ENTEBBE — President Yoweri Museveni over the weekend chaired a high level security meeting at State House Entebbe.
The meeting was attended by both the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) High Command and the Army Council, the latter being the military’s supreme decision-making.
According to a source familiar with matter, deliberations focused on the current security situation in the country and Police’s weaknesses in curbing city crimes.
Whereas in a statement shortly after the meeting, Mr. Museveni noted that the security chiefs expressed satisfaction with the prevailing peace, a source noted that top police officers including the commandant of Kampala Metropolitan Area were grilled by security council over the increasing insecurity in the city.
The high level security council also cleared UPDF to continue supporting other security agencies when called upon to fight criminality.
Museveni noted that meeting discussed issues including soldiers’ welfare among others.
At the same meeting, Museveni officiated at the commissioning of two officer cadets; Ignatius Taremwa and Teddy Namyalo, who recently completed training abroad.
The Sunday meeting was part of the Commander-in-Chief’s regular consultations with the Defence Forces Council and the High Command.
The Council meeting was preceded by the High Command meeting that took place on Saturday at State House Entebbe under the chairmanship of the President.
The Defence Forces’ Council comprises members of the High Command, Directors of Service and Commanding Officers of Brigades and Battalions.
During the High Command, according to a source familiar with the agenda, the President got apprised about the security situation in the country and the UPDF’s ongoing modernization programs.
The Commander in chief consults the high command on national security issues from time to time.
The High command comprises the President as the chairperson, The Minister of Defence, the Chief of Defence Forces and his Deputy, service commanders, Chief of Staff, Division Commanders among others.