By Mable Nakibuuka
Secrets why President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa made strategic changes in the police and army leadership which saw his son Lt.Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba appointed Commandant of the elite Special Forces Command (SFC) have emerged.
According to a statement from the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) which was issued on Wednesday December 16th, 2020, by Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki, the UPDF deputy spokesperson, Gen. Muhoozi will replace Maj. Gen. James Birungi as SFC Commandant, although he will retain his position as Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Operations.
The UPDF letter titled ‘APPOINTMENT OF GENERAL OFFICERS’ reads in part thus; By the powers conferred on the President by the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and other relevant laws, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces has made the following appointments involving the Army and the Police:
- Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugoba is appointed Commandant Special Forces Command but also retains his appointment as senior presidential adviser.
- Major Genera Paul Loketch is appointed the deputy Inspector General of Police.
- Major General James Birungi replaces Maj General Paul Lokech on special assignment in South Sudan.
- Major General Muzei Sabiiti is returned to UPDF General Headquarters for other assignments.
The appointment takes immediate effect save the police appointments that need parliamentary approval.
Congratulations to the IGP for being reappointed and the General Officers for the appointments well deserved.”
However, our Moles that are close to credible sources within government have intimated that these new appointments are strategic changes aimed at empowering Gen. Muhoozi and the other appointees to counter National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s growing popularity and secure the country from rioters who might want to destabilize Uganda ahead of or after the 2021 general election.
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