Friday, August 31, 2018

UGANDA: A country is at war when Intelligence Chief goes to "battle front"


A COUNTRY IS AT WAR WHEN INTELLIGENCE CHIEF GOES TO THE 'BATTLE FRONT'

“The military involvement is very minimal. The Chief of Military Intelligence collects intelligence; he can choose to get on the ground and see what is going on.”
Army Spokesman quoted by chimpreports.com - 30/8/3018
Indeed, the Chief of Military Intelligence (CMI) would be one of the last people to physically go on the ground in a combat situation. Museveni's CMI, Brig. Abel Kandiho was physically in the middle of heavy deployment in the city centre today amidst heavy army deployment to quell protests. What is most baffling is the fact that he was donning a full combat gear including camouflage uniform and helmet (see photo).

The last time Ugandans witnessed a top army officer donning combat helmet was at the fall of Iddi Amin in 1979 and during the swearing in of Gen. Tito Okello and at that time, David Oyite Ojok was in combat mood after defeating Iddi Amin and in 1985 Gen. Tito Okello was also sworn in after leading a rebellion against the Obote II government. A combat helmet is designed to protect the head against bullets. Helmets are usually worn by field soldiers during combat action. Structurally, the higher one ascends in rank, the further he goes from the actual battle field.

The Chief of Military Intelligence (CMI) heads a big network of staff members. From informers, Intelligence Staff (I.S) at different levels of military formations, Unit or battalion intelligence officers, Brigade I.Os, Division I.Os, and at headquarters level there is his deputy, Directors and their assistants for different departments, staff officers and a number of operatives. Kampala city in particular is demarcated into different Military Intelligence zones manned by his staff members. All these different players under his command are supposed to gather information and feed him. In turn, he processes this information and feeds both the CDF and the President.

Therefore, for the whole CMI to physically be on the ground amidst violence in the middle of the city, it signifies the extent of the regime's panicky mood and hence its vulnerability. For the army spokesman to downplay such a development is hypocrisy of the highest order. When the CMI dons full combat gear and goes on the ground to collect raw intelligence, then it means that the centre can no longer hold.

INFORMATION IS POWER AND THE PROBLEM OF UGANDA IS MUSENISM




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