President Museveni early this week held a closed-door meeting with his top army and police commanders at State House Entebbe to discuss the security situation in the country.
The UPDF spokesperson, Brig Flavia Byekwaso, did not give details of the meeting but according to sources, the President thanked the service commanders, division commanders, commanders of motorised units and independent units for overseeing security during the just concluded elections.
“I didn’t attend the meeting and I don’t know what was discussed. But still, the details are not for everyone to know,” Brig Byekwaso said.
According to sources, the meeting also discussed the security situation in Karamoja Sub-region where cattle rustling has resumed, Somalia and Kampala, where soldiers were deployed last year during the presidential election campaigns.
Uganda has more than 6,000 soldiers in Somalia deployed to support the government Somalia which is supposed to hold elections this year. The meeting was attended by the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi, his deputy, Lt Gen Wilson Mbadi, and three service commanders of Land Forces under Lt Gen Peter Elwelu, the Reserve Force Commander, Lt Gen Charles Otema Awany, and Lt Gen Charles Lutaaya of Air Force.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj Gen Paul Lokech, who was recently given the directive by the President to arrest security operatives using vans commonly known as “drones” represented the police. The Commander of Special Forces, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, and the Military police boss, Col Keith Katungi, whose units are referred as independent also attended the meeting.
Others are the Mechanised Brigade commander, Brig Deus Sande based in Masaka, and Brig Charles Byanyima from the Motorised Infantry Brigade in Nakasongaola. All the five division commanders attended as well as the recently created Mountain Division in Rwenzori region commanded by Brig Moses Kwikiriza.