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UPDF Set to Begin Community Work Ahead of Next Year’s Tarehe Sita Celebrations

The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) is set to begin community work to commemorate “Tarehe Sita” celebrations slated for February 6, 2021.

The community work will include offering free medical services, building schools, renovations among others.

The UPDF deputy spokesperson Lt Col Deo Akiiki told ChimpReports on Tuesday that celebrations will be held in greater Masaka.

“Terehe Sita, the UPDF birthday, will be celebrated in greater Masaka. After a good survey of dry land, the UPDF team today (Tuesday) headed for Kalangala Islands to reconnoiter activities to be done; giving back to the people and strengthening our strategic relationship with Ugandans. Maj Gen Henry Matsiko heads the delegation to the beautiful islands,” Akiiki told ChimpReports.

Tarehe Sita is a Swahili word to mean the “sixth day,” in this context is the day of February 6, 1981 when the struggle to ‘liberate’ Uganda began with an attack on Kabamba military barracks.

On February 6, 1981, the People’s Resistance Army (PRA) composed of 41 men with 27 guns launched a guerrilla warfare against the then President Apollo Milton Obote Government with an attack on Kabamba military barracks in Masindi district.

PRA was a military wing of the Uganda Patriotic Movement (UPM) led by Yoweri Museveni.

In 1982, PRA merged with Prof Yusuf Lule’s outfit and formed National Resistance Army (NRA) as a military wing of National Resistance Movement (NRM). Prof Lule was chairman while Yoweri Museveni was vice chairman of NRA/M.

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As NRA ranks grew in the jungles of Luweero, the external wing also began incorporating more Ugandans from the diaspora into its ranks. The NRA was unlike any army in Uganda’s history, demystified the gun and enabled citizens to associate with it.

On January 26, 1986, the NRA overthrew the short-lived military junta of Gen Tito Okello. NRA quickly opened up its ranks to those willing to join, which brought in place a broad based Government.

Following the Constitutional review process that started in 1992 by the appointment of Judicial Commission headed by now Chief Justice Emeritus, Benjamin Odoki and culminating in the promulgation of a new Constitution in 1995, the NRA was renamed Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).

 

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