Museveni Promotes 2 Female UPDF Soldiers


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The President was speaking as the Chief Guest at the International Women’s day celebrations held at Wiggins Secondary School in Kumi district.

The well attended national celebrations that run under the theme: In Partnership with men and boys for empowerment of women and girls in Uganda, were characterized by a colourful parade composed of only women officers from UPDF, Police and Prisons and commanded by Major Betty Musuya.

The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Uganda Armed Forces General Yoweri Museveni, in appreciation to the spectacular parade performed by the women officers immediately promoted Lt. Colonel Mpagi to the rank of full Colonel while Major Musuya was elevated to the rank of Lt. Colonel.

General Museveni also pledged to look into the ranks of the police and prisons women commanders at the parade.

During the ceremonies, the Independence Golden Jubilee Medals were awarded to 99 Women Officers from UPDF, Police and Prisons and 49 men including Mr. Venerato Keeya of Presidential Press Unit who received the Nalubale Medal for his outstanding service to the nation.

President Museveni pointed out that the National Vision 2040 that aims at transforming Uganda to a modern and prosperous country can only be achieved by addressing some of the factors that impede development.

The President cited negative attitudes towards work, the mindsets, cultural practices and perceptions that call for change and for strong partnerships at different levels between men and women, boys and girls as well as partnerships between all stake holders in the development process.

President Museveni informed the nation that the NRM government, has in the past put in place strategies that ensure that women play a pivotal role in socio-economic transformation of the country citing the constitutional provisions that guarantee, in all sectors, equality and non-discrimination between men and women.

The President, however, warned that the practice of applying discrimination, where boys are preferred to girls in completing education must stop.

On violence against women and girls, the President observed that the vice dis-empowers women and impoverishes families and called on communities to join hands in enforcing laws to be put in place that will deny bail to rapists and defilers.

Mr. Museveni also briefed the nation on the Computerised National Identity Cards whose exercise is to start on April 15, 2014.

He stressed the importance of the new identity cards in ensuring accuracy of voters register, stopping ghost public servants and defaulters from taking loans from several banks and stopping crime among other things.

The President added that the computerized IDs will also help in tracing rapists.

The Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, commended President Museveni for empowering women genuinely in all sectors.

She on behalf of all women of Uganda thanked the President for upholding our cultural norms and values by signing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

“God created Adam and Eve but not Adam and Steve,” she said.

Also present at the International Women’s Day celebrations included the Vice President Mr. Edward Ssekandi, the Speaker of Parliament the Rt. Hon. Kadagga the Acting Chief Justice-Justice Steven Kavuma, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, Religious and cultural leaders as well as district leaders from Kumi and the neighbouring districts.


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