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EXCLUSIVE: Museveni Walks Tightrope On New Cabinet

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Apart from Gen Edward Katumba Wamala (born on 19 Nov 1956) and Airforce boss Maj Gen Samuel Turyagenda (born on 01 Mar 1952), the better part of the army’s leadership is now being held by officers below the age of 54.


For example Deputy Chief of Land Forces Lt Gen Charles Angina, Chief of Staff Maj Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi are all 52 years-old, having been born in 1962.


Brig Joseph Semwanga, Brigade Commander Armoured Brigade, is only 41 years. Maj Gen David Muhoozi is 49 years old.


Special Forces Commander, Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba, is just 40 years-old. Col James Birungi Mugabe, currently the Acting Chief Of Staff Air Force, is just 41.


The head of military intelligence, Brig Charles Bakahumura is also a youthful soldier. Almost all senior officers in the Special Forces Command are not above 50 years of age.


In fact, speaking at the decoration ceremony of promoted officers on May 27, 2013, former army commander and State Minister for Defence, 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,” he added.


“What we are witnessing here is the passing of a generation. The Monduli generation (NRA soldiers who trained at the famous Monduli Military Academy in Tanzania in the 1980s and arly 1990s) is paving way for the new blood to take over,” said Odong.


“It is healthy for organizations, if they must continue and maintain relevance, to rigorously renew themselves. It is precisely what is happening here – bringing in new blood in positions of leadership and responsibility here.”


Odong has since been vindicated by the recent sacking over 60 elderly Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) in favour of youthful politicians.


The State House media desk comprises of youthful researchers including Sarah Kagingo, Morrison Rwakakamba, Emmanuel Gyezaho among others.


The mobilisation docket under the Secretary General will now be headed by the Youthful Minister without portfolio, Richard Todwong.


Therefore, with the army and intelligence organs being supervised by youthful and loyal officers, Museveni is now looking at shaking his Cabinet to drop the old guard in favour of youthful politicians who will monitor government programmes and ensure public service delivery.


Cabinet list delayed by Mbabazi saga


The President is also targeting the support of the youth come 2016.


Chimpreports investigations indicate the President was expected to announce his Cabinet last month only for his programmes to be disrupted by the stormy Kyankwanzi retreat.


“The President is playing his cards in a very smart way. He is weighing the benefits of sacking Amama Mbabazi and consequences of losing the support of the Prime Minister’s loyalists. Mbabazi is a powerful man with a huge network that stretches to the grassroots, a fact that can’t be dismissed. Museveni wants to ensure Mbabazi does not use his position to grow stronger and also keep him around for easy monitoring,” said a source.


Keeping Mbabazi as Prime Minister will embolden his supporters to continue strategising for President while sacking him will create an impression that Museveni witch-hunted the SG for showing interest in the highest political seat in the land.


Mbabazi is being accused of undermining party cohesion and laying strategies to challenge the incumbent.


However, the SG has since denied campaigning for President and further warned that such rumours are meant to destroy the ruling political organisation.


Museveni has also clarified that Mbabazi would not face the disciplinary committee of CEC until the “rumours” about the latter’s plans are substantiated.


Crackdown


Yet, security continues to hunt down Mbabazi’s known supporters.


They include NRM youth leaders, Adam Luzindana (Kampala), William Seruyinda (Buganda) and Omodo Omodo (Northern) who were arrested last week and interrogated by the CIID.


Others are Maj Ronald Chemonges, a presidential assistant in charge of Political Affairs at State House and Dan Mularu, NRM youth chairman for Soroti district who have paid a visit to the CIID. It is widely held the duo was secretly mobilising support for Mbabazi come 2016.


It should also be remembered that before he fled the country, the Coordinator of Intelligence Organs, Gen David Sejusa alleged that Mbabazi and then Chief of Defence Forces Gen Aronda Nyakairima were being targeted for assassination for opposing the ‘Muhoozi project.’


While government denied the existence of such plans, Aronda who was mentioned in the alleged plot was relieved of command of the armed forces and appointed Internal Affairs Minister.


It remains unclear when Museveni will roll out his Cabinet but high profile sources are pointing at next week.

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