KAMPALA – The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi has called for intensified ideological education to cement and galvanise what has been already passed on to all officers and militants of UPDF.
Gen. Muhoozi made the remarks as he officiated at an ideological training evaluation symposium organized by the UPDF Chieftaincy of Political Commissariat at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs headquarters in Mbuya.
The symposium aimed at evaluating the impact and importance of Ideological training on Defence leaders, UPDF senior officers and militants.
Gen Muhoozi applauded the UPDF for being a patriotic, pan-Africanist army always ready to uphold democratic principles and one that can forge mechanisms aimed at improving peoples’ welfare.
He noted that UPDF has evolved over time since its inception as evidenced by the level of training and professionalism exhibited in all its formations and units.
The CDF further told participants that UPDF needs voices that can address the youth challenge since there is need for a system that is realistic, durable and able to meet organizational convictions.
“Every organization has its mission, its ethos, and therefore UPDF is no exception,” Gen Muhoozi said, urging the attendants to become UPDF disciples.
The symposium was addressed by facilitators from the academia, civic leaders and professionals in different disciplines who have always been valuable in imparting knowledge to the UPDF.
The Principle of Makerere University Business School (MUBS) Professor Wasswa Balunywa, commended UPDF for keeping the country stable, adding that the existing peace has enabled people to participate in activities aimed at achieving prosperity.
Various speakers addressed the need to use ideological training to improve productivity, security, freedom, national unity, mind-set change, health attitude, and youth employment, among others.
The symposium was also attended by the Deputy CDF Lt Gen Wilson Mbadi, Service Commanders, Chiefs of Staff, Under Secretary for Finance and Adminstration Mrs Edith Buturo and Lydia Wanyoto the Vice Chair of the NDC Steering Committee among others.