President Yoweri Museveni has commissioned ultra modern air- defence systems and graduate troops to man them and commended the army leadership for building independent capabilities on land, water and air.
“The NRM was very clear from the beginning. We knew that we had to use scarce resources to build our capabilities. Our ideology is to be self sufficient at all times,” he said.
The President, who is also the commander in Chief of Uganda’s armed forces was addressing newly commissioned air-defence troops majority of whom are young science graduates.
He commended the army leadership for recruiting young graduates with enough knowledge to protect Uganda’s sovereignty.
“Thank you (UPDF) for putting your brains together on this. I congratulate the newly commissioned officers and urge you to learn more. Don’t squander your lives and take good care of the equipment,” he said.
He urged the army leadership to empower the young troops with more training in order for them to exploit new technology, repair, and maintain security equipment and installations.
Over 60 troops were commissioned at a colourful ceremony in Masindi attended by the minister of State for Defence Col. Engola Okello and senior army officers.