Brig Busizoori Takes over as Deputy Commander of UPDF 3 Division. The Commander of the UPDF 3 Infantry Division Brig Gen Joseph Balikuddembe presided over the handover/takeover ceremony of the office of the second in command of the 3 Division from Brig Gen David Mugisha to Brig Gen Felix Busizoori.
“I warmly welcome you, Gen Busizoori to 3 Division to add positive energy towards disarmament operations in the Karamoja sub-region,” Gen Balikuddembe said, adding that he knows Gen Busizoori as a hard-working and knowledgeable officer.
The Division Commander said that it’s only through this current government under the stewardship and visionary leadership of President Museveni and the professional UPDF that disarmament operations were launched and registered a number of progressive phases.
“We must work hard, jointly with all stakeholders to create more conducive conditions and transform Karamoja to greater levels,” Gen Balikuddembe remarked.
He implored the commanders to maintain the visible strides so far made, in terms of arms, livestock recoveries, and scaled-down livestock raids which have ushered in relative calmness in the sub-region.
He further told officers to maintain operational momentum, especially in Kotido district for peace to prevail in other districts.
“The ongoing simultaneous cordon and search operations are a tested simultaneous approach that we must relentlessly double our efforts to decisively deal and defeat all criminal elements,” emphasised the Division Commander and also Commander of Operation.
He commended the outgoing Deputy Division Commander Brig Gen Mugisha for being a result-oriented person. “You are reliable, disciplined, and a performer. Maintain the same caliber, be our ambassador in your next tour of duty,” he added
The Outgoing Second in Command and now Special Forces Commander Brig Gen Mugisha thanked the President and Commander-In-Chief of the UPDF for entrusting him with the new responsibility.
He also expressed his sincere gratitude to both officers and men for the cooperation and hard work they exhibit and requested them to do the same to his successor.
In his acceptance remarks, Brig Busizoori thanked the President and C-I-C for recognizing his contribution towards building a modern, efficient and professional force, which has prompted the current appointment.
The new Deputy Division Commander promised to perform oversight and supervisory roles to strengthen the edge with the people through training to build more troops’ capacity and combat readiness, accountability of personnel and equipment serviceability, welfare, and ideological orientation.
He urged the Commanders and staff officers to continue embracing teamwork, cooperation, discipline, and having the integrity to accomplish the desired tasks.
The hand and take-over ceremony was attended and witnessed by Brigade and Battalion Commanders, and key staff officers and men of the Division.