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Uganda withdraws ousted prime minister's guards

26 September 2014, 20:59

Kampala - A Ugandan military spokesman says an operation is under way to disarm the residence of former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, who was fired last week amid an apparent power struggle with the country's long-serving president.

Also read: Uganda to host the first ever conference on microfinance and disability

Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda said Thursday that a senior military officer led a group of soldiers to Mbabazi's house to remove his security guards.

Mbabazi will now have police, not armed soldiers, as his guards, Ankunda said, adding that the decision followed his removal as prime minister.

Mbabazi, once one of President Yoweri Museveni's close allies, fell out with the president as Mbabazi was increasingly mentioned as a possible challenger in the 2016 elections.

Museveni earlier this year was named as the ruling party's sole candidate. Mbabazi is the party's secretary-general.

- AP


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