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Uganda army promotes 40 senior officers

04 December 2014, 13:12 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - The Uganda Peoples Defence Force (UPDF) on Wednesday promoted 40 officers in the ranks of Brigadier and Colonel as 14 others who have served the forces for over 20 years were also sent home.

The ceremony at which the officers were promoted and others retired took place at Mbuya army headquarters in the outskirts of Kampala.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Chief of Defense Forces, General Katumba Wamala, cautioned the retired officers against misusing their uniforms and former positions while going about their private lives as some of the retired officers expressed willingness to join politics.

He also called on those still serving the force to stay disciplined and work hard if they are to be promoted, adding that the promotions are not made through legislators as some officers think.

Some army officers who have taken long to be promoted at times use MPs to launch their complaints in Parliament, something Katumbba said is wrong and unprofessional.

Although at Wednesday's ceremony only Colonels and Brigadiers were promoted, Katumba said most of the officers in the lower ranks have also been promoted and ceremonies have already taken place at their units.

He said, ''What you have seen today is a part of the army family, not the whole army. Officers of lower ranks have been promoted at their units. What you are seing is our journey towards building a powerful professional national army.''

Four Brigadiers and 36 Colonels were promoted in the event.

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