Jinja: Forty-seven senior officers have successfully completed a comprehensive 47-week course at the Senior Command and Staff College (SCSC) in Kimaka, Jinja City. The graduation ceremony celebrated the achievements of the officers, who hailed from various countries, including Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania. The Defense and Veteran Affairs Minister, Vincent Ssempijja, commended the commitment of President Museveni to promoting professionalism in armed forces across Uganda and Africa. The minister emphasized the importance of leadership and motivation in fostering progress within the institution and the nation.
Presiding over the graduation ceremony, Minister Vincent Ssempijja expressed his admiration for the training provided by Kimaka Staff College and urged the graduands to apply their acquired skills in their service to communities. He highlighted the role of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) in addressing security threats within Uganda and the wider African region.
Major General George Igumba, the SCSC commandant, congratulated the officers and emphasized the significance of the relationships and camaraderie developed during their time at the College. He emphasized that these connections would prove invaluable as the officers assume operational or strategic leadership roles in their respective militaries and countries.
During the training, the officers were exposed to various aspects of planning, management, and mission execution at the operational and tactical levels. Major General Igumba emphasized that the training equipped them with the necessary tools to navigate the complex and volatile contemporary security environment.
The graduation ceremony concluded with the awarding of certificates and psc badges to the 47 senior officers, acknowledging their successful completion of the training course. Brigadier Peter Elwelu, the Deputy Commander Defense Forces (CDF), stressed the importance of teamwork and encouraged the graduands to share their knowledge and skills with others around the world, emphasizing the significance of patriotism among senior officers.