EXCLUSIVE: Museveni, Saleh Vet 5 Army Chiefs To Replace Gen Aronda


here treatment geneva;”>This followed a request by Chief of Defence Forces Gen Aronda Nyakairima to retire to allow the “young generation of soldiers to take over the leadership of this great army.”

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Museveni, impeccable State House sources have revealed, intends to replace the Rukungiri-born General before the end of 2012 or early next year.

Museveni has reportedly been meeting Generals Salim Saleh, Elly Tumwiine and Col Fred Mwesigye at Rwakitura in Kiruhuura district to vet officers for Aronda’s successor.

Aronda is credited for having kicked LRA leader Joseph Kony out of Northern Uganda, drawing strategizes that have seen UPDF pacify Somalia, coordinating internal operations that have prevented a possible insurrection and modernizing the army with hi-tech technology especially the Airforce.

However, Aronda could leave at a time when corruption is still entrenched in the UPDF particularly the Ministry of Defence.

Some of the top army chiefs being examined to replace Aronda include Chief of Staff Lt Gen Fred Mugisha.

He was the commander of AMISOM peacekeeping group in Somalia until a few months ago when he was promoted from the rank of Major General and appointed to replace Robert Rusoke as Chief of Staff.

He is well known for being a strong disciplinarian and committed results-oriented combatant.

One of his major achievements includes overseeing the fall of Mogadishu from the hands of Al Shabaab.

Another officer being vetted is Brig James Mugira, the Luweero Industries Chief Executive Officer.

Formerly the head of military intelligence and commander Mechanised Brigade in Masaka, Mugira is credited for erecting an ultra-modern military intelligence facility in Mbuya, restoring the military relations between Rwanda and Uganda, breaking the back of ADF in deadly operations in DRC and enforcing successful counter terrorism operations in and out of the country. He does not drink alcohol, which endears him to the President.

He was also the Private Secretary to the President.

The third officer expected to replace Aronda is Lt Gen Ivan Koreta. He has been the CDF’s deputy for several years.

He is one of Museveni’s most trusted officers who has never nurtured Presidential ambitions and is a strong disciplinarian.

The fourth top shot is Lt Gen Katumba Wamala, the commander Land Forces, a brave field commander and former Inspector General of Police.

The fifth high ranking security official seconded for Aronda’s job is Lt Gen Kale Kayihura, the Police boss.

Sources at State House say Museveni wants a new army commander who will take the UPDF to another level with new innovations such as research organizations, modern war training facilities and counter terrorism centres among others.

The new CDF should also not take alcohol or engage in promiscuity not to “risk the secrets of the NRA revolution.”


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