President Museveni chairs Defence Forces Council assembly, launches UPDF Institution 2021

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, additionally the Commander-in-Chief of the Uganda Individuals’s Defence Forces (UPDF), has presided over the Defence Forces Council at State Home, Entebbe.

Prime on the agenda was the launching of the UPDF Institution 2021, the place the president signed the manager order and obtained 4 copies of the UPDF Institution e book.

Alongside prime army officers, the president underscored strategic selections aimed toward boosting nationwide safety and enhancing the effectiveness of the UPDF.

The assembly, preceded by a Excessive Command session which befell on Friday, February sixteenth, 2024, noticed the revealing of the Uganda Individuals’s Protection Forces (UPDF) Institution 2021, marking a milestone within the modernization and optimization of Uganda’s protection structure.

In his deal with, President Museveni in contrast the function of the UPDF Institution 2021 to that of medical professionals, highlighting the significance of preserving and safeguarding the nation’s well-being.

He emphasised that simply as a physician’s obligation is to take care of the well being of their sufferers and supply remedy, when essential, the UPDF’s main goal is to make sure peace and safety in Uganda.

“This UPDF Institution is like public well being and medical remedy. Within the case of illness, public well being is finished by observing components of diet, vaccination, clear water, and all these are completed for somebody to keep away from illness. However in case she or he will get sick, there are additionally healing measures,” he mentioned.

President Museveni outlined that the doctrine of protection and the institution’s buildings emphasize efficient planning and execution essential to uphold peace and safety throughout the nation.

“The doctrine of Protection and the institution are the buildings of how you’re going to protect peace and safety in Uganda. And if there’s a want for remedy, then what and who’s to do what,” he mentioned.

The President famous that the launched UPDF Institution is a visionary strategy to safeguarding peace and safety in Uganda.

“We have to perceive that the prognosis and the prescription for a remedy are very a lot influenced by science. If we have been to return to 1800AD, the institution which we’re speaking about right here is just like the armies of that point, primarily the European armies,” he mentioned.

In the course of the Council assembly, the president offered a plaque and certificates to the household of the Late Lt. Gen. (Rtd). Pecos Kutesa for the distinguished service rendered as the first Chairman of the UPDF institution committee.

The Commander-in-Chief paid tribute to the late Lt. Gen. (Rtd). Pecos Kutesa, a revered army determine famend for his bravery and contributions to Uganda’s liberation wrestle.

“Late Lt. Gen. (Rtd). Pecos Kutesa was one of many officers that we recruited beneath the Entrance for Nationwide Salvation (FRONASA). He got here and joined us within the bush, and after I seen his bravery, it was after we attacked Kakiri on the sixth of April in 1981,” he mentioned.

The president added, “I noticed him crawling in a really skilled technique to seize the machine gun. He was shifting actually professionally. That’s the reason, after I was going out for the primary time in June 1981, I put him as considered one of my escorts near the lake to go to Kenya.”

President Museveni additionally knowledgeable the council assembly that the Late Kutesa participated in lots of the liberation battles, citing the time they captured 736 rifles in Masindi and likewise the participation within the Kabamba battles, amongst others.

Gen. Pecos Kutesa joined the armed wrestle beneath the Entrance for Nationwide Salvation (FRONASA) to battle the regime of the late President Idi Amin Dada till the regime was overthrown in 1979.

He retired from the Uganda Individuals’s Defence Forces on August 5, 2021, after a distinguished army profession extending over forty-six (46) years and handed away on August 17, 2021.

Whereas giving his remarks, the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen. Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, lauded the exhaustive seven-year course of culminating within the formulation of the UPDF Institution 2021. 

Stressing its consultative nature, the CDF, highlighted the doc’s emphasis on jointness on the strategic degree and operational leanness, aligning with ideas of decentralization.

“The UPDF Institution 2021 doc permits modifications of   merging of some UPDF departments, the creation of latest ones, and discarding others to enhance command, management and administration of the Forces,” Gen. Mbadi mentioned. 

Hon. Vincent Ssempijja, the Minister for Defence and Veteran Affairs, underscored the UPDF Institution 2021 as a blueprint for organizational effectiveness and operational prowess. 

Embracing suggestions from earlier protection transformation initiatives, the Minister famous that. the institution outlines a imaginative and prescient for a contemporary, agile, and resilient protection power.

“The launch of the UPDF Institution 2021 indicators Uganda’s dedication to making sure nationwide safety and safeguarding its sovereignty in an ever-evolving world panorama. With a concentrate on effectivity, adaptability, and synergy, the UPDF continues to evolve as a formidable guardian of Uganda’s pursuits and aspirations,” he mentioned. 

The Minister additionally hailed President Museveni for making certain  peace and stability throughout Uganda and the area citing that this  has laid a agency base for the fast socioeconomic transformation, which Uganda is at the moment having fun with, beneath his in a position management.


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