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Army: We’re not intimidating voters via SFC video


Lt Col Paddy Ankunda

Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, says the UPDF Special Forces Command video is not meant to scare Ugandans ahead of elections.

Yesterday, the force released a video that showcases their training and combat capabilities of UPDF troops as part of the activities to mark the 35th annual Armed Forces Week and Tarehe Sita celebration.

The three-and-a-half minute video comprises footage of SFC soldiers and other regular units of the UPDF in training and combat operations.

Maj. Chris Magezi, the SFC spokesperson, told New Vision the video highlights the tactical proficiency of Uganda’s modern armed forces, a force that had its origins as a guerrilla army in the early 1980s.

Appearing on NBS TV Friday morning, Ankunda said there is no reason why the public should interpret all this like intimidation and no one should be scared.

“Tarehe Sita is a celebration of our birthday and us releasing the clips of the Special Forces is not meant to scare the public but just to celebrate our might.”

“What you have been seeing in the media is called civil military relations,” Ankunda explained.

The 6th of February 1981 is the day the NRA launched a struggle to take over government in a 5-year struggle and this time round, the army suggested that this should take place in Kampala.

“Considering were we are now and were we were, then I think the NRA struggle was worth it.”

He said the country cannot achieve much if there is no peace and security and that is what the NRA struggle was aiming at.

“In our view, this was not a mere change of guards but rather a fundamental change and wen u look at the theme this year “UPDF – The people’s army, vanguard of the revolution and guarantor of peace and stability for social-economic transformation and democracy”. It’s all encompassing that we are a people’s army.”

Ankunda said the army has come a long way and has covered along journey.

“One of the very first challenges we faced when we captured power was a number of insurgences and this did not give us time to concentrate on training till 2004 when we started building colleges.”

He said they had issues with welfare and still have some few challenges with accommodation and “we now thinking of partnership since we have mad e some money now though our projects”.

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