Friday, January 26, 2018

DRCongo: Behind involvement of Congolese in Museveni regime top political crimes


CHANGE OF GUARDS - Ugandans are yet to recover from the shock of a recent heinous crime in which an Accountant of Case Clinic was killed and his body burnt beyond recognition. This was after he had been kidnapped, his car and his Ug shs. 15M cash robbed. The Military intelligence led criminal investigations have linked the murder to members of one of Museveni militant groups, Boda Boda 2010. The victim's car was also recovered from a residential house occupied by three Congolese nationals with its number plate already replaced with a fake one.

Around late last year, sister security agencies were at the brink of a bloody armed clash when Museveni intervened by deploying his elite Presidential Guard unit to takeover the personal security of another Congolese, a one Mbabazi who is reportedly a "top state security asset". Ugandans who are footing the huge bills for her upkeep have never been told what business she has in Uganda.

In October 2016 a senior military intelligence (CMI) operative, Capt. Godfrey Barigye robbed 24kgs of gold from Congolese illegal gold dealers in Kampala. It is not by coincidence that Capt. Barigye at the time had been the In-Charge of Rubaga Division which is the cradle of the current Boda Boda 2010 menace. By communist design, the head of Boda Boda 2010, Hajji Abdu Kitata having been doubling as the regime (NRM) Chairman for the same Rubaga Division must obviously have been closely working with Capt. Barigye. Moreover, on top of two Congolese nationals, some of the other accomplices of Capt. Barigye like Issa and Jjemba were members of a crime syndicate whose patron is a top army General.

In almost all the incidents of mysterious high-profile murders in Kampala, the police chief was always quick to state that the suspects were either intercepted at or being tracked to the Uganda/Congo border. Yes, there is the argument that the dissident Ugandan armed group, like ADF has bases in eastern Congo but even before it emerged, Congolese kidnapped renegade Col. Ahamad Kashilingi and handed him over to Museveni for a small pay.

During Museveni's military expedition to the Congo (1998 - 2003), unscrupulous Congolese and Ugandan military elites established criminal cartels that are thriving to this day. Of all the Divisions of Kampala City it is Rubaga Division that is the home to tens of thousands of Congolese refugees, immigrants and cross-border criminals. Congolese have also been used by the regime security apparatus to break into offices of NGOs and other civil society organisations more especially those dealing with human rights. This is so because, even where CCTV cameras have captured clear footages of suspects with bleached faces they couldn't be identified by any Ugandan, which would have been a different case if Ugandans were to be used. The same has been the case with recent incidents of broad daylight kidnappings by armed men whose faces despite being very clear still couldn't be identified by any Ugandan.

Some Congolese are also treacherous by nature and the presence of a network of illegal gold dealers using Kampala as either the market (thanks to Museveni's USD 20M processing plant) or conduit route, a number of them thrive on betraying their colleagues to thieving security officers. The same group also acts as market agents of stolen items including cars and motorcycles from Uganda to Congo. Also with the alleged presence of armed Ugandan dissidents in eastern Congo provides them with an opportunity to tap into Museveni's money through information peddling.

On the other hand, you can't also rule out the high possibility of some of them being hostile intelligence agents sponsored by either Kinsasha or Kigali. Finally, not forgetting the presence and unclear status of the defeated former M23 rebel fighters. There are some questions which need to be answered.

Note: This is not to compromise the safety of law abiding Congolese refugees, businessmen and immigrants in Uganda.


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