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Museveni purges Ugandan military

President Yoweri Museveni has sent scores of senior army officers on forced leave. Some are facing investigations and possible court martial, say reports. A probe has concluded into the paying of non-existent soldiers, but the army has also been criticised for failing to halt rebel attacks in the north. Brigadier Joshua Masaba, the newly appointed chief of staff, reportedly held emergency talks with the president and defence minister on Monday. The Ugandan Monitor newspaper says the moves also appear to be a purge of those loyal to former army commander, James Kazini – who was sacked in June this year. He was accused in a report of plundering the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s mineral resources, while the Ugandan army was involved in the five-year Congolese war. He is now at army training college in Nigeria. Full Story

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