The SFC is an elite squad that is responsible for protecting the President, his immediate family, and vital national installations such as oil fields. Museveni made the appointment of Muhoozi on Wednesday, December 16, during a national address that saw him make a raft of changes to the military.
The return of Muhoozi at the helm of Uganda’s military operations is seen as a strategic and deliberate move by Museveni to take charge of the security apparatus ahead of the General Election slated for January 14, 2021.
According to Daily Monitor, Muhoozi will also double up as Senior Presidential Adviser on Special Operations, a role that will place him at the helm of Uganda’s most sensitive security operations, high-value military assets, and specialized branches such as marines, air force, paratroopers and artillery brigades.
UGC During his speech which was aired by local media houses, the Uganda leader is said to have warned future protesters against acts of hooligans. Reports also indicated he rebuked the police and the forces for failing on their mandate.
He, however, commended the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) for dealing firmly with “traitors”. “I congratulate the UPDF for defeating the insurrection that the traitors, with their foreign backers, attempted to stage a few weeks ago,” he said as quoted by Daily Monitor.
The National Resistance Movement (NRM) leader was referring to protests that ensued on November 18 and 19 following the arrest of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine.
To harden the security team, Museveni equally brought on bought more a battle-hardened Major General Paul Lokech to deputise the Inspector General of Police. Lokech who was leading the UPDF replaced Major General Muzeyi Sabiiti.