President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who is also the Commander -in-Chief of

the Armed Forces, has promoted Brigadier Joseph Musanyufu to the rank of Major General and appointed him the Joint Chief of Staff (JCOS) of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces.

Maj Gen Musanyufu has been the Chief of Personnel and Administration (CPA) of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces since 2014. Prior to that, he held several appointments in the defence forces with the recent ones being the Chief Comptroller Finance of the UPDF and later the Chief of Integrated Resource Management Information System. He joined the National Resistance Army in August 1985.


The new Joint Chief of Staff has done several mainstream courses of the Army, notably Staff College from the USA and National Defence College, India.

Major General Joseph Musanyufu is taking over the Office of JCOS from Lt Gen Wilson Mbadi who was two days ago promoted from the rank of Major General to Lieutenant General and appointed the Deputy Chief of Defence forces.

The Joint Chief of Staff of the UPDF is responsible for control and administration of the Defence Forces, Coordinating all functions of the UPDF General Headquarters branches, implementing policies as laid down by High Command, plan for developing the force and maintenance of disciplinary standards of the force.


The UPDF fraternity congratulates Maj Gen Joseph Musanyufu upon his promotion and new task as the joint chief of staff of the force.