Gen Muhoozi Commends Retiring Officers for Unwavering Service to UPDF’s Cause

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In a heartfelt ceremony at the Ministry of Defence and Veterans Affairs in Mbuya, General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), bid farewell to 150 senior officers who have retired after years of dedicated service to the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF). The event, held on April 22, 204, was a reminder of the sacrifices made by these honorable individuals throughout their careers.

The retirees, including 33 Colonels, 78 Lieutenant Colonels, and 39 Majors, were praised by General Muhoozi for their unwavering commitment to safeguarding Uganda’s national security. He emphasized that being a soldier is not merely a job but a sacred calling, similar to that of a priest.

“However, you must be aware that in some professions, such as ours, there is no actual retirement. Being a soldier is not a job, but rather a calling. You never hear of a priest retiring. Similarly, we are priests, and our church is Uganda. Our objective to create a secure, peaceful, and prosperous Uganda will continue even when we cease wearing uniforms. All UPDF offices are open for you to notify us of any significant happenings in the country,” Muhoozi stated.

General Muhoozi assured the retirees that the legacy of their service would be carried forward by the young officers currently serving in various crucial operations across the country. From Operation Shujaa to Somalia and Karamoja, the People’s Army will continue to uphold the noble traditions set by its esteemed predecessors.

Speaking on behalf of the retiring officers, Col. Jafari Kasirivu paid tribute to the fallen heroes, both soldiers and civilians, who sacrificed their lives for the cause. He extended his gratitude to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the Commander-in-Chief of the UPDF, for leading the liberation of Uganda and providing them with the opportunity to serve the nation.

“Our achievements are a testament to the shared commitment and solicited ideas. As we retire, we carry the legacy of patriotism and service, having fulfilled our historical mission,” Col. Kasirivu expressed.

During the ceremony, Col. Kasirivu also urged his fellow retirees to manage their retirement packages with prudence, as this new phase of life may come with its own challenges and expenses. Retirement, he emphasized, requires careful planning and responsible financial decisions.

The event was attended by several distinguished military leaders including Lt Gen Samuel Okiding, Deputy Chief of Defence Forces; Commander of Land Force, Lt Gen Kayanja Muhanga; Maj Gen Jack Bakasumba, Chief of Joint Staff; and the Commander of Special Force Command, among others.

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