UGANDA PEOPLE’S DEFERENCE FORCE (UPDF)

The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), previously known as the National Resistance Army, is the armed forces of Uganda. From 2007 to 2011, the International Institute for Strategic Studies estimated the UPDF had a total strength of 40,000–45,000 and consisted of land forces and an air wing.

After Uganda achieved independence in October 1962, British officers retained most high-level military commands. Ugandans in the rank and file claimed this policy blocked promotions and kept their salaries disproportionately low. These complaints eventually destabilized the armed forces, already weakened by ethnic divisions. Each post-independence regime expanded the size of the army, usually by recruiting from among people of one region or ethnic group, and each government employed military force to subdue political unrest.

Ministry of Defence is a Government Ministry responsible for the  National Defence and Security of the country. The Constitution of Uganda Article 209 establishes the roles and responsibilities of this Ministry.

Ministry of Defence has both the Army and Civilian Arms to carry out its mandate. The civilian arm ‘supports and facilitates the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) and comprises while the Armed forces are responsible for the National defence and Security.

The Ministry is the overseer of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces. This is to ensure that  a professional Uganda Peoples’ Defence Force which is accountable to the people while focusing on protecting its citizens, defending its sovereignty  and contributing to regional stability.

A Permanent Secretary is the Chief Executive and Accounting Officer for the whole Ministry with Departments of Finance, Administration and Logistics.

CONTACTS

 

Ministry of Defence

P.O. Box 3798,

Kampala,

Uganda.

Tel: 0414-565100

Website: www.defence.go.ug

 

Contact persons

Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Defence

Tel: 0414-565118/9

Fax: 0414-222812

Email: mod.ps@defence.go.ug

 

Defence Spokesman

Ministry of Defence

Tel: 0414-565345

Email: spokesperson@defence.go.ug

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