Meet Captain Flavia Mulindwa, the First Female Army Spokesperson Top story

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In short
She has risen through ranks as an intelligence officer for the army's Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence before being posted as a protocol officer at the army headquarters in Mbuya in 2005. Captain Flavia Mulindwa left that docket to assume an appointment as a counter officer working with the Joint Anti-terrorism unit where she spent two years before being posted as a vetting officer in the Personnel and administration.

The appointment of Captain Flavia Mulindwa Terimulungi as the spokesperson of Land Forces is admittedly a historic move in the Uganda Peoples Defence Force - UPDF. Captain Flavia Mulindwa becomes the first ever female spokesperson of the army in Uganda. 

The appointment, which according to her is both surprising and encouraging, sparked a new trend of ranks and deployments that women in the army could take.

She has risen through ranks as an intelligence officer for the army's Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence before being posted as a protocol officer at the army headquarters in Mbuya in 2005. Captain Flavia Mulindwa left that docket to assume an appointment as a counter officer working with the Joint Anti-terrorism unit where she spent two years before being posted as a vetting officer in the Personnel and administration.

It is from here that she was appointed the spokesperson of the Land Forces component of the UPDF.

All these deployments would never have been possible if Flavia hadn't walked through the footsteps of her father Mulindwa John, a former staff sergeant of the Uganda Air force under Idi Amin. Her father, who wore his uniform a lot, inspired her to pursue a military career so much that after her secondary school education at St John's SSS Kabuku, he marched her to the recruitment centre in Rakai in 2001.

Flavia, 18 then, was taken in by the army and trained at Gaddafi Barracks in Jinja. Despite many assurances from many soldiers that the UPDF Training can sometimes be a living hell, Flavia says she sailed through quite easily, so much that she graduated 2nd Lieutenant in a year and proceeded to do military intelligence courses that earned her promotions to the rank Captain.

While at the rank of captain, Flavia Mulindwa went back to school to pursue a Public Relations course which gives her an edge in her new role as the spokesperson of the land forces.

In her two months of holding the office, Flavia says the new job is demanding and she learns new things from it every day. The daily routine of a spokesperson includes skimming through the press to respond to any articles that have been written about the army. For her job, Flavia will come under heated pressure from journalists for quick comment on sensitive military issues.

Her tasks also involve filming activities and documenting for the army's Tarehe Sita Magazine.

Beyond her spokesperson duties, Flavia hopes that she will campaign to better the equal access to army opportunities for women in the army.  Her hope is that in 10 years forward, the army can have consideration for a female commander of Defence forces.

On her lighter side, Flavia tends to two boys that she has mothered. She also listens a lot to Maureen Nantume and Mariah Carey Music.  At her deployment, she walks in the footsteps of other iconic female soldiers such as Colonel Rebecca Mpagi and Brigadier Proscovia Nalweyiso who have scaled the ranks in the UPDF. 

 

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Raymond Mujuni
Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

Mujuni is an investigative journalist, especially interested in Security, Science and Technology. An avid sports fan, Mujuni volunteers with the charity organisation 40 Days/40 Smiles.