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More Officers Abandon UPDF To Join Politics

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Lt Partick Kasumba got his wish granted last week, when the UPDF finally agreed to discharge him after 26 years of service.


Kasumba, who joined the army in 1987 at the age of 11, has for the last couple of years been engaged in legal battles with the UPDF whom he accused of deliberately refusing to retire him to chase his political career as Bujenje county MP in 2011.


In an interview with Chimpreports at last week’s retirement ceremony, he also accused the current area MP and former Cabinet minister, Hon Kabakumba Matsiko for influencing army officials to deny him resignation acquiescence.


Kasumba had in 2010, took to High Court, which subsequently ordered the then Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Aronda Nyakairima to restrain from “purporting to assign, deploy, transfer or control him.”


Upon receiving his certificate, last week, Kasumba vowed to wrestle down Mastiko first in the NRM primaries, exploiting her recent transgressions including the infamous UBC mast Scandal that greatly disrepute her name nationally.


Police Public Relations Officer, Judith Nabakooba, is yet another officer eying her home Parliamentary seat, having served in the force for over 15 years, according to fresh media reports.

Nabakooba is soon abandoning the force for politics

She was reported last week as bracing to tussle it out with NRM’s Sylvia Namabidde for the Mityana Woman MP seat in the oncoming general elections.


“This, however, isn’t entirely my initiative,” she reportedly claimed.

“It’s from elders, religious and other local leaders back home who enticed me to come in. So if you see me in 2016, just know I am bowing to their pressure.”


Maj Baker Kimeze on the other hand bowed out of the UPDF not for particularly political ambitions, but to go serve the people of Kayunga district as their cultural leader.


Commonly known as Ssabanyala, Major Kimeze was elected in the position by the Banyala Cultural Leaders Council to replace his father the late Nathan Mpagi who passed on in 2008.


The Banyala, a minority ethnic group had been for long at loggerheads with Buganda kingdom, from which they sought to break away, and establish themselves as an autonomous cultural institution.


The standoff hit the pinnacle in 2011 when the Kabaka of Buganda essayed visiting the area amidst restraint from government which sparked off the deadly Kayunga riots that claimed dozens of lives.


President Yoweri Museveni has since initiated the ongoing negotiations to re-unite the two cultural leaderships, which showed significant signs of success as Buganda Prime Minister, Charles Peter Mayiga, recently visited the area and got a cordial reception.


The Banyala officially wrote to the UPDF asking to have Maj Kimeze retired so he could concentrate on his position as their cultural leader.


“I understand that I was greatly appreciated in the army, which explains why I was promoted to such a senior rank. But I felt that my people needed more of my presence as their leader and I am glad that the army realised this and accepted to retire me,” he told Chimpreports.


“I am now faced with a heavy task of uniting my people to work hard and eradicate poverty through government development programmes and to consolidate our stabilising relationship with Buganda.”


On the retirement of his officials to join politics, UPFD Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala, said this was an unmistakable sign of Uganda’s growing political stability.


“The fact that such top officials can ask and indeed be granted permission to quit the army and chase their political and other ambitions can only be due to lack of urgency for their services, since the country in all regions is peaceful.”


He, however, cautioned the retired soldiers against using their previous military attachment to influence their campaigns, and warned that if they tried to divert from the constitutional means of assuming political positions, the UPDF would be the first to hunt them down.

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