President Museveni has lashed at parents for overburdening children with their financial problems before they even settle in at their new jobs.
He made these remarks at commissioning 223 cadet officers at Uganda Military Academy (UMA) situated at Kabamba in Mubende District on Saturday.
Museveni observed that such pressures have led many young employees to divert from noble causes at hand.
“You need to tell your parents to leave you alone. They are the ones who cause you problems. When a child gets a job they instantly overload him/her with a luggage,” he said.
Instead he advised parents to revert to cultivation instead of luring their own into taking Wrong decisions.
“When a child begins working all of you crowd yourselves into his/her house and hide there. I am puzzled. You are the ones leading them into making mistakes. It is you and nobody else,” he emphasised.
Museveni said the officers should consider themselves fortunate to be part of the officer corps in a force that has made significant contribution to the wellbeing of their motherland and the region.
“Consider being commissioned as officers of the UPDF as a very rear opportunity. UPDF is a force that was historically needed in Uganda, otherwise Uganda would have by now disintegrated. UPDF was able to reverse the declining Uganda because of our Ideology, strategy and discipline. Without any money we were able to build a very strong force which saved Uganda and contributed to regional peace. Therefore, for you to be a part of this is a very great honor and you should not take it lightly or misuse your chances”, said President Museveni.
Four medical doctors were commissioned to the rank of Captain and the rest Second Lieutenants.
The President reminded the newly commissioned Officers that they are members of a liberation army and so should clearly differentiate themselves from the traditional tribal and colonial armies that did not serve the interest of the people.
“Always be ready to defend Uganda’s democracy, champion patriotism and nationalism on top of embracing and working for Pan-Africanism and socio-economic transformation of our society,” he said.He further urged them that time allowing ,they should engage in wealth creation activities.
Earlier, Gen Wilson Mbadi, the deputy Chief of Defence Forces warned cadets against politicizing their deployments saying it will not work.
Mbadi said the 1-year course is to fill critical gaps in the force and as such not to scramble for positions.
“I know form here we are going to start getting calls. Put my son here, put my son there. Please, we didn’t train you to put you where you prefer,” he cautioned.
According to Mbadi, loyalty, integrity, discipline and patriotism remain critical for one to scale heights.
Meanwhile, President Museveni affirmed those present that everything is moving on well. However he hinted that plans are ongoing to transform Kabamba into a regional military university catering for the armed forces and academics.
Museveni says courses offered will run for 3 years hence providing critical skills to soldiers.
“Opportunities are now many for you people. For us we had to learn military without all these facilities. That why you hear that some of us had to go to Mozambique,” Museveni observes.
A batch of President Museveni’s Front for National Liberation Front (FRONASA) fighters trained there in preparation for war against Idi Amin.
This was under the auspices of President Samora Machel’s Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) which then was fighting against colonial power Portugal.
Best Officer Cadets
Out of 223 cadets who graduated, 203 were Ugandans and rest from the Federal Republic of Somalia.
The Commandant Brig. Charles Byaruhanga said that the objectives of the training where successfully achieved and that the Officers were equipped with knowledge, skills and UPDF tradition.
He however cautioned them to put into practice what they learnt, pay allegiance and never shame the country.
Four Officers received awards for excelling during the one-year course O/Cadet Abdul Wahab Harun was best overall student, O/Cadet Sumaya Nangobi best in class,O/Cadet Mutegeki Clovis best in the field, O/Cadet Mugarura John best in discipline, while O/Cadet Abdullai Ahmed Diiri was the best fraternal student.
The function was attended by the Hon. Minister of State for Kampala Capital City Authority Ms Benna Namugwanya, a delegation from the Federal Government of Somalia led by the Somalia National Army Deputy Commander Land Forces Brig Abdi Abdullahi Shire, the UPDF Deputy Commander Land forces Maj. Gen. Sam Kavuma, the Deputy Commander Airforces Maj Gen. Gavas Mugyenyi and the Chief of Staff Land Forces Maj Gen Leopald Eric Kyanda and family members of the newly commissioned officers among others.