By Ivan Mwine
In a dramatic turn of events, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who is also the Commander in Chief, has appointed Maj. Gen. Abel Kandiho as the Joint Chief of Staff of the Uganda Police.
Maj. Gen. Kandiho, who initially headed the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), is set to replace Maj. Gen. Jack Bakasumba, who has since been appointed the Ugandan Representative to the Sudan Peace Monitoring Mechanism, a position Kandiho had earlier on been appointed to.
The revelation was made public by the deputy army spokesperson Lt.Col. Ronald Kakurungu, who on Tuesday posted the news on social media platforms.
It should be noted that being deployed in Police means that Maj. Gen. Kandiho joins a number of other UPDF officers deployed in the Uganda Police Force.
He however brings a wealth of experience especially in terms of gathering and conducting intelligence-led operations and investigations to the Police force.
Maj. Gen. Kandiho, is a Ugandan military officer, who in November 2017, at the rank of Colonel and as Commander of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, was promoted to the rank of Brigadier.
In December 2019, at the rank of Brigadier, Kandiho met with Lieutenant General Jeremiah Nyembe, the South African Military Intelligence chief, for the purpose of sharing information.
Previously, before May 2014, at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, he served as the Commander of Makindye Military Barracks; the headquarters of the UPDF Military Police.
On 30 May 2014, he was replaced in that position by Colonel Emmanuel Kanyesigye, although he stayed on as Deputy Commander.
In 2009, at the rank of Major, Kandiho was a military officer at CMI.
In 2019, The Independent (Uganda) newspaper reported that Kandiho worked at the Uganda High Commission in Kigali, Rwanda, in the early 2000s, where he had disagreements with Rwandan security forces.
It should be noted however that in December 2021, Kandiho was targeted by United States sanctions that were issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and his assets in the United States were frozen.