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UPDF: Muhoozi in, Wamala and Kainerugaba ‘out’

Gen Wamala during his last official assignment as CDF, a visit to Somalia. PHOTO AMISOM

Reports just in indicate that changes have been made in the leadership of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF). The top job has been handed to Maj Gen David Muhoozi, formerly head of the land forces.

The reshuffle and promotions were made by Commander in Chief President Yoweri Museveni late Monday, a UPDF statement says. The changes will see Chief of Defence Forces Gen Katumba Wamala moved out of the military to become Minister of State for Works, while the head of the powerful Special Forces Command Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba becomes the Special Presidential Advisor in charge of operations. (See full list at bottom)

Eight hours after the news broke, the UPDF Spokesman Paddy Ankunda confirmed in a tweet that there had been changes in the UPDF,  including a new CDF. “Changes are normal and good for institutional growth,” he said via @defenceuganda.

Still on twitter, Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba retweeted congratulation messages, before the President himself tweeted.

HOW THE NEWS BROKE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The changes

1. Gen Katumba Wamala, who has been Chief of Defence Forces, has been seconded to the government and appointed Minister of State for Works.

2. Maj Gen David Muhoozi, who has been the Commander Land Forces, is promoted to the rank of General and appointed Chief of Defence Forces.

3. Maj Gen Wilson Mbadi, who has been Joint Chief of Staff, is promoted to rank of Lt Gen and appointed Deputy Chief of Defence Forces.

4. Lt Gen Charles Angina, who has been Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, is appointed Deputy Commander Operation Wealth Creation.

5. Brig Peter Elwelu, who has been 2nd Division Commander, is promoted to rank of Maj Gen and appointed Commander Land Forces.

 

AFP FILE PHOTO: The son of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, Major General Muhoozi Kainerugaba (L) and his wife Charlotte Kutesa Kainerugaba (R) attend a ceremony in which Kainerugaba is promoted from Brigadier to Major General at the country’s military headquarters last year.

6. Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who has been Commander Special Forces Command, is appointed Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations.

7. Lt Col Don Nabaasa, who has been the Commander 1st Battalion of Special Forces Command, is promoted to rank of Col and appointed Acting Commander Special Forces Command.

8. Maj Gen Sam Turyagenda, who has been the Commander Air Forces, is appointed Senior Presidential Advisor on Air Forces matters.

9. Brig Charles Lwanga Lutaaya, who has been the Deputy Commander Air Forces, is promoted to rank of Maj Gen and appointed Commander Air Forces.

10. Brig Charles Otema, who has been Chief of Logistics and Engineering, has been promoted to rank of Maj Gen and appointed General Officer Commanding the Reserves.

11. Brig Charles Bakahumura, who has been Chief of Military Intelligence, is appointed Chief of Logistics and Engineering.

12. Lt Col Abel Kandoho, who has been Staff Officer under the Office of the State Minister of Defence in charge of Veteran Affairs, is promoted to rank of Col and appointed Chief of Military Intelligence.

13. Brig Sam Okiding, who until recently was the Contingent Commander of the UPDF in Somalia, is promoted to rank of Maj Gen and remains substantive Commander of Field Artillery Division that he commanded before going to Somalia.

14. Brig Gavas Mugyenyi is promoted to Maj Gen and remains in command of Air Defence Division.

15. Maj Gen Nakibus Lakara, who has been the Deputy Commander Operation Wealth Creation, goes back to headquarters for redeployment.

 

UPDF: Appointments, Transfers and Promotions in the Updf by The Independent Magazine on Scribd

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