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African Union Mission In Somalia Gets New Commander

African Union Mission In Somalia Gets New Commander

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By Keefa Nuwahereza The African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has Wednesday August 5th, 2020 ushered in a new force commander, who welcomed in Mogadishu by senior officers and men of the force. Lieutenant General Diomede Ndegeya, who arrived in Somalia on Sunday, will lead a force mainly from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. The countries have been enforcing order in Somalia for over a decade now, with support from the United Nations and African Union. The Commander, who is no stranger to the country, will have to confront the unending Al shaab attacks and the frequent claims of the presence of non-AMISOM troops in Somalia. Gen. Diomede Ndegeya (in suit) poses for a photo with other AMISOM senior officers With a career spanning 38 years, General Ndegeya, 57, previously s...
UPDF Corporal Charged With Murder Of Senior Officer Over Sex

UPDF Corporal Charged With Murder Of Senior Officer Over Sex

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By Our Reporter A Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) officer is languishing in jail over allegations murdering a senior officer after the two reportedly got disagreements over a woman. Corporal CPL Max Omutoojo, attached to the UPDF Airforce wing in Nakasongola District, was on Tuesday arraigned  before the General Court Martial sitting at Makindye and charged with murder of his senior officer, Major Sulaiman Wafula. CPL Omutoojo appeared before the court chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti and denied the offense. Prosecution alleges that Corporal Omutoojo on May 8th, 2020, while at Nakasongola barracks, with malice aforethought unlawfully caused the death of Major Wafula by shooting him dead. However, on denying the charges, Lt. Gen. Gutti remanded Omutoojo to Makindye ...
Museveni Fires  UPDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Karemire, Replaces Him With Brig. Gen.   Byekwaso

Museveni Fires UPDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Karemire, Replaces Him With Brig. Gen. Byekwaso

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By Our Reporter The Commander in Chief  (CIC) of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) has fired  Brig. Gen. Richard Karemire from the position of UPDF Spokesperson, replacing him  with Brig. Gen. Flavia Byekwaso. We have learnt that Brig. Gen. Byekwaso, who is the first female UPDF spokesperson, is taking over office next week after a official handover by Brig. Gen. Karemire, This website has learnt that president Museveni has since assigned Karemire to the East African Community Secretariat as Defense Liaison Officer. Byekwaso, is a Ugandan military officer, who serves as an elected member of parliament representing the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) in the 10th Parliament (2016–2021). She was born on 29 December 1971, in the Central Region of Uga
ISO Refutes Rumours Of Blocking Intelligence Sharing  With UPDF, Police

ISO Refutes Rumours Of Blocking Intelligence Sharing With UPDF, Police

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By Elite News Reporter The leadership of the Internal Security Organization (ISO), has dismissed rumours being circulated by an online news website to the effect  that the agency has blocked the sharing of intelligence with the army and other security agencies in Uganda. The move came after Sarah Kagingo’s Soft Power news site cited an ISO operative who claimed that the ISO Director General, through his Executive Assistant Lt. Col. Ambaku Kibrai, had issued an executive order banning DISOs, RISOs and GISOs from sharing intelligence information with the army. We have learnt that Lt. Col. Ambaku has since dismissed the allegations as fake news and said that those vending such fake information are the enemies of Uganda and national security. “This is totally wrong and a dist
UPDF Soldiers Charged With Murder Of Anglican Church Cleric

UPDF Soldiers Charged With Murder Of Anglican Church Cleric

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By Elite News Reporter The  General Court Martial has charged four Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers with the murder of Benon Nsimenta, a lay reader who was shot dead in the wee hours of June 24 at Hima, in Kasese District. Nsimenta’s widow, Allen Musimenta, told  the media on June 24 that she was with her husband riding on his motorcycle at around 7:00Am heading to their garden in Kanamba village, Karusandara sub-county, when they met soldiers at Karungibati along Hima-Kasese road, one of whom shot her husband at close range, killing him instantly. The four soldiers identified as Pte Abraham Lokwap, Pte Jackson Nyero, Pte Joel Otim and Lt. Talent Akampurira, all attached to the 6th Mountain Brigade Battalion (Hima, Kasese) were on Monday arraigned before t
Uganda Mourns Bush War Hero Gen Kasirye Gwanga

Uganda Mourns Bush War Hero Gen Kasirye Gwanga

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By Keefa Nuwahereza The country on Tuesday woke up to the sad news of Maj. Gen. Kasirye Gwanga, who passed away at age 68, after  battling with lung cancer  for several years. Family sources reveal that Gen. Gwanga passed away on Monday night at Nakasero Hospital in Kampala, where he had  been bedridden for  days, undergoing medical attention. The UDPF Funeral Service van that picked Gen. Kasirye Gwanga's body from Nakasero Hospital However, it should be noted that Gen. Kasirye Gwanga, who died on Heroes Day (June 9th ), was one of the National Resistance Army (NRA)  Bush War heroes who ushered President Yoweri Museveni’s government into power in 1986.   Who Is Kasirye Gwanga In June 1980, president Binaisa negotiated the return of the pol
Malice Cited In Maj. Rwakanuma’s Arrest As CMI Fails To  Press Charges, Find Evidence Against Him

Malice Cited In Maj. Rwakanuma’s Arrest As CMI Fails To Press Charges, Find Evidence Against Him

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By Elite Reporter Human rights activists in Uganda have come out to demand  the unconditional release of  Maj. Steven Rwakanuma, who is currently in detention at Makindye Military barracks, after he was arrested for allegedly possessing illegal arms and aiding Tanzanians to enter Uganda despite the COVID-19 lockdown. Maj. Rwakanuma was arrested last week by the army and the police over allegations possession of a  firearm and abuse of office through allegedly aiding Tanzanians to cross into Uganda during the COVID-19 lockdown. A serving Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) serving officer, Maj. Rwakanuma was arrested on May 22, 2020 from his farm in Isingiro District, by a joint team of UPDF soldiers, CMI operatives and Police, before he was whisked to Makindye mil...
UPDF Major Clobbered While Enforcing COVID-19 Curfew, Battles For Life

UPDF Major Clobbered While Enforcing COVID-19 Curfew, Battles For Life

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By Keefa Nuwahereza A senior Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF)  officer at the rank of Major is currently hospitalized and battling for his  life after he was clobbered by goons while he was enforcing the COVID-19 curfew in Kyankwanzi District on Tuesday May 26th, 2020. According to sources, Maj. Maj. Robert Nkwasibwe was rushed to Hoima referral hospital unconscious after being attacked by goons late in the night during a patrol with fellow officers. Brig. Rirchad Karemire's tweet about Majo. Robert Nkwasibwe Army spokesperson, Brig. Richard Karemire,  revealed that Maj. Robert Nkwasibwe was commanding a patrol when the joint security team was attacked by locals. Brig. Karemire stated that; “On the night of May, 26, 2020, a group of drunkards at Gala trad
Over 40 Civilians Slaughtered In By ADF Rebels Near Uganda-DR Congo Border

Over 40 Civilians Slaughtered In By ADF Rebels Near Uganda-DR Congo Border

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By Elite Reporter More than 40 innocent civilians were slaughtered  in the latest DR Congo massacre after Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels attacked the village of Samboko in Ituri province, on Tuesday night, killing dozens using machetes, according to human rights groups in the war-torn country. The Democratic Republic of the Congo's army launched an offensive to oust the armed group from its bases in the northeast last year after their constant attacks on civilians in the mountainous jungles near the Ugandan border. Fighters from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group, which was driven out of Uganda in the late 1990s, attacked Samboko village, about 100km (60 miles) southwest of the city of Bunia, Omar Kavota from rights group CEPADHO said on Wednesday. “A day aft
Fear As Coronavirus Invades UPDF Camps, 9 Soldiers Quarantined In Somalia

Fear As Coronavirus Invades UPDF Camps, 9 Soldiers Quarantined In Somalia

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By Elite Reporter There is concern among the armed forces that the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) could ravage the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF), after 9 soldiers were quarantined in Somalia on Thursday. Sources reveal that the 9 soldiers who are part of the UPDF contingent in Somalia serving under AMSOM (African Mission for Somalia),   were put into isolation after coming into contact with a confirmed case who is in Mogadishu. On Wednesday evening, UPDF confirmed a soldier attached to the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) had tested positive COVID-19 and was undergoing treatment. The UPDF said that the confirmed case, a soldier who first manifested flu and cough signs, is now very stable and those with whom he got contact, are isolated. However, ...