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Video: Besigye warns as UPDF jets take to the skies


UPDF airforce has once again released fighter jets for drills ahead of President Yoweri Museveni’s swearing in ceremony.

The jets that started test flights on Thursday, repeated the routine on Friday and were once again seen hovering over Kampala city on Saturday.

They will be displayed once more on May 12 at President Yoweri Museveni’s inauguration.

Opposition leader Kizza Besigye who was also invited for the ceremony is not at all happy with these flights.

According to Besigye, the jets are being used to intimidate his supporters who are currently supposed to be holding protests against the ceremony.


“These fly-pasts are also enormously wasteful and insulting,” he noted, citing the fuel costs which he said are estimated to exceed Shs6m per hour.

Other speculators have put the fuel cost at Shs7m to Shs8m per hour.

Besigye says this money can be used instead to better education and health care.

However, the army maintains that the display of jets is not meant to intimidate anyone.

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