By Vision reporter
PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni, the Commander-in-Chief of the Uganda Peopleâ€™s Defence Forces (UPDF), has emphasised the need for the army to take keen interest in political education.
The President was delivering a lecture on Monday to 70 UPDF officers under-going a four-week company commandersâ€™ course at the Junior Staff and Command College in Jinja.
Gen. Museveni, who also commissioned a new office complex and the military college, pointed out that unlike the Kingâ€™s African Rifles, whose mission was to defend colonial interests, the UPDF must pursue the mission ushered in by the then National Resistance Army (NRA) and defend the interest of the people.
According to a statement from State House, Museveni added that political education would enable them to clearly define national objectives that do not involve political parties.
On the strategic factors that caused Africa to lag behind other continents, Museveni cited a large and rich continent with a lot of natural resources with a small population as one of the elements that impeded its development. He said others included political fragmentation, production and export of raw materials without value addition, balkanisation of Africa, underdevelopment of human resources and unhealthy people.
Museveni noted that the NRM government had ably tackled some of the challenges by introducing Universal Primary Education (UPE), Universal Secondary Education (USE) and mass immunisation.
While commissioning the Junior Staff and Command College, Museveni hailed the renovations at the barracks.
He disclosed that the college would not only be for Uganda but also for East Africa and beyond as the East African Federation is now in advanced stages of implementation.
The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Lt. Gen. Ivan Koreta, the UPDF Chief of Training and Operations, Brig. Silver Kayemba and members of the parliamentary committee on security.
On the way back to Kampala, the President stopped briefly at Njeru, Lugazi, Namanve and Mukono, where he interacted with the people.