Following his appointment earlier this month, Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye has taken over as the defense and UPDF spokesperson.
He succeeds Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu, who has been serving in an acting capacity since Brig Flavia Byekwaso was sent to the National Defence College in Buikwe for a year’s training last month.
The UPDF’s Chief of Personnel and Administration, Maj Gen George Igumba, spoke at the takeover ceremony and urged the new officer bearer to lead the force to greater heights, citing his energy and charm.
“Bringing back Brig Gen Kulayigye is to add flavour and vigour to what has already been provided. The dynamics have changed and the paradigm has shifted but I remain confident that you will fit in the shoes of those who have been here before you and considering that you have been in the same job before,” Maj Gen Igumba said. Brig Gen Kulayigye previously served as defence spokesperson between 2005 and 2013.
Maj Gen Igumba praised Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu for doing admirably while acting as a fort commander.
“You have been able to hold fort for close to two months and by my standard, you have done well.”
Brig Kulayigye, the new defence spokesperson, thanked the appointing body for putting faith in him for the position.
He also expressed gratitude to Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu for directing the office while he was serving in an acting capacity.
Given that the UPDF is the government’s center of gravity, Kulayigye remarked that the changing circumstances necessitate teamwork, awareness, and maximum cooperation.
Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Defence and the UPDF leadership for entrusting him with the role of spokesperson, and congratulated Brig Gen Kulayigye on his appointment and wished him well throughout his tour of duty.
Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu, the deputy defense spokesperson, has been retained.
The UPDF Land Forces spokesperson, Lt Col Chris Magezi, the Air Force spokesperson, Maj Edward Birungi, public relations officers from military units, and other employees from the defence spokesperson’s office were present at the handover.