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Term limits good for efficiency, Gen Muhoozi tells UPDF officers

Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba

Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba

The chief of defence forces (CDF) Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, has warned military commanders against office comfortability because being appointed in a given position should be considered as a short-term opportunity.

Speaking at the handover ceremony of former deputy CDF Lt Gen Peter Elwelu to Lt Gen Sam Okiding at Mbuya army headquarters on Thursday, Muhoozi said any military officer currently occupying an office should know it is just a tour of duty and should be prepared to leave at any time.

According to Muhoozi being in an office is temporary and intended to heighten operational efficiency.  

"These offices are not permanent and they are for everyone to pass through when building a professional force. Tour of duty is for everyone," Gen Muhoozi said.

At the same function, Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda handed over the office of chief of joint staff (CJS) to Maj Gen Jack Bakasumba. Muhoozi also urged soldiers regardless of their ranks, titles, and workstations to maintain the spirit of unity, brotherhood, and sisterhood.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the appointing authority and commander in chief of the UPDF H.E Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for selecting the right people to occupy these offices. I would like to caution the new office bearers to make a bigger impact at their new stations, and I also appreciate the outgoing officer for the job well done,” Muhoozi said.

Museveni appointed his son Muhoozi the new CDF almost a month ago replacing Gen Wilson Mbadi who was appointed minister of state for Trade. Okiding has been commanding the African Union Transmission Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) and returned last week to take over deputy CDF role. Museveni promoted Maj Gen Sam Kavuma to Lt Gen and appointed him the new ATMIS commander.

Muhoozi asked all UPDF office bearers to often leave a positive and indelible impact at all their respective services, units, and formations. He added that such traits manifest the peaceful culture of a professional military like UPDF.

"Do the best you can with the knowledge and perspective you have to leave an indelible and positive impact on the force," Muhoozi said. 

Elwelu expressed appreciation to Museveni for the trust bestowed upon him when he served as deputy CDF.

“It was a great challenge as a soldier and leader at all levels of command and control. I pledge to continue serving my country in another capacity as special presidential advisor. I commended the ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs and UPDF fraternity for all the support given to me as deputy CDF,” Elwelu said.

Mbadi and Elwelu have been at the helm of the army from June 2021 to March 2024. Elwelu asked the UPDF to fasten court procedures for the military and also improve the welfare of soldiers so that they can retire with a befitting package.

Okiding extolled Elwelu for the good service to UPDF in all the capacities he has served in including being second in command.

“Whatever happens in the world happens at the right time, and it is by God’s commendation and chosen. I promise to serve at my best and I will work with others because when you walk with others you reach far,” Okiding said.  


+5 #1 Akot 2024-04-13 12:59
Muhoozi Kainerugaba,

Your father has been winning fake elections & will rule till he dies of old age at +90 years of age!

So, at 49, how old will you be by the time you replace him & continue your family business that Uganda is?
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+4 #2 Lysol 2024-04-13 18:41
The charcoal calling the pot black. The boy should start with his old dad first.
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0 #3 g. kasede 2024-04-14 15:45
Quoting Lysol:
The charcoal calling the pot black. The boy should start with his old dad first.
Actually, he is talking about his father QUITING POWER.
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0 #4 Lysol 2024-04-15 22:43
Quoting g. kasede:
Quoting Lysol:
The charcoal calling the pot black. The boy should start with his old dad first.
Actually, he is talking about his father QUITING POWER.

The boy is naive and was just contradicting himself. Why then can't he force the old man to resign, by setting a good example?
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0 #5 Lakwena 2024-04-16 07:28
Like father like son!

At the OAU (AU) Summit in 1987, wasn't/isn't it the same BS we heard from his father, "Our problem of Africa"; when Gen Tibuhaburwa castigated African leaders for strangle-holding onto power?

In other words, these people should get off our faces with their smelly dishonesty.

In any case, at whatever rank, whoever soldier and/or Ugandan took Muhoozi's statement seriously is an opportunistic butt and boot-licking sycophant or a total fool, sic useful idiot.
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0 #6 Asekereza james 2024-04-16 10:38
The gentleman is cleverly saying and agreeing that Africa's new pandemic is "power-madness" which is also known as ''megalomania" [delusions of grandeur..!].

Those manifesting the symptoms of this power madness will do anything even if it is stupid, shameful , deadly or absurd to remain in the high positions they hold..
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