President Museveni has reshuffled top army officers in changes announced on Wednesday night by the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima.
Military sources told Daily Monitor that the Chief of Staff Land Forces, Brig. Charles Angina, has been moved to chair the Military Court Martial. He has been replaced by Brig. Silver Kayemba, who has been the chief of operations and training.
Brig. Angina will replace Brig. Bernard Rwehururu whose term ended early this year. The President last reshuffled heads of chieftainships five years ago and sources say more changes are expected.
The army spokesperson, Lt. Col. Felix Kulayigye, confirmed the changes and described the reshuffle as “tour of duty”.
He said Brig. Angina has been moved to the court martial because of his “born-again” background and the Christian courses he has attended.
He dismissed the notion that Brig. Angina had taken up a “less influential position”. “It’s not, not at all,” said Lt. Col. Kulayigye when asked if the new job is not a demotion.
Brig. Angina, who was elected as one of the 10 UPDF representatives in Parliament, is known to be a strict disciplinarian, especially on cases of corruption.
In other changes, the Chief Political Commissar, Col. Phinehas Katirima, is now the new head of the chieftaincy of sports, education and culture.
He takes over from Col. Jim Wills Byarugaba, who has replaced Brig. Kayemba as chief of training and operations.