President Museveni on Saturday commissioned the wargame centre at the Uganda Senior Command and Staff College in Kimaka, Jinja District.
He thanked the army, the training teams and the Indian Association of Uganda who mobilised to build this centre, which will definitely contribute to the quality of training here.
This centre is also a great gesture of the wider cooperation and support we enjoy with the government and the people of India.
“We are very happy to be associated with the Indian army which has a lot of knowledge, experience and heroism,” the president noted.
“Our relationship with India has existed for centuries. We were colonised together by a small group of people who came from Europe, but when we all woke up, and the small groups ran away.”
During that time, Africans fought together first against the Japanese in Burma.
The heroic Indians are the ones who stopped the westward expansion of Japan at the famous battle of Kohima.
“Mahatma Ghandi struggled with our elders against colonialism, Jawaharlal Nehru too struggled with our elders against colonialism and now we are working with Prime Minister Narendera Modi. I salute the Indian political class for choosing to always work with us.”
He said the epitome of India’s importance to Uganda is engraved in the fact that Mahatma Ghandi’s ashes were immersed in Jinja.
“To the Indian Community in Uganda, I commend you for your contribution to building Uganda through business and investment.”
Later, Museveni delivered a lecture of opportunity to the students at the Uganda Senior Command and Staff College, Kimaka.
The lecture focused on three key issues; Ideology, strategy, and tactics.
On his way from Jinja, Museveni made a stopover at the New Nile bridge, it is a marvel.
“The last time I was here, we had a problem with the moving island, it has since been cleared and the water flow normalised.”