By Jolly Gwari
The former Commander Special Forces, Maj Gen Don Nabasa has handed over office to his successor Maj Gen James Birungi. The handover and takeover ceremony took place on Wednesday at 10 Marine Battalion headquarters, Entebbe.
According to the statement issued by the UPDF, the Special Presidential Advisor on Special Operations, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba presided over the function.
“Maj Gen. Nabasa in his speech highlighted on some achievements he achieved while in office including; bridging the accommodation gaps by constructing and renovating a host of housing units, conducting skilled and specialized training for troops, built Dr. Ronald Bata memorial Hospital as well as expanding and equipping it with the state of the art machines.
This hospital caters for the militants, their families and the civilian communities around Lunyo Barracks in Entebbe,” the statement said.
Maj Gen Birungi replaced Maj Gen Nabasa as the Commander of Special Forces in a mini-reshuffle announced last week. “Gen. Muhoozi, in his remarks, thanked Maj Gen. Nabasa for a job well done especially in the area of infrastructural development.
He wished him well in his scheduled Defence and Strategic course,” the statement said. Maj Gen Nabasa is going for advanced training at the National Defence College in China. Maj Gen Muhoozi asked Gen Birungi to focus on training of the Special Forces in paratrooping.
Maj Gen James Birungi has urged Special Forces Command (SFC) officers to work closely with him to so as to fulfill their mandate. Maj Gen Birungi thanked the president for entrusting him with the responsibility as SFC commander, adding that he expects all officers to work together to implement their mandate.
The function was also attended by the Commander Land Forces, Lt Gen Peter Elwelu, Deputy IGP Maj Gen Muzeyi Sabiiti, Deputy Commander Airforces, Maj Gen Gavas Mugyenyi, and Deputy Commander of SFC, Col Peter Candia and the Director of Administration SFC, Col. Felix Busizoori among senior SFC officers.