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Museveni fears they could join opposition if retired

Col. Bell TushabeClose to 100 senior officers at the ranks of Major and above are currently on katebe (without “proper” deployment), according to information available to The Independent. This has created a sense of career insecurity within the military, raising questions about the army’s attempt at professionalising the force.

Some of those on katebe include officers who fought in the Luwero bush war that brought President Yoweri Museveni to power in 1986. As the president’s command and control structure has shifted to young officers like Col. Moses Rwakitarate, the old guards have increasingly found themselves shunted aside, many with no option to retire from the army for fear they could join the opposition ranks.

The Independent compiled a list (not exhaustive) of the officers currently without ‘proper’ deployment.

Lt. Col. Jackson Bell Tushabe

Mention the name Col. Bell within the rank and file of the UPDF and very few will remember, let alone recognise this former bush war fighter. Indeed, our random survey showed that few officers and men still remembered Bell. He has been on katebe since early 1990s. When his hope waned, Bell retreated to his home in Ggaba and joined fishing. He is more known among fishermen at Ggaba landing site than among the UPDF. He has become so popular with the fishermen that he mobilised them into a football club, Victor FC. In the bush, Bell belonged to the dare devil category of commanders like Jet Mwebaze (RIP), Stanley Muhangi (RIP), Col. Patrick Lumumba (RIP) and Brig. Matayo Kyaligonza.

Brig. Stephen Kashaka
Col.Pecos Kuteesa
Brig. Elly Kayanja
Brig. Sam Nanyumba
Col. Mark Kodil
Col. Ahmed K. kashillingi
Col. Gwera Mugyenyi
Col. John Mateeka
Col. Fred Bogere
Col. Eric Mukasa

Col. Stephen Rwabantu

Col. Rwabantu joined the bush war in 1981 together with Brig. Taban Kyabihende after the two defected from the UNLA Bugolobi barracks. This group was smuggled to the bush by Brig. Kyaligonza. The group included the late Col. Lumumba, Col. Kakari Muhanguzi Benjamin aka Damba. Rwabantu’s last serious deployment was in 2000 when he was commandant of Masindi Artillery and Air Defence Unit. He was briefly elevated to brigade commander and for some unknown reason, he was relegated to katebe. He has since returned to his home in Kiruhura district and now looks after his cows.    

Col. ‘Scourge’  Tumusiime

‘Scourge’ as he is commonly known is now looking after his cattle in Kiruhura. This bush war fighter’s last deployment was when he worked in the reserve force under Gen. Salim Saleh. However, it appears he got fed up with such pseudo-deployment. He is now living a humble life grazing his cows at home in Kiruhura district.

 Col. Chris Kazoora

His last ‘serious’ posting was brigade commander in DR Congo during the UPDF military campaign (or is it misadventure?) in the late ‘90s. There are reports that he was recently given an office in Kisenyi as a reserve army commander. Kazoora is part of the bush war heroes with modest education who are finding it hard to integrate into the new crop of the elite commanders in the UPDF.    

Col. Fred Bogere

He is another bush war historical. His last ‘serious’ deployment was Chief Political Commissar of the army in the late ‘90s. As army MP in the Seventh Parliament, he is the only soldier who did not support the lifting of term limits to allow President Museveni run for a third term, choosing to abstain during the vote. He had committed a cardinal sin and once out of Parliament, he was pushed to katebe. He decided to go back to school to boost his then modest education. He has since finished his law degree from Makerere University. It is said his trouble really started after suspicion that he had close links with Col. Kizza Besigye, the president’s strongest and closest political challenger in the last two presidential elections.

Col. Eric Mukasa

He is part of the bush war liberators. His last known posting was as the Inspector General of Military Equipment in the UPDF.

 Col. John Mateeka

Mateeka belongs to the older generation in the UPDF. His last meaningful deployment was when he worked as deputy to Gen. Elly Tumwine at the Makindye General Court Martial during the Kizza Besigye trial on treason charges. Mateeka now spends most of his time at his farm in Rubaare, Ntungamo district. He was, however, recently appointed to deputise Col. Mark Kodil to try army deserters in the newly formed court martial.

Col. Mark Kodil

He had been on katebe for years until recently when he was appointed head of a special court martial to try army deserters. His last ‘serious’ posting was Chief of Personnel and Administration. He was temporarily arrested in 2002 on charges of abetting the creation of ghost soldiers on army payroll but was later cleared.  

Brig. William Oketcho

His last major deployment was Director General of External Security Organisation. Currently he has no known deployment.

Brig. Stephen Kashaka

He was Chief of Personnel and Administration in 2000. Although he was in the court martial on accusations of creating ghost soldiers on the army payroll together with Maj. Gen. Kazini and Brig. Henry Tumukunde, he was acquitted of the charges.  But he has never been redeployed. While still on trial, Kashaka attended a one-year course at the War College in Nigeria in 2007. This bush war hero from Kiruhura spends most of his time looking after his cows. He was recently overheard telling a friend that he has sold nearly all his cows to pay school fees for his children and dependants.

Brig. Sam Nanyumba

Nanyumba was Uganda’s ambassador to Rwanda. Ever since he was dropped shortly after the UPDF-RPA fighting in Kisangani in 1999, this aging officer has never been re-assigned. He spends a good part of his time on Dewinton Road chatting with fellow katebe officers.

Brig. Pecos Kutesa

Kutesa is one other officer who has been on katebe for over 20 years. This eloquent but rather controversial NRA historical went into writing political philosophy and construction business. Life became very difficult and his health started declining. He is undergoing treatment in India where his wife Dora serves as first secretary at Uganda’s High Commission.     

Col. Ahmed Kashillingi

If there was any medal for distinguished service on katebe, Kashillingi could probably win Award Class One. This bush war fighter from Rukungiri has been on katebe for nearly as long as the NRM has been in power. He was one of those brilliant and fearless commanders who executed the final assault to capture Kampala in 1986. Kashillingi’s problems began in the early years of NRM when he and a few others were alleged to have burnt down the army’s Records Department at Republic House (now Bulange) in about 1990. Disgruntled, he tried rebellion in the Rwenzori Mountains but was later captured like by now renegade Lt. Col. Anthony Kyakabale. He was imprisoned, later pardoned and reinstated but relegated to katebe to date. However, fortunes seem to be crawling back his way as he was recently offered a small job in the Welfare Department at State House. He has tried various jobs including clearing and forwarding to earn a living. 

Lt. Col. Sherif Gava

He is another bush war hero with modest education who is on katebe. His last posting was Garrison Commander at Bombo several years ago. He has since retreated to his home in Kiruhura and is looking after his cows.

Brig. Elly Kayanja

Brig. Kayanja is another bush war hero who is currently disguisedly on katebe. The last meaningful deployment for this erratic officer was when he was the director general of the Internal Security Organisation (ISO). Famed and reviled for the bloody execution of Operation Wembley (which saw the arrest and annihilation of criminal gangs that had sown mayhem across the country), Kayanja has since 2004 been ‘idle’. He is currently attached to military headquarters at Bombo but spends most of his time trading in fish and repairing people’s cars at his garage in Ndeeba. Kayanja whose highest qualification is a certificate in farm management, has lost out to the new generation of army officers with bachelors and masters degrees.

Lt. Col. George Mwesigwa

Mwesigwa is one of the original 27 bush war fighters who launched the first attack on Kabamba barracks on February 6, 1981. The last ‘serious’ deployment was when he was Garrison Commander at Bombo General Army Headquarters. He has been lying low for almost 10 years now.  

Maj. Joram Kagyezi

He is a bomb expert and bush war hero. He was one of the few specialised officers during the bush war. He was the only bomb expert with the late Barihona as an artillery expert. The two were the few highly trained men during the bush war. He is lying low at his farm in Bulemezi, Luwero district.  

Maj. Roland Katunguka

He was once the army spokesman in the early ‘90s. That was his last ‘serious’ deployment. For some unknown reasons, Katunguka has since been confined to katebe. However, the hunky officer from Rukungiri could be the enemy of his own self. In 2007, he was fired from Kimaka Senior Command College for absconding from the training sessions. Katunguka belonged to the educated young men who joined the NRA after Makerere University.

Maj. Rwamukaga

He is another bush war hero on katebe. He belonged to the modestly educated but intrepid commanders of the bush generation. He is now attending to his cows in Luwero. 

Maj. Emmanuel Ojiambo

His last ‘serious’ deployment was in the air force in 2000. He is highly trained in air defence and spent most of his youthful years training in Russia. He is now living a more humble life in Kitooro, Entebbe.

Maj. John Airforce

Another bush war liberator who has spent many years on katebe.

Col. Gwera Mugyenyi

He has been on katebe for sometime and is now a cattle keeper.

Col. Othieno

Little is known about this officer. But he also has been on katebe for a good number of years. His whereabouts could not be readily established.

Maj. Kamugunda

Kamugunda’s last ‘serious’ deployment was in the late ‘80s when the president stationed him at Sanga Gombolola headquarters in Kiruhura district to end cattle thefts that were rampant in the Masaka/Mbarara cattle corridor. Kamugunda employed a ‘kiboko squad’ that hunted and arrested the errant Bahima youth that were stealing people’s animals and whipped them thoroughly. On top of ending cattle theft, he also beat youthful drunkards in the area that had caused several deaths through endless fights. Alcoholism was a rampant habit among the pastoralists. After that glorious exertion, Kamugunda was put on katebe and has now retreated to his home village in Masindi and spends most of his time looking after his animals.    



Indeed katebe is one popular but also feared word in the UPDF, and no soldier wishes that word to be applied on him or her. It is a coined vernacular word to mean “not deployed” and originated from the bush war days in 1981-86 when the UPDF was then a rebel force, the National Resistance Army.

According to ‘historical’ bush war officers, there were times when the rebels would not be engaged in any combat operations and would be in their camps. The NRA had stools they used to sit on. So whenever one would be in the camp awaiting deployment and was asked by a colleague what he was doing, he would reply: ndi ku katebe kange (I am seated on my stool). So the word katebe came to be known as a common reference to being “not deployed.” The katebe in the bush did not suggest or imply punishment. Being deployed did not attract privileges like in a government army. In fact, it exposed one to the risk of being killed by the enemy.

However, upon capturing power and becoming a national army, the meaning and applicability of katebe began to change because of the privileges and benefits that come with deployment. It now implied being demoted, especially in appointment, and being deprived of the accompanying privileges. It thus lowered one’s lifestyle as punishment for perceived or actual wrongdoing, or for questionable loyalty to the commander in chief.

But if someone has committed a mistake, why not take him to court-martial or the unit disciplinary committee to prove his guilt or innocence instead of putting him/her on katebe?

Why Katebe?

A senior military officer familiar with the army issues said katebe is used as a reformatory strategy. He says it’s like purgatory in the Christian meaning. When you die with minor sins, God does not take you to hell but neither does He take you straight away to heaven. He takes you to purgatory for reform and repentance. He argues that the president puts on katebe officers who have committed minor offences to allow them time to realise their mistakes and reform before they can be redeployed.

He further states that taking such officers to court would be counterproductive in case the officer is convicted and dismissed from the force. The army may lose a good officer just because he has made a rectifiable mistake. But also, it would mean going to court nearly everyday because people make mistakes from time to time. So katebe helps the officer to reform and the army to keep errant but redeemable officers. “Katebe is used to give us opportunity to reform and repent,” he said.

Gen. Yoweri Museveni unveiling the Freedom Fighters’ Monument at Kabamba. Some of his Luwero bush war comrades have spent 20 years without being deployed or being retired.Obviously, this imagery plays well with Museveni’s publicly stated position that he is next to God.

However, another bush war historical Major John Kazoora differs. Although he agrees that katebe is used as a reformatory tactic, he says Museveni uses it as a check mechanism to beat dissenting officers back into line and to deter others from doing the same.

But also, says Kazoora, Museveni uses it as a management tactic to guarantee loyalty to him. “When you are on katebe, you get isolated and everybody fears to associate with you because the intelligence is all around you,” Kazoora said, adding that actually katebe does not necessarily make errant officers reform because they are put there without being told their mistakes. He said that when the vagaries of katebe weigh heavily on them, they succumb and go back to Museveni to beg for forgiveness, even when they do not believe they are guilty.

He cited Gen. David Tinyefuza who fell out with Museveni in 1997 after the former criticised, before Parliament, the manner in which the army was fighting the LRA insurgency. Tinyefuza vowed that he would never go back to eat his vomit like a dog. It was an illustration borrowed from a Runyankore proverb to mean that he would never return to the army and Movement, which he had conscientiously quit. But when he was put on katebe, it weighed heavily on him and he cracked. He later went to Museveni and “repented’, claiming he had been misled but had now “seen the light.” Tinyefuza is now coordinator of intelligence services.

Some analysts say the President fears that retirement of disgruntled or errant educated officers would hand them an opportunity to join politics, particularly the opposition. Keeping them on katebe, therefore, is a compromise that is meant to control their political ambitions. Uganda’s constitution does not allow serving soldiers to engage in active politics, although they often do in support of the ruling NRM party.

A senior officer, Lt. Col. Shaban Bantariza, the commandant of Kyankwanzi National Leadership Institute, dismissed this claim. He argued that katebe started during the bush war days yet there was no opposition then. Therefore, he argues, the claim of fear to join the opposition has no merit.

The army spokesman Maj. Felix Kulayigye denied katebe exists at all, although his historical comrade Bantariza admits it exists for reformatory purposes only. “The deploying authority appoints according to the needs of the time. It is his prerogative to choose where and when to deploy any of us,” Kulayigye said. “Besides, the officers you people think are on katebe are in fact serving in other capacities although covertly. For example Col. Bell is in the reserve force doing some assignments,” he added.

However, Maj. Kazoora concurs with those who say many officers on katebe cannot be retired because Museveni does not want to see a repeat of cases like that of Col. Kizza Besigye, Col. Mushega, Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu, Maj. Kazoora himself and others, who were allowed to retire and are now giving him a run for his money in politics.

However, Kazoora agrees that sometimes refusal to retire katebe officers is not because of fear that they will advance their political ambitions. He said some officers cannot survive on their own outside the army, and this affects especially the non-educated or semi-educated. They have lived most of their lives in the army and the only job they know is military service. If they were retired, the situation would be too difficult for them in civilian life. So instead they are kept on katebe, in order to at least continue getting a salary for survival.

Another reason, analysts say, is that as part of the professionalisation of the army, many young educated officers are now replacing the historical but semi-educated. So the president is stuck with good but semi-educated officers. They may not have done anything wrong but their relevancy too in the army is declining fast. So does he send them to civilian life to die miserable? The best option for the president in the circumstances is to keep them not deployed but continue giving them a salary. Some senior army officers say when professionalisation of the army is completed, the incidence of katebe will be significantly low or even eradicated.

What does professionalisation of the army mean? How do you tell that this is a professional army?

A senior officer who declined to be named because he is not the official army spokesman, said progress of the professionalisation programme is at 50%. He said that the army conditions and terms of service require that if junior officers turn 40 years of age and they cannot be promoted, they should be retired from the force. Senior officers like majors are supposed to retire after turning 45 if they cannot be promoted, lieutenant colonels at 47, colonels at 49 and brigadiers at about 51. But why do we still have officers as junior as captain still in the army at the age above 45 or majors and colonels who are above 55 and have been on the same rank for over 10 years?

The officer said the reason is that the UPDF has not been a professional army. It has been largely a liberation army without adequate training for professional career progression. But he said this is now changing with the establishment of Kimaka Senior Command College, which now admits 30 officers every year for senior command courses. Its sister junior command college in Jinja also admits about 80 company commanders, junior officers and some majors. He said that in the past, such trainings used to be done outside the country and the sponsoring government would usually give two or three slots to Uganda for a whole year. This means the UPDF could not have sufficient opportunity to offer all its officers such training to transform the army into a professional force.

“What has been happening in the UPDF is having a colonel at 49 years but who is actually a sergeant in terms of military training,” the officer said. But all that, he says, is now changing.

If that is true, it will be a big relief to the hundreds of officers on katebe who keep hoping every passing day that the commander in chief may remember them and recall them.

Comments (39)Add Comment
written by john, June 10, 2009
you forgot major Nambale who has been major for over 20 yrs
written by Nteera kikoni, June 10, 2009
:X you have forgotten officers like Lt.col.John Tumwebaze (Okello) now languishing in his home area Omurubare ntungamo,Col.Albert Kareeba,Col Kakuru Jckson and many officers from Monduli first 1979.
written by Kaketto Julius, June 10, 2009
We need a profesional army, army cant serve beyond their capabilities ,or for life , sound pension scheme in the ranks and let us move on , most are in cattle keeping as u mention , this is an opportunity they should be helped , serving for life in the services must not be an option , Katebe officers might envy those grabbing land and cashing on wars , but this in not noble ,
written by a guest, June 10, 2009
Kateebe wouldnt be a bad idea if it had good intentions and a defined procedure, but in theTumukunde and other similar cases it is a catastrophy that undermines development. Hiting potential leaders on the head and burrying their careers in order to boost of loyalty and sustain yourself in power. Where is the love for our country?
secondly it is not good especially to those who can nolonger deliver, flexibility is crucial in all walks of life. so if u are on kateebe bse u are not useful any more then u in a wrong place, u should instead retire. Being in the army is like being in prison, u can not invent or initiate new things and this affects your productivity. A one Bell who is into fishing is a productive citizen and i bet he would be more productive if he retired and devoterd all his efforts to fishing.
If all aging officers could retire, productivity would increase. Come to think of it, if Besigye had not retired which civilian would have challenged the general. Army officers should be set free to meet the challenges and test their potential instead of being kept on katebe. otherwise u keep wasting billions of tax payers money on their salaries instead of investing this in development ventures. The stagnation theory comes to play when u are ever recruiting and never retiring or demobilising..and this is wastage of resources, considering how needdy we are.

What is very bad is "katebelising" officers who have potential political wise bse of fear of repeating Besigye mistakes.This is disastrous considering the benefits of divergent views and opposition in democracy.
written by Haggae, June 10, 2009
....which civilian would have challenged the general. Army officers should be set free to meet the challenges and test their potential instead of being kept on katebe. otherwise u keep wasting billions of tax payers money on their salaries instead of investing this in development ventures. The stagnation theory comes to play when u are ever recruiting and never retiring or demobilising..and this is wastage of resources, considering how needdy we are.

What is very bad is "katebelising" officers who have potential political wise bse of fear of repeating Besigye mistakes.This is disastrous considering the benefits of divergent views and opposition in democracy.
written by Ntare OB, June 10, 2009
written by JOE, June 11, 2009
Save for cases like the late Kivuna , katebe works quite well . It keeps officers in check and they do reform. A clear example is Gen Tinye.It is not always the case that an officer has commited an offence to warrant 'katebe' as in the case of Lt.Gen Ivan Koreta.
I think the issue should be whether our gallant officers and men are properly cared for whilst un-deployed.They fought for the peace we now have, did you ?
written by Omutaka, June 11, 2009
To the Authors of this article I want to correct you on the true origins of the word katebe. Unfortunately until the last decade not so many Ugandans were deeply engrossed in sports and soccer at that for fear of the thousands of pickpockets etc that were around Nakivubo.
With this said I am not surprised that the authors think this word Katebe was coined from the NRA bush days which aint true.
Katebe was a direct reference to the bench where footbal/soccer reserves sit until they replace someone on the field. The bush war folks borrowed this term from soccer not the other way round. This word which is a direct Luganda translation of the bench or stools in case on early Nakivubo stadium.
Katebe is a human rights abuse of soldiers
written by Raymond Otika, June 11, 2009
The Independent Editors

If I read the “100 UPDF officers on Katebe” story correctly; to katebe an officer is a psychological torture, to break the officer’s spirit into unquestioned submission and loyalty to the person of Museveni. This in my opinion is a human right abuse of the soldiers. The tragedy about Museveni and the UPDF is that he personalizes and depersonalizes (dehumanize or abuse) the officers’ rights at whim; in the name discipline.

An officer has a right to be deployed or retired and live as private citizen. Holding these UPDF officers hostages years in and out, because they would join the opposition if allowed to retire is not just selfish but criminal. UPDF soldiers are not Museveni’s personal properties or guards; it is Ugandans who pay their salaries for national interest.

Museveni does not stop there: He thinks all public servants must subscribe to his political interest and thinks all civil servants are his voters. He functionalizes all Ugandans as his taxpayers to satisfy his new-found bourgeois ego.

It is despicable. Even convict-inmates are NRM conscripts. They are dressed up in NRM party color (yellow), instead of traditional white, which was the case. School teachers and their pupils must also be conscripted into NRM through phony patriotism gimmick.
The Katebe is not just a desplinary measure - that
written by Mukalazi, June 11, 2009
It amazes me that upto now so many people have not yet known M7. Its such a pity that even some of the military officers talked to by this writer were still thinking that Katebe is a disciplinary measure that gives army officers a chance to reform.
For those who dont know M7, that man is a ''master user'' . He actually have this as one of his most effective tactics. Once M7 observes that a person has got that ''X'' factor that would otherwise qualify him as a leader, he will make sure that he brings that person to a limelight, ''uses'' (or misuses) him, then dumps him. That is the typical M7. And please be warned, if he fails to ''misuse'' you or you prove too smart for him, guess what....!!!! M7 will **** you (YES I MEAN murder you). If you dont believe me then ask the writer of this article Mr. Matsiko to publish names of the bush war heros who have just died mysteriously!!! I know of no other country in Africa (even in the world) where top officers die so frequently of ''natural death'' as they do in Uganda.
written by Mukalazi, June 11, 2009
(even in the whole world) where Army officers die so frequently of ''natural death'' as they die in Uganda. I would request Mr. Masiko to make a research of the men and officers of the UPDF and former rebel leaders who joined NRA/UPDF who have just died mysteriously and makes a comparison with any other African country!! Bottom line is that M7 treats the army like his chicken farm, he does not only determine who is going to be deployed but also who he needs to live.
Another character of M7 is one of his ''inferiority complex'', M7 will never accomodate any other person to imerge as a hero, he always wants to take the credit for anything and everything. So when an army officer has been deployed and proves efficient in that capacity, M7 will naturally become jelousy and nerveous once that officer starts to get a credit especially from among the masses. This should explain why officers like Kayanja, Nanyumba etc are on the so called Katebe. In my humble opinion, M7 gave Kayanja a green light for operation Wembly partly to destroy him, so with the death of many innocent people, the masses would develop a natural hatred for Kayanja, but incidentally, when the operation turned to be somewhat a ''success'' and people saw Kayanja as their ''saviour'' , without a slightest doubt, the M7 I know had to put Kayanja on a Katebe so he would check on his popularity.
written by Mukalazi, June 11, 2009
KAtebe. For example, when M7 gave Bg.Kayanja the green light for Operation Wembly, in my humble opinion, M7 had actually intended to inderectly destroy Kayanja by using him to implement the difficult tasks that actually involved torturing and ****ing innocent under the guise of fighting crime. Incidently, because many of our people are still too ignorant to even fight for the rule of law, instead of condemning these indescriminate ****ings and torturing of people, many recommended Kayanja as a hero for fighting criminal gangs. Actually Kayanja's popularity grew. But the M7 I know, would not let Kayanja in that position for so long. He had to transfer him and eventually put him on the Katebe. In so doing, Kayanja had been both used and misused and then put on Katebe, he may soon be dumped. If M7's informers ever give M7 a tip that Kayanja is now ''ekipinga'' whether genuinely or out of malice, for me I will never be suprised to hear (God forbid) that '' Kayanja died of natural death''
Well, you Army officers say what you want to believe but the M7 I know has never been torelant of any other person who even comes close of outshining him. whether in military duties, politics, or other wise. Correctly stated, M7 is an abuser, a user and more so if he senses that you are not easy to use, he is a good ****er too!!!
Embuulire teffa yonna!!
written by Mukalazi, June 11, 2009
for me I will never be suprised to hear (God forbid) that afande Kayanja has died of ''natural death'' You men in uniform you may make your urguements and continue to say what you want to hear but as for me the M7 I know he is an abuser, a user and when all that fails, he is a good ****er too!!!!!!!!
Get seriouse man
written by Dungu SIMON, June 12, 2009
People should learne to put foward matter of concern. I have never come across an organization that keeps people for all there life time in service simply because they did this or that. Most of the officers mentione on this list are either honourably retired or just kept on the thepay list for thier own good otherwise they also know it them selves that their services were appreceated but we just dont have the same situation in this era like we had during their time. The army revolves with time. You will not put Brig Nanyumba, in a college to fit the appointments of his rank besides the fact that he retired after serving as ambassader top rwanda, you did not say Col Matekaka was in the US as defence attaché for a number of years you are only provoking the retirement of the few appearing on the list who are not retiered but believe the Army has no place just like other intitutions for those that dont contribute toward its development but rather become liabilities
written by Anonymous, June 12, 2009
This brother here has a point....the best scenario is when one leaves say prison n then next thing u hear is that he is 'finished'......
written by Tumwebaze Joseph, June 13, 2009
It is ironical to call those officers on proverbial kateebe as semi-educated, especially after these same officers could lead a guerrilla warfare to such a fabulous conclusion.Museveni knows the abilities of those officers and he certainly will not allow them to be retired from the UPDF, as he regrets for allowing the likes of Gen.Muntu,Col.Kizza Besigye, Maj.Kazoora to be out of his grip.Make no mistake of underating any of these mentioned Kateebe officers, except Brig.Nanyumba, and give them discharge certificates from the UPDF, as Museveni will the next day kiss state House goodbye.Bantariza and Kuraije are just the creepers who don't know the goings-on-of military intricacies, and the so called new College Graduates Officers are careerists who cannot sustain any command ability like the Bells,Pecos,Kagyezis,kashillings,Kayanjas,Mukasas,Boger
es,Rwabantus,etc..etc..Infact if those Officers mentioned, concertedly flex their muscles today,Sareh and Museveni will be the losers for what they are doing to those formidable Ugandans.They are an arsenal to watch.They know the abilities of each one of those officers.The hope they have is to see them go to the 6ft deep as the Lumumbas, Stanleys, Mugisha Headaches, etc did...
written by Richard, June 13, 2009
All this is done with a long term strategy . Get rid of the old comrades and potential threats while breeding those who will be faithful to the beloved 'son'. That's why the new young officers have roots to the 'son'.
written by Mulangira JJemba, June 13, 2009
So why doesn't M7 release them to retirement and they can live civillian lives? Give them a send off package and let them enjoy civilian life.
But considering how KB has given him sleepless nights, he doesn't want any more, rather keep them there breaking the stools.
written by Mike Alfa, June 14, 2009
I recall some of these officers e.g Nayumba retired so they can't be on Katebe !!!
Katebe: FOur legs good two legs better
written by Kabangala, June 15, 2009
The going on in the UPDF is reminiscent of the Orwellian paradoxes: As the older dogs become toothless, young puppies are nearer Napoleon (Museveni). As Boxer (workhorse) swore even to work harder at the windmill (Economy) Napoleon, Squealer and the sheep bleat and sing away Napoleon is right: “four legs good, two legs better”.
written by fredd k, June 15, 2009
A fabulous conclusion!!! is that what you call it????it is actually not....please spare us such...unfounded praises
Solidier /farmer
written by Bagambe, June 15, 2009
Katebe is a bad idea if it is not to punish some one because of his/her ambitions. It is not bad if it done as a mechanism to punish some one for the wrong done> I think some people on Katebe should have been given the reasons why they are there other wise they might not understand why they are left behind without deployment. Museveni and other appointing authorities too wrong they do not go Katebe. What is more important isthat there should be a punishment beyond being in prison or dismissal but they should explain to the person concerned and again they should at least have time limit for this Katebe because they increase the inability of the person on Katebe and this will not serve the country but will instead render us useless because you do not learn more when you are on Katebe. We are in service we need training, we need to understand the new way of doing things all this can not be done or acquired when you are on Katebe

I hope that if a person can be given chance and understand why he is on Katebe our friends would be doing well or otherwise let us joping the our former commanders Muntu and his friends and practice freedom outside the army and become proper and well documented polticians anyway we have the art since we did it from the jungles of Luwero to Kampala and advocated for more. Our being on Katebe has shown us that Museveni had a project he prosituted and for us we just followed. I hope that we shall one day put him on Katebe without expalining to him
written by a guest, June 15, 2009
There is nothing like "kateebe" in a serious army or any Mil doctrine. This is sheer incompetence in management that will lead to serious repurcussions; the actors must know. Any soldier whose promotion n deploymt is overdue is on this so-called "kateebe" and is a potential revolutionary - being senior or junior. "Leaders" shd stop acting shamelessly, otherwise, the weight of unprofessionalism will mature soon.
written by Vadim Loverenko, June 15, 2009
I don't see why you people try to make a tsunami out of a bowl of water..
Being on Katebe is normal and healthy for a country's army.
Uganda is a country blessed with many gallant officers and definitely the deploying authority cannot allocate each of them a post. As a result, some are sent on katebe so that others get the work done..
I also don't see any area in the army which is lacking or lagging behind in some way when 'qualified' officers are on katebe.
I appreciate the professionalism of those officers who are currently not deployed for not making noise about it coz that would be a show of lack of respect for those who are currently serving different post s in the middle.
I say katebe is a normal thing that each one of of us will go through one day...
written by Ngungu Ya Muyeye, June 16, 2009
There are certainly more forgotten officers that are suffering without a deployment, some underdeployed and others not sure if their services are still required. Lt Col Charles Muhumuza, Maj setty Akena, Maj James Lwasi, Lt col Mulindwa, Maj PO Ojera, etc are leading a hell like life.

True Museveni should raise a younger crop of militarily trained soldiers now that we are no longer in Luwero. But he must also honourably retire the old guards and demanding that he organizes reasonable packages for our long service members to enable them manage new lives is not being unrealistic. If government can donate billions to fake investors like Trister, it shouldn't fail to resettle the veteran soldiers. We may be sitting on a time bomb.
written by Bonny Baluku, June 16, 2009
The excuse that some officers are unpromotable for lack of relevant courses attended is very lame. Who should have selected them for those courses? Who of them refused to go for a course? It is simply one way of using people and you dump them tomorrow. What happened to Lt Col Mawa Muhindo who ended the ADF war?
written by Okello, June 16, 2009
written by aron, June 21, 2009
i think mr museveni should remember those people becouse there libarators of our paece full uganda.
written by Kapo, June 21, 2009
Why cant M7 officially demobilise these officers insted of keeping them on Katebe? It is very embarrassing.....M7 should learn to take tough political decisions. :evil:
written by Tumwebaze Joseph, June 28, 2009
Retiring those bush war officers by M7, would be a catastrophy for him, as all those officers, if allowed their freedom,with all the knowledge they acquired over guerrilla organisational abilities, they can rally the 90¾trayed ugandans and push M7 out of power.Those officers, are a force to reckon with in the current political uncertainity of our Counrtry. He can't make that mistake, he would rather keep them on kateebe when they are in essence prisoners of Military Law.
uk soldier
written by Bravo two zero soldier, July 30, 2009
Hello ma fellows
Museveni should know where his foot steps began,by the way he has to think twice coz once u put strong mans on Katebe,they keep on thinking and having a lot og thoughts like,why am i on katebe while i fought 4 this lyf.
i sugest as a man ans a soldier,i know there wrong bt they should be a pointed to keep there moral.
yahoo uk
written by Bravo two zero soldier, July 30, 2009
thats evil to loose strong mans like these.
Why hang on
written by opira, August 04, 2009
Its over twenty years since the NRA came to power, my thinking is with such entrance some people have to serve up to some point and give way(after appreciable retirement with recognition) for a vibrant team that will drive the country into meaningful democracy and good governance, separating Revolutionaries from the defense force, judiciary and executive. This is also an opportunity for the head/leadership to handover power when they are still liked and seen as savers. see what is happening ... its damn sad
Its their fault !
written by Juma Kato, November 25, 2009
The only katebed Officer that I can respect is Col. Bogere . At least , he is there for showing that he had the guts to disagree with the President.

All the others are gutless . If they dont like how Museveni is treating them why dont they protest in public . They were brave enough to go to the bush and survive , but cannot stand up against the man they put in power ?
Katebe can be solved
written by lwooga, May 03, 2010
I think much as katebe can be used as corrective measure startegy by the UPDF leadership, i think there is a seroius ploblem of entry and exit method in UPDF. When you go through the list above you find that these officers have served past their prime time and should have exited the Force to allow in young blood.instead we are retiring junior officers only and a few senior ones who happen to be ministers or MPS!!!! Its time to revise the entry and exit policy
Tom Lwoogamata-USA
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