Uganda – Museveni reshapes the security forces and restores his son in charge of elite unit
Madrid, 16 (Europe Press)
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced, Wednesday, the reconfiguration of the security forces leadership less than a month before the upcoming elections and after the recent suppression of protests against the brief detention of the main opposition candidate, Robert Kyagolani, who is popularly known. Like Bobby Wine.
The president’s decision includes appointing his son Mohoose Kainragoraba as head of the Special Forces Command (SFC) – the elite unit responsible for the president’s security – a position he had already held a decade earlier, to replace James Birungi.
Likewise, General Paul Lukesh, who has been charged with overseeing the implementation of the peace process in southern Sudan, has been assigned “number two” to the police in place of Sabeti Mouzii, while Birungi has replaced Lukesh on the mission he has so far been dedicated to.
Muzie is responsible for the recent operations of the security forces during the protests in the capital, Kampala, against the arrest of Bobby Wayne, which resulted in the deaths of more than 50 people, according to the official balance.
Ugandan army spokeswoman Flavia Picwaso confirmed that “it is true that some changes have been made in the security services,” as reported by the Ugandan daily The New Vision.
Kyagulanyi, who is currently a deputy, was arrested at the end of November during an election event in Luuka District on the grounds that the measures in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus had not been met. The famous singer was temporarily released after one day.
Bobby Wayne, the NUP candidate for the January 21 elections, has in recent years become the main opposition figure against Museveni, capitalizing on the strong pull among the country’s youth, whose average age is under 16.
The opponent was arrested several times, while his concerts were banned and his political actions were dispersed with tear gas. On the occasion, he joined former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye to try to defeat the president, who has been in power since 1986.
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