Army slowly but steadily taking over Kampala’s security

Maj Gen Kayanja Muhanga has been tasked to coordinate the Kampala joint security operations and will be reporting directly to the president, this website has learnt.

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Uncertain of what may happen during and after the January 14 General Elections as well as a fresh memory of what transpired in the country on November 18 and 19, President Museveni is slowly but steadily beefing up the security of the capital city.

In November, over 54 people were killed and a number of properties destroyed after riots broke up in the country with Kampala Metropolitan area suffering the most. This followed the arrest of National Unity Platform Presidential Candidate Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert alias Bobi Wine in the Eastern district of Luuka by police.

Since then, Mr Museveni has on several occasions accused police of being weak and un able to deal with such challenges.

And as a remedy, Gen Museveni has deployed a couple of his blue eyed army personnel to mand the security of the city, the latest of them being Maj Gen Kayanja Muhanga.

Maj Gen Kayanja Muhanga has been tasked to coordinate the Kampala joint security operations and will be reporting directly to the president, this website has learnt.

UPDF deputy spokesperson, Lt Col Deo Akiiki, Friday told the Daily Monitor News Paper that Maj Gen Muhanga will be the overall operations coordinator for all security agencies.

“This means he will be the link between joint operations of the police force, the military and intelligence agencies,” Lt Col Akiiki said on Friday.

Army spokesperson Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso told CBS radio on Friday that Maj.General Muhanga has been brought in to beef security coordination during the January 14 polls and beyond.

“It was resolved that all operations during the election period should involve military and police. There is a team of military and police personnel already prepared purposely to deal with all election-related security threats,” another source is quoted by the Daily Monitor.

Maj.Gen Muhanga comes in just two weeks after Museveni appointed Maj Gen Lokech to replace Maj Gen Steven Muzeyi Sabiiti as deputy IGP. He also joins his fellow army men who are in charge of Kampala.

They include Maj Gen Paul Lokech, deputy IGP; Maj Gen Sam Kawagga, the commander of first division Kakiri; Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda, chief of staff land forces; Maj Gen Abel Kandiho, commander Chieftaincy of military Intelligence; Brig Gen CS Ddamulira, director crime intelligence in police.

Maj.Gen Muhanga recently returned from a one-year course at South Africa’s National Defense College. He has previously served as the commander of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) 2nd Division based at Makenke, in Mbarara District.

For more than two years, Muhanga was the UPDF Contingent commander in Somalia. During his tenure, he battled Al-Shabaab militias that had made AMISOM operations almost impossible with Improvised Explosive Devices commonly known as IEDs.

Maj Gen Muhanga’s assignments have started immediately and it is reported that he coordinated operations for the New Year celebrations in the Kampala metropolitan area.

During his End of Year address, President Museveni revealed he had deployed highly trained units that have been fighting Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) at the DR Congo border and the Al-Shabaab militias in Somalia to deal with security operations in areas which had been regarded as no-go zones for the “weak, corrupt police.”

He added that part of their mission is to deal with hardcore criminals whom said are being used by some opposition politicians to intimidate civilians and wreak havoc in Kampala and other surrounding areas.