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Ankunda speaks on warplanes in Kampala skies


Lt Col Paddy Ankunda

Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda says the deployment of UPDF fighter jets is not meant to intimidate anyone.

This morning one of the Russian Sukhoi Su-30MK2 Uganda fighters was seen spinning in the skies of Kampala city.

Critics say the jet were meant to intimidate Dr Kizza Besigye’s supporters who intend to disrupt President Yoweri Museveni’s swearing-in slated for May 12, 2016.

Ankunda has dismissed the allegation as false.

“I hear people are worried about the aircrafts that over flew Kampala this morning,” the army spokesperson said in a tweet.

He asked residents to calm down saying “these were routine test flights”.

The last time the jets took to the skies in a similar manner was during presidential campaigns when former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi went to Soroti.

“The purpose [flying jets in Kampala] was not to intimidate anyone as some people are alleging,” Ankunda explained.

FDC in response told Ankunda that the people [Ugandans] chose hope over fear and “they aren’t worried by two jets”.

The tests are in preparations with Museveni’s inauguration.

In 2011, a display of the jet fighter plane brightened up the faces of delegates and hundreds of people that turned up for president Museveni swearing in ceremony at Kololo airstrip in Kampala.

The jet fighter was displayed to commemorate the beginning of President Yoweri Museveni’s fourth term of office.



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