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Gen Katumba tells soldiers not to meddle in 2016 politics


General Katumba Wamala, the Chief of Defense Forces has warned soldiers against being used by politicians as the political atmosphere heats up ahead of the 2016 general elections.

According to Katumba Wamala, as the political season heats up some politicians may resort to soldiers to provide security for their campaign teams.

He said this while receiving Battle Group 13 that was returning from duty in Somalia at Singo Military barracks.

Army veterans have in past been relied upon during elections to provide security to politicians.

The UPDF Act bars serving army officers from engaging in politics but the bulk of the returning soldiers were not serving officers of the army as they had retired from the army to pursue civilian life.

Wamala cautioned the soldier against using the skills they have acquired from Somalia to further treasonous activities like war.

He particularly warned the soldiers to desist from making decisions that would put the security and defense of the country at risk.


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