The Minister of Defence and Veteran affairs Adolf Mwesige says government will continue to support training in the UPDF as a continuous means to achieving professionalization of the forces.
Mwesige said UPDF is a professional force and training must be one way of maintaining that status. The Minister was on Thursday officiating at a graduation ceremony of 42 Senior Officers who successfully completed a one year Senior Command and Staff Course at the Senior Command and Staff College- Kimaka.
He observed that the course undertaken by the officers is a clear reflection that East Africa Community integration is a success since it has drawn students from the entire East African Region and South Africa. Speaking on behalf of the President and Commander in Chief of the UPDF, Mwesige applauded the UPDF as an institution for the tireless efforts to maintain peace in Uganda and the entire region.
He also thanked partners like the US, UK, China, India, Egypt and others for supporting the UPDF in through training and equipment. The Minister also commended Makerere University faculty of social sciences for partnering with the college to offer an affiliated Masters Degree program at the college.
The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi said that training is improving human resource and is at the core of capacity building and professionalism in UPDF. Gen Muhoozi revealed that UPDF has now improved training by standardizing the way it teaches in conformity with other colleges in the region. ”We have strived to improve training by empowering the teaching staff with other foreign partners like India, Tanzania and Kenya,” he said.
The Commandant of the college Lt Gen Andrew Guti informed the chief guest and the gathering that, this was intake 14 of 2018/19 with all 42 students successfully completing and ready for graduation. He said the students were drawn from all East African Community partner states as well as the Republic of South Africa.
Meanwhile Maj DS Opolot emerged as the best all round student while Lt Col GM Gitao from Kenya Defence Forces was best fraternal student. Lt Col ET Nuwagaba was best in Commandant Service paper and Lt Col Tukamwakira best in Central lecture hall discussions. The function was among others graced by UPDF MP Hon Gen Ivan Koreta, MD NEC Lt Gen James Mugira Deputy Commander Airforce Maj Gen Gavas Mugyenyi, Chief of Staff- Land Forces Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda and other army representatives from Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.