It is not clear if Kazini was ever a soldier under the Iddi Amin regime. What is clear is that during the Obote II government he was with the Moses Ali rebel group in Sudan as a Museveni agent. In 1984 he escaped from Sudan to Nairobi. In 1985 he was connected to the NRA when it was in control of western Uganda. Kazini together with Dan Byakutaaga then aides to Salim Saleh and were stationed in Mbarara charged with security of Museveni's mother.
Upon taking over government, Kazini was appointed the C.O of 14th Batallion based in Arua. In Arua, he used his position to harass former members of the Moses Ali group who had lost out on the war. Moses Ali who was a Cabinet Minister intervened and Capt. Kazini was transferred to Kampala as a C.O in Lubiri barracks. During that time Moses Ali was detained for years in the underground cells of Lubiri barrack under the constant torment of Kazini.
In 1989 he was made a Major and appointed the C.O of Military Police replacing Lt. Col. Oliver Odweyo whom he had framed up with allegations of treason. Odweyo later died in detention. During this time, he jumped out and instead reported about a smuggling racket that involved senior officers including his own brother, Col. Jet Mwebaze. He came to prominence when he brutally suppressed a riot by Moslems of the Tabliq sect in Kampala. During the same time, he used his position to antagonise with many senior army officers through uncalled for harassment. Military police in Makindye almost clashed with the Lubiri based NRA under Kazoora.
In 1991 as a Lt. Col he was posted to the Masaka based Mechanised unit to replace Col. Kiiza Besigye. He felt insecure and harassed his qualified Deputy David Lyangombe who was put on Katebe. He took the initiative to deploy tanks to the Presidential Protection Unit to boost Museveni's security following the murder of the Burundi President. He dismissed from the army some junior officers on accusations of having inquired about the tanks sent to the PPU. At the same time, he was tasked to coordinate the monitoring of Gen Tinyefuza's alleged subversive activities in Sembabule. He was being assisted by his unit I.O Capt. Godfrey Lule and DMI's Banson Mande under Aronda's supervision.
He was moved to the army headquarters as the Camp Commandant. At his, he antagonised with all senior officers including civilian MOD employees. Because of his high handedness, the operations of the GQ almost came to a halt before Museveni intervened. Museveni sent him to West Nile to handle the WNBF of Juma Oris and UNRF II of Bamuze. In West Nile, he was soon embroiled in settling his historical personal grievances with West Nilers. He was replaced by Katumba Wamala to take charge of West Nile.
In 1996, he was made a Colonel and sent to Gulu under Chief Ali who was the 4th Div. C.O. Kaziini’s role was not clearly spelled out. He was made the 4th Div. C.O but not to include Katumba Wamala's West Nile region. Katumba Wamala successfully handled the West Nile rebellion. Chief Ali was made a figure head Chief of Staff. Shortly after Kaziini was sent to Kasese to fight ADF rebels. Soon he undermined Chief Ali using the latter’s ADC, Nuwe Kyepaka by alleging that Chief Ali was involved in subversion.
Kazini was made a Brigadier and appointed Chief of Staff (COS). As COS, he undermined Charles Angina's efforts to fight the ADF in Rwenzori mountain by denying him logistics. As COS, he spearheaded the invasion of Congo where he replaced Muheesi. Shortly after he was made the commander of Operation Safe Heven (OSH) in the Congo.
His role in the Congo is well documented. He oversaw the killings and plunder in both the Congo and Central African Republic. The UN, the Justice Porter Commission and the joint Uganda/Rwanda investigation team found Kaziini culpable of orchestrating atrocities in the Congo. Instead, Museveni promoted him to Maj. Gen and made him the overall Army Commander (AC).
As COS and AC, he helped a lot in privatising the army through irregular recruitment, promotions, deployments and appointments. At the same time sidelining and persecuting into exile the unwanted ones. By relieving him of duties in 2003 and his subsequent court martialing, Museveni was trying to delink himself from the latter’s misdeeds in the Congo.
The flimsy charges of creating ghost soldiers was a sham. That is why the court martial granted him bail upon an exceptionary presentation of a civilian surety and then allowed to proceed to Ghana for a course. The three years’ conviction was a mere design meant to hoodwink the Ugandans and donors. His alleged subversion never existed.
The 7000 recruits were raised, trained and deployed with Museveni's blessing. The Brigade in Arua was under Museveni's former body Guard Sam Kavuma and it was a standby force to help Congo's Bemba topple Kabila. Up to the time of his death Museveni had assigned Kazini to South Sudan.
Its ICC's ringing bells that made Kazini a dead scapegoat.
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First published by Change of Guards Blog on November 15, 2013