President Museveni Commissions 203 UPDF Cardets


By Our Reporter

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has told the 203 newly commissioned Ugandan Officers that they should consider themselves fortunate to be part of the officer corps in a force that has made significant contribution to the wellbeing of their motherland and the region.

“Consider being commissioned as officers of the UPDF as a very rear opportunity. UPDF is a force that was historically needed in Uganda, otherwise Uganda would have by now disintegrated. UPDF was able to reverse the declining Uganda because of our Ideology, strategy and discipline. Without any money we were able to build a very strong force which saved Uganda and contributed to regional peace. Therefore, for you to be a part of this is a very great honor and you should not take it lightly or misuse your chances”, said President Museveni.

The President was at Uganda Military Academy- Kabamba in Mubende Distric  where the cadets had completed a year- long  course. Twenty-four of the Commissioned Officers were females and another 20 Somali Nationals under a bilateral arrangement between Uganda and Somalia.  Four medical doctors were commissioned to the rank of Captain and the rest Second Lieutenants.

The President reminded the newly commissioned Officers  that they are members of a liberation army and so should clearly differentiate themselves from the traditional tribal and colonial armies that did not serve the interest of the people. 

“Always be ready to defend Uganda’s democracy, champion patriotism and nationalism on top of embracing and working for Pan-Africanism and socio-economic transformation of our society,” he said.He   further urged them  that  time allowing ,they should engage in  wealth creation activities.

The President advised parents not to expect much from the new officers but rather support them in establishing themselves.

He told the officers to remain focused on their careers, guard against dangers such as HIV in order   to  be successful in their lives. The president noted that there are many new chances available in the UPDF that were not there a few decades ago. He cited the example of Uganda Military Academy that will from this year offer a 3 year- degree program and  soon receive facilities such as additional dormitories to facilitate training.

“In the past, some of us had to go to Mozambique to get knowledge whereas presently knowledge is free here,” he emphasized.

In his remarks, the UPDF Deputy Chief of Defence Forces Lt Gen Wilson Mbadi who represented the Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi, congratulated the officers upon successful completion of a hectic  course but cautioned them against seeking for presumably comfortable deployments. He said the officers should mentally prepare themselves to serve anywhere because their recruitment was based on demand to fill some command positions.

Gen Mbadi further advised them to embrace the spirit of hard work like their predecessors, continuous training, exercise a high degree of discipline and patriotism. He said the Officers should carry out all their assignments with diligence, enthusiasm and maintain good relationship with wanainchi

The Commandant  Brig. Charles Byaruhanga said that the objectives of the training where successfully achieved and that the Officers were equipped with knowledge, skills and UPDF tradition.He however cautioned them to  put into practice what they learnt, pay allegiance and never shame the country.

Four Officers received awards for excelling during the one-year course O/Cadet Abdul Wahab Harun  was best overall student, O/Cadet Sumaya Nangobi best in class,O/Cadet Mutegeki Clovis best in the field, O/Cadet Mugarura John best in  discipline, while O/Cadet Abdullai Ahmed Diiri was the best fraternal student .

The function was attended by the Hon. Minister of State for Kampala Capital City Authority Ms Benna Namugwanya, a delegation from the Federal Government of Somalia led by the  Somalia National Army Deputy Commander Land Forces Brig Abdi Abdullahi Shire, the UPDF  Deputy Commander Land forces  Maj. Gen. Sam Kavuma,the Deputy Commander Airforces Maj Gen. Gavas Mugyenyi and the Chief of Staff Land  Forces Maj Gen Leopald Eric Kyanda and family members of the newly commissioned officers among others.


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