The Commander of the UPDF Special Forces, Maj. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba Monday afternoon commissioned three new housing units that will shelter at least 30 soldiers and their families in Entebbe barracks.
Maj.Gen. Kainerugaba, who was accompanied by his Deputy, Lt. Col. Don Nabaasa and other senior officers of the Command, has prioritized among other things the improved welfare of Special Forces operators and their families. Special Forces Command (SFC) has in the past four years commissioned numerous buildings for accommodation, training and health services. Late last year, Kabuura Hall, an accommodation facility for officers was constructed and commissioned, as well as Umoja Conference Hall at the 10 Marines Battalion Headquarters.
“I’m happy that we are progressively solving our problems of welfare. We have come a long way but we still have a lot to do. Soldiers must remain steadfast, disciplined and focused while undertaking their duties because we are on the right track,” said Maj. Gen. Kainerugaba while commissioning the buildings.
At yesterday’s occasion, three blocks named after fallen Special Forces operators were inaugurated, each block will shelter 10 families. The SFC has traditionally always paid tribute to fallen combatants and other heroes of the African liberation struggle. Yesterday, SFC honoured three soldiers namely Sgt. Kanakulya Charles, Cpl. Abiriga Wilson and Pte Ochaya Joseph by naming the new accommodation blocks after them.
Sgt. Kanakulya was a renowned tank driver who was killed alongside his crew at the battle of Kaya in South Sudan in 1997. At the battle of Kaya a combined force of the Sudanese Army and LRA insurgents were defeated by the UPDF. Abiriga, who hailed from West Nile, was a commando that was killed in action during the famous battle against ADF rebels at Semliki National park in 2007. Ochaya was another commando hailing from Pader District in northern Uganda, he died in defense of State House Mogadishu during an Al Shabaab raid while serving under AMISOM in May 2014.
While addressing the armed forces at Kololo ceremonial grounds in February at a function organized to thank them for maintaining peace during the recently concluded general elections, President Yoweri Museveni reiterated that the government’s priority would remain improved welfare of soldiers and ensuring better training and equipment to secure the country.