It was all glamour as UPDF officers led by newly promoted Special Forces Commander Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba and his deputy Brig Gen Sabiiti Muzeeyi were being decorated at the Ministry of Defence headquarters in Mbuya on Wednesday afternoon.
A total of over 700 Uganda People’s Defence Forces officers were recently promoted to different ranks by the Commander in Chief of the army and President, sildenafil http://coastcakes.co.uk/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-screen.php Gen. Yoweri Museveni.
In an interview with ChimpReports, information pills http://ccresourcecenter.org/wp-content/plugins/wp-author-box-pro/includes/reduxframework/reduxcore/inc/browser.php the SFC commander Maj Gen Muhoozi said he was grateful to the commander-in-chief and the promotions board for recognizing his services and eventually promoting him to the new rank.
Muhoozi however rubbished rumours that he had been favored in the promotions saying he was not part of the promotions board that decided to promote him.
“I am now in my 40s and not in the 20s as I used to be,” assured the visibly jolly army officer.
Speaking to the elevated officers, the Chief of the Defence Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala said that the promotions were part of the army’s efforts aimed at building a professional force.
“We recruit, train and retrain plus deploying and redeploying of our officers. These, in addition to promotion are efforts intended to make the UPDF professional,” Gen Katumba noted.
“It is because of this will that we implore you (promoted officers) to always strive for the well-being of the army at all times.”
Gen Katumba said the new ranks come with new opportunities, expectations and challenges; urging officers to always be ready to face them as they go about their service.
Speaking on behalf of other promoted officers, Lt Gen Joram Mugume applauded the commander-in-chief and the UPDF promotions board for recognizing their efforts and services rendered to the army and awarded them new ranks.
“I feel proud of the UPDF that is now internationally recognized but all these are efforts made by those of us who were in the National Resistance Army. I call upon the young officers to carry forward the spirit as started by the earlier officers,” said the General.
Mugume served as Deputy Army Commander. He played a pivotal role in decisive battles that saw NRA capture Kampala in 1986.