24 January 2013

Uganda: Army Chief Warns Politicians

The Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima warned politicians against antagonizing government programs that often compromise the country's security.

Aronda who was calm and clad in his army outfit was referring to the recent comment by President Museveni that the army will take over if politicians continue misbehaving and dishonoring the parliament.

"The army is closely watching the unfolding political events in the country," Aronda told journalists at press conference at the Ministry of Defense Headquarters in Mbuya on Wednesday.

However, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima said that he has not received any official orders from the Commander in Chief for the military to take over government, but as a Chief of Defense Forces, he has put the military and all the armed forces on alert in case such orders come.

Aronda re-echoed the country's violent history and hinted that some selfish politicians were interested in seeing Uganda drawn back into chaos. To him the military cannot tolerate such.

This came hours after opposition Uganda People's Congress asked that parliament summon the president and the defense Minister over the take over allegations.

Prof. Lutalo Bbosa the UPC Vice President said during the weekly press meeting on Wednesday in Kampala that it is outrageous and treasonable for the president to say that the army may over throw the government.

Bbosa said that the constitution article 209 and 210 does not give power the army to take over the government.

On 30th January the country will celebrate liberation, the historical day on which NRA launched an armed liberation struggle against the Obote led government.

On the issues of regional security, Aronda confirmed the killing of Brigadier Binani, Kony's top officer. Aronda said that the hunt for Kony is still on and the army will not rest until he is captured.

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