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UPDF retires OWC officers

By Robert Ariaka, David Lumu

Added 15th January 2018 08:47 AM

However, Maj. Tabaro Kiconco, the Airforce spokesperson, said the retirement of OWC officers will not leave any gap.

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However, Maj. Tabaro Kiconco, the Airforce spokesperson, said the retirement of OWC officers will not leave any gap.

PIC: Capt. Twaha Ewama the Operation Wealth Creation officer for Arua and Vurra stressing a point. (Robert Ariaka)

RETIREMENT


WEST NILE - Officers working under the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) programme in West Nile region have been retired from active service from Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).
 
The officers retired are Col. Nelson Obiale who was the co-ordinator for West Nile region, Lt. Col. Rhamandan Delu, in charge of Yumbe district and Lt. Col. Lawrence Kerimundu, who was in Nebbi district.

Others include Maj. Manase Piwingire, who was co-ordinating Zombo district, Maj. Twaha Ewama in charge of Arua and Vurra region, as well as Maj. Shaban Ayile, manning Arua municipality.

Also among the retired were Maj. Ali Ngwy of Ayivu County, Capt. Andrew Yekka, the co-ordinator of Madi Okollo and Capt. Ali Waku, the in-charge of Koboko district
 
Some of the OWC UPDF officers, who retired, were ordered to park government vehicles at the district headquarters of their operation area.

Some of the OWC vehicles the retired officers parked at the Arua district agricultural yard (Robert Ariaka)

Lt. Gen. Charles Angina, the OWC deputy commander, clarified that the retirement of the officers did not only target those under OWC, but it is part of the wider army retirement exercise, which saw 1,101 soldiers retired in November last year at Bombo, the headquarters of the UPDF land forces.

Obiale confirmed the retirement, saying that it might affect delivery of inputs as farmers prepare for the forthcoming planting season.

On the other hand, Ewama, said the agricultural extension workers at sub-county level will be taking over, given the fact that new officers are yet to be appointed in the vacant offices.

However, Maj. Tabaro Kiconco, the Airforce spokesperson, said the retirement of OWC officers will not leave any gap.

“There are many competent officers who fill the gap. People should not worry,” he said.

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