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Brig. Gen. Kulayigye Reappointed UPDF Spokesperson

By Marvin Ocol

Unofficial reports indicate that President Yoweri Museveni has reappointed army Member of Parliament, Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye, as the Defense Ministry and army Spokesperson.

The seat fell vacant recently when Brig. Gen. Flavia Byekwaso was nominated and sent to the Defense College in Jinja for a one year course.

Since then, Lt. Col. Ronald Kakurungu has been in acting position.

However, with Kulayigye’s appointment, Lt. Col. Kakurungu returns to his office as Deputy army Spokesperson.

Kulayigye’s appointment also means that he returns to the same office for the second time having served in the same capacity between 2005 and 2013.

The army is yet to confirm Kulayigye’s appointment.

Brig. Gen. Kulayigye

He joined Uganda’s armed forces in 1989, after completing his first university degree. He saw combat in Northern Uganda against the Lord’s Resistance Army. While there, he served as a platoon commander. Later, from 2005 to 2013, he served as the UPDF Spokesperson. Still later, he served as the Chief Political Commissar. In 2016, he was elected to serve as a Member of Parliament representing the UPDF in the 10th Parliament (2016 to 2021). He spent some time in the Presidential Protection Unit, which today is part of the Special Forces Command in the UPDF.

In February 2019, he was promoted from the rank of Colonel to Brigadier, in a military promotions exercise that involved more than 2,000 UPDF men and women.

Additional text adopted from the Wikipedia

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