The UPDF has announced that a total of 14 general officers and 600 senior and junior officers of the Ugandan army, have today officially retired from active services of the force.
“The Ministryof Defence and UPDF recognize their commitment, sacrifice, selflessness and dedication to offering security service to the country at a time where many shunned joining the liberation struggle in favour of maintain the status quo.” said Byekwaaso.
Museveni commended Gen Koreta’s contribution to the army during the retirement ceremony held at State House Entebbe this Thursda
President Museveni, who doubles as the Commander-in-chief of the armed forces, has witnessed what he described as “success of a miracle” as he bid farewell to 14 retiring Generals and Senior officers at a ceremony witnessed by family and friends
“I am happy to be here to witness success of a miracle. I wrote a book – the Mustard Seed – a small seed which was planted but produced a big tree. This here is just a sample,” said Museveni.
The President gave a detailed background to the liberation struggle and how each of the retirees became part of the success story of the current professional UPDF army.
The President also cited the story of RO/16504 Brig. Gen Al-Hajji Moses Kigongo who started the Resistance Committees to support the Popular Resistance Army to popularise the peoples struggle and RO/00170 Brig. Gen. Shaban Moses Lukyamuzi who joined the struggle and started the first Signal Unit of the NRA.
“Thank you for your contribution. We are proud because you have build a big capacity which has never been there before..a big army of this size,” he said.
The UPDF today retired 14 General officers and 604 senior and junior officers and men. Other ceremonies for the retirees were held at various respective service headquarters, formations and units.
The Generals included Gen. Ivan, Koreta, Lt.Gen. Pecos Onesmus Kutesa, Lt. Gen. Jim Owoyesigire, Maj.Gen. Amb. Robert Rusoke, Maj. Gen. Fred Mugisha, Maj. Gen. Christopher Murema Kazoora, Maj. Gen. Moses Wadimba Ssentongo, Maj. Gen. Innocent George Oula, Brig. Gen. Al-Hajji Moses Kigongo, Brig. Gen. Jacob Asiimwe, Brig. Gen. Shaban Moses Lukyamuzi, Brig. Gen. John Kasaija, Brig. Gen. Muhamed Abiriga and Brig. Gen. Frank Kanyarutokye.
Senior Officers included Maj. Gertrude Nanyunja Njuba, Maj. Hajjat Jannat Mukwaya, Maj. Abdul Nadduli, Maj. Abby Hafez Mukwaya, Maj. Henry Jjuko Walugembe, Maj. Stephen Katenta Apuuli Kapimpina, Maj. John Kaddu, Maj. Sula Sserunjoji, Maj. Fred Ntege and Maj. Ronald Richard Magezi.
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