The Minister of Security Hon. Gen Elly Tumwiine has said that forty years are years of sacrifices and great victories and thanked the citizens of Uganda for their support towards the UPDF since they are the base and foundation of the forces.
He emphatically said that there are great things God has done “including keeping us alive to this year for a purpose, amidst the various challenges that wreaked havoc in 2020 like emergence of COVID-19 pandemic, locusts, floods among others”.
Tumwine was speaking at a thanksgiving dinner to mark the 40th Tarehe Sita anniversary, at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs (MODVA) headquarters in Mbuya.
Tumwine and Defence minister Adolf MwesigeHis speech comes after social media declared him dead even when he isn’t sick or hospitalised.
Speaking at the same event, the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), General David Muhoozi while emphasizing the importance of prayer in the daily lives of UPDF personnel on their courses of duty, said that all that the UPDF is, has achieved and aspires to achieve can only be through the grace of God.
While addressing the guests at the thanksgiving, General Muhoozi noted that, “we celebrate and rejoice about the strides and achievements made in the last 40 years and aspire for greater heights; we also aspire for greater heights in our mission of securing this great country, its people and their way of life.”
The guest preacher at the thanksgiving, Pastor Laban Jumba whose preaching was drawn from the book Judges reminded UPDF personnel about the uniqueness and nature of their job, saying that God gave them a very difficult job, which is to defend and protect the nation.
He said that from the past 40 years, there are lessons that need to be shared with the next generation, and called for a stronger relationship between religious leaders and security forces.
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