M7 Calls Muhwezi, Tumukunde As Rebels Start Drills

website geneva; font-size: small;”>Muhwezi will be assisted in his new deployment by former Internal Security Organisation director Brig. Henry Tumukunde and UPDF Chief of Personnel Col. Leopold Kyanda. has exclusively learnt that Muhwezi is taking over the job as soon as the Anti-corruption court clears him of misusing Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Fund.

Muhwezi, Mike Mukula and Alice Kaboyo have since withdrawn their appeal at the Supreme Court in preference of a speedy trial where they are expected to be exonerated.

State House sources say the move to redeploy the three army officers comes at a time of stepped up rebel activities both in Uganda and the Eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo.

We are reliably informed that President Yoweri Museveni has already agreed with the Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, Gen. Salim Saleh, Kale Kayihura and Security Minister Muruuli Mukasa to bring back the three army officers on board given their rich experience in defeating insurgencies.

In their execution of duties, the three former military spy heads will report directly to Museveni. They will be charged with three tasks.

One of them is to detect all forms of security threats facing the country and neutralizing them as fast as possible.

The second task will be to annihilate all state enemies in the region especially ADF and new Uganda rebel groups in Congo.

We early this week revealed how a new rebel group received air supplies in an area identified as Komando in Ituri, North Kivu.

Museveni quickly ordered Kayihura to investigate the incident and report back to him. Kayihura spent a full week in Kinshasha liaising with Congolese officers over the matter.

State House intelligence officers say ADF elements have of late been training heavily at their news bases in Mwalika and have been ferrying recruits through the Semuliki River. Therefore Muhwezi and his group will be tasked to destroy the entire ADF network.

The rebel outfit is a highly secretive organization without a traditional military ranking system. They will also ensure ADF supreme commander Jamil Mukulu is killed.

According to Ugandan intelligence officers, Mukulu is responsible for the strategic and ideological direction of the rebel group as well as for overseeing extensive financial support networks.

Both FARDC and UPDF sources have on several occasions indicated that the ADF operational commander on the ground in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is David Lukwago, supported by intelligence chief Benjamin Kisonkornye. The highest-ranking Congolese commander is named Braida.

In fact a few months ago, two ADF supporters Donatien Kambale Manzame and Mbambu Sirimirwa Abigail were arrested in Beni for having facilitated money transfers to ADF amounting to more than $10,000 per month.

The dream team, led by Muhwezi, will also work on instructions to destroy all elements in the opposition who are bent on seeking regime change using guns.


Brigadier Henry Tumukunde is a Senior Officer of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces and a qualified attorney. He has served as the UPDF’s Chief Of Personnel and Administration, Chief Of Military Intelligence as well as serving as the Commanding Officer of The UPDF Northern Fourth Division.

He has also served as the Director General of The Internal Security Organisation, ISO. Tumukunde was also an MP representing the Army in the Parliament of Uganda between 1995 and 2005.

During his time at Makerere, Tumukunde was involved in anti-government politics which subsequently led to his joining of then rebels, the National Resistance Army led by current Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Tumukunde was hounded by the government security services during his last year at the University and on completion, decided to join the struggle, along with some of his friends at the time, Major General Mugisha Muntu and Colonel Jet Mwebaze (RIP).

His actual journey is well documented in local press due to the fact that Obote’s security services at the time caught wind of their impending departure to the bush and mounted an attack on the NRA’s transit house, a shop in the Capital Kampala. It is said that Tumukunde alongside Muntu posed as a shopkeeper surviving what would have been sure torture and death.

In the early stages of the war, Tumukunde was a machine gunner and eventually went on to become on of the senior officers in the rebel army, indicated by his senior number RA 0111.

Getting shot

In 1985, during one of the bigger battles with the UNLA in Luweero, Tumukunde was shot multiple times in his legs. The wounds were so major that it was thought he would not be able to survive. He was however smuggled out of the country to Nairobi and eventually to London where he was operated on.


On capturing power, Tumukunde promoted to the rank of Major and appointed first secretary and Military Attache at the Ugandan Embassy in the United Kingdom. Subsequently Tumukunde was sent on a Command and Staff Course at the renowned Command and Staff College in Kaduna, Nigeria from where he emerged as one of the best students.

He later on returned to Uganda where he became the Army’s Director of Planning. Tumukunde served in this role for many years and was very instrumental in the set up of formal military structures in the UPDF which had until then been a rebel army.

In 1994 Uganda held elections for the Constituent Assembly and Tumukunde sought to represent his home county Rubaabo. His main competitor was a government minister and senior figure Prof. Mondo Kagonyera.

Tumukunde who was in early thirties at the time was thought to be the underdog in the race however as it turned out, Tumukunde was a very good mobiliser and won by a landslide margin. Tumukunde then joined the CA which formulated the current 1995 Ugandan Constitution.

Tumukunde was known to be a regular and astute contributor to the sessions and debates that preceded the formation of the Constitution.

Following the set-up of the constitution, Uganda held elections and Tumukunde subsequently became a Member of Parliament representing the Army as a special interest group. He went on to serve as an MP until 2005.

In addition to this Tumukunde was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and appointed Chief of Personnel and Administration.

In 1998, Tumukunde was again promoted to the rank of Colonel and appointed Chief of Military Intelligence and Security. His tenure was arguably the most successful by any officer as it is during this time that Al-Qaeda’s plan to bomb the American Embassy was thwarted.

There was also a time where bombings were rampant within the Capital Kampala, and once again Tumukunde formed several intelligence committees within the city and the problem was gotten rid of.

Tumukunde also built an amicable rapport with the Muslim community which many had accused of spearheading the attacks, so much so that key intelligence information was forwarded to him with ease. Arguably, it was during his reign that the Ugandan Intelligence apparatus was at its most efficient.

Tumukunde was then promoted to Brigadier General and transferred to command the UPDF Fourth Division based in Gulu. At the time, the war with the LRA was ongoing and Tumukunde made significant headway during his time as Division Commanding Officer, in diminishing the threat of the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Tumukunde was then appointed Director General of ISO, the Internal Security Organisation, Uganda’s Civil Intelligence Body. During his time at ISO, Tumukunde set up structures that returned ISO to being the country’s foremost Intelligence gathering body, just as he had done with CMI. The ISO became renowned for its efficient and effective approach towards Intelligence and Counter-terrorism.


Major General (Retired) Jim Muhwezi Katugugu is a Ugandan lawyer, politician and retired military officer. He is the current elected Member of Parliament (MP) representing “Rujumbura County”, Rukungiri District.

Jim Muhwezi holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB), from Makerere University, Uganda’s oldest university. He also has received Senior Military Police and Security Intelligence Training. In July 2009, the Law Development Center in Kampala awarded him the Diploma in Legal Practice, the prerequisite to enrolling as an advocate in Uganda and for obtaining a license to practice law in the country.

In the 1970s Jim Muhwezi worked as a policeman in the Uganda Police Force. He was one of the combatants in the war (1981–1986) that ushered the National Resistance Movement into power.

After the war, he served as a member of the National Resistance Council (NRC) from 1986 until 1996. During the same period, he concurrently served as the first Director General of the Internal Security Organisation (ISO).

As head of ISO, Muhwezi is credited with cleaning up the reputation and image of the security police apparatus. During his ten (10) year tenure at the agency, no allegations of torture were raised against the agency.

Between 1994 and 1995, he served as a member of the Constituent Assembly that drew up the 1995 Ugandan Constitution. From 1996 until 1998, Jim Muhwezi served as Minister of State in Charge of Primary Education. He was appointed Minister of Health in 2001, serving in that capacity until 2006.

Muhwezi was censured by the Ugandan Parliament in 1998 for abuse of office. He however kept his Cabinet post and his parliamentary seat.

Jim Muhwezi Katugugu is married to Susan Muhwezi, with whom he has seven (7) children. He is reported to enjoy reading and playing golf.

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