President Yoweri Museveni and
Commander-in-Chief of the Uganda Armed Forces has advised soldiers of the
Uganda People’s Defense Air Force (UPDAF) to master using and operating their
equipment, co-operate in their squads and always train so that they are
confident in technology.
The President said this today during the tour and inspection of the Entebbe Air Base in Entebbe.
He called upon Army Officers to learn, understand and apply the principles of NRA wherever they are deployed bearing in mind theirs’ is a liberation force that committed to serving the interests of Uganda.
He reiterated the importance of always
focusing on the interest of the country in order to cement further the
foundation of bringing about prosperity as opposed to identity along tribal
chauvinism and feudalism as had been the case in nascent years of Uganda’s
“Yes identity has got value but it
should never eclipse the interests of people. Banyankole cannot buy milk and
bananas from each other because they already have them. What they need now is
money to build their houses and take their children to school. They can only do
this through selling to other Ugandans. We, therefore, found out in our student
movement that Uganda was more important than Ankole,” he said.
He noted that as officers engaged in
serving the country in the security sector, every other adult in the country must
be able to engage in the production of goods and services to serve society and
create wealth for themselves.
The President urged Army Officers and
men to embrace the principles of patriotism and Pan-Africanism adding that the
prosperity of Africa as a whole lies in the love of one’s country and the continent
as well as working for unity.
The President also called on the Army
to note that socio-economic transformation agenda was another principle that
they must study adding that Ugandans must wake up and abandon the old ways of
“You can now see that the social
media is more used than radios and televisions. Very soon, this old media will
phase out because people read the news online and they no longer see the need
for newspapers. When you lag behind in science and technology, you disappear,” he
He noted that socio-economic transformation was possible through education and that is why the NRM government had operationalized free education.
The meeting was also attended, among others, by the CDF, Gen. David Muhoozi, Commander Air Forces, Maj. Gen. Charles Lutaaya, Deputy Commander Air Forces, Maj. Gen. Gavas Mugyenyi, Commander Engineering Brigde, Maj. Gen. Timothy Sabiiti Mutebile, Chief of Medical Services, Maj. Gen. Dr. Musinguzi, Chief Political Commissar, Brig. Henry Matsiko, Deputy CMI, Brig. Rusoke, Senior and Junior UPDF Officers.