The Finance minister, Matia Kasaija, has said an allocation of Shs 1,632.89bn has been approved for Security Sector in the budget for the next year.
“UPDF have with distinction secured the country against terrorist attacks, and also executed peace keeping missions.”
While delivering the 2015 Uganda Budget, Kasaija said peace and national security is an important pre-requisite which must not be taken for granted.
“As we all know, it forms the fundamental basis for all we seek to achieve.”
He said government has actively enhanced the capacity of Uganda’s armed forces in order to safeguard peace and security of Ugandans and their property.
Consequently, the capacity of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and other security agencies has been strengthened through the following interventions: recruitment and Training of personnel; acquisition of advanced and modern equipment; undertaking peacekeeping, defence diplomacy and conflict resolution; and improving staff welfare through provision of accommodation, medical facilities, and access to credit.
Uganda security forces have with distinction secured the country against terrorist attacks, and also executed peace keeping missions in some of our neighbouring countries, Kasaija reported.
“Ugandans wholeheartedly acknowledge the invaluable contribution of our Men and Women in defence and security services for the peace we are enjoying in Uganda.”
He said these resources will be utilized to further professionalize the armed forces and other security organs.
Specific emphasis will be placed on the acquisition of modern weaponry, strengthening intelligence capability, training and welfare.
UPDF already committed Shs 83bn of this year’s budget in ‘contractual engagements’ according to the accountability they provided to the Defence Committee of Parliament.
The national army is deployed in Central African Republic to hunt for LRA warlord, Joseph Kony, is also serving on peace missions in Somalia and South Sudan as well as monitoring the Congo border for ADF rebels.