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BREAKING: Another UPDF General passes on

BREAKING: Another UPDF General passes on

AFRICA, UGANDA, updf
RUKUNGIRI — Brig Gen. Victor Maregano Twesigye, Uganda’s Defence attaché to the India has died. Tge Uganda People’s Defense Forces —UPDF sources, without giving details of his death have confirmed the news on Thursday July 2 morning. UPDF Deputy Spokesperson, Lt. Col Deo Akiiki says the Brig Twesigye died on Thursday morning. He said the UPDF will issue a statement on the same. “It is very true. You know we have lost two Generals this week! It is very very painful,” Lt. Col. Akiiki said on phone. Brig Twesigye has served in New Delhi since 2016. Unconfirmed sources say he died from Nyarushanje Kisiizi Rukungiri after he slid in the bathroom and died instantly on Thursday. “He went to the village yesterday and this morning he slid in the bathroom while bathing and died in...
AFRICA: UPDF shoots dead four South Sudanese soldiers for illegally crossing into Uganda

AFRICA: UPDF shoots dead four South Sudanese soldiers for illegally crossing into Uganda

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, SOUTH SUDAN, UGANDA, updf
KAMPALA – Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) leadership says four Sudanese People Liberation Army soldiers have been shot dead in a clash with the UPDF in Moyo district, north of the country. Ugandan army says South Sudanese national forces illegally crossed into Ugandan territory in total violation of the law and declined to follow instructions when confronted. UPDF Spokesman Brig Richard Karemire says the soldiers have dressed in civilian uniform apart from one who had uniform “but were all armed and walked about 1.5 Kms into Uganda until they were spotted at Goboro by UPDF officers.” “When stopped, they refused to follow orders, the UPDF soldiers guarding the border opened fire killing 04 instantly,” Karemire says. “The rest ran and crossed back to   the other s...
UGANDA: Drunkards beat senior UPDF commander into coma

UGANDA: Drunkards beat senior UPDF commander into coma

AFRICA, CRIME, UGANDA, updf
KYANKWANZI — A group of ‘drunkards’ at Gala Trading Centre in Kyankwanzi District attacked and badly clobbered a senior Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) officer at the rank of a Major into coma. Army spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire says Maj Robert Nkwasibwe who until now is in hospital was commanding a joint UPDF/Police Patrol operation during curfew hours. ‘He was on a joint UPDF/Police patrol attacked at Gala Trading Centre by people in bars during curfew hours,” Brig Karemire says. The group in total violation of the law, allegedly came behind Maj Nkwasibwe and hit him with an object from behind, forcing him to helplessly fall onto his back unconsciously. He was rushed to Hoima Referral hospital where his is being addressed. The army has since arrested over 10 pe...
UGANDA: Policeman detained after shooting UPDF soldier.

UGANDA: Policeman detained after shooting UPDF soldier.

AFRICA, CRIME, UGANDA, Uganda Police Force, updf
The police in Rukiga District are investigating the shooting of a UPDF soldier allegedly by a police officer.The soldier who was shot in the leg, is attached to the 2nd Division in Mbarara District, while the alleged shooter is a cop at Kamwezi Police Station in Rukiga District.Mr Elly Maate, the police spokesman in Kigezi region identified the soldier as Sgt David Mperize while the suspected shooter is Constable Alex Twongyeirwe. Mr Maate said that on Saturday night, while at Akampurira’s Bar at Kabirizi Cell, Kigara Parish Kamwezi Sub- county, the two developed a quarrel over a woman who was in their company.He said that the policeman has been arrested and is being interrogated over a crime of attempted murder.He said that a gun with 29 rounds of live ammunition was recovered a...
UGANDA:  ‘Former Fighters Ordered the Attack on Zombo Detach’ – Says Army.

UGANDA: ‘Former Fighters Ordered the Attack on Zombo Detach’ – Says Army.

AFRICA, UGANDA, updf
The UPDF has said some of the people behind the attack on a detach in Zombo were former fighters who had been given amnesty by government. On Thursday night, a group of unknown civilians wielding machetes, bows and arrows attacked Oduk UPDF detach in Zombo town council in Zombo district killing three soldiers and stole some guns before the army retaliated and pursued the attackers. According to the deputy army spokesperson, Lt.Col.Deo Akiiki, the group totaling about 80 in number mostly from Paidha, Nyapea,Zeu, Zaale, Songoli and Atyak was “misled” by Congolese elements seeking guns to use for economic activities in Eastern Congo. “The assailants were mobilized by some group who were recently given amnesty by government including one Ovoya, a witchdoctor and other ring...
UGANDA: Machete gang strikes UPDF, 18 were killed, 16 arrested.

UGANDA: Machete gang strikes UPDF, 18 were killed, 16 arrested.

AFRICA, UGANDA, updf
A total of 18 people, including three UPDF soldiers, have been killed and 16 others arrested after an unknown gang tried to attack an army detach in Zombo on Thursday night. The incident, according to sources, happened when a large group of people armed with machetes, arrows and bows attacked a Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) detach at Odic village, Abide West Ward in Zombo town council. “They killed three soldiers, injured two others and burnt huts. They also took some guns,” the source told the Nile Post. According to the UPDF 4th division spokesperson, Maj.Ceasar Otim Olweny, the gang tried to retreat towards the DRC border. “It is true it happened yesterday night. Some gangs of criminals attacked our detachment in Zombo but we could not establish the number be...
UGANDA: President Museveni authorizes over 100 Special Forces commandos.

UGANDA: President Museveni authorizes over 100 Special Forces commandos.

AFRICA, UGANDA, updf
The commandos passed out on Tuesday were in the fourth intake of its kind conducted at Butiaba Marines Training School in Buliisa district. Speaking at the pass out, Museveni said he was satisfied with the skills exhibited by the commandos noting that they will an important force multiplier to the UPDF. “I congratulate these young troops who completed this very tough course. The army is tough but this is tougher. The army has big capacity but Special Forces creates a special capacity in operating in small units and doing things that cannot be done in a regular way. Special Forces are an important force multiplier,”Museveni said. He noted that because of such special capability in the UPDF, the Al Shabaab were wiped out of their bases in Mogadishu. “The Special Forces ...
AFRICA:  UPDF troops praised for improving security situation in Somalia.

AFRICA: UPDF troops praised for improving security situation in Somalia.

AFRICA, somalia, UGANDA, updf
The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces’ (UPDF) Joint Chief of Staff (JCOS), Lt Gen Joseph Musanyufu has expressed his gratitude to Ugandan troops serving in Somalia for their contribution in changing the security situation of Somalia. He said the country has been made peaceful from once referred to as the most dangerous place in the world to a relatively peaceful country with many opportunities for its nationals and other people with interests in the Horn of Africa country. “We are happy with what you are doing here. Wherever the UPDF has gone, they have appropriately raised the Ugandan flag high. Everybody recognizes your efforts. I appreciate and congratulate you for your diligent service,” said Lt Gen Musanyufu. He made the remarks while addressing UPDF Officers at a Fo...
UGANDA: UPDF demolishes unwanted ammunition

UGANDA: UPDF demolishes unwanted ammunition

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA, Uganda Police Force, updf
Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) has today carried out a demolition exercise at Karama Demolition Ground. The demolition exercise was aimed at demolishing the unwanted explosive ordinances and weapons, those that were used and did not explode as well as the old ones. Brig Gen Solomon Amanya, the chief responsible for Millitary equipments who represented the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) thanked the US Embassy for the close working relations with Uganda and UPDF in particular. Brig Amanya thanked the UPDF for taking a stride in insuring safety in the country by demolishing the explosive since they are a danger to human life. “These explosives have been gathered since 2018 from different parts of the country with the aim of demolishing them in order to create public s...
EDUCATION: 600 UPDF soldiers graduate in Jinja – Uganda.

EDUCATION: 600 UPDF soldiers graduate in Jinja – Uganda.

AFRICA, UGANDA, Uganda Police Force, updf
At least 590 soldiers have graduated from the Non-Commissioned Officers’ Academy (NCOA) at the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces’ (UPDF) Gadaffi Garrison in Jinja. The Chief of Staff Land Forces, Maj Gen Leopold Eric Kyanda presided over the pass out ceremony of 467 militants who completed six months Senior Non-Commissioned Officers’ (SNCO) Course Intake 16/19-20 and 123 who finished four months’ Level III Instructor’s Course Intake 04/19-20. The Commandant of NCOA, Col Saad Katemba said the courses were intended to impart skills and knowledge on the trainees as well as enhance their individual capabilities to enable them to perform their duties more effectively. “I am confident that the courses have added a brick in the construction of a professional Force. These graduand...
EAST AFRICA: UPDF deploys 2000 troops to help fight locusts

EAST AFRICA: UPDF deploys 2000 troops to help fight locusts

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, updf
The Uganda People’s Defence Forces(UPDF) has deployed a total of 2000 troops to help in the fight against desert locusts. The desert locusts that have in the past weeks wreaked havoc in Kenya were on Sunday afternoon confirmed to have entered Uganda through Amudat district in the north eastern part of the country. Speaking to journalists on Monday morning, the Chief of Defence Forces,Gen.David Muhoozi, revealed that a total of 2000 troops have so far been deployed . “We were told to martial 2000 troops but the task is huge and are looking at mobilising more than that,”Gen Muhoozi said on Monday. He noted that the Agriculture Ministry is the lead agency in the humanitarian cause that he said needs both human and material resources. “This is a cross government issue ...
UGANDA: Gen.Muhoozi says UPDF is now focusing on improving soldiers’ welfare.

UGANDA: Gen.Muhoozi says UPDF is now focusing on improving soldiers’ welfare.

AFRICA, UGANDA, updf
In the past, soldiers have had poor living conditions in the barracks where they stay. However, speaking during the function to commission of newly completed blocks for senior non-commissioned officers’ houses, Gen.Muhoozi said the army is gradually shifting from the makeshift structures for soldiers to modern houses. “As UPDF we have priorities, now we are directing all the efforts to the welfare of our soldiers,” Gen.Muhoozi said on Friday at the Peace Support Operations Centre, Ssingo in Nakaseke district. “To me, it’s a double joy that this has come at the time we are celebrating 39 years as the army, this shows we are growing militarily.” The CDF noted that the construction had failed until he resorted to direct labor policy in 2015 which has seen the project p...
UGANDA: UPDF Mourns Crashed Jet Pilots Maj Karungi, Cadet Wakalu.

UGANDA: UPDF Mourns Crashed Jet Pilots Maj Karungi, Cadet Wakalu.

AFRICA, UGANDA, updf
The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) Gen David Muhoozi has on behalf of the Force paid tribute to the two Defence Air Forces’ pilots who died when their Jet Ranger crashed during a training mission on Tuesday. The CDF hailed the fallen pilots for their selfless service to the UPDF and the nation at large. He was addressing mourners during a requiem service for the Late Major Naomi Karungi at Church of the Resurrection, Bugolobi in Kampala on Thursday. Gen Muhoozi also trashed rumours that inexperienced Pilot Karungi could be reason the Jet crashed at Ndeese Hill in Butambala district. “Karungi, a soldier of Christ, was a well trained and experienced lady pilot of the UPDF who was rightly placed in a specialty of her passion. The UP...
UGANDA: Tarehe Sita celebration, UPDF receives over 700,000 mosquito nets.

UGANDA: Tarehe Sita celebration, UPDF receives over 700,000 mosquito nets.

UGANDA, updf
Ministry of Health has handed over 700,000 “Long Lasting Insecticide-treated” mosquito nets to Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) as part of the efforts to control Malaria among the UPDF community. The nets will be distributed during the 39th Tarehe Sita celebrations on February 6, 2020. The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Diana Atwine who presided over the handover of nets appreciated the support from UPDF towards improving service delivery in the health sector. “I want to appreciate the work you are doing, especially during emergencies. During the Measles and Rubella campaign, you helped us airlift our vaccines. May God bless UPDF,” she said. The Ministry of Health is yet to roll out the third Universal Coverage Campaign for the distribution of Mosquito nets w...
Global paints partners with UPDF to renovate schools during Tarehe Sita week

Global paints partners with UPDF to renovate schools during Tarehe Sita week

UGANDA, Uganda Police Force, updf
KAMPALA – Global paints has been one of the leading partners with the UPDF during the Tarehe Sita celebrations as the Army carries out various outreach activities to the communities. On Friday, January 17 Mr. Bashir Lweese the production Manager of Global paints has handed over eight hundred liters (800) of paint to Col. Twaha Kanyoma to help them in renovating schools during the Tarehe Sita week. Col. Twaha Kanyoma from the Engineers Brigade, who received the items on behalf of the CDF, thanked Global Paints for their continued support to the UPDF. He commended them for coming out every year to support the UPDF during the Tarehe Sita celebrations. “In the past these companies have not been showing interest in the Tarehe Sita activities but now they have come out and as UP...