By Charles Birungi
KAMPALA. The Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations (SPA/SO), Major General Muhoozi Kainerugaba addressed hundreds of students undergoing patriotism training in Luzira and asked them to be selfless citizens who promote unity in their society and actively participate in the building of Uganda and the continent of Africa.
General Kainerugaba said this yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) at the Luzira Prisons Training Academy where over 800 students drawn from all over the country have been undergoing lessons in patriotism and other skills over the last two weeks; prior to joining higher institutions of learning in the 2018/2019 academic year. The now annual short duration holiday course is run under the Office of the President and specifically the National Secretariat for Patriotism Clubs. It comprises of selected students from around the country who sat for their advanced level examinations in November/December of the previous year.
“As you prepare to join universities and other higher institutions of learning, make sure you have absorbed the doctrine of cadre-ship well and ensure that you live by the ideals and principles of true patriots,” said General Kainerugaba. He added that cadreship training in the country has, since 1986, greatly contributed to the political consciousness of the wanainchi (citizens) and helped to detribalise conflicts such as in northern Uganda (LRA) and western Uganda (ADF).
General Kainerugaba observed that Uganda’s political history was full of turbulence and bloodshed, noting however that Uganda’s changing fortunes can be traced to 1976 when a group of cadres led by Yoweri Museveni underwent specialised training in Montepuez, Mozambique. This nucleus of trained cadres later on assumed the reigns of the country’s military and political leadership and has been responsible for Uganda’s progressive transformation since 1986.
He urged the students to take the lessons of their training seriously and share it with their peers who could not make it for the training program, noting that they are a very privileged group who should not take their opportunity lightly. He undertook to support plans to ensure that patriotism training is rolled out to all regions in the country, before hastening to add that this would depend on the availability of resources to handle bigger groups.
The Commissioner of Patriotism Clubs of Uganda, Brig. Patrick Mwesigye thanked General Kainerugaba for turning up to inspire the young people, whom he noted look up to him as a role model. The two-week training program, which closes on Friday this week, is supervised by senior UPDF instructors from the Chieftaincy of Political Commissars at the UPDF/MOD headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala.