By Kampala Post Reporter
KAMPALA. The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. David Muhoozi has hailed the outgoing French Ambassador to Uganda, Stephanie Rivoal for her outstanding tour of duty after three years of service in the country. Ms. Rivoal, who leaves in a fortnight, has been recalled by her government back to the Capital, Paris.
Gen. Muhoozi was speaking last evening at the residence of the French Ambassador in Nakasero, Kampala to mark the Uganda-France Defence and Security day which is part of the week-long activities to celebrate the friendship between the two countries.
The Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations, Lt. Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba and the Kyabazinga of Busoga, Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope were among the other notable guests present. Several Defence Attaché’s from foreign missions in Kampala also attended the function.
During Rivoal’s tenure as France’s top diplomat in Uganda, ties between the two countries have grown considerably closer in defence and security, military cooperation, tourism, trade and other sectors.
“We thank you, mum, for your excellent ideas and vigour that has gone a long way to cement the cordial relationship between Uganda and France,” said Gen. Muhoozi.
Ms. Rivoal in her remarks said she was concerned about global climate change and vicious violence, like the one witnessed in New Zealand recently, which she observed was spreading around the world like cancer.
“It is unfortunate that as a human species, we have not yet evolved to fight with ideas thereby leading to a never-ending cycle of violence against one group by another,” said the French diplomat.
Lt. Gen. Kainerugaba saluted Ms. Rivoal for her very productive time while in Uganda and said the country would miss her a lot.
Uganda and France have over the recent years built close defence and military cooperation that includes among others French military trainers for UPDF troops preparing for deployment to AMISOM in Somalia at Singo in Nakaseke District and the UPDF Alpine Brigade in Rwenzori mountains, Kasese.