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Jacob Oboth, Sarah Nyirabashitsi take helm at defence ministry

In a ceremony at the Ministry of Defence and Veterans Affairs (MODVA) Headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala, Jacob Markson Oboth assumed the mantle of leadership as the new Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs.

Jacob Markson Oboth, in stepping into his new role, succeeds Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, marking a new chapter in the Defence Ministry.

This transition is part of the broader changes brought about by President Yoweri Museveni's recent cabinet reshuffle on March 21, underscoring the continuous evolution of Uganda's defence leadership.

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Jacob Markson Oboth, in stepping into his new role, succeeds Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, marking a new chapter in the Defence Ministry.

Concurrently, Sarah Nyirabashitsi Mateke takes over from Oleru Huda as the Minister of State for Defence and Veterans Affairs, both embodying the fresh perspectives intended to steer the MODVA towards its strategic goals.

The handover ceremony was not just a formality but a moment of reflection on the Ministry's journey and its future direction. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, the outgoing Minister, extended his heartfelt congratulations to Oboth, lauding the latter's capabilities and the promise his leadership holds for the Ministry. Ssempijja's tenure, distinguished by significant strides in UPDF training, welfare, defence diplomacy, and strategic planning, sets a high bar for his successor.

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In his acceptance speech, Oboth paid homage to President Museveni's trust in him and acknowledged Ssempijja's mentorship, which he said moulded him into a better nationalist and leader.

Oboth's vision for the MODVA is rooted in the core values and mandates outlined in the UPDF Act, aiming to align closely with the President's directives and ensure the Ministry's readiness to address all security emergencies.

The ceremony was not just about leadership changes but also celebrated the achievements and aspirations within the MODVA. Oboth's extensive background, from his academic credentials in Law and Election and Cyber Law to his legal and parliamentary experience, equips him with a unique perspective for his new role. His commitment to teamwork and collective success promises a cohesive approach to tackling the Ministry's challenges.

Sarah Nyirabashitsi Mateke, in assuming her role, emphasized her dedication to fulfilling the Ministry's mission, reflecting the overarching ethos of service and responsibility that characterizes the MODVA. The transition of Oleru Huda, pledging to serve in new capacities, further illustrates the Ministry's resilience and adaptability.

This content was created with the help of an AI model and verified by the writer.

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