Museveni to continue with army meetings as reports of army discontent grow

President Museveni will be travelling across the country speaking to army officers and instilling ideology in them, even though some observers believe the real reason for his countrywide meetings with the army brass are less innocent than that.

Museveni undertaking mock drills

Reports of restiveness in the army have beclouded his tour as soldiers have been put on a rare form of Standby Class One Order, indicative of a possible threat to national security.

Accordingly, Museveni will meet army chiefs this week, including a group from Internal Security Organisation (ISO) and senior officers in Jinja in order to reportedly calm the gathering storm of dissent from within the armed forces.

There was a meeting for security chiefs in Ntungamo, where Museveni pitched camp following his return by road from Kigali, Rwanda.

According to sources inside the UPDF, the president is meeting security service chiefs in Ntungamo.

The meeting follows a radio call message from the 2IC Land Forces Commander, issuing an order for all units to maintain standard class alertness in their deployment, literally coded as Standby class 1.

This is the rarest and most serious form of order from ‘above’, usually signifying a classified operation of higher magnitude.

It has been revealed that the tweets of the commander of Land Forces Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba have stoked a rather precarious situation.

Kainerugaba, who is also the first son, has been tweeting images of the deceased American President J.F Kennedy, who was shot dead in 1963, revealing that there seems to be a conspiracy afoot.

Kainerugaba tweets of enemies within, and people fighting him and his father.

“In the coming battle, let the people of Uganda and Rwanda support me… like I have fought for them. Let us deal with the traitors once and for all!” he tweeted.

Those who try to come between my father and me will learn a very bitter lesson. Where were they when we were refugees? Tutawona wale Mungu anapenda!” he added.

Timothy Kalyegira, a senior journalist, believes such tweets have had an agitatory effect on the national army, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).

“[The] Army [is] fed up with MK’s birthday events and his openly voicing presidential ambitions, against army rules. M7, as a result, orders MK not to attend the Kiruhura birthday rally, but anger in the army remains high. A week later, the army is put on the highest level of alertness,” Kalyegira stated.

“I don’t know if we should worry, but what I can tell you who are reading this is that inside the army, the mood/morale is like what it was in the UNLA around early 1984. Not yet an all-out crisis, but certainly no longer the familiar, calm normal. You can quote me on that,” he added.

Previously, Museveni journeyed the country meeting security chiefs from Elgon, western, Rwenzori, and Eastern and Acholi regions.

However, this is not the first time Museveni is visiting army officers.

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