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UPDF gets new combatants from Oliver Tambo School

President Yoweri Museveni on Friday commissioned 860 officers at the Oliver Tambo School of Leadership in Kaweweta and urged Uganda People’s Defence Forces soldiers to always seek added training, as it helps instills discipline in the army.

The commissioned officers
The commissioned officers. PHOTOS BY PPU

Museveni, who is also the Commander-In-Chief, emphasized training goes a long way in boosting the confidence, thought process and analysis of issues by the members of the Armed Forces.

The 860 officers concluded a 6-month course at the Oliver Tambo School of Leadership in Kaweweta, Nakaseke district. The course is tailored for serving Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) combatants who are entrusted with leadership responsibilities at various levels.

“I am, therefore, happy that this course has been organized for you. You are now real officers and if your families are here, they must be proud of you,” he said.

Museveni promised that government will ensure that the institution is promoted into an ultra modern academy. He revealed that the idea of acquiring the land on which the institution sits was for historical and remembrance purposes because it was on that same land that the anti-apartheid African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa undertook training in 1989.

Museveni salutes
Museveni called for more officer training

The President also gave out awards to five grandaunts who exhibited exceptional skills and abilities during  training. The officers included Asimwe Nelson, Ruhinda Arthur, Kiberu Geoffrey, Abema Emiliotazi and Cheptoek Kasifa who excelled as best overall in performance, field tactics, best in class, best disciplined and best female student respectively.

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