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Shawn Mubiru

.@Gen_wamala vows to fight off Museveni opponents According to the story, the area MPs wanted him to explain political instability. In any of his utterances, I see no explanation. But threats, the Gen's loyalty should be first to Uganda, not Mr. M7.…