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New names, ranks in UPDF reshuffle

As the army continues to take a re-alignment with younger officers taking charge of strategic command duties and the old guard being relegated to the periphery, The Observer has learnt that several senior officers have been transferred in changes effected early this year.

It was recently announced that Brig James Mugira, who was holding the sensitive docket of Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), had been transferred to head the Luwero ammunition industries in Nakasongola. Mugira was replaced at CMI by Brig. Charles Bakahumura, while Brig David Muhoozi was transferred from the Masaka based mechanised regiment and appointed head of the Air Defence Unit in Nakasongola. Both Bakahumura and Muhoozi were previously colonels before their transfers.

Muhoozi was replaced at the Mechanised Division by Brig Garvas Mugyenyi. The transfers also affected long serving Brig Geoffrey Muheesi, who has been transferred from India where he was Defence AttachÈ, back to the ministry of Defence headquarters where he will spearhead the establishment of a National Defence College, based at Lugazi. Brig George Etyang, formerly 5 Division Commander, is the new Defence Attache in India. Other changes include Brig. Hudson Mukasa, who has been moved from the office of the Chief of Staff and appointed new Defence Attache in Burundi.

On the other hand, the tenure of Brig Fred Tolit, Defence AttachÈ at the UN headquarters in New York, has been extended. Meanwhile, Col George Igumba, the chief instructor at Kimaka Senior Command and Staff College, has been appointed acting CPP, UPDF headquarters. Col. Kasura Kyomukama has been transferred from his post of Defence Liaison Officer at the East African Community in Arusha. He is now acting director of the National Leadership Institute Kyankwanzi (NALI). Col Sam Kiwanuka becomes the very first Uganda Defence AttachÈ in newly independent South Sudan, while Col Ambrose Musinguzi, formerly deputy Chief of Operations and Training (Medical), is the new Defence Attache in Nairobi, Kenya.

Musinguzi, a medical doctor, will also oversee the treatment of UPDF Somalia war casualties in Nairobi hospitals. Lt Col Richard Otto, formerly a Liaison Officer with the SPLA, has now been moved to CMI to oversee special duties, while Col. Stephen Kashure, formerly Chief of Training, has been appointed commandant of the Joint Security Council, Gaddafi School of Infantry, Jinja. The First Division Operations & Training Officer, Col. James Kinalwa, has been appointed Deputy Chief of Operations and Training, while Col Emmy Mulindwa has replaced him at the First Division. Col Ntegyereize has been transferred from the Uganda Military Engineering Centre (UMEC) and he will now spearhead the establishment of a UPDF polytechnic at Rubongi in Tororo. Ntegyereize will be replaced by Col. Davis Asiimwe.

Formerly serving in the reserve force, Col Yowasi Kizza has been appointed chairman of the UPDF contracts committee, replacing Maj Gen Fred Oketcho. Lt Col Sam Mugenyi has been transferred from the Liaison Office in Burundi to the Joint Chief of Staff for redeployment, while Lt Col Lumumba remains in Bangui, Central African Republic, after his term of office was extended. Brig Kasiita Gowa, deputy director at the Senior Staff and Command College Kimaka, is now head of the teaching team. Lt. Col. Emmanuel Kanyesigye has been promoted to the rank of acting Colonel and is now the acting 4 division operations and training officer.

The Chief Controller of Finance, Lt Col George Mukanda, has been appointed deputy IRMIS, while Lt. Col. Grace Agaba who has been deputy administrator, Chief of Personnel and Administration, has been appointed Special UPDF representative at United Nations Support Office for Amisom (UNSOA) based in Nairobi. Lt Col Akankunda, who has been acting commander of 63rd battalion, now moves to acting 307 brigade commander, while Maj Obita Aligamoi has been appointed 3rd battalion commander. Maj Richard Walekula has been transferred from the 503 brigade and appointed acting 63rd battalion commander.

Lt Col Wogwale has been appointed deputy administrator, Chief of Personnel and Administration. Others are Maj Herbert Kachuriza, who is now Field and Artillery Intelligence Officer, replacing Maj J.V. Arigye, who is proceeding to the Junior Staff College at Kimaka, while Maj Gehazi Twesigye has been moved from CMI and is now 2 Division Chief Intelligence Officer, replacing Maj. Julius Mbaine who also proceeds to the Junior Staff College at Kimaka.

Maj. Jimmy Asizua has been transferred from the army training school at Kaweweta to the Field and Artillery Department as the Chief Intelligence Officer, replacing Capt A. Akampwera who is going to attend a course abroad, while Capt Wycleff Muhibura has been transferred from the first division to Kaweweta as the cantonment Intelligence Officer. Captain Patrick Ochira has been transferred from Operation Lightening Thunder in Dungu, Democratic Republic of Congo, to 3 Division headquarters as intelligence officer, replacing Maj. Amandi who has been sent to the Junior Staff College for further training.

Others are Capt Robert Nkwisana, who is moving from CMI headquarters to Operation Lightening Thunder as sector Chief Intelligence Officer, and Capt Moses Tumusiime who has been transferred from Operation Lightening Thunder to Land Forces headquarters as staff officer.

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