Other than war, we’re rooting for research on operations – says UPDF chiefs


UPDF senior officers during the graduation on Thursday. A UPDF Photo.

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Summary

  • Forty-three UPDF senior military officers scientifically graduated on Thursday in Jinja
  • CDF says graduation happened under peculiar circumstances due to Covid-19 pandemic  
  • Maj Adnan Kaale from Uganda emerged as the best overall student;
  • Lt Col SM Kitoni from Kenya was the best international student.

Jinja – 19 Jun 2020: Forty-three senior military officers have Thursday graduated from Uganda’s Senior Command and Staff College in Jinja, having completed a yearlong Grade II course.

Thirty-two of the graduates are Ugandans, with two each from every East African Community (EAC) partner states and one from the Republic of South Africa.

The function was presided over by the Minister of State for Defence in-charge of Veteran Affairs, Hon Christopher Kibanzanga.

Hon Kibanzanga noted that Uganda has attained peace and stability, thanks to the tireless efforts of the UPDF supported by other security agencies and the peace-loving Ugandans.

However, the country and Africa at large continue to face new challenges in the ever changing current operational environment.

He urged the graduands to venture in research, continuous reading and further training to develop individual and collective diverse competences to handle unique encounters.

“We must continue training to build our capacity to enable ourselves handle new challenges such as those that require skills other than war, like locusts and Covid-19,” Kibanzanga said.

The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen David Muhoozi appreciated the fact that the graduation was happened under peculiar circumstances of Covid-19 which has given the country a test to display its military capabilities.

CDF also said the attainment of Grade II qualification is a milestone in the officers’ military career and their individual output should reflect the training attained.

“I congratulate you upon the successful completion of Grade II course. You have been trained, be prepared for the tasks ahead to utilize the skills you have acquired,” the army boss added.

The Commandant SCSC Kimaka Lt Gen Andrew Gutti said that the college has successfully conducted 14 courses since its inception in 2004 and that this was the 15th course. He added that, alongside the Grade II military course, the college also offers Masters in Defence and Security Studies (MDSS) and a Diploma in Strategy and Warfare (DISW), both affiliated to Makerere University and approved by the National Council of Higher Education.

Best students

Maj Adnan Kaale from Uganda emerged as the best overall student, Lt Col SM Kitoni from Kenya was the best international student, Lt Col CT Wobugabe from Uganda was best in Commandant’s research paper and Maj Rogers Kabungo from Rwanda was best in central lecture hall discussion while Maj Olive Komutegeki from Uganda emerged best in joint warfare award.

UPDF Spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire says: “Due to Covid-19 threat, this year’s function was characterised by all attendants wearing face masks and very few General Officers, Defence Attachés from the East African Community Partner States and members of academia being invited.”

No families or members of the public were this time round invited in order to have room for social distance, Brig Richard Karemire added.

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