KAMPALA, UGANDA: President Museveni has appointed Lt Col Betty Musuya Wanyera as the new director of women affairs in the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF).
Lt. Col Musuya replaces Brig. Gen. Agnes Musoke who is retiring from the army after serving in the position for five years.
During the handover ceremony held on Friday at the army base headquarters in Bombo, the UPDF Chief of Personnel and Administration, Brig Gen Eugene Ssebugwawo encouraged Musuya to pick a leaf from her predecessor since she is not new in the directorate.
“I don’t think you will find a lot of hurdles provided you offer a positive working environment like your predecessor,” Ssebugwawo said.
Ssebugwawo also urged female officers and militants under the directorate of women affairs to co-operate and network with the new director.
The directorate is tasked with empowering female combatants by developing their careers and aiding their eventual progression within the forces.
In her remarks, Brig. Gen Agnes Musoke, who assumed office in late 2017 thanked President Museveni, the Commander-in-Chief of the UPDF, for giving her the platform to serve in different capacities during her tour of duty in the army.
“I also thank the UPDF leadership for grooming me right from my youth to date, through various trainings, courses, workshops and seminars, continuous advice,” she said.
Musoke, who is set to retire this year, also acknowledged the directorate staff – both civilians and combatants – for the good working relationship.
Her successor, Musuya, was thankful to the UPDF leadership for giving her the opportunity to explore her leadership skills as the new director. She pledged total hard work and commitment to her new role.
The function was also attended by UPDF directors, heads of department from Land Forces headquarters and the directorate of women affairs staff.
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