The Uganda People’s Defence Forces have issued a stern statement regarding the defection of a yet to be identified soldier who on Tuesday crossed to Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform party.
The images of a desperate change yearning soldier enveloped social media platforms and depicted an untold support for Bobi Wine from within members of the armed forces. The soldier smartly turned up in a full UPDF combat and stormed into the People Power offices to specifically have a moment with presidential hopeful, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine. In several scenes, the officer is seen freely associating with members of the People Power movement. He eventually takes off his army cap and replaces it with a red beret and a People Power branded face mask. In another scene, the soldier is seen hugging presidential hopeful, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
The army says they have instituted disciplinary action against the yet to be known soldier though they claim he is not part of the forces. In a statement tweeted by the army spokesperson Brig. Flavia Byekwaso, the army have vowed to institute investigations into the soldier citing a section that bars serving members of forces from taking part in politics.
“Pictures of an unidentified individual in UPDF dress, with unclear name tag and covered shoulder lapels and with a people power beret and mask was posted on social media to cheaply and desperately portray some members of the force as partisan.
The UPDF takes strong exception to this criminal scheme and already investigations are underway to establish the identity and apprehend the culprit who is not a member of the UPDF,” said Byekwaso in a tweet.
Previously last week, a police officer donned surprised Ugandans when he openly campaigned for president Museveni. No disciplinary action has ever been taken against that particular officer.