Army will not overthrow Museveni, says Gen Katumba


Museveni inspects a guard of honour at Kabamba over the weekend

The army is not organising any coup to overthrow President Yoweri Museveni’s government, Chief of Defence Forces General Katumba Wamala has said.

According to him, the will not at any time make a mistake to overthrow Museveni’s government re-elected by majority of Ugandan in the February 18 presidential polls.

He made the remarks at the weekend while speaking at Minoni Primary School in Mpungwe Sub County in Mayuge district during a thanksgiving ceremony for Bunya East MP, Mr Woira Kyewalabye Majegere, to celebrate his re-election during the Feb 18 polls.

The army boss urged local leaders to stop worrying about an impending coup but focus on averting the recruitment of children by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) from Mayuge District.

According to him, Mayuge district is the main recruitment base for the rebel outfit that is operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

His remarks come on the heels of spreading rumour that a section of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces was planning to topple Museveni’s government whose leadership they are dissatisfied with.

This is informed by the fact that most soldiers in army barracks across the country overwhelmingly voted for the opposition in the recently concluded elections instead of the commander in chief General Museveni.

Of recent, there have also been several reports of army officers indiscriminately shooting civilians, committing suicide or being arrested for allegedly being involved in subversive activities to over throw government.

Just last month, Nakawa MP Michael Kabaziguruka was charged with treason along with several UPDF soldiers for trying to stage a coup a gainst Museveni’s government.

While meeting opposition members at Entebbe State House two weeks ago under the auspices of Interparty Organisation Dialogue (IPOD) Museveni said MP Kabaziguruka and a group of some dissident soldiers wanted to assassinate him at his farm in Kisozi.

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