Long-serving Defence and Army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Paddy Ankunda has been dropped, and replaced by Brigadier Richard Kalemire, the first-ever General to hold that post.
The latest reshuffle, carried out just days after the Commander-in-Chief General Yoweri Musevewni dropped the Chief of Defence Forces General Edward Katumba Wamala, has also seen former Div 2 Commander Peter Elwelu replaced by Brig Paul Lokech, a veteran of the Somalia war against the Al Shabaab insurgents. Brig Elwelu was two days ago appointed Chief of Land Forces (CLF) and promoted to the rank of Major General.
Others appointments include that of Brig. Proscovia Nalweyiso, the highest-ranking UPDF female officer, who has been promoted to Major General and retains her job as Gen. Museveni’s advisor attached to State House; Brig. George Igumba is the new Chief of Personnel and Administration (CPA);Brig Sam Kavuma Magaiga is now deputy Commander, Airforce. Others are Col. Henry Matsiko who is now promoted to Brigadier and appointed the UPDF Chief Political Commissar (CPC), replacing Col. Felix Kulaigye; Brig Chris Bbosa, who now becomes deputy Commandant of the Senior Staff College at Kimaka, Jinja, and Col. Michael Kabango, who now becomes Brigadier and is transferred to Div 5.
Brigadiers Kavuma and Kabango have previously served as contingent Commanders in the Central African Republic, where they were engaged in pursuing the Lords Resistance Army rebels led by Joseph Kony.
Major General Nakibus Lakara has also been deployed as the Commandant of Uganda Rapid Deployment Centre (URDC) in Jinja, while Col. Patrick Mwesigye who has been at the National Leadership Institute at Kyankwanzi, is now the head of Patriotic Secretariat.