A total of 44 senior officers on Thursday graduated from the Senior Command and Staff College (SCSC), Kimaka in Jinja City.
The Chief of Defence Forces Gen Wilson Mbadi in a speech read by his deputy, Lt Gen Peter Elwelu, noted that complex security challenges exist locally, regionally and internationally, imploring the graduands to holistically look at issues to do with environmental degradation, climatic changes, security challenges and the current youth bulge.
Gen Mbadi indicated that strategic fighting exists under conditions of disruptive change.
“Win wars without firing a shot since you now understand disruptive security challenges and emerging new technologies,” he said.
Gen Elwelu commended the solidarity expressed by all the EAC Partner States towards integration and also called upon the graduands to avoid being taken by surprise by being alert spiritually, militarily and physically. He explained that success in life is dependent on many factors other than education.
The Minister of State for Defence Jacob Markson Oboth, who presided over the function, said the course postulates a new career and calls for new service, adding that the region faces multiple security challenges that require global combined responses.
He urged graduands to broaden their focus and respond to security issues in a strategic manner on top of being loyal and committed to service.
The minister commended the President and Commander-In-Chief of the UPDF Gen Yoweri Museveni for building a strong and modern UPDF that is a cornerstone for the social-economic transformation of the country.
The Commandant of College Lt Gen Andrew Gutti congratulated the senior officers upon their successful completion of the one-year intensive course that prepares them for future command and staff positions.
He urged them to utilise the acquired knowledge and skills to address the existing asymmetric warfare, epidemics and environmental challenges.
“Not only have you undertaken military studies, but you have broadly covered issues to deal with policy and strategy, national and international affairs; which gives the advantage to handle complex international issues,” noted Lt Gen Gutti.
He implored the graduands to be patriotic, selfless, professional and disciplined as they execute their command and staff functions.
Facilitators from Makerere University, Kyambogo University, Uganda Management Institute, international and local Non-Governmental Organisations, government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, among others provided external training support to student officers.
The Burundi National Defence Forces, Kenya Defence Forces, Rwanda Defence Forces, South Sudan Peoples’ Defence Forces and Tanzania Peoples’ Defence Forces were each represented by two officers and the remaining 34 were from Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces. The course had a total of seven females.
Graduands were awarded the college badges, signifying the decoration Passed Staff College (PSC) and the best students got gifts for their exemplary performance.
The best all-round student was Lt Col Richard Nimanya, Maj RW Nkatha was the best international student while Col Deo Akiiki was recognized as the best at central lecture hall contributions.