The Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs has said that the retirement exercise of it’s officers will be conducted at each UPDF Division, formation and service headquarters for the next three weeks.
The remarks come as the force began a twenty one-day documentation and sensitisation exercise for retirement and discharge of it’s officers and militants under Batch 12 who are scheduled to retire in July this year.
The exercise was launched at the 1st Infantry Division headquarters in Kakiri, Wakiso district and a total of 145 officers and militants under 1st Division turned up, for the exercise.
During the exercise, they were taken through various presentations aimed at helping them understand the retirement process, their entitlements, and how to cope with life after retirement.
The 1st Division Second in Command, Brigadier General Joseph Ssemwanga who represented the Division Commander Maj Gen Sam Kawagga hailed the retirees for their commitment and dedication, while in service.
“It is because of your sweat,” Brig Gen Ssemwanga said, “that we have peace in Uganda. This is an Island of peace.”
He also urged the officers and militants who will soon transition into civilian life, to maintain the discipline acquired over the years in service, so as to steer away from trouble and criminality.
Brig Ssemwanga also advised the retirees not to abandon the Wazalendo SACCO, noting the numerous benefits that come with being a member of the savings and credit co-operative society, even as reservists.
He also cautioned those still in active service to prepare because retirement is inevitable and will always come.
Brig Gen Eugene Ssebugwawo the deputy Chief of Personnel and Administration and also head of the exercise urged the impending retirees to be meticulous with the documentation, so as to avoid inconveniences.