The Minister for Public Service Muruli Mukasa has advises the Uganda People’s Defence Forces to fight the evil of divisionism and remain a pro people army so as to protect the gains the army has scored since 1986.
He was speaking as the Chief Guest at the launch of the district Tarehe Sita Anniversary Civil-Military activities at St. Francis Mijeera Health Centre in Nakasongola district.
“For a successful revolution, guard against the resurgence of the old, colonial, militaristic and anti-people tendencies to guarantee peace and development in the country,” he told the soldiers.
Muruli added that nationalism, Pan-Africanism, being pro-people and non-partisan as well as remaining productive in all sectors will continue making UPDF an engine and bedrock of peace.
He asked the local population to reciprocate the concerns of all security forces such as the Uganda Police Force, Uganda Prisons Service and Uganda wildlife Authority so that the nation achieves more prosperity.
Muruli further applauded the UPDF for its remarkable contribution in responding to both health and educational concerns of the people from Nakasongola, saying this Corporate Social Responsibility tells the pro-people nature of UPDF.
The UPDF General Officer Commanding Reserve Forces Lt Gen Charles Otema Awanyi noted that since Uganda is now peaceful, the rest challenges such as youth employment will soon be solved.
“The fundamental thing called peace is now here and our next focus is the eradication of poverty,” he said.
Margret Komuhangi, Woman MP Nakasongola District, appreciated UPDF activities in the region saying that they are exemplary and urged locals to copy UPDF activities.
Hon Muruli, later launched the medical camp at Nabiswera Health Centre III where UPDF medics donated mosquito nets and are offering free eye and dental services, free HIV/AIDS Testing and Counseling, maternity services, palliative care, and family planning services.
UPDF engineers are also involved in minor reconstruction works at Kakooge Health Centre 111, Mulonzi and Buyamba Primary Schools.