Maj Gen Kavuma named deputy commander Land Forces

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Maj Gen Kavuma

UPDF Major General Sam Kavuma has been appointed the Deputy Commander Land Forces.

Army spokesperson, Brig Gen Richard Karemire, confirmed the development.

Kavuma will be aiding Commander of the UPDF Land Forces Major General Peter Elwelu.

“Land Forces had no deputy. He is the first,” Brig Karemire said.

Kavuma has been serving as the Commander of the UPDF Contingent in Somalia, as part of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM).

He was appointed to that position in October 2014. He replaced Brigadier Dick Olum, who served in that position from September 2013 until October 2014.

Sam Kavuma was born in Central Uganda, circa 1960. He received military training from the National Defence College, Kenya, between July 2012 untul June 2013.

Military career

In 2011, at the rank of Colonel, Sam Kavuma was the Commanding Officer of the UPDF 5th Division, based in Pader, Northern Uganda.

On 18 September 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier.

In July 2013, having recently graduated from the National Defence College, Kenya, Brigadier Kavuma was appointed as “Commander of the Regional Taskforce against the LRA in South Sudan and Central African Republic (CAR)”, replacing Bigadier Dick Olum.

In October 2014, Yoweri Museveni, the Commander in Chief of the UPDF, appointed Brigadier Sam Kavuma, as overall Commander of the UPDF contingent to AMISOM.