According to Katumba Wamala, as the political season heats up some politicians may resort to soldiers to provide security for their campaign teams.
General Katumba Wamala
General Katumba Wamala, the Chief of Defense Forces has warned soldiers against being used by politicians as the political atmosphere heats up ahead of the 2016 general elections.
According to Katumba Wamala, as the political season heats up some politicians may resort to soldiers to provide security for their campaign teams. He said this while receiving Battle Group 13 that was returning from duty in Somalia at Singo Military barracks.
Army veterans have in past been relied upon during elections to provide security to politicians. The UPDF Act bars serving army officers from engaging in politics but the bulk of the returning soldiers were not serving officers of the army as they had retired from the army to pursue civilian life.
Wamala cautioned the soldier against using the skills they have acquired from Somalia to further treasonous activities like war. He particularly warned the soldiers to desist from making decisions that would put the security and defense of the country at risk.
Wamala urged the soldiers to maintain the values of the Uganda People\'s Defense Forces that include defending the country and its borders.
Battle group 13 comprised largely of veterans and Local Defense Unit personnel numbering 1,437.
By the time of their return, they had lost 4 soldiers in combat and 3 others to natural causes. They are credited for the liberation of East Malaka region in the Lower Shabbelle sector of Somalia where the UPDF has been operating.
The commander of Battle Group 13, Colonel Ben Serwadda praised the force as a strong army of veterans that can be relied upon for the security of the country.
He further noted that the soldiers had undergone a three day psychological counseling session that will see them return to society with â€˜peaceful minds.