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Museveni praises UPDF's foundation at 13th Tarehe Sita Thanksgiving

At the 13th Tarehe Sita Thanksgiving breakfast, held at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds on Thursday, February 29, President Yoweri Museveni commended the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) for its solid foundation amidst minor challenges.

President Museveni also shared insights into the ideological and spiritual foundations that have guided the UPDF

The event, themed "How can I repay the Lord for all His benefits to me?", saw the President addressing the importance of integrity within the army.

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Museveni, also the Commander-in-Chief, highlighted that despite facing some issues, including corruption, the UPDF's overall performance and professionalism remain commendable.

"It is true that there’s some corruption in UPDF now; they should not tell you lies that there’s no corruption. Some corruption has crept in, like the theft of fuel, some of the money, and some other mistakes," Museveni openly admitted, emphasizing the need to address these challenges promptly.

The President further illustrated the UPDF's operational successes, especially in difficult terrains like the Congo and Somalia, attributing these achievements to the educated nature of its personnel.

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Museveni also shared insights into the ideological and spiritual foundations that have guided the UPDF, condemning treachery and corruption while advocating for bravery and integrity.

The Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs, Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, and the Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, echoed Museveni's sentiments. They emphasized the significance of Thanksgiving as a moment to reflect on the UPDF's achievements and its pivotal role in ensuring regional peace and security.

The event was graced by Patience Rwabwogo, a senior pastor at Covenant Nations Church, who lauded the UPDF for its professionalism and contributions to peace in the region.

Among the attendees were Dr. Henry Krabbendam, a missionary friend of the UPDF, senior government officials, members of parliament, and UPDF leadership, who collectively celebrated the force's 43 years of dedication and service to Uganda and beyond.

This year's Tarehe Sita Thanksgiving not only honored the UPDF's past achievements but also set a reflective tone for addressing current challenges and reinforcing the army's commitment to its founding principles of integrity and professionalism.

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