Col Nelson Aheebwa has today September 2, 2020 officially assumed office of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces ( UPDF) Deputy Political Commissar. Col Aheebwa took over from Col Ba-hoku who have moved to his new deployment as the Defence Attaché’ to Cuba.
In a speech after the two Colonels exchanged files, Col Aheebwa said team work will be his most trusted weapon and promised to religiously use it as this will be neccesary for progress.
On the other hand, the outgoing Deputy Political Commissar Col Ba-hoku sang praises for the support and guidance offered to him by the army leadership during his stay in office.
He noted that upholding the right ideology is key to the survival of the country
Meanwhile, the UPDF Chief Political Commissar (CPC) Maj Gen Henry Masiko who presided over the handing over ceremony, could not hide his appreciation for what he referred to as President Museveni’s tireless efforts towards professionalizing the UPDF into a modern Force.
He stressed that the army’s strength is directly hinged on its strategic relationship with the people based on a pro-people ideology, which he said, should be sustained for peace, stability and economic prosperity of the country.
Maj. Gen Masiko urged both the outgoing and incoming Officers to uphold the idea of harnessing synergies to consolidate achievements of the Commissariat and envisaged new activities owing to changed dynamics and strategic directives.
“Foster harmony and understanding between the UPDF and the population so that the revolution remains intact,” said Maj Gen Masiko
The Political Commissariat is used as a tool to ensure the UPDF is always ideologically upright. This, the army says is achieved through ideological training at all levels of training in the UPDF.
The function was held at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs Headquarters in Mbuya. Among those present were Commissioner for Patriotism Brig Gen Patrick Mwesigye and Directors under the UPDF Political Commissariat.