President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Brig Kayanja Muhanga as the Kampala joint security operations coordinator.
According to the deputy army spokesperson, Lt Col Deo Akiiki, Brig Muhanga will be the overall operations coordinator for all security agencies.
“This means he will be the link between joint operations of the police force, the military and intelligence agencies,” Lt Col Akiiki said.
At the time of his appointment, he had just returned from a one year course at South Africa’s National Defence College. He has previously served as the commander of Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) 2nd Division based at Makenke, in Mbarara District.
For more than two years, Muhanga was the UPDF Contingent commander in Somalia. During his tenure, he battled Al-Shabaab militias that had made AMISOM operations almost impossible with Improvised Explosive Devices commonly known as IEDs.
Brig Muhanga’s assignments have started immediately and it is reported that he coordinated operations for the New Year celebrations in the Kampala metropolitan area.
President Yoweri Museveni has of recent put a lot of emphasis on the Kampala metropolitan area, that had almost been taken over by criminals. Since the introduction of Closed Circuit Television-CCTV security cameras, a command centre for both the military and police was established at the Kampala Central Police Station.
Whenever there are security threats, UPDF’s First Division Commander, Maj Gen Samuel Kawagga, Military Police commander Col Keith Katungi and Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Moses Kafeero, converge in the command centre where they devise means of handling situations.
A senior police commander intimated to URN that Brig Muhanga has been brought in to beef security coordination as the country heads to January 14 polls.
“It was resolved that all operations during the election period should involve military and police. There is a team of military and police personnel already prepared purposely to deal with all election-related security threats,” a senior police officer said.
Brig Muhanga comes in a fortnight after Museveni appointed Maj Gen Paul Lokech to replace Maj Gen Stephen Muzeyi Sabiiti as Deputy Inspector General of Police.