As Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces [UPDF) prepares to retire eleven UPDF officers at the rank of General, the Commander Land Forces, Maj. General Peter Elwelu and Deputy Chief of Defence Forces [D-CDF], General Mbadi Wilson have issued a strong warning to the Generals who are to retire early next month.
Maj. Gen. Elwelu says he won’t shy away or waver to hunt for them if the retirees transfer their allegiance and get recruited into Colonel Dr. Kiiza Besigye’s Force in a struggle aimed at destabilizing the country.
The Commander Land Forces made the announcement at a farewell party for Major General Hussein Adda at Land Forces Headquarters in Bombo on Wednesday.
According to Gen. Elweru, some of the retired officers become a problem, forgetting the institutions that built them.
Speaking with hard voice, he says should any General retiring from UPDF join any struggle against incumbent government, he [Elwelu] will personally hunt for them.
He called on the UPDF authorities to consider relocating army headquarters to Bombo as the General UPDF headquarters, saying there are enough rooms to accommodate all departments of the army compared to Mbuya Army Headquarters where he says are full of cubicles.
Who’s Major General Hussein Adda?
Maj. General Hussein Adda who has been a camp commandant at Bombo Military Barracks for 21 years, joined the army in 1963 when Uganda had just got Independence. At a time of his retirement, he had served as a soldier for 55 years.
Major General Adda was also the first commandant of a military school in Mbarara in 1986 when NRA had just captured power.
Speaking at a party organized for him on Wednesday, Adda says at a time he became a camp commandant; Bombo was deserted by many people.
Happily speaking, Adda added that he is extremely happy to retire when a place once deserted by many, now attracts many people who up on arrival do not want to leave.
Meanwhile, General Wilson Mbadi the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces [DCDF] says retirement is good because the job of a soldier is tiresome since they offer 40-60 hours per week.
“When officers retire at a rank of a General, it is a deserved credit to the army,” Mbadi noted.
General Mbadi added that those retiring should not look for another way of serving the country like standing for political positions including Member of Parliament, LC V chairperson, stating that what they [retirees] have offered to this country is enough.
“This is the first time UPDF shall retire 11 Generals in the history of Uganda. We expect that those retiring shall be good citizens who will not mess up the country,” he said.