Kampala – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has appointed new military chiefs in a reshuffle announced on Tuesday.
A military statement said Museveni, who is also the Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces, appointed David Muhoozi as the new Chief of Defense Forces (CDF), previously held by Gen. Katumba Wamala.
Maj. Gen. Muhoozi who has been Commander, Land Forces (CLF), was also promoted to the rank of General.
Gen. Wamala, who was named as CDF in May 2013, has been appointed minister of state for works.
Museveni also promoted Maj. Gen Wilson Mbadi to Lt. Gen and appointed him as the deputy CDF, replacing Lt. Gen. Charles Angina. Angina has been appointed the Deputy Commander, Operation Wealth Creation.
Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba who has been heading the Special Forces Command, an elite force protecting the president, was appointed as presidential advisor.
Muhoozi, who is also Museveni’s son, has been replaced by Don Nabasa.
Brig. Peter Elwelu who has been commanding the second division based in western Uganda, is the new CLF.
Brig. Sam Okiding, who last week returned from the African Union Mission in Somalia, has been promoted to Maj. Gen. and appointed commander, Field Artillery.
Paddy Ankunda, military spokesperson, told Xinhua by telephone that the military changes took immediate effect.
“The commander-in-chief has made promotions, new appointments and transfers in Uganda Peoples Defense Forces.
The changes are normal and good for institutional growth,’’ said Ankunda.
Museveni, who was sworn in on May 12, 2016 for his fifth-five year term in office, has been reorganising and making changes in his new government.
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