The UPDF Commander of the Land Forces, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has said that there is a big number of youths in the country that need to be put at the forefront by government in its programmes.
While speaking at his celebrations to mark his 48th birthday at Lugogo Cricket Oval at the weekend, Muhoozi asked government to invest more in sports and the arts industry to benefit more youths in the country.
“We need to invest in sports facilities in this country. The youths have too much energy that if you leave them idle, they will become a problem. Let us rehabilitate our stadiums and give youths what they want. Let us invest in music and film industry.,” he said.
At the function, the youth through; Patriots Club of Uganda awarded Muhoozi with peace award in recognition and appreciation of his role in promoting peace and unity in the country.
Speaking shortly before the flag off, the Patriots’ president, Paul Taremwa said they recognised Muhoozi in appreciation of his strategic leadership in the UPDF to ensure peace stability in Uganda.
Taremwa applauded Muhoozi for promoting unity in the country especially by overseeing the reopening of Uganda/Rwanda border. The border was reopened on January 31, following successful talks between Muhoozi and Rwanda president Paul Kagame.
“This has been given to you by all members in recognition of promoting peace, unity and development for all and especially for reuniting us with our brothers in Rwanda and we hand him this well reserved award.” Taremwa said.
Muhoozi thanked participants and organisers of the marathon. He went on to applaud Ugandans for the tremendous support towards development and security in the country.
“This is all about you. It is about your country. If you don’t defend your country, if you don’t look after your country, no one will. So, thanks so much for the support. We feel honoured as UPDF for all this support because ours is people’s army and we always work closely with our people.” he said.
According to Muhoozi, to be recognised by the youth in that way is a symbol of the huge support that UPDF has in the population.
The Patriot Club of Uganda club is a group of youths with over 100,000 members countrywide.