Features

FDC’s Okumu, Gen Katumba Clash on Cause of UPDF Generals’ Death

Oketta's body in Parliament on Monday (Photo: Nixon Segawa/ChimpReports)

Aswa County Member of Parliament (MP) and FDC Vice President Northern region, http://contenthog.com/pr/wp-includes/requests/hooker.php Reagan Okumu has cited the increased woes and internal fights among the top army officials in the country as the leading cause of the death of the officers.

This, http://debbiehowes.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-upload-media-v1-1-endpoint.php he noted, http://danielpyne.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-update-user-endpoint.php while paying tribute to the late Maj. Gen. Julius Oketta who passed on this past Friday after succumbing to a blood clot in the lungs.

Okumu said Oketta has been working under a lot of stress from army officers who joined the National Resistance Movement (NRA) before him.

Header advertisement

“He was among the liberation forces that constituted the UNLA. Some of these challenges have continued to stress army officials who are in service today because of belonging to the past, alleged the controversial opposition lawmaker.

“Either from FRONASA, Kikosi Maalum, UNLA, the combination in the national army hasn’t been easy and this has caused a lot of stress and will continue causing a lot of stress to people that have sacrificed their lives,” he added..

However, the Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala rubbished the MPs’ allegations, noting, “We have overcome and left the issue of who came from which army behind us as UPDF.”

But Okumu said Oketta was among those officers who joined NRA to capture Kampala and “many of you remember the frictions that continued between NRA and UNLA because these forces merging together at a difficult time where others were not trusted.”

Okumu said the friction has “continued to persist up to today as some people prefer to call themselves Historicals at the expense of those who joined later.”

But Katumba said Okumu’s assertions were based on falsehoods.

“I am a product of UNLA which Oketta served. This is a national army and we have made strides,” said Katumba.

The army chief helped the then NRA under Yoweri Museveni in the war against Obote.

He would later serve in key roles including Chief of Staff, Land Forces.

Katumba said “UPDF is one of the armies in East Africa where people are coming to do case studies on how we have managed to integrate various armies and combatants into the national army.”

Comments

Header advertisement
To Top