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Katumba Warns Newly Promoted Officers On Over Ambition


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He was today, Tuesday morning, officiating at the promotion function of 114 UPDF soldiers who were elevated to senior ranks at the Army headquarters in Mbuya, a Kampala suburb.

Gen Katumba Wamala salutes the promoted officers

The event also saw the official retirement of four senior officers in the names of Maj. Gen Buta Benon Biraaro, Brig. Bernard Rwehururu, Maj. Baker Sebaggala Kimeze and Lt Partrick Alfred Kasumba.

Gen Katumba keenly cautioned the promoted officers emphasising on how tempting and challenging top army ranks have become in the new and revamped national defence forces.

“This is an honouring moment, indeed because promotion means new opportunities, increased expectations but also more temptations and other challenges will be waiting,” he said.

An officer being decorated

“You may not be jumping onto boda bodas any more, since you have become a Lieutenant Colonel and your wife too will also demand for a new hairstyle because she is now married to a Brigadier. You are faced with many challenges that will necessitate a strong heart or you may be tempted to use your elevated positions to act in breach of our regulations.”

He went on to remind the officers, “In military, Promotion means service and not necessarily more money; though it may also come in, but it must not be number one. Please ensure to maintain the reputation of our Forces.”

The UPDF’s reputation under Commandership-in-Chief of President Yoweri Museveni a couple of months ago, came under vicious test following reports from its Somalia Mission, where several of its top commanders were implicated in a colossal swindling of army funds, and equipment including fuel and weaponry.

The officers lining up for decoration

The Army’s Chief Political Commissar, Col. Felix Kulayigye recently told Chimpreports that all those incriminated in the scandal had been locked up in one of their units in Makindye and that a full wrath of the Military law awaited them.

Speaking on behalf of the promoted officials at the Mbuya function, Brig. Matthew James Gureme, who was elevated from the rank of Colonel, expressed their total commitment to live up to the expectations of those that vindicated them and to work wholeheartedly to expand the army’s might to the global scale.


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