RWENZORI STAR: Why Museveni Honoured Generals Muhoozi, Mugira

Maj Gen Muhoozi being congratulated by President Museveni at the ceremony

Senior army officers in the UPDF have received special medals in recognition of their excellent service in the armed forces, Chimp Corps report.

These include Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi, malady Senior Presidential Advisor in Charge of Special Operations, information pills Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba and UPDF National Enterprise Corporation (NEC) boss, Maj Gen James Mugira.

Others are former military intelligence deputy director, Brigadier Wasswa Bakalege and Senior Staff and Command College, Commandant, Lt Gen Andrew Gutti.

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The honored high ranking army officials received The Rwenzori Star Medal – the third highest military decoration of the army with three classes.

The decoration is awarded for distinguished or exemplary military service, which includes exceptionally meritorious service or great responsibility in military service.

Under exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the President, the Ruwenzori Star may be awarded to persons other than members of the military.

This was during UPDF’s 36th Tahere Sita Anniversary celebrations held Monday at the Boma Grounds in Apac district, Lango Sub-Region, under the theme ‘The People and their Security Forces: Celebrating A Patriotic Partnership that Guarantees Security for National Development.’

The name Rwenzori star is derived from Mt Rwenzori which is highest Mountain in Africa located in Uganda.

Museveni with senior army officers that were honoured on Tarehe Sita

Museveni with senior army officers that were honoured on Tarehe Sita

Maj Gen Kainerugaba

Muhoozi previously served as the Commander of the Special Forces Command (CSFC) of the UPDF for a period spanning seven years from 2010 until his redeployment to the current position

He is being rewarded for enhancing and establishing a mature and tactically proficient lethal force; participating in counter-insurgency actions against the Lord’s Resistance Army in northern Uganda and Teso in the early 2000s and Peace Support Operations in Somalia.

He was recently one of the key commanders involved in the planning and execution of Operation Kalongero (the UPDF’s effort to stabilize the volatile situation in South Sudan after fighting broke out in Juba on December 15th -16th 2013).

Muhoozi is further credited for promoting welfare and income generating projects for Special Forces operators and their families.

This has mainly involved improving accommodation facilities, constructing new training and health infrastructure and supporting existing projects meant to generate revenues for the welfare of Special Forces personnel.

Maj Gen Mugira

He is a lawyer by profession with first class honours Degree-LLB (Makerere); Master of Laws in International Business Law-LLM (University of Manchester) and Master of Arts in International Affairs (Legon University Ghana).

Having joined NRA in its early stages of its struggle from Kasese, Mugira has a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre (LDC) where he was awarded the Attorney General’s Prize and is an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda.

He is a graduate of the prestigious Monduli Military Academy, Tanzania and the Ghana Senior Command and Staff College in addition to a number of military intelligence academies in U.K and US.

Mugira is said to have restored espirit de corps among staff and instilled discipline in officers and men of CMI during his reign as military intelligence chief.

Mugira receiving the medal

Mugira receiving the medal

During his reign, CMI never had any scandals like those of Black Mamba and the Human Rights Watch Report which came out after he assumed office was covering incidents before he went there.

He was also credited for having caused promotion of many officers at the CMI who had stayed on the same rank for a long time.

Mugira was also responsible for building the state of the art CMI headquarters at Mbuya which was commissioned by the President.

Despite living a low-profile, Mugira turned around the image of the once dreaded CMI under then Col. Leopold Kyanda.

The facilities were rotting away, military operatives were involved in extortion and agents’ salaries were always swindled.

At Luweero Defence Industries, Mugira revamped the crucial installation involved in manufacture of classified defence equipment which was rotting away during Jacqueline Mbabazi’s reign.

Mugira being decorated by the president

Mugira being decorated by the president

Ms Mbabazi had succeeded Capt. Innocent Bisangwa, formerly Private Secretary to President Museveni in charge of Security and Defence matters (who was by coincidence replaced by Brig Mugira at State House as Private Secretary when Bisangwa got problems and was arrested in the USA for involvement in purchase of TOW missiles).

Defence officials told ChimpReports that Mugira worked hard to restore Uganda/ Rwanda relations right from the time he headed the Uganda team on the Joint Uganda/Rwanda Investigations and Verification Committee brokered by Rt Hon Claire Short (His counterpart on the Rwanda side was Colonel now Lt Gen Charles Kayonga – former Chief of Defence Forces but currently Rwanda Ambassador to China) and later as Chief of Military Intelligence.

Mugira is understood to have used both his official position and his personal relationship with a number of senior officers both in Government and the Rwanda Defence Forces to restore relations between the two countries after the Kisangani clashes.

Mugira revived and got NEC a new Headquarters at Muhesi Road, Bugolobi; shifting it from 6th Street Industrial area (Kafunda).

He was also honored for building a modern factory for Commercial Emulsive Explosives in Nakasongola in a Joint venture with NORINCO, a Chinese Company in a record time of just 8 months.

The factory was commissioned by the President on November 18, 2016 at a function where he praised Mugira for being a serious officer.

The explosives will support infrastructure development of roads, railway, power Dams etc hence contributing to economic development;

Impressed by his performance, President has directed that Mugira through NEC spearheads Standard Gauge Railways Construction by having Engineers Brigade of UPDF working under him.

He has now been reinforced with Gen Katumba Wamala in Ministry of Works.

Also President last year directed that Mugira spearheads the strategic project of Cattle fattening to supply the abattoir built by Egyptian company in Bombo and to ensure Uganda beef is on world market.

This would ordinarily be under Ministry of Agriculture NEC has already embarked on the project using its 17sq mile farm in Kisozi.

IN DEC 16, NEC was awarded the Visionary award as a result of MUGIRA’s effort in turning around the Corporation etc


James Nakibus Lakara, commonly known as Nakibus Lakara, is a major general in the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF).

Lakara is the commander of the Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Centre based in Jinja in the Eastern Region of Uganda.

From April 2015 until June 2016, he served as the deputy force commander of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) and was in charge of logistical support.

He also served as the commanding officer of the UPDF 3rd Division, based in Moroto.



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