By Hason Mutunzi Bwambale
In a significant development, the Deputy Commander of the Land Forces, Major General Francis Takirwa commissioned sixty (60) new housing units at the 403 Infantry Brigade headquarters in Matany Sub-county, Napak District. These housing units are part of the ambitious plan to construct thirty thousand units to address the accommodation and welfare needs of Uganda.
People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) Construction of these units began on May 25, 2022, and they are a testament to the vision of the Commander-in-Chief to ensure that all security personnel in UPDF, police, and prisons have decent living conditions.
We are now shifting from traditional ways of living to modern
ones,” said Maj. Gen. Takirwa, emphasizing the importance of upgrading the living standards of soldiers.
During the commissioning ceremony, Maj. Gen. Takirwa urged the soldiers to maintain and preserve the houses while also emphasizing the need for hygiene and sanitation.
He also advised them on financial discipline and retirement planning, encouraging them to save money for income-generating activities after their service.
Brig. Gen. Busizoori, the Deputy Commander of 3 Division, highlighted the welfare of soldiers as a
top priority for UPDF, and commended the efforts being made to improve their livelihoods.
He expressed gratitude to the Engineers Construction Regiment of the 3 Division for their tremendous work and urged them to maintain their high professional standards.
The event was attended by several dignitaries, including the Assistant Commissioner of Police. (ACP) Francis Chemusto, Col. Richard Butungi, Lt. Col. Morris Twongyeirwe, and Maj. Kizito Mulwana, among others.
The commissioning of these housing units signifies a significant step forward in improving the living conditions and welfare of UPDF soldiers. It is a clear demonstration of the commitment of the Ugandan government to prioritize the well-being of its security personnel.
With these With modern housing units, soldiers can now enjoy a higher standard of living, ensuring their physical and mental well-being as they continue to serve and protect the nation.