Col Sabiti Muzeyi Magyenyi, the deputy head of the Special Forces Command, has been removed from his position under unclear circumstances.
Officially, the army says that Col Sabiti was replaced because he is due to go for a training course abroad; but SFC sources have told The Observer that Sabiti may have lost the trust of some of his bosses.
The SFC, commanded by First Son Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba, is an elite army unit that protects President Museveni, the vice president, members of the first family and key strategic installations in the country.
Sources at the Entebbe-based SFC have told The Observer that Col Sabiti handed over office to Col Don Nabasa mid last month. Sources said that the rank and file of SFC first became suspicious when Sabiti remained in the country into the fourth week of March, after he had been expected to have gone to the United States.
It then emerged that Brig Muhoozi was unhappy with aspects of Sabiti’s work, prompting the decision to send him for training. Asked about the circumstances and particulars of Sabiti’s course, SFC spokesman Chris Magezi confirmed Col Sabiti handed over office to Col Don Nabasa.
“It is true Col Muzeyi Sabiti is heading for a course and he has already handed over office to Col Don Nabasa and he is going anytime,” Maj Magezi said, without giving details. “Where he is going, when he will come back are issues for security not the media but just know he is going for a course.”
Asked what would happen after the course, Magezi said Sabiti would be deployed in SFC or any other section of the UPDF. He denied that the reported course was a form of sanction for the high-ranking officer.
SON OF REVOLUTION
Col Sabiti Muzeyi who is in his 40s is a son of the late Mr Muzeyi Magyenyi and Ms Javanis Magyenyi. He hails from Kakyerere parish, Rwanyamahembe sub-county in Mbarara district. He is the sixth born of 10 siblings. He studied in Ntare School and Mbarara High School before joining Makerere University.
His late father, Magyenyi, also participated in the 1981-86 NRA bush war. One of the new breed of officers seen as the ‘Muhoozi cohort’, Sabiti is a well-respected officer, and is informally regarded as one of the SFC’s “top brains”.