A section of Karimojong elders have commended President Museveni for promoting two senior army officers hailing from the sub-region in last week’s promotions in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).
The President promoted 2,031 UPDF officers across all ranks. Two officers from Karamoja were promoted from Major General to Lieutenant General, and from Brigadier to Major General respectively.
These are Lt Gen James Nakibus Lakara, who has been a Major General, and Maj Gen John Lorot, who has been at the rank of Brigadier.
Mr Samuel Lote, an elder, on Tuesday said the promotions were “fair” and a sign that the commander-in-chief has realised the contribution of the Karimojong in the army.
“This promotion now gives us some hope that President Museveni has realised that the promotion boat in army [before] was not well balanced,” Mr Lote said.
Mr Joseph Moru, an elder from Napak District, said the promotion makes them feel that they are a part of Uganda.
“We used to think we are not important in this country because whenever people are being promoted, you read names from western [region] but now we are happy,” he said.
Karamoja was a threat to the UPDF when it had just been formed because of the illegal firearms that were in the hands of civilians.
The army successfully carried out a disarmament programme and destroyed most of the guns.
The elders asked Mr Museveni and the UPDF promotions board to promote other officers, including those in police.