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Muhoozi replaces Katumba as army chief

By Taddeo Bwambale

Added 10th January 2017 09:19 AM

Maj Gen David Muhoozi, the commander of the Land Forces is now the new Chief of Defence Forces, taking over from Gen Katumba Wamala.

The Commander in Chief of the armed forces, Gen. Yoweri Museveni has made changes to the structures of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), promoting officers and transferring senior army officers to new positions.

Maj Gen David Muhoozi, the commander of the Land Forces, is now the new Chief of Defence Forces, taking over from Gen Katumba Wamala.

UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda confirmed the changes to New Vision on Tuesday.

“The changes are true. We have a new CDF (Chief of Defence Forces),” Ankunda stated in a phone interview when asked about the changes.

Maj Gen. David Muhoozi is the new Chief of Defence Forces


PRESS RELEASE

APPOINT MENTS, TRANSFERS AND PROMOTIONS IN THE UPDF

January 10, 2017: The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and President of the Republic of Uganda, HE Yoweri Museveni has made appointments, transfers, and promotions in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces as follows:

1. Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, who has been the Chief of Defence Forces, has been seconded to the Government and appointed as 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 the Joint Chief of Staff, is promoted to the rank of Lt Gen and appointed the Deputy Chief of Defence of Forces.

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

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

6. Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who has been the 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 the rank of Col and appointed the 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 the rank of Maj Gen and appointed Commander Air Forces.

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

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

12. Lt Col Abel Kandoho, who has been a staff officer under the office of State Minister for Defence in charge of Veteran Affairs, is promoted to the rank of Col and appointed the Chief of Military Intelligence.

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

14. Brig Gavas Mugyenyi 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 soon.

In the radio message for the transfers, appointments and promotions, the Commander-in-Chief thanked the above commanders for their contributions up to now and urged them to continue with their good services to the UPDF and the Country.

PADDY ANKUNDA psc, (U)

Lt Col

DEF/UPDF SPOKESMAN


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