Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces carried out a demolition exercise at Karama Demolition Ground on Friday 14 February 2020
The army says the demolition exercise was aimed at getting rid of unwanted explosive ordinances and weapons, those that were used and did not explode as well as the old ones.
Almost a ton of explosives was demolished which included, propelled grenades, Airforce missiles, mortars of destruction, grenades and loose ammunition.
Brig Gen Solomon Amanya, the chief responsible for Military equipment who represented the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) thanked the UPDF for taking a stride in insuring safety in the country by demolishing the explosive since they are a danger to human life.
“These explosives have been gathered since 2018 from different parts of the country with the aim of demolishing them in order to create public safety which is our mandate to Ugandans” he said.
Amanya also thanked the US Embassy for the close working relations with Uganda and UPDF in particular.
Brig Amanya Lt Gen Badreldin Elamin Abdelgadir the executive Secretary Regional Centre on Small Arms (RESCA) thanked the government of Uganda for allowing him an opportunity to witness the demolition exercise.
He added that he was happy that the UPDF was doing what it takes to insure safety of Ugandans.
Lt Col Elamin thanked the UPDF for putting lives of Ugandans at the forefront by demolishing the explosives which put the lives of Ugandans at risk.
He was also grateful for the close ties USA is enjoying with the Government of Uganda and he promised that the US Embassy is willing to continue supporting the UPDF.
Col Richard Wakayinja, the field Engineering Regiment officer and deputy Commandant Engineer’s Brigade who led the demolition exercise thanked the training school for exhibiting exceptional skills in demolishing the weapons.
He added that the weapons were being demolished because they are dangerous to humans and they had taken long in stock. “These explosives can explode themselves if they are expired so it was necessary to demolish them” remarked Col Wakayinja.
The function was also attended by the RDC Mubende Ms Mary Baguma Nyakwera, the commandant of Armoured Warfare Training school (AWTS) Brig Deus Sande, SSP Florence Kiraba of National Focal Point on Small Arms and other key personnel.