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Gen. Kandiho ‘sacked’ as CMI Boss, replaced by Maj Gen. Birungi

Abel Kandiho’s ‘sacking’ comes just days after Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the UDF Land Forces Commander’s recent visit to Rwanda for a highly private security discussion with President Paul Kagame.

Former CMI Boss Abel Kandiho

KAMPALA, UGANDA: President Museveni, the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces has removed Maj.General Abel Kandiho from his position the head of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), replacing him with Maj Gen James Birungi.

Maj Gen Birungi, the New CMI Commander has been serving on special assignment “to monitor on behalf of the guarantors of the peace process, the assembling, screening, demobilization and integration of the armed forces of South Sudan.”
He has previously served as Commander of the Special Forces Command (SFC) and also as chief of air force staff of Uganda Air Force.

Maj James Birungi named new CMI Boss

Gen Muhoozi, in a tweet, congratulated Kandiho and his replacement on their new positions.
“I congratulate both Maj. General Abel Kandiho and Maj.General James Birungi on their new appointments. Hongera Sana.” he said.

Gen Kandiho who leaves the CMI offices in the dilemma of his recent actions by the US forces is set to be posted to neighboring South Sudan, according to highly placed sources in the forces.

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Abel Kandiho’s ‘sacking’ comes just days after Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the UDF Land Forces Commander’s recent visit to Rwanda for a highly private security discussion with President Paul Kagame.

The neighboring country has constantly accused and directly named Gen Kandiho in alleged harassment and illegal detentions of its citizens.

It is unclear whether the change was directly requested by President Kagame during last weekend’s meeting with Gen. Muhoozi in Kigali.


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