Ouganda: le Général Salim Saleh alias Caleb Akandwanaho prend la retraite
Source: Daily Monitor
By Richard WanambwaPosted Sunday, February 7 2010 at 00:00
Senior Presidential Adviser on Defence, Gen. Caleb Akandwanaho (Salim Saleh), on Friday retired as commander of the army’s Reserve Force, a post he has held since 1989.
This move could pave the way for Gen. Saleh to enter elective politics following much reported speculation in that direction. Under Uganda’s army laws, a serving officer in whatever form is barred from engaging in partisan politics.
“It’s hard to keep together these people because majority of them were freedom fighters and they cannot be organised. They are not in good shape but they remained disciplined and I hope the next commander will keep them intact,” Gen. Saleh told the gathering that comprised representatives of the civilian support groups that provided assistance to the combatants when they were rebels during the 1981 – ’86 bush war, widows of the departed men of the force and the retirees.
He added: “I have been commander of this force since 1989; I ask that those of us aging should retire and let us take on the responsibility.”
Gen. Saleh, who is one of President Museveni’s brothers, handed over the instruments of office to the new unit commander, Maj. Gen. Levy Karuhanga, at Nakaseke District headquarters in a symbolic ceremony witnessed by members of his force. He said it was proper for those aging (commanders) to hand over responsibilities to young and energetic leaders.
Although, he has retired from the reserve force, Gen. Saleh who is said to wield substantial influence over the army and is suspected to be
the unspoken power always standing by his brother’s side.
Not too long ago, President Yoweri Museveni while touring the district directed that the Electoral Commission split Nakaseke County into two constituencies, saying that the current constituency is too vast to be represented by a single individual. This directive sparked off speculation that he was preparing a constituency for his brother who already owns a large modern farm in the area.
Nakaseke is presently represented by Finance Minister Syda Bbumba. Also, following the presidential directive some officials at Mengo, the
seat of Buganda Kingdom, viewed the intended split of the county as another attempt to encroach further on areas which have traditionally been under Buganda as a kingdom but which have been taken
over by other tribes largely due to migration and assimilation.
“I am going into the politics of mechanised agriculture and this is where I want to help people realise the importance of food security. As a country we lack food security because we produce for consumption and that is what I am fighting for now” Gen. Saleh assumed the role of commander of the reserve force after his brother sacked him from the post of army commander.
His submissions on Friday were, however, greeted with anger from the gathered public as some people in the crowd shouted that apart from the Gen. Saleh those they brought into office through the Luweero Triangle bush war are greedy and selfish. Nakaseke is located in the Luweero Triangle area. “Why did you abandon us?”
The army’s reserve force comprises of all army veterans, retirees and deserters, whose work is to be on standby and on call to supplement the national army in case of an emergency.
Mr Museveni and his then political party, Uganda Patriotic Movement, came last in that election.
“This is part of the national army and they can be recalled any time if their services are needed and it not necessary to expose the actual numbers,” Capt. Seiko said.
Who is Gen. Salim Saleh?
Gen. Salim Saleh whose real names Caleb Akandwanaho was born on January 14, 1960 is an adviser to President Yoweri Museveni on military matters. Most recently, minister of state for Microfinance. Before that, he was a high ranking officer in the UPDF. Gen.Saleh has featured in controversies regarding corruption, including being implicated by the United Nations Security Council for allegedly plundering natural resources in Democratic Republic of Congo.