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Lt Col. Deo Akiiki sacked as army deputy spokesperson, replaced with Lt Col Kakurungu

EXCLUSIVE: Latest news coming from the army base confirm that the Deputy spokesperson of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces, Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki has been sacked from his position following a failed public relations campaign to clean up the army image regarding the fateful shooting of Gen. Katumba Wamala which occured earlier this week.

In the event of his sacking, UPDF has appointed Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu the new deputy spokesperson for Defence Ministry and Uganda People Defence Forces (UPDF) with the latter being sent for further training.

The replacement is to be effected immediately as officials say Akiiki has squarely left everything regarding the shootings to be discussed by an inexperienced Brig. Flavia Byekwaso. Army bigwigs are at discomfort with Byekwaso whom they say is still raw in doing fine PR for the UPDF as per her failed NTV Thursday show where she stammered simultaneously and failed to make a point before Patrick Kamara who hosted the ‘On the Spot’ show.

Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu is the New Defence Deputy Spokesperson - SoftPower  News
Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu is the New Deputy Spokesperson of UPDF and Defence Ministry

Col Akiiki has been the deputy army spokesperson since March 2017 when he was appointed to that position.

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“I thank the UPDF Leadership for nominating me to go and further my studies and military career at the Senior Command and Staff College. Karibu Ndugu Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu to take charge of the office of the Deputy spokesperson of the ministry and UPDF,” Col Akiiki tweeted Sunday.

Lt Col Kakurungu has served in various positions as army publicist, including speaking for UPDF second Division.

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