KAMPALA — President Museveni has sacked Brig. Gen Flavia Byekwaso while on a one-year study leave at the newly established National Defence College in Jinja District.
The President, also the Commander in Chief of the armed forces, replaced Byekwaso with Brig. Gen Felix Kulayigye who previously occupied the position for over 8 years between 2005 to 2013.
Brig Flavia Byekwaso who faced wide criticism while in office has only manged one year and some few months.
Meanwhile, the new UPDF spokesperson, Kulayigye was the Political Commissar of the UPDF and a Member of Parliament, representing the UPDF.
He joined Uganda’s armed forces in 1989, after completing his first university degree.
He saw combat in Northern Uganda against the Lord’s Resistance Army. While there, he served as a platoon commander.
Later, from 2005 to 2013, he served as the UPDF Spokesperson.
Still later, he served as the Chief Political Commissar.
In 2016, he was elected to serve as a Member of Parliament representing the UPDF in the 10th Parliament 2016 to 2021 but dropped in 2021 after he seemed to have sided with National Unity Platform President Robert Kyagulanyi.
Kulayigye also spent some time in the Presidential Protection Unit, which today is part of the Special Forces Command in the UPDF.
In February 2019, he was promoted from the rank of Colonel to Brigadier, in a military promotions exercise that involved more than 2,000 UPDF men and women.