Ugandas Defence Attache to Tanzania Major General Stephen Kashaka has said institutions like the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces UPDF cannot thrive if it has no exit door. Kashaka who is among 122 senior officers promoted recently by the Commander-in-Chief, President Yoweri Museveni.
Uganda's Defence Attache to Tanzania Major General Stephen Kashaka has said institutions like the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) cannot thrive if it has no exit door.
Kashaka who is among 122 senior officers promoted recently by the Commander-in-Chief, President Yoweri Museveni.
Kashaka, who alongside four others was promoted to the rank Major General, was speaking at the peeping ceremony at the Ministry of Defence headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala today.
Kashaka who spoke as the representative of the promoted officers stated that the UPDF should make it easier for its officers to retire, if the army is to live longer and stand the test of time. He says since people join the army honourably, they should be made to exit honourably.
Kasahaka stated that as people get promoted, others need to retire due to old age and long years of service among others and this will go a long way in professionalising the institution. He says for UPDF to live longer, it should open the doors for exit since it provides the entry door.
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Kashaka's comments come at a time when several army officers both senior and junior are prepare to leave the army. UPDF has recently introduced yearly retirement in which several officers are retired.
Senior officers in the military have been struggling with processing their retirement. In 2015, General David Ssejusa, a senior member of the UPDF, sued the army for deliberately failing to retire him. He accused the army of refusing to pay him his salary and withholding of other benefits, although the UPDF says he had never applied for requirement.
In many cases, some soldiers have also accused the UPDF of failing to retire them despite having suffered several injuries that cannot allow them continue serving in the forces.
The function today was presided over by the Chief of Defense Forces, General David Muhoozi. Other officers elevated to the rank of Major General include John Mateeka, Hussein Ada, Fred Ocitti Tolit who is Uganda's Military attaché to Burundi, and James Ssebagala, the Nakasongola Cantonment Commander.
The Chief Military Intelligence Abel Kandiho and Special Forces Commander Don Nabasa were promoted to Brigadier.
Also elevated in the recent promotions are former spokesperson UPDF spokesperson Paddy Ankunda who becomes a Colonel, and Commandant Oliver Tambo Leadership School Chris Ogumelaki among others.
Four women were elevated to the rank of colonel and they include; Agnes Musoke, Victoria Nekesa, Sarah Mpabwa and Peace Ssemakula.
General Muhoozi called upon the promoted officers not to break the trust bestowed upon them. He says it is great for the officers to sever diligently and retire when the right time comes. He says UPDF wishes its officers well.