The UPDF has marked the end of Armed Forces Week and Tarehe Sita activities with thanksgiving prayers at Mubende Rehabilitation Centre (MRC), a home to most soldiers injured in the line of duty.
The annual event always crowns Armed Forces Tarehe Sita activities.
While officiating at the function on Saturday, 2nd Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of East African Community Affairs, Kirunda Kivejinja, praised the UPDF leadership for making a historic mark of hosting EAC military contingents.
In his speech, he pointed out that the greatest gift of God to man is life and encouraged the soldiers to live and fight with determination so that they are remembered as heroes for their country.
The Minister of State for Defense – General Duties, Hon Col (Rtd) Charles Okello Engola, thanked the Chief of Defence Forces for deciding the thanksgiving be held in Mubende.
He thanked the UPDF for ensuring peace in the country and providing an enabling environment for Uganda to develop.
The UPDF Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. David Muhoozi recognized the efforts of the Undersecretary for Finance and Administration at the Ministry of Defense and Veteran Affairs Ms Edith Buturo for working tirelessly to ensure the event was one of the activities on the Ministry calendar.
He described the event as both cultural and religious.
“We are gathered here to thank God for the lives of the UPDF men and women plus their families, but we should remember that our work is hazardous. However, we shall continue for the sake of the nation and offer ourselves as sacrifices,” said Muhoozi.
In the same tone, the guest Preacher, Bishop Joshua Lwere, encouraged soldiers not to tire sacrificing for their country because their rewards await them in the afterlife.
“Before God, the people who do good have their children blessed till their fourth generation. Soldiers who kill to prevent evil aren’t committing any sin because they are fighting a righteous war as provided for in the Bible” he added.
The thanksgiving prayers were attended by Ministers and members of Parliament from Bukedi sub region, Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura, Gen Elly Tumwiine, Mubende district leaders as well as Senior UPDF officers.