The Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon. Maj Gen (Rtd) Kahinda Otafire, has urged members of the security forces to actively participate in sports to maintain physical and mental fitness, ensuring overall health and fostering camaraderie among themselves.
Hon. Otafire shared these sentiments at the official opening of the 17th Edition of Inter-Forces Games at Kabalye Police Training School in Masindi district. He emphasized the importance of security agencies remembering their duty to protect civilians who have entrusted them with the responsibility for their lives and property.
Representing the Inspector General of Police, Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj Gen Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi expressed gratitude to all security agencies for their participation. He urged everyone to uphold the existing friendship and cooperation between the forces and the public. Maj Gen Katsigazi highlighted that collaboration is vital for enhancing discipline and networking.
Brig Gen Daniel Kakono, representing the Chief of Defence Forces, said that games and sports contribute to physical fitness, discipline, and increased cooperation among the forces. The theme for the 17th Edition of Inter-Forces Games is “Fostering Wellness and Inter-Agency Cooperation for a Safe and Secure Uganda.”
The event commenced with a parade route march around Masindi Municipality and the planting of over 200 trees at Masindi Prisons ground, emphasizing the importance of environmental protection through tree planting. Various sports and game disciplines, including football, netball, handball, darts, volleyball, athletics, taekwondo, among others, will be part of the Inter-Forces Games.
The ceremony saw the attendance of UPDF Chief of Civil-Military Cooperation Brig Gen Rwashande, UPDF Chief of Education and Sports Col Taremwa, UPDF Senior Officers, representatives from Uganda Police Force, Uganda Prisons Service, Uganda Wildlife Authority, LCV Masindi district, and others.