President Yoweri Museveni has said all army clothing and shoes will be made here in Uganda and not imported as has been the case.
He made the revelations yesterday while passing out 2,941 soldiers who graduated from Kaweweta Military College.
“I officiated at the pass-out and I am glad that the deliberate programme to professionalize the armed forces is on course,” the president said.
He congratulated the army leadership for this.
Noting that the least educated graduand has O-level certification, Museveni called it a good start which makes training easier and enables army replenishment with young, healthy personnel.
The welfare of soldiers is being improved step by step, he noted, adding that he had seen new lecture blocks.
“Soon we shall move to dormitories and then houses for families.”
“I am happy to note that we are getting out of the slumber that has kept Africa lagging behind for a long time.”
He said the problem of importing everything was being solved as the UPDF recruits wore in uniform made in Uganda.
“Soon we shall also be making the shoes.”
He said the market is available in institutions; army, police, prisons, schools, hospitals.
“We shall make it mandatory for them to buy from home factories.”
He announced plans to build industrial parks in some areas of Nakaseke district and urged wanainchi to embrace this trend for development as opposed to their traditional nomadic lifestyle.
” It is not sustainable in this economy coupled with the problems of land.”
The president also urged young people to avoid risky lifestyles that compromise their health.