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UPDF Outrage Over ‘Mbabazi Officers List’

The UPDF has reacted angrily at reports that former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi wrote down a list “good” and “evil” army officers, stuff http://cinsellikteperformans.com/templates/yoo_sync/warp/gzip/gzip.php saying it will not allow the media to “drag names of individual UPDF serving officers into partisan political debates going on in the country.”

Sections of the media quoted sources as saying President Museveni quizzed Mbabazi during a meeting of top NRM leaders at State House Nakasero last week on why he had categorised army officers in such a manner.

Mbabazi reportedly included Police chief Gen Kale Kayihura, page Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi, cialis 40mg and ISO boss Brig Ronnie Barya among others as “evil” whereas former military intelligence chief, Brig James Mugira was reported among the friendly officers to the ex-premier.

Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda on Tuesday said in a statement that, “despite prior notices to the media to stop this conduct, some media houses have continued to portray some UPDF officers as taking sides in the ongoing political debates in the country.”

He added:  “These reports are geared towards creating divisionism in a Force that has come a long way, addressing past armies’ mistakes to build a professional, disciplined, united, pro people UPDF meant for the impartial defence of all the people in Uganda.”

Security organs recently shut down two newspapers in Uganda for reporting details of a letter in which renegade UPDF General David Sejusa alleged a plot to kill senior officers and government officials, a charge Kampala denied.

Human rights groups described the move as “high-handed” and “unacceptable.”

Ankunda said the media should “desist from reporting aimed at injuring the internal cohesion of the Defence forces, for the purpose of merely seeking increased sales at the expense of National security.”

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“The UPDF will continue to act professionally in all circumstances and will not accept to be dragged in partisan politics. We will continue to implement our constitutional mandate of preserving, defending and protecting the people, their property, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Uganda.”

Mbabazi says will not contest against Museveni in 2016 though his allies have been carrying out grassroots mobilisation ahead of the 2016 elections.

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