Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has been assigned the responsibility of securing investors in the country.
The army revealed Wednesday that it will hence forth be charged with the security of both foreign and local investors in Uganda.
The announcement comes on the heels of concerns that foreign investors were lately being targeted by criminal gangs.
A source in the UPDF provided justification for the move in a chat with this website.
“They (investors) are strategic allies to Uganda as the country moves to achieve social economic transformation,” the source said.
“We hold them dearly because of the employment opportunities they offer especially to our youths and taxes for wider services to the people.”
“Provision of security is responsibility of all security forces including the military. In the course of executing their mandate, security forces coordinate amongst themselves and support to each other.”
Yesterday the Chinese ambassador to Uganda Mr. Zheng Zhu Qiang told President Yoweri Museveni at State House in Entebbe that the Chinese community was concerned about the incessant attacks on their people by thugs.
On why the attacks became rampant lately, the army official said the investors had become vulnerable “because of the financial system that became attractive to the bad guys.”
He urged the investors to desist from keeping large sums of money in their factories.
Meanwhile President Museveni today summoned all heads of the various security agencies at State House Entebbe to discuss among others the security of the investors.
The meeting, it is understood, was attended by commanders of the armed forces, as wells all District Police Commanders Regional Police Commanders.
The President according to a statement issued by the State House wants the armed forces commanders to form an Operational Security Committee that would seek a Joint Co-Ordination with the Chinese community.
Museveni also wants “area-to-area security operations” with the deployment of at least twelve security officials with arms and vehicles in industrial park areas.
For isolated factories, the president recommended the deployment of four policemen.