Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who is also the Commander in Chief of the Uganda people’s Defense Forces has described the Ugandan army as one that is disciplined which was founded and built on a correct ideology and properly organized.
The President was presiding over cerebrations to mark the 33 years of the foundation of the force that was marked by the attack on Kabamba barracks by the revolutionary forces of the National Resistance army on the 6th 0f February 1981.
This years cerebrations were held at St. Victoria Primary school- Katara in Buhweju district under the theme “National consciousness and Pan-africanism is the cornerstone for Africa’s peace, stability and transformation.”
The ceremony also saw 140 people both army and civilian awarded medals that included the 50th anniversary golden jubilee medal, Luwero triangle and Nalubale medals.
The President said that the UPDF emphasizes discipline, ideological righteousness and patriotism the reason the force does not accommodate killers, those who rape women as well as those who loot people’s property among others.
“If you kill civilians, we take you try you from where you committed the offence and execute you there.” “Why should the people’s army rape women? African women were raped by the slave traders and suffered enough it should not be repeated by African armies. That would be great betrayal” he added. He therefore saluted the UPDF for listening to the correct teaching of the founders of the force and heeding to there political and ideological advice.
Mr. Museveni said that in the 28 years of the National Resistance Movement stay in power a lot has been achieved but said that a few weaknesses existed in infrastructural development especially the roads and power generation.
He further noted that the low levels of industrialization and the continuous practicing of subsistence agriculture by majority of the farmers in the country as opposed to commercial agriculture were the other hindrances to the development and transformation of the country.
The Function was also attended by VP Edward Sekandi, PM Amama Mbabazi and army representatives from Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Southern Sudan.