The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs, Hon. Adolf Mwesige has today met with the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for the Great Lakes Region, Mr. Huang Xia at the Ministry of Defence headquarters in Mbuya, where they discussed various issues pertaining to the UN Strategy for Peace Consolidation, conflict resolution and prevention in the Great Lakes region.
Mr. Huang also briefed the Minister on the ongoing preparations for the upcoming high level meeting of the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region.
Mr. Huang expressed high appreciation to Uganda towards the contribution of peacekeeping missions that are supported by the United Nations.
Particularly, he thanked the UPDF leadership for the high level of professionalism exhibited by the forces in peacekeeping missions. He remarked that the Great Lakes Region and Africa at large still face challenges such as the fight against rebel groups like ADF which hinder the efforts by the UPDF troops towards Peacekeeping.
Hon. Adolf Mwesige thanked the Special Envoy for the interactive meeting and said that the UPDF remains steadfast in repulsing any attempts or attacks made by the ADF informing him that the remnants had fled to eastern DRC.
Hon. Mwesige said that under the leadership of the President, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Uganda has and will always embrace the Pan African ideology especially in Peacekeeping and UN Missions whenever called upon. Ideologies that birthed AMISOM and now EastAfrican Standby Force saying that African problems require home grown African solutions thus the successes of AMISOM in Somalia.
In conclusion, the Minister said that Uganda, alongside military solutions, had applied the Amnesty law that is dedicated to support, rehabilitate and reintergrate rebels who denounce rebellion.
In attendance were the UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Rosa Malango, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence and Vetaran Affairs, Mrs Rosette Byengoma, the Joint Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Joseph Musanyufu, the Defence Spokesperson and Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso.
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A total of fourteen Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces personnel from the Chieftaincy of Integrated Resource Management Information System (CIRMIS) are set to obtain Oracle Certification after undergoing a seven weeks training that will be facilitated by the Computer Learning Centre.
The Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs (MODVA) and the Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF) have today held the 11th Annual Tarehe Sita thanksgiving Breakfast at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds.
The President and Commander in Chief of the UPDF HE Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has applauded the UPDF for having effectively applied the concept of tihe Combined Arms Doctrine which he said has been crucial for the success of the ongoing Operation Shujaa
February 28 2022, will go down the annals of ADF/ISCAP/MTM when the joint forces in operation Shujaa killed over 20, captured 03, rescued 12 abductees and recovered an assortment of weapons and ammunitions.
Wazalendo Savings and Credit Cooperative Society (WSACCO) has today donated 30 wheel chairs to its members in the Chieftaincy of Mubende Rehabilitation Centre (CMRC), who have special health needs under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) function.
On 6th March 2022, International and Local journalists interacted with Maj Gen Kayanja Muhanga, the Overall Operation Shujaa at Kainama Forward Operating Base.
Speaking at the International Women's day celebrations today 08th March, 2022 at Kololo Independence Grounds under the theme: "Gender Equality Today for a sustainable tomorrow," President Museveni said that the only way to empower women is by ensuring that women are empowered economically.
The Commandant of Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Center (URDCC), Brig Peter Gaetano Omola, flagged off a total of 105 UPDF personnel to participate in Exercise Justified Accord 2022 at Isiolo in Kenya.
The African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs Peace and Security (AUC PAPS) Amb Bankole Adeoye visited sector one headquarters where the sector one commander Brig Keith Katungi presented to him an operation and security brief of his Area of Operation
The Equatorial Guinea Vice President H.E Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue commended the quality work produced by Southern Range Nyanza Limited during his guided tour of the facility on 2 February 2022.
The Vice President of Equatorial Guinea and also Minister of Defence and National Security H.E Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue has today held a meeting with the Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs (MODVA)Hon Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja.
The Chairman of the UPDF Wazalendo SACCO (WSACCO) Board of Directors Hon Maj Gen Sam Kavuma has today challenged the WSACCO delegates , members of Staff, Command and the general membership of WSACCO to put into proper utilisation the loans they get from the SACCO.
The Chief of Defence Forces Gen Wilson Mbadi has today flagged off Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF) Battle Group (BG) XXXV enroute to Somalia to serve under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
Delegates from the Military, Police, Prisons, Immigration, civilian components and other stakeholders from the six East African Community (EAC) partner States; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda are meeting at Silver Springs Hotel in Kampala for the Main Planning Conference for the 12th EAC Field Training Exercise (FTX) "Ushirikiano Imara" 2022 expected to run from 27th May to 16th June 2022 in Jinja, Uganda.
Lt Col Peter Magungu on 19 Feb 2022 officially took over Command of the United Nations Guard Unit (UNGU) from Lt Col Francis Odikiro.
The overall Commander 'Operation Shujja' Maj Gen Kayanja Muhanga, has been inspecting troops as well as towns of Boga, Tchabi and Kainama that were dislodged from the fleeing ADF terrorists.
Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye has today assumed office as the Defence Spokesperson following his appointment by the Chief of Defence Forces on 04/02/2022.
The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs, Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja has today called upon stakeholders to work together towards achieving long lasting peace in Karamoja Region.
The third offensive route against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) operating in Ituri Provinces and North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was opened on 8 February 2022.
The President of the Republic of Uganda and Commander-In-Chief of the UPDF H.E Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni officiated on the occasion marking the 41st Tarehe Sita Anniversary and Defence Forces Week held in Mbale City at Maluku Boma Grounds.
The National Resistance Movement National Vice Chairman, Brig Gen (Rtd) Al-Haji Moses Kigongo on 5 February 2022 commended the Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF) on the strides made on its journey towards being a professional army.
The Woman Member of Parliament, Bukwo district Hon Chemutai Everlyne has appealed to the UPDF to maintain its core values and functions.
Lt Col James Okiring-Finance Manager National Enterprise Corporation( NEC),on behalf of the Managing Director- NEC; Lt Gen James Mugira handed over a number of assorted public Health Items to Lt Col Boniface Okello -Director Administration-CPC who represented Brig Emmanuel Rwashande, Chief - Civil Military Cooperation-UPDF.
The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs Hon Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempija has today conducted a guided tour of UPDF Civil Military activities in the Elgon Region (Bugisu and Sebei Regions).
Wazalendo Savings and Credit Cooperative Society (WSACCO) has launched a 3 - day training for SACCOs in Elgon Sub-Region as part of the army week activities to mark the 41st Tarehe sita Anniversary celebrations
Wazalendo Savings and Credit Cooperative Organization (WSACCO) has today made a contribution of one hundred (100) mattresses and five (05) crest water tanks with a capacity of 5000 litres to UPDF.
The UPDF Deputy Chief Political Commissar (D/CPC) Col Nelson Aheebwa has urged citizens to tirelessly associate with the defence forces so that peace and security can be consolidated.
The Deputy Commander of the Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF) Engineers brigade Col Twaha Kamyoma commended the population (civilians) for working together with the army to champion national social economic transformation.
Pondwe-Kasindi Border Point: It was all excitement and ululation when Congolese nationals saw UPDF convoy entering DRC through Lubiriya-Kasindi border point. Led by Col Christopher Columbus Tumwine, the 222 Brigade Commander, the convoy marked the opening up of the second axis for offensive action against Allied Democratic Forces.
Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF) have today cleaned communities around the Elgon Region in commemoration of the 41st Tarehe Sita Anniversary celebrations and Defence Forces Week.
The Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces were today joined by community members, leaders and students in cleaning up the streets of Sironko Town Council.
The Minister for Karamoja Affairs Mary Goretti Kimono Kitutu launched the Tarehe Sita Anniversary Civil Military activities and Defence Forces Week at Bumbo town council in Namisindwa district.
Residents in Mbale district have thanked UPDF medics for associating with them on health issues.
The UPDF Chieftaincy of Medical Services is offering free medical services to residents of Budadiri at Budadiri Health Centre IV and Buwasa Health Centre IV in Sironko district.
The Minister of Water and Enviroment Hon. Sam Mangusho Cheptoris while officiating at the 41st Tarehe Sita and Defence Forces Week in Kween district on 29th January 2022 reminded residents of the need to preserve peace and security.
The Minister of State for Defence in charge of General Duties - MSD (GD) Hon. Jacob Marksons Oboth flagged off the 41st UPDF Tarehe Sita Anniversary celebrations and Defence Forces Week in Mbale City.
The Minister of State for Defence in charge of Veteran Affairs - MSD(VA) Hon Oleru Huda Abason has today observed that the Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF) has evolved from a bush army to a modern and professional army.
The 41st Tarehe Sita Anniversary Civil Military activities and defence forces week have been flagged off in Bududa district.
UPDF has been urged to inform people why they relate with them in an effort to protect the peace and security within the country and beyond.
The Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF) has been commended for its outstanding performance in sustaining peace and security in the country.
Four hundred and twenty soldiers drawn from Mountain Division units and Special Forces Command (SFC), have completed a four months Mountain Warfare Technical course at Mountain Warfare Training School (MWTS) - Karugutu
The National Defence College Uganda (NDC-U) has been officially commissioned today by the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Gen Yoweri K. Museveni, at the school's grounds in Buikwe District.
Ugandans have been advised to retrace their history and acknowledge the contributions of their brothers and sisters towards the success of the liberation struggle.
Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF) is participating in the implementation of the African Amnesty Campaign on voluntary surrender of illicitly held weapons by civilians in Karamoja sub-region.
The Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF) intensified the Voluntary Surrender of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) campaign in Kotido District by meeting all stakeholders involved in the disarmament exercise.
The Ministers of Defence and Veteran Affairs of the Republic of Uganda and the DRC, Hon Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja and Hon. Dr. Gilbert Kabanda Kurhenga respectively, have today held a joint meeting to discuss matters related to defence and security of both states and to review progress of the Joint UPDF/FARDC Operation Shujaa.
The Vice President of the Republic of Uganda H.E Jessica Alupo has today flagged off the 41st UPDF Tarehe Sita Anniversary and Defence Forces Week activities to be held in Bugisu and Sebei subregions of Eastern Uganda.
The UPDF Chief of Civil Military Cooperation Brig Gen Emmanuel Rwashande has today received about five hundred (500) tree seedlings from Million Trees International Organization.
Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF) has today received a donation of about twenty thousand (20,000) disposable masks from Southern Range Nyanza Textiles as a contribution towards the completion of the 41st Tarehe Sita Anniversary celebrations.
Uganda troops serving under AMISOM in Somalia have been vaccinated with COVID 19 booster dose in Mogadishu today. The exercise that saw 512 troops receive their booster doses was led by Capt Dr Thomas Ongom the medical officer of Level II hospital under sector 1.
The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has today commissioned the Pro Heli International Services Helicopter Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Plant in Nakasongola Military Cantonment.
Wazalendo Savings and Credit Cooperative (WSACCO) has launched mobile banking services at their Entebbe Branch.
UPDF has received health supplies and eye Medicines worth 3.2 million UGX from Dr.Agarwals Eye Hospital located in Naguru, Kampala, Uganda.
Hon. Jacob Oboth - Oboth met the Tanzania Minister of Defense and National Service Hon. Dr. Stergomena at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs (MoDVA) Headquarters, Mbuya.
WSACCO on 17th Jan 2022 visited the home of Missionaries of the poor ( Our lady of Good Counsel Monastery) in Mengo- Kisenyi a Kampala Sarburb
Maj Gen Kayanja Muhanga, the UPDF overall Commander Operation Shujaa, on 17 January 2022 inspected the on-going ferry construction works at Hayibale landing site on river Semuliki in Rwebisengo county - Ntoroko district. Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) is working to install the ferry on river Semuliki that will connect Uganda and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Maj Gen Bombelle Comille Ehola, and Maj Gen Kayanja Muhanga the overall FARDC and UPDF Operation Shujaa Commanders have held a meeting at Hotel Kasindi in DRC, aimed at designing mechanisms of securing the road construction projects and opening up a second axis against ADF terrorists.
The UPDF Deputy Commander Land Forces (D/CLF) Maj Gen Sam Okiding on behalf of the Commander Land Forces (CLF) Lt Gen Muhoozi Keinerugaba officiated at the closure of the post mission ideological training course for Battle Group (BG) XXXI and the Uganda Military Training and Mentoring Team 05 (UMTMT 05)
The Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs (MoDVA) conducted a stakeholders' strategic workshop on pensions payroll and backlog verification exercise at Silver Springs Hotel in Bugolobi.
Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso today has handed over the Office of the Defence Spokesperson to Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu as the Acting Defence Spokesperson
The UPDF mobile forces together with the FARDC assault force, finally captured the much revered ADF/ISCAP camp, Kambi Ya Yua.
The UPDF Wazalendo Savings and Credit Cooperative Society (WSACCO) was commended for demonstrating highest degree of discipline and consistent service delivery compared to other SACCOs.
NO FOUR (4) UPDF SOLDIERS WERE ARRESTED. Only Pte Twinamasiko Balam and his 3 civilian colleagues were rather CAPTURED and TAKEN HOSTAGE while on their mandated duty on Uganda?s waters.
A total of one hundred fifty four (154) Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers successfully completed three weeks training on the importance of maintaining the right military ideology.
MOVIT Products Limited has today donated sanitizer worth ten million (UGX 10 million) to Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF).
Brigadier Keith Katungi took over the command as the Uganda Contingent Commander (CONTICO) in Somalia under African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
The commander of Operation Shujaa and also UPDF Mountain Division Commander Maj Gen Kayanja Muhanga has today met his DRC counterpart, the Commander of Operation Sukola Grand- Nord, Maj Gen Camille Bombele, for an operational review meeting about the ongoing joint UPDF and FARDC operations against the ADF terrorists.
The Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF) has today 17th Dec 2021 passed out 111 UPDF Officers in Jinja after successfully completing the Junior Command and Staff Course.
The Deputy CDF Lt Gen Peter Elwelu has today officiated at the pass out of 120 Officers from the Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces, Uganda Police Force and Uganda Prisons Service who have been undergoing a three months Joint Political Education and Leadership Course at Oliver Reginald Tambo Leadership School - Kaweweta.
The UPDF Joint Chief Of Staff Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda has today visited the National Defence College in Jinja.
UPDF Chief of Defence Force Gen Wilson Mbadi has met Brig Gen Getachew Shiferaw Fayisa the Director Eastern African Standby Force (EASF).
The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs Hon Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja has said that the UPDF should be in the lead of providing guidance to the nation through communication.
The UPDF Engineering Brigade working with FARDC has embarked on opening up the impassable stretch of the main supply route from Mukakati UPDF Forward Operating Base (FOB) up to ease passage through R.Semlik Bridge.
The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs, Hon Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja signed a bilateral general agreement on defence cooperation yesterday 09th Dec, 2021 with his Congolese counterpart, His Excellency Dr Gilbert Kabanda Kurhenga, the Minister of Defence and War Veterans of the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo at the Office Building of the Governor of Uturi Province in Bunia, DRC.
President Yoweri Museveni has emphasized that Muslims of Uganda are not extremists and despise terrorism because they are part of our society.
President Yoweri Museveni has assured the people of the East Africa that the concept of integration is possible as there are political, economic and social elements of commonality among the people of the region.
A total of sixty eight (68) Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers attained skills in kit operations used while managing the Integrated Resource Management Information System (IRMIS)
UPDF troops together with FARDC have for the last two days been occupied with community engagement programs with the local communities to bridge the gap left after the successful launch of " Operation Shuja" in DR Congo
The Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Lt Gen Peter Elwelu, has called upon Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF) troops in Somalia to be extra vigilant during the Christmas period since the Al-Shabaab takes advantage of the festive season to execute attacks against AMISOM troops in the country.
A combined force of UPDF elements drawn from Infantry, Motorized Brigade, Artillery, Armored and Special Forces Command moved into DR Congo and launched an offensive operation against ADF terrorists.
The Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs and Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces have today joined the world to commemorate the annual World Aids at the Defence headquarters, Mbuya under the theme; "End Stigma, End AIDS, End Pandemics".
The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) of the Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces, Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi has today met the Force Commander of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Lt Gen Marcos de sa' Affonso da Costa.
The UPDF Land Forces Camp Commandant of the Headquarter based in Bombo, Maj Gen Joram Tumwine Kakari has called upon troops to embrace ideological campaign since it visibly defines UPDF as a disciplined force, non-partisan, national in character, patriotic, professional, productive and subordinate to civilian authority.
The Deputy Chief of Civil Military Cooperation (DCCIMIC) Col Sam Ntambirwe, has called upon the Director Civil Military Cooperation Land Force, to carry on his duty guided by UPDF ideological clarity.
Selected staff from Wazalendo Savings and Credit Cooperative Organization (WSACCO) Ltd received training from Equity Bank in a bid to strengthen the partnership between the two financial institutions.
UPDF has participated in the national launch of the African Union amnesty month in implementing a project on voluntary surrender of illicit small arms and light weapons.
Brigadier General Keith Katungi has today officially handed over office as Commandant Military Police Brigade to Major General Don Nabasa, at a ceremony held at the Military Police Headquarters, Makindye.
The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) of the Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces, Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi has met the delegation of the Russian Federation in Uganda at the Ministry of Defence headquarters, Mbuya.
The President of the Republic of Uganda and Commander in Chief of the UPDF H.E Gen Yoweri K Museveni has urged defence forces to embrace the concept of using combined arms while conducting any combat operations.
The Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs Hon Vicent Ssempijja Bamulangaki has opened the two-day orientation retreat for Members of Parliament on the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee at Speke Resort Munyonyo-Kampala.
The joint security forces, with UPDF as a lead agency, on 17 November 2021, extended the disarmament exercise upon criminals with illegal guns in Karamoja sub - region for another three (03) months.
The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi has today commended the good work done by Wazalendo Savings and Credit Cooperative Society Ltd (WSACCO) in improving the welfare of its members, most especially soldiers.
Wazalendo Savings and Credit Cooperative Society Ltd (WSACCO) top management staff completed a one - day (13th November 2021) training in modern communication skills
Military veteran returnees from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) were cautioned to embrace the On-going income enriching government programs so as to improve their quality of life.
Military training for the recently recruited Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel started yesterday at Olilim Military Training School in Katakwi district.
The Commander Land Force Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba while in a meeting with district leaders from Karamoja Sub-region cautioned them to stay united for the sustainability of peace in the region.
The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs (MODVA) Hon Vicent Bamulangaki Ssempijja reiterated the Defence Ministry's commitment towards the transformation of the country by engaging in productive activities.
The Chairman Board of Directors for Wazalendo Savings and Credit Cooperative Organization (WSACCO) Maj Gen Sam Kavuma and its Chief Executive Officer Col Joseph Freddy Onata successfully completed a one - week Savings and Credit Cooperative Association (SACCA) congress in Kenya's Coastal County of Kwale- Mombasa.
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) commended the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs (MODVA) for providing equal Opportunities to all eligible beneficiaries during planning and budgeting.
Representatives from EAC that are attending the Initial Planning Conference for the 12th EAC Armed Forces Field training Exercise" Ushirikiano Imara" 19th -21st October 2021 at Source of the Nile hotel in Jinja district.
commander of the 3 Infantry Division based in Moroto, Brig Gen Joseph Balikudembe presents the arrested cattle thieves to local residents
Brig Gen Stephen Mugerwa briefing LDU Personnel at Labworodong Military Training School
The UPDF Chief of Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Brig Gen Emmanuel Rwashande commended Kenyan Government for its unwavering support towards the successful completion of the 3rd Edition of the East Africa Community (EAC) Armed Forces Civil Military activities.
The Joint Security Operation, code named "Usalama Kwa Wote" in Karamoja Sub-region, aiming at recovering illegal guns from the civilian population, recently arrested eight (08) criminals.
The Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Hon Lt Gen Peter Elwelu has assured the people of Karamoja sub region that the government will endeavor to restore peace in the area and called upon the political leaders to join hands with the locals so that the problems of cattle raids and insecurity are solved.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wazalendo Savings and Credit Cooperative Organization (WSACCO), Col Joseph Freddy Onata challenged Principal Staff Officers (PSO'S)and Branch Managers of WSACCO to reset both their souls and minds if they are to drive further the vision and mission for WSACCO.
The Deputy Chief of Defence Forces Lt Gen Peter Elwelu has urged leaders in Karamoja Sub-region to work together with government to pacify the region.
The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces has called upon Ugandans to embrace wealth creation as well as the principles and strategies that support it.
Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs (L) Hon Vicent Bamulangaki Ssempijja adressing members of parliament on Karamoja region.
Joint Chief of Staff Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda handing over the Ugandan flag to the Contingent Commander, Brig Gen Emmanuel Rwashande
LT GEN PAUL LOKECH LAID TO REST