President Museveni Commissioned 25 housing units for officers of the Special Forces Command (SFC) at the Kambarage Nyerere Barracks at Busambaga-Katabi in Entebbe Municipality yesterday.
The construction of the housing units began in May 2017 and was spearheaded by the engineering unit of SFC. The units are named after the late Martin Mwesiga, a soldier who fought tirelessly to end the dictatorship of Idi Amin.
The president commended SFC for having used their own manpower to construct the houses, which he says saved a lot of money that would have otherwise been spent on a private contractor.
“Some private contractors are very poor. They go to banks and borrow money at 24% interest rate and on account of greed, put in a profit calculation of 19% which makes it 43%, that we would have to pay”, he said.
The president urged soldiers to refrain from greed and corruption so that more houses can be built to accommodate more soldiers and their families.
“It is such corruption that failed Army schools because some people would bring the entire clan and not biological children of soldiers which eventually overwhelmed the programme”, the president said.
He thanked SFC for remembering the late Martin Mwesigwa. He asked them to find a systematic and organized way of keeping records of the children of the veterans so that the Army can be able to help them.
“When Martin Mwesiga died in 1973, Uganda was in a bad situation and if we had not sacrificed, our country would have collapsed. Comrades like Mwesiga, who died early, were young and very educated people who sacrificed for the nation. His grandson can now live in peace because of his sacrifice”, he said.
Mr. Museveni On the question of the army hiring construction equipment, I will talk to the government to see to it that they procure this machinery for the UPDF.