Army chief, Brig Elly Kayanja, says he will campaign for President Museveni as he seeks a fifth term in office come 2016 general elections.
Kayanja, the deputy commandant of Operation Wealth Creation Programme assured residents of Rakai District on Sunday despite the fact that army laws prevent him from participating in partisan politics.
Article 208 (1) of the Constitution provides that the national army shall be non-partisan as well as subordinate to the civilian authority.
Section 99 of the UPDF Act, 2005, bars a serving army officer from seeking a political appointment.
The former head of Operation Wembley and top spy (ISO) is quoted by Daily Monitor saying his love for the President supersedes the regard for UPDF regulations.
“I am fully aware of the regulation that stops us (soldiers) from engaging in partisan politics but personally, I cannot hide my love and loyalty to NRM and to President Museveni,” he is quoted as saying.
Having taken part in the liberation struggle, Kayanja says “a mere law” cannot prevent him from supporting a person he loves.
There was a report in 2013 of how Museveni cleared Kayanja’s hospital bills amounting to Shs 45m.
Museveni reportedly visited Kayanja at Case Clinic and promised to clear Shs 13m bills while Nakasero Hospital demanded Shs 17m from the soldier.
Minister confesses they fear Museveni
It was at same thanksgiving ceremony organised by Kyotera County MP Haruna Kasolo in Kabaseke village, Kasaali Sub-county and attended by Kayanja that state minister for Agriculture, Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, revealed how many ministers fear Museveni.
“We fear Museveni so much because he was our bush war leader, so we cannot just easily talk to him,” he is quoted by The Observer as saying.
He continues: “When he (Museveni) comes to a cabinet meeting, we discuss issues of government and, after that, none of us gets a chance to talk to him. It is very few amongst us who can call him, and, likewise, he also calls a few of us.”
Ssempijja said, on the other hand, some members of parliament who are not cabinet ministers easily get access to the president.
Ssempijja also serves as the elected Member of Parliament, representing “Kalungu County East”, in Kalungu District.