The 20-day retirement documentation exercise, undertaken by the UPDF Chieftaincy of Pension and Gratuity (COPG) kicked off at 1st Division headquarters in Kakiri Wakiso district on June 1, 2020. Targeting 1,115 retirees. the exercise is aimed at documenting and completing files for processing of retirement benefits.
Division of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF has documented 114 officers for retirement late this month.
They were documented during the ongoing retirement documentation exercise held at Bumageni Army Primary school in
Bugema Mbale District on Sunday.
The 20-day exercise, undertaken by the UPDF Chieftaincy of Pension and Gratuity (COPG) kicked off at 1st Division headquarters in Kakiri Wakiso district on June 1, 2020. Targeting 1,115 retirees. the exercise is aimed at documenting and completing files for processing of retirement benefits.
Previously, all retirees would assemble in Jinja to process their retirement. However, this time around. teams are moving to every infantry Division of UPDF, due to the health threat that has been posted by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jude Wandera, the Spokesperson of the UPDF in the
Elgon/Bukedi Region said that the soldiers are expected to retire by July 31, 2020. However, those with serious medical issues like mental illness are not retired but rehabilitated.
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The exercise team leader Brig. Emmy Mulindwa who is also the Deputy
Chief of Personnel and Administration in UPDF commended the retirees for their
dedicated service to their country.
The Chief of Pensions and Gratuity Col. Nangeso Kefa advised
the retirees to join the Veterans SACCO's for better welfare and encouraged
them to keep discipline as they retire. Col Nangeso also encouraged retirees to keep connections with the Directorate
of Veteran Affairs so that they benefit from the rehabilitation services
of the Ministry of Defence and Veteran affairs to enable them with successful continuity even after
"You are leaving a strong army behind, don’t be tempted
to join those negative forces since you are our ambassadors out there and we
rely on you" Col Kefa said.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.