President Yoweri Museveni has made major changes in the military, appointing the Commander of Land Forces, Lt. General Edward Katumba Wamala as Chief of Defence Forces (CDF). Wamala replaces General Aronda Nyakairima who has been appointed Minister of Internal Affairs. Major General Charles Angina is now deputy CDF, replacing Lt General Ivan Koreta.
Wamala replaces General Aronda Nyakairima who has been appointed Minister of Internal Affairs.
To complete the shake up at the top of the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) leadership, Museveni appointed Major General Charles Angina as deputy CDF, replacing Lt General Ivan Koreta. Until his new appointment, Angina has been Chief of Staff of Land Forces.
The changes announced on Thursday also saw the president re-align his cabinet so as to accommodate Aronda who has been CDF for 10 years, having been appointed in June 2003.
Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, the Army and Defense spokesperson could not answer his calls when URN tried repeatedly to get more details from him.
To accommodate General Aronda in cabinet, Museveni moved Hilary Onek from Internal Affairs to Disaster Preparedness ministry, replacing Dr Stephen Mallinga who died in April this year.
Mary Karooro Okurut moves from Information and National Guidance to Gender, Labour and Social Affairs. John Narsasira, who has been Gender Minister, now goes to Information and Communication Technology (ICT), while Dr Ruhakana Rugunda takes charge of Health, a ministry he once headed in the early 1990s. Dr Christine Ondoa becomes presidential advisor on Health.
Nakaseke Woman MP Rose Namayanja takes over Information and National Guidance as full minister.
The shake up comes as government struggles to rebuild the image of the army after one of the top officers, General David Sejusa, wrote a dossier suggesting that the UPDF was not cohesive. Sejusa, the Coordinator of Intelligence Services, claimed in his letter to the Director General of Internal Security Organisation (ISO) that there was a plan to eliminate army officers opposed to President Museveni’s plans to propel his son to the presidency. Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba, Museveni’s son, is currently the Commander of the Special Forces.
Sejusa is currently out of the country, but his letter appears to have scratched the government the wrong way. Early this week, police raided and closed at least four media houses as they searched for a copy of the letter written by the General. The Monitor Publications which houses the Daily Monitor, KFM and Dembe FM are still closed. Also closed is the Pepper Publications, the publishers of the Red Pepper among other tabloids.
More details to follow….