Retired UPDF officer, Maj General Kasirye Gwanga has said that he predicted to a section of opposition leaders that they risk having their ankles and elbows clobbered if they don’t stop misbehaving.
Gwanga was talking to NBS TV during their focal point program yesterday.
“I remember last year around September, I had an interview with CBS radio and jokingly I told them (Opposition), that if if they continue misbehaving, they are going to knock their ankles and elbows,” Gwanga said.
Although according to Kasirye Gwanga, the message came moments before Kyagulanyi became Member of Parliament, but this does not spare him as he is mixing with “failed politicians” who are causing him trouble.
“Kyagulanyi is being edged on by failed people, all politicians want to show their faces but they have no ideas,” Gwanga added.
The no nonsense retired officer however was full of praise for the singer cum politician, whom he said is personal friend and smart just like himself.
“We have come a long way with Kyagulanyi, he is a good man and very smart. He is like Kasirye Gwanga, he sizes you up and takes his time. They are messing with Kyagulanyi,” he said.
“If he is left alone, he will go a long way in politics, but if he mixes up with these failed politicians, his road has ended,” Gwanga said.
However, when pressed for his answer if Museveni should be scared of Kyagulanyi, Gwanga dismissed it immediately; “Nah, Nah”.
Kasirye Gwanga also condemned torture of civilians by security forces especially the army. He said there is no place for torture in the armed forces but certain times, people create the situation for army involvement, which could be mishandled by illiterate or excited officers.
“The army rarely comes out of the public but when the situation warrants they come. They are trained to beat enemies and when they come out to handle you, they will handle you like an enemy, they are not automatic, they may not differentiate.”
Gwanga sad that under certain circumstances, the commanders fail to contain the soldiers who become excited while handling situations. “You might blame the commander, but the boys get excited.” He blamed this on the nature of people recruited, which he said most people joining the army are helpless and hopeless.
He maintained that the events that happened last week involving the army were very regrettable.
“When I saw that newsman kneeling down and the soldier kept clobbering him, I saw an illiterate soldier.”
The retired officer was also full of praise for Army commander David Muhoozi whom he called a fine soldier and “I trust him”.
“If Kasirye Gwanga says he (Muhoozi) is a fine soldier believe him. If he wasn’t I would tell you.”