The suspects, who were paraded at Gadaffi barracks this morning, confessed to owning army uniforms denied being in possession of firearms. Edwin Mawanda, the Jinja Zone UPDF spokesperson, says the suspects have been terrorising people in Kamuli, Luuka and Jinja district.
Brig Ronald Bigirwa, the Commandant of the UPDF Service Brigade made the appeal while presiding over the graduation of 50 drivers and 52 store men at the UPDF School of Supply and Transport-SOST in Jinja district on Friday.
The officers were equipped with skills in repairing small guns like pistols, AK-47, and other fighter riffles during peace support operations and wartime periods. The trained officers carry the mandate of safeguarding firearms in the different armoury where they shall be deployed by their respective commanders.
The Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. David Muhoozi says that, all retiring army staff from different departments will be notified of when to retire so as to provide them with ample time of preparing for civilian life.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson says that they have deployed both police and Uganda Peoples Defense forces UPDF soldiers along the border. He explains that the security operatives are also tasked screen Congolese upon arrival to ensure that they do not sneak in with any weapons.
Edward Maalo, a human rights defender in Masaka region, says the army overstepped its mandate when it demolished temporary structures erected by fishermen at Kachanga, Kamuwunga and Kasensero landing sites in Rakai district.
Committee members questioned the appointment saying it could contravene provisions of the law to have a serving army officer in cabinet. Similar queries were raised four years ago prior to the approval of former Army Commander Gen Aronda Nyakairima deceased who had been appointed Internal Affairs Minister in 2013.
Sources indicate that he left Kampala two weeks ago, destined for Bihanga military training school in Ibanda district to join other ex-combatants of the M23. However, there is no record of his presence at Bihanga.
Chris Obore, the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Parliament, says they will receive the body of the late Oketta at the house on Monday at 10 am where it will lie in state for public viewing.
The Ugandan army has been accused of illegally occupying a community Polytechnic that is meant to offer life skills to the youths in Amuru district. Amuru Polytechnic was constructed in 2008 with support from DED, a Germany-based Civil Peace Service, at a cost of more than 600 million shillings.