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UPDF unleashes fighter jets in Kampala



It started with a heavy police deployment all over Kampala city and its outskirts.

Police strategically secured opposition FDC offices in Najjanankumbi along Entebbe road before being joined by armed military personnel.

UPDF soldiers were also seen in downtown Kampala where FDC supporters were trying to demonstrate.

Other soldiers were seen patrolling Entebbe road and Jinja road up to Namanve near Mukono.

Later, the sound of jets reached the ears of Kampala dwellers as air force unleashed fighter planes for “drills”.

One of the Russian Sukhoi Su-30MK2 fighters was seen spinning in the skies in an intimidating style.

Critics say they were meant to intimidate Dr Kizza Besigye’s supporters who intend to disrupt President Yoweri Museveni’s swearing-in slated for May 12, 2016.

The last time the jets took to the skies in a similar manner was during presidential campaigns when former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi went to Soroti.

Although the army has not explained the presence of the jets, it is understood that they are preparing for Museveni’s inauguration.

In 2011, a display of the jet fighter plane brightened up the faces of delegates and hundreds of people that turned up for president Museveni swearing in ceremony at Kololo airstrip in Kampala.

The jet fighter was displayed to commemorate the beginning of President Yoweri Museveni’s fourth term of office.

According to URN, the Jet fighter hovered over the skies for about 15 minutes, with the pilots displaying their precise and impressive manoeuvres, attracting all eyes into the skies.

Uganda has six Su-30s Russian made aircraft, based at Entebbe, can carry air-to-air missiles as well as various general purpose bombs for air-to-surface missions.

They have been used before on missions in Somalia and South Sudan.

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