Three senior officers of the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) have retired from active service after more than 35 years of service.
Maj Gen Eric Mukasa (RIP) represented by the family, Brig Gen Tumusiime Nyakaitana and Brig Gen Geoffrey Mujuni, were today honorably discharged.
The send off was presided over by the Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs headquarters in Mbuya.
In his remarks, Muhoozi congratulated the officers for making it to the end, saying that their journey has been long and remarkable in terms of service, growth and professionalism.
“We value your service, we cherish you and are here to send you off honorably since we have learnt many life changing lessons through your service,” he said.
Muhoozi said the officers had made a monumental and significant contribution to the growth of UPDF and it was therefore befitting that they are sent off with dignity.
He also urged them to stay in touch with the leadership and keep relevant to both the army and country.
“Don’t switch off. You still carry our image and we expect discipline and leadership from you. Be our ambassadors and remain useful to your families,” He appealed to them.
While speaking on behalf of retirees, Brig Gen (Rtd) Geoffrey Mujuni thanked the almighty God for helping them to serve with dignity, noting that time has now come for them to enjoy the fruits of the peace that they have fought for.
“Time has come for us to go and relax a bit but we shall keep our ears on the ground against anybody who interferes with the peace,” Brig Mujuni emphasized.
He further lauded their families for the patience they exercised over year while they were busy on military duty.
The ceremony was attended by the Joint Chief of Staff Lt Gen Joseph Musanyufu, the Chief of Personnel and Administration Maj Gen George Igumba and the Commissioner Human Resource Mr Cox Anguzo among other senior leaders.