EXCLUSIVE: Museveni To Attend Gen Mbadi's Thanksgiving Ceremony

diagnosis geneva; line-height: 200%; font-size: small;”>Museveni is expected in Kasese on Saturday to preside over the thanksgiving ceremony for Maj Gen Wilson Mbadi.

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approved geneva; font-size: small;”>The President’s former ADC was recently promoted from the rank of Colonel to Major General and appointed Joint Army Chief of Staff.

The elevation made Mbadi the most high ranking army officer from Kasese.

A day after Mbadi’s thanksgiving ceremony, Museveni will meet National Resistance Army (NRA) veterans at Kinyamaseke Primary School in Munkunyu sub-county and Kabatunda Primary School in Kyabarungira sub-county.

While addressing the chairpersons and the sub-county chiefs at the Municipal Hall on Wednesday, Lt Col Mawa said “it is important for local leaders to prepare early enough and make the president’s visit colourful.”


Col Mawa explained that “when the Head-of-state visits the district, it is a lobbying opportunity which needs the presence of many people at his functions.”

Museveni has been meeting retired soldiers across the country.

Why Mbadi

It is widely thought that Museveni has been grooming Mbadi to take over leadership of the army.

Mbadi was born on Jun 10 1962 in Kasese District. He joined the Army on March 15 1986 and was commissioned in 1991 after completing a one year Officer Cadet course at Royal Military Academy Sand Hurst UK.

In the course of his service Mbadi has undertaken a number of high lever military courses that distinguish him from other senior officers.

Shortly before taking over as Museveni’s ADC following the sacking of Captain Stuart Agaba in 2007, Mbadi had just attained a Masters of Strategic Studies at Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base Alabama, USA.

Earlier in 2005, Mbadi successfully completed a Diploma course in Strategic Studies at the University of Nairobi.

He was also was among the best students at the Senior Command and Staff course at Defence Staff College, Kenya.

In the same year of 2004, the youthful officer completed a course in Peace Support Operations Course PSTC DSC Karen in Kenya. He also excelled highly at the Combat Group Command Course at Armored Corps Center and School Ahmadnagar India in 2001.

This course was instrumental in equipping Mbadi with skills in combat operations considering that he had attended a Company Command Course in Tanzania in 1998.

Mbadi’s star shone at the Mobile International Defence Management Course Lusaka, Zambia. His friends also note that the Junior Staff College Jinja in 1994 and Platoon Commander’s Course at School of Infantry, Jinja in 1992 laid a strong foundation for Mbadi’s military career.

He also left a record at Royal Military Academy Sand Hurst, UK as the best graduate at Officer Cadet training.


Apart from guarding the President and attending several military courses in foreign countries, Mbadi has held high profile appointments in the UPDF.

He was a Junior NCO Instructor at the military training school in Kabamba between 1987 and1989. Between 1991 and 1993, Mbadi was the Officer in Charge of Career Planning before being named SO3- Personnel from 1994 to 1997.

He was subsequently promoted to the Director of Supplies, an assignment he executed for one year (1997-98) until he was promoted to the position of Brigade Logistics Officer (1999-2000.) Eventually, Mbadi was transferred to head the Armoured Brigade as its administration Officer between 2000 and 2001.

A year later, the youthful officer was appointed Directing Staff at Junior Command and Staff-Jinja, a position he served till 2002.

It is also important to note that between June and November 2000, Mbadi was 503 Brigade Operations and Training Officer and later Armoured Brigade Operations and Training Officer (2002-2003.) He was briefly appointed Acting Brigade Commander Armoured Brigade (2004) before officially taking over as Commander of 507 Brigade 2005.

Married with children, it is from this position that he was appointed Museveni’s ADC before being elevated to Major General.

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