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Museveni Appoints Brig Muhanga to Coordinate Joint Security Operations ahead of Elections

President Museveni has appointed Brigadier General Kayanja Muhanga to coordinate security operations across Uganda as the country prepares for the 2021 general elections.

President Museveni said in a radio message that Brig Muhanga will coordinate UPDF elements deployed in support of Police before, during and after elections allover Uganda. 

Defence spokesperson Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso said the operations aimed at securing the electoral process are police-led.

“And as you know, there are many actors in providing security during this election exercise.  These include ISO, ESO, Joint Taskforces etc.  Muhanga’s role is coordinate these forces so that we can have a peaceful election exercise,” Byekwaso told this website on Friday evening.

President Museveni recently said he was deploying UPDF officers who played key roles in the stabilization of Somalia to bolster security in Kampala.

These include Maj Gen Paul Loketch as Deputy Inspector General of Police and Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba as Special Forces Commander.

These military officers commanded military operations against the deadly Al Shabaab insurgents in Somalia’s Capital, Mogadishu and beyond.

The deployment of the senior UPDF officers in key positions came high on the heels of violent riots which broke out after the arrest of opposition leaders Patrick Amuriat and Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine in November 2020.

The riots sparked fear of possible violence during the 2021 general elections.

President Museveni yesterday warned against violence, saying such acts would be dealt with firmly.

Kampala has in recent weeks seen increased deployment of military personnel to beef up security.

The security forces have often reacted with excessive force, leading to killings which have sparked global outrage.

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Brig Muhanga previously served as the Commander of the UPDF Contingent in Somalia.

He also led the Military Police of UPDF. Before leaving for a course last year, Muhanga was serving as Commander of the Second Division in Mbarara.

He joined the NRA at the rank of Private, serving in that position until NRA captured power in 1986.

He served in the military police unit based in Kasese.

He served in the Presidential Protection Unit (PPU), at the rank of Private from 1986 until 1988.

Following the Junior Cadet Officer Course, he served in the office of the Chief of Combat Operations (CCO), at the rank of Second Lieutenant. He was transferred to the Directorate of Military Intelligence in 1990, serving there until 1993.

From 1993 until 1997, he served as the Intelligence Officer, attached to the UPDF barracks in Mubende.

He was assigned to the Joint Anti-Terrorism Taskforce (JATT), at the rank of Captain.

He was promoted through Major, Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel and was posted to Mogadishu, Somalia, as part of the UPDF contingent to AMISOM.

While there, he commanded Uganda’s “Battle Group Eight” and concurrently served as the deputy commander for the Ugandan contingent in Somalia.

After his tour of duty he served as the Chief of the Military Police in the UPDF, until January 2014.

In January 2014, then Colonel Kayanja Muhanga was appointed Commander of the UPDF Operations in South Sudan where the Ugandan forces defeated Riek Machar’s insurgency aimed at ousting President Salva Kiir.

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