Tuesday March 8 2011

Top army spies moved

By Risdel Kasasira

The Military Intelligence boss, Brig. James Mugira, has reshuffled top army intelligence officers, military sources have said.

In the latest changes announced on Sunday, the UPDF contingent intelligence officer in Somalia, Lt. Col. Irumba Tingira, has been recalled to the headquarters as director counter intelligence.

He will be replaced by Lt. Col Henry Isoke who has taken over as the new intelligence officer of the Ugandan peacekeepers in Somalia.
Col. Isoke has been the Director-Counter Intelligence based at the headquarters since December 2008 and he now takes over the new challenge of spying on Somali insurgents.

The army spokesperson, Lt. Col Felix Kulayigye, said the withdrawal of Col. Tingira from Somalia has nothing to do with the increased attacks by the al Shabaab on the African Union peacekeepers’ positions in Mogadishu.

“He has been there for three years and that (long time) explains that he diligently executed his duty. We call his return, a tour of duty. He has been in Somalia for long and he needs to come back home,” Col. Kulayigye said.

In other changes, Lt. Col Abdu Rugamayo, who has been the regional intelligence officer in eastern Uganda, is now the new Intelligence officer of the UPDF operations in DR Congo and Central African Republic.

Maj. Abel Akolot, formerly working as Director Intelligence of Land forces, is now the Principal Staff Officer in the office of the deputy CMI. He has been replaced by Lt. Col. Serunjoji Damulira who has been based the headquarters as Principal Staff Officer.

Maj. Muwonge is the new deputy Joint Anti-Terrorism Unit and has replaced Maj. Abel Kanduho. Maj. Bruce Muwonge, who has been the regional Intelligence Officer, western Uganda, will be replaced by Capt. Sam Twine.

The 4th Division Intelligence Officer, Capt. Opira, has been replaced by Capt. Julius Ahebwa. When asked why there are changes at the CMI headquarter and divisions, Col. Kulayigye said: “Reshuffling one officer is like playing cards or chess game because removing one will definitely affect others,” he said.