President Yoweri Museveni and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces has said that an Army Officer without a good political orientation is a disservice to society. He attributed poor performance and failed armies on the African continent to political disorientation.
Addressing over 250 Officer Cadets from Uganda People’s Defence Forces and the Somali Army, who are currently undergoing a one year Officer Cadet Course at Kabamba Military Academy in Mubende district on Wednesday, 21 November, 2017, President Museveni said that an African Army Officer without a clear political background about the evolution of humanity, society and contemporary African history, can’t be of good service to the continent.
ATTENTION: Officer Cadets stand on attention at the end the lecture. PPU Photo.
The President reminded the Cadet Officer trainees that to be a good African Army Officer, he or she has to know the place Africa occupies in global politics and why the continent, which is the origin of mankind, the first to adopt modern civilisation, the origin of all religions and is well-endowed with natural resources, sits below all other continents today.
“An Army Officer of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces or the Somali Army should be politically enlightened and a priest of nationalism and patriotism. As an African Army Officer, you must know more than just Army drills and know where the continent is in the global politics and what should be done for the continent to regain its position in the world and guarantee the future of her people,” he stressed.
A somali Officer Cadet (standing left), with colleagues sing the East African anthem in Kabamba main hall. PPU Photo.
The President observed that for the African continent to regain its position in the world, it needs to politically and economically integrate and remove the colonial boundaries to be able to handle the challenges the continent faces collectively.
“We need to integrate and work together. That’s when we can guarantee our future and that is why we have been fighting for the integration of the East African community,” he added.
He emphasized the need for the African continent to invest heavily in science and technology, noting that the sector is the “driver of modern social change in the world.”
NATIONAL ANTHEM: President Museveni, CDF, Gen David Muhoozi, and Brig. Musinguzi salute for the National anthem after the lecture. PPU Photo
President Yoweri Museveni was welcomed to the school by Brig. Musinguzi, the Commandant of Uganda Military Academy Kabamba (UMAK).