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Replacement of Ugandan security officials consistent with president’s rotation strategy, increases likelihood of improved relations with Rwanda

05 March 2018


On 4 March, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced the removals from office of Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura and Security Minister Henry Tumukunde, replacing them with Deputy Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola and General Elly Tumwine, respectively.

Both Kayihura and Tumukunde served alongside President Museveni in the Ugandan Bush War of 1981–86 and had been either appointed or reappointed within the past two years. However, widespread reporting in the Ugandan media of a rivalry between these two security forces figures, amid highly negative coverage of recent incidents of violent crime in the country, had likely become an embarrassment for the president.

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