give a clear response to those falsehoods and educate the public about the historical role of the Special Forces in UPDF.

This was in reference to Museveni’s recent letters to the media in which he justified Muhoozi’s quick rise in army ranks.

“I would like to take this opportunity to reassure the general public that the UPDF is a cohesive, effective, efficient and pro-people Force. The UPDF shall also remain loyal to the people, the Commander- in -Chief and the Constitution of Uganda,” cautions Aronda.

“Finally I would like to warn any serving officer who goes against the law that he or she will be dealt with accordingly,” concludes Aronda, a well known disciplinarian.

This is not the first time Tinyefuza is causing a storm in the army.

He resigned from the army in 1996, citing harassment by its leaders following his testimony to a parliamentary committee that was investigating the causes of the protracted war in northern Uganda.

He said the army bosses were corrupt and inefficient; a reason the insurgency in Northern Uganda was taking long to come to an end.

However, Museveni refused to append his signature on Tinyefuza’s resignation letter, saying the flamboyant General had not fully complied with UPDF’s conditions of service.

Angered by the President’s reaction, Tinyefuza rushed to the Constitutional Court in 1997, where he lodged a petition claiming he had ceased being a soldier when he was appointed a presidential advisor on military affairs in 1993 and won the case.

Tinyefuza’s victory was short-lived.

The state successfully appealed to the Supreme Court which overturned the Constitutional Court’s ruling. It maintained that Tinyefuza was still a serving member in the army.

Public apology

Tinyefuza was later engaged in closed-door talks with the President where he apologized for his behavior before making it public in 2004 at the wedding of her daughter Sharon Nankunda to Dr. Frank Asiimwe Rubabinga, a surgeon at Mulago Hospital.

“Mzee (Museveni), forgive me because I got wrong advice from some people. It was as if I was possessed because I received advice from some circles but I later woke up to my senses and made a turn-around. I am prepared to work with you even more,” Tinyefuza told a huge gathering at Emmanuel Cathedral Rushere, Mbarara.

Speaking in Runyankore, Tinyefuza added: “It is God who has helped me all through these problems. Your Excellency, I apologise for all the mistakes. In the army, when a commander-in-chief asks you to wait, you should wait.

These were issues which should have been resolved amicably instead of going to court or any other means. I do not know how the court issue came about, neither the restoration of Obugabe issue. God has protected me through hard times and I thank Him.”

“Everyone here, please, join me to thank the President for forgiving me, because he accepted my apology.”

On his part, Museveni said he had heard rumours that Tinyefuza was getting bad advice from some circles “but I ignored it all and I now thank Tinyefuza for working towards the process of the Movement and many other struggles, which all people are aware of right from the bush days.”

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