Windhoek, 05 July 2018: The MOD bid farewell to Maj Gen (Rtd) Ben Uuyumba Kadhila, the former Chief of Staff Joint Operations. At his farewell ceremony, Lt Gen John Mutwa, Chief of the Namibian Defence Force referred to Gen Kadhila as a professional soldier who possesses valuable skills, knowledge and positive qualities.
At the same ceremony, Hon. Penda Ya Ndakolo, Minister of Defence conferred him with four medals:
1. Army Pioneer Medal in recognition of the role he played and for outstanding meritorious service in the establishment of the Namibian Army in 1990.
2. Mandume Ya Ndemufayo Medal in recognition of the role he played for the bravery participation and exceptionally meritorious service while serving in support of Operation Mandume Ya Ndemufayo.
3. Army Ten Years Medal in recognition for his meritorious achievement during a decade of service in the Namibian Army.
4.Army Twenty Years Medal in recognition for his meritorious achievement during two decades of service in the Namibian Army.
Gen Kadhila is a former combatant of the People's Liberation Army of Namibia and was inducted into the NDF as Captain in 1990. He rose through the rank structure and served the NDF in various capacities including being the Brigade Commander of SADC Allied Operation in DRC and Namibia First Contingent Commander for the same Operations from 1998 to 2001. He is a recipient of Grand Command of the Most Excellent Order of Namibia 2nd Class amongst other medals and awards.