At least 44 Uganda Peoples Defense forces officers have entered 2015 with new ranks after being promoted by their Commander-in-Chief President Yoweri Museveni.
Among the 44 promoted are David Mugoya and Francis Kateraho, who were promoted from Major to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Others are Samuel Katamanya, Michael Ssempijja, and Joseph Ochari who have been promoted to the rank of Major from the rank of Captain.
On the other hand, Robert Kataraiha, Deo Mutungi, Johnson Jimy Akaro Amone, Edward Mirinde and Dismas Turyamureba have been promoted from the rank of lieutenant to rank of Captain among others.
The officers were promote and decorated on December 31 at Masaka Armored Brigade headquarters at Kasijagirwa barracks in Masaka Municipality.
Maj General Wilson Mbadi, the Joint Chief of Staff presided over the decoration. Maj. Gen. Mbadi commended the newly promoted officers for tirelessly working to secure the country.
Mbadi specifically singled out Lt Col David Mugoya whom he commended for effectively participating in a series of missions in DRC, South Sudan, Somalia and Central African Republic. He said due to his commitment, Lt Col executed all these missions and survived.
Maj. Gen. Mbadi therefore asked all UPDF officers to emulate Mugoya’s discipline, commitment and patience to achieve their ambitions.
He also said the army will enhance their salaries as promised saying the increment was supposed to be affected last financial year but the money was used to buy their uniforms.
Lt Col David Mugoya said he hopes the New Year 2015 comes with more blessings. He also said the promotion is a motivation for him and other officers.
Lt Ninsiima Rwemijuna, the Masaka Armoured Brigade Spokesperson, says those promoted deserved their new ranks.