President Museveni on October 25 and 26 met officers of the UPDF High Command and later the Defence Forces Council to impress upon them why it is important to lift the presidential age-limit as proposed by a bill before parliament.
According to a press release signed by Brig Richard Karemire, army spokesperson, the meeting took place at State House in Entebbe.
“On the unnecessary anxiety arising from the current debate on the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017, the meetings urged all Ugandans to exchange views in a free, rational and civil manner that does not in any way jeopardise national security and stability,” the statement read.
In the meeting, Museveni made presentations about understanding where the country has come from and where it is headed.
“The meetings discussed and adopted the theses written and presented by the president and commander-in-chief, as repositories of our mission which will re-energize the understanding of our purpose. Our destiny lies in ensuring that our common interests take precedence over identity in order and this diagnosis, helps to correctly plot our journey towards the desired end state of preserving our sovereignty, maintaining our democracy, promoting our people’s prosperity and strategic security through integration and preserving our heritage and identity in a dynamic way. These are achievable through emphasis on Patriotism, Pan Africanism, Social Economic transformation and democracy,” Museveni said.
The high command comprises of the Commander in chief, the CDF, all commandants of service units in the army, directors and other senior army officials.
It is not clear from Karemire’s statement whether there was free debate or just a presentation from the president.
The armed forces are supposed to be impartial when it comes to political affair
According to the statement, “the meeting reiterated its resolve to always support the Constitution, the substance of our democracy, the rule of law and the choices of the people of Uganda.”
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