Election 2016

Mbabazi to Keep UPDF in Somalia, CAR

Mbabazi speaking at the launch of his manifesto at Kampala Serena Hotel on Sunday

Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi has promised to keep Ugandan armed forces in Central African Republic and Somalia, ambulance http://delightstudio.co.rs/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-terms-list-table.php saying regional security is too sensitive to bet on, visit this site http://crownheights.info/wp-includes/category.php Chimp Corps report.

In Somalia, UPDF is battling Al Shabaab insurgents and building capacity of the native forces with the view of stabilising the troubled country.

The mission in CAR aims at capturing LRA rebel leader Joseph Kony and eliminating the security threat posed by the outfit.

Launching his manifesto on Sunday at Kampala Serena Hotel, Mbabazi said “patriotism is what drives the work of our armed forces and all our gallant men and women at work, whether here in Uganda or in South Sudan, Somalia and in Central African Republic.”

He emphasised that “The security of East Africa and Africa at large is too important to bet on and the realities of global terrorism require both military might and well thought-out policy.”

Mbabazi, who served as security and defence minister in President Museveni’s government, added: “This is why under my government our forces will continue to secure both Somalia and the Central African Republic from the torment of terrorism in whatever form.”

UPDF is the most highly-trained and experienced military force in the region with its tentacles spread to many parts of the region.

Mbabazi said while UPDF many not be “perfect” its abilities are a force to reckon with.

“I believe in the ability of the UPDF. It may not be a perfect force but it is a force that we, as Ugandans, can all be proud of. I believe in the UPDF and I know that with strong, clear-headed, discerning leadership, as well as with help from our neighbours and our partners around the world we can be successful in the battle against 21 st century fascism,” said Mbabazi.

Mbabazi’s views depart from Dr Kizza Besigye’s strategy, having previously called for the withdrawal of Ugandan troops from Somalia.

Besigye believes countries like Somalia should be supported to build strong internal systems to deal with their own local issues.

Mbabazi said the work “our officers do in those countries is vital not just to protect the innocent citizens in those countries but to protect us here at home,” adding, “at the barest minimum, our forces should earn a decent wage and benefit from facilities good enough for themselves and their families.”

He said his government will undertake to improve the soldiers’ welfare in terms of increase in salary or housing for the families of those who have died or have been injured in service.

“But service is not only for those who are already members of our armed forces. Under my government, the chance to serve will be made available to every young person in an exclusive national service program called “The Uganda Cadets”. Here, students will be taught the basic tenets of Uganda’s core values namely peace, unity, equality, democracy, freedom, social justice and progress. Furthermore, all students will serve in one of three areas: The Literacy Program, the Medical Program or the Armed Forces Program.”

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