Uganda replaces army spy chief facing US sanctions
Uganda’s military spy chief Maj Gen Abel Kandiho has been removed from his position weeks after the US imposed financial sanctions on him over alleged human rights abuses.
According to an Uganda army statement, Maj Gen Kandiho, who was replaced as head of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) by Maj Gen James Birungi, has been posted to South Sudan to head the Security Monitoring Mechanism.
The transfer comes just days after President Yoweri Museveni’s son, Lt Gen Kainerugaba Muhoozi, visited Rwanda for talks with President Paul Kagame – a trip that marked warming relations between the neighboring countries after years of tensions.
Rwanda had earlier accused Maj Gen Kandiho of working with its dissidents.
Maj Gen Kandiho’s deputy has also been redeployed – to head the State House Anti-Corruption Unit.