President Yoweri Museveni has hailed the Uganda People Defense Forces (UPDF) for having recruited young science graduates and trained them in managing the country’s air defense systems.
Museveni, who is also the commander in Chief of Uganda’s armed forces was addressing 60 newly commissioned air-defence troops majority of whom are young science graduates.
Museveni also commissioned ultra modern air-defence systems to man them and commended the army leadership for building independent capabilities on land, water and air.
“Thank you (UPDF) for putting your brains together on this. I congratulate the newly commissioned officers and urge you to learn more. Don’t squander your lives and take good care of the equipment,” he said.
Museveni argued that the training of graduates is a step on the path towards Uganda’s independence.
He said: “The NRM was very clear from the beginning. We knew that we had to use scarce resources to build our capabilities. Our ideology is to be self sufficient at all times,” he said.
He urged the army leadership to empower the young troops with more training in order for them to exploit new technology, repair, and maintain security equipment and installations.
The rise of young Ugandans competent enough to manage the sensitive and high-tech military installations comes amid concerns that Uganda was spending so much money on hiring Russian and other foreigners in handling country’s air defense systems.
Indeed the Air defense department of the UPDF was recently hit with negative news of ghost officers, particularly in the hiring of expats.