President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni has opened up on why he was compelled to recall war hungry soldiers from Somalia and deployed them in Kampala ahead of the 2021 general elections.

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In the new security reshuffles, the UPDF has been deployed in the epicentres of the National Unity Platform party presidential candidate Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert aka Bobi Wine who enjoys youth support in mainly urban areas. The deployment saw Gen. Museveni recruit ex Somalia commanders like Maj. Gen. Paul Lokech and Maj. Gen. Kayanja Muhanga to directly take over the police institution.

In an exclusive interview with the state owned Newspaper, Vision, president Museveni opened up on why he was forced to make changes. According to Museveni, he had received credible intelligence that the NUP party was allegedly planninh to deploy youth groups to protest on the streets of Kampala and major urban areas after the polling date.

Museveni also revealed that with what he saw on November 18 and 19 last year, he cannot underrate the strength of musician cum politician, Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine. “The opposition has been threatening to burn petrol stations in Kampala. I want to assure you that no one is going to burn Kampala,” Museveni said. “These soldiers will help in harmonizing peace and security in Kampala. The police is infiltrated and it is working for the opposition,” he added.

Museveni further adds that with an infiltrated police that is abetting the ‘violence’ of opposition groups, it is justifiable to rely on the might of the army especially those that have the Mogadishu experience.

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