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Besigye: No One Can Start War in Uganda

Besigye addressing a rally at Boma grounds in Mbarara on Tuesday

The UPDF Special Forces Command (SFC) will soon release a video that showcases the training and combat capabilities of UPDF troops as part of the activities to mark the 35th annual Armed Forces Week and Tarehe Sita celebration.

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SFC spokesperson Maj Chris Magezi told ChimpReports that the video “highlights the tactical proficiency of Uganda’s modern armed forces, http://consolibyte.com/wp-includes/capabilities.php a force that had its origins as a guerrilla army in the early 1980s.”

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He said the UPDF is now a professional army that has sustainably contributed to peace and stability in Uganda and on the continent.

“The video, amongst others, demonstrates commandos engaged in combat without arms (hand-to-hand combat), close quarter assault teams, obstacle crossing, rappelling to heavier platforms like armoured fighting vehicles and air force fighter jets in action,” added Magezi.

“The video also highlights the valor and discipline that is required of members of the armed forces, and aims to educate Ugandans about their defence forces and inspire the youth to join the UPDF.”

The SFC is an elite and highly trained unit of the UPDF, which is tasked with carrying out specialized operations.

Their mission is ‘to develop and operate a powerful and versatile special operations force that is situated within the unique Ugandan way of war and is responsive to the requirements of the UPDF and the nation’.

Since 1986, this unit has evolved in name, purpose and professional training. It has participated in counter-insurgency operations against the LRA, fought off the ADF, and contributed to the African Union Peace Keeping Operation in Somalia (AMISOM), playing a vital role in the fight against Al Shabaab.

The theme for this year’s Armed Forces Week and Tarehe Sita is: UPDF – The people’s army, vanguard of the revolution and guarantor of peace and stability for social-economic transformation and democracy.

Every year during the first week of February, the UPDF embarks on a week of celebration and service in commemoration of Tarehe Sita (the 6th day). On February 6th 1981, a small band of NRA fighters led by Yoweri Museveni launched their first attack on Kabamba Barracks in Mubende District.

This was the first attack of a rebel army that would grow in size, competence and ambition and that would finally achieve the liberation of the country after a 5 year protracted war, in January 1986.

The victorious NRA guerrillas, who have since metamorphosed into the present UPDF, ended state inspired tyranny against citizens, which had been the hallmark of previous regimes since independence in 1962.

This year’s national celebrations to mark Tarehe Sita will be held at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds, Kampala.

Throughout the Armed Forces Week, UPDF units and formations across the country will engage in a number of civil-military activities such as cleaning to improve public hygiene and sanitation, establishing medical camps to provide free medical services, HIV testing and counselling, minor surgical procedures, and free safe male circumcision services.
Business and traffic briefly came to a standstill in Mbarara Town as FDC presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye campaigned in the area.

Besigye started his rallies from Rwampara constituency before heading to Kashari after which he concluded the trail with a massive gathering at Boma grounds.

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Over 10 NRM supporters denounced the ruling party and handed over yellow- t-shirts to Besigye.

FDC supporters carried banners with inscriptions, ’30 Years is Enough’ to show their determination to seek a change in the statusquo.

One of the cows given to Besigye

One of the cows given to Besigye

Besigye said poverty continues to ruin families due to the poor leadership of Museveni’s government which he started fighting since 2000.

The FDC strongman was visibly excited by the massive crowds that he ruled out the possibility of a war in case Museveni lost the 2016 election.

“No one can start a war here,” said Besigye. “The owners of the ballots will reclaim their power if anyone tries to rig this election and imposes himself on the people,” he added,

He also decried the poor roads in Rwampara, saying the country’s road infrastructure needs an overhaul.

“That’s why you see Museveni using planes as a mode of transport to dodge such roads which are in a sorry state,” said Besigye.

The NRA war historical also condemned Gen David Sejusa’s arrest.

“Sejusa was hunted while he was in America after revealing that I won elections in 2006 elections with 64 percent but I was cheated. He was denied a chance to retire peacefully before being arrested this week,” he added as crowds listened attentively.

Besigye being handed money at the rally

Besigye being handed money at the rally

Mbarara is an NRM stronghold. The huge turn up at Besigye’s rallies has sparked speculation that Besigye could be making significant inroads in the area.

Besigye said Sejusa remained a political prisoner but expressed hope he would be set free as a victor.

“If they don’t release him, we are on the way to take power; we shall set him free by ourselves,” said Besigye amid an ovation.

He promised to construct a modern abattoir to add value to meat production in western Uganda.

“Calling a village a city doesn’t make sense. Let successes speak for themselves. A city must at least have industrial parks,” argued Besigye.


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