By Jackie Nambogga
LUUKA - The army is no longer an institution for the illiterate, Col. Jackson Mulondo, the deputy chief of logistics and engineering in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), has said.
“Education is the biggest factor that is considered for anybody intending to be recruited in the army, so don’t think that it is for every Tom, Dick and Harry,” Mulondo said.
Previously, he had said one did not need any academic qualifications to join the army.
Mulondo made the remarks during the burial of Maj. Thomas Kyebayiga at Namakakale village, Waibuga sub-county in Luuka district.
Kyebayiga, who passed away on August 16 at his home in Namugongo, Wakiso district, was a senior legal officer with the Ministry of Defence.
Mulondo was responding to the Luuka MP, John Bagoole’s utterances that soldiers from Busoga region were being sidelined when it came to promotions.
“Busoga region has few officers at the rank of major. We have many Basoga soldiers, but they are never promoted. Let each region share ranks equally when it comes to promotions,” Bagoole said.
Mulondo, who was flanked by UPDF’s chief of policy and planning, Col. George Igumba, said Kyebayiga rose to the rank of major because of his academic background.
He said Kyebayiga joined the chieftaincy of legal services in 1990 at the Third Division in Mbale and in 2005, he was commissioned captain. In 2010, he was promoted to the rank of major, a rank he held till his death.
According to Mulondo, the post-mortem results indicated that Kyebayiga, born on September 4, 1965, died of natural causes.