Speaking at the ceremony on which 29 newly promoted senior army officers were decorated on Friday, Muhoozi noted that without the support of their spouses, many UPDF officers wouldn’t have been what they are today.
UPDF Chief of Defence Forces General David Muhoozi decorated newly promoted officers at Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs Headquarters, Mbuya Kampala. He said that the recent UPDF promotions are worth celebrating since they are for the good of the Institution and the country at large.
General Muhoozi made the remarks while presiding over as Chief Guest during the decoration ceremony of twenty nine (29) newly promoted generals and Senior Officers.
General Muhoozi thanked President Yoweri Museveni who is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces for being keen on building UPDF and human resource improvement. He added that the officers deserve the ranks which they have been elevated to.
General Muhoozi added that other officers promoted also on 2nd May 2017 will be decorated at their formation levels.
The decoration took place at the army headquarters in Mbuya. Muhoozi who was the chief guest was flanked by a number of senior army officers including the commander of the land forces, Peter Elweru.
Muhoozi also explained that the army is gender sensitive. He said that in their promotions, female officers are given priority. But among the 29 officers who were decorated, only Col. Grace Kyomugisha was female. Also among the 29, one was a major general; six were brigadiers, and 22 colonels.
The Maj. Gen. was John Mugume while brigadiers were Austin Kamanyire, Sam Kakuru, Dominic Twesigomwe, Stephene Tumwesigye Kashure, Richard Otto and Winston Byaruhanga. Army spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire appealed to females to apply for jobs in the army whenever there is an opening. He said female Ugandans have also got a role to play in ensuring there is peace in Uganda.