Brig Ronald Bigirwa, the Commandant of the UPDF Service Brigade made the appeal while presiding over the graduation of 50 drivers and 52 store men at the UPDF School of Supply and Transport-SOST in Jinja district on Friday.
Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF Drivers and
store men have been advised to regulate their alcohol consumption because the
two departments are the backbone of the force.
Brig Ronald Bigirwa, the Commandant of the UPDF Service Brigade
made the appeal while presiding over the graduation of 50 drivers and 52 store
men at the UPDF School of Supply and Transport-SOST in Jinja district on Friday.
completed a five months’ drivers’ refresher
course whereas their counterparts concluded the basic stores management course
class 1. Drivers have been trained in military law, traffic regulations,
Highway Code, Defensive driving and Road safety.
Bigirwa argues that, the force employs heavy armored vehicles
procured using public funds, which is costly for tax payers once they are
//Cue in: “don’t over drink…
Cue out…must be sober,”//
He disclosed that lack of sober minds dealing in army stores
has caused financial loss to the unit because, the assigned officers end up
parking wrong items for different tasks, which calls for double payment for
both transport and packaging materials.
//cue in: “a store man…
Cue out…package every item,”.
Bigirwa also expressed concern over drivers who mismanage
their lives and contract sexually transmitted diseases like HIV/AIDS before
completing other driving courses, arguing that such people have cause financial
loss to the institution.
//Cue in: “our biggest threat…
Cue out…the next level,”
Col. Amos Rutaremwa, the Commandant of the SOST College, said
the force needs to offer more refresher courses to its drivers as some of them
have forgotten earlier on acquired skills and lack driving permits to suit
their experience in the transport industry.
“The drivers were meant to stay here for three months but
because they lacked driving permits to suit their experience and new tasks
ahead of them. I decided to keep them here for more two months,” he said.