President Yoweri Museveni has assured people planning to destabilize Uganda that they are pressing a wrong button.
The President made the warning on Wednesday during Tarehe Sita celebrations to mark the day, 38 years ago when National Resistance Army (NRA) now Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) launched the liberation struggle by attacking Kabamba Barracks on the 6th February 1981.
The celebrations took place at Kitgum Core Teachers College in Kitgum district, Acholi Sub-Region.
He said UPDF is strong and well equipped to secure Uganda from any forces of destabilisation adding that those that attempt to destabilise Uganda will destroy themselves.
“Nobody can disturb our peace. Anyone who thinks of destabilising Uganda, will destroy themselves and even those who have been killing people in Kampala, will be defeated and destroyed,” he said.
The Commander in Chief also said the army 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.
Museveni further revealed 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 and they 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.