Commander of the UPDF Land Forces Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has Tuesday touted readiness by the Ugandan army to take on and overthrow the military regime that recently took over the government of Guinea in West Africa, after deposing and arresting President Alpha Conde.
Gen Muhoozi said Uganda’s UPDF could “discipline” the new junta under Col Mamady Doumbouya, if President Yoweri Museveni gave the greenlight.
“If our Commander in Chief gave us instructions it wouldn’t take UPDF a day to discipline mutinous troops like the ones in Guinea-Conakry,” Muhoozi said.
The General’s remarks follow those of President Museveni himself, who last week called for the military junta to be removed.
Museveni, while speaking to France 24 in an interview, described the military coup in the West African Nation “a step backwards”.
He also called on the international community to sanction the new government, adding that such military coups are of low value.”
The Guinea coup is the third military takeover of power in West Africa in less than a year after Mali and Niger.
The situation remains in Conakry tense despite assurances from the military of a fresh constitution and efficient leadership.
Col Mamady Doumbouya had promised to “bring together the four regions, the Diaspora, and have inclusive consultations to decide the future of this country.”
He added: “We will not repeat the mistakes of our predecessors. I appeal to the unity of the entire Guinean army. We are going to put some order. We have come to answer the appeal of the Guinean population and to restore democracy. For now, I ask all soldiers to join this patriotic movement.”
Mamady said “Condé is currently in a safe place and he has even met his doctor.”