By Our Reporter
KAMPALA: Col Chris Sseruyange Ddamulira took over as the Defense Attaché to Saudi Arabia on Monday, taking over from Maj Gen (Rtd) Micheal Ondoga, who has been serving in the role for over three years.
The UPDF Joint Chief of Staff Maj Gen Leopold Eric Kyanda, while presided over the handover and takeover function, thanked Maj Gen Ondoga for his well-served time on duty.
He assured Maj. Gen. Ondoga that, despite his going into retirement, he remains a key resource of the UPDF and can be called upon for any assignment.
Maj. Kyanda congratulated the incoming DA and wished him a successful tour of duty. He advised him to uphold the good relationship between the two countries. He urged him to maintain the UPDF’s reputation for discipline and excellence.
The outgoing defense attaché, Maj. Gen. Michael Ondoga, thanked the CIC, Gen. YK Museveni, for the opportunity to serve and the UPDF leadership for the tireless support during his tour of duty.
He further remarked on the open working relationship he enjoyed with the host country and wished his successor the best.
The incoming Defense Attaché to Saudi Arabia, Col Chris Seruyange Ddamulira, in his remarks, thanked God, the Commander in Chief, Gen YK Museveni, and the UPDf leadership for entrusting him with such a key office.
He further remarked that he joined the UPDF as a young man, and therefore, any training and education he has, it has been in the UPDF, and he promised to serve to the best of his ability.
Uganda and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continue to enjoy friendly relations that have grown and developed over the years, deepened by common interests and mutual benefits.
The relations between the two countries are witnessing increasing cooperation in the fields of defense, economy, science, and society.
The two countries also share joint membership in the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), among other international organizations.
The handover was also attended by Mr. Cox Alfred Anguzu, the Ministry of Defense Commissioner of Human Resources; Brig Gen. Prof. Godard Busingye, the UPDF Chief of Legal Services; Brig Gen. Ssebugwawo, the Chief of Personnel and Administration; Col. Yusuf Bagada, the Director of Foreign Relations under CMI; and the Deputy Defense Spokesperson, Col. Deo Akiiki.
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