By Wilson Kamukono
Former SFC commander Maj Gen Don Nabasa will now head the Ugandan Contingent in Somalia. This has been revealed in the most recent UPDF reshuffle that sow the Commander in chief Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni also replace Brig Richard Karemire, the immediate former UPDF spokesperson with Brig Flavia Byekwaso.
Nabasa was in 2019 relieved of duties as the Special Forces commander and taken on course in China’s defense academy. He was replaced by Maj Gen James Birungi.
He returned from course in June this year. In a communication released by the president on Saturday, Nabasa has been appointed the contingent commander of the AMISSOM, the joint force that keeps peace in Somalia.
Who is Don Nabasa
Born in the early 1970’s to Mzee Gershom Nvuma and Mrs. Jeres Kasema Nvuma of Buremba Kazo in Kiruhura District, Brig. Nabasa is the second last born in a family of 10 children.
He attained his early education at Buremba primary school in Kiruhura.
Brig. Nabasa received his secondary education first at Nyakasura High School in Fort Portal and later Kololo High School in Kampala, before joining Nkumba University, whereupon he graduated in accounting in 1994. After his university education, he worked at Luweero Military Industries in Nakasongola District from 1994 to 1998.
After his brief working sojourn at the UPDF military complex in central Uganda, Brig. Nabasa joined the army in 1998, commissioning as a Second Lieutenant the following year in 1999 after successfully undertaking the one year Officer Cadet Course at the School of Infantry in Jinja.
After his cadet course, Brig. Nabasa trained as a tank commander at the Karama Armoured Warfare Training School (AWTS) in Mubende District graduating as a tank platoon commander and later on as a tank company (coy) commander between 2000 and 2002.
In 2006, he attended the Junior Command course at the Indian Army War College for Junior Command, in 2008; he undertook the motorized infantry battalion commander’s course in Jinja. In 2010, Brig. Nabasa did the junior staff course for strategic maritime, and anti-terrorism program at the Stennis Center, Mississipi, USA. Two years later in 2012, Nabasa excelled at the Senior Command and Staff Course College at Kimaka in Jinja, after the one year grueling strategic military program.
Prior to serving as the Commander of the Special Forces, Nabasa briefly served as the Deputy Special Forces Commander in 2016, from his previous position as the commander 2 SFG.
During his long tour of duty as a Special Forces operator, he has commanded various tactical units of the Special Forces, such as tank platoon, coy and squadron commander and as the Brigade Operations and Training Officer (BOTO) under the then Presidential Guard Brigade (PGB) from 2001 to 2008. Brig. Nabasa was the Commanding Officer of the SFC’s 2 Tank Battle Group from 2008 to 2011.
Brig. Don Nabasa is married to Isabella Kampororo Nabasa and they have been blessed with five children.
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