Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso named new UPDF spokesperson as Karemire droped

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UPDF representative in parliament Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso has been appointed Defence Spokesperson, replacing Brig Gen Richard Karemire.

The outgoing UPDF spokesperson Brig Gen Richard Karemire confirmed the development.

“Please join me to welcome Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso appointed the Defence Spokesperson following the end of my tour of duty.” Brig Karemire tweeted.

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.” He added.

She was born on December 29, 1971, in the Central Region of Uganda. She attended St. Mathias Kalemba Senior Secondary School, in Nazigo, Kayunga District, for both her O-Level and A-Level studies, according to Parliament website.


Ms Byekwaso was recruited by the Ugandan military 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.

In 2016, at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, she was elected to be one of the ten military men and women who represent the UPDF in the 10th Parliament (2016–2021).


In 2019, in a promotions exercise involving over 2,000 men and women in the UPDF, she was promoted from the rank of Colonel to the rank of Brigadier General and became the second-highest ranking woman in the UPDF, behind Lieutenant General Proscovia Nalweyiso.