18 December 2012

Uganda: Museveni's Son Decorated Brigadier

Four of the newly promoted UPDF officers, including the first son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, were decorated with insignia for the rank of Brigadier General on Tuesday.

At the ceremony which took place the ministry of defense headquarters in Mbuya, the army officers were pipped in the company of their spouses and relatives.

The other officers decorated include Brigadier General Wilson Mbadi, formerly Aid de Camp (ADC) to the President and now 4th Division Commander; Brigadier General Peter Elwelu, formerly 2nd Division Operations Officer who is now the 3rd Division Commander 3rd; and Brigadier General Joram Kakaari, formerly the Inspector General of Military Equipment and now Chief of Pensions and gratuity.

President Yoweri Museveni recently promoted and transferred several senior army officers in the latest changes early this month.

In his speech, Brigadier General Muhoozi, who is the commander of the Special Forces Command (SFC), hailed the President for giving inspiration and constant guidance to the army.

He said the achievements made by the army over the years would not have been possible without the President's leadership, and pledged to work hard to benefit from his wisdom.

Muhoozi also hailed the chief of defense forces and senior leadership of the UPDF for their support and guidance in his career, describing them as 'tried and tested leaders'.

He also commended his colleagues in the army for their selflessness and patriotism, saying this had aided their transformation from a guerrilla army into a professional force.

The deputy chief of defense forces, Lt Gen Ivan Koreta said the promotion of army officers was in recognition of their excellence in their careers.

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