Have a human heart, Muhoozi tells UPDF
The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi has told trainee solders that the mission of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) is bound to fail if it ignores the role of the civilian population in the success of army’s mission.
Gen Muhoozi was addressing soldiers at the reception of Battle Group 21 (BG XXI) which has just returned from the Africa Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and also passing out of BG XXV and the United Nations Guard unit (UNGU) V at Singo Peace Support Operations Training Centre, in Nakaseke District.
Gen Muhoozi told the soldiers that discipline remains a core element in the foundation of UPDF while at the same time, the people remain an important factor in the sucess of the armys’ mission.
“We are not machines or roborts bearing arms but decent human beings with a purpose,” Muhoozi said.
He further told officers and militants of battle groups XX1, XXV and UNGU V not only to learn but understand the interest, mission and purpose of the force they serve.
To the returnee peacekeepers of BG XX1 Muhoozi cautioned them to stay out of trouble, be patient with what ever they find at their respective homes, choose their investments wisely and seek information from experts on finances to avoid being exploited.
“We expect nothing less than loyality, sacrifice and discipline,” Muhoozi said.
Brig Charles Wacha who represented the Chief Political Commissar, encouraged the soldiers to enhance the ideology of UPDF and purse all the programmes continuously.
Seven best trainees were awarded certificates and gifts among them was Col Chris Ogwal the Commander of BG XXI.
The function was also attendeď by the Chief of Staff Lands Forces Brig Leopold Kyanda and other Senior Officers.