Today there been several of reappointments within the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF). What is unique is that Maj. Gen. Abel Kandiho is appointed to be the head of South Sudan Security Monitoring Mechanism. This is clearly giving him a less visible and viable position, as he is sanctioned and questioned by neighbouring Rwanda for interference there.
Therefore, the appointment of Maj. Gen. James Burungi in his place as the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) is the big catch of the day. His the former commander of Special Forces Command (SFC) and been the head of South Sudan Security Monitoring Mechanism until today. Nevertheless, these two are just changing positions.
While, the new Director of Criminal Investigations is the newly promoted Tom Magambo who today went from being a private within the Internal Security Organization (ISO) to become Major and the DCI. That’s really a unique rise and special manner of jumping ranks within the army. As he has skipped several of promotions to get there.
One of the few mentions of Magambo in the press is back in 2013, as a part of a ISO team and being the one in-charge of the political affairs within ISO. Therefore, his tireless and years of putting in work has paid-off. As his went from ISO to become the DCI. Back then he was just in mention, as a part of a team, but now his risen to prominence.
The only other things that’s been reported by unverified sources, is that Magambo is known for bloating up budgets within the ISO with ghosts assets, which gives him a huge cut and up to 80 million shillings a month in the bank. While he is the one who has informants and control of the classified information within the organization. He is supposed behind plenty of the leaks to the media about the ISO operations and missions. If that is true… then the DCI will be in for a reckoning and not for the betterment.
The appointments of CMI and DCI is clearly done to get loyal men in-charge. Where the President wants more cronies and such. However, the appointment of Magambo is the most worrisome. As his way over his head and must have some sort of spell on the UPDF or the President. Since he could jump ranks like a magician. He must have some sort of brief intelligence and informants, who has either scared someone or possible given him leverage for a better position. Because, it is hard to make any sort of sense of it. Unless, his betrothed to one of daughters of His Excellency… with that in mind… it would all make sense. Alas, that is all mere speculations, as this appointment is mind-boggling. Peace.