Objectives of the Ministry
- Defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Uganda
- Build adequate and credible defence capacity to address external threats and in the medium term assist in maintaining internal security.
- Create a productive and self-sustaining force.
- Ensure adherence to and furtherance of international obligations.
- Ensure continuation and strengthening of the Defence force that has respect for Human Rights.
- Create military alliances to enhance regional security and stability.
- Maintain national cohesion.
- Promote co-operation with the East African countries, which share common political, economic, social and cultural values, and interests.
- Support regional and continental integration through the East African Community and African Union.
- Formulation of the Defence policy arising out of H.E the President’s declaration in his 2001 election manifesto to professionalize the UPDF.
Administratively, the Ministry is organised into five departments: Finance and Administration, Logistics and Procurement, Defence Reform Secretariate, Policy Analysis Unit and Resource Centre. . The Permanent Secretary is the Chief Executive and Chief Accounting Officer for the entire ministry.
The Ministry oversees the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF). This ensures that the UPDF is ultimately answerable to the people of Uganda, while it remains professional, with focus on protecting its citizens, defending national sovereignty and contributing to regional stability.
The mandate of the Ministry of Defence is derived from the Constitution of Republic of Uganda 1995 (as amended). In accordance with Articles 208 and 209, the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) is established and mandated to carry out the following functions:
Defend and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Uganda, ensuring non-violability of peoples and individual rights, the rule of law and good governance.
Cooperate with civilian authorities in emergence situations and in cases of natural disasters
Foster harmony and understanding between Defence forces and civilians.
Engage in productive activities for Natural Development.