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Tinyefunza-”I will return when this system has changed”

Family friends say Tinyefuza resolved to stay in London after he fell short of agreeing with President Yoweri Museveni’s emissaries on the conditions of his return to Uganda.

Tinyefuza reportedly told family friends that he would “return to Uganda when this system has changed.”

“He is not about to come back. He told us that the system has been hijacked by self-seekers who want power at all costs, including elimination of those who fought to bring this peace they are abusing,” a very close family friend told this website on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the matter.

The controversial General was expected to return a fortnight ago.He chose not to appear at Entebbe International Airport fearing arrest.

Museveni now fears that Tinyefuza could use London, United Kingdom, where he has been since April 30, as a base to plan his regime’s downfall.Sources say several powerful army officials have met Tinyefuza in London and urged him to return to Uganda in vain.

But Tinyefuza reportedly discovered that they “were tricking him so that he is arrested and jailed as soon as he is here in Kampala.”

Matters worsened this week when Tinyefuza ratcheted up harsh rhetoric against President Yoweri Museveni, accusing him of planting spies in his office in Naguru, a Kampala suburb.

Tinye further denied reports in a local newspaper that he spoke to Museveni in London last week.

“I have learnt with profound shock that a one Mr Ssewava Joseph has appeared in the Kamunye newspaper at page 2 and informed the public that he is my aide and that I spoke or talked to the President on phone,” said Tinyefuza.

“I wish also to state again that there has been no telephone contact between me and the President and such telephone contacts are very undesirable for now especially at a time when the State raids airports like outlaws and now intending to invade my house and harass my family members in the guise of conducting a search.”

Tinyefuza made the remarks in a press statement issued through his lawyer Joseph Luzige.Museveni was in UK to attend the International Conference on Somalia.

The Kamunye newspaper had quoted Joseph Ssewava, a man known as Tinye’s aide, saying the President spoke to the General, who is still holed up in UK, on phone.

But the embattled General says Ssewava has all along been Museveni’s spy.

He added: “I wish to put the record clear; Mr Ssewava Joseph has been a spy of the President and has been in my office for the last three years. This has been known all along however, he could not be removed because the President specifically directed me to work with him. However in my wisdom, I limited him.”

“If I was to talk to the President which I find not necessary for now; I will let the public know. As for Mr Ssewava, you have been an agent of that lot, please stick in there.”

Tinyefuza kicked up dust when he asked the Director of ISO, Col Ronnie Balya to investigate reports that Police boss Lt Gen Kale Kayihura intended to frame him and other army officers perceived to be opposed to Brig Kainerugaba Muhoozi succeeding his father.

The army leadership insists Tinyefuza will have to record a statement at Police over his recent utterances.

Information Minister Karooro Okurut on Monday said Tinyefuza’s statements could tantamount to treason which could lead to a death penalty upon conviction.

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