By Ronaldo N Kalangi
Uganda People’s Defence Forces on Tuesday retired several officers and militants from active service at a colorful ceremony held at General Military Headquarters Bombo.
The Commander Land Forces Maj Gen Peter Elwelu who represented the Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi advised the soldiers to prepare for their families and themselves to have a decent retirement into the civilian community and plan for their resources carefully. “Prepare for what lies ahead to make good life for yourselves during retirement,” he said.
Maj Gen Elwelu saluted the courageous and patriotic ways of the Retiring Officers and Militants for their devotion during their time in the military.
Gen Elwelu added that their service has greatly contributed to the peace and security the country is enjoying today. He commended the retirees for attending the retirement function in such large numbers.
The retirees were urged to continue protecting the security of the country even when not in uniform and continue being eyes and ears of the Army in their respective communities.
Col John R. Kagwisa on behalf of the retiring officers thanked the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs for creating enabling environment for the UPDF. Col Kagwisa also thanked the Chief of Defence forces in his absentia for his guidance, counseling and direction through their career as serving officers. “we are very grateful and do promise that we will keep the flag of UPDF flying high,” he said.
He applauded their families for keeping together and running as a unit during time of loneliness for the sake of their spouses to serve this country. “Our children grew up missing their parental care” he added.
Col Kagwisa quoted Steven Stankorich “what we have done for ourselves alone dies with us, what we have done for others and the world remains forever”
The function was attended by Chief of Pensions and Gratuity Brig Metland Bitumbika, Deputy Chief of Personnel and Administration Brig Sam Kakuru Directors and Senior Officers.
A total of 460 Officers and Militants were retired from active service of the military.