By Uganda Oline Media
Kampala: President Museveni who is also a commander in chief of the armed forces has appointed Maj Gen Charles Okidi as the new UPDF Air Force deputy commander, Brig-Gen David Gonyi Chief of Staff Airforce ”The President aJust in: H.E The President and C-In-C of UPDF has made the following appointments. Maj Gen Charles Okidi Deputy Commander Airforce, Brig-Gen David Gonyi Chief of Staff Airforce, and Col Abdul Rugumayo Deputy CMI.
”The President aJust in: H.E The President and C-In-C of UPDF has made the following appointments. Maj Gen Charles Okidi Deputy Commander Airforce, Brig-Gen David Gonyi Chief of Staff Airforce, and Col Abdul Rugumayo Deputy CMI”. the army spokesperson, Brig Felix Kulayigye confirmed in a tweet.
Maj Gen Okidi has been serving as the air force Chief of Staff, a position he took over in 2019, replacing then Maj Gen Paul Lokech who had been appointed as special envoy to South Sudan.
In the latest changes, Maj Gen Okidi has been replaced by Brig David Agonyi as Chief of Staff in the air force whereas Col Abdul Rugumayo has been appointed as the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence deputy commander.
Maj Gen Okidi has for a long-time served as a pilot to President Museveni but also previously as the Director Operations at the Air Force headquarters in Entebbe.
He also served as Nakasongola Air force wing commander, Entebbe Air force wing commander, Squadron commander, and Officer Commanding Operations at Entebbe Air force wing.
Meanwhile, Rugumayo has been serving as Deputy General Manager Luwero industries. He replaces Brigadier CK Asiimwe who was recently sent on training in a shake-up of the military intelligence services over the Uganda-Rwanda conflict.
Rugumayo previously served as intelligence chief for Uganda’s military operation against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in northern Uganda. At the time, Rugumayo was stationed at Gulu-based UPDF 4th Division.
Rugumayo will now deputize Maj Gen James Birungi who recently took over from Maj Gen Abel Kandiho.
Brig Gen David Gonyi who has taken over as Chief of Staff Airforce previously served on the UPDF military court-martial.