The Chief of Legal Services at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs and UPDF, Brig Gen Godard Busingye has called on Ugandans to be proud of their national army for being friendly and law abiding despite incessant provocation from the public.
Speaking to Human Rights and Law stakeholders today at the launch of quarterly report of Uganda Law Society, Busingye said although there have been some errors committed by individual soldiers, the UPDF force in general has handled recent uprisings with a lot of restraint.
Busingye went on to site examples of armed UPDF soldiers being provoked by members of the public in the recent election violence.
“I am just recovering from the effects of the recent riots in which my vehicle was stoned 3 times at Kyengera where they know me very well, as I was heading to my home in Nsangi,” he said.
Busingye says he was with his driver and bodyguard in the car, all fully armed but didn’t fire any bullet during this attack.
“I told my driver, if they tell you to stop do it, and my bodyguard to act according to the demands of the rioters who were asking them to sing and I ordered them not to fire any bullet without my command.”
The General says they proceeded to Buddo where one of the rioters dropped a `big log in the middle of the road to block them from proceeding but he ordered the driver to move out and remove it before proceeding to Nsangi without firing any bullet.
As for the remnants who fired at and killed innocent members of the public, Gen Busingye said these would face the Court Martial.