Col Kaka; ISO Director General in the Eyes of Islanders

In January 2017, President Yoweri Museveni relieved then Chief of Defense Forces Gen Katumba Wamala of his duties. Wamala, an Island descendant was appointed the Minister of State for Works, a position that had been left vacant for more than three years.

Katumba was replaced by Gen David Muhoozi, who had at the time served as the Commander of the land forces. “By the time of his appointment, Gen David Muhoozi was the most powerful General at the army headquarters,” a source at the army headquarters tells Entebbe Post.

Katumba had been disposed off months after the 2016 general elections and the massacre of Rwenzururu Kingdom residents in Kasese District of Western Uganda. Katumba had earlier told Parliament that he was not part of the attack, leaving an outrage amongst Parliamentarians.

A week later, the fountain of Honor also relieved Brigadier Ronnie Balya of his duties as Director General of the Internal Security Organization and appointed him an Ambassador Designate. 

He also appointed Retired Col Frank Bagyenda commonly known by covert Name Kaka to head the Internal Security Organization (ISO), an internal intelligence gathering arm in the country. 

Col Kaka, at the time of his appointment was a retired soldier operating his guest house, Panorama Cottages in the Lutoboka bay, Kalangala town. 

He was also involved in fight against illegal fishing. 

Prior to his appointment as DG ISO, Kaka also operated a security outfit on Ssemuganja Island Bufumira Sub County. In 2015, reserve force soldiers commanded by Col Kaka, while at Ssemuganja Island beat up a News Reporter Kajubi Kironde who works with Bukedde TV. 

Kajubi, together with the District Chairperson Willy Lugoloobi, Production Secretary Mwesige Tadeo, then Deputy DISO Leonard Kakinda and Lubulwa Henry, another Journalist had gone to the Island to rescue fishermen arrested by reserve force soldiers with arrested smoked fish. 

On filming the operations there, a one Lt Twaha the in charge of Ssemuganja directed that Kajubi be punished and was beaten by several operatives. In such scuffle, the team was affected and Kajubi was thrown into a boat, taken to another side of the island close to a crocodile breeding area and asked to vacate the Island. 

Lugoloobi  and his team was left crying and boarded a fiber boat en route to Bosa, a landing site on Sserinya, an annex island. 

It took the intervention of the then CDF Gen Wamala to rescue the team that was in harm’s way. A team that included Lt Col James Nuwagaba (then Maj Nuwagaba) from Entebbe to get to Kalangala and ascertain what happened such that all soldiers involved in the incident are brought to book. 

Part of Col Kaka’s Panaroma Cottages

A report to such investigations has never been issued. Ever since, Nuwagaba was appointed Commander of the Fisheries Protection Unit, Kaka was appointed DG of Internal Security Organization and Kajubi became the driver of the soldiers under the Fisheries Protection Unit outfit in Mwena, Kalangala town. 

Kaka, before the execution of duties as the Director General of the Internal Security Organization executed duties as the leader of the Kalangala Fisheries Organization – KAFO, an organization that immensely engaged in the fighting against illegal fishing in the Ssese Islands.

He was however accused of engaging in illicit activities that led to theft of fish stocks from different fishermen which later accusations brought down the operation.

“We struggled so much to ensure that we take away such claims but politicians ensured that the organization fails which in the end brought the downfall of Kalangala Fisheries organization.” Says a one Musa, one of his operative says.

His panorama cottages at the time acted as an intelligence center where lake shores security systems were combined before a brief to State House and other intelligence organizations would be made. “At times, regional security meetings would sit in such a place.” A source at panorama cottages indicated.

Background

At the inception of the NRA bush war in 1981, a young Kaka, then Agricultural officer in Bunyoro region was tasked with the attack on Kabamba, a barracks in Masindi. Kaka, together with a host of other officers engaged burnt Kabamba, stole guns for the NRA bush war henchmen which led to the intensification of the bush war.

Kaka later engaged in the war until success. He later was given trucks to take to Rwanda, as part of Uganda’s contribution to the Rwandan quest for autonomy. He later disappeared before reaching Rwanda and was later found in Kalangala operating an eco-tourism facility, Panorama cottages.

In out next episode, Entebbe Post will bring you details of how Col Kaka obtained land in Kalangala including the one that obtains Lwamayiba island safe house, Ssemuganja, Bunyama and Lutoboka.

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