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Gen. Elwelu Tasks New Fourth Division Commander To Work With Local Leaders :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Gen. Elwelu Tasks New Fourth Division Commander To Work With Local Leaders

Gen. Elwelu notes that it would be a waste of time for the army to achieve its role in promoting security if it doesn’t co-opt and work closely with the local leaders and other stakeholders.
Brig Micheal Kabango, (R) the new incoming Fourth Infantry Division Commander recieves office documents from Brig Bonny Bamwiseki in Gulu City on Monday. Photo By Julius Ocungi

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Deputy Chief of Defence Forces Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu has tasked the incoming Fourth Infantry Division Commander to closely work with locals and local leaders to promote security in the region.

Gen. Elwelu notes that it would be a waste of time for the army to achieve its role in promoting security if it doesn’t co-opt and work closely with the local leaders and other stakeholders.

He made the remarks Monday while presiding over the handover of the Fourth Infantry Division Office command from Brig. Bonny Bamwiseki to Brig. Michael Kabango at the Fourth Infantry Division Headquarters in Gulu City.

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Gen. Elwelu also advised the new commander to always connect with his foot soldiers and senior army officers if he is to achieve in his role. He however says the army won’t hesitate to unceremoniously remove him from leadership at the Fourth Infantry Division Headquarters if he performs below expectation.

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He congratulated Brig. Bamwiseki for his new role as a Defence Attaché in Juba, South Sudan, and lauded the remarkable leadership and achievement he attained in curbing insecurity in the region over the past four years.

Brig. Bamwiseki however in his handover remarks emphasized the need for promoting unity and love among the army and the locals citing that without unity, the country can’t achieve security.

He thanked the appointing authorities in the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) for entrusting him with a new position of a Defence Attaché in Juba, a role he says he will execute diligently.

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Bamwiseki will now replace Brig. Richard Otto. Brig. Kabango however pledged to closely work with the various stakeholders in the region arguing that he runs an open-door policy. He also promised his appointing authorities to keep the UPDF torch and the Uganda torch of patriotism burning while serving in the region.

Who is Brig. Kabango?  

Kabango was appointed by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in a mini UPDF reshuffle early this month.

He had been previously working as Chief of the Plans & Operations Unit- Peace and Security Division, Conflict Management Directorate Political Affairs, Peace and Security Department at the African Union.

Brig. Kabango also served as the Fifth Infantry Division Commander in Pader District before being appointed to serve as the UPDF Contingent Commander in Somalia from 2018 until 2020.