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UPDF Changes: Gen Kavuma promoted, replaces Gen Okiding in Somalia

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Simon Kabayo
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The Deputy Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation Maj Gen Sam Kavuma has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General and sent to Somalia as Command of African Union troops in Somalia to replace the newly appointed Deputy Chief of Defence Forces Lt Gen Sam Okiding.

The new changes were announced by the UPDF Deputy Spokesperson, Col Deo Akiiki. Hongera Sana (Congratulations) General Sam Kavuma for being apointed ATMIS Force Commander and promoted to the rank of Lt Gen. Gen Kavuma replaces Lt Gen Sam Okiding who was recently appointed Deputy CDF,” he tweeted.

The Monday announcement came after President Yoweri Mueveni appointed Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba as the new Chief of Defence Forces and will be deputized by Lt Gen Sam Okiding whose new appointment cut short his tenure as African Transition Mission in Somalia formerly known as AMISOM.

Gen Kavuma, who has previously served in Somalia as Uganda’s Contingent Commander in 2014. Before his deployment in Somalia, he had commanded the regional task force against the LRA in Sudan.

He takes over the command as African Union troops prepare to hand over national security to the Somali National Army by the end of this year.

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