By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) has discharged three of it’s officers after serving for more than 35 years.
Maj Gen Eric Mukasa (RIP) represented by the family, Brig Gen Tumusiime Nyakaitana and Brig Gen Geoffrey Mujuni, were yesterday honorably discharged at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs headquarters in Mbuya.
The Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi in his remarks as he officiated the retirement ceremony at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs headquarters in Mbuya, congratulated the officers for making it to the end, saying that their journey has been long and remarkable in terms of service, growth and professionalism.
“We value your service, we cherish you and we are here to send you off honorably since we have learnt many life changing lessons through your service,” he said adding that they have made a monumental and significant contribution to the growth of UPDF and it was therefore befitting that they being sent off with dignity.
He remarked that there is time for everything and therefore urged them to stay in touch with the leadership and keep relevant to both the army and country.
“Don’t switch off. You still carry our image and we expect discipline and leadership from you. Be our ambassadors and remain useful to your families,” He appealed to them.
Speaking on behalf of retirees, Brig Gen (Rtd) Geoffrey Mujuni applauded the almighty God for helping them to serve with dignity, noting that time has now come for them to enjoy the fruits of the peace that they have fought for.
“Time has come for us to go and relax a bit but we shall keep our ears on the ground against anybody who interferes with the peace,” Brig. Mujuni emphasized.
He further lauded their families for the patience they exercised over year while they were busy on military duty and concluded asking those remaining in the service to jealously guard the unity of the country.
The ceremony was attended by the Joint Chief of Staff Lt Gen Joseph Musanyufu, the Chief of Personnel and Administration Maj Gen George Igumba and the Commissioner Human Resource Mr Cox Anguzo among other senior leaders.
Profile Of The Late Retired Officer.
The retired late Maj Gen Mukasa was born on December 20, 1956 in Butambala District. He went to Nsozibbirye Primary School and Kampala Senior Secondary School for his O-level. He later joined Uganda Freedom Movement a rebel group commanded by the late Andrew Kayiira in 1981.
Mukasa in 182 deserted to the National Resistance Army with a number of arms and fighters. In 1985, he was appointed a Logistical Officer in charge of the Mobile Brigade. In 2012, Mukasa was made a full colonel. In 2016, he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier and appointed Chief of Staff Reserve Forces. In 2019, he was promoted to Major General.