By Goodluck Musinguzi
Special Interest Groups are electing Members of Parliament that will join others who have been elected in the General Elections.
Like before most leaders who get elected by Uganda People’s Defense Forces are service chiefs and low ranking officers at level of Captain.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is expected to chair the army council that will choose the names which will be subjected to the electoral voters of Army MPs.
Lt Gen Muhoozi Keinerugaba, is the Commander of Special Forces Command. He is expected to be among those who will be elected.
Major General Elwelu, the Chief of Staff of UPDF is expected to be voted along Gen Elly Tumwine, the Minister of Security.
Gen Katumba Wamala, the Minister Works and Transport is expected to be among the Army MPs.
The Army Commander Gen Muhoozi and his Deputy Gen Mbadi are expected to be in Parliament to guide.
The current Deputy IGP Maj Gen Paul Lokech and the Commander of Reserve Forces Gen Otema will be expected to be among new comers.
If Gen Muhoozi Keinerugaba joins parliament he will be a game changer as Uganda prepares for the transition.
He will be expected to debate the new comers that will shape Uganda’s transition.
President Yoweri Museveni, who is also the commander in chief of the armed forces made a number of changes in the armed forces in the country.
According to the changes announced before elections Lt.Gen.Muhoozi Kainerugaba who was the presidential adviser of special operations returned as the commander, Special Forces Command, to replace Maj. Gen.James Birungi.
The SFC is an elite unit that is responsible for the security of the President of Uganda, and special operations since January 2017.
Muhoozi had earlier commanded the unit but was relieved of his duties in 2017 and replaced by Maj.Gen.Don Nabasa.
“Lt.Gen.Muhoozi Kainerugaba is appointed commandant of SFC but will also retain his appointment as senior presidential advisor handling the security issue he has been handling,” the message by Gen. Museveni reads in part.
“I can confirm the changes in the leadership of the Special Forces Command with Lt.Gen.Muhoozi Kainerugaba .As SFC we welcome these changes,” said Maj. Jimmy Omara, the SFC spokesperson.
He hailed the outgoing SFC commander, as well as welcome Lt.Gen.Kainerugaba back to lead the elite unit that he described as one of the best on the continent.
The changes have also seen Maj.Gen. Paul Lokech who has been in South Sudan on a special assignment to monitor on behalf of the guarantors of the South Sudan peace process, the assembling, screening, demobilization and integration of the armed forces of South Sudan appointed as the new Deputy Inspector General of Police to replace Maj.Gen.Muzeeyi Sabiiti who has been sent to the army general headquarters in Mbuya for redeployment.
Maj.Gen,James Birungi has now been sent to South Sudan to replace Maj.Gen.Paul Lokech.
According to the new deployments that take immediate effect, John Martins Okoth Ochola has retained his position as the Inspector General of the Uganda Police Force.