Ex-Amisom boss Lokech forgotten on UPDF promotions list

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Paul Lokech is now a Major General

Paul Lokech was missing on the list of army promotions released Friday featuring over 2,000 soldiers.

Formerly at the rank of Brigadier, Lokech is the the Commandant Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Centre.

UPDF spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire, clarified on Saturday that Lokech has been promoted to Major General.

“His name was inadvertently missing on the first Press Release. Apologies,” Brig Karemire said.

Lokech shares the Major General rank with Elly Kayanja, Leopold Eric Kyanda and Stephen Muzeyi Sabiiti who too have been at the rank of Brigadier.

Elly Kayanja is the former Operation Wembley chief, Sabiiti is the deputy chief of police while Kyanda is the Chief of Staff of the Land Forces in the UPDF.

Museveni promoted his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba also Senior Presidential Adviser for Special Operations to the rank of Lieutenant General.

Lt Gen Ivan Koreta and Lt Gen Joram Mugume were made full Generals.

Lokech

In December 2017, then army 2nd Division commander, Lokech was appointed as the new commander of the UPDF contingent in Somalia.

He replaced Brig Muhanga Kayanja who was in charge of the force in the fragile country since November 2016.

Lokech, a former defence attaché to Russia was among the first contingent commanders in Somalia and he is credited for liberating a number of strategic areas.

In December 2018, Brig Michael Kabango, the 5th Division Commander in Northern Uganda, replaced Lokech as the new UPDF Contingent Commander in Somalia.

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