Uganda replaces army spy chief facing US sanctions

Uganda’s military spy chief Major General Abel Kandiho has been removed from his position weeks after the US imposed financial sanctions on him over alleged human rights abuses.

Major General Kandiho, who was replaced as head of Chieftancy of Military Intelligence (CMI) by Major General James Birungi, has been posted to South Sudan to head the Security Monitoring Mechanism, according to a Ugandan army statement.

The transfer comes just days after President Yoweri Museveni’s son, Lt General Kainerugaba Muhoozi, visited Rwanda for talks with President Paul Kagame – a trip that marked warming relations between the neighbouring countries after years of tensions.

Rwanda had earlier accused Major General Kandiho of working with dissidents.

Major General Kandiho’s deputy has also been redeployed – to head the State House Anti-Corruption Unit.

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