Minister of State for Defense and Veteran Affairs Lt. Col. (Rtd.) Dr. Bright Rwamirama yesterday hailed retired UPDF officers, for maintaining their military discipline in retirement and not using their skills to engage in crimes such as robberies and kidnaps which have been on the rise in the country.
The Minister was on Tuesday meeting veteran officers in the Greater Ankole region.
“I have traversed all parts of the country, but I have not found any veteran named in women murders, robberies or kidnaps,” he said.
“We thank you and we shall work for you,” Maj. Rwamirama said
The Minister however advised the retired soldiers to organize and form cooperatives to benefit from the various government poverty alleviation projects.
“Now that I am here, go and make associations and you also harvest from your own sweat,” he advised.
Through Sergeant Rukanga Arinaitwe, the veterans asked government to construct special veterans’ schools for their children into the job market.
“Honorable minister you are one of our own; we want to extend our special resolutions to you which include government constructing special schools to our children and providing them with jobs after education” Arinaitwe said.
During the meeting, Mbarara LC V Chairman Rtd. Capt. JB Bamuturaki urged the veterans to keep a meaningful life by joining active politics.
“Join politics and live by example. Be good ambassadors; let someone see you and admire you,” he urged.