A total of forty student officers graduated from the Senior Command and Staff College (SCSC) Kimaka in Jinja district yesterday, after successfully completing their one year of study.
The graduates of course 13/2017-18, according to the army, were drawn also from the militaries of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania.
At the graduation event, these were told to honour and respect the Men and Women who sacrificed to have peace in their respective countries by guarding all achievements with utmost discipline and hard work.
The student officers pursued the Master of Arts Degree in Defence and Security Studies in collaboration with Makerere University .The course aimed at training and professionalizing officers so that they can assume high responsibilities in command and staff roles.
The Chief Guest and Minister of State for Defence and Veteran Affairs in charge of General Duties Hon Col (Rtd) Charles Okello Engola Macodwogo congratulated and commended graduates upon their tireless efforts to achieve both individual and collective milestones amidst the enormous challenges.
“You have earned the honour with hard work and you will retain it by living the army core values,” said Hon Charles Engola.
He urged graduates to plan and commit themselves in various assignments while exhibiting consistency, team work and accountability to address the training demands of Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF), and Partner States in the region and beyond.
Hon Engola acknowledged the growing demand by African Partner States to solve various security threats and the role of the Armed Forces in tackling those threats.
He reminded graduates to enhance interpersonal relationships at national and international levels so that they don’t forget where they came from, where they are and where they were going.
The UPDF Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi told graduates that what they learnt came with endless expectations for the world to become a more secure place for peace and development to thrive.
“The more you advance the more expectations we have in you towards solving global threats. We are waiting to see the effect of what you learnt and how it will impact on our Forces,” said Gen Muhoozi.
He implored graduates to maintain discipline and integrity in whatever they do to ensure additional effects on their respective forces. Gen Muhoozi promised to engage the Government in efforts to improve the academic environment of the school and further lauded spouses of graduates for diligently supporting them throughout the course.
Lt Gen Andrew Gutti the Commandant of SCSC-Kimaka and Chairman of the General Court Martial, congratulated graduates and urged them to enhance interoperability as well as personal values and trust to reinforce the level of peace, stability and prosperity within the region and beyond.
He noted that the course set a foundation for all-round officers, capable of analyzing national and International issues and discern their far reaching implications on global security.
According to Lt Gen Gutti, the course skilled students with articulate and balanced issues in a broad based perspective when undertaking tactical, operational and to some reasonable degree, strategic assignments.
He cautioned graduates to uphold the college’s core values; which are patriotism, integrity, discipline, selflessness and professionalism.
The graduation ceremony was attended by representatives of fraternal African countries including the South African Defence Forces Chief of Staff Lt Gen G R Masondo. Others were the UPDF Deputy Commander Land Forces Maj Gen Sam Kavuma, Brig Don Nabasa the Commander Special Forces, among others.
The best students were given prizes in recognition of their outstanding performance.