Kasese district leaders have called off a function to thank President Yoweri Museveni for elevating his former Aide De Camp Wilson Mbadi to Major General and appointing him Joint Chief of Staff.
On May 23, President Museveni made changes at the top leadership of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces, appointing General Katumba Wamala as Chief of Defence Forces and Lt General Charles Angina as his deputy.
Among other promotions, Mbadi, then a Brigadier and Commander of the Gulu-based 4th Division, was promoted to Major-General and appointed Joint Chief of Staff.
Following the promotion, the Kasese district leadership together with the Elders’ Forum had set Sunday as a thanks giving day for Mbadi’s promotion and President Museveni was to be the chief guest.
The bishops of the Catholic Diocese of Kasese and Anglican Diocese of South Rwenzori were set to lead thanksgiving prayers at Nyakasanga playground in Kasese town. But the organizers shocked residents on Saturday evening when they announced that the function has been postponed because the president has other state engagements.
Mbadi, who spent many years as Museveni’s ADC until November 2012 when he was promoted to Brigadier and sent to head 4th Division, is the highest ranking UPDF officer hailing from Kasese. Another person to have reached that rank is the former army commander Maj. Gen. James Kazini who was killed in November 2009.
The Kasese district chairman Lt. Col. Mawa Muhindo says the president called him and suggested that another date be organized in August. Mawa says the function which also includes thanking the president for maintaining Defense Minister Dr. Crispus Kiyonga in the cabinet, will be held on Sunday August 11th.
The members of the opposition political parties had also threatened to shun the function which they say was aimed at mobilizing for the ruling NRM, but not the general cause for the people of Kasese. They fault the president for failing to make a statement ever since the floods hit the district last month.
One of the minority ethnic communities in Kasese, the Banyabindi, had also planned to boycott the function saying there was no reason to celebrate when government has not answered their demands.