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March 19, 2017 at 5:20 pm #559
FRANK GASHUMBA ON MAYOMBO'S DEATH
On May 02nd 2008, The Independent broke an exclusive story on Brig. Mayombo’s death. Read it, analyze it and judge for yourself who was behind Mayombo’s death
President Museveni received the report of the commission of inquiry into the death of the brigadier. The Independents Investigations team got exclusive access of the report.
On Thursday April 26, 2007, the Permanent secretary in the ministry of defence, brig .Noble Mayombo, was in his office at TISU on Wampawo Avenue in kololo.At one point between 3 and 4p.m he asked for tea. A soldier brought it to him. It was the first time in months that he was taking tea prepared at the office .And he was also the only senior army officer at TISU who drunk tea that evening.Taking office tea was an unusual lapse in his vigilance possibly even a tragic one since Mayambo always carried a tea flask to officer for fear of being poisoned. If someone was planning foul play at TISU ,the signs were already there. Two months earlier,Mayombo’s trusted military aid has been sent to jinja on a military course.Mayombo’s prior consent had not been sought. The aide used to check Mayombo’s food and prepare his tea at the office.When the aide left, Mayombo resorted to bringing his own tea to office in a closely guarded flask.Fears and rumours of army officers poisoning their rivals are widespread in the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF).Everyone is always on high alert. In this game of high stakes it is dangerous to trust even friends .
Mayombo had taken breakfast at home.He had also gone back home for home.He had also gone back home.He had also gone back home for lunch that day.On his way home home that evening, Mayombo visited his uncle, Kenneth Muhangura .Mayombo lived in bukoto, just before kabira country club .His uncle’s house almost opposite kabira.He ate two pieces of pork and drunk less than one third of a beer. Then he felt nauseated .So he excused himself to leave. But before he could enter the car. Immediately, he entered the car, he vomited again and again. When he reached home, his condition got worse. Within ten minutes, he was rushed to the nearest hospital-Kololo Hospital.
Mayombo later died in The Aga Khan Hospital Nairobi on May 1, 2007 after an air evacuation that delayed for three days.
At his burial, President Yoweri Museveni said Mayombo had been on a hit squad organized by a regional enemy-which some people interpreted to mean Rwanda and Rwanda’s Director of Intelligence Services,Dr.Emmanuel Ndahiro who was at the burial was deeply angered an expressed his feelings to Ugandan security. Security sources say that elements in the Sudan and DRC Congo security circles wanted Mayombo dead.
Immediately after Mayombo’s burial.Museveni set up a commission of inquiry headed by Mayombo’s close friends of many years, Bri.James Magira, currently armoured brigade commander in Masaka.Mugira’s commission concluded their investigations and handed the report to Museveni last November. Since then neither the public nor Mayombo’s family have received the report or even been told its contents .Why is the president holding unto untold report months after it was presented to him
The independent has looked at a summary of the report provided by close sources close to the state house . The report concludes that the death of Mayombo was due to natural causes specifically saying that he died of “multiorgan failure as a result of severe, acute, fulminating , hemorrhagic necrotizing pancreatitis was secondary to (caused by ) prescription medication for a” pre-existing ailment “ and that therefore was so severe that intensive medical treatment to save his life was unsuccessful.
The report says that there was an unanimity of expert medical opinion that “nothing more could have been done to save his life “ and goes on , “comprehensive toxicological test carried out in the world’s best laboratories ruled out poisoning as a contributing factor to his death . The report also says that the investigation looked at whether alcohol played any role in sparking off Mayombos pancreatitis condition but said they found no evidence of that .
The cause of then death was apparent negligence on the part of Mayombo‘s physician. A Cuban doctor called Lorenzo Lopez with the UPDF. In fact Lorenzo was suspended during the period of the investigation in order to “enable the investigations to go on smoothly.” Mayombo was not the only patient of Lorenzo since he has other UPDF patients he treats. The investigation found out that Lorenzo was putting Mayombo under very strong anti-retroviral medication, especially the use of the drug DDI but concluded that he did it out of ignorance and /or incompetence rather than out if malicious intent.
Over 40 people were interviewed during the investigation. These included the doctors that treated Mayombo before he was ill and when he was ill. Indeed, Mayombo had travelled to Spain in February 2007 where he had done a thorough medical checkup. Family members say that he got a clean bill of health those in investigation say that the team visited the hospitals in Spain and interviewed the doctor’s there. They say the doctors had noticed something going wrong. He had been some medication and asked to return to the hospital to check on progress after three months he died fifteen days before his scheduled return to Spain.
The team also interviewed the pathologist who did an autopsy on Mayombo’s body parts – liver kidneys and heart .the report says that from all the tests done there was no evidence of poison. Meanwhile immediately Mayombo fell ill, security operatives retrieved the flask at TISU from where he had taken tea and took it to Wandegeya for examining. Mayombo had also vomited in his hand chief who was also tested for traces of poison .The results from both tests were present to the investigating team and both showed no traces of poisoning
Regarding the food he ate at his uncles place report says that the pork had been roasted at a barbecue and everyone picked the meat randomly. None of the other people who ate the pork fell ill security operatives did not rescue the beer left in the bottle before he rushed from his uncles house –the housekeeper drunk it the investigations concluded that since housekeeper did not suffer from any illness, the beer must have been safe.
However observers’ say that this was the biggest limitation of the investigation .It relied on information and samples given to them by Ugandan security. this meant that if Uganda’s security operatives was involved in Mayombo’s death they would have predetermined the results of the investigation through the test samples provided and the stories and explanations provided to the investigation team .For example the body parts of Mayombo used during the investigation were not subjected to a DNA test to prove that they were not for somebody else. The story about the testing of the flask from which Mayombo had taken tea and the handkerchief in which he had vomited had all been done by the Uganda security.
Up to this day there was no evidence that the results given to the team were from the actual tests on the said flask and handkerchief. The investigating team for example did not do any DNA tests on the handkerchief to establish whether it was actually the one Mayombo had vomited in. Finally there was the question of whether the toxicological test s was comprehensive. For example, one of the toxicologist expressed suspicious to close Mayombo family member regarding the body parts that were tested- even suggesting that the best way to ascertain the authenticity of the test samples was actually to exhume the body.
Mayombo’s sudden illness and ultimate death sent shockwaves across the nation .in death he also defied. Queues of National Resistace Movement(NRM) bigwigs and top military brass in the country lined up to bid farewell. They gave orations and/or wrote obituaries full of glowing accounts of his life.Many of these speakers and writers were genuine.but also many were crying crocodile tears for Mayombo’s death because if they didn’t engineer it,atleast they were not sad about it.Indeed during the most critical moments of his life,Mayombo remained in a Ugandan hospital where there was not suffient care to save his life, the investigation report says that his pancreatitis was so severe that Mayombo ha d zero chances of recovery although doctors in Kampala had told the family that he had two out of ten chances.However,questions remain:he fall ill on Thursday April 26 2007.he was evacuated by the presidential jet to Aga khan hospital in Nairobi three days later almost at midnight on Monday morning and died on Tuesday May 1.What caused this usual delay? The answer to this question actually beg more questions.
Why did it take the government four critical days before they could evacuate Mayombo for better treat abroad? Upon him falling ill, the Israelis through Col.Amos Golan is a retired colonel from the Israel military, a major arms supplier to Uganda and close Golan. Golan is a retired colonel from the Israel military major arms supplier to Uganda and a close confidante to the President Museveni.He was introduced to Museveni.He was introduced to Museveni by Maj.Gen.Jim Muhwezi in the mid-1990s but later became a close friend of Museveni’s brother, Gen.Salim Saleh became distant.
Over the years, Golan has cultivated close ties with people at Defence.Whenever a new person is appointed to a powerful position at Defence, Golan is always quick to build relationship with them-from the Chief of Defence Forces to the minister, PS, the Chief of Logistics and Engineering, everyone, Golan’s closeness with many people at defense has increased Israel arms sale to Uganda. But it has also cause friction with other nations desiring to supply arms to Uganda-especially the United States.For example, in August 2003,the US Deputy Chief of Mission(DMC) protested formally to Museveni that Israelis are influencing Uganda Defence officials to supply arms to Uganda without tendering. IN a cable to Washington DC, The DCM accused the key Ugandan defence officials to corruption.
The Israelis were close to Mayombo and had given him a special gun-with his names inscribed on it.The only other person to get such a gift from the Israelis, sources say is President Museveni.Just before his death, Mayombo had told friends that he had been invited to visit Tel Aviv. The Israelites had planned a great welcome for him. Although he was excited, he was also afraid of how Museveni would take it.”Mzee obwaramanya kinu, nanyita,” (If President Museveni hears of this. He will kill me)Mayombo had told his close family.
There are many occasions when Mayombo would use this expression when speaking about Museveni.It is difficult to tell exactly what he meant. Although its literally meaning in Rutoro is “will kill me”, Batooro use this expression often casually to mean “will be angry with me”Mayombo had taken to the habit of using this expression on many occasions.
In any case, Mayombo fall ill on Thursday night and the Israelites offered to evacuate him to Tel Aviv on Friday.Isreali doctors were immediately on site to monitor his health status, take his test samples and pass them on to Israeli’s not clear whether these doctors were flown into the country or there were present by the time Mayombo fell ill. There was talk that the plane to evacuate Mayombo was on the runway and about to leave Tel Aviv. Others claimed it was aiborne.Suddenly the talk of a plane from Israel just evaporated. A voice hovered over Mayombo’s fate that seemed to have the plane from coming.
There was a team of doctors headed by the UPDF Director of Medical Services,Dr,James Makumbi and included others Ben Mbonye, Dr.Emmanuel Ssekasanvu, one Opio, a Russian called Edwardo, a Cuban called Kassim,who were overseeing Mayombo. According to the Investigations Report, Mayombo’s condition was too delicate to fly him out of the country. According to the doctors, the journey to transfer Mayombo from Kololo to International Hospital, Kampala (IHK) had been bad enough for the young brigadier. They reasoned that moving him in such juice –which make the pancreatic spill over other parts of the body. The pancreatic juice is so strong that it can even crash a bone.
But the effort to evacuate Mayombo persisted even after talk of an Israel evacuation had evaporated.Steven Ugandan High Commission in South Africa offered to help .Kashaija had cultivated excellent relations with the South African army who offered a plane fitted with medical kits to the quality of a flying hospital. The family was told the plane was waiting final instruction from Kampala to fly to Entebbe and rescue Mayombo. That was on Saturday morning. The plane did not come. Who was so powerful as to stop it?
Thus on Saturday evening, Mayombo’s family and friends, frustrated by the inexplicable failure for the plane from South Africa began to discuss a private charter.
They were unhappy that all this time, President Museveni was conspicuously absent, yet Mayombo had always seen him as a father and a mentor and was so loyal to the President to the point of brutalizing his own brother, Okwir Rabwini,in 2001 in the services of Museveni’s politics.Museveni was in Kamuli district campaigning against opposition candidate Salaam Musumba.He would fly back to Kampala every night and to Kamuli every morning. Only Museveni’s son, Maj.Muhozi Keinerugaba,was present all the time communicating on his cell phone. Why did Museveni fail to appear on a death bed of someone everyone thought was very close to him? Mayombo’s close friends and family agonized. Saturday night past and Sunday morning came: that was the third day of Mayombo’s illness.
On Sunday, the issue of the presidential jet was mooted and immediately accussed.It took an entire day to prepare the plane to fly. It was not until close to midnight late Sunday night that Mayombo was put on the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi. Although it is fitted with oxygen, the jet has no medical kit.
Earlier, doctors had claimed Mayombo’s condition was to delicate for him to be flown. They had also claimed that even a plane fitted with hospital equipment could not do the job’s the questions stand out. If Mayombo was too delicate to travel on Friday or Saturday when the Israelis and the South Africans offered the best places for such travel on Friday or Saturday when the Israelis and the South Africans offered the best planes for such an emergency equipment-on Sunday night? People at the runaway at Entebbe Airport on the night when Mayombo was evacuated (who included one of the writers of this story) witnessed the scene on how the young brigadier’s delicate body was literally manhandled-forcefully pushing him into the jet.
The second question came with the choice of the hospital. To date no one in Mayombo’s immediate family knows how Aga Khan Hospitals was chosen.However, his cousin, Roger Baguma, his sister Gertrude and wife Juliet went with him. Upon arrival in Nairobi, they found people from Uganda most likely from security agents, mainly all over hospital, all the time talking on their cellphones.Mayombo was rushed into the emergency care and put on a dialysis machine. After few hours, the doctors reported to the family that his situation had greatly improved. The family went to bed relieved. But next morning, the doctors told Mayombo’s family during the night the machine had collapsed. What happened exactly; was it in an accident or a plot? The investigation report the dialysis machine was removed from him for cleaning. Many questions remaining about Mayombo’s death; Who were the people in Nairobi? Who sent them? What frustrated the plane from Israel and another from South Africa to evacuate him? Why did it take so long to offer the Presidential jet to save Mayombo’s life?
By Frank GashumbaMarch 19, 2017 at 5:25 pm #560
SAME SUSPECT, DIFFERENT MOTIVE – MUSEVENI'S TOP CADRE SHOT DEAD
ANALYSIS OF KAWESI MURDER: WHO IS BEHIND? MUHOOZI? MUSEVENI? KAYIHURA? UPDF SPOKESMAN? SALIM SALEH? SUCCESSION MAFIA? Kawesa’s killing sends a clear message to the regime sycophants that those armed body guards are mere scarecrows. Insensitivity and arrogance has a price tag.
Today morning the Police Director of Human Resource who also doubled as its PRO, Felix Kawesi was shot dead 100 metres from his residence by two men travelling on two motorcycles. His murder adds on the list of other unresolved murders of prominent people in Kampala using the same modus operandi (mode of operation) – armed people riding on motorcycles.
He joined the police in 2001 and was rushed through the ranks to Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP). Starting as a Personal Assistant to the Police Chief, he went on to command the police in Kampala and rose to become the Director of Operations. He brutally surprised all forms of political dissent and made no secret of his alignment to the ruling clique.
He committed, defended and promoted the most heinous forms of human rights abuses against the opposition activists. The USA blacklisted him among the officers who were placed on a travel ban to its territory.
In 2015 Kawesi was removed from operations to Human Resource Development – a move the public interpreted as a demotion. In October 2015 during a pass out of police officers at the military academy at Jinja, Police Chief Kalekyezi counselled Kawesi thus; “Don’t be disgruntled by those who say I demoted you simply because you are no longer in the news. Being in the news everyday doesn’t mean one is working very hard.” He went ahead to give the example of the former Nansana DPC, Mohamad Kirumira whom he accused of being fond of rushing to the media whenever he got administrative challenges.
However, in October 2016 Kalekyezi succumbed to pressure to bring back Kawesi to the limelight when he appointed him the Police PRO at a time when the force so much needed to clean its tarnished image. The appointment was meant to overshadow the role of AIGP Dr. Fred Yiga who had even given the same role of rebranding the police image as its Chief Political Commissar. Fred Yiga is a long serving professional police officer who had just returned from a UN mission in South Sudan where he had been diverted to give way for army Generals to take command of the police force.
In January 2017 Gen Kalekyezi applied to Museveni to have his contract renewed for another three year fifth term as police Chief. His Deputy, Okoth Ochola also applied for a renewal of his contract. Rumours circulated that Museveni was planning to replace him with Brig. Ronnie Balya, Brig. Leo Kyanda or Felix Kawesi. Though Museveni has not yet responded, Brig Kyanda was beaten out of the contest by the fake arms scandal involving Polish arms dealers. Brig. Balya was sacked from ISO and posted to South Sudan as Ambassador leaving Felix Kawesi in the race.
In his scheme to have his son Gen. Muhoozi take over from him, Museveni has been discarding old Turks and positioning fresh blood in strategic positions of his core political base, the security services. Andrew Kaweesi is one such stooge who would suit well into Kalekyezi’s shoes for the Muhoozi project. Indeed, Gen. Muhoozi’s condolence Twitter message speaks volumes thus; “AIGP Kawesi was a brave and dedicated officer.
The country has lost one of its best and brightest! May his soul rest in eternal peace.” One wonders how and why such a very senior police officer is apprised in terms of bravery of all the attributes! On the other hand, since Kawesi has been at the forefront of militarization of the police force, Gen. Muhoozi could be right if he assesses him from the perspective of the joint SFC/Police battles in Kampala and Kasese.
Gen. Kalekyezi has admitted to have called Kawesi a few minutes before he was shot dead. He says he instructed him to issue out a response to one of the “screaming” headlines in today’s newspapers. He has described his killing as a great loss to the police and other security agencies. “They always warned they should hit at the strongest point.
Indeed, killing him was touching us hears.” Kawesi is killed at a time when parliament is scheduled to hand the 3rd amendment to the Anti-Terrorism Act 2002. The first one was in June 2015, the second one was in January 2016 and this third one is seeking to criminalize the financing of terrorism and terrorists’ activities. Already the committee on Defence and Internal Affairs is disagreeing on the definition of a terrorist.
The two soldiers, Col. Kulaigye and Maj. Abriga who are members of this committee disagreed on whether rebels fighting a government are terrorists. Museveni has thrived on the global terrorism ticket to suppress all forms of internal dissent while at the same time holding the west at ransom. He would wish to have all criminal offences in Uganda being viewed
from a terrorism perspective.
Whatever the motive, Kawesa’s killing sends a clear message to the regime sycophants that those armed body guards are mere scarecrows. Insensitivity and arrogance has a price tag.March 19, 2017 at 5:38 pm #561March 21, 2017 at 6:52 pm #572
What is KISIRANI?
*KISIRANI* is when you give a beautiful girl a lift and she faints in your car. You take her to the
hospital and when you get there, the doctor says she’s pregnant and congratulates you that you are
going to be father very soon. You then shout that you are not the father and the girl says you are the
Things are now getting *KISIRANIFUL*. You require a DNA test to prove you are not the father…
Things are now getting *KISIRANISTIC* when the doctor comes with the result saying you cannot be a father because you are infertile… You are relieved, but on your way home you remember you are married with three kids at home!…
Now you are extremely *KISIRANIOUS*.
Now, you begin to ask yourself who is the father of those kids… You get home to find out that the
gateman is their real father. You are now
You decided to travel home to complain to your mother about the latest development.. And your
mum with tears running down her cheeks tells you, my son, I’m so sorry your dad ain’t really your dad…
Then you know that things are now *KISIRANICATED* And if u dont forward then u a *KISIRANICLIOSIS*
?????????March 21, 2017 at 7:01 pm #573
So Human Rights Watch publishes a damning report on the KASESE MASSACRE. Demands an independent investigation.
Last week a govt spokesman came out with a stern warning on NTV that the State is firmly capable of conducting investigations and does not need external investigators besides rubbishing the report.
Now Media reports, FBI Agents are in town with Uganda investigators on the scene for a recent assassination to crack the back of the assassins.
How do we know the same “ASSASSINS” were not involved in the massacre in Kasese without an independent investigation?
When do we need FBI and when do we not need FBI or Scotland Yard Police?March 21, 2017 at 7:04 pm #574
THE REAL BAD SIDE OF Felix KAWESI
My father was a police officer of a low rank. When he died in 2009 when I was only twelve, I couldn’t believe it’s the dad I knew.
After the burial, I expected people who knew dad would comfort me, but this was opposite.
I didn’t know that dad had disappointed many people during his time as a police officer. He sometimes neglected his duties, as we all know our usual policemen.
People started telling me what dad did to them, which showed me that they were happy about his death.
THE REAL BAD SIDE OF KAWESI.
Am confused by the way Uganda is mourning KAWESI!
Have we forgotten how many people he could have killed innocently, when he was an officer?
Have we forgotten the orders he gave that saw innocent people die?
Have we forgotten the case Files that disappeared from his office, to deny people justice?
Have we forgotten that there are some officers who would be having better ranks but Kawesi refused to endorse them, as a senior officer?
Have we forgotten the city tycoons he could have collaborated with to step on the common man?
Have we forgotten that all these people were humans like him?
Have we forgotten that his actions on earth left orphans and widows?
Have we forgotten that some officers have lost interest in their work because of his actions?
Have we forgotten that some people lost their land to land grabbers because of his actions?
As we pray for his soul to rest in eternal peace, we must remember the people I pointed above.
We pray for them and their families, too.
I don’t want the Kawesi ‘s to face what my family and I faced.
May God ignore what Kawesi did wrong on earth and grant his soul eternal peace. I say this because I had not met Kawesi in person… People say he was good.
But by knowing who police officers are, I am forced to say that God takes his soul where it is fit to be…