The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen Wilson Mbadi Mbadi has officiated at the closure of the annual ideological re-orientation retreat for Political Commissars, Intelligence Officers, Civil Military Officers, Public Information Officers and Senior Warrant Officers.
The retreat, that ran from 10th to 13th July 2022, was conducted under the auspices of the UPDF Chieftaincy of Political Commissariat and hosted at the Oliver Reginald Tambo School of Leadership and Pan African Center of Excellence (ORTSL-PAX) in Kaweweta, Nakaseke district
In a speech read for him by his representative, the Joint Chief of Staff (JCOS) Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda, the CDF expressed his pleasure to the over 200 senior and junior officer participants, for spending the entire course period with them.
He reminded participants that the UPDF embarked on the task of enhancing ideological re-orientation as early as 2017, which would include retreats to renew performance and strategic guidance to all Officers and Militants of the UPDF.
He reiterated that the UPDF strength is anchored on the pillars of individual and collective discipline. “A pro-people army subscribes to the principles of patriotism and Pan Africanism hence the need for the political education to anchor in all courses,” he cautioned.
He thanked the Chieftaincy of Political Commissariate (CPC) for organizing the retreat that shapes the correct line of the forces.
He then declared the retreat closed and wished them success upon their return to the respective units and formations.
The UPDF Chief Political Commissar (CPC) Hon Maj Gen Henry Masiko commended the Ministry of Defence for supporting all activities aimed at enhancing ideological work among the forces.
He noted thus, “The objectives of the retreat have largely been realized, most especially in evaluating performance and strengthening the resolve to do better by identifying more cooperation benchmarks.”
The CPC further implored the participants to support the sub themes identified by the retreat including promoting and enhancing conscious discipline and promoting the image of UPDF, which were the main themes of the retreat.
In his opening remarks, the School Commandant Col Justus Rukundo, reported that the visiting Officers from the South African National Defence Forces (SNDF), some of whom had taken their training at the school in its infant years, offered to construct a theatre for the school.
He requested the Chief Guest to convey a message to the President and Commander-In-Chief of UPDF H.E Gen Yoweri Museveni on uplifting the ORTSL.
“It’s our prayer that the UPDF leadership considers the urgent need to put up an Agriculture Demonstration Farm on the ground we have prepared so that trainees and other officers do not have to go to Kawumu and Namunkekera farms for practical agricultural lessons but do it here” he entreated.
He finally thanked the UPDF leadership for supporting the Training School.
The retreat attracted Political Commissars from the Political Commissariat, Intelligence Officers, Public Information Officers, Civil Military Officers and Senior Warrant Officers.
It was organised under the theme: ” Enhancing Synergies among the Political Commissariat key stakeholders in order to strengthen conscious discipline and public image of the UPDF.”
The retreat was animated with presentations from various departments that promote the welfare of the troops.
These included, among others; Commander Land Forces Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba under the sub theme Enhancing Synergies for Improved Service Delivery in Land Forces as read for him by Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda; Chief of Personnel and Administration Maj Gen George Igumba about Personnel management career progression in the UPDF, the role of Medical Services by Lt Col Dr Basaliza Lawrence the In Charge of Orthopaedics – UPDF Medical Services, the role of Military Engineers Commander Engineers Brigade, Brig Gen Besigye Bekunda.
Others included the Deputy Chief of Military Intelligence Brig Gen Abdul Rugumayo Abdul, Defence Spokesperson Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye, Chief of Civil Military Cooperation Brig Gen Emmanuel Rwashande, Commissioner National Patriotism Corps – Office of the President Brig Gen Patrick Mwesigye, Chief Executive Officer for Wazalendo SACCO Col Joseph Freddy Onata and Mrs. Mugume Rebecca from UPDF Spouses Desk specifically on Presidential Support Fund for UPDF Spouses among others.