President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday night promoted the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura to the rank of Lieutenant General in a huge reshuffle.
Kayihura has been a loyal servant to the President and this could be a reward for controlling opposition-inspired walk-to-work riots in Kampala. Airforce Commander Maj. Gen. Jim Owoyesigire is now a Lieutenant General, sharing a rank with Land Forces chief Lt. Gen. Katumba Wamala. Army spokesman Col. Felix Kulayigye confirmed the development, saying promotions are part of UPDF's strategy of professionalising the army.
The Director General of Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) Brig. James Mugira is now a Major General. There is fear Mugira could have been sacked since he has been posted to Luweero to oversee the ammunition department at the army industries. Mugira's job has been taken by Col. Charles Bakahumura formerly the Chief of Personnel and Adminstration (CPA) – UPDF.
In a stunning move, Museveni recalled Col. Leopold Kyanda who has since been the UPDF's military attache in United States to head Personnel docket of UPDF! Kyanda was in 2008 fired as CMI director for messing up the military investigations body. The sacking followed an incident where Red Pepper offices in Namanve were burnt by suspected gunmen. It's feared that millions of shillings sent by United States to facilitate anti-terrorism activities had been misused under Kyanda.
Mugira, who was the commander of Masaka Mechanised Division at the time, replaced Col. Kyanda. Mugira now replaces Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi's wife Jacqueline Susan Mbabazi who has been appointed senior presidential advisor on special duties. Col. David Muhoozi, the head of Masaka mechanised division, has been promoted to the rank of Brigadier and transferred to head the air Defence Unit in Nakasongola.
Brig. Gavas Mugyenyi, chief of logistics and engineering, now heads the Masaka Mechanised Division in Masaka. Brig. Otema Awany now commands the logistics department while Johnson Namanya of Special Forces has been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and appointed administration officer in charge of Luwero Industries.
Col. Victor Twesigye, a reputed battle-hardened fighter has been appointed as head of chieftaincy of signals, replacing Col. Yowasi Kiiza who now takes over as chief Reserve Forces. Col. Kulayigye is soon releasing a statement on the reshuffle.