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President Museveni directs Finance ministry to release Shs 630 Billion for UPDF salary.

Rosette Nandutu | 95timefm

By Afayo Shadrach Bethel,

President Museveni has directed the Ministry of Finance to release at least Shs630 billion  to  facilitate  salary enhancements for all UPDF soldiers as well as cater for  terminal benefits for several retiring generals.

At least 34 general officers are set to retire from active service of the Ugandan army in the forthcoming batch of retirees.

However, following the High Command and Army Council meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday last week, the president who is also the commander in chief of the armed forces directed that the Finance Ministry looks for money to among others cater for the retirements of generals including Gen David Ssejusa, Gen Elly Tumwine and Uganda’s most decorated female officer Lt Gen Proscovia among others.

According to a source within the army, Museveni said that it is high time the generals who have for quite long served the nation get a befitting send off.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the UPDF spokesperson, Brig Felix Kulayigye confirmed the development, adding that it would require shs630 billion to effect the same.