The EU must not accredit Rwakitarate as a diplomat in their zone,this member of the inner circle of the Museveni-led military junta is being deployed in the mission to primarily eliminate the regimes offshores opponents.The majority of political dissidents have a well-founded discomfort with the presence of this hitman amidst them and they have every right to protest to the host countries the risk of formalizing his appointment in the EU zone.
Brig Moses Rwakitarate
Is one of the candidates destined for deployment as a military attaché in the EU region among other names, since 2001 Brig. Rwakitarate has been implicated in numerous scandals which include and not limited to; undermining democracy, gross human rights abuse during the elections period, he is further cited in corruption scandals.
From the elections of 2001, his role was evident in forming a group called Kalangala Action Plan’ (KAP), this squad of militias was pioneered by the then captain who has since been elevated to the rank of a Brigadier assisted by another notorious retired army officer Major Ronald Kakooza Mutale. This paramilitary squad KAP was entrusted with the job of ‘punishing, beating or possibly doing away’ with whoever opposes the government, especially those against President Museveni. They act intentionally to cause grievous bodily harm on civilians and also complicit in the disappearance of many civilians.
For example, he, alongside Col Kayanja Muhanga, were assigned the role of stopping then Reform Agenda’s presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye, from going to address a rally in Arua in 2001. In a melee, which was captured on video, Besigye is seen smacking the face of Rwakitarate who was then a Captain.
This killer squad was to be used again in the 2006 Ugandan General Election to help the country’s leader, Gen Yoweri Museveni retains power. Brigadier Moses Rwakitarate, a former chief of the Uganda Air Force, Brigadier Leopold Kyanda, the Chief of Staff of Land Forces and Major Roland Kakooza Mutale, a special presidential adviser on political affairs. During the 2006 general election, Kakooza led KAP and is remembered for the way he led a squad to beat up those who showed signs of opposing the NRM.
During the 2006 general election campaign, the same group became infamous for going around the country in yellow buses (the preferred color of the ruling National Resistance Movement wielding big sticks and guns and going around the country’s towns beating up those opposed to the NRM.
In 2016 general elections the same group resurfaced to unleash mayhem on the populace during the elections, Rwakitarate, and many other high-ranking military officials like Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde were gain heavily involved in partisan politics.
Brig. Rwakitarate was sacked in the wake of Somalia destined choppers that went down in Mt Kenya and causing financial loss to the country besides diverting another lump sum of UN funds meant to safely airlift the choppers to Somalia.
On August 12, three Mi-24 combat helicopters on the way to Kismayo, by then the last urban stronghold of the militant al-Shabab in Somalia, crashed in the Mt Kenya ranges, leaving behind a trail of baffling questions. Seven UPDF officers – including pilots and support crew – perished in the crashes. Only one of the four helicopters, a Mi-17, landed without mishap at Garissa. Originally, there were plans to transport the helicopters in one single amphibian plane. Rwakitarate, however, argued that if the plane was targeted, the country could lose all the equipment and arsenal therein.
The officer stands accused of diverting $2.5m financial war-chest from the United Nations given to the Uganda Air Force for the mission in Somalia, this money was to be used in transporting the helicopters in an amphibian plane.
To this effect, Mr. Museveni continues to reward military officers like Brig. Moses Rwakitarate for rigging elections for him by posting him to serve as a military advisor at Uganda’s Embassy in Brussels. He will represent Uganda defense matters in Belgium and other European Union countries.
UG-DP10 PUBLICITY TEAM