Gen. Mbadi will be deputized by Lt. Gen Peter Elwelu, who was has been the Commander of Land Forces.
The New Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen Wilson Mbadi
President Museveni has promoted Wilson Mbasu Mbadi to the rank of General and appointed him Chief of Defence Forces-CDF.
Mbadi replaces General David Muhoozi who was appointed
State Minister for Internal Affairs. Until the latest changes, Mbadi has been Muhoozi's deputy since January 2017.
General Mbadi will be deputized by Lieutenant-General Peter Elwelu who, until today, was the Commander of Land Forces. It is yet another climb in ranks and assignment for Elwelu who was at the rank of Brigadier and commanding the 2nd Infantry Division in 2016 when he led the assault on the palace of Rwenzururu King, Charles Wesley Mumbere.
According to a statement signed by Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso, the UPDF spokesperson, Lt. Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has been appointed Commander
Land Forces. Muhoozi will be replaced by Brigadier Peter Chandia as Special Forces Commander.
President Museveni also appointed Major General Leopold Kyanda who has been the Chief of Staff Land Forces, as the new Joint
Chief of Staff. Kyanda replaces Lieutenant-General Joseph Musanyufu who has been sent to
civil service for redeployment.
Major General Sam Kavuma has been appointed Deputy Coordinator of the
Operation Wealth Creation whereas Major General Sam Okiding is the new Deputy
Commander of Land Forces.
In 2016, General Elwelu commanded the army attack on the Rwenzururu Palace at
the climax of long-standing tension between the government and the Rwenzururu
Kingdom. The attack led to the death of more than 100 people. Last month, General Elwelu, who is also the newly elected Army
Representative in Parliament, said that he did not regret his role in the Kasese attack, arguing that those who died were criminals who deserved to die.
In the other appointments, Brigadier Bob Ogik has been appointed Chief
of Staff of the Land Forces while Brigadier Daniel Kakono is the commander of Filed
Lieutenant-General Charles Angina, who has been the Deputy Coordinator OWC,
has been posted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for deployment.
Major General Kasura Kyomukama has been deployed to the civil service while
Brigadier Charles Kisembo has been appointed Commandant Kyankwanzi
Who is General Wilson Mbasu Mbadi?
The rise of General Wilson Mbasu
Mbadi to the top of the military leadership in Uganda has been a long and
patient journey for an officer many call a gentleman.
Those who have worked with him, or
under him, describe him as quiet, patient and farsighted. They say he cares
about the welfare of every man and woman in uniform. He has served in different
positions in the UPDF, including as Aide de Camp to the President, Fourth
Infantry Division Commander, Joint Chief of Staff (JCOS) and Deputy Chief of
Defence Forces (DCDF). He now moves to the very top of the UPDF ranks.
Born on June 6, 1962, in Kasese
District, Mbadi joined the army in 1986. This makes him the first Chief of
Defence Forces (CDF) of the UPDF who was not directly involved in the
Luwero/Rwenzori Bush War. One would say that President Museveni is, finally,
weaning the UPDF off the bush-war veterans.
General Mbadi is one of the most
trained military officers in UPDF, and one of the very few to have attended the
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, in the United Kingdom. It was at Sandhurst in
1991 that Mbadi was commissioned as a Cadet Officer after successfully completing
a one-year course and coming on top of his class. He also holds a Masters’
Degree in Strategic Studies which he attained in 2007 at the Air War College in
Alabama, United States of America.
In 1992, he attended the Platoon
Commander's Course at the Uganda School of Infantry, at that time located in
Jinja (before it was relocated to Kabamba in Mubende District). In 1994, he
attended the Uganda Junior Staff College, also at Jinja.
Mbadi would attend more courses in
his stellar military career, including the Mobile International Defence
Management Course Zambia in 1998; the Company Commanders’ Course in Tanzania in
1998; the Combat Group Command Course at Armored Corps Center and School, in
Ahmadnagar, India in 2001; the Senior Command and Staff Course at National
Defence College, Kenya in 2004; and the Peace Support Operations Course at
Karen, Kenya in 2004. In 2005, Mbadi went to the University of Nairobi for a
Diploma course in Strategic Studies.
His has been a long journey,
taking him 35 years to move from a non-Commissioned Officer to a four-star
General, but having played a part in training, planning and managing in
different departments of the army he will now head. Between 1987 and 1989,
Mbadi served as a Junior Instructor at Kaweweta and Kabamba Recruit Training
Schools. In 1991, he served briefly as the Officer in charge of Career Planning
in the UPDF. From here, Mbadi moved to the Directorate of Supplies which he
headed from 1997 to 1998. From 1999 to 2000, Mbadi served as a Logistics
Officer and Brigade Administrative Officer for the Armoured Brigade based in
In 2001, Mbadi served briefly as
the Directing Staff at the Uganda Junior Staff College in Jinja before becoming
503 Infantry Brigade Operations and Training Officer from 2001 to 2002.
Mbadi spent the next one year as
the Armoured Brigade Operations and Training Officer before commanding the
Armoured Brigade, in an acting capacity.
In 2005, he commanded the 507
Brigade before moving on the following year to become the Principal Air Staff
Officer in charge of Personnel and Administration at Uganda Peoples Defence Air
Force based in Entebbe.
In 2007, at the rank of Colonel,
Mbadi became Aide-de-Camp to President Yoweri Museveni, a position he held for
five years. In 2012 he was promoted to Brigadier and appointed Commander of the
4th Infantry Division, based in Gulu. It was from here, in May 2013 that moved
back to Kampala to take on a new assignment as Joint Chief of Staff of the
UPDF, at the rank of Major General.
In January 2017, Mbadi was
promoted to Lieutenant-General and appointed Deputy Chief of Defence Forces. It
is from here that he now takes over as Chief of Defence Forces, replacing
General David Muhoozi who was appointed a Minister of State for Internal
Perhaps a sign that he makes
things done, Mbadi has also been sitting on many committees including the UPDF
Medals Committee, UPDF Dress Committee, Defence Forces Duty-free Shop Board of
Directors, Senior Command and Staff College Control Board, Uganda National
Defence College Steering Committee and Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs
Projects Preparation Committee among others.
Between 2015 and 2018, Mbadi was a
member of the Standard Gauge Railway Board of Directors. Before this, he headed
the Uganda Military Engineering College and was a member of the Board of
Directors of the National Enterprise Corporation (NEC), a business arm of the