President Yoweri Museveni who is also the commander in chief of the armed forces has appointed Brig Felix Kulayigye as the new UPDF and Ministry of Defence spokesperson.
“Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye has been appointed Defence Spokesperson, replacing Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso currently attending National Defence College Uganda. We welcome back Gen Kulayigye to the Office of Defence Spokesperson,”Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu who has been serving in the acting capacity has announced.
Kulayigye replaces Brig Flavia Byekwaso was earlier this year was sent to the National Defence College for a one year course.
Born in 1964, in Masaka Kulayigye has a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Master of Arts in Economic Policy and Planning both from Makerere University.
He joined the army in 1989 after completing his first university degree and served as a commander in the war against Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army(LRA) rebel group in Northern Uganda.
Kulayigye has also in the past served under the Presidential Protection Unit which later metamorphosed to the Special Forces Command(SFC) in the UPDF but also served as the army’s Chief Political Commissar.
In 2016, he was elected as a UPDF representative in the 10th parliament .
He was in February 2019 promoted from the rank of Colonel to Brigadier.
This is Brig Kulayigye’s second stint as UPDF and Ministry of Defence spokesperson, having served in the same position between 2005 and 2013.