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Uganda, Kenya in Bilateral Effort to Settle Uchumi Debts

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde
addressing journalists at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala recently

The UPDF Special Forces Command (SFC) 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 has been released.

The three and half minute video, stomach http://cosmeticluxus.com/wp-admin/includes/theme-install.php produced by Take 5 productions, http://cdcsmiles.com/wp-admin/includes/update.php comprises footage of Special Forces soldiers and other regular units of UPDF in training and combat operations.

It highlights the tactical proficiency of Uganda’s modern armed forces, a force that had its origins as a guerilla army in the early 1980s.

SFC publicist Maj Chris Magezi 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 armored fighting vehicles and air force fighter jets in action,” said 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.
The UPDF Special Forces Command (SFC) 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 has been released.

The three and half minute video, sildenafil http://compuaprende.com/components/com_kunena/attachment.php produced by Take 5 productions, advice http://decksplushouston.com/wp-admin/includes/class-bulk-plugin-upgrader-skin.php comprises footage of Special Forces soldiers and other regular units of UPDF in training and combat operations.

It highlights the tactical proficiency of Uganda’s modern armed forces, a force that had its origins as a guerilla army in the early 1980s.

SFC publicist Maj Chris Magezi 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 armored fighting vehicles and air force fighter jets in action,” said 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.
The governments of Uganda and Kenya are in bilateral talks to resolve the financial strain worth billions of shillings caused by the sudden closure of Uchumi supermarket, cheap http://crunchydomesticgoddess.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-bbpress-json-api-compat.php says Minister of Trade and Industry, website like this http://commongroundwi.org/wp-content/themes/twentytwelve/page-templates/front-page.php Hon. Amelia Kyambadde.

The Kenyan government is a shareholder in the Uchumi retail chain.

The Minister said following discussions with the creditors the Ministry engaged the Kenyan High Commission in Uganda to forge a way forward.

In a meeting held on February 3 in Nairobi, viagra buy http://criasaude.com.br/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ajax-upgrader-skin.php Kenya, it was resolved that Uchumi remits the statutory deductions, union dues as well as employee remuneration and final dues.

The chain would also clear supplier payments and utilities like water and electricity.

“We also agreed that an intergovernmental committee be formed to address all issues on non-paid claims by Uchumi supermarkets in Uganda. The committee will revise and verify all claims by suppliers and develop a time frame for settling the claims,” the Minister told journalists in a press conference at Uganda Media Centre on Thursday.

Uchumi recently closed shop in Uganda due to losses.

In addition, the committee which is to be launched on February 12 will propose recommendations on possible ways of settling claims.

At least 40 companies filed a petition to Ministry of Trade while many other affected individuals and companies have already sued Uchumi supermarket for non-payment and loss of employment.

Hon Kyambadde added that; “Government of Uganda will facilitate the access by Uchumi representatives to former supermarket premises to access records. However no goods shall be interfered with in the process.”

Talks 

Meanwhile, all claimants (suppliers, employees, service providers) have been advised to cease all court processes and give the ongoing bilateral process a chance.

Uchumi supermarket has also been instructed to withdraw its bankruptcy petition which would otherwise deem it incapable of paying its creditors.

Minister Kyambadde told journalists that government is formulating a policy intended to regulate supermarkets and also revise the existing consumer protection law more stringent.

Uchumi supermarket is a limited liability retail company in Kenya which has for long been operating in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

However, it announced last year that the operations in Uganda and Tanzania would stop since they were not generating enough revenue to sustain themselves.

The supermarket had branches in Uganda including; Kampala city, Kabalagala, Nateete, Mbale, Gulu and was just about to open up in Mbarara at the time of closure.

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