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UPDF drivers told to have discipline on the road and obey traffic rules

(Last Updated On: 24 August 2023)

Jinja | The Chief of Logistics and Engineering with UPDF Brigadier General Charles Bakahumura has advised Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces drivers to always be disciplined and follow traffic rules.

By obeying the above, Gen Bakahumura said they will avoid crashes on the roads.

The advice was contained in his speech that was delivered by the Commander Service Brigade, Colonel Dalington Mugisha at the pass out of sixty-nine (69) UPDF soldiers.

The soldiers had completed a six-month driver refresher course at the School of Supply and Transport at Jinja Cantonment, Gadaffi Barracks.

“Have discipline and follow traffic rules to avoid traffic offences that cause accidents on the roads. Most road accidents are a result of indiscipline by drivers so go and be good drivers because if you commit any traffic offence you will be individually held responsible,” said Brig Gen Bakahumura.

He implored the drivers to be good ambassadors and display the new driving skills they have acquired because they are beneficial to both UPDF and Uganda at large.

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The Gen further urged them to always have the zeal to upgrade to acquire more skills in driving to perfect themselves.

The Commandant SOST Colonel Amos Rutaremwa said intake 06/2023 which was opened on March 23, 2023, had the objective of producing competent drivers to fill gaps in UPDF.

“During the course, trainees were taken through the Highway code, Traffic rules and the Road Safety Act 1993 (amended 2000), Roadcraft, Safety engineering and first aid, Vehicle maintenance, military law, and Political Education among others in partnership with Uganda Traffic Police and Inspector Of Vehicles (IOV). This qualified the drivers with a B-class vehicles permit.”

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Col Rutaremwa said that due to such training, road accidents in the UPDF have reduced and advised the drivers to be mindful and employ the four core principles of Patriotism, Democracy, Pan-Africanism and socio-economic transformation as they execute their duties.

Lance Corporal Tweheyo Alex emerged as the overall best student while Private Sorowen Dismus was best in driving practical.

Private Watamba Juma emerged best in theory while Lance Corporal Bingi Geoffrey was the most disciplined student.

Present at the function were Kiira Region Police Traffic Officer, Officers and Staff from Jinja Cantonment.

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