MUKONO – The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) for Mukono, Mr. Fred Bamwine has told over three thousand candidates who on Thursday, January 2 turned out in Mukono for the ongoing UPDF nation wide recruitment exercise that one of the fundamental changes Uganda has experienced is the quality of it’s military, the UPDF.
“The Armed Forces of Uganda prior to 1986 were the worst burden our citizens have encountered. They were meant to protect the people but rather violated their rights,” said the RDC, adding that, the discipline that the National Resistance Army and later the UPDF exhibited has totally erased the bad image that was associated with Uganda’s military.
The RDC told the recruits that many failures or criminals running away from arrest were enrolled in Uganda’s past armed Forces. “However, today, the UPDF has changed that trend. We have no place for criminals and fugitives in the Force. We only recruit professional and disciplined personalities,” said Mr. Bamwine.
The Head of UPDF Team Five recruitment, Brig Winston Byaruhanga informed the successful recruits that their bright future lies on the extent of their discipline because discipline is the backbone of the armed Forces.
He tipped the recruits that they must put maximum love in the training in order to overcome the difficulties associated with it. “It’s the spiritual or conceptual will you put in the training that will help you overcome the physical challenges you will encounter,” he said.
The recruitment team in Mukono center today handled Mukono, Kayunga, Buikwe and Buvuma Districts. The recruitment center was graced with local council leaders, district internal security officers and Gombolola Internal Security Officers and Police, among others.