Defence honors Spouses
The 7th Annual thanksgiving Prayer breakfast at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs headquarters, Mbuya praised soldier’s wives for their positive role on defence activities.
Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, who was the Chief Guest, appreciated the role played by UPDF in his life because he has been natured and brought up by UPDF.
Gen Katumba, thanked the Commander-In-Chief of Uganda Armed Forces, Gen Yoweri Museveni, for being patient to some UPDF Officers and men because he has always been there for them; otherwise some of them would not be where they are.
Counting from the day’s theme, “by their fruits, you shall know them” from Mathew 7:20 Katumba, said that the Commander- In- Chief has been behind the tendering of the good garden so that it can bear good fruits, that is the UPDF.
Gen Katumba, who was approved as Minister of State for Works, commended the wives of soldiers for the invisible battles they fight behind to support their husbands.
“Spouses of soldiers endure, little salary, little resources, but are able to endure all these difficulties, bring up children, we celebrate you”, he said, adding that soldiers’ wives are special and highly valued for what they go through.
Katumba asked the army’s Engineering Department to support him in ensuring the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway, which takes off as he assumes duty as works State Minister.
Gen David Muhoozi, UPDF Chief of Defence Forces, called upon everyone to do their work well so that they can bear good fruits as the theme of the day says.
He appreciated the contribution of different UPDF professionals and said that they really perform their duties as their male counterparts do. He singled out Capt Naomi Karungi, a female helicopter pilot, doing what men can do, and Capt Tumusiime’s wife, who has been looking after her husband ever since he was injured. “What we can do also our ladies in uniform can also do”, said the CDF.
Mrs Edith Buturo, the Under Secretary Finance and Administration, who the chief organizer of this function thanked the UPD/F leadership for institutionalizing this day. She gave the history of this cerebration as something that was brought up by Gen Aronda (RIP) in 2010 and it was purely for militants where the late Gen Aronda was requesting the MoDVA/UPDF family to put the elections ahead of 2010 to be peaceful elections. Gen Aronda brought it up and said “why don’t we have the prayers for peace and security in the nation as we go into the elections”
Mrs Buturo added that after the late Gen Aronda was taken to Ministry of Internal Affairs to serve, Gen Katumba took up the mantle and MoDVA/UPDF continued with the cerebration and Gen Katumba opted that the cerebration should cover up the MoDVA/UPDF spouses as well.
UPDF/MoDVA holds annual prayers in every February to crown the Tarehe Sita activities of the MoDVA headquarters in Mbuya. She said that this cerebration has established the centrality of God in the affairs of the UPDF and in the whole country. She also added that this year’s cerebrations will revive the relationships in families as the prayers focused on forgiveness, reconciliation, healing, unity in families of MoDVA/UPDF which will also have a multiplier effect on the nation.
Mrs Buturo noted that many areas have been brought up and these include celebrating the widows of MoDVA/UPDF, fallen heros. Heroes have also been celebrated, and Gen Saleh, a bush war hero, was behind the documentation of these fallen heros.
Other celebrations have also featured celebrating the orphans of the fallen comrades, and soldiers on mission areas have also been honoured before.
This year was meant to celebrate the contribution of the spouses of soldiers for the tremendous works they contribute in supporting their spouses while serving their country.
Mrs Byengoma Rosette, who also graced the occasion, said that the day is meant to have the entire Defence establishment, a family re-union of soldiers and their families.
She explained that the day is meant to thank God for all the MoD/UPDF achievements and thank the ladies who lost their spouses in the struggle.
Mrs Byengoma commended the UPDF spouses for being women of volour and for keeping the light shinning.
The day was characterized by entertainment from many parts of Uganda with songs enchanting women as strong pillars in homes.
The celebration was meant to pray for the nation, UPDF soldiers on mission, and to pray for the region stability and security, a thing that was re-echoed by both senior women UPDF officers and wives of senior UPDF soldiers that included Col Mpagi Rebecca, the head of women affairs in UPDF, Mrs Lucy Ondoga a wife to Brig Ondoga, Ms Diana Kyangungu, and Mrs Brig Etyang. The concluding prayer was led by Mrs Gen Elly Tumwine.
The day was graced with the presence of Rev Fr Paulino Twesigye Mondo, who hailed UPDF because of their discipline compared to the former armies that terrorized the nation. Fr Paulino’s speech was comparing the UPDF and the Biblical men of God who fought many wars and were successful.