By Spy Uganda
Nakaseke: Gen. Caleb Akandwanaho aka Salim Saleh, who is the National Coordinator Operation Wealth Creation and doubles as Senior Presidential adviser on Defence and Security, urged Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers and officers to aim for the highest in whatever they do.
Gen. Saleh made the remark today as he presided over the regional launch of the 39th Tarehe Sita Anniversary civil-military activities at Timuna Senior Secondary School, Kasangombe Sub-county, in Nakaseke District.
This year’s celebrations, preceeded by a week-long of medical, sports and engineering activities from 1st to 6th February 2020, are being conducted under the theme “Consolidating the UPDF Strategic Partnership with the People to Guard the Gains of the Liberation.”
Gen. Saleh commended UPDF efforts in securing Uganda for the last 39 years, majority of which were spent fighting 27 insurgencies.
He noted that “All the enemies were defeated basing on the ideology, discipline and evaluation as guided by the Commander-in-Chief of the UPDF Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.”
He urged UPDF to work towards renewing its ideological clarity since the army has perfectly managed to secure Uganda’s borders and what remains is empowering the local population.
“Inspire yourselves and commit yourselves to higher goals,” Gen Saleh advised.
In his speech, the Chief of Defence Forces Gen. David Muhoozi, thanked the population for associating with UPDF and urged them to exploit the prevailing peace for socio-economic transformation.
“Our next war is to use the peace to enrich ourselves,” Gen Muhoozi said.
He also used the same event to launch the 2nd Edition of the Tarehe Sita marathon kit sponsored by Stanbic Bank, Mota-Engil Africa and National Water and sewage corporation.
The UPDF Chief Political Commissar Brig. Gen. Henry Masiko implored locals in the area to benefit from the free health services that UPDF and its partners will provide throughout the Defence Forces Week.
During the launch, Gen. Saleh donated USD 3000 cash towards the development of the women poultry and book SACCOs in the area.
The UPDF SACCO pledged Shs30,000,000 towards the same project and more 100 mattresses were donated to Nakaseke hospital by another well-wisher
The function was also attended by Nakaseke Woman MP Hon Najjuma Sarah, Katikamu North Member of Parliament Hon Abraham Byandala, the UPDF General Officer Commanding Reserve Forces Lt Gen Charles Otema, Maj Gen Sam Kawaga, Maj Gen Sam Kiwanuka, senior UPDF, UPF, UPS officers,
religious and local leaders, Ms Gertrude Njuba the NRA bush war heroine among others.