The Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, there Gen Yoweri Museveni has promoted over 392 army officers, this Chimp Corps report.
Army spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire said the promotion of officers from the rank of Colonel to Brigadier and Major General were premised on “distinguished long service and completion of strategic studies at National Defense Colleges.”
Key among promoted officers is Brigadier John Mugume who now takes the rank of Major General.
He is serving as Managing Director, Defense forces shop.
Mugume was in FRONASA and NRA during bush war that brought Museveni to power in 1986.
He rose to the position of Divison Commander after serving as a Brigade Commander during the counter insurgency campaign in Northern Uganda.
He also played a key role in the successful attack on Masindi Barracks by the NRA guerrillas in 1984.
The Commandant Bihanga Training School, Colonel Austine Kamanyire is now at the rank of Brigadier.
Deputy Chief of Personnel and Administration, Colonel Sam Kakuru was elevated to Brigadier.
Colonel Dominic Twesigomwe is now a Brigadier.
He serves as Chief of Integrated Resource Management Information System (CIRMIS).
The Chief of Operations Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) Colonel Stephen T Kashure got elevated to Brigadier.
Uganda’s Defence Attaché to South Sudan, Colonel Winston Byaruhanga, was also promoted to Brigadier.
Battle-hardened Colonel Richard Otto was also promoted to Brigadier.
He is UPDF Contingent Commander African Union Regional Task Force (AU-RTF) and is credited for defeating LRA in Central African Republic.
22 officers were promoted to Colonel with 18 Lieutenant Colonels promoted to Colonel and 4 Ag. Colonels confirmed to the rank of Colonel
33 officers at the rank of Major have been promoted to the rank of Lt Colonel after completing senior command and staff college course.
According to Karemire, 55 other ranks were promoted for serving as professionals.
These include; Doctors, Pharmacists and Lawyers.
For example, Staff Sergeant Flavia Namakula was promoted to Second Lieutenant because of excellent performance in sports.
297 Second Lieutenants were promoted to the rank of Lieutenant after completing the mandatory one year probation.
Karemire said the promotions were “normal in the individual career progression as one undergoes different professional training courses.”
He added: “They are also a recognition of dedicated long service to the country. These are very patriotic sons and daughters of Uganda.”