The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi has called for intensified ideological education to cement and galvanise what has already been passed on to all officers and militants of Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF).
Gen Muhoozi applauded the UPDF for being a patriotic, Pan-Africanist army which is always ready to uphold democratic principles and one that can forge mechanisms aimed at improving peoples’ welfare.
The General made the remarks while officiating at an ideological training evaluation symposium organized by the UPDF Chieftaincy of Political Commissariat.
It was held at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs headquarters in Mbuya.
According to a statement by the Ministry, the symposium sought to evaluate the impact and importance of Ideological training on Defence leaders, UPDF senior officers and militants.
“Additionally, it assessed institutional benefits since its reawakening as directed by the President and Commander in Chief of UPDF, H.E General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni,” reads part of the statement.
The CDF 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.
Gen Muhoozi 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.
Several other facilitators from the academia, civic leaders and professionals in different disciplines spoke at the symposium.
The Principle of Makerere University Business School (MUBS), Professor Wasswa Balunya, 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, Edith Buturo and Lydia Wa, the Vice Chair of the NDC Steering Committee among others.