UPDF Speak Out On “Tribalistic Promotions”

sildenafil geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>On various promotions occasions, comments have popped up in the media and other avenues decrying how soldiers are being rapidly promoted to higher ranks without equal regard for other regions.

Speaking exclusively to Chimpreports on Tuesday at yet another promotions function in Mbuya, the Army spokesperson, Lt. Colonel Paddy Ankunda, described these claims as a misrepresentation by the media.

“I am surprised that you can say something like that about UPDF, when you know that we have well laid down rules and procedures for promoting our officers, pretty much in line with the national constitution,” he said.

“It is strictly on the basis of merit. We look at how someone has trained and performed and decide whether they deserve to be promoted or not; and even when you look at the lists, you cannot miss a clear tribal diversity, yet you people in the media have nonetheless continued to feign us.”

Tasked to comment on the same matter, the UPDF’s Chief Political Commissar, Col Felix Kulaigye reassured our reporter that army promotions are strictly earned and not rewarded, before attributing the negative allegations to UPDF’s adversaries, who are “committed to obliterating its remarkable successes over the years”.


“Most of these officers are recommended by their mother units, the Promotions Board doesn’t even know much about them and only looks at these recommendations and decides. There is nowhere that tribes and regions come in,” he said.

“But of course, there will always be those groups of people that will stop at nothing in tainting the name of the UPDF, although they are unable to discourage us. You know the more you succeed, the harder the devil will work to bring you down.”

Yesterday’s event was overseen by the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala, who also sent out a message to other soldiers aiming at being promoted to higher ranks, to work hard and impress their respective units first.

The officers were promoted to the ranks of Brigadier, Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel, Major, Captain, Lieutenant and 2nd Lieutenant, respectively.

Here is the full list:

1. Brig. Mathew Gureme

2. Col. Noah Kabyanga

3. Col Cristopher Bbosa

4. Col Micahle Kabango

5. Col Octavious Butuuro

6. Col Dr. Stephen Kusasira

7. Col Godard Busingye

8. Col Godwin Karugaba

9. Col. Jeff Mukasa

10. Col Besigye Bekunda

11. Col Nasan Begumisa

12. Lt Col Meshach Maate

13. Lt Col Maximus Gumisiriza

14. Lt Col Fred Mwesigye

15. Lt Col John Robert Achuka

16. Lt Col Martin Nahurira

17. Lt Col Annex Mubangizi

18. Lt Col Festus Lubega

19. Lt Col Robert Ochama

20. Lt Col Vincent Kauka

21. Lt Col Hussein Mafabi

22. Lt Col Patrick Baluku

23. Lt Col James Rukundo

24. Lt Col Rogers Okiror

25. Lt Col David Kibirige

26. Lt Col George Kaliisa

27. Lt Col Humphrey Nshekanabo

28. Lt Col Christopher Bamanya

29. Lt Col Christopher Ochaya

30. Lt Col Agnes Musoke

31. Lt Col Jack Mugyerwa

32. Lt Col Gerald Kimbugwe

33. Lt Col Augustine Bwegendaho

34. Lt Col Charles Tabaruka

35. Lt Col Urther Barisigara

36. Lt Col John Kamanzi

37. Lt Col Robert Gonyi

38. Lt Col Alfred Olak

39. Lt Col Naboth Mwesigwa

40. Lt Col Moses Mwesigwa

41. Lt Col Flavia Bywkwaso

42. Lt Col David Okello

43. Lt Col Ephraim Mugume

44. Lt Col Dothan Kavuma

45. Lt Col Wycliff Kaita

46. Lt Col Johnson Nuwamanya

47. Lt Col Gedion Katinda

48. Lt Col James Rwegamba

49. Lt Col Robert Mugabe

50. Lt Col John Sentamu

51. Maj. Juma Seiko

52. Maj. John Wasswa

53. Ma. Eric Bazarwagye

54. Maj. Faustino Chalo

55. Maj. Bernard Mbabazi

56. Maj. Vincent Tumwebaze

57. Maj. Christopher Kyanku

58. Maj Ronald Rubinga

59. Maj. James Sajjabi

60. Maj. Innocent Bagarukayo

61. Maj. Jackson Muhindo

62. Maj. Henry Bukenya

63. Maj. Moses David Hitler

64. Maj. Moses Muwakanya

65. Maj. Ronald Kagenyi

66. Maj. Emmy Ekyaruhanga

67. Maj. Sam Ntambirwe

68. Maj. Gonzaga Kworekwa

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