President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni today led the UPDF and Wanainchi for the Tarehe Sita celebrations in Kitgum District, to mark the 38th anniversary since his NRA launched the struggle which later on became UPDF.
The President who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Uganda Armed Forces has said that the National Resistance Army (NRA) which later became Uganda People’ Defence Forces (UPDF), has managed to grow from strength to strength in the last 38 years because it was founded on the right ideology that emphasized discipline, patriotism, Pan-Africanism and the socio-economic transformation agenda. He said that the UPDF started by liberating, pacifying and guaranteeing peace and security in the entire country.
The President, who was accompanied by, Mrs. Janet Museveni, made these remarks during Tarehe Sita celebrations marking the day 38 years ago when the then NRA launched the liberation struggle by attacking Kabamba Barracks on the 6th February 1981. The celebrations were this afternoon at Kitgum Core Teachers College in Kitgum Municipality, Kitgum district in Acholi Sub-Region.
Mr. Museveni said that although there had been attempts by several post-colonial Ugandan governments to build a National Army, they all failed because the different governments and groups had failed to clearly identify and determine the purpose, ideology and character of such a national force. They, he added, ended up developing forces that lacked a clear ideological orientation, were indiscipline and lacked a national character. He, therefore, said that it was no wonder that Uganda failed to develop a national army until the liberation forces of the National Resistance Movement came to power in 1986.
Full speech here, “At the genesis of the struggle and formation of the NRA, we had to answer the question; what army does Uganda need?
There had been attempts by several post-colonial Ugandan governments to build a National Army, they failed because they ended up developing forces that were indiscipline and lacked a national character. Indeed, Uganda failed to develop a national army until the liberation forces of the National Resistance Movement came to power in 1986.
This army has managed to move from strength to strength because it was founded on the right Ideology that emphasized; discipline, patriotism, Pan-Africanism and the socio-economic transformation agenda.
We resolved that our army must; 1- be patriotic/love Uganda, 2 have a pan-Africanist outlook because Uganda needs its neighbors for markets and security to survive, 3- must be interested and contribute to the Socio-economic transformation of the country, 4- Must be disciplined and respect the people, because it is the people that produce the army, and finally it must work for democracy. This is the foundation of the NRA and now UPDF.
This foundation has enabled us to carry out infrastructural development like roads from one end of the country to another.
On development, we are moving very well, most of the major roads in the region have been tarmacked. Government is in the process of working on the Atiak-Adjumani-Laropi-Yumbe
Northern Uganda is becoming the centre of Uganda as far as electricity is concerned, the following power generation dams are soon coming on board; 650MW from Karuma, Agago 88MW, Ayago when completed will produce 840MW. This will provide a base for the economy.
On the issue of the Apaa land, this is a problem caused by leaders who want cheap popularity at the expense of the people, I have listened to the issues, and we shall get a solution. Leaders should stop making statements that inflame wanainchi
I thank Ugandans for supporting the army in bringing peace to this sub region and Uganda in general,” M7 said.