Museveni Promotes Special Forces, Military Intelligence Commanders

Brig Don Nabasa

President Museveni has promoted senior army commanders, a move seen as aimed at boosting morale and rewarding excellence in the armed forces.

Officials said the Commander Special Forces Command Colonel Don Nabaasa has been promoted to Brigadier.

The Director Chieftaincy Military Intelligence (CMI) Col Abel Kandiho also was promoted to the rank of Brigadier.

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Army spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire is expected to release the entire promotions list comprising over 300 officers.

Brig Kandiho

The promotions come at a time the military is intensifying training of infantry forces and armoured warfare teams in what President Museveni said is part of NRM’s strategy to create a powerful army.

The promotion of Nabasa and Kandiho comes just a few months after settling in their new jobs.

Kandiho was recently directed by president Museveni to investigate police officers suspected of being involved in criminal activities.

Several cops have been arrested and charged in a military court for kidnap and repatriation of Rwandan refugees without their consent.

Nabasa worked at Luweero Military Industries in Nakasongola District from 1994 to 1998.

After his brief working sojourn at the UPDF military complex in central Uganda, Nabasa joined the army in 1998, commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in 1999 after successfully undertaking the one year Officer Cadet Course at the School of Infantry in Jinja.

Col. Nabasa later trained as a tank commander at the Karama Armoured Warfare Training School in Mubende District, graduating as a tank platoon commander and later on as a tank company (coy) commander between 2000 and 2002.

In 2006, he attended the Junior Command course at the Indian Army War College for Junior Command.

In 2008; he undertook the motorized infantry battalion commander’s course in Jinja.

In 2010, Col Nabasa did the junior staff course for strategic maritime, and anti-terrorism program at the Stennis Center, Mississipi, USA.

Two years later in 2012, Nabasa excelled at the Senior Command and Staff Course College at Kimaka in Jinja, after the one year grueling strategic military program.

Prior to his current position, Col. Nabasa briefly served as the Deputy Special Forces Commander in 2016, from his previous position as the commander 2 SFG.

During his long tour of duty as a Special Forces operator, he has commanded various tactical units of the Special Forces, such as tank platoon, coy and squadron commander and as the Brigade Operations and Training Officer under the then Presidential Guard Brigade (PGB) from 2001 to 2008.

Col. Nabasa was the Commanding Officer of the SFC’s 2 Tank Battle Group from 2008 to 2011.

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