KAWEWETA, NAKASEKE: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who is also
the Commander in Chief of the armed forces has passed out a total of 4325
military trainees at the Military training School in Kaweweta, Nakaseke
Speaking shortly after the passing out ceremony, President Museveni who
congratulated the school, trainees and instructors upon the successful
completion of the course reminded the army in particular and Ugandans at
large in keeping discipline while fighting Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are having a problem of Covid-19 in the world. It is not a problem of
Covid-19, but a problem of indiscipline. Two days ago I passed out 4809
police personnel in Masindi, big number but no Covid-19 because
everybody was disciplined,” The President said.
Museveni revealed that when the disease started, the CDF consulted him
about this particular training and he gave him a go ahead provided the
trainees and staff observed the SOPs and because of that discipline all the
trainees were tested negative of Covid-19.
“If you are disciplined, you can avoid it. The Bible says that what you sow is
what you reap. Thank you security forces for being steady and able to fight
Corona with discipline and I challenge all Ugandans to do the same,” he
The President Museveni was received by the Commandant of the school
Major. James Ruhesi who briefed him about the recruit training intake 16,
course contents, methods of instruction, assessment, and additional
activities at the school among others and was later conducted to a
demonstration. The trainees demonstrated field craft, drills, skills at arms,
minor tactics, counter insurgency, internal security operations and public
order management among others.
The ceremony was also attended by the Chief of Defense Forces (CDF),
Gen. David Muhoozi and the State Minister for Security Col. Charles
Engola among others.
Among the 4325 trainees that were passed out included, 5 with Masters
Degree while 436 are degree holders. 538 are diploma holders, 726
certificate holders, 604 have a UACE certificate and 2016 have a certificate
Gen. Museveni was happy to note that the army is growing strong and
improving day by day and therefore assured Ugandans that the security of
Uganda is very strong and will remain stable.
“When there was some instability in some towns like the killing of women,
we took strong measures and the situation is now stable. The army is
improving and the security in the country is very strong. When you have an
educated army, teaching becomes easy because they learn quickly,” he
On the issue of Scientists, the President appealed to army MPs to push for
the increase of salaries for scientists in the coming budget because the
country needs scientists.
“Am tired of many tongues, let us pay scientists well because they will help
us on so many things like diseases, vehicles, agro-processing among
others. Then we add teachers, health workers, and security personnel
(Police and army),” he said.
On the issue of corruption, the President challenged them to eliminate
corruption and support the welfare and capacity building of the army.
Mr. Museveni cautioned graduates on squandering their lives with poor and bad behavior like alcoholism, prostitution among others and said that when you are healthy, there is nothing you can’t do.
“I congratulate you but remember helath is the most important aspect of
your life. When you are healthy, there is nothing you cannot do. Do away
with alcohol there is nothing good in it,” he said.
The President was happy to note that Kaweweta Recruit Training School
was developing and promised to support the fencing of the school and add
more dormitories for trainees especially female as requested by the
The State Minister of Security Col. Charles Engola congratulated the
graduates upon finishing the course and said that this pass out was a
significant achievement and a big milestone to the army in particular and
the country in general.
“I congratulate you graduates for reaching this significant milestone. Put
duty first before any other challenge and be responsible people,” Col.
Charles Engola said.
He reminded them to always put the UPDF’s historical mission of
patriotism, loyalty and discipline at the forefront.
The Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. David Muhoozi, revealed that UPDF
has made remarkable strides in strengthening the force to secure the
“Our capacity is growing stronger. We have the capacity to secure the
country well. As UPDF we have done well to prevent infections. Thank you
for encouraging trainings and making it possible to have good
infrastructure,” Gen. Muhoozi said.
The Commandant Major. James Ruhesi said that the course commenced
with 4390 trainees however, as the course progressed the number reduced
to 4325 due to various reasons ranging from medical, absenteeism and
indiscipline among others.
“32 trainees escaped, 01 was discontinued due to indiscipline, 29 were
medically unfit and two died while one voluntarily withdrew due to old age,” Maj. Ruhesi said.
During the function, best students in various disciplines were awarded with
prizes. The best overall student was Muhimbura Jackson while the best in
class was Mutekanga Jolex and Zirimenya Daniel was the best in field.