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UPDF deploys secretly in Equatorial Guinea

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KAMPALA: The Ugandan army has secretly deployed at least 200 soldiers in the West African State of Equatorial Guinea.

According to military sources, the troops were deployed in batches to protect African’s longest serving President Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

The first batch left early this year with their weapons. According to military sources, they are commanded by Lt. Col. Wycleff Keita who returned from Somalia last year. He was working as the commander of the Ugandan troops guarding UN installations in Somalia.

EagleOnline could not get response from the army because the phone number of the army spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire was off.

It’s not clear under what arrangement UPDF deployed. According to the Ugandan Constitution of 1995, deployment of soldiers outside the country must be approved by parliament.

 

Commander- In -Chief, Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ordered the secret deployment

 

This deployment is likely cause a clash between Parliament and the President who has sent the soldiers without parliamentary approval.

President Nguema’s son, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue is the First Vice President and Minister of Defence. He is seen as a likely successor of the father.

President Museveni and Nguema have been so close. According to military sources, President Nguema requested his Ugandan counterpart to offer him security because Guinean national army is ill-equipped and poorly trained.

Equatorial Guinea has also offered refuge to the Gambian President Yahaya Jammeh.

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. These are some of the things Parliament and Ugandans must strongly reject, because Mr Museveni is using UPDF as his private bussiness. He deploys it anywhere anytime at his pleasure and he is paid but what he is paid doesn’t get to the public purse, while the public purse continues to pay for dead soldiers, wages, allowances and equipment! He did the same in Sudan, claiming he is the commander in chief, he didnt need to consult parliament, yes commander in chief, but there are procedures that must be followed and being a commander in chief doesn’t mean the army is ur private bussiness! This isnt any different from the golden handshake scenario, where he orders public funds allocated for different things to be awarded to people just like that!
    This is sickening and I think it is time Ugandans stand up to this man, if we don’t stand up now, we will never! This man has taken this country and Ugandans for granted way too long and the time for us to stand up is now or never!

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