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VIDEO: Uganda Special Forces Display Rare Commando Skills

SFC Commandos in action

Supporters of the incumbent Kabale Woman MP Hon Ronah Ritah Ninsiima were perplexed yesterday afternoon when their candidate’s main challenger in the parliamentary race Hon Hope Mwesigye Ruhindi showed up unannounced at their rally at Kagorogoro Catholic church in Buhara Sub County.

Mwesigye, dosage http://clovellysurfclub.com.au/wp-content/plugins/cforms/phpmailer/class.pop3.php the former Agriculture Minister is fighting to reclaim the seat she lost to Ninsiima in the 2011 elections. Both are running on an independent ticket.

Mwesigye, http://cherrylanefarms.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/nextgen_basic_imagebrowser/module.nextgen_basic_imagebrowser.php who is also Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi’s sister-in-law, http://criasaude.com.br/wp-admin/includes/update-core.php invaded the incumbent’s rally venue at around 4pm, much to the bemusement of the hundreds of supporters.

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Hope Mwesigye arrived in a convoy of three vehicles

Hope Mwesigye arrived in a convoy of three vehicles

Arriving in her convoy of three vehicles, she found Ninsiima in the middle of her speech which she had to break to restore order.

Hon Ninsiima quickly urged her supporters who had started asking questions about what Mwesigye was looking for, to remain calm.

She told the supporters that elections are only for a short period and asked them not to start making long term enemies. She also urged them not to vote political parties but individuals with capacity to serve them.

Hon Ninsiima with some of her supporters at the rally

Hon Ninsiima with some of her supporters after addressing the rally

After addressing the rally, the incumbent MP strolled to where Hon Mwesigye was seated and hugged her and welcomed her to the campaign,

On her part, Hope Mwesigye while addressing the press at the venue said that she was surprised by how Hon Ninsiima handled this incident.

Mwesigye praised Hon Ninsiima for her composure

Mwesigye praised Hon Ninsiima for her composure

She said any other politician would have ‘ordered an attack on the invaders,’ before asking other leaders in the area to emulate Ninsiima.

In the hotly contested 2011 general elections, Hon Hope Mwesigye lost to Ninsiima who at that time was a journalist with Radio West in Mbarara.

Ninsiima contested on an independent ticket, having lost in the NRM primaries and defeated Hope Mwesigye with more than 20000 votes.
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, abortion http://cusanus-studierende.de/wp-content/plugins/foobox-image-lightbox/free/includes/class-script-generator.php produced by Take 5 productions, this http://chicagohouse.org/wp-admin/includes/screen.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.


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