Museveni Names New Air force Bosses

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Brigadier Samuel Turyagenda is the new Uganda People's Defence Air Force (UPDAF) commander while Col. Charles Lutaya has been named as the UPDAF’s Chief of Staff.

Brigadier Samuel Turyagenda is the new Uganda People's Defence Air Force (UPDAF) commander while Col. Charles Lutaya has been named as the UPDAF’s Chief of Staff.

Brigadier Turyagenda takes over from Lt. General Jim Owoyesigire who has been deputising. Col. Charles Lutaya fills in Brigadier Moses Rwakitarate’s role.

Lt. General Jim Owoyesigire and Brigadier Moses Rwakitarate have been recalled to Bombo General Military Headquarters for further deployment.

The changes have been confirmed by Lt. Moses Omayo Ogero, UPDAF spokesperson.

He says the changes are immediate and two generals handed over their offices today.

The reshuffle comes two days after the commission that the president appointed to investigate the fatal UPDF August helicopter crashes tabled its report before the commander-in-chief.

The army lost seven air force personnel and three MI-24 attack helicopters during the crash which occurred on August 13th. The helicopters were en-route to Somalia to participate in the AMISOM fight against the al-shabaab terrorists.

The crash was initially blamed on bad weather but President Museveni issued a public statement shortly after the crash dismissing the suggestion that bad weather could have caused the crashes.

The president thereafter appointed a commission of inquiry headed by his brother Gen. Salim Saleh to investigate the crash.

The team reportedly handed over the report to the president on Friday.

Lt. Omayo, however, denies that that the removal of the top commanders is in any way connected with the commission’s report.

Omayo claims the reshuffles are normal and would have had to happen at some point.

 

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