President Museveni Secretly Deploys UPDF in Equatorial Guinea

Lt Col Keita on parade with United Nations Guard Unit soldiers he commanded in Somalia

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KAMPALA: The Ugandan army has secretly deployed at least 200 soldiers in the West African State of Equatorial Guinea on Orders of the commander in chief President Museveni.

According to military sources, the troops were deployed in batches to protect African’s longest serving President Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

The first batch left early this year with heavy weapons. According to military sources, they are commanded by Lt. Col. Wycleff Keita who returned from Somalia last year. He was working as the commander of the Ugandan troops guarding UN installation.

However the UPDF spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire acknowledging its presence in the West Africa country said the Ugandan force had gained the necessary credentials to train other forces.

“UPDF professionalism has been upheld and now we are being considered as trainers and this is because last year, the British army chose only UPDF in Africa for training and indeed they came and trained and so after that help, we are also training others,” Brig. Karemire told Eagle Online in Kampala

He stressed: “It is not a peace keeping mission and it didn’t need a Parliamentary approval; it is legal and in line with the two armies that signed the agreement.

This deployment is likely cause a clash between Parliament and the President who has sent the soldiers without parliamentary approval as Member of Parliament have always wanted to be involved in issues regarding the UPDF foreign Missions

President Nguema’s son, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue is the First Vice President and Minister of Defence. He is seen as a likely successor of the father.President Museveni and Nguema have been so close.

According to military sources, President Nguema requested his Ugandan counterpart to offer him security because Guinean national army is ill-equipped and poorly trained however sources who preferred anonymity told this website that the reason he asked for help President Nguema has lost control of the army and he feared anytime they could overthrow him.

For the beginners this not the first time President Museveni has rushed in to help his close allies in December 2013 UPDF was deployed in South Sudan to help save President Salva Kiir government after fighters royal to then sacked Vice President Reichar Machar waged war against the government. Also in May 2015 it was reported that UPDF commandoes helped reinstate President Nkurunziza of Burundi after an army chief tried to overthrow him while he was in Tanzania attending the East African Community heads of state meeting.



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