Gen Katumba Was Building a Trans-Regime Army- Mao

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According to Mao, with his new appointment, Muhoozi will be viewed more like a civilian and could be appointed minister, vice president or any other position by the president.

The Democratic Party President, Norbert Mao, says General Katumba Wamala, the outgoing former Chief of Defense Forces envisioned a trans-regime army that would serve next governments.
 
 
President Yoweri Museveni dropped General Katumba from the position of CDF in a reshuffle announced on Monday night and appointed him Works States Minister.
 
 
Addressing the media this morning, Norbert Mao, the DP president, said as CDF, Katumba has been building a force that will be subservient to civilian authority as opposed to serving the will of an individual.
 

He says the demotion of Katumba by the president is the culmination of the marginalization he has suffered over the years.
 

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He claimed that any soldier who attempts to serve like General Katumba may suffer the same fate of their former boss. 

On the appointment of the first son, Major General Kainerugaba Muhoozi to the position of senior presidential advisor special projects, Mao noted that this meant to put into the play the Muhoozi project.

 
Until his new appointment, Muhoozi has been the commandant of Special Forces Commandant.  According to Mao, with his new appointment, Muhoozi will be viewed more like a civilian and could be appointed minister, vice president or any other position by the president.


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General Katumba joined the army in 1979.
As the commander of the 4th Division based in Gulu, he played a pivotal role in ending the LRA insurgency. In 2000 he led an operation against Ugandan rebels in the jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC.

 
In 2001 he was appointed the Inspector General of Police, making him the first military officer in the country to serve in that position.  

In 2005, he was promoted Lieutenant General and appointed the Commander of Land Forces. In 2013, he was promoted to General and appointed Chief of Defense Forces.

 

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