Over 600 Officers and men are undergoing a pre retirement training program in Jinja Gadaffi barracks to prepare them for civilian life, UPDF has announced.
The training which started on Feburary 16 and will go on up to 19 Feb. 2015 was opened by the UPDF CDF Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala, who thanked the retirees for their selfless service to the institution and the country as a whole.
“We are really very thankful to your contribution,the development and the achievement you see today in the UPDF and the country is part of your sweat and commitment, UPDF and the country will forever remain indebted to you.”Katumba said
General Katumba also called on the soldiers who are retiring to ensure that they use their package cautious so that they don’t regret in future and remain healthy.
Katumba called on the soldiers to remain relevant to this country by engaging in productive work to push this country further and cautioned them never to be involved in unpalatable activities like rebellions that will cause them problems
He also clarified that UPDF as a force had never and would never consider retiring a casualty on the basis of his/her physical disability attained in the course of service.
“Unlike other Armies who abandon their causalities for us we manage them; that is why we have the Mubende Rehabilitation center. The only causalities that are retired are those who choose to go voluntarily. Katumba remarked
Earlier the Chief of Personnel and Administration Brigadier Joseph Musanyufu under whose docket all UPDF personnel fall revealed that UPDF has finalized a plan of retiring a number of its personnel every year and this pre retirement briefing will be an annual event.
Brigadier Musanyu revealed that over 1400 officers and men would be retired before the end of this financial year.
A number of officers, he added have clocked the retirement age “but it is the Ministry of finance that has been holding back the process due to lack of finances.”
“We have a backlog of officers and men who are due for retirement but it has been the ministry of finance that had not released the money; but now we have got the commitment from them that funds will be there so retirement will be every year,” said Musanyufu
The first batch of around 700 soldiers are due to hang up their boots on 28th February this year and includes mostly officers and men who are above 50 years of age and have served more than 30years in the force. More will be retire by the end of this financial year
They include officers from the rank of Colonel to Private among the categories that are retiring are those who are due to age, medical and voluntary retirement.
Among the retirees are 1 Colonel, 8 Lieutenant Colonels, 29 Majors, 60 captains, 23 Warrant Officers and over 500 in other ranks.