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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

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UPDF deputy chief of Defence Forces Lt. Gen. Ivan Koreta (L) and Ms Charlotte Muhoozi decorate the new commander of Special Forces Command, Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba. This was during the piping ceremony of the newly-elevated UPDF officers in Kampala yesterday.  


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Posted  Wednesday, December 19  2012 at  02:00

In Summary

President Museveni has been accused by his critics of fast-tracking the promotion of Brig Muhoozi, who joined the military in 1999.

The Commander of the Special Forces Command, Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, yesterday thanked his father, President Museveni, for promoting him and three others to the rank of brigadier.

 Brig. Muhoozi, 38, was speaking on behalf of his fellow newly decorated officers, Brigadiers Peter Elwelu, Joram Kakaari and Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, during a colourful ceremony at Mbuya Defence Headquarters.

“All the achievements of the NRA and UPDF have been largely due to his leadership. I want to thank him for appointing and promoting us to our ranks. We can only pledge to work hard and continue benefiting from his wisdom,” he said.

President Museveni has been accused by his critics of fast-tracking the promotion of Brig Muhoozi, who joined the military in 1999.

Brig. Muhoozi, the eldest of the President’s four children, was promoted from colonel to brigadier in August, but he was not present to be decorated in early September, when his colleagues were given their new military pips.
Yesterday, he also got his, alongside another group of officers who were promoted three weeks ago.

He now commands an elite force that protects the President and other Very Important Persons (VIPs).

Inspirational leader
Brig. Muhoozi described his father, who is the also the Commander-in-Chief, as “our inspirational leader, who is consistent, tireless and selfless.”

Brig. Mbadi, 50, who has been the Aide de Camp to the President, will now assume his new office of the 4th Division commander, while Brig. Elwelu, 48, becomes the new 3rd Division commander.

Brig. Kakaari, 55, the most senior of the four, is the chief of pension, a chieftaincy that has in the recent past been marred by reports of corruption.

Nyakairima kudos

Brig. Muhoozi praised the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, who was not at the ceremony, for his “continuous support and guidance in times of war or peace”.

The deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Lt. Gen. Ivan Koreta, reminded the newly promoted officers that the ranks would come with bigger responsibilities.

“Promotion is recognition of excellence and a job very well done. It’s a recognition that an individual deserves higher accolades that come with heavier responsibilities to the country.”