UPDF Disbands Black Mamba

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The Uganda People’s Defence Force – UPDF has disbanded the former Black Mamba and deployed the personnel to different divisions.

The Uganda People’s Defence Force – UPDF has disbanded the former Black Mamba and deployed the personnel to different divisions.

Uganda Radio Network has learnt that the disbandment of the Black Mamba, who are commonly referred to as Warriors in the UPDF circles, started after Brigadier Charles Bakahumura took over as the new Chief at the Directorate of Military Intelligence.

Brigadier Bakamuhura took over after Brigadier James Mugira was moved to head the army industries in Nakasongola.

The Black Mamba came to prominence when they surrounded the High court in Kampala with their specialized assault rifles on March 1, 2007. They then re-arrested the five suspects of the People’s Redemption Army – PRA who had just been released on bail on charges of treason and terrorism.
 
Former Principle Judge James Ogoola has since authored a poem entitled Cannibal to remember the incident that shocked the Judiciary.

A source close to the unit says members of the Black Mamba, who have specialised training in operating special guns like sniper rifles, have been transferred to different UPDF divisions.

Defense and Army spokesperson Colonel Felix Kulayigye avoided answering whether the unit had been disbanded when URN contacted him on Thursday.

Kulayigye explained that as long as someone is in the UPDF they can be transferred anywhere. Kulayigye argued that each has a chapter they contribute to the story called the UPDF and when the leadership chooses to move you it it’s professional to do so.

Kulayigye however avoided saying the Black Mamba had been disbanded.

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Kulayigye agreed that there was new leadership at the military intelligence directorate who he thinks might have found it necessary to make certain changes.

Kulayigye agreed that the in UPDF one can be moved anywhere adding that it serves an individual best to accept the movement.

 

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