UPDF Chief of Defence Forces [CDF] Gen Katumba Wamala has said the era of military coups in Uganda is over.
The statement came at a time the army is holding over 30 soldiers for plotting a coup against President Yoweri Museveni’s government.
Colonel Dan Opito Odwe, the Commander of Entebbe Air Force Garrison, was arrested for allegedly plotting to shoot down Museveni’s plane.
Appearing on NTV Fourth Estate Sunday evening, Katumba said the suspects will be investigated first.
“We may not produce them before the media as many of you would want,” he said, adding that UPDF remains the most trusted government institution.
He said the army will investigate the extent of these officers’ involvement in subversive activities because “the era of military coups in Uganda is way behind us”.
He regretted Gulu attacks and Makindye shooting saying if someone indiscriminately kills innocent civilians, in the army’s view there is no problem with death penalty.
“The welfare of our troops is an issue we are all concerned with at the Ministry,” Katumba pointed out.
He said the UPDF is not a political army and is not a personal army; “we are a national army”.
Katumba said as such, during elections, the army only came in after voting on request of the police after they identified threats.
According to Katumba, facts don’t seem to sell to the media, only opinionated views do.
He tasked Democratic Party president Norbert Mao to explain his remarks relating to the Gulu incident which he blamed on disgruntled UPDF soldiers.
“Before we connect dots to make a line, through thorough investigations, we won’t make un investigated conclusions.”
He said there was evidence so far linking Gulu attacks to arrests of some officers in Kampala.