The Senior Presidential Adviser on Defence, Gen Salim Saleh, has requested the ministry of Defence to give tenders to the army veterans and widows of the dead soldiers to supply food to the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).
Gen Saleh, who was the chief guest at the UPDF thanksgiving breakfast in Mbuya Military Barracks at the weekend, said the contract would generate money to improve welfare of these groups who are living “poor and miserable” lives.
He said at least 52,000 soldiers were retrenched in 1990s but only 10 per cent of the retirement package was paid, which he said was unfair to the retired soldiers.
“If it was not the discipline of the UPDF, these veterans would have caused trouble. But we now have 28,000 acres under grains and if it was not because of drought, we would have about 40,000 tonnes…. I pray that the Ministry of Defence gives a tender to supply them food,” he said.
The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumaba Wamala, praised the UPDF for foiling assassination attempt on the Somali president by the Somali insurgents on Friday.
“As late as yesterday, the president’s life was in danger. But it’s UPDF that thwarted the attack on the Presidential palace. It’s our commitment to fight terrorism,” he said.
The guest speaker, Bishop Joshua Lwere, the overseer of the Born Again Churches, told the UPDF soldiers that God would punish them if they don’t kill “perpetuators of evil”.
“When you fight righteous war, God is with you. If you don’t kill those who perpetuate evil, God will kill you,” he said.