By Spy Uganda
Four Indian military officers were on Monday presented with the “PSC” DAGGER Award by the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF), in recognition of their expert tactical training to offered to the UPDF.
During the ceremony that was held at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs headquarters Mbuya, the following Indian Military Trainers were awarded; Brig Gen Ranjit Singh, Col Ranjesh Nambiar, Col Amit Suneja, and Capt Manish Shandev .
The awards were presented to the Officers by the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi, who was flanked by several other UPDF officers.
Gen Muhoozi hailed the Indian military officers for doing a good job during their two-year stay at Senior Command and Staff College Kimaka and reminded all present that the Indian military has had good working relations with the UPDF and Uganda at large for a very long time.
The CD said that; “Thank you for imparting exceptional skills unto our senior officers. The skills you have unreservedly imparted unto them will greatly impact the development of the Force. Thank you for bridging the gap between the UPDF and the Indian Association of Uganda. Our relationship with the Indian Association of Uganda has greatly improved partly because of you.”
He also beseeched the Indian officers to work towards partnering with the Indian Association of Uganda to help Ugandans in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There are people who cannot afford to buy hand sanitizers, soaps and even water and other things needed in the fight against this pandemic, if we could work together and see how to provide these essentials, this virus would be put out,” Gen Muhoozi noted
On his part, Brig Gen Ranjit Singh, who led the Indian Officers, thanked the UPDF under the leadership of the Commander in Chief, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, and the CDF, for the hospitality and good working relations.
He said that “We are committed to continuing working with the UPDF for the good cause.”
Gen. Muhoozi also thanked the Indian team for their contribution towards the development of Senior Command and Staff College Kimaka which include: Building a basketball court, donating a sixty-five (65) seater bus and TATA trucks among other things.
The Commandant of Senior Command and Staff College, Kimaka, Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti, who is also the Chairman of the General Court Martial, thanked the Indian Officers for executing their duties very well and leaving behind a good mark.
“You have left behind big shoes we hope that the team that will come after you will be able to fit in and also work diligently like you.” Lt Gen Gutti said.