BOMBO – The Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has officially replaced Maj. Gen Peter Elwelu at Bombo. Elwelu has been elevated by the Chief in Command Gen. Museveni (retired) as the new Deputy Chief of Defence Forces.
At the handover ceremony in Bombo, Gen. Kainerugaba outlined four key areas that he will focus on as commander of the UPDF Land Forces.
Speaking after receiving the instruments of power in the office of Commander UPDF Land Forces Gen Kainerugaba said that President Museveni, who is also the Commander-in-Chief, has tasked the new leadership to remain focused.
“The commander in chief has guided this new team to focus on enhancing combat capabilities, addressing the welfare deficit of the troops by improving accommodation and living standards, ensuring the health of our officers especially in these challenging times and above all intensify political education,” Lt Gen Muhoozi said.
I thank the president for an opportunity to serve and I salute the many predecessors who have built the UPDF in a period spanning over 40 years, he added.
“I want to thank our great leader for the tremendous honor of leading our great land forces. I want to thank our many predecessors who built the land forces into what it is today. As we take on this task, we remember all those great commanders and officers who were here before us. We will always look to our predecessors for inspiration and more importantly — guidance,” Gen Muhoozi said.
Gen Kainerugaba said that the threats might have changed but the goal of defending the independence and sovereignty of Uganda remains the same and the work starts now.
“This new team shall endeavor to build the capabilities of the land forces to meet those threats and succeed.”
Gen Kainerugaba pledged to work closely with other officers and services to advance the main goal of UPDF; protecting and maintaining security in Uganda.