President Museveni fires ISO boss Frank Kaka Bagyenda

Col. Frank Kaka Bagyenda
The fired Internal Security Organisation (ISO) director, Col. Frank Kaka Bagyenda

Kampala, Uganda | URN | The Internal Security Organization (ISO) boss, Col. Frank Kaka Bagyenda, has been sacked.

A source at ISO  who preferred anonymity said they have been notified that Kaka is no longer ISO director.

“You know it’s the minister of security supposed to speak to you the media. He’s currently not around but I can confirm to you he has been replaced,” the senior official said. 

Kaka has reportedly been replaced with Charles Oluka who will be assisted by Emma Katabaazi. An operative at ISO headquarters in Nakasero said Kaka received the message of his sacking after meeting some of his field team a few minutes past 6pm on Thursday 8th, October 2020.

“I had just met him at the office and he was planning to go home. But he was just notified by a senior security officer,” the ISO source said.

Kaka and his operatives have often been accused of doctoring intelligence reports about criminals, political groupings and cross-border security alerts.

Besides, Kaka has been on the spot over kidnapping, detaining and torturing of suspects in safe houses located in Kalangala district. Kaka has also been severally accused of filing false intelligence reports and turning ISO into a rogue organisation. 

Who is Col. Frank Kaka Bagyenda

According to Wikipedia, Colonel Frank Kaka Bagyenda, is a Ugandan retired military officer in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF). Effective January 2017, he is the Director General of the Internal Security Organisation (ISO), the Uganda government’s counter intelligence agency, responsible for providing national security intelligence to U policy makers.

Background and Education

He was born in the western Uganda district of Ibanda in February 1952. He attended local schools before he was admitted to Makerere University in 1974. In 1977, he graduated from Makerere with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Civilian career

Following his graduation from Makerere, Bagyenda took up employment in the Ministry of Public Service. Later, he was transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture. While there, he was posted to Masindi District, as an agricultural officer.

Military career

In 1981, Bagyenda joined the National Resistance Army (NRA), a rebel guerrilla outfit, led by Yoweri Museveni, who waged a bush war, between 1981 and 1986. He carried out covert operations for the NRA and was instrumental in the capture of Masindi Army Barracks by the NRA on February 20 1984.

To disguise himself from the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA) soldiers, he adopted the name Kaka, dropping his birth names Frank Bagyenda. He served in the Ugandan military, rising to the rank of Major, before he retired at that rank in 1993.

His assignments in the military included being the commanding officer of a brigade based in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. He then served as head of the directorate of transport, and then as a member of the then Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI), which today is the Chieftainancy of Military Intelligence (CMI). He also served in Uganda’s Northern Region, where commanded a brigade in the early 1990s.

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In retirement

In 1994, he was recalled and conscripted to assist the Rwanda Patriotic Front capture power in Kigali. He remained in Uganda however, engaging in the trucking business in Western Uganda, and setting up Panoma Hotel in Kalangala, in the Ssese Islands.

While in Kalangala, Bagyenda remained an active intelligence operative, playing a role in the disruption of illegal fishing on Lake Victoria. In 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel, while in retirement.

In January 2017, he was appointed to head ISO, replacing Brigadier Ronnie Balya, who was appointed Uganda’s ambassador to South Sudan, based in Juba.