Special Forces Commander, Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba, is leaving no stone unturned in consolidating relations between the elite force that guards the President and foreign strategic forces.
By Giles Muhame 17/06/2013 20:20:00
Special Forces Commander, Kainerugaba Muhoozi (3rd right) and South African Special Forces officers at Mbuya Hill on June 17
Muhoozi on Monday morning attended a meeting at Ministry of Defence headquarters at Mbuya Hill in Kampala where the General officer commanding the South African Special Forces, Brigadier General Rudzan Maphwanya, paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Defense Forces, General Katumba Wamala.
According to SFC publicist, Capt. Edison Kwesiga, “during the meeting, senior army officers from the two brotherly countries extensively discussed regional security and military cooperation centering on Special Forces.”
Kwesiga further noted that “Uganda and South Africa have a history of military cooperation that dates back to the struggle against Apartheid,” adding, “The NRA (at the time) helped train ANC and PAC militants that were confronting the Apartheid system.”
Brigadier General Maphwanya, who is in Uganda on an invitation by his counterpart, was accompanied by officers from the Special Forces of South Africa.
The Uganda Special Forces Command (SFC) is in charge of the artillery wing, air force and mechanized units of UPDF.
It is important to note that Muhoozi in June 2012 completed a six-month Executive National Security programme training course at the prestigious South African National Defence College.
It was the 25th intake that saw Muhoozi take part in extensive research, discussions about national security trends on the continent and various fields of study in the social, economic and security fields.
Muhoozi’s graduation was attended by President Yoweri Museveni and First Lady, Janet Museveni.
During a dinner hosted by the college authorities in honour of the grandaunts, their parents and spouses, South African Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency, Mr Collins Chabane commended Museveni and the Government of Uganda under the National Resistance Movement for the “assistance extended to the South African Freedom Movement struggle.”
He said South Africa will never forget the immense contributions that Uganda made towards the liberation of their country.
“Our people and the ANC government will never forget that committed contribution. It was critical in the liberation of our country and we are indebted to you for the realization of our independence in 1994,” he said.