By APN Reporter
President Yoweri Museveni has commended Officers of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Masaka-based Armoured Brigade for their initiative that has led to the manufacturing of de-iodized water and liquid soap that will be used for cleaning their military hardware.
The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Uganda Armed Forces, was Sunday visiting the Armoured Brigade Headquarters in Masaka District where he interfaced with Senior Army Officers and soldiers in Kasijjagirwa village and also commissioned a new facility at the barracks – Kaguta Officers Mess – on top of planting a tree and visiting the stall where the products of the Brigade were displayed. He was received by the Commanding Officer of the Armour Maintenance Unit, Maj. Charles Lubega.
Maj. Lubega explained that they are at a small-scale production of the de-iodized water for battery topping and liquid soap that will be used for cleaning their equipment. He added that they plan to increase their production and supply their sister units with the products. He noted that this will cut costs by half when purchasing the same items from the open market.
Gen. Museveni explained to Senior Officers of the Armored Brigade the genesis of the Armies from the time of traditional chiefs, and the colonialists to the post-colonial times adding that all Armies had a mission. He said the liberation army of today has a specific mission of solving the needs of the people as opposed to the former forces that were serving the interest of chiefs and colonialists and whose characteristics were sectarian, anti-people, coupled with tribal arrogance and ignorance on science and were unwilling to learn.
He explained that the needs of the people are peace, education, roads, electricity, health, wealth and job creation along with markets for their products. He noted that some of the needs, such as peace in the country, have been fully addressed and others are being worked on. He, however, pointed out that most of the needs are money consuming, necessitating their provision to the level of wealth creation so as to ensure food and financial security as well as prosperity for the people.
President Museveni reminded the Officers of the principles of the Liberation Army that include Patriotism, Pan-Africanism, Modernization through education and trade as well as democracy.
The UPDF’s Chief of Medical Services, Maj. Gen. Dr. Ambrose Musinguzi said the Chieftaincy is emphasizing primary health care in the forces especially on sanitation and personal hygiene; fumigation and the use of insecticide treated mosquito nets to combat malaria. He added that health facilities in the barracks will also be upgraded and the exercise of immunization against Hepatitis B has already started and will be rolled out to all Army Divisions in the country.