By Anne Mugisa
PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has warned that he would not anybody internally or externally to distabilise Uganda.
Passing out 393 Uganda People's Defence Forces' cadet officers at the Uganda Military Academy in Kabamba, Museveni said he was building a professional army that would not allow anybody to disrupt the country.
Five of the military officers who graduated were from Rwanda.
10 Ugandans trained in Munduli Military Academy in Tanzania and one was trained in Sandhurst in the UK, also graduated. The rest of the officers were trained at Kabamba.
The group that trained outside Uganda joined their colleagues in Kabamba to study political education and health science.
On the local scene, he said that anyone trying to bring chaos in Kampala would be dealt with firmly by the Police.
Museveni urged MPs to enact laws to deter those who want to cause trouble with impunity.
He also said he wanted stronger laws to deal with murderers and rapists.
Adorned in full military uniform, Museveni also noted that he and the Democratic Republic of Congo President, Joseph Kabila, had agreed to jointly get rid of the Allied Democratic Forces rebels.
The President said the army should not be used as a place of refuge for people who have failed elsewhere.
He said such an attitude had changed and that the army uniform was honourable.
Museveni said he wanted to be buried in the army uniform because he respects it so much.
â€œThis country is where it is because of this uniform. You should be in the army because of patriotism,â€ the President said.
He said the Government was going to strengthen the economy and noted that an army could not be strong unless it is backed by a strong economy.
Museveni also promised to put emphasis on infrastructure development, including electricity, roads and the railway, to attract more industries and create jobs.
He observed that as part of building a strong economy, the Government would continue to fight corruption because it was a subversive factor.
He also lashed out at the sub-county chiefs for laziness and failure to monitor government programmes.
â€œNow, omuzanyo guwedde. (Games are over). They see things being destroyed and they are not saying anything,â€ he said.
He commended the cadets, most of who are university graduates and diploma holders, for joining the army.
The President also commissioned a multi-million shilling administration building at the academy, which houses classrooms, a computer laboratory and a conference hall.
Present at the pass out were the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, Commander of Land Forces Lt. Gen. Katumba Wamala, the head of intelligence services Brig. James Mugira and the Chief of Staff of Land forces, Brig. Sylver Kayemba.
Nyakairima revealed plans to establish a computer laboratory at the military academy to facilitate research.
Nyakairima also said they would consider training civilian youth in computer skills during holidays and delivering public lectures on poverty alleviation.
The best overall student was Sarah Mugisha Katuku. Sarah Nakaibale was the best student in class work, while Steven Mukiibi Ssetubba excelled in the field.
Valen Hageâ€™imana from Rwanda received the accolade of best allied student.