Museveni shuffles Army command
Former army commander Maj. Gen. James Kazini has been recalled from the National War College in Abuja, Nigeria, to face the court martial over indiscipline
Former army commander Maj. Gen. James Kazini has been recalled from the National War College in Abuja, Nigeria, to face the court martial over indiscipline, reports Emmy Allio.
A message circulated to various army units yesterday from the Commander-in-Chief, Lt. Gen. Yoweri Museveni, said Kazini could only return to Nigeria to complete the course if he was cleared by the court martial, a sources said.
In another development, Museveni yesterday reshuffled the top army leadership, appointing Airforce director Brig. Joshua Masaba to replace Brig. Nakibus Lakara as chief of staff.
Sources said the reshuffle was part of the recommendations of the probe into the existence of ghost soldiers in the army. The probe, which was finalised last week, was headed by defence minister Amama Mbabazi. Lt. Gen. David Tinyefuza was on the team.
Others to face disciplinary measures include Lakara, Ugandaâ€™s military representative to the East African Community Brig. Steven Kashaka who once served as chief of personnel and administration, the former director general of the Internal Security Organisation (ISO), Brig. Henry Tumukunde, who once served as the fourth division chief in Gulu, and the First Division commander Brig. Karuhanga.
Tumukunde and Kashaka are to face disciplinary measures for allegedly encouraging wrangles within the army, the sources said.
Army spokesman Major Shaban Bantariza said the move was â€œadministrativeâ€ about which he could not comment.
Others who may face the court-martial are the former commander of Alpine Brigade in Rwenzori, Lt. Col. Mawa Muhindo, Col. Temera, the 2nd Division chief Col. Poteli Kivuna, 3rd Division chief, Col. Andrew Guti, Lt. Col. Abiriga and the Chief of Personnel and Administration, Col. Mark Kodili.
A dozen captains and lieutenants who once served as paymasters are to be arrested and court-martialed.
In the reshuffle, the Chief of Logistics and Engineering, Brig. Julius Oketa, and the assistant Chief of Staff, Col. Fred Tolit, are to be sent for a senior officers course. Tolit was replaced by Col. Benon Biraro, formerly the commandant of the Staff College in Jinja.
Former ISO chief Brig. Ivan Koreta replaces Biraro. Oketa was replaced by Col. Musajja-awaza.
Kodili, was replaced by Col. David Wankalu.
The chief of records and verification is Col. Musinguzi.
Second-in-command in the Third Division Lt. Col. Silver Kayemba and second-in-command in Second Division Col. Edson Mukasa become acting commanders of their respective divisions.
Kazini to face court martial