Museveni Grooming Mbadi For Army Commander?


cost geneva;”>Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, ampoule who was Museveni’s Aide-de-camp (ADC) between 2007 and 2012, this has risen through three high profile military ranks in eight months to become a Major General.

Having been promoted from the rank of Colonel to Brigadier in November 2012 and appointed Gulu-based 4th Division Commander, Mbadi was in late May elevated to Major General and named new Joint Chief of Staff.

Mbadi replaced Maj Gen Fred Mugisha who will command a new counter terrorism centre.

Mbadi was decorated alongside Generals Kale Kayihura and Katumba Wamala among others at a colorful ceremony at the Ministry of Defence headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala early this week.

Sources in the army tell Chimpreports that Mbadi is one of the most respected and highly-trained army officers in the UPDF.

Maj Gen Mbadi

“I am not surprised that Mbadi has been Museveni’s ADC for over five years. He is someone one can rely on for any military assignment. He is a hands-on officer, reliable and revolutionary,” said an army official who preferred anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to the press.

President Museveni has always groomed ADCs to take on bigger positions in the army.

The late Maj Gen Fred Rwigyema was once Museveni’s ADC during the NRA bush war before being appointed deputy army commander shortly after the guerillas seized power.

Departed former army boss, Maj Gen James Kazini, was the head of Gen Salim Saleh’s bodyguards. It was at this time that Saleh identified Kazini’s extraordinary military skills that he eventually got elevated to army commander.

Fallen ex military intelligence boss, Noble Mayombo was at one time Museveni’s ADC.

Others are former military intelligence boss and now Chief executive Officer Luweero Defence Industries, Brig. James Mugira who replaced Bisangwa; former Chief of Staff Land Forces, Brigadier Geoffrey Muheesi and Colonel Sam Kavuma.

With the old crop of the UPDF leadership being retired, military observers are now looking at Mbadi’s rising star.

Speaking at the decoration ceremony, State Defence Minister and former CDF, Jeje Odongo said the UPDF is facing a “historic transition” in which the old crop of army officers is paving way for the “young and fresh blood.”

“Any institution that does not renew itself with fresh blood has a very big problem,” said Odongo, adding, “What we are witnessing here is the passing of a generation.”

He further noted that the Monduli generation (NRA soldiers who trained at the famous Monduli Military Academy in Tanzania in the 1980s) is paving way for the new blood to take over.

As Odongo spoke, Mbadi was listening attentively in a tent reserved for decorated officers.

Why Mbadi?

Maj Gen Wilson Mbadi was born on Jun 10 1962 in Kasese District.

He joined the Army on March 15 1986 and was commissioned in 1991 after completing a one year Officer Cadet course at Royal Military Academy Sand Hurst UK.

In the course of his service Mbadi has undertaken a number of high lever military courses that distinguish him from other senior officers.

Shortly before taking over as Museveni’s ADC following the sacking of Captain Stuart Agaba in 2007, Mbadi had just attained a Masters of Strategic Studies at Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base Alabama, USA.

Earlier in 2005, Mbadi had successfully completed a Diploma course in Strategic Studies at the University of Nairobi.

Mbadi is decorated by Lt Gen Ivan Koreta

A year before, Mbadi was among the best students at the Senior Command and Staff course at Defence Staff College, Kenya. In the same year of 2004, the youthful officer completed a course in Peace Support Operations Course PSTC DSC Karen in Kenya.

He also excelled highly at the Combat Group Command Course at Armored Corps Center and School Ahmadnagar India in 2001. This course was instrumental in equipping Mbadi with skills in combat operations considering that he had attended a Company Command Course in Tanzania in 1998.

In the same year of 1998, Mbadi shone at the Mobile International Defence Management Course Lusaka, Zambia. His friends also note that the Junior Staff College Jinja in 1994 and Platoon Commander’s Course at School of Infantry, Jinja in 1992 laid a strong foundation for Mbadi’s military career.

He also left a record at Royal Military Academy Sand Hurst, UK as the best graduate at Officer Cadet training.


Apart from guarding the President and attending several military courses in foreign countries, Mbadi has held high profile appointments in the UPDF.

He was a Junior NCO Instructor at the military training school in Kabamba between 1987 and1989.

Between 1991 and 1993, Mbadi was the Officer in Charge of Career Planning before being named SO3- Personnel from 1994 to 1997.

Mbadi was subsequently promoted to the Director of Supplies, an assignment he executed for one year (1997-98) until he was promoted to the position of Brigade Logistics Officer (1999-2000.)

Eventually, Mbadi was transferred to head the Armoured Brigade as its administration Officer between 2000 and 2001.

A year later, Mbadi was appointed Directing Staff at Junior Command and Staff-Jinja, a position he served till 2002.

It is also important to note that between June and November 2000, Mbadi was 503 Brigade Operations and Training Officer and later Armoured Brigade Operations and Training Officer (2002-2003.)

He was briefly appointed Acting Brigade Commander Armoured Brigade (2004) before officially taking over as Commander of 507 Brigade 2005. Married with children, it is from this position that he was appointed Museveni’s ADC.


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