By Watchdog reporter
Today morning in the latest army reshuffle, Col. Felix Kulayigye has been dropped and replaced by Col Henry Matsiko as UPDF chief political commissioner.
Kulayigye was born circa 1964 to Fredrick Semichacha and Regina Abagirinka in Gayaza Village, in Masaka District. The family migrated from Kisoro District, eventually settling in present-day Bukomansimbi District. He is the last-born in a family of nine siblings. His mother died soon after Kulayigye was born and he grew up in an orphanage in Rutshuru in Kisoro District.
He attended several primary school, completing P7 at St. Herman Nkoni Boys’ Primary School in Masaka. He attended Kabalega Secondary School for O-Level and Kololo High School for A-Level. Later, he entered Makerere University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, in 1989. Still later, he studied for a Master of Arts in Economic Policy and Planning.
He joined Uganda’s armed forces in 1989, after completing his first university degree. He saw combat in Northern Uganda against the Lord’s Resistance Army. While there, he served as a platoon commander. Later, from 2005 to 2013, he served as the UPDF Spokesperson.
Still later, he served as the Chief Political Commissar. In 2016, he was elected to serve as a Member of Parliament representing the UPDF in the 10th Parliament (2016 to 2021).He spent some time in the Presidential Protection Unit, which today is part of the Special Forces Command in the UPDF.
Felix Kulayigye is married to Justine Bagonza and together are the parents of three daughters and two sons.