By Spy Uganda
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who is also the Commander In Chief of Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) continues to encourage members of the army to emphasize patriotism, keep themselves healthy and continuous learning to seek for knowledge while executing their duties.
“I hear that you spend a lot of time on social media. Are you chatting with people who are knowledgeable or you’re exchanging ignorance? If you take those three things seriously, you’ll be very far,” H.E Museveni said.
The President was speaking at Uganda Military Academy Kabamba in Mubende district at the commissioning a total of 295 officer cadets, intake 06 of 2023 short and three-year cadet course intake 02/2022-2023 from the UPDF Land and Air forces respectively.
“I congratulate you on finishing the course and I wish you prosperous careers where you’re heading,” the President said, adding that the UPDF has now covered many aspects of national defense and now working on strengthening their presence in the space and more effort in consolidating the marine forces to cater for many parts of Uganda covered by fresh waters.
“Otherwise, the force is now becoming more and more comprehensive in terms of capacity to deal with all types of threats. And once we launch our satellite, it will reenforce what we already have, because what the satellite does, it gives you eyes from up. We have some eyes there but we can have more with the satellite,” H.E Museveni added.
“The land forces, infantry, artillery, armoured, air-force are all developed now. Therefore, now that you’re in this type of force, your future is bright. I’m very happy and congratulate everybody,” H.E Museveni told officer cadets while reassuring them that even the issue of pay is now being addressed.
“Before the Generals retired, we decided that it’s not correct for our long serving fighters to retire with inadequate support. That’s why we insisted and the government gave us the money and from the rank of Major going upwards, the pay has been improved and the retirement package. Therefore, working for the country in the armed forces should become easier for members of the UPDF,” President Museveni assured the gathering.
His Excellency the President congratulated the parents for letting their children to join the prestigious institution of the UPDF but cautioned them not to bother their children in the forces by asking them for money.
He encouraged the parents to engage in wealth creation and fight poverty through among others practicing the four-acre model of farming in their homes and also take advantage of the shillings 100 million sent per parish under the Parish Development Model (PDM).
According to the Commandant Uganda Military Academy Kabamba Col Wycliff Keita, of the 295 officer cadets with 32 lady cadets, a total of 236 cadets are drawn from UPDF specialized departments of medical, ICT, Engineering, Airforce, Education, Finance, Legal services and procurement among others who represent the quality of the young generation of citizens that are taking a patriotic choice to serve their country under the UPDF.
The professional cohort consists of 4 post graduates, 129 graduates and 103 diploma holders some from Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Tanzania.
“They have been trained in military knowledge and skills but also exposed to political economy and the symbiosis of our responsibility in the wider social economic, informational and diplomatic spheres of state power. Accordingly, they have been indicted in the enduring struggle of seeking wise to adopt and innovate to keep the Uganda people’s defence forces ahead of the curve,” Col Wyclif said.
The Chief of Defense Forces Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi said 4 of the students graduated from the Academies abroad in Kenya, Jamaica, and the The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
Gen Mbadi applauded President Museveni for his strategic and visionary leadership that has led to the UPDF grow into a professional, effective, efficient and accountable force that is anchored on strong civil military relationship, nationalism, patriotism, pan Africanism and ideological awareness to achieve its missions as enshrined in article 209 of the constitution of the republic of Uganda in order to create an environment that is conducive to achieving social economic transformation.
He called upon newly commissioned officer cadets to be aware of the security challenges faced by the countries in the region ranging from cyber threats, terrorism, transnational threats, insurgency among others.
“Therefore, you must be ready to effectively be part of the solution to these challenges. For this purpose, the officer cadet training that you have completed, prepared you to be better defenders of peace and security within the country and the region as a whole against any negative forces, Gen Mbadi told the officers.
At the same ceremony, the best officer cadets in class, field work, discipline and leadership were awarded
They also swore oath of allegiance and secrecy to be faithful to the Sovereign State of Uganda and to Preserve, Protect and defend the Constitution.