Gen Muhoozi Calls for Vigilance at Uganda - South Sudan Border

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Gen Muhoozi was officiating at the handover of the 4th Division command from Brig Kayanja Muhanga to his deputy Col Fred Rugadya Akiiki at the division headquarter in Gulu this morning.

The newly appointed Commander of Defense Forces - CDF Gen David Muhoozi has called for increased vigilance at the Uganda - South Sudan border.

Gen Muhoozi was officiating at the handover of the 4th Division command from Brig Kayanja Muhanga to his deputy Col Fred Rugadya Akiiki at the division headquarter in Gulu this morning. Brig Muhanga is taking up a new assignment as the Commander of UPDF contingent in Somalia.

Gen Muhoozi was taken through a detailed regional security brief including the conflict in South Sudan amongst others. He said vigilance will stop proliferation of small and light arms that could be used to destabilize security of citizens neighboring the volatile nation.

"As commanders of 4th and 5th divisions, I encourage you to cooperate and work closely with civilians in the area to effectively maintain vigilance over the border area", Gen. Muhoozi told the commanders.

Lt Ahmed Kato, the 4th Division Spokesperson says Col Rugadya takes over the division at acting capacity as the division commander.
 
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Before he was deployed as commander 4th division, Brigadier Muhanga commanded UPDF contingent that intervened to stop genocide in the conflict in South Sudan in 2013. Last year he commanded the evacuation mission that rescued Ugandans trapped in fresh fighting since July 2015.

Gen Muhoozi encouraged Col. Fred Rugadya to emulate Brig. Muhanga who he said maintained remarkable discipline. Lt Kato says Maj. Ceaser Olweny, the 4th Division Spokesperson has also left the division for six months peace support

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.