KAMPALA — Gen David Muhoozi, the Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) is tonight at 9:00pm expected to explain himself on his alleged involvement in active politics and military excesses that have since resurrected horrors of the Uganda’s violent military past.
Gen. Muhoozi who was recently accused of orchestrating the woes in Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform will speak to the country at the National broadcaster, UBC at 9:00PM.
At budding show, Behind the Headlines, hosted by journalist Charles Odongtho, the CDF will appear alongside Police’s Chief Political Commissar Asan Kasingye.
The duo will also discuss the role of security forces in securing a general election.
The much anticipated show comes after reports that the military is being used by the ruling party to suppress political opponents.
The army also stands accused of amassing wealth through corruption.
Reports emerged early in the enforcement of the country’s COVID-19 lockdown that the army and the local defence units forced themselves into people’s homes and beat them up.
Similar excesses have been reported around the country but President Museveni, who is also the Commander in Chief of the armed forces, only directed the head of the anti-corruption unit to deal with errant security personnel after a public outcry against the military and police brutality during the early stages of the lockdown.
He also shared her mobile phone number with the public, calling upon affected citizens to report any violations by the security forces.
Another legacy of military impunity exposed during the COVID-19 lockdown relates to the personalised and irregular deployment of the armed forces to safeguard private interests.
Army officers were being deployed to effect land evictions. Of all these developments, defense analysts say the trend is very dangerous.