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Museveni Lauds Security Forces for Exceptional Performance at NAM, G77 Summits

posted onFebruary 2, 2024

President Yoweri Museveni commended the security forces for their remarkable role in the smooth execution of the NAM and G77+ China summits in Uganda.

During the Thursday, February 1 event held at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala, the president highlighted the significant contribution of the National Resistance Movement's (NRM) security doctrine to this success, stressing the importance of patriotism over careerism in the army and police force.

This approach, according to Museveni, has been key in attracting a large number of recruits who prioritize their love for Uganda over monetary gains.

The successful hosting of the summits marked a crucial moment for Uganda, showcasing the country's capabilities in tourism, agriculture, and investment opportunities to the international community. Museveni expressed his gratitude to the security forces, stakeholders, and all Ugandans for their concerted efforts, which greatly impressed the international guests.

"The success can be attributed in part to our strategy of army building, which emphasizes patriotism over careerism," Museveni said. "We don't join the army or police for money! We are soldiers and peace officers first and foremost because of our love for Uganda. This doctrine has allowed us to recruit large numbers."

Additionally, on Wednesday, January 31, President Museveni and First Lady Mama Janet Museveni hosted a luncheon at the State House in Entebbe to honor the National Organising Committee responsible for the successful organization of the NAM and G77+China summits.

During this event, Museveni reiterated the NRM's core practices such as vision, ideology, patriotism, and prioritization, which have underpinned Uganda's achievements.

He cited specific examples of overcoming challenges, such as rejecting the ideological bankruptcy of past leaderships and the Engineering Brigade of the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) saving significant funds for the airport expansion project, to underscore the impact of these practices.

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