From UPDF/MoD media center
Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces Soldiers in the 3 Division have been urged to embrace the core values of the National Resistance Army/UPDF, deepen their ideological orientation as means of achieving their constitutional mandate, and to exercise financial discipline.
The call was echoed by the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen. Wilson Mbasu Mbadi’s Unit Mobilisation team as they concluded their tour in the 3rd Division.
“We are here to remind ourselves and reflect on the tested core revolutionary methods and correct line of ideological clarity to achieve the historical mission for this country. We must practice and embrace the NRA/UPDF’s core values, discipline, sacrifice, patriotism, loyalty and Pan-Africanism in order to move forward in the right and desired direction” Lt. Gen. Nakibus Lakara, the General Manager of Uganda Air Cargo Corporation who represented the CDF said.
He urged the troops to exercise patience as he narrated that the strategic leadership remains committed towards addressing welfare issues by gradually enhancing salaries, construction and improvements of housing units and medical facilities among others.
Addressing troops in Teso, Elgon and Bukedi Sub-regions, Maj. Gen. Don William Nabasa, the 3 Division Commander reminded the troops about their constitutional obligations as enshrined in Artical 209 of the Uganda Constitution. “It’s not by choice but a national obligation and sacrifice to execute our constitutional obligation in order to secure Uganda for prosperity and development,” Gen Nabasa emphasized.
Brig. Gen. Dr. James Kiyengo, the UPDF Director of medical services called upon the troops to life healthy lifestyles in order to enable them deliver on the speculated mandate. He equally lectured the soldiers on financial illiteracy.
The Deputy Chief of Civil-military Cooperation, Col Sam Ntambirwe promised to work with relevant partners to establish CIMIC centers in support of operation in the Division in order to enhance harmony between the security forces and the people.
Col Deo Karikona, the Director Human Rights in UPDF on his part called for strict adherence Rules of Engagement and promotion of Human rights standards and respect for people whenever the forces operate.
On her part, Hon Col Dr Victoria Nekesa urged the soldiers’ spouses to plan and utilize properly the evolving presidential support fund in order to boost their household incomes. She advised officers and men in uniform to care and maintain sizable families and utilize the improved modern medical services at military health facilities as opposed to going to traditional myths and beliefs.
In each unit visited, the teams launched tree planting drives and encouraged troops to plant more as an effort to promote environmental conservation and security.
The five days exercise was interactive as field officers and soldiers listened to the explanations of key messages from strategic and Division leaders and they got instant feedback.
Task team one led by General Wilson Mbadi, the Chief of Defence Forces, split into two groups (South and North) and conducted unit mobilization from 25-29 May 2023, reached out to brigades and units that operate under 3 Division area of responsibility in the greater Eastern Uganda.