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55 Somali Nationals Among Commissioned Officer Cadets :: Uganda Radionetwork
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55 Somali Nationals Among Commissioned Officer Cadets

Fifty-five Somali nationals considered under a bilateral arrangement Uganda and Somalia are among 275 officer cadets commissioned on Thursday. In his speech, President Museveni noted that the concept of crystalizing a national army has not been easy for many countries, hence prompting the intervention of the United Nations which he referred to as outsourced security.
President Museveni commissions UPDF officer cadets.
Fifty-five Somali nationals considered under a bilateral arrangement Uganda and Somalia are among 275 officer cadets commissioned on Thursday.

 

President Yoweri Museveni commissioned the officers at a colourful ceremony held at the Uganda Military Academy, Kabamba, in Mubende district.

 

In his speech, President Museveni noted that the concept of crystalizing a national army has not been easy for many countries, hence prompting the intervention of the United Nations which he referred to as outsourced security.

 

Museveni observed that such a situation has often been a result of government's failure to understand what makes a national army. He outlined five ingredients that constitute a national Army as: Patriotic ideology, being skilled in warfare, having good discipline, exhibiting brevity and always maintaining physical health.

 

The president explained that the Uganda People's Defence Forces—UPDF has achieved all the above ingredients and is now focusing on their consolidation. He singled out discipline as a crucial factor.

 

While elaborating on how purposeful UPDF has used violence, the president gave an example of the Marine Brigade which has fought illegal fishing hence resulting in an increase of fish production in most Ugandan waters.

 

The president congratulated the graduates of intake 16/2016-17 for qualifying to join an army of patriots and merit, saying that this will make their work easier since the direction of the country is already clear in terms of security and economic growth.

 

President Museveni thanked the president and the prime minister of the Somali Federal Government for trusting Uganda by sending their soldiers to be trained. He praised Somalis for being brave but advised them to stop putting their energy and bravery into self-crucifixion of terrorism but develop their country.

 

In his remarks, the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant-General Wilson Mbasu Mbadi congratulated the graduates, thanked them for their endurance through such a strenuous and physically enduring course and welcomed them into the officer's group. He reminded them that UPDF has always survived on Ideological clarity, nationalism, patriotism and strategic relationship with the people hence making it a unique army on the continent. He implored the new officers to use what they have learnt to fit into the UPDF vision and mission in order to continue building a professional army.

 

The Commandant Uganda Military Academy Brig. Emmanuel Musinguzi advised the officers to always learn from their superiors and thanked them for persevering throughout the challenges of the course.

 

The best students who were awarded by the president for exemplary performance included; Apio Fiona who was best overall, Nansubuga Margret who was best in class, Nuwagaba Alex who was best in the field, Ssentayi Disan who was the most disciplined and Abdi Mohamud who was the best fraternal student from the Federal Republic of Somalia.

 

The function was attended by the Commander Land Forces Major-General Peter Elwelu, the Commander Air Force Major-General Charles Lutaya, and the Joint Chief of Staff Major-General Joseph Musanyufu among other senior officers of the UPDF.

 

Also in attendance were the families of the graduates.