Army Warns Soldiers on Lobbying for Promotions

Ugandans living in the Diaspora are mobilising funds to repatriate the body of Ms Sarah Kuwedde-Semakula who passed away on Saturday Nov. 22 in United States.

She was 40. Born on November 22, sick 1974, help Kuwedde dies on her birthday at the Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan after a short battle with LUPUS Syndrome.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. This results in symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, the heart, and lungs and even death.

It’s caused by extreme stress, exposure to ultraviolet light, usually from sunlight, smoking, some medications and antibiotics, especially those in the sulfa and penicillin groups; some infections, such as cytomegalovirus (CMV), parvovirus (such as fifth disease), hepatitis C infections, and the Epstein-Barr virus (in children).

There is currently no cure for lupus, nor has there been a new drug to treat the disease in the last 50 years, although there are a number of new drugs currently being researched or in clinical trials.

ChimpReports understands the widower, Mr Timothy Semakula has since appealed to Ugandans in U.S to give a hand in enabling the family to repatriate the deceased’s remains.

Ms Kuwedde was born in Bubeke – Ssese Island, Uganda, to Mr John Nswemu (deceased) and Ms Martha Nakisitu of Kireka – Kamuli. She is survived by her husband, Timothy Semakula and one child – Kelvin Mukuuma Katende,16.

Uganda North America Association said in a statement on Thursday that, “the family has been very involved in several of the Ugandan community activities here in the US in the short two years they’ve been here, and we would all like to support Mr. Semakula and family during this very trying time.”


It added: “Currently, the body is still at the hospital, as repatriation arrangements are being finalized. If you wish to write a cheque (check) or any cash condolence; please address it to Timothy Semakula and send it to his home address: 930 Goddard Road, #110, Lincoln Park, Michigan 48146.”

Tentatively, the body is planned to be leave for Uganda on Dec 14 to family home along Muzei Semakula road on Lweza – Kajjansi, Entebbe highway where final burial arrangements will be finalized.
President Yoweri Museveni has reiterated his call to all leaders at all levels in Uganda to support the new production programme of seedling distribution that is overseen by the Army so that wananchi in rural areas are enabled to get rid of household poverty.

The President made that call on Tuesday night during the ceremony of launching the issuance of the National Identity Cards at the ongoing 5-day Government Budget Conference Retreat at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala.

The Retreat that has attracted Cabinet Ministers, viagra sale Permanent Secretaries, this Heads of Department and District Local Government leaders nationwide, viagra approved is reviewing the government performance in the Financial Year 2013/2014 and the Budget Strategy for the Financial Year 2015/2016.

The retreat is being moderated by the Prime Minister who is also the Head of Government Business Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.

President Museveni, who told delegates of the 4 elements he described as his LCM, include fear of God, peace in the country, infrastructure and household income, said following the success of the programme overseen by the Army Officers led by Gen. Salim Saleh at all zones in the country where there was the people’s protracted liberation struggle, the government decided to roll out the programme to the whole country.

He said 18 million seedlings of coffee, 191,000 of mangoes, 297,000 of oranges and 6 million seedlings of tea, have been distributed in the last 3 seasons. He added that the total amount used was only Shs.16 billion compared to Shs.203 billion that NAADS used to get annually for the same exercise.

The President wondered how much would have been done if only half of Shs. 203 billion was used to help wanainchi in eradicating poverty in rural areas. Mr. Museveni, therefore, called on all leaders at all levels to support the new programme in order to get rid of poverty in Uganda through production.

He also pointed out another evil that he termed as ‘brucellosis disease’ among leaders who sabotage development projects. He stressed that this is not acceptable.

“So many projects are conceived but they abort. The recent one was the Palm Programme in Kalangala. Investors were to get more land but couldn’t. This is not acceptable. In Canada and Singapore, it takes only 2 days to conclude anything on any programme. But in Uganda it takes 4 years. This is not acceptable,” he stressed.

The President also called on the Minister of Agriculture, especially leaders in the South West of Uganda and Kabarole in particular, to assist people in their area to develop pasture in their farms that can make dairy cattle yield more milk.

“In the South West, cows are not eating. People must be assisted to develop pasture in their farms so that cows can yield more milk. You find District Agricultural Officer, District Veterinary Officer supervising starvation of cows. How can people be so irresponsible?” he asked.

He warned that if the unsuitable grass is seen in the farm again he will do something about it.
The Chief of Defence Forces in the UPDF Gen. Katumba Wamala has warned soldiers against taking to the media and parliament complaining about promotions in the army.

Speaking at a function held to decorate the newly promoted officers at the Ministry of Defence Headquarter in Mbuya on Wednesday afternoon, sildenafil Katumba said the mandate of promoting officers rests in the hands of the Commander-in-chief.

“I get irritated at officers who go to the media and Parliament because they want to be promoted. The media or Parliament can’t promote you but rather your good performance and discipline can lead to that,” Katumba noted.

The CDF noted that the UPDF is a modern and professional army capable of successfully executing challenging military missions and that the newly promoted officers need to work hard to promote the values of the army.

“In the Bible they say, there is time for everything. Now is your time for promotion. Remember this comes with new responsibilities and expectations which you have to fulfill.”

Katumba added, “I don’t doubt the promotion has been due to hard work and commitment. However, if you could make a mistake while at a lower rank, now is the time you stopped because no one will tolerate it on the new rank. The demands are going to increase but you ought to be innovative and support the work of the institution.”

The function was attended by among others the Deputy CDF Lt. Gen. Charles Angina, Commander Land Forces Maj. Gen. David Muhoozi and the Chief of Staff Land Forces Brig. Leopold Kyanda.

More than 1,000 officers were last month promoted to different ranks by the Chief Commander of the UPDF Gen. Yoweri Museveni.

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