The Chief of Defence Forces General David Muhoozi has has denied the social media reports that army have taken over police work as a result of increased presence of the UPDF presence in Kampala.
The UPDF image was tainted following the recent brutal arrests and torture of several people in Kampala and Arua including members of parliament and opposition protesters.
While appearing in NBS television interviews, General Muhoozi said that the UPDF should not be harshly judged by the recent events.
“The brand we have built over time is appreciated. It is an exportable brand. We all make mistakes but we have to move forward. I want to assure the public that the mistakes we make are not a norm,” Muhoozi said l.
He added UPDF are just human beings and should not be condemned once they do one mistake.
“I am leading human beings. I cannot assure you that the mistakes will never happen again. We live in houses. If this world only had angels, we would never have doors,” the CDF added.
General Muhoozi added that the army will not tolerate those who are indiscipline within the forces explaining that the army is made up of various people from different backgrounds.
“When we punish them, we make sure they know why we are doing that. Our soldiers are meant to be accountable to the public, the CDF and their fellow soldiers,” he stressed.
He went on to add that, the army will arrest anyone who violates the law if called upon to do so stressing that it is not illegal to do so.
“The law also allows us to do police work if we are called upon by the police. In this specific matter of arrests in the city, there has been a threat of terrorism for a while. In the late 90s, security chiefs decided to start an anti-terrorism task force,” he narrates.
He noted that, the Joint Anti-Terrorist Task Force that was formed and performed its duties under the command of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence.
At the time, the police was inadequate so the task force that was multi agency, did its job well.
“The task force did its job well until the 2010 bombings. For reasons I cannot mention here, the task force became docile and the threat evolved. Until recently, when the Joint Anti-Terrorist Task Force became active in response to the magnitude of the threat ” the army boss said.