General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the Chief of Defence Forces, praised retiring senior officers for their unwavering dedication to Uganda during their tenure in the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces.

“At the heart of our nation, Uganda, lies a commitment unparalleled. Over decades and countless operations, officers and men alike have exemplified this dedication,” stated Gen Kainerugaba.

His comments came today during the retirement ceremony of 150 senior officers, ranging from the rank of Major to Colonel, as part of Batch 13B at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs (MODVA) Headquarters in Mbuya. Among them were 33 Colonels, 78 Lt Colonels, and 39 Majors.

Gen Kainerugaba assured the retirees that the younger officers currently engaged in various operations such as Operation Shujaa, Somalia, and Karamoja would uphold the honorable tradition and continue to raise the banner of the Peoples’ Army.

Drawing parallels between the army and clergy, Gen Kainerugaba emphasized that military service is not merely a job but a calling, urging retirees to remain engaged with the UPDF and contribute to national development. He likened soldiers to priests, with Uganda as their church, stressing the ongoing mission for a secure, peaceful, and prosperous nation.

Regarding economic support, the CDF affirmed the UPDF’s commitment to assisting veterans post-retirement through veteran SACCOs, enhancing cooperation with the Chieftaincy of Welfare and Production.

Brigadier General Kaweesa Kigozi, Deputy Joint Staff – Human Resource Management, highlighted retirement as a significant milestone, enabling individuals to pursue hobbies, embrace new adventures, and cherish family time. He underscored retirement as crucial for maintaining an effective force, facilitating career progression, and ensuring force continuity.

In a tribute on behalf of the retiring officers, Colonel Jafari Kasirivu acknowledged the sacrifices made by fallen heroes and expressed gratitude to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the UPDF leadership, and the people of Uganda for the opportunity to serve the nation. He emphasized the retirees’ commitment to patriotism and service, carrying forward the legacy of their generation.

Col Kasirivu urged fellow retirees to manage their retirement packages wisely and heed the guidance provided during retirement sensitization sessions.

The ceremony was attended by senior UPDF officials, including Lt Gen Samuel Okiding, Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, and Maj Gen Jack Bakasumba, Chief of Joint Staff, among others, along with family members of the retiring officers.

Monica Mbabazi

Monica Mbabazi is a celebrated multimedia Ugandan Journalist currently working as a news anchor on Top Radio and BTM Television. She is also a writer with Plus News Uganda.

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