President Museveni Passesout UPDF Trainees

Saturday 25th August 2018

President Yoweri Museveni and Commander-in-Chief of the Uganda Armed Forces has urged Uganda People’s Defence Forces’ (UPDF) soldiers to observe personal discipline and guard against being entrapped into risky life styles so that they are able to serve their country longer.
The President was yesterday passing out 3,958 newly recruited UPDF soldiers who have completed their one-year training at the Kaweweta-based Oliver Reginald Tambo Military Barracks in the Central Region’s Nakaseke District. 136 soldiers are female.
The new soldiers include 108 who are university graduates, 500 have Advanced Level School Certificate; 300 possess Ordinary Level School Certificate while a number of others have Diplomas and Certificates.
Gen. Museveni told the soldiers that they had joined a force of great history because the area in which they had undergone their one-year training is the spot where the then National Resistance Army (NRA) and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) derived its political victory. He used the occasion to assure the people of Uganda that their country is secure.
“The future of Uganda is secure because it has a force to guard it. The only challenges are political indiscipline by some politicians, crime in towns and corruption,” he said.
The President said that of late, Ugandan exports to Kenya worth US$800 million are more than her imports from that country adding that the Ugandan economy is growing because of the peace that the Army ushered into the country.
Gen. Museveni, once again, warned against acts of land evictions, especially in Buganda Region, saying that the 1993 Land Act should be the basis on which land issues should be premised so that landowners and tenants strike mutual dialogue.
State Minister for Veteran Affairs, Retired Lt. Col. Bright Rwamirama congratulated the newly trained soldiers upon successfully completing the course. He also commended their parents for supporting their sons and daughters.
The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. David Muhoozi informed the new soldiers their training had provided them with the foundation for polished skills to aid them while in service as they look forward to undergoing further training in the future taking discipline and ideological orientation as important tools.
Camp Commandant, Brig. Charles Byaruhanga, commended the trainees for choosing to put aside their personal ambitions and opt serve as guarantors of peace their country, adding that "the democracy of this country should be protected and not threatened."
The best performing trainees in the areas of performance and tactical ability; knowledge and skill as well as skills relating to theory in the field were recognized and given awards.
Earlier, the President witnessed numerous skills in military demonstrations that the new soldiers have acquired during their training such as range shooting and rifle assembling, among others. ENDS