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Gen Muntu: UPDF Failing Professionalism Test

viagra order http://cmlsociety.org/wp-content/plugins/sitepress-multilingual-cms/inc/upgrade_plugins.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>He said the sporadic but continuous interference by the military in national politics and governance are unavoidable because they are hinged on a deliberate derailment by leaders in government of the army from its original constitutional mandate.

shop http://ca-uqam.info/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sal/class.json-api-platform.php geneva;”>Gen Muntu, about it however, insists that this fallout between Museveni and some army officials is not of much interest to the opposition.

“We as Forum for Democratic Change do not even wish for support from the army, police or the intelligence. We only want them to be neutral,” he said

Neutrality of the national security forces has severally come under intense scrutiny since the adaptation of the 1995 constitution as the government transitioned from operating under the Proclamation Number One.

Muntu noted that, it was hoped thereafter that the army would gradually fade out of national politics.

“Even when we captured power in 1986, we knew clearly that the military was at the centre of politics, but we also knew that as we progressed there was going to be a simultaneous de-linkage of the military from the political process,” said the former army commander.

“The army was only meant to act as an institution to stimulate stability and thereafter we would keep involving the political democratic process as the army becomes a professional force.”

Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda recently said UPDF is “professional” and neutral and does not participate in partisan politics.

In 1994, Muntu who was once an ex officio appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Defense and Security and proposed that the army steps out of parliament and embarks on self reconstruction as an independent institution.

The UPDF has nonetheless remained a central figure in national politics, with now 10 representatives in parliament, something Muntu attributes to dominance the house by NRM legislators.

He adds that, politicizing security forces is one of the strategic tools being used by Government leaders to cling onto power for a longer span.

“This is why we in the opposition spare no effort communicating with these army officers that that they must realize that they are part of the 34 million Ugandans. They have a future outside of the uniform and have to work cautiously to preserve it.”

He added: “They must understand that the chaotic environment they are creating in the country while in combat is the same environment they will walk into once in civilian clothes.”

Meanwhile the FDC leader, while speaking to the press on Monday, expressed anguish over president Museveni’s failure to recognize the contributions of police and UPDF in faraway lands in Somalia CAR and elsewhere in his Thursday’s state of the national address.

These men and women, he said, are some of the best of our citizens because they pay the ultimate sacrifice in fighting terrorism, contributing to the pan African agenda and safeguarding democracy.

“The state of nation address is a singular opportunity to recognize the sacrifice of these gallant men and women who carry our national flag in some of the most dangerous environs. To fail to recognize their services in a state of nation address is to fail the litmus test of what such an address should cover,” said Muntu.

He added: “In any case Parliament and the country should expect the president to appraise the nation on the strategic goals of these deployments and the exit plans that enable these men and women to be reunited with their families at an appropriate time.”

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