Luweero district chairman, Al-Hajji Abdul Nadduli, has warned President Museveni of possible turmoil following the continued desertions of senior officers from the army.
Nadduli, speaking at the Independence day celebrations in Luweero on Wednesday, said he was concerned that the renegade officers could form a formidable guerrilla force.
“I’m scared the people we were with during the 1981-86 NRM bush war are leaving us amid disagreement. Now lately Gen David Sejusa has left us, this man can join all those others like [Kizza] Besigye, Col [Samson] Mande and form a powerful force,” he said.
Nadduli, who is NRM chairman in Luweero, was unrelenting in his warning.
“As a man, who was with Museveni and these officers in the bush, I know what it means if they continue to leave us. I want Museveni to know that our side is weakening every other day, and these people know us and all the military tactics [we used] unlike these ones who have just joined.”
Nadduli, whose comments follow the recent disappearance of Gen Sejusa, said he was concerned that all officers leaving the force angrily were being treated as an enemy of the state.
“We need these people on our side if we are to stay in power for more years; the fewer we are remaining, the weaker we are becoming, and the stronger they are becoming,” he said.
“Let us re-strategise and agree with them, and also work on the causes of their desertions because to me, they can be put right,” Nadduli added.
The function was marked by drama, when the chief guest Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire snubbed the planned tree planting activity, at Bombo town council headquarters. Instead, he lowered the window on his car and signalled that the function was late.
At the function, Otafiire put Nadduli to task to reclaim the Mecca of the NRM, now dominated by the DP. He insisted that Nadduli was failing in his mobilisation.
Across the country in Kasese, the chief guest and Resident District Commissioner, Milton Odongo commended the district leaders for fighting insecurity. However, he asked the residents to remain vigilant in the eye of a terrorism threat.
The Kasese municipality MP, James Mbahimba, challenged the civil servants to fight corruption and improve service delivery to the public. Opposition politicians boycotted this function.
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