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Muhoozi’s SFC deploys for Museveni swearing in


Muhoozi inspects an SFC unit

UPDF Special Forces are currently taking strategic locations in and around Kampala city ahead of President Yoweri Museveni’s swearing in ceremony.

Museveni is scheduled to be sworn in on May 12 at Kololo Independence grounds.

Fifty Heads of State were invited for the ceremony including US president Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, said so far 11 presidents had already confirmed their attendance.

Special Forces command, an elite unit that guards the president, First Lady and vice president, has the mandate to ensure security is well observed.

The elite soldiers will man all major venues and routes to be used by foreign dignitaries who will attend the ceremony.

Security is tight at Entebbe International airport where dignitaries will land, Munyonyo Speak Resort Hotel where a State Dinner will be held and Kololo where the main event will take place.

Other security forces including the police are heightening operations across Kampala to make it more secure.

Police deployment is also inline with plans announced by opposition leader Kiiza Besigye who is organising a demonstration on May 5.

The demonstration will see opposition officials and supporters march to Nakivubo blue primary school in Kampala where they will hold a rally demanding for an audit of 2016 elections.

Besigye says he can’t allow Museveni to be sworn in yet he lost the election.

SFC deployment is also in fear of what happened in 2011 when FDC supporters threw stones at a car carrying then Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan while attending Museveni’s swearing-in ceremony.

SFC mission is to develop and operate a powerful and versatile special operations force that is situated within the unique Ugandan way of war and is responsive to the requirements of the UPDF and the nation.

The President’s son, Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba, commands it.

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