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The revelations were made during a meeting at an army training school in central Uganda last week.
A nervous Museveni chased away all the commanders from the meeting, except the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala, in order to allow the returning Amisom soldiers to speak out freely.
Some of the soldiers who were in the meeting revealed how they gave President Museveni harrowing testimonies after their bosses were out of earshot.
He asked the soldiers under Ugabag 10 (Uganda’s latest returning Amisom contingent) to freely tell him their experiences in the war-torn Somalia.
The troops were at first hesitant. Realising the soldiers’ discomfort stemmed from the presence of their commanders, the president ordered all the bosses out of the meeting hall.
Immediately the commanders left the hall, the soldiers opened up.
They told the President vivid details of how they often fought the Al-Shabaab on battle fronts without food and when it was provided, it would, on many occasions, be stale.
Some of the soldiers described their commanders as ‘opposition sympathisers hiding in the army