KAMPALA – The Deputy Speaker, Thomas Tayebwa has commended the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces –UPDF for ensuring peace and stability – describing its soldiers as true patriots and heroes of the nation.
Tayebwa made the remarks on January 27, 2023 while launching the UPDF’s week of activities to commemorate the 42nd Tarehe Sita anniversary celebrations.
The event is scheduled for February 6, at Kakyeka Stadium in Mbarara under the theme: ‘Recognising the sacrifice of the founders of the people’s revolution for social economic transformation.’
Speaking at the launch – the Deputy Speaker observed that since the success of the National Resistance Army – NRA in 1986 – Uganda hadn’t experienced any unstable change of government – attributing the stance to the true transformation of the army.
“As an army – you have won the confidence of our people. We have many questions on most institutions of government – but we do not have a question on the UPDF – because of the strength and stability – you have created in the force,” said Tayebwa.
He noted the Uganda’s drive for economic transformation was on course, owing to the security guaranteed by the UPDF.
“I can confidently say this because I am sure our gallant army will maintain the peace and security necessary for this economic transformation,” remarked Tayebwa.
He added that Parliament had played a critical role in the UPDF’s strategic progress by enacting enabling laws as well as availing adequate funding.
Tayebwa contributed Ugx30m on behalf of Parliament, towards the celebrations.
The Minister for Defence and Veteran Affairs, Vincent Ssempijja reiterated that the week targets at strengthening the army’s historical bond and relationship with the people of Uganda.
The UPDF Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi said the army was engaged in activities aiming at contributing to the development of Uganda’s economy.
He added that this year’s Tarehe Sita activities would culminate in a drive designed to combat climate change in the country – in the desire to promote environmental security.
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