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June 23, 2014 (KAMPALA) - The commander of Uganda’s elite military force in charge of protecting President Yoweri Museveni, has rebelled against the government allegedly to join a new rebellion seeking to topple the latter.

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Lt. Alfred Ntare, the commander of Uganda’s elite military force (PPU/File photo)

Lieutenant Alfred Ntare RO reportedly fled with 16 other officers who deserted their posts last week and moved to unknown locations in Uganda.

Uganda’s shadow minister of defence and security, Hassan Kaps Funngaroo, also confirmed to Press TV the defection of the presidential guard’s elite commander, but downplayed the impact of the move.

Funngaroo, however, acknowledged serious issues haunting the Ugandan forces, saying the undocumented countless deaths of Ugandan troops serving on the front lines in South Sudan and other places has triggered growing discontent within the military.

A number of Ugandan MPs have recently called for withdrawal of the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) from South Sudan, saying “countless” and unknown number of soldiers are unaccounted for and were believed to have been killed in the war against the rebels battling president Salva Kiir’s government for the last six months.

Uganda has deployed thousands of troops backed by tanks and helicopter gunships to help protect Juba’s leadership from possible takeover by the rebels led by the former vice president, Riek Machar.

The Ugandan shadow security minister said that low pay in salaries and poor systems of promotion have also resulted in to the growing indiscipline among the UPDF forces inside the country.

Funngaroo, however, said a military police force was being deployed to hunt down the defected officers in the country.

There are fears that the presidential unit commander may have joined the emerging rebel group, the Freedom and Unity Front, which is said to have established a base in the west of the country, demanding a change in government and a balanced distribution of resources to all regions of the country.

Meanwhile, the Ugandan embassy in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, has warned its citizens in South Sudan not to travel along the Juba-Yei and Juba-Yambio roads, saying its intelligence sources had indicated imminent security threats in these areas.

Sources, however, said the new development was not directly connected to the defection of the senior Ugandan army officer.

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  • 24 June 09:20, by Mi diit

    Mad dog Museveni will soon be in trouble. What you do unto others shall be done unto you.

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    • 24 June 09:41, by Robot

      When I looked at the so called General and he looks like 1st lieutenant, anyway this is Africa style of power struggle, Sudan tribune should stop lying this story has no where to be found in Ugsnda, France mercenaries!!!.

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      • 24 June 10:03, by Gat Gan Kiir

        " You can avoid reality, but you can’t avoid the consequences of avoiding reality" things are not going the same way M7 and his new wife Akiir have planned.

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        • 24 June 17:14, by Tong dut

          @ MI dit,
          Dinkas said tog dut and you Mi dit most be kill by dinka forces. you take care were you are,
          For me i want the head of the stupid dinka president soon. He is not in the country now, coup,coup,coup,coup. with death of the cattle.

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      • 24 June 10:06, by Mi diit

        Robot,
        I thought you were smart enough not to be confused by the picture. This is when he was 1st Lt young officers probably 15 years ago. It is like posting the picture of Kuol Manyang or James Hoth Mai in 1985. But now they are generals and look older. This picture seems to be an old one from the archive. Be mart to know it.

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        • 24 June 11:35, by Robot

          Midiit,
          Though I comment on this domain, I had a lot of reservation on Sudan Tribune, I grew with war in my country, I had tasted the bitterness of war and when I see the West and their European Allies fanning war and ethnic divide in Africa make me sick.. I hv nothing with Uganda nor Museveni neither their politics but socially, economically we share a lot in common.

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