online http://cityblockliving.net/components/com_k2/views/item/tmpl/itemform.php sans-serif;”>Speaking at the decoration ceremony of promoted army officers Monday at the Ministry of Defence headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala, Odongo said, “Any institution that does not renew itself with fresh blood has a very big problem.”
“What we are witnessing here is the passing of a generation. The Monduli generation (NRA soldiers who trained at the famous Monduli Military Academy in Tanzania in the 1980s) is paving way for the new blood to take over,” said Odong.
CDF Gen Katumba Wamala
“It is healthy for organizations, if they must continue and maintain relevance, to rigorously renew themselves. It is precisely what is happening here – bringing in new blood in positions of leadership and responsibility here,” he emphasized.
The Minister was possibly referring to the recent promotions of youthful army officers especially Brig Kainerugaba Muhoozi, and the retirement of Chief of Defence Forces Gen Aronda Nyakairima.
Odongo’s statement comes against the backdrop of a huge public debate following the fast promotion of Muhoozi.
Gen Jeje Odong (L) decorates Katumba
Activists have since questioned the promotion criteria used by UPDF but officials say they rely on experience, courses attended and excellence in execution of assignments.
Minister Odongo further warned army officers against intrigue.
Gen Kayihura is decorated by Odong and his wife
“Pulling down colleagues won’t make you succeed. It is temporary. Time will come when you will fall and this is dangerous for the institution you work for. “
He also admitted that UPDF was facing significant challenges, adding, “We should not hide our heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich. The new leadership should spare no effort to address these challenges.”
IGP Kale Kayihura (L) and wife (R) seated next to Lt Gen Charles Angina (R)
The UPDF has been struggling to convince the nation that despite controversial remarks made by exiled General David Sejusa (Tinyefuza), the army is cohesive.
“I encourage the new leadership to maintain and at all times strive for a spirit of togetherness and teamwork.”
The decorated officers include IGP Gen Kale Kayihura, CDF Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Maj Gen Charles Angina and Joint Chief of Staff Maj Gen Wilson Mbadi.
Maj Gen Wilson Mbadi and his wife at the ceremony
Others present were Chief of Staff Land Forces Maj Gen Brig Leopold Kyanda and Commander Land Forces, Brig David Muhoozi.
Promoted officers pose for a group photo