The UPDF Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi has said Uganda remains committed to live peacefully with all its neighbors, Chimp Corps report.
Gen Muhoozi was today Monday briefing a cross section of Defence Attachés and Advisors accredited to Uganda at UPDF General Headquarters – Mbuya.
Muhoozi’s remarks come against the backdrop of increased tension with Rwanda.
At a recent meeting with defence attaches accredited to Rwanda, Kigali accused Kampala of helping Rwandan dissidents and harassing Rwandans traveling to Uganda – claims Uganda denies.
According to a statement from the defence ministry, Muhoozi “gave assurance that Uganda cherishes good neighborliness and peaceful co-existence and all efforts possible should be directed at addressing whatever challenges that stand in the way of our countries as well as regional security, stability and socio-economic transformation.”
While giving an over view of the security situation in Uganda, Gen Muhoozi said the entire country remains peaceful and UPDF has remained committed to keeping Uganda’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
He also reiterated UPDF commitment to work with other security agencies to deter or curtail any “acts of lawlessness by individuals or groups that may threaten Uganda’s peace and security.”
The CDF, according to the statement, further underscored UPDF commitment to “integration as a strategy to guarantee the survival of the African people” and highlighted that it was imperative to “work in harmony with all sisterly countries through the existing regional frameworks such as the EAC Protocol on Cooperation in Defence Affairs.”
The briefing session was also attended by the UPDF Joint Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Joseph Musanyufu, Defence Attachés/Advisors representing Tanzania, USA, Rwanda, UK, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, France, Turkey, Kenya, South Africa and South Sudan, among others.