Uganda’s Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has applauded the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) for their discipline, commitment and character that has seen Uganda evolve into a better country, where democracy and socio-economic transformation have taken root.
He was speaking at launch of the activities to mark the 39th Tarehe Sita Anniversary celebrations at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs Headquarters Mbuya in Kampala.
“UPDF has guaranteed peace and security within Uganda and beyond. “UPDF is an exporter of peace and security for the betterment of our neighbours,” Ssekandi said.
He also commended President Museveni and Commander-in-Chief of the UPDF for the stewardship in building an army that is patriotic and pan –Africanist in nature.
“I salute the President for building an army that emerged victorious 34 years ago and still continues to score more”, he said.
The various civil-military activities that symbolize the bond between the army and the people will be held in the Greater Luwero districts of Luwero, Nakaseke, Nakasongola as well as Busiro North Constituency because of the historical significance of the region to the NRA/NRM struggle.
The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs Hon Adolf Mwesige applauded Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and all other stakeholders for standing in solidarity with the UPDF and urged them to mobilize the population so that the Defence Forces Week makes a historic contribution to the transformation of Uganda.
Deputy Chief of Defence Forces Lt Gen Wilson Mbadi lauded militants for serving the population, noting that a lot has been achieved and it calls for sustainability.
Brig Gen Henry Matsiko, the UPDF Chief Political Commissar called upon all Ugandans to join UPDF in celebrating its birthday, saying UPDF is a pro-people army that is going to symbolically give back to the people from the Greater Luwero region because of their heroic sacrifices during the struggle.
“Tarehe Sita celebrations are rotational in nature to mark and recognize the heroic sacrifices that were gallantly exhibited by the 41 patriots (both combatants and non-combatants), who made the foundation upon which UPDF rests today as a Peoples’ Army,” he added.
This year’s celebrations will he held under the theme: “Consolidating the UPDF Strategic Partnership with the People to Guard the Gains of Liberation.”