Aging force not good for national defence – CDF tells officers, militants

UPDF Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen Wilson Mbadi, addresses officers and militants during a meeting at the Field Artillery Division Headquarters in Masindi.

The UPDF Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen Wilson Mbadi, has reminded officers and militants of the importance of retirement for the continuous protection of the country.

Speaking during the mobilisation tour of troops at the Field Artillery Division Headquarters in Masindi, the CDF stressed that doing national defence requires an energetic, flexible and agile force.

However, he implored serving troops to respect those who have been at the helm of defending this country noting that it is time for retiring troops to rest in order to create space for the younger troops to carry on with the mantle.

“An old force is not good for national defence and therefore, retirement is necessary,” he said.

The CDF warned troops to desist from engaging in over drinking, promiscuity and other vices that can ruin their health and fail to perform their duties to expectation.

Gen Mbadi said there are some isolated incidents of cattle theft especially in Karamoja sub-region and a few cases of insecurity caused by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants in Kasese and Bundibugyo districts being tackled by both single and joint UPDF and Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) supple capabilities in Uganda and the DRC respectively.

Also at the meeting, the General assured officers and militants that their salaries shall be enhanced but in a phased manner telling them that salaries for the troops from senior officers to Generals has already been increased.

He said others will follow suit in the next financial year.

The CDF was accompanied by the Commander of the UPDF Motorised Infantry, Brig Gen Charles Byanyima; the Commandant of the Nakasongola Air force Wing, Brig Gen Chris Kasaija and officers from the Field Artillery Division including Col Ouma among other General and Senior Officers.

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