Museveni appoints Maj Gen Okidi as new deputy commander of air force

President Museveni’s commander in chief of the armed force has appointed ‘Maj Gen Okidi’ as a new UPDF (Uganda People’s Defence Force) Air Force deputy commander.

“The President and Commander in Chief of the UPDF have made the following appointments, including Maj Gen Charles Okidi as Deputy Commander Airforce,” said army spokesman Brig Felix Kulayigye Thursday evening.

Maj Gen Okidi has been serving as the air force chief of Staff since 2019, taking over for then-major general Paul Lokech, who had been appointed as a special envoy to South Sudan.

In the most recent changes, Maj Gen Okidi has been replaced as Chief of Staff of the Air Force by Brig David Agonyi. In contrast, Col Abdul Rugumayo has been appointed as the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence deputy commander.


Maj Gen Okidi has long served as President Museveni’s pilot, and before that, he served as the Director Operations at the Air Force headquarters in Entebbe.

He also did work as a Nakasongola Air Force wing commander, Entebbe Air forces wing commander, Squadron commander and officer Commanding Operations at Entebbe Air force wing.

President Museveni:

Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni is the ninth and current President of Uganda. He is a Ugandan politician and retired senior military officer.

Before assuming power in 1986, Yoweri Museveni was involved in rebellions that deposed Ugandan presidents Milton Obote and Idi Amin.

Brig Gen David Gonyi has been appointed as a chief of Staff Airforce.

Col Abdul Rugumayo has been appointed deputy chieftaincy of military intelligence (CMI).

“Many congs to the generals and senior officers stated that Defence spokesperson ‘Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye.”