President Yoweri Museveni also the Commander-in-Chief has advised Uganda People’s Defence Forces [UPDF] to think of self-help projects instead of waiting for salary increments.
He made the remarks on Saturday at Kololo independence grounds during a thanksgiving ceremony.
The thanks giving gathering was convened by the President to appreciate the security forces for good work and maintain security during and after the election period.
Presidential press secretary Lindah Nabusayi quotes the president lecturing soldiers on salary increment versus careful planning.
“Don’t be like a mosquito which sucks your blood and forgets that it can be killed,” he said.
He advised 28, 000 security personnel who attended the event to rear pigs to up their income and stop looking at salary increment as solution to their financial positions.
“The first thing you must avoid is high salaries for soldiers and police officers, with a small economy and high salaries you cannot buy weapons, when a war comes, salaries and cars cannot fight,” he noted.
Regular soldiers earn Shs 310,000 while their bosses earn up to about 1,600,000.
The president also advised them to join Public saccos so they can save the little money they earn.
He said the saccos were also a source of soft loans with which they would run their projects.
He then castigated opposition for trying to cheat in the elections, bribe voters, commit arson, and kill people during the electoral period.
He thanked security agencies for neutralising criminal elements.