“Government spends less on the UPDF building team compared to the exorbitant prices from the exploitative contractors,’’ said the President.
The Commander in Chief (C-in-C) of the Armed Forces, President Yoweri Museveni, has advised against use of contractors in building housing units for the army, and urged that all new structures be built by the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) Engineering Brigade.
The President made the remarks on Friday July 21st 2017, at Nsamizi Special Forces Command (SFC) barracks in Entebbe Municipality, where he commissioned the new Dr. Ronald Bata Hospital, constructed by the UPDF Engineering Brigade, in four months, at a cost of Uganda shillings 293 million.
Mr. Museveni said that one must always look for cheap and efficient means to develop and defend his country, and implored soldiers to venture into the production of bricks to reduce the cost of erecting buildings in barracks and pave way for the construction of more structures. He revealed that Government has built primary schools in all the barracks and four Secondary Schools in Jinja, Nakasongola, Masindi and Mbarara using the same labour from the Engineers Brigade.
He observed that government will in future only provide cement, iron bars and iron sheets; and promised to contribute towards the acquisition of brick making machines for the UPDF team. He thanked the UPDDF for building the new facility.
According to the state Minister of defence In charge of veteran Affairs, Hon Lt Col (Rtd) Bright Rwamirama, the new hospital calls for more resources since 75% of the patients are civilians.
The UPDF Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen David Muhoozi, thanked SFC for efficient use of government resources and asked the UPDF medical team to provide medical equipments to the facility.
The Special Forces Commander, Col Don Nabasa, revealed that the Hospital provides free medical services to wananchi as part of civil-military relations. He disclosed that plans are underway to build an accident centre owing to the high number of road carnage along Entebbe road. Col Don was extolled by the President for his role in setting up the facility.
The new facility, to treat both civilians and soldiers, will cut down the costs incurred when treatment is sought from outside the barracks.
At the same function, the President recognized the work of spouses of soldiers Savings Credit and Cooperative Organization (SACCO’s) under SFC in eliminating poverty, and urged them to explore opportunities in weaving and knitting aside from tailoring and making charcoal briquettes. President Museveni pledged to invest 50 million shillings towards the growth of the SACCO.