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Vol 45 No 10

Published 14th May 2004


Uganda

The family khaki

Despite his retirement from the army, President Museveni is closer to the military than ever

When President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni retired from the army on 6 April, 18 years after his National Resistance Army seized power, his promotion to full general that day was taken as a symbolic gesture. Sceptics say his retirement may have been more symbolic than his promotion. Loyalists at the ceremony included Defence Minister Amama Mbabazi and new Army Commander Henry Aronda, who both praised Museveni for being the first president to renounce the title of armed forces commander. Delegates from Libya, Mozambique and Tanzania were present, but their heads of state did not show up.

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