President Yoweri Museveni who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the UPDF has commissioned a sand model and Wargaming center at the Senior Command and Staff College (SCSC) in Kimaka, Jinja.
The facility, worth Sh1 billion, was funded by the Indian Association of Uganda. Mr Museveni hailed the Indian Association of Uganda for the donation saying it is a gesture of the long-standing relationship between the Indian people and not only Ugandans but all Africans. He thanked the Indian Community who contributed to the Wargame center as well as the Indian Military Officers teaching staff at SCSC who mobilized for the facility.
"I thank you all for this important donation. The facility will greatly add to the value of training in the UPDF," he noted. "We also thank the Indian Army for assigning the Indian Military Advisory and Training team to SCSC. We are very happy to be associated with the Indian Army. They are an army with long-standing military experience," he added.
The Chairman of the Indian Association in Uganda, Mr. GN Mohona Rao said the donation is an appreciation of the Indian Community's peaceful, pleasant and profitable stay in Uganda. "Our pleasant and profitable stay in Uganda is as a result of the peace that we enjoy boundlessly, thanks to the selfless and tireless efforts of the UPDF," he said.
He added that: "This humble contribution from us is the least we could do as a symbol of our appreciation to the highly disciplined UPDF for the role they play in safeguarding the peace that we enjoy in Uganda," Mr. Mohona Rao said. The Commandant SCSC Lt Gen Andrew Gutti said the war center is a big achievement to the UPDF institution.
"The Wargame center will not only be of immense benefit to the College fraternity but also the UPDF at large. It will be instrumental in training Officers in tactical, operational and strategic decision making and in testing new concepts in tactical and operational warfare, "Lt Gen Gutti said.
The function was attended by the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi among other UPDF high ranking officers and diplomats; Ambassador of Uganda to Denmark, Nimisha Madhvani and the Acting Indian High Commissioner to Uganda, Shri Sanjiv Kumar Goel and a few selected members of the Indian Association in Uganda.