UPDF: Army Appointments, Promotions Not Intended to Please the Public

The army spokesperson Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda has refuted claims that Monday night’s reshuffles made in top ranking army officers by President Museveni are politically motivated and not representative.

“It’s not about pleasing people but serving people professionally, price ” he said on Tuesday afternoon in a media interview when asked to comment on public reaction.

“If you work towards pleasing each and everybody, here we can’t move as a country. We need right officers, information pills competent, experienced and trained. And this is what the President has given us,” Ankunda added asking Ugandans to be optimistic that the new team will offer a great service.

He also watered down opinion that majotiy of the new army appointments and promotions lean towards a tribal group similar to that of the President.

“Whether the name is Odong or Ankunda, it doesn’t matter but rather the competency. We need to move away from sectarianism given the political mess it caused us in the past.”

Sections of the public in reaction to the reshuffle already speculate that the appointment of the First Son, Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba to Senior Presidential Advisor by his father (President) is a calculated and tactical move to prepare him for succession. This is a debate that has for a while dominated political discussions in Uganda.

Army spokesperson however said; “We (soldiers) all have a right to join politics as long as you retire from the army. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba hasn’t retired or declared intentions to and he knows the rules.”

According to him, it is to the discretion of Parliament as an organ to vet serving army officers in the event that they were appointed in political positions like Minister.

Regarding the issue of whether the privilege of acquiring further training in reputable international institutions is enjoyed by a few officers close to the political establishment, Lt. Col. Ankunda denied.

He said training colleges like the Senior and Junior Commandant Staff College, Uganda Military Academy have recently been streamlined and they benefit everyone.

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