The latest security intelligence indicates that Gen Yoweri Museveni, the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces is pondering replacing his Chief of Defence Forces [CDF] Gen Katumba Wamala.
The Chief of Defense Forces of Uganda is the highest military rank in the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF).
Katumba who hails from Bweeza, Kalangala District, Ssese Islands has held that position 2013.
He had earlier served as Commander of Land Forces in the UPDF from 2005 to 2013 and Inspector General of Police (IGP) of the Uganda Police Force, the highest rank in that branch of Uganda’s government, from 2001 until 2005.
Katumba who was replaced as IGP by General Kale Kayihura, was the first active UPDF soldier to serve as the head of the Uganda Police Force.
A highly placed military source says Museveni is thinking of about replacing Katumba with two now senior officers, Lt Gen Charles Angina and newly promoted Major General Muhoozi Kainerugaba.
The source says Lt Gen Angina who is already serving as the deputy Chief of Defence Forces [DCDF] will be elevated to full General and made full CDF.
Muhoozi has just been elevated from Brigadier to Major General [a third topmost rank] in the army, so he can occupy the office of deputy CDF.
Museveni’s plan, according to report, is to put Muhoozi fully in charge of the armed forces.
The First Son has been in the shadows for long only serving as commander of the Special Forces Command [SFC] that is in charge of protecting the president, First Lady, vice president and key security installations.
His deputy Muzeeyi Sabiti who was supposed to go to USA for further training [before the US embassy reportedly denied him a visa] has been promoted to the rank of Brigadier.
The source says Sabiti will soon be replacing his boss Muhoozi as commander of SFC or a divisional commander at worst once the first son takes his new job as deputy CDF.
“The president feels Muhoozi is not doing enough because he has been kept in the shadows,” the source said.
Angina’s appointment hinges on two factors; firstly, fear of compromise, internal intrigue and nepotism/favouritism if Muhoozi was swiftly named full CDF.
Opposition has in the past criticised the president for rushing Muhoozi through the ranks. To get to CDF, he would have had to jump two ranks [Major General and Lieutenant General].
Secondly, Angina’s appointment is also aimed at achieving regional balancing in the top leadership of the armed forces.
The current CDF Wamala comes from central region, he replaced the late General Aronda Nyakairima [western Uganda] who served as CDF up to 2013.
Aronda in 2003 replaced Maj. Gen. James Kazini [western Uganda] and then army commander.
Kazini had taken the command role from Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu [western Uganda] who served up to 1998.
Angina (born 29 March 1962) holds the second-highest military position within the Uganda People’s Defense Force.
He was appointed to that position in May 2013, replacing General Ivan Koreta, who was appointed an Ambassador.
He was born on 29 March 1962, in Bukedea District, Teso sub-region, in Eastern Uganda.
Angina joined the Uganda Army in 1983.
Following a one year Officer Cadet course, he was commissioned in 1985. He attended several military courses; National Defense Course, China in 1998, Command and General Staff Course (CGSC), United States in 2000, Course on Military and Media in a Democracy, University of Kansas in 2000, Joint Tactical Command Course, China and Combined Platoon Commander Course, North Korea.
Early in his military career, he served as an Aide de Camp.
He went on to serve as an Intelligence Officer, Platoon Commander, Operational Intelligence Officer Combined Mobile Forces and as 4th Division Intelligence Officer.
From there, he served as Operations Coordinator 2nd Division, then he served as the 305th Brigade Commander and as Commander of the 2nd Division, after that.
During the Ituri conflict, Charles Angina served as Sector Commander Ituri region, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
He then became Sector Commander Basankusu during Operation Safe Haven[disambiguation needed] in the DRC.
From there he served a Military Adviser in the United Republic of Tanzania.
He then transferred to the Embassy of Uganda in Washington, DC, as the Military Attache.
He was then appointed Chairman of the General Court Martial of the UPDF.
Before he assumed his current position, he served as Chief of Staff of Land Forces of the Uganda People’s Defence Force.
He is a Member of Parliament, representing the UPDF.
He is a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Privileges and Discipline.