Army spies on retired soldiers for fear of revolt


A total of about 629 officers and men of the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces (UPDF) have retired from the army.

This, according to army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, comes two months after the army retired the first batch of 503 officers and men of the defense forces.

So far, UPDF has retired 1,000 soldiers of the 1,700 officers to be retired this year.

The latest batch was retired at the general army headquarters in Bombo in Luweero district on Friday.

Similarly, the army retired 59 officers at the ranks of Major, Lieutenant, Sergeant, Corporals and privates retired from at the 4th Division infantry Headquarters in Gulu.

Speaking at the event, the 4th Division Commander, Brig Muhanga Kayanja, warned officers against joining rebellions.

“Do not be deceived by people who would lure you into joining rebel activities because of the skills you have got,” Brig Kayanaja cautioned the retirees.

He warned that negative forces were out there waiting to exploit the retired soldiers for their selfish interests.

Kayanaja said measures were in place to monitor the retired soldiers by state security agencies to ensure they not enticed into joining revolts.

He further warned them against misusing the money they are given advising that it should be used for investment ventures.

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