MBUYA. State Minister defense for and veteran affairs Lt Col Bright Rwamirama has warned Ugandans against ‘waffling’ about promotions in the army, urging them to leave the subject for those with substantial knowledge about it.
Rwamirama expressed concern that some people have been discussing while trivializing the promotions in the UPDF.
Lt Col Rwamirama said that the officers and men in the army are not on a picnic, adding that those who don’t understand the promotions should leave them for those in the forces.
He was speaking at the pipping ceremony of UPDF Generals and senior officers that were promoted to various ranks.
The officers that were decorated include two Generals, 10 Lt Generals,18 Maj. Generals, 38 Brig. Generals and 92 Colonels.
“I have heard people waffling about promotions in the UPDF but I urge you to leave the issues of promotions to those in the forces because you don’t understand them. In the UPDF we are not on a picnic,” said Rwamirama.
This resonates with Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire’s popular saying when he urged that issues of Generals should be left to Generals.
Rwamirama who was the chief guest said that the promoted officers had been rewarded accordingly by the Commander in Chief, urging them to celebrate the UPDF professionalism and the role played by president Museveni in that regard.
He advised the officers to hold the UPDF flag high, saying, “don’t indulge in things that may pull you down. It is easy to be on top but difficult to stay there.”
On his part, Gen Elly Tumwine urged the officers to enjoy the benefits of being part of the ‘great’ UPDF family that has grown into a pan African force.
Gen Ivan Koreta who was promoted from Lieutenant General to full General spoke on behalf of the promoted officers, thanking President Museveni for trusting the promoted officers.
“On behalf of the over 2,000 officers, I would like to thank H.E the president for entrusting us with higher authority. Being promoted doesn’t only mean great performance but also trust that you can do better,” Gen Koreta said.
Gen Koreta urged his fellow promoted officers to exercise the new authority given to them by the Commander-in-Chief responsibly.
“I urge all of you to conduct yourselves well in whatever assignments you will be given and take good care of the men and women under your command,” Gen Koreta said, adding that the officers should also seek wisdom because they will need it as they execute their duties.
The function was also attended by the Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi who congratulated the promoted officers, asking them to enjoy serving in the UPDF as it is a privileged calling.
“I would like to thank the Commander in Chief and the entire composition of the UPDF for making us who we are. For recognizing who we are and the good in us,” Gen Muhoozi said.
He also implored the officers to recognize the essence of being promoted.
The CDF explained that a rank is an institutional tool for team-building and additional expectations from the officers.
Former UPDF bosses, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, Gen Jeje Odongo, and Gen Elly Tumwine graced the function that was presided over by state minister for defense and veteran affairs Lt Col Bright Rwamirama.