President and Commander in Chief of the armed forces Gen Yoweri Museveni has on Friday commissioned the newly built Special Forces Command (SFC) Headquarters.
The new state of the art building is named after the president.
The headquarters built by the SFC was constructed almost three times lower than the amount quoted by a contractor according to a statement posted by the President.
“It was my pleasure commissioning the new headquarters of the Special Forces Command, named the General Yoweri Museveni House. Built by SFC’s construction unit, the complex cost Shs3.48b, as opposed to the Shs9b quoted by a contractor,” said Museveni.
The President also commissioned newly-built dormitories for soldiers, renovated houses for non-commissioned officers, gun shades and a 30,000-litre fuel pump. These cost Shs1.1b and all the work executed in 23 months.
He appealed to the army to take up the culture of constructing their houses to ease cost and also increase facilities to put soldiers in a common position.
“The army should continue this way, building its facilities and saving money. You should do this especially for lodgings for soldiers. It is not right for soldiers to sleep outside the barracks. What if war broke out in the night, where would we find you?” he asked.
“Besides saving money since contractors borrow from banks with high interest rates, military facilities like these need a certain degree of privacy and confidentiality. Building them yourselves helps.”
Museveni talked against the encroachers on the army saying they shouldn’t be tolerated.
“Encroachers on army land should not be tolerated. Encroachers should either compensate the army if they have built on the land or vacate the land and ownership reverts to the UPDF,” said Museveni.