By Ivan Kaahwa
The UPDF is set to commemorate its 43rd Anniversary in Busesa, Bugweri District Headquarters in Eastern Uganda, marking the historical event that established the force derived from FRONASA and the National Resistance Army, led by General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the current President of Uganda.
The celebration, hosted in Bugweri district after several years, aims to involve the community actively, departing from the previous tradition of holding events within military barracks. General Wilson Madi, the Chief of Defence Forces, emphasized the significance of civilian involvement, stating that they are integral to the UPDF’s formation and crucial for the success of programs driving socio-economic transformation.
To engage with the public, the UPDF will observe a Defence Forces Week nationwide, undertaking activities such as sanitation, civil engineering projects, medical outreach programs, eye clinics, and ideological orientation. General Madi underscored UPDF’s commitment to maintaining discipline, upholding the rule of law, and respecting constitutionalism, ensuring the force serves the nation’s interests while avoiding sectarian tendencies.
General Madi highlighted the UPDF’s dedication to enhancing its capabilities for emergency response and providing security to counter reactionary political appeals. He emphasized the force’s continued involvement in socio-economic transformation activities nationwide, contributing to the country’s development as a productive force.
Acknowledging the evolving concept of security beyond traditional defense, General Madi mentioned UPDF’s initiatives in environmental protection, including the planting of millions of trees to combat environmental degradation. He reiterated the UPDF’s commitment to remaining a trusted institution in Uganda, promoting unity as the foundation for progress and success.
The Tarehe Sita celebrations this year will be held under the theme “Celebrating the People’s Struggle for Unity, Security, and Peace for Socio-Economic Transformation.” General Madi commended those who sacrificed for the peace currently enjoyed in Uganda.
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