You can’t have two armies, Muntu warns Museveni

Mugisha Muntu

Former army commander Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu has described President Yoweri Museveni’s government as illegitimate.

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] has been calling for an independent audit of 2016 general elections which it believes were won by Kizza Besigye.

After government ignoring the call for an audit, Besigye went ahead and swore himself in as president with the promise of making a transitional government of national unity.

He has since been arrested and charged with treason.

Speaking to press at Parliament in Kampala on Wednesday, FDC president Muntu said although Museveni’s government is illegitimate, FDC supports its members of parliament.

“The parliament, judiciary and executive are separate entities,” Muntu pointed out.

Drawing on the above assertion, Muntu criticised Museveni’s decision to turn the Special Forces Command (SFC) into an independent unit.

“Museveni did not follow the proper procedure. As opposition, we will have to move a motion to challenge that [separate armies].”

“This is a country; it is not like your home or my home. You can wake up one morning and say whatever you want to do in your home,” Muntu is quoted telling journalists.

Muntu also said Museveni’s decision to promote his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba from Brigadier to major general shows how he is panicking.

Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda said Muhoozi was promoted to manage a separate SFC service force.

Muntu said it is not easy to have two armies in one country.

“To create a force is supposed to be a parliamentary process, not a one-man decision even if that one man is the one in charge of a country to wake up one morning and issue a declaration.”

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