Col Keith Katungi has officially taken over as Commandant Military Police from Brigadier William Bainomugisha at Makindye Military Police headquarters, Chimp Corps report.
Katungi has been serving as commander of the 309 Brigade in Kasese district.
The force is tasked with securing the critical Albertine area where oil production is expected to commence in the near future.
The area is being threatened by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Presiding over the ceremony, the Commander Land Forces Lt Gen Peter Elwelu thanked the outgoing for the job well done for having kept Kampala peaceful during his tenure in office.
For the incoming commandant he congratulated him upon his appointment as commandant military police.
“You have taken over in a season of its own kind, a season of miracles where people put on masks, no state visits, schools closed, places of worship closed, no shaking hands and empty soccer stadiums. We are operating in an extra ordinary environment which need new tactics but we have hope in you and you will excel,” said Elwelu.
He reminded Col Katungi that UPDF and military police have a divine task of maintaining peace and stability of the country given from heaven, therefore when in the uniform they have a divine call.
He called upon local leaders to work hand in hand with the new commandant as they are the pillars in ensuring peace and stability.
Brigadier Bainomugisha thanked the Army leadership for the opportunity to serve as commandant for a period of 2 years and team spirit exhibited by the officers and men of military police which enabled him excel. He called upon them to accord the same to Col Katungi.
The new commandant Col Keith Katungi expressed his willingness to serve and build on to what his predecessors have achieved.
He added that it was a pleasure for him to “serve my country in this new appointment” and promised to “execute my tasks and mission diligently.”
Katungi previously served under the Presidential Guard Brigade which later metamorphosed into Special Forces Command.
He also participated in the disarmament exercise in Karamoja and fought ADF rebels in the Rwenzori areas.
Katungi further led military units in Somalia that fight and defeated Al Shabaab, leading to the capture of Mogadishu from the terrorists.
He recently completed his National Defence Course U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Pennsylvania.