Speaking shortly after the passing out ceremony, President Museveni congratulated the school, trainees and instructors upon the successful completion of the course.
He reminded the army in particular and Ugandans at large in keeping discipline while fighting Covid-19 pandemic.Museveni revealed that when the disease started, the CDF consulted him about this particular training and he gave him a go ahead provided the trainees and staff observed the SOPs and because of that discipline all the trainees were tested negative of Covid-19.
The President was received by the Commandant of the school Major. James Ruhesi who briefed him about the recruit training intake 16, course contents, methods of instruction, assessment, and additional activities at the school among others and was later conducted to a demonstration.
The trainees demonstrated field craft, drills, and skills at arms, minor tactics, counter insurgency, internal security operations and public order management among others.
The ceremony was also attended by the Chief of Defense Forces (CDF), Gen. David Muhoozi and the State Minister for Security Col. Charles Engola among others.
Among the 4325 trainees that were passed out included, 5 with Masters Degree while 436 are degree holders. 538 are diploma holders, 726 certificate holders, 604 have a UACE certificate and 2016 have a certificate in UCE.
Gen. Museveni was happy to note that the army is growing strong and improving day by day and therefore assured Ugandans that the security of Uganda is very strong and will remain stable.
On the issue of Scientists, the President appealed to army MPs to push for the increase of salaries for scientists in the coming budget because the country needs scientists.
On the issue of corruption, the President challenged them to eliminate corruption and support the welfare and capacity building of the army.
Mr. Museveni cautioned graduates on squandering their lives with poor and bad behavior like alcoholism, prostitution among others and said that when you are healthy, there is nothing you can’t do.
The President was happy to note that Kaweweta Recruit Training School was developing and promised to support the fencing of the school and add more dormitories for trainees especially female as requested by the commandant.
The State Minister of Security Col. Charles Engola congratulated the graduates upon finishing the course and said that this pass out was a significant achievement and a big milestone to the army in particular and the country in general.
He reminded them to always put the UPDF’s historical mission of patriotism, loyalty and discipline at the forefront.
The Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. David Muhoozi, revealed that UPDF has made remarkable strides in strengthening the force to secure the country.
The Commandant Major. James Ruhesi said that the course commenced with 4390 trainees however, as the course progressed the number reduced to 4325 due to various reasons ranging from medical, absenteeism and indiscipline among others.
During the function, best students in various disciplines were awarded with prizes. The best overall student was Muhimbura Jackson while the best in class was Mutekanga Jolex and Zirimenya Daniel was the best in field.
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