President Museveni joined the UPDF and Wanainchi for the Tarehe Sita celebrations in Kitgum District, to mark the 38th anniversary since they launched the struggle as the NRA which later on became UPDF.
At the genesis of the struggle and formation of the NRA, they 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,’’he said.
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 who produce the army, and finally it must work for democracy. This is the foundation of the NRA and now UPDF,’’Museveni said
This foundation has enabled NRA to carry out infrastructural development like roads from one end of the country to another.
Museveni emphasized on what NRA has so far done
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,’’he added.
Museveni continued and said 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.
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