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Museveni shakes up military

Tuesday August 28 2012

Marking Uganda’s 48th Independence Anniversary.

Marking Uganda’s 48th Independence Anniversary. Photo/FILE Nation Media Group

By NATION REPORTER

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s son Muhoozi Kainerugaba is among the beneficiaries of an expected purge in the Ugandan military, weeks after the country’s three attack helicopters crashed in Kenya.

Mr Museveni on Monday announced the promotion of his son from a colonel to a one-star general.

He also replaced the Ugandan Army’s Joint Chief of Staff Maj-Gen Robert Rusoke, who had been removed a week ago and named Uganda’s ambassador to Juba, South Sudan.

He was replaced by Maj-Gen Fred Mugisha, formerly the commander of the Ugandan forces in African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom).

Brig-Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba will now head the Ugandan Army Special Forces Command, which has been re-structured and divided into two divisions – Special Forces I for VIP protection and Special Forces II for protection of strategic installations.

In other changes, Mr Museveni also replaced Brig-Gen Silver Kayemba as Chief of Staff of the Ugandan Land Changes with Maj-Gen Charles Angina, while Lt-Col Sabiiti Magyenyi, was promoted to the rank of colonel and appointed commander of Special Forces I under Brig-Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

It is understood, that Mr Museveni who on Saturday condemned his army leadership over the crash of the three MI-24 helicopters in Kenya two weeks ago, will further shake the apex of his military this week, particularly the air force.

Mr Museveni, in a condolence letter to the families of the seven Ugandan soldiers who died in the accidents, ruled out bad weather as the cause. (READ: Weather didn’t cause crash, says Museveni)

“Mountains cannot be a factor to serious operators. Weather can also not be accepted as a serious factor. If the weather is bad, you do not fly,” he said.