The Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs Hon Adolf Mwesige has commended the UPDF for its role in fighting COVID 19 Pandemic.
While opening the ministry’s two-day annual strategic planning retreat for Financial Year 2020/21 at the ministry’s headquarters in Mbuya, the Minister recognized the efforts of the UPDF that have seen the pandemic contained to manageable levels.
“Without Peace and stability, the COVID -19 would have found a fertile ground in Uganda to thrive. The current successes against the disease cannot be taken for granted and I therefore take this opportunity to thank the entire UPDF through the Chief of Defence Forces Gen. David Muhoozi for the job well done,” said Hon Mwesige.
He also implored the UPDF leaders to stick to the key principles that the UPDF was founded on.He emphasised that discipline must remain the bedrock. He applauded the forces for remaining a true people’s army and noted the tremendous achievements in the past months while fighting locusts, supporting disaster victims as well supporting the Uganda Police Force to enforce anti COVID19 measures.
In his remarks, the Minister noted that it has always been the practice for a number of years for senior members of the Ministry of Defence and Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) to review performance for the previous year so as to build a consensus for the following financial year.
Hon Mwesige observed that, this year’s retreat has been organised amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic challenges,and therefore called upon participants to factor in the ongoing Standard Operating Procedures and guidelines from the Ministry of Health and H.E the President into the Ministry’s priorities in the Financial Year 2020/21.
The Minister called upon the senior leaders to adjust the Ministry of Defence and Veteran affairs’ plans and priorities to ensure that there is continued creation of enabling environment to support other sectors for the successful implementation of NDP III.