Uganda: Major Generals Abel Kandiho, James Bitungi among officers reassigned 


President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has appointed Maj Gen Abel Kandiho Head of South Sudan Security Monitoring Mechanism.

Before his promotion, Kandiho was the Chief of Military Intelligence in Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF).

In a statement from the Ministry of Defence, Maj Gen James Birungi was also appointed Chief of Military Intelligence.

According to the statement, the appointments of the generals are routine transfers and reassignment and are in line with the prerogative of the president.

”This is routine transfer and reassignment and is in line with the prerogative of the Commander In Chief to transfer, reassign and appoint officers of the Uganda peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) in areas, where he deems them fit to serve from time to time.

In the same appointment orders, President Museveni appointed Maj General Tumusiime Kasigazi Deputy Inspector of police.

Private Magambo Tom of Internal Security Organisation (ISO) was promoted to the Rank of Major and appointed the Director Criminal Investigations of the Uganda Police as well.

Until the point of appointment, Maj Gen Kasigazi has been the Deputy Commander Air Forces (DCAF).

Late last year, the United States (US) government slapped Maj Gen Abel Kandiho with sanctions over alleged human rights abuses committed under his watch.

The Uganda People’s Defence Force in a statement, came to his defence saying the US acted in total disregard of the principle of “fair hearing”.

“As a country and UPDF in particular, a equitable government institution, we are disappointed that such a decision could be made by a country we consider friendly, a partner and a great ally, without due process and in total disregard of the principle of “fair hearing”, coupled with failure to make the necessary consultations.” Stated UPDF.

Kadhiho was promoted to the rank of Major General in March of 2020, by Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni.

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