Exclusive: Muhoozi to Command ‘Expanded Special Forces Service’

Newly promoted Maj.Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba .

Details have emerged as to why the Commander-in-chief Gen Yoweri Museveni promoted the Special Forces Commander Muhoozi Kainerugaba to the rank of Major General, price blowing the lid off a grand plan to expand the elite force and entire UPDF.

ChimpReports has learnt that the Special Forces Command will be transformed into a service.

The force was born during the NRA guerilla war as a company protecting the movement’s leader Yoweri Museveni and the High Command.

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When Museveni captured power in 1986, click the force metarmophosed into the Presidential Protection Unit at the size of a Battallion.

From there, Special Forces became the Presidential Guard Brigade and then Special Forces Group before being named Special Forces Command.

“Each name suggests growth in size and abilities,” said SFC spokesperson Maj Chris Magezi on Tuesday.

Asked to comment on the latest development, Magezi said the transformation of the force “means it will be a fully-fledged service just like the Land Forces and Air Force.”

Modern countries have four services of the army. These include Land Forces, Air Force, Special Forces and Navy.

However, Uganda being a landlocked country can only have small units of marines on the lakes and the other three Services.

Magezi emphasised that SFC will not be independent as it will continue to follow the usual chain of command.

The SFC Commander reports only to the Chief of Defence Forces and Commander-in-chief.

Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda was not readily available for comment but Magezi said the growth of the specialised force is good news for the country.

“With Special Forces as a service, Uganda will now have an all-round and accomplished armed force,” said Magezi.

“SFC has taken part in several regional stabilisation efforts. “Our results speak for themselves. We have played an active role in counter insurgency operations against LRA, ADF and other rebel outfits. We deployed in South Sudan as a quick reaction force and prevented a possible genocide there.”

He added, “In Somalia we tremendously altered the balance of power against Al Shabaab and in favour of African Union Force.”

Muhoozi’s Deputy Lt Col Sabiiti Magyenyi was was also elevated to the rank of Brigadier in the latest army promotions made by the Commander in Chief.
Over 800 soldiers were promoted by President Museveni this week.

SFC Time Line
High Command Unit (HCU) 1981 – 1986
Presidential Protection Unit (PPU) 1986 – 2003
Presidential Guard Brigade (PGB) 2003 – 2010
Special Forces Group (SFG) 2010 – 2012
Special Forces Command (SFC) 2012 – To Date

Special Forces Commanders (1981 – To Date)
Commander Robert Kabuura (RIP)
Lt. Col. Akanga Byaruhanga (RIP)
Maj. Mwine Muzeyi (RIP)
Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Muheesi (Active)
Col. George Mayeku (Active)
Col. Dick Bugingo (Retired)
Brig. Leopold Kyanda (Active)
Col. William Bainomugisha (Active)
Col. Sabiti Muzeyi (Active)
Lt.Col. Johnson Namanya (Active)
Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba (Active)


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