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Mugisha Muntu, le mentor de Paul Kagame veut succéder à Museveni

22 Janvier 2010 , Rédigé par Editions Sources du Nil Publié dans #Biographies

Who is Muntu?

Born on October 7, 1958 , Major General (rtd) Mugisha Muntu is a former Army officer turned politician.

He is a member of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), one of the leading political parties in the country.

Mugisha Muntu was born at Kitunga village in Ankole Uganda to the late Enock Ruzima Muntuyera and Aida Matama Muntuyera. He had an affluent childhood as his father was a strong government functionary and close friend of former Ugandan ruler Milton Obote.

He attended Mbarara Junior School, Kitunga Primary and Kitunga High School. Kitunga High School was later renamed Muntuyera High School, in memory of his father by his friend President Obote.

Muntu later attended Makerere College School. He subsequently went on to graduate in political science from Makerere University where he was deputy president of the students union.

Muntu joined the guerrilla National Resistance Army of Yoweri Museveni the day he completed his university exams to the chagrin of his family and President Obote, who considered him a son. Early into the rebellion he was shot in the chest but survived after receiving treatment in Kampala.

Later he emerged as the head of Military Intelligence after the NRA victory in 1986. In military intelligence he had under his command, personalities like Paul Kagame who would later become the president of the Republic of Rwanda.

Mugisha Muntu underwent further military training in Russia before becoming a division commander in northern Uganda. He rose to the rank of Major General within the UPDF. He was later to serve as Commander of the UPDF. That post was later renamed Chief of Defence Forces of Uganda. As army chief he oversaw the demobilization of many sections of the army and bought new equipment for the force. He is Uganda's longest-longest-serving army commander, a position he occupied from 1989 until 1998. He gained repute as an incorruptible officer in an army riddled with corrupt officers.

Political career
Muntu was a member of the constituent assembly (1994 - 1995) and parliamentarian. After disagreeing with Museveni's sectarian approach to politics and the military, he was removed from the army command and appointed minister, a position he politely turned down. In August 2006, he was selected by the members of the Ugandan Parliament to serve as one of the nine (9) Ugandan representatives to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

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