Brig. Gen. Richard Karemire has been replaced by Brig. Gen. Flavia Nalweyiso as spokesperson of the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF). Nalweyiso has become the first female UPDF spokesperson.
Karemire has been assigned to East Africa Community Secretariat as Defence Liaison Officer.
“Please join me to welcome Hon Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso appointed the Defence Spokesperson following the end of my tour of duty. I have been assigned to EAC Secretariat as Defence Liaison Officer. I look forward to working on Integration as the solution for our strategic security,” Brig Karemire tweeted.
Byekwaso is an elected member of parliament representing the UPDF in the 10th Parliament. She is the second-highest ranking woman in the UPDF, behind Lieutenant General Proscovia Nalweyiso.
She joined the UPDF in 2000, starting out as a protocol officer. Over time, she worked in different roles, including as a military assistant, as an administrative officer and as a logistics officer. She spent the years from 2014 until 2016 serving as the Director of Logistics in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces before she was elected to parliament in 2016.