President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Lt General Wilson Mbasu Mbadi as the new Chief of Defence Forces (CDF). This draws curtains on Gen. David Muhoozi’s time at the helm of the defense forces following his appointment as State Minister for Internal Affairs.
Lt Gen Mbadi has been serving as the deputy CDF since 2017 as Lt Gen Charles Angina’s appointment to the leadership of Operation Wealth Creation opened gates for him. Mbadi also served as Joint Chief of Staff of the UPDF, which he later handed over to Lt Gen Joseph Masanyufu. Masanyufu has been sent to civil service for redeployment in today’s reshuffle as Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda takes over. Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda has been the Chief of Staff Land Forces.
The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst graduate becomes just the seventh commander of the UPDF since 1989. Previous CDFs include Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, who served from its inception in 1989 for nine years before Gen Jeje Odongo took over up to 2001. Following Odongo’s tenure, the late Maj Gen James Kazini took charge for two years before another since deceased General Aronda Nyakairima steered the force for a decade up to 2013. The mantle was then handed over to General Katumba Wamala before his appointment into the cabinet in 2017 paved the way for General David Muhoozi. Muhoozi has since followed the path of his predecessor.
Meanwhile, army representatives in Parliament Lt General Peter Elwelu will deputize Mbadi according to the new reshuffles in the military. Having been shot to the limelight in November 2016 as he commanded UPDF’s overrunning of the Rwenzururu palace in Kasese, Elwelu has been serving as commander of the land forces and replaced by first son Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Keinerugaba. Maj Gen Sam Okiding will deputize Muhoozi. The Special Forces Commander slot is set to be occupied by Brigadier Peter Chandia, with Maj Gen Sam Kavuma sent to deputize the coordination of Operation Wealth Creation.