The Ugandan Army, the Uganda Peoples Defence Force (UPDF) formerly known as National Resistance Army, marked the day it was founded by President Museveni when they fired the first shot as guerilla army. on February 6, 1981. Soroti, Uganda. 06/02/2011
The Ugandan Army, the Uganda Peoples Defence Force (UPDF) formerly known as National Resistance Army, marked the day it was founded by President Museveni when they fired the first shot as guerilla army. on February 6, 1981.
The 30th anniversary Army Day come as Uganda prepares for election on February 18. The opposition Inter Party Coperation said whenever the name UPDF is mentioned, the term “ghost soldiers” comes to mind. They said in a statement that the war in Northern Uganda which dragged on for 25 years was characterized by under deployment of the soldiers and profiteering by a clique of corrupt officers. “Keeping ghosts on the army pay roll was one of the reasons that made UPDF thin on the ground hence giving leeway for the rebels to attack and abduct the defenceless people in the north. This harmed the credibility of the UPDF.”
They say Professionalism has eluded the UPDF. Unfair promotions, regional imbalance in the nominations for higher military training and outright acts of nepotism are rife in our military.
The Chief of the Defense Forces, General Aronda Nyakairima, described Army Day (Tarehe Sita) celebrations as historic and memorable because that was the day history was changed in Uganda.
The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces UPDF), General Yoweri Museveni re-assured the nation that there will never be any election violence in Uganda and warned that whoever will try to bring chaos will do so on their own risk.
During the celebrations, 621 persons received awards of medals in different categories , in recognition of their contribution to the liberation struggle of the country