Brig Octavious Buturo yesterday took over as the new General Manager, Luwero Industries, replacing Maj Gen James Mugira.
Luwero Industries is a UPDF firm involved in the production of ammunitions and repair of rifles. The firm also manufactures spare parts of military equipment, portable water and carpentry products, among others.
The firm was established in 1992and is a subsidiary of the National Enterprise Corporation (NEC).
In 1995, Parliament passed a new statute which mandated NEC to produce goods and services for the Defense Forces own consumption.
The handover/ take over function was presided over by the Minister of State for Defence in Charge of General Duties Col. (rtd) Charles Angola Okello.
Buturo, while addressing the staff, commended Mugira for successfully revamping Luwero Industries since his appointment in January 2012.
Luwero Industries was chosen as one of the centres of excellence for the EAC Defence Industries.
Okello implored the new general manager to strive and raise the bar higher by ensuring improved quality of products.
Maj Gen Charles Lutaaya, the Commander Airforce who represented the UPDF congratulated Brig Buturo upon this appointment and urged him to improve on the skills of the personnel in order to achieve better results.
The ceremony which involved a tour of the industrial complex was attended among others the Air Defence Commander Maj Gen Gervase Mugyenyi and Brig Geoffrey Katsigazi, the Land Forces Chief of Staff.
Relatedly, President Gen.Yoweri Museveni has fired two division commanders on suspicion of neglecting their juniors’ grievances which could have caused military coup. The fired senior officers have been identified as Brig.Peter Lotech commander of Makenke and Brig Emma Kanyesigye of Gulu army barracks.
The information got from statehouse reveals that President was bitter with the two commanders after learning that they have refused vehemently to attend to the problems that their juniors were reporting to them like poor feeding, lack of electricity, poor sanitation and salary delays which he said it could have resulted into mutiny. Commander in chief also blamed the two for not reporting the soldiers’ problems to their boss Gen David Muhoozi who is the chief of defence forces to tackle such challenges.
President has directed their deputies to take charge of their offices until the investigations which are being carried out by military council are complete. Some of the junior UPDF soldiers we talked to from Makenke army Barracks revealed their commander one Brig.Peter had even ordered that any soldier who raised such hardships that they were going through to his bosses he would be dealt with decisively in case he is gotten.
Frustrated soldiers decided to pass their grievances through RDCS and other political leaders who briefed the President on the on going sufferings of his soldiers. When M7 got information, he sent a team of investigators to these divisions and later briefed him that there was a boiling problem.