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Museveni appoints Maj Gen Nabasa as UPDF’s Third Infantry Division Commander

Nabasa, who previously served as Commander Special Forces, replaces Brig Gen Joseph Balikuddembe who will undergo a strategic course at National Defence College-Uganda.

UPDF's new Third Infantry Division Commander, Maj Gen Nabasa (Photo/File)

KAMPALA, UGANDA: President Museveni, the Commander in Chief of the UPDF armed forces elevated and appointed Maj Gen Don Williams Nabasa as the new commander of the army’s third Infantry Division in Moroto, North-Eastern Uganda.

Gen Nabasa, who previously served as Commander Special Forces replaces Brig Gen Joseph Balikuddembe who earlier this week was sent to the National Defence College course in Jinja to undergo a strategic leadership course.

In the mini reshuffle that was confirmed by the defence spokesperson Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye, Gen Museveni also transferred and appointed six senior officers in command and administrative positions of the UPDF.

Other appointed are; Brig Gen James Kinalwa who is now the Chief of Personnel and Administration in the UPDF replacing Brig Gen Eugene Ssenkumba Ssebugwawo who has been appointed as the Head of National Emergency coordination centre at the Office of Prime Minister (OPM).

Additionally, Brig Gen William Beinomugisha who has been the commandant of the 5th Infantry Division now named Commandant Military Police and Brig Keith Katungi from Somali appointed commandant 5th Infantry Division.

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As the Third Infantry Division Commander, Maj Gen Nabasa will oversee all UPDF operations in the mineral-rich restive sub-region in North-Eastern Uganda.

Nabasa has lately been coordinating intelligence-led operations against armed cattle wrestlers in the volatile region, recovering dozens of guns and capturing hundreds of warriors. 

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The army reshuffle comes barely a week after the tragic shooting of ex-state minister for defence (rtd) Col Charles Engola who was gunned down by his personal bodyguard Pte Wilson Sabiiti in Kyanja, a Kampala suburb.

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