President Yoweri Museveni has appointed his former aide-de-camp (ADC), Gen. Wilson Mbadi, to head the army as the new Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) replacing Gen. David Muhoozi who was appointed state minister for Internal Affairs.
Mbadi will be deputized by Lt. Gen Peter Elwelu, who has been the commander of the Land Forces, a position that has now been taken up by Museveni’s son, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba hitherto the commander of the Special Forces Command (SFC) – the president’s elite guard unit now under Brig. Peter Chandia
President Museveni also appointed Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda who has been the Chief of Staff Land Forces, as the new Joint Chief of Staff. Kyanda replaces Lt. Gen Joseph Musanyufu who has been sent to civil service for redeployment.
Maj Gen Sam Kavuma has been appointed the deputy coordinator of the Operation Wealth Creation whereas Maj. Gen. Sam Okiding is the new Deputy Commander of Land Forces.
In 2017, General Elwelu commanded the army attack on the Rwenzururu Palace at the climax of long-standing tension, between the government and the Rwenzururu Kingdom. The attack led to the death of more than 100 people.
Last month, General Elwelu, who is also the newly elected Army Representative in Parliament said that he is unremorseful of the palace attack. He said that the royal guards who were killed during the Kasese clashes were criminals ‘who deserved what they got.’
In the other appointments, Brigadier Bob Ogik has been appointed Chief of Staff of the Land Forces, Brigadier Daniel Kakono is the commander of Filed Artillery Division.
Lt. Gen Charles Angina, who has been the Deputy Coordinator OWC, has been posted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for deployment.
Maj. Gen Kasura Kyomukama has been deployed to the civil service while Brigadier Gen Charles Kisembo has been appointed Commandant Kyankwanzi Political School.
Who is Mbadi?
Born on June 6, 1962, Mbadi joined the Uganda military in 1986 and was commissioned in 1991 following the completion of a one-year officer cadet course at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, in the United Kingdom.
In 1992, he attended the platoon commander’s course at the Uganda School of Infantry, and in 1994, he attended the Uganda Junior Staff College, Jinja.
In 1998, Mbadi attended the mobile international defence management course, in Lusaka, Zambia in addition to the company command course in Tanzania. In 2001, he attended the combat group command course at Armored Corps Center and School, in Ahmadnagar, India, and in 2004, he attended the Senior Command and Staff Course at National Defence College, Kenya (NDCK).
In 2005, he completed a diploma course in Strategic Studies at the University of Nairobi. Two years later, he graduated with a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, United States of America.
Between 1987 and 1989, he served as a junior non-commissioned instructor at Kaweweta and Kabamba recruit training schools before becoming the in-charge of career planning in 1991. In 1997, he was appointed the director of supplies and later on in 1999 the logistics officer at the Masaka-based Armoured Brigade.
Between 2002 and 2003, he served as the armoured brigade operations and training officer before commanding the Armoured Brigade, in an acting capacity. In 2005, he took full command of the 507 Brigade before becoming the Principal Air Staff Officer at Uganda Peoples Defence Air Force headquarters in 2006.
In 2007, he became Museveni’s ADC until December 2012 when he was appointed commander of the Gulu-based 4th infantry division. In May 2013, he was appointed Joint Chief of Staff of the UPDF until January 2017 when he was deployed as deputy CDF.