Brigadier Asaph Nyakikuru Mweteise

KAMPALA- The Commander in Chief of Uganda’s armed forces who is also the President, Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has appointed Brigadier Asaph Nyakikuru Mweteise as the deputy commander of the Special Forces Command.

Nyakikuru, who was two months ago promoted from the rank of Colonel to Brigadier, will take over from Brigadier Charity Bainababo.

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Brigadier Bainababo was recently sent to the National Defence College (NDC).

Nyakikuru has been serving as the Special Forces Commando Force commander. He boasts a wealth of experience in Special Forces operations.

Nyakikuru served in critical commando operations in Somalia that saw UPDF dislodge the deeply-entrenched Al Shabaab militants from Mogadishu.

The snipers in Mogadishu scattered the al Shabab at X control Baradi junction east of Mogadishi and Afogooye. The UPDF commandos also saved members of Somalia Parliament when it was attacked by Al Shabaab.

Brig Nyakikuru also commanded commando crack units that thwarted Riek Machar’s attempt to seize power from President Salva Kiir in 2013. 

Nyakikuru also fought in many operations against Allied Democratic Forces in western Uganda as well as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Northern Uganda. 

Asaph Nyakikuru has also been overseeing Camp Rufu in the Kiruhura district, a military facility that specialises in sniper commandos and has recently boosted its manpower. This camp serves as the base for the One Command battalion and the Special Forces training centre.

Additionally, Brigadier Nyakikuru commanded military operations in Kampala during the violent opposition protests that disrupted the 2021 general election campaigns.

Details to follow…