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Col Mande: Mbabazi Never Cared About Soldiers’ Welfare

Col Samson Mande

Battle-hardened NRA commander, order try http://cyancdesign.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/contact-form-template.php Colonel Samson Mande has scoffed at presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi’s claims he will pay war veterans and also take care of their orphans, http://deal2deal.co.in/components/com_jshopping/tables/paymentmethod.php saying the former Defence Minister is “using the veterans’ case for political capital.”

Mande, http://clubebancariositape.com.br/wp-includes/class-phpmailer.php who fought in decisive battles that ushered the current government into power in 1986, said during his time as Minister of Defence and later Security, Mbabazi had the power and opportunity to transform the lives of army veterans which he didn’t.

“Thousands of Ugandans who joined the army after 1986 have since become veterans. They have been fighting wars. Not on a single day had Mbabazi paid them a visit,” said Col Mande on Wednesday.

“He kept them unpaid knowingly. Time has revealed the reason why he kept them unpaid – that is use the veterans’ case for political capital.”

Mbabazi was Minister of Defence between 2001 and 2006 before taking over the Security docket from 2006-2011, a service in high profile positions in running the country’s security for 12 years.

The Veterans’ payment remains a contentious issue in this election.

The Luwero Triangle saw thousands killed as NRA fought its way to power between 1980-86.

President Museveni has since maintained that Uganda prioritised education, infrastructure development and national security but that the veterans would soon be sorted.

However, speaking in Mityana on Tuesday, Mbabazi said, “I was the minister of Defence and I know how much has not been paid and I know that here in Mityana, we have many children of our departed soldiers who are not being catered for.”

But Mande, who is now living in exile in Sweden, disagrees with Mbabazi.

He observed: “All leaders at the level of minister of Defence /Prime Minister /Security Minister/SG and potential Commander In Chief should have found passion and time to visit troops especially to boost morale of those on the front line.”

Mande added: “We know that he wielded much more power than those serving in the Civil Service Commission and if he was interested in the welfare of the people especially those who served in the ministries and developments he presided over he should have been seen doing something or trying to do it for them. Why is he talking about them only when he needs their votes?”

Who is Mande?

He was the first NRA/O to obtain a psc from the Nigerian Joint service Command and Staff College in 1989.

Mande is a British trained logistical officer and founder Commandant of the Kimaka Military Staff College whose training doctrine and syllabus he wrote.

He says he is the lead author of the UPDF establishment which transformed the NRA guerrilla outfit into a regular army of international standards.

Mande is tested in combat and administration with a history of success.

He also served as the Director of Combat Logistics of NRA in 1987.

Mande fell out with Museveni after throwing his weight behind Dr Kizza Besigye in the 2001 elections.

He is said to have co-founded the rebel PRA outfit in Ituri, DRC, before relocating to Sweden – a charge he vehemently denies.

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