By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. The Office of the Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Operations has refuted claims by former FDC Presidential candidate Kizza Besigye that Maj. Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba is behind the alleged torture of jailed MP Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine).
Addressing journalists at his office on Katonga Road, Nakasero alongside other opposition leaders on Saturday, Besigye alleged that through his sources in the army, he had established that Maj. Gen. Kainerugaba commands a lethal unit (Commando Unit) of Special Forces Command (SFC) which is tasked with executing clandestine missions and special operations.
He alleged that the Unit was behind the arrest and alleged torture of legislators; Bobi Wine and Francis Zaake and that it was targeting other opposition leaders.
However, Major Chris Magezi who is the Spokesperson of the Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Operations described Besigye's claims as slanderous and without basis or evidence. He wondered how a retired military officer of Besigye's caliber could peddle such falsehoods.
"It's unfortunate that for all the time he (Besigye) spent in the army, he has forgotten how the military works. May be, being a medical doctor, he doesn't know much about the military and how it works," said Major Magezi, adding, "I categorically refute the unfounded and unsubstantiated loose talk by Besigye that there is a Unit that is under Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba".
Besigye joined the rebel National Resistance Army (NRA) in 1982, before retiring almost two decades later to contest for presidency in 2001. The beleaguered Bush war doctor has since gone on to lose four contests against President Museveni.
Besigye has over the years claimed that he enjoys 99percent support in the army, yet in equal measure he suggests that the military is the problem. "These are signs of a delusional politician who has lost touch with reality," said Maj Magezi.
Maj Magezi further argued that democratic processes and rights are well enshrined in Uganda's Constitution. He adds however that these rights are not absolute and this is specifically provided for under Article 43 of the Constitution.
Major Magezi also notes that there is a long established pattern that wherever Besigye is and recently Kyagulanyi, their supporters tend to be violent, attack rival political party supporters and also attack law enforcement agents, especially the Police.
"We saw this in the Rukungiri by-election, we saw it in Bugiri and we have now seen it in Arua. Why is that so?" asked Maj Magezi.
On Recent Presidential Attack:
Maj Magezi warned that regardless of any issues one might have against the President of Uganda, no one should ever attack him because he is protected by law and anyone who dares to harm in anyway, the person of the President, should be aware that the consequences can be grave and severe, because security will do their work.
MP Kyagulanyi, other opposition Members of Parliament and their supporters were arrested on Monday in Arua town after they attacked the presidential convoy. During the fracas one of the vehicles in the motorcade had its rear screen shuttered.
About Special Forces Command (SFC):
The SFC guards the presidency, State guests and other Very Very Important Persons (VVIPs) as well as key strategic national installations, including the oil fields.
According to Major Magezi, who formerly served as the Special Forces Command (SFC) Spokesperson, the Force has a well-known command structure and he advised Besigye against peddling his "ignorance" in public.
SFC is currently under the command of Brigadier Don Nabasa who replaced Gen Kainerugaba as the elite Forces Commander in January 2017.