Itabuka, who lives a humble life in Itonko village in Namutumba town council in Namutumba district, told URN in an exclusive interview that leadership is the willingness to serve and not a profession, which requires experience.
Rtd Lt. Col.
Francis Itabuka, the former Director of State Research Bureau-SRB has asked
incumbent political leaders to give way to other actors to avoid mistakes of the
lives a humble life in Itonko village in Namutumba town council in Namutumba
district, told URN in an exclusive interview that leadership is the willingness
to serve and not a profession, which requires experience.
He says there
is need for leaders to give way when they complete their term of office, which he
believes will save the country from its dreaded history of intolerant leaders.
Itabuka explains that for Uganda
to progress politically there must be
constitutional order that provides room the peaceful transfer of power so that
the country’s shortcomings are not blamed on one individual.
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He says there is need for the
current leaders in the country to learn from
their predecessor’s mistakes of lack of tolerance for political opponents,
which painted the country’s dark history.
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Citing the public perception of former Ugandan president, Iddi
Amin, Itabuka notes that leaders are not 100% perfect, but should work for
He also warns against the monetization of politics, saying
such funds should be used to boost government agencies to improve service
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against many intelligence organizations in the country, saying most of the
players struggle for supremacy so as to please the appointing authority as
opposed to actual intelligence gathering.
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Itabuka was the director of SRB from 1974-1977 under the late
President, Idi Amin. SRB was accused of human rights violations and kidnap of
In 1987, Itabuka
appeared before Uganda Human Rights Commission which was investigating human
rights violations dating back to independence.
He out reasoned the Commissioners
led by the incumbent vice president, Edward Ssekandi, and was set free.