General’s Ilness Ignites Debate


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cheap geneva; font-size: small;”>Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda confirmed that “Ada has lately been sick” and that he had temporarily been returned to Uganda for bed rest.

“It’s true our officer has been sick for some time. He will be returning to Nairobi soon for a medical checkup,” said Ankunda.

Officials said Ada has on several occasions requested to be retired from the army citing health reasons and advanced age.

But the army is yet to let him go.

“Ada is a very old man in his late 60s. All he needs is to retire and pay attention to his health but his pleas have not received the attention they deserve,” said an army officer friendly to Ada.

It is understood Ada’s health has been gradually deteriorating, with many fearing for the worst.

“He is always in and out of the country over his poor health. Ada’s health should be a source of concern. We don’t want to see him breakdown and collapse,” the source added.

The development comes against the backdrop of a heated internal debate in UPDF as many continue to press for retirement.

Some of the officers who intend to retire but are yet to be let free include Gen David Sejusa alias Tinyefuza, Lt Col Bireba Ndeeba, Yowasi Kiiza, Lt Patrick Kasumba, Benon Rwehururu, Brig Henry Tumukunde and Col Fred Bogere among others.

This website understands that last week, Maj Gen Wilson Mbadi, UPDF’s new Joint Chief of Staff (JCOS), issued a memo detailing fresh guidelines for soldiers who intend to retire from the army.

According to the memo, Lieutenants must have clocked 50 years of age while Captains must be above 55 years to be able to qualify for retirement.

Majors must be 60 years old and Lieutenant Colonels above 65.

However, according to the UPDF Act, all officers who have served in the army for nine years are eligible for retirement while the noncommissioned need 13 years.

A section of UPDF officers has since expressed disappointment with Mbadi’s memo, saying it is “selective” because it does not address the plight of soldiers who are considered “casualties” and others below the rank of Lieutenant who have served the mandatory years in the army and would like to retire.

“Some want to do private business others want to pursue further studies and also participate in politics but they are not allowed to go,” said a source.

Ankunda said he was yet to see Mbadi’s memo.

Brig Tumukunde and Gen Sejusa are on record for attacking Museveni for not allowing their retirement from the army.

They claim Museveni fears their participation in partisan politics, allegations the President denies.

During a high command meeting in May, Museveni said he would look into the issue of retiring army officers. He explained that because of his tight schedule, he could not get enough time to attend to the matter.

Sections of the media last month reported that Museveni appointed his security advisor, Gen Salim Saleh to deal with the retirement of army officers.


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