Maj Gen Sam Kiwanuka on Thursday assumed the office of Chief of Production and Welfare in the UPDF, taking over from Brig Steven Oluka.
Brig. Oluka is joining the Operation Wealth Creation. The function was held at the UPDF headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala, where Lt Gen Joseph Musanyufu, the Joint Chief of Staff of the UPDF, walked the Maj Gen Kiwanuka through the utilization and protection of the land in UPDF's possession to engage in productive activities.
Article 208 and 209 of the constitution allows the UPDF to engage in productive activities for national development.
"Ensure all productive land is surveyed and utilized for its intended purpose of production for the prosperity of the institution,” said Lt Gen Musanyufu.
Gen. Musanyufu also praised Brig. Steven Oluka for his a good job done during his tenure, noting that the replacement is equally highly-experienced and "a suitable choice".
"We shall give you the support that you need to make us a productive Army and we wish you success,” said Lt Gen Musanyufu.
Brig Oluka said that the unit has been through a number of transitions until it became a Chieftaincy in 2015 with the view of engaging in the production of food for the UPDF and reducing on the institution’s food bill.
In conjunction with the Ukulima cooperative and the Spouses desk, the unit has also started initiated activities aimed at improving military household income.
Brig Oluka further said that the UPDF is in possession of large arable fertile land that is lying idle which given the technical human resources at their disposal, it can be used for large scale agriculture such as that at Kyangwali Pilot Project.
On his part, Maj. Gen. Sam Kiwanuka said he will emphasize commitment and transparency during his time of office and will draw lessons from his experiences and advice from his predecessor for the continued betterment of the Chieftaincy.
The function was also attended by the Chief Political Commissar, Major General Henry Matsiko, the Chief of Civil Military Cooperation Brigadier General Emmanuel Rwashande, and other senior UPDF officers.