Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | President Yoweri Museveni has recently implemented promotions within the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF), elevating five Colonels to the rank of Brigadier, and advancing 15 Lieutenant Colonels to full Colonels.
This move is significant in the military hierarchy, with Brigadier being the fourth highest rank within UPDF, denoting a one-star General, just below Major General (two stars), Lieutenant General (three stars), and General (four stars).
The list of those promoted to the rank of Brigadier includes notable individuals such as John Musoke, currently serving as the second in command of the 4TH Division; John Patrick Otongo, holding the position of second in command of the 2ND Division; James Muhwezi, acting as the commandant of Airforce College Nakasongola; Richard Rubongoya, who serves as the commandant of the Air Force Base in Gulu; and Wyclif Keita, responsible for the Uganda Military Academy Kabamba.
Among the newly appointed Colonels is Peter Rusherure, known for his previous role as a military attache to the Uganda Police Force during the tenure of former Inspector General of Police, Gen Edward Kale Kayihura.
Joining him in the list of UPDF officers who have received promotions are; Justus Kambale Musenene, Joseph Magira Wasibi, Israel Kaheru Bagenda, Herman W Mukasa, Patrick Opira, Richard Butungi, John Mango Baraza, James Muhumuza, Robert Koch, Rukonge Victor Busobozi, Francis Makoma, Eliasson Kugumisiriza, Saul Bishuuba Nabimanya, Collins Ainomugisha, George Jet Turyabe, and Lydia Nandutu.
It’s worth noting that some of these UPDF officers who received promotions are currently stationed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), actively engaged in operations against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels.
Others are deployed as part of the East African Regional peacekeeping force on various missions throughout the region. These promotions reflect the commitment to excellence and the continued strengthening of the UPDF’s leadership and capabilities.