President Yoweri Museveni, who is also the Commander In Chief of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces, UPDF has asked army officers retiring from active service to create wealth for themselves with the remuneration from government.
He was speaking yesterday at a ceremony to retire 48 General officers of the UPDF at State House Entebbe.
General Elly Tumwine who was scheduled to retire in this lot, died last week.
Museveni thanked the officers for accepting to work under difficult situations with no or low pay to a stage where the system is now able to support them unlike in the previous armies where officers retired upon death.
Museveni called upon the officers to buy themselves land and practice the four -acre model of agriculture and venture into coffee, fruits, pasture for animals (zero grazing), food, chicken and pigs in the backyard, fishing near the swamps.
Among the notable retirees most of whom are part of the 1986 National Resistance Army (NRA) liberation group that brought the current government into power include Gen David Sejusa, is a former Coordinator of Intelligence Services, and Lt Gen Andrew Gutti, formerly Chairman of the General Court Martial.
Others are Lt. Gen John Mugume, Maj Gen. Steven Kashaka, Maj. Gen Joram Kakaari Tumwine, Maj. Gen Manon Katirima Phinehas, Maj. Gen Elly Kayanja, Maj. Gen Geoffrey Balaba Muheesi and Uganda’s most decorated female military officer, Gen Proscovia Nalweyiso who is currently serving as Special Presidential Advisor on Defense and Security.