Ugandan military marks 39th foundation anniversary

Friday, February 7th, 2020 00:00 |
Ugandan prison officers take part in the 39th Tarehe Sita celebrations in Nakaseke district, central Uganda. Feb. 6, 2020. (Xinhua/Hajarah Nalwadda)


   The Ugandan military on Thursday marked its 39th foundation anniversary since 1981 when it waged a war as a rebel group.

   President Yoweri Museveni who presided over the celebration held in the central district of Nakaseke described the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF) as an army from the people that is also for the people.

   "UPDF is a clean force which must guard against contamination. Because of the goodness, we have been able to guarantee peace for a longtime," Museveni said.

   He said he had already experimented successfully that the army can be involved in helping the citizens uplift their family income.

   "Our efforts have already produced results. Now there is surplus maize, bananas. Our only problem is now looking for market across Africa and overseas," Museveni said.

   During the event, more than 100 people were given golden medals in recognition of their contribution to the development of the country.

   The celebration was held under the theme "Consolidating the UPDF strategic partnership with the people to guard the gains of liberation".

   President Museveni on February 6, 1981 led a five-year rebellion which saw him capture power in 1986.

The celebrations on Thursday followed a week long civil military activities include cleaning of urban centers, tree planting, engineering works and medical camps among others. (Xinhua)

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