By Jolly Gwari
President Museveni yesterday evening hosted 19 generals who have been cleared for retirement. The 19 will be awarded certificates for their recognition to the UPDF and the country at large at State House, Nakasero as confirmed by the UPDF spokesman Brig Richard Karemire in a tweet. “The UPDF salutes the gallant 19 General Officers set to retire today at a ceremony presided over by H.E the President and Commander in Chief of the UPDF. Their years of sacrifice during active military service have not been in vain. Uganda is now very peaceful. We wish them well,” Brig Karemire tweeted.
However, Gen. Sejusa is again missing on the list of retiring generals. Gen. Sejusa had applied to the UPDF expressing the desire to retire from the army, he is not on the list of those cleared to retire and his name was reportedly removed. Notably, this is not the first time Sejusa’s name is missing on the list of the soldiers retiring. Last year, the UPDF retired 11 Generals, which makes the number of generals retired in the last one year to 30.
According to UPDF spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire, it is now part of UPDF to retire officers of all ranks, including the highest ranks. According to Sejusa, he is already a retired officer after the High Court ruled in 2016 that he was no longer a serving UPDF officer since he had spent years without getting benefits from the army. He says it is of no consequence for him to appear on the list of the retiring soldiers doesn’t need UPDF retirement.
Some of the generals on the list include Gen. Joram Mugume, Maj Gen Sam Turyagyenda, Brig-Gen Ramadan Kyamulesire, Maj Gen Timothy Sabiiti Mutebile, and Brig Gen Charles Angulo Wacha. Others are; Brig Gen Sam Kakuru, Brig-Gen Mathew Ssewankambo, Maj Gen. Jimmy Wills Byarugaba, Maj Gen Sam Wasswa Mutesasira, Brig-Gen Gyagenda Kibirango, Maj Gen Ambrose Musinguzi, Brig-Gen Mulondo, and Brig Gen John Mulindwa.