A Bush War hero Retired Col Fred Mwesigye has spoken out on land forces poor conditions after their boss Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, reportedly threatened to resign.
According to the bush war hero, soldiers need access to economic empowerment projects through operation wealth creation so as to improve their walfare.
Mwesigye who is among the 27 liberators in the 1981 Ugandan Bush War, former commander of the UPDF and the MP of Nyabushozi County, Kiruhura District, his remarks comes after the Commander of Land Forces, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, reportedly threatened to resign from his position over disagreements with defense minister.
“We (Land Forces) asked for only Shs 20bn to sort out pertinent issues of accommodation, welfare and security at Bombo (General Military headquarters), Makindye barracks and the Motorised Brigade in Nakasongola but the criminal cartel at the Ministry of Defence has been tossing our office around,” Muhoozi said.
“If my soldiers’ problems are not sorted, I will retire from the army by next year,” he added.
The former commanded of the elite Special Forces Command (SFC) with headquarters in Entebbe, was shocked to find Bombo in a sorry state with dilapidated structures for offices and soldiers’ accommodation.
Col Mwesigye said that one way to improve the welfare is set up a full-fledged duty free shop for the defence forces.
“As detailed in the article about the issues facing soldier’s welfare, one way to improve the welfare is for the ministry of defence to set up a full-fledged duty free shop for the defence forces.” He tweeted.
“in addition to fully operationalizing the duty free shop, the wealth creation officers deployed at every sub county could identify, document all veterans and soldiers in that particular sub county so that they also benefit from the wealth creation programs so that they thread.” He added.
He also added that every serving soldier would be comfortable when he knows he/she has an income generating activity so that at retirement he/she is guaranteed a decent retirement.
However, some commanders said that if the first son wants to quit the position, the door is open for him whereas others referred it as a joke.