Soldiers tipped on saving, investment


The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala, has cautioned troops from the Amisom Battle Group 13 against indiscipline, saying it could undermine the goals of the mission in Somalia.

“We do not tolerate any cases of indiscipline as you join the peacekeeping mission in Somalia. The UPDF has succeeded in all its assignments in Somalia because we are disciplined. Anybody who fails to uphold discipline will be brought back home to face the court martial,” Gen Katumba told the troops at a final briefing parade held at Singo Military School on Sunday.

The troops had undergone a 10-week intensive training in convoy protection and patrols, among other assignments.

Gen Wamala also aised the soldiers not to entrust their allowances earned at the war front to relatives and friends who might misuse them and create misunderstandings. “You can send home some money for the family but do not send the entire package because we already have cases where the money has caused misunderstandings. It is also funny for one to come back and just buy a vehicle instead of investing the money,” he said.

The army Chief of Staff Land Forces, Brig Leopold Kyanda, aised the troops to use the skills acquired to ensure that the return home safe. “We want you to come back to meet your respective families after the mission. We also expect you to continue serving the UPDF after the mission,” Brig Kyanda said.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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