The CDF, Gen. David Muhoozi, awards a certificate of retirement to the Senior most retiree, Col. Kitts, at Land Forces HQs Bombo, Luwero District.
The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen David Muhoozi, has today 30th Thursday, November, 2017 officiated at the sendoff ceremony of over 500 officers and men of UPDF at the Land Forces headquarters, Bombo that are part of the 1101 retired across the country. Meanwhile, a sizeable number of Special Forces Command (SFC) personnel were part of those retired.
The CDF commended the retirees and those discharged for their loyalty to service, and advised them to use the expertise and rich knowledge they have obtained from UPDF to better their lives and those of their families.
Gen. Muhoozi reminded the retirees that a Veteran Affairs docket was created purposely to handle veteran issues, and therefore, they will not be abandoned.
” Make good use of the time on your hands and write memoirs that can be helpful to the ones still in service.” he said.
He further thanked them for their distinguished service to the UPDF and their nation at large.
Gen. David Muhoozi (seated centre), CPA, Brig. Igumba ( right) and Brig. Katsigazi (2nd from right) pose for a group photo with retirees at Land Forces HQs.
The UPDF Director of Estates, Col James Nambale, represented the Camp Commandant Brig. Hussein Addah. He presented a total of 518 soldiers to CDF for certification and official retiring of whom, 123 are officers while 395 are militants. He said all soldiers are candidates of retirement, although phased in manner to allow them prepare.
The soldiers were advised to uphold discipline and strive to ascent to leadership positions in their respective areas.
Col Lawrence Kitts who spoke on behalf of the retirees said, he joined the Army in 1965, and has since served uninterrupted to date. He thanked the Commander in Chief, President Yoweri Museveni, and the UPDF leadership for allowing them to retire honorably. He advised his fellow retirees to preach the gospel of peace wherever they go.
BYE-BYE: The CDF and Senior UPDF Officer wave to retirees as they match out of Bombo Land Forces HQs, a ritual performed to show exit with grace from active service.
The CDF later awarded them certificates. The Chief of Staff Land forces (COS-LF), Brig Katsigazi, the Chief of Personnel and Administration (CPA), Brig George Igumba, Senior and Junior UPDF officers attended the ceremony which was punctuated with great revolutionary songs played by the UPDF brass band.