BY PPU REPORTER
KAWEWETA, NAKASEKE: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who is also the Commander in Chief of the armed forces has passed out a total of 4325 military trainees at the Military training School in Kaweweta, Nakaseke District.
Speaking shortly after the passing out ceremony, President Museveni who congratulated the school, trainees and instructors upon the successful completion of the course reminded the army in particular and Ugandans at large in keeping discipline while fighting Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are having a problem of Covid-19 in the world. It is not a problem of Covid-19, but a problem of indiscipline. Two days ago I passed out 4809 police personnel in Masindi, big number but no Covid-19 because everybody was disciplined,” The President said.
Museveni revealed that when the disease started, the CDF consulted him about this particular training and he gave him a go ahead provided the trainees and staff observed the SOPs and because of that discipline all the trainees were tested negative of Covid-19.
“If you are disciplined, you can avoid it. The Bible says that what you sow is what you reap. Thank you security forces for being steady and able to fight Corona with discipline and I challenge all Ugandans to do the same,” he said.
The President Museveni was received by the Commandant of the school Brig. James Ruhesi who briefed him about the recruit training intake 16, course contents, methods of instruction, assessment, and additional activities at the school among others and was later conducted to a demonstration. The trainees demonstrated field craft, drills, skills at arms, minor tactics, counter insurgency, internal security operations and public order management among others.
The ceremony was also attended by the Chief of Defense Forces (CDF), Gen. David Muhoozi and the State Minister for Security Col. Charles Engola among others.
Of the 4325 trainees that were passed out, 5 have Masters Degrees, 436 are degree holders. 538 are diploma holders, 726 certificate holders, 604 have a UACE certificate and 2016 have a certificate in UCE.
Gen. Museveni was happy to note that the army is growing strong and improving day by day and therefore assured Ugandans that the security of Uganda is very strong and will remain stable.
“When there was some instability in some towns like the killing of women, we took strong measures and the situation is now stable. The army is improving and the security in the country is very strong. When you have an educated army, teaching becomes easy because they learn quickly,” he said.
On the issue of Scientists, the President appealed to army MPs to push for the increase of salaries for scientists in the coming budget because the country needs scientists.
“Am tired of many tongues, let us pay scientists well because they will help us on so many things like diseases, vehicles, agro-processing among others. Then we add teachers, health workers, and security personnel (Police and army),” he said.
On the issue of corruption, the President challenged them to eliminate corruption and support the welfare and capacity building of the army.
Mr. Museveni cautioned graduates on squandering their lives with bad behavior like alcoholism, prostitution among others and said that when you are healthy, there is nothing you can’t do.
“I congratulate you but remember helath is the most important aspect of your life. When you are healthy, there is nothing you cannot do. Do away with alcohol there is nothing good in it,” he said.
The President was happy to note that Kaweweta Recruit Training School was developing and promised to support the fencing of the school and add more dormitories for trainees especially the female as requested by the commandant.
The State Minister of Security Col. Charles Engola congratulated the graduates upon finishing the course and said that this pass out was a significant achievement and a big milestone to the army in particular and the country in general.
“I congratulate you graduates for reaching this significant milestone. Put duty first before any other challenge and be responsible people,” Col. Charles Engola said.
He reminded them to always put the UPDF’s historical mission of patriotism, loyalty and discipline at the forefront.
The Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. David Muhoozi, revealed that UPDF has made remarkable strides in strengthening the force to secure the country.
“Our capacity is growing stronger. We have the capacity to secure the country well. As UPDF we have done well to prevent infections. Thank you for encouraging trainings and making it possible to have good infrastructure,” Gen. Muhoozi said.
The Commandant Major. James Ruhesi said that the course commenced with 4390 trainees however, as the course progressed the number reduced to 4325 due to various reasons ranging from medical, absenteeism and indiscipline among others.
“32 trainees escaped, 01 was discontinued due to indiscipline, 29 were medically unfit and two died while one voluntarily withdrew due to old age,” Maj. Ruhesi said.
During the function, best students in various disciplines were awarded with prizes. The best overall student was Muhimbura Jackson while the best in class was Mutekanga Jolex and Zirimenya Daniel was the best in field.