The Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi congratulated the newly promoted officers and their spouses, saying that serving UPDF is a special calling that requires one to wait for that special day and wait to celebrate the special day.
He said this during the decoration of newly promoted officers at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs headquarters on Mbuya hill in Kampala.
“As we celebrate your promotion, we also celebrate the UPDF because UPDF has made us shine,” Gen Muhoozi told the newly promoted officers.
He reminded them that the added ribbon (rank) means additional responsibility and expectation, and how to responsibly manage them will make them make a positive contribution.
“Ranks are an organizational tool that help ease work, positively inspire others, used to enforce discipline and help in building team spirit, among others,” noted Gen Muhoozi.
The senior most decorated officer and Master of Ceremonies of the Chancellery Hon Gen Ivan Koreta on behalf of other newly promoted officers expressed gratitude to President and Commander-in-Chief for entrusting them with higher authority, saying promotions do not only recognize great performance but act as a sign of trust that one can perform better.
He implored them to use wisdom when taking great care of Men and Women under their charge and also reminded them to preserve their health.
The UPDF Chief of Personnel and Administration Brig George Igumba as he presented the list of decorated officers to the Chief Guest urged soldiers to continuously work harder so that they can reach the zenith of their careers just like others have done before.
“Always keep whatever you get and do not cry for whatever you do not have,” Brig Igumba said.
The auspicious decorating event was also graced by the attendance of the Minister of Internal Affairs Gen Jeje Odongo, Minister of State for Works, Transport and Communication Gen Katumba Wamala, MODVA/UPDF under Acting PS Mrs. Edith Buturo, Members of Parliament, Members of the High Command, UPDF Chiefs and Directors, among others.