Warren Tumusiime 70, a father of seven and resident of Kabasyaba village in Kahondo Parish, Maziba Subcounty, Kabale District said he joined the NRA’s movement to capture power in 1984 through the incumbent Minister of Security Rtd. Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi Katuguugu who was then the NRA Rebel Movement’s Director of Counter Intelligence in charge of Western Uganda.
Former National Resistance Army – NRA
Recruitment Agent Warren Tumusiime has cried frustration as he seeks compensation for property lost during the 1984
-1986 Bush war that ushered in the NRM government led by President Yoweri
Tumusiime 70, a father of seven and resident of Kabasyaba
village in Kahondo Parish, Maziba Subcounty, Kabale District said he joined the
NRA’s movement to capture power in 1984 through the incumbent Minister of
Security Rtd. Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi Katuguugu who was then the NRA Rebel
Movement’s Director of Counter Intelligence in charge of Western Uganda.
Before joining the NRA, Tumusime
said he was involved in buying maize and beans from Kasese and Fort portal to
sell them in Kabale District with most of his supplies going to weekly markets
and education institutions especially Kigezi High School and the now-defunct Tutorial College.
Tumusiime explained that by 1984, the Uganda People’s
Congress -UPC government had started harassing traders involved in business
with Rwandans and that’s how he met Jim Muhwezi as he sought protection by the
He said that
while in a meeting in Kasese District, Muhwezi asked him to identify ex-army
officers who could join the NRA’s rebellion against the UPC Government.
“I accepted the task because I was tired of the UPC
government and secondly, I wanted protection for my business.,” he said.
Tumusiime said that with help from his friend only
identified as Babu, he managed to coordinate the recruitment of over 100 men
into the NRA, and he still remembered names of about 85 whose names and
military ranks are attached to the petition he wrote to President Museveni in
//Cue in: “I managed to recruit ex-soldiers, …'//
Cue out:… mobilize the people to join the war.”//
//Cue in: “Abasirikare ba UPC bakaba batukwata, … '//
Cue out:… ninkubonera abasirikare, ati nimbabona.”//
In the petition, Tumusiime seeks compensation for
property lost when his home was sealed off by UPC government soldiers who
wanted to kill him after information leaked that he had connections to the NRA
Rebels. He said he managed to escape narrowly, but the soldiers vandalized his
Banana plantations and went away with his green
Peugeot 504 Pickup Truck.
//Cue in: “After the information wa leaked that, …'//
Cue out:… stole property in my home.”//
//Cue in: “Itwe turohereza reports konka, …'//
Cue out:… ngu hati iroko oyigure Kabale.”//
He presented to the press, a copy of the petition he wrote to
President Museveni four years ago, but the letter has apparently not reached
the president up to date.
Tumusiime who had turned to agriculture for a living,
wanted the President to buy him a new car for transporting his bananas to
Kabale town for sale.
The petition has the signature of Jim Muhwezi who
acknowledged that he knew Tumusiime. In his hand written recommendation dated
28th feb.2019, Muhwezi indicated that even former prime minister
Ruhakana Rugunda recognized the support offered by the petitioner during the
NRA bush war.
However, Tumusiime said his petition had never reached
Museveni because he was blocked whenever he wanted to see the president. He
explained that he had engaged top government officials from Kabale District
including the Special Envoy in the office of the president Ruhakana Rugunda, State
Minister of Trade David Bahati among others, but all have not helped him.
Our reporter tried to reach Minister Jim Muhwezi and
Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda for a comment, but
they could not pick his repeated calls.
Minister Bahati who is also the Ndorwa West County Mp
said he had seen Tumusiime’s letter to President Museveni but could not give
details of what he knew or what he had done about it.
He promised the reporter that he will will delve into further discussion about the matter on Tuesday, the 30th of November 2021.