By Watchdog reporter

New UPDF spokesman Brig Richard Karemire has protested the manner in which the forces’ new leadership has been branded ‘young turks’.

Brig Karemire who has deputy CMI told the media today that it was not true the new UPDF leadership were young and therefore it was inappropriate to call them “young turks”.

“We are not young turks. Stop saying we are young turks,” the man who was appointed to replace Lt Col Paddy Ankunda said.

He said himself has been in the force for over 30 years and his head was greying, and therefore is was undermining them to call them young turks.

And he is not alone since even the new CDF Gen David Muhoozi has been in force for three decades.

Kerimire, a one star General, is the first person at that rank occupying the spokesman’s office.

He said he was delighted upon the appointment and said it showed the force had matured.

President Museveni in a series of appointments and promotions had put in key positions trusted soldiers who joined the NRA at the end of the bush war or after they captured Kampala.

The generation usually linked to the so called Muhoozi generation, the first son who joined the forces in the 1990s. Critics say the new commanders effectively removed the old generation and put in place officers loyal to Muhoozi Kainerugaba. This is what is called the Muhoozi project as it often linked to President Museveni’s succession plan.

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