Uganda Military Intelligence Chief Abel Kandiho dismissed from office

Uganda Military Intelligence Chief Abel Kandiho dismissed from office

File photo of Major General Abel Kandiho.

  • Following his dismissal, Major General Abel Kandiho will be given a new position in South Sudan.
  • His counterpart, Major General James Birungi, is set to take over his responsibilities.  

Uganda’s Chief of Military Intelligence Major General Abel Kandiho has been dismissed from office following the United State’s earlier decision to impose sanctions on the military man over alleged human rights infringement.

According to multiple reports, Kandiho will be given a new position in South Sudan with his counterpart, James Birungi, set to take over his responsibilities.  

 "I congratulate both Maj.General Abel Kandiho and Maj.General James Birungi on their new appointments. Hongera sana," UPDF land forces commander, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba said on his Twitter page on January 25.

According to Kampala’s Treasury, military personnel violated the rights of Ugandan citizens during Kandiho’s time in charge. The Nation also reports that civilians who were apprehended by Kandiho’s unit were held illegally and subjected to torture and other dreadful acts.

The announcement comes just days after President Museveni’s son, Lt Gen Muhoozi, made a State visit to Rwanda where he was received by President Paul Kagame. The Kagame-led nation had in the past accused Kandiho of having ties with the nation’s rebel forces. 

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