General Muhanga Cautions Veterans On Rebellion

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The 4th Division Army Commander, Brig Muhanga Kayanja has cautioned ex-Uganda People's Defence Forces Officers who have been retired against being deceived into joining rebel movements in the country and other regions.

The 4th Division Commander, Brig Muhanga Kayanja has cautioned retiring Uganda People's Defence Forces Officers against being lured into rebellion.

"Today we are retiring you from the army to go and integrate at home, but do not be deceived by people who would lure you into joining rebel activities because of the skills you have got," Brig Kayanaja cautioned the retirees.

Brig Kayanaja made the remarks while presiding the retirement of  59 UPDF officers at the  ranks of Major, Lieutenant, Sergeant, Corporals and privates retired from at the 4th Division infantry Headquarters in Gulu.

 "There are many negative elements that will approach you; they know you have that military background. Some forces like the ADF can opt to recruit them because they know these ex-service men won't exhaust them in training unlike those untrained individuals," says Brig Kayanaja.

Brigadier Kayanaja noted that whereas the officers are retired from the army, they will still be monitored by state security agencies.

He also advised the retired soldiers to be keen on their personal finance and retirement packages the UPDF will give them adding that they should use it wisely for development.

"We have had a couple of complaints from some retired officers whom have been calling us about money issues. They misused the money we gave them and now they do not have money. We urge you not be like them but instead invest the retirement packages given,"he said.

Captain Caesar Olweny, 4th Division spokesperson, in an interview with URN said the retirement exercise is part of the ongoing country wide retirement of officers from the UPDF.

The UPDF Spokesperson Colonel  Paddy Ankunda, while contacted in a telephone interview said they have so far retired 1,000 soldiers against the targeted 1,700 officers to be retired this financial year.

A total of 40 soldiers were earlier in April this year retired from Gulu in the first phase of the approved plans by the UPDF to retire 1,700 soldiers in the country.