On September 9, 2023, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda commissioned 295 officer cadets at the Uganda Military Academy in Kabamba, Mubende district. The cadets had completed a three-year program with a Bachelor of Defense Studies.
In his speech, President Museveni congratulated the cadets on their accomplishment and wished them a successful career in the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces (UPDF). He also spoke about the UPDF’s growing capabilities, including its plans to launch a satellite.
“The UPDF is becoming more comprehensive in terms of its capacity to deal with all types of threats,” said President Museveni. “Once we launch our satellite, we will be even better equipped to defend our country.”
The President also cautioned the newly commissioned officers to avoid alcoholism and promiscuous lifestyles, and to embrace knowledge by reading widely. He also emphasized the importance of patriotism.
The Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs, Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, also spoke at the commissioning ceremony. He congratulated the cadets for earning a prestigious position as officers of the UPDF.
“You have been commissioned into the joint forces,” said Minister Ssempijja. “This means that you are expected to work more closely together across the service branches to deter every threat of our nation.”
The Chief of Defence Forces, General Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, also spoke at the ceremony. He praised the President for his leadership of the UPDF, and said that he was confident that the newly commissioned officers would be a valuable asset to the force.
“I have no doubt that the course has prepared you to be proficient junior officers,” said General Mbadi. “You are now ready to take on the challenges of leading and commanding at the junior level.”
The commissioning ceremony was attended by a number of senior government officials, including the Minister of State for Defense in charge of Veteran Affairs, Hon. Huda Oleru, the Commander Air Force Lt Gen Charles Okidi, the Deputy Commander Land Force Maj Gen Francis Takirwa, and Division Commanders, Service Chiefs, Generals and Senior Officers.
The Best Officer Cadets in both intakes were awarded in different categories.
The commissioning of the 295 officer cadets is a significant milestone for the UPDF. It is a testament to the force’s growing capabilities and its commitment to defending Uganda’s national sovereignty. The newly commissioned officers are now ready to take on the challenges of leading and commanding at the junior level, and they will play an important role in the UPDF’s future.