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Former NRA Recruitment Agent Frustrated in Search of Compensation

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.
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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 Kaguta  Museveni. 

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 NRA. 

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 2017. 

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//Cue in: “I managed to recruit ex-soldiers, …'//

Cue out:… mobilize the people to join the war.”//

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//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. 

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//Cue in: “After the information wa leaked that, …'//

 

Cue out:… stole property in my home.”// 

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//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. 

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//Cue in: “My surviving was that I had, …'//

 

Cue out:… so many strong people in NRM.”//

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//Cue in: “Ekirikunsasa nekyamaani kureeba, …'//

 

Cue out:… ekinaganyirwamu omumirimo eyinakozire.”//

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.

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