Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, the army spokesperson, says the national army will protect whoever wins the presidency in February elections.
Ankunda was Friday appearing on NBS TV morning breeze programme ahead of the 35th Tarehe Sita celebrations tomorrow, Saturday.
The army is celebrating the launch of the 5-year guerrilla in 1981 that saw President Yoweri Museveni ascend to power in 1986.
“A soldier who doesn’t understand the politics of the country is a criminal,” Ankunda said.
“As UPDF, we learn from our mistakes and don’t condone impunity. We know where we came from and we now know where we are going.”
Ankunda maintained that the army shall remain non-partisan in the elections.
“Saying the UPDF is an army for the NRM government is a distortion,” he pointed out.
“UPDF will protect any president, whether Mabirizi [Joseph-the most comic of candidates], as long he/she is elected by Ugandans in a free and fair election.”
Ankunda said the soldiers will not go to the polling station with guns.
“Those who turn up to vote will not be armed.”
He said if people are expecting UPDF deployment at 7am on polling day, they will not going to do that.
Independent presidential candidate, Joseph Elton Mabirizi, has made news ever since he announced his presidential bid.
While campaigning in Busoga region, Mabirizi was allegedly kidnapped although security later dismissed his claims as baseless.
Appearing on the presidential live TV debate on January 15, 2016, Mabirizi insisted that he was “adapted” and wanted to win the presidency so as to end such regimes.
He said President Museveni withdrew from the presidential candidates’ live debate on NTV because he feared being “outclassed” by his political rivals.
“President Museveni has run short of ideas. He has been recycling his manifesto. He says he will provide pads to the people yet Uganda’s problem is not pads but better quality services and good governance,” Mabirizi is quoted by Dialy Monitor as saying.
“Museveni keeps on threatening people that if they don’t vote him he will go back to the bush. But how can an old man of his age go back to the bush?”
Mabirizi said Museveni nolonger has anywhere to hide because he sold most of the forests to investors.
“He should fear young people like us who are still strong and can therefore survive in the bush than him.”