By Mildred Nambi
Over 2000 officers and men are set to retire from the national army, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).
According to the latest figures from the army ,at least 2000 soldiers have submitted their applications to retire voluntarily from the force. Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, the UPDF spokesperson, says all the necessary laws are now in place to start retiring those who wish to leave.
Ankunda says the army has set new guidelines to streamline the retirement process. According to the guidelines, soldiers from the rank of Major and below, who have reached the age of 50 years, can be allowed to retire voluntarily.
This comes a few months after General David Sejusa, who until recently was the Coordinator of Intelligence Services, accused the army leadership of holding officers hostage for the fear that they would join active politics and challenge the current government.
Ankunda now says that the 2000 is an overwhelming number and the budget for this year may not accommodate all the applicants. He however adds that the process is already on and those who qualify will be retired.