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PRESIDENT MUSEVENI MEETS ARMY CHIEFS AMID STANDBY CLASS ONE ORDER IN THE FORCE

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President Museveni has met the top military leadership in the south-western Ntungamo District, days after all UPDF soldiers were put on standby class 1, the highest level of military readiness.

The President tweeted at 8:56pm last evening confirming the meeting with the UPDF Service Chiefs at 401 Brigade Headquarters in Irenga, Ntungamo District.

He offered no details of their discussions, and it remained unclear why he announced that the meeting had taken place. 

Highly-placed security and intelligence sources, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter, said Gen Museveni summoned the military honchos on Friday after disparate messages were transmitted to the rank-and-file in the week.

Lt Gen Peter Elwelu, the deputy chief of defence forces (D/CDF), without giving a reason, on Wednesday ordered the UPDF to ensure the highest level of preparedness.

He called the emergency notification “imara”, a Kiswahili word in the context variously interpreted to imply the rank-and-file of the military should keep solid, tough or resilient

Standby Class 1 is the highest level of alertness in the military and the order means there should be no troop or equipment movement, pending a final instruction.

The radio call message about the order did not specify why the emergency military mode was being activated, or how long it would last.

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