The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs Hon Adolf Mwesige has lauded the President of the Republic of Uganda and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces H.E Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for appreciating the impact played by UPDF Officers in stabilizing the country.
Hon Mwesige who was represented by the minister of State for Defence in charge of Veteran Affairs Dr Bright Rwamirama said it is because of Gen Museveni’s contribution towards building a professional UPDF that we have peace and stability as vehicles for socio-economic transformation.
He said this during the decoration of newly promoted officers at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs headquarters on Mbuya hill in Kampala.
Hon Rwamirama said the foundation of UPDF thrives on the Commander-in-Chief’s recognition of discipline as a core value for the success of any mission.
He added that the discipline and hard work led to the promotion and decoration of the day’s officers.
“Your discipline is a sign of confidence and has made you promoted accordingly,” he noted.
Hon Mwesige, in his message, warned the newly promoted officers against bad behaviour that could later result in poor health or over spending.
“Do not indulge in things that will keep you down but carry the flag high”.
Promotions in the army follow so many criteria and considerations, he told the newly promoted officers.
According to the minister, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Gen Yoweri Museveni recognized their services towards peace building and decided to reward them appropriately but cautioned the retiring officers to plan for their retirement packages and continue serving in different capacities.
He further encouraged them to avoid spending lavishly.