Maj Gen Don Nabasa on Wednesday took over office as the new commander of the Military Police from the outgoing commander Brigadier Keith Katungi.
The ceremony, which took place at the Military Police headquarters in Makindye, Kampala was presided over by the Deputy Chief of Defense Forces, Lt Gen Peter Elwelu.
Gen Elwelu commended the outgoing commander for having performed distinctive as Military Police commander for his one-year tour of duty.
“You ( Katungi) came at a time when we were having a very serious event in our country, the 2021 General elections. It was an important task for the entire country and I have no doubts that you will perform very well in your new assignment in Somalia as Uganda contingent commander under AMISOM,” he said.
Lt Gen Elwelu also reminded the incoming commander ( Nabasa) that his new position is a result of the trust that the authorities placed upon him.
“Don’t play around with titles; they are very important. It means the authorities have put trust in you and still believe in you,” he said.
Brig Katungi expressed gratitude to the president and the UPDF leadership for the trust, confidence and co-operation they accorded him during his tour of duty.
“I thank the commander-in-chief for giving me the opportunity to serve as commandant Military Police brigade but also for the new appointment as the Uganda contingent commander under AMISOM,” Brig Katungi said.
In his acceptance speech, Maj Gen Don Nabasa equally thanked the commander-in-chief and UPDF leader for the opportunity and confidence entrusted in him to command the Military Police Brigade.
President Yoweri Museveni who is also the commander in chief of the UPDF armed forces last month appointed Maj Gen Don Nabasa as the new commander of Military Police.
In the same manner, the president sent Katungi to Somalia to replace Maj Gen Nabasa as the UPDF contingent commander.
Brigadier Katungi previously served as head of the UN Protection Force in Somalia and also led several military operations against the Al-Shabaab. He is expected to report for duty in Somalia early next month.