Security Investigates NRM Officials for Meeting Maj. Gen Biraaro

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Also being investigated is the management of Buddu Bumu Sacco, which was started recently by Buganda officials in Buddu County.

Security is investigating five NRM officials in Masaka over a meeting with Major General Benon Biraaro, a retired UPDF soldier. The officials are Tonny Ssempijja, the Masaka Municipality NRM Youth Councilor, Amina Nalukenge, a district councilor, Faizal Sseruwagi, Ausi Bukenya and Faizal Mbuga. The five officials were grilled over the weekend by a team of security officials led by Maxwell Ogwal, the Central Regional Police Commander, Brig Joseph Ssemwanga, the commanding officer Masaka Armored Brigade, his Intelligence officer Maj Moses Irikiriza, Jonathan Ssewanyan, the District Internal Security officer-DISO and Peter Ssenkungu, the Masaka district NRM Chairman.

Also being investigated is the management of Buddu Bumu Sacco, which was started recently by Buganda officials in Buddu County. Trouble for the officials stems from a series of meetings convened by Major General Benon Biraaro in Masaka, Ssembabule, Rakai and Lyantonde districts last week to drum up support for his newly formed Party for National Unity ahead of the 2016 general elections.
During the meetings, Biraaro met several NRM supporters. Biraaro also met senior NRM youths leaders in a separate meeting at Garden Courts Hotel in Masaka, raising fears amongst NRM officials. As result, Senior NRM leaders asked security to intervene.
Security swung in action and interrogated the NRM youth leaders atthe offices of Masaka Resident District commissioner near Shell Buddu opposite Masaka Central Police station. Tonny Ssempijja, one of the NRM youths leaders and John Mark Tamale, an official of Buddu Bumu Sacco has confirmed that they were indeed interrogated by security. He however says he told the security officers that they invited Maj. Gen. Biraaro just like any other Ugandan to support their Sacco.  Peter Ssenkungu, the greater Masaka NRM chairperson says Biraaro’s meeting with NRM youths is suspicious given the fact that there are reports linking him with Gen. David Ssejusa, the exiled former coordinator of Intelligence Services.

Ssenkungu says they fear that the disgruntled NRM youths could join Maj. Gen. Biraaro and cause insecurity having been neglected by President Yoweri Museveni.

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Noah Sserunjogi, the greater Masaka Region Police spokesperson says the officials were interrogated to explain what they were discussing with Major Gen. Baraaro but declines to divulge more information. Biraaro says he met several NRM and opposition leaders to popularize his presidential ambitions.

Maj. Gen. Biraaro says he will not sit back and relax when Museveni is destroying their bush war plans of restoring democracy in Uganda. He explains that while in the bush, they agreed that Museveni would not stay in power for more than ten years but he now wants to rule till his death.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.