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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 Artillery Division.

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 Political School.

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 Masaka.

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 Affairs.

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 UPDF.

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