President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has appointed Uganda People’s Defence (UPDF) First Division commander, Maj. Gen. Samuel Kawagga, as Nairobi defence advisor.
Museveni has replaced Gen. Kawagga with Brig. Gen. Joseph Semwanga.
Gen. Kawagga has been commanding UPDF troops based at Kakiri military barracks. The barracks literally take charge of Kampala metropolitan to conduct day and night patrols.
These also include the Local Defence Units (LDUs) that have been recruited to back up police in fighting violent crime in areas of Kampala City, Wakiso, Mukono, and Mpigi. The recruitment of LDUs in Kampala metropolitan followed back-to-back shootings, robberies, murders, and kidnaps, especially in the years between 2015 and 2018.
In other reshuffles made by Museveni as commander in chief of armed forces, Brig. Gen. David Mugisha, who had been deputy commander of the 3rd Division, has been appointed as commander of his protection force, commonly known as Special Forces Command (SFC).
Brig. Gen. Mugisha was removed from SFC in April this year and appointed to deputise Brig. Gen. Joseph Balikuddembe, who is currently the overall commander of armed forces facing off with cattle rustlers in the Karamoja sub-region.
Museveni also moved SFC commander Brig. Gen. Felix Busizoori to the 3rd Division to deputise Brig. Gen. Balikuddembe in Karamoja operations. In the same reshuffle message, the President has promoted Lt. Col. Allan Matsiko to Colonel; Maj. Duncan Kafeero has been promoted to Lt. Col; and Col. Herbert Nabimanya has been transferred from SFC to Land Forces.